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ensioners living in low-cost manufactured housing could be forced to cough up an extra $30 per fortnight if new plans to place a GST on site fees at home parks come to pass. In October, the Australian Taxation Office issued a draft ruling to impose a 10 per cent tax on moveable home owners on rented sites, a move that Member for Shortland, Jill Hall, believes will leave thousands of pensioners in her electorate worse off. “This is not good enough,” Ms Hall said. “95 per cent of people who live in moveable home parks are actually pensioners, they’re on limited income and a GST on top of a rental payment will be a big impost on their lifestyle and cost of living. They shouldn’t be penalised for deciding to live in this communal environment.” Ms Hall said, when questioned by a member of the opposition about the proposed changes during parliament last week, Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s response was, “things happen.” She felt the Prime Minister was backing out of his election promise not to expand the GST.

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Member for Shortland, Jill Hall receives a petition from Sunstrip Residential Home Park resident Bev Mulholland “Before the election the Government said that there would be no change whatsoever, no extension to the GST, and even if it is a decision of the ATO they need to make sure this doesn’t come into being.” Bev Mulholland, a resident of Sunstrip Residential Home Park in Blacksmiths, told the Post that the proposed changes would leave her $30 out of pocket each fortnight. “I pay $149 a week rent so this change will cost

me nearly $30 a fortnight and when we have our annual rate increase I could be looking at a lot more,” she said. “I’ve seen people here who hardly manage on a pension now. A lot of us don’t know what we’ll do.” Residents of the Blacksmiths park gathered on Friday to present a petition containing 3,000 signatures to Ms Hall, who will take the petition to Canberra this week.

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Christmas presents should just be for the children I just don’t get the whole idea of adults giving each other presents for Christmas. Before I get attacked for being a Scrooge or seeming like Seinfeld's Frank Costanza and his 'Festivus' holiday, let me make perfectly clear that I am totally in favour of children receiving gifts and watching them surrounded by toys and wrapping paper on Christmas morning is one of the happiest scenes a parent can witness. But I shake my head when I see and hear people worriedly stating “I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping” and then rattling off the names of aunts and uncles etc who are “so hard to buy for”. Here’s a simple solution – don’t buy any presents. Save yourself all that stress by letting adults, who in most cases earn their own money, buy what they need and want themselves. Of course, many of you will say that it is more about the idea of giving and receiving rather than the monetary value of the gift. I understand that and as I said earlier, my kids will get plenty of toys – most of which end up forgotten in a cupboard or broken because of fights over someone not sharing their toys. But I honestly would not think any less of anyone in my extended family who decided they were no longer going to buy me a present. I'm often described as one of those 'hard to buy

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for' people. But I'm not. I’d be more than happy if they bought their children another gift with the money they were going to spend on me. A donation to charity would also by fine by me. As you could imagine, my left is left to carry the burden of Christmas shopping in our family. Often as we do the rounds of visiting family on Christmas Day, relatives will thank me for present and card that is from us. Of course, I have no idea what we have bought them, so I often need to find my wife for a quick one-on-one rundown of who got what, to avoid looking clueless if confronted by another grateful relative. While on the subject of Christmas, just a reminder that the Post has set up a Christmas tree in our reception area for readers to leave small gifts for out of home care children in the Hunter region. On Thursday this week (December 12), I will be taking all the donated gifts to the Samaritans Christmas party at Maitland. Please, if you are doing your Christmas shopping around Charlestown and can spare a few dollars to brighten up the lives of kids who, through no fault of their own, can’t spend Christmas with their birth families, come and visit us at 19 Pearson St and we will make sure your donation is passed on to the kids.

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ducation Minister Christopher Pyne believes the Coalition’s Gonski debacle has not shaken the faith the public has in the Government. Speaking exclusively with the Post in his Parliament House office, Mr Pyne showed little signs of the intense pressure he’s been under following consistent scrutiny of the Coalition’s position on education funding over the last month. “It was never a broken promise because we said in the election campaign that we would have the same funding envelope as Labor and that’s exactly what we were delivering,” Mr Pyne said about the widespread belief that the Coalition had broken an election commitment by saying it would only honour education funding deals for one year, rather than four.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne The position was later reversed following immense public pressure and agreements with Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, who had previously failed to agree to the national framework. “I think the Government has got off to a good start. There’s always bumps in the road and holes in the road that you run over, but I think the public are glad where we’ve ended up which is with $1.2 billion more than Labor, everyone in the national agreement and the states and territo-

ries being treated as the adults that they should be to make the decisions for their state and territory schools rather than being told what to do by Canberra,” Mr Pyne said. Mr Pyne said the system left to him by former Education Minister and current Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was “unimplementable” and changes would be made to improve it such as removing the central command and control from Canberra as part of amendments to the Australian Education Act.

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The saying goes that the definition of stupidity is to do the same thing twice and expect a different result. The previous Government was all about spending. They spent billions on school halls and laptop computers and while these things are useful, all the evidence suggests these measures had no impact on lifting student outcomes in Australia. Education is a critical area for the future of our country therefore it’s not surprising there has been a lot of talk lately about the importance of school funding. I have been working through a very complex process since my appointment to resolve the many issues left with the previous government's school funding model. Make no bones about it, it was a mess which we were forced to sort out. Two states and one territory hadn’t signed up and the funding allocated for these states was taken out of the Budget by Labor meaning from 2014 some states would receive millions of extra dollars and other states would get nothing. This Government was elected with a clear policy to put students first and focus on outcomes. We are committed to four key initiatives which will address the slipping of standards.

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Stars aiming for glory There were tears, cheers and plenty of winners across Newcastle last week with thousands of athletes from over 30 countries competing for glory in the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games.

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The inaugural event brought more than 2,500 athletes with an intellectual disability to the Hunter region to play for gold in a range of sports including, swimming, athletics, badminton, bocce and ten pin bowling. Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games director, Chris Heverin, said the Games were an outstanding success. “There is no question that the first ever Asia Pacific Games have set the bar extremely high for others to follow,” he said. “From the Opening Ceremony, to the atmosphere at the venues, Newcastle has provided a world-class Games for our Special Olympics athletes.” Chairman of the Games organising committee, John Trevillian, said the Games were an outstanding success and Newcastle and the Hunter should be proud.

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Hunter TAFE teacher honoured with Excellent Service Award

Dr Michele Bruniges AM with Toni Foot and Institute Director, Phil Cox The Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Dr Michele Bruniges AM has congratulated Hunter TAFE teacher Toni Foot for the 2013 Director-General’s Award for Excellent Service to Public Education. “Toni is an outstanding example of the dedication of staff who work in and with schools and TAFE colleges in this state,��� Dr Bruniges said. Dr Bruniges said that the annual awards are presented to individuals and teams whose efforts have led to the improvement in the teaching, learning environments and student outcomes at their school, institute or office. Ms Foot was honoured for her outstanding commitment, continued improvement

to the teaching and learning environment and her achievement of high quality student learning outcomes. A number of innovative programs have been developed by Ms Foot using the online environment and workplace delivery and assessment across the Hunter Region. “Each winner has demonstrated their commitment to the values and ethos of public education and showed the breadth of first-rate service across our state,” said Dr Bruniges. “They all share a dedication to working with their communities and making NSW a better place for children and young people. All of today’s winners are incredible advocates for public education and I would like to congratulate them and thank them,” she said.

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“I sent a letter to general manager, Ken Gouldthorp, a few weeks ago asking that the Council implement a $2 flat-fee trial for two months from the beginning of this month but there has been no action,” she said. “I asked for the Council to support the trial using Beresfield as a test case to see if a lower fee will boost patronage.” The cost of a single adult admission to Beresfield Swimming Centre is currently $4.80. Ms Hornery said lower fees would make the facility more accessible to families with limited incomes living in the area. A spokesperson from Newcastle City Council told the Post that the current pool entry fees were decided as part of the 2013/14 budget and cannot be changed by the general manager without a resolution from Council.

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ewcastle Knights home bouts are traditionally a sea of red and blue but the 2014 season could bring a hint of pink into the mix. The club has just released a new Women in League jersey to celebrate the unique and important contribution women make to the game. The jersey, pink and blue as opposed to the usual red and blue team colours, will be worn by players in the eighth annual Women in League round in 2014. 21-year-old second-rower, Alex McKinnon, was thrilled to hear of the club’s decision to release a new jersey to recognise women. “It will be great to have a Women in League jersey next season,” the Aberdeennative said. “My partner Teigan, as well as my grandma, will be excited to get on of these new pink jerseys.”

The limited edition Women in League jersey is available to purchase now at the Newcastle Knights Superstore, located outside Hunter Stadium, or online at www. newcastleknights.com.au. Meanwhile, the NRL 2014 season draw was also announced last week and sees the Knights facing the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium in round one on Saturday, March 8. The first Knights home game of the season will be on Sunday, March 16 against the Canberra Raiders. Knights players Dane Gagai and Tyrone Roberts were honoured to present Special Olympics athletes with their well earned medals at a presentation ceremony at Charlestown on Friday. The Knights congratulated athletes from the Bocce event and handed over the prestigious medals and ribbons to the beaming recipients on the podium. More than 2000 athletes from Australia and around the world have converged on Newcastle as part of the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games. The crowds at the medal presentation and throughout the week have been awash with red and blue with athletes and their supporters proudly wearing the Newcastle Knights hats donated by the Club at the Game’s opening ceremony at Hunter Stadium on December 1.

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Newcastle Knights second-rower, Alex McKinnon, and his partner, Teigan Power, show off the club's brand new Women in League jersey

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Over a quarter of young Australians worry about the state of the economy and finance, according to a national survey released last week. The Mission Australian Youth Survey asked 14,461 people aged 15 to 19 about their values and issues of concern and identified that 26.2 per cent of young people listed the economy and financial matters as the most important issue facing Australia today – followed by politics and societal values (24.6 per cent) and equity and discrimination (24.1 per cent). The survey also revealed disparity between the availability of local job opportunities for young people generally versus the availability of local jobs in a young person’s desired field of employment. While around 70 per cent felt there were enough opportunities for employment in their local area generally, only 50 per cent felt there were sufficient opportunities locally in an area they would like to work in. Mission Australia said the findings of the report underscore the need for significant policy reform in the areas of youth employment, education and training. “Young people have told us – and the evidence supports – that there is a need for a greater focus and investment in youth education, training and employment,” the organisation stated in its report into the results of the annual survey. “We need to ensure that young adults do not fall through the cracks while trying to transition from school to work, school to training or from training to work.” The Post asked some young Hunter residents about their concerns for the future.

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1 of 35.6 per cent of young Australians not in paid employment and looking for work “I worked as a baby sitter for three hours each afternoon during Year 12 but I will definitely need to pick up more hours if I get into uni to pay for text books. It’s so hard when you’re starting out trying to get a job when you haven’t got any experience. 95 per cent of jobs say, ‘experience desireable,’ and it’s like, ‘I’m getting this job for the experience.’ It can be frustrating.

1 of 67.5 per cent of young Australians who felt positive or very positive about the future. “I am a bit stressed about what my ATAR will be but there are plenty of options available even if you don’t get into the uni course you want. When you’re young you shouldn’t have to worry about things like finance and jobs, just enjoy being young.”

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1 of 50 per cent of young Australians who feel there are not sufficient job opportunities locally in their desired field. “I’m basically a writer and photographer. I write for a few different online publications…mostly freelancing. I want to go to university and I’m leaning towards a career in marketing or communications but I will probably have to move to Sydney or Melbourne because there aren’t enough opportunities in Newcastle.”

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John Tate lands new chairman role

Cancer Council recently released research showing Australians are at the same risk of being sunburnt at sporting venues as they are at the beach. The findings from Cancer Council’s most recent National Sun Protection Survey, shows sporting venues are clearly linked with sun damage, with 22% of Australians

at sports grounds and centres getting sun burnt. This is just as high as the percentage of Australians at the beach, local lake or river who got sunburnt (22%). Other places where risk of sunburn was high included at public parks and gardens (12% of park visitors sunburnt), backyard

pools (11% sunburnt) and at home or a friend’s place (10% sunburnt). With our summer months commencing this week, Cancer Council is reminding people across NSW to protect themselves wherever they are outdoors, as well as check their skin for changes so skin cancers are picked up early.

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Environment Minister Robyn Parker today announced the appointed of John Tate as the new independent chair of the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network (UHAQMN) Advisory Committee. Ms Parker said that Mr Tate has a strong commitment to improving air quality in the Hunter region, and is currently the Chair of the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment (NCCCE). “Mr Tate has played a key role as chair of the NCCCE in helping the community to understand air quality monitoring and ensure the community is better informed and more engaged about air quality as a complex environmental issue,” Ms Parker said. “He has overseen the NCCCE’s contribution to the planning for the Lower Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, which is partly modelled on the Upper Hunter network. “Mr Tate is well respected in the community and continues to work hard representing the community’s interests to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). “Mr Geoffrey Sharrock, Dr Catherine Chicken, Dr Suzanne Laucht and Councillor Sue Moore have also been appointed to the committee.”

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Newcastle University Choir is thrilled to collaborate again with local jazz supremo Terence Koo to present our 2013 Christmas concert. Terence has devised a great program of Yuletide jazz, including songs Joyful Joyful, Grown Up Christmas List, The Earthly Choir, Follow That Star and White Christmas, music by Foster, Ellington, Torme, Gritton and Terence’s own arrangements. He will be joined by his Trio members Rob Coxon (drums) and Andrew Wallace (bass) to bring you a range of music you can swing to. “Kool Yule” it will be. To round out the concert Terence and the Choir will be joined by our special guest vocalist Lisa Kinna. Lisa appeared in our previous collaboration with Terence (Swing into Spring) in October 2012. It’s on Sunday 15 December at 2.00pm at the Great Hall, Newcastle University. Tickets are available at MacLean’s Booksellers, Hamilton, Music Solutions, Warners Bay, online through Stickytickets www.stickytickets.com. au/13810 or through www.newcastleuniversitychoir.com, or phone 4954 8781. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 concession and $15 students.


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On 5th November 1863 the first coal was sent from the pit, and on 26th December 1863 Mr Thomas Croudace and other dignitaries officially opened the colliery by having a celebratory dinner in the mine The future township of Lambton was subdivided that year and most of the males of the households were employed directly or indirectly by the Scottish Australia Mining Company. The names of the directors of the Company have been immortalised in the Lambton Street names; Messrs Howe,

Pearson, Kendall, Elder, DeVitre, Dickson, Young (now part of Newcastle Road), Grainger & Morehead. The name of the manager of the Lambton Colliery, Mr Croudace, is remembered by the main thoroughfare from Newcastle Road to The Lodge, Mr Croudace’s residence, which of course is now part of the John Hunter Hospital complex. Newcastle City Council has planted some trees near Harry Edwards Oval, at the corner of Elder Street and Karoola Road. On the 14th of December that grove of trees is going to be dedicated to the memory of those early settlers, with Council’s cooperation. Refreshments will be available at the Lambton Jaffas Soccer Club canteen. One hundred and fifty years later, a few ‘old Lambtonians’ wanted a fitting way to pay tribute to those pioneers and approached Newcastle City Council earlier this year about a memorial grove of trees. Council has been very supportive of the concept. There is no official group behind this tribute, just a few committed, community-minded individuals. The celebration will be at Harry Edwards Oval, cnr Elder Street & Karoola Road, on the 14th of December 2013 at 2:00 pm.

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fter a break of more than 25 years, Blue Light discos have returned to Newcastle. Although still run around the state by PCYC NSW, the Newcastle discos ceased after their heyday in the 1970s and ’80s. After a trial this year of primary-aged

discos, the first teenage event, for 13 to 17-year-olds, was held at PCYC Newcastle . PCYC Newcastle manager John Mills said PCYC’s Blue Light program had undergone a rejuvenation and resurgence around the state. “Almost anyone aged 40 and up is likely to remember, or has attended, a Blue Light

Blue Light discos are back in fashion disco in Newcastle,” he said. “Hundreds of people would attend regular dances because of the safety and security offered. The new disco at PCYC Newcastle, which involves a $17,000, state-of-the art sound and lighting system, will still be operated on a drug and alcohol-free basis with no passes out and PCYC youth com-

mand police officers in attendance, along with club volunteers and supervisors. “Following the closure of Newcastle Council’s youth venue, The Loft, we realise that there is a great demand for safe, supervised activities for young people that parents can be sure are well-run and controlled.”

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Last week, Council endorsed a decision to write to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) regarding improvements to the Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Program. The NSW Government has announced a new method of funding for local councils to deliver waste initiatives. The former program has been replaced by the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, disbursing $465.7 million over five years, with the majority through competitive grants. While we welcome the opportunity to put forward programs and initiatives for competitive grants, Council is disappointed that the dedicated funding available to local governments is so low. Last year, we collected and transferred more than $9 million of waste levies to the EPA, and received $1.2 million through the former waste program. Council also secured almost $700,000 in competitive grants. The waste levy is increasing, more than $10 million will be collected and transferred to the EPA this financial year and, under the proposed new scheme, local councils will only receive approximately $380,000 in dedicated funds for waste programs. This lack of certainty puts a number of Council’s waste improvement programs at risk. Council’s submission to the EPA makes recommendations to minimise the impact to local government and continue the support for councils’ waste programs to achieve improved lifestyle and liveability outcomes, for not only Lake Macquarie but across the state.

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ast week, 20 Australians and one New Zealander were recognised for their inspiring achievements in celebration of International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of persons with disability. The awards are held by Life Without Barriers, a national not-for-profit organisation and celebrate the inspiring achievements of people with disability, disability support staff and local communities from across Australia and New Zealand. At the awards, Life Without Barriers’ Chief Executive Ms Claire Robbs said, “These awards celebrate people who through their accomplishments, compassion and strength of spirit inspire us. This is our way of acknowledging and encouraging the contribution that individuals with disability make to their community.

Tyson Turner-Thomas was recognised for work as a rugby league scoreboard attendant and (above, right) Allan Barton (left), whose Veggie Box Delivery Group won the Community Builder Award

“This year’s theme for International Day of People with Disability is Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all. This is particularly relevant to Australians given the significant progress towards the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme that commenced rollout in July 2013. “As we take definitive steps towards a new model for disability services, we should recognise the important role that society plays, where people with disability have the opportunity to participate fully and be supported and embraced by communities.”

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Novocastrians are being encouraged to consider giving one of the most important gifts of all this festive season – the gift of blood. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs more than 500 blood donors to give blood during its Christmas and New Year Blood Blitz, to counter an expected dropoff in platelets over the holidays. Platelets are critical in the treatment of cancer patients but have a shelf life of just five days. “This means anything collected on the

Friday before Christmas, will either expire of be depleted by Boxing Day,” Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesperson, Jemma Falkenmire, explained. “We know Christmas is an important time for Hunter residents to spend with family and friends, but spare a thought for the many Australian who have a loved one in hospital and in need of blood, with the hope of spending another Christmas together. For them, the perfect Christmas gift would be blood – the gift of life. Call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood. com.au to make an appointment to give blood at the Newcastle Donor Centre or a mobile blood unit near you.

ake Macquarie and Newcastle residents have collectively raised $42,849 as part of this year's McHappy Day to be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The funds will provide much needed support for RMHC to expand their programs and help seriously ill children and their families. In addition to raising funds, volunteers from the community played a big role on the day with fire brigades, police and local businesses giving up time to help collect donations or providing items to be raffled for fundraising. A troop of celebrities and VIPs across the country were also out in force meeting and greeting customers on the day to raise funds at over 900 McDonald's restaurants nationally. "I want to thank the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle community for all their efforts and for getting behind McHappy Day to help raise valuable funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds come just in time for the festive season and will allow us not only to continue offering our current range of programs, but will also allow us to expand our programs and services," said Darrell Smith, licensee, McDonald's Warners Bay, on behalf of McDonald's restaurants in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

In total Australians raised over $3 million this McHappy Day – this equates to funding over 23,000 tuition sessions through the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, which helps children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed schooling. To date, McHappy Day has raised over $23 million for RMHC. In order to meet the growing need from families, over the next few years, RMHC is aiming to build or extend five Ronald McDonald Houses, open eight more Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, as well as extend and develop other programs such as the Ronald McDonald Learning program. RMHC programs and services help families right throughout the often long journey to recovery.


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Christmas a popular time for new homes

Survey reveals the health issues that are worrying Australians Internet addiction, weight management, food safety and pollution are four health threats worrying Aussies this year, according to the 2013 Healthy Living Index Survey results released by life insurer AIA Australia. With two in three Australians reporting their health is not as good as it was five years ago, the annual survey provides a snapshot of health matters which have been most on our minds. AIA Australia’s General Manager Life Insurance, Damien Mu, said the research highlights new modern day threats to healthy living which are fuelling growing

concerns today. “Issues such as technology are both a health threat and opportunity. While those surveyed reported that spending excessive time online is affecting their health, 62 per cent also said that they rely on the internet for information and advice on healthy foods. 43 per cent use the internet or mobile phones to keep track of their physical activity and to stay motivated to exercise.” Out of health conditions, cancer is the biggest concern in Australia (49 per cent) followed by heart disease and being overweight/obese which are of equal concern.

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A new parliamentary Select Committee on Gambling has been established to inquire into and report on the impact of gambling on individuals and families in New South Wales. Committee Chairman, the Revd the Hon Fred Nile MLC said ‘The Select Committee will examine the impact gambling has on people in New South Wales, with a particular focus on electronic gaming machines, telephone and internet gambling services.” For more information, including terms of reference and guidelines for making a submission, please visit the Committee’s website www.parliament. nsw.gov.au/gambling.


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Mole on shoulder and a sneezing attack risk of melanoma is increased if you have had a previous melanoma or if you have a family history of melanoma. Other risk factors include having multiple moles or whether you have had other types of skin cancers. If you have red hair, blue eyes and have a tendency to freckle then you are also at risk. And of course a history of sun exposure or solarium use will increase your risk. So remember to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, hat, shirt sunglasses and avoiding the hottest part of the day and if you are concerned see your GP for a skin check My daughter always seems to be sick. She wakes every morning with a runny nose and sneezing attacks. She then sounds like her nose is blocked. I am expecting her to develop a cold, but it doesn’t turn into anything. What could this be? (Vicki, 48) Vicki, it could be that your daughter actually has a condition called allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (commonly known as Hay Fever) rather than a cold. The symptoms

of a watery runny nose, repeated sneezing and nasal congestion fit, but you may also notice that she has red itchy eyes or a nasal itch. Some people may also develop an irritation at the back of their throat causing them to regularly throat clear. Others may develop dark circles or puffy skin under their eyes. The peak time in the Newcastle/Hunter region for the condition to occur is November, but continues through until March. The common triggers are pollens in our environment from trees, grasses and flowering plants. Other triggers include moulds, household dust, certain foods or wine, and cigarette smoke. Your daughter may need to have some blood tests or skin prick tests to investigate her condition. Allergies are usually treated by avoiding the trigger, once it is known, but antihistamine medication and steroid based nasal sprays can also be useful. Your family GP will be able to advise you on this, so you should encourage your daughter to see her doctor to discuss her condition and the find the best treatment for her symptoms.

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If you have a medical question you would like to ask Dr Tony you can email the Post at editorial@newcastlepost. com.au. Include your age and gender with your question, too. Dr Tony will try to respond to your questions, but if it is something you think is urgent or concerning please be sure to seek advice from your GP.

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If you have throbbing knees, aching hips and sore ankles it’s easy to assume a lifetime of activity is to blame but that is simply untrue. Plenty of older people who’ve been active all their lives never develop osteoarthritis. And this misguided view can lead to people avoiding exercise, which has an important role in keeping joints healthy. “I think it’s a myth to make the general statement that exercise is bad for your joints or actually wears your joints out. There’s no evidence for that,” said rheumatologist Professor Patrick McNeil. Exercise doesn’t just help keep joints healthy, it’s one of the best treatments for joints that are already damaged. While it’s natural that when joints hurt, you want to avoid moving them, the movement actually performs an important job. Cartilage is living tissue but it has no arteries to deliver blood to it. Instead it relies on movement of the joints to create a pumping action that circulates fluid containing oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also: • decreases pain. • helps maintain the mobility and flexibility of joints. • improves muscle strength, which can help hold joints in their correct alignment, taking pressure off sore spots. Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress on joints. It has enormous general health benefits. It’s much better to be physically active than to hold back because of your joints.

December is finally here and I say: bring on the mountains of food, holidays spent lazing by the beach, lovely catchups with family and parties galore! Family parties and gatherings with friends are ‘no dramas’ but there is one kind of party that always causes a stir around this time of year... the annual office party. Your work mates might be the people who you spend most of your time with but for most, they are only your friends in the office. In a professional setting there are things that you can and can't wear but when it comes to an after-hours work party, nothing is off-limits. Viewing your end of year office party with an “anything goes” attitude is a recipe for disaster. Yes, it should be a time to let your hair down and have a ball with your workmates but it is important to keep in mind that in addition to the girl you share a desk with, you are also partying with your boss, his boss and her boss too. Choosing the right outfit to wear to the Christmas party can get you off to a good start, the rest (meaning your actions/how much alcohol you consume) is up to you. When I get ready for my work Christmas party I always try to wear something different – something that my workmates either haven’t seen before or something that I don’t generally wear to the office. This year, I’ll be wearing a pair of tailored shorts; they are a good length and as I usually wear trousers to the office, will give me a different look. The second thing that I try to remember is to keep my outfit classy, modest and to the dress-code.

The original Christmas gifts were reported to be gold, frankincense and myrrh; and whilst it’s unlikely that any of these items would now be on the top of your Christmas shopping list, there is no doubt 2,000 years ago they would have been well received. Interestingly each has, or more correctly did have, a strong relationship with health. In a pharmaceutical sense myrrh seems to have the best credentials. As recently as the middle of the last century, Australian doctors prescribed pain relieving mixtures containing tincture of myrrh. If you can’t (or don’t want to) get your hands on those middle-eastern perfumes and pain relievers and you haven’t yet completed your Christmas shopping, health related gifts might still be an option. If jewellery is on your shopping list, you might consider something that will not only last a lifetime, but might save a life as well – a MedicAlert bracelet or necklet. Check out the website www.medicalert.org.au for more details. There are other healthy alternatives you might consider at this time as well. If you or someone in your family has high blood pressure and gadgets are your go-to items for gift ideas, then an electronic home-use blood pressure measuring device (called a sphygmomanometer by the medicos) could be ideal. If you want more ideas for gifts that keep on giving good health, ask at your local Self Care pharmacy. Log onto the website www.psa.org. au, click on “Self Care” then “Find a Self Care Pharmacy”


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the ear cup when not in use, and the voice quality was almost better than speaking to someone in the same room. Speaking of ‘World of Warcraft’ Razer have also released their latest version of the Razer Naga – the best-selling MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) mouse. While it may look a tad confusing to the newcomer who may be used to seeing only two buttons on a mouse, this 14 button mouse is a Godsend for those who like to immerse themselves

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heart, the eyes, brain development in babies and can even help improve your mood. The nervous wild caught prawn is second with oysters third on the list, followed by wild-caught fresh tuna. A large proportion of the tuna we consume is farmed but most of the time these fish are born in the wild, then they are ranched into an aquaculture facility for fattening. Only recently, scientists managed to hatch tuna larvae in captivity, so in the future farmed tuna will come from hatcheries rather than the ocean. Sharks are next. These predators form an important part of our annual seafood selection. To ensure sharks remain on the menu and in the oceans, research is being done to develop a report card to guide fisheries managers, fishers and consumers alike. Crabs are in sixth place though probably none of the ones consumed in Australia will be the size of Japan’s giant spider crab, spanning nearly four metres from claw to claw… could hug Santa twice over! Farmed barramundi is next. Eat it guilt-free, as aquaculture is a sustainable activity with proper management and processes in place. Increasingly, standards are being developed to ensure the sustainability of aquaculture operations. Mullet and flathead are eighth and ninth respectively. Try the mullet baked, grilled or smoked, or make it into a pâté. If a milder taste is what you are after, then choose flathead and experiment with it on a barbie, or just use it in a classic fish and chips recipe.

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Applications are now open for Australians wishing to attend the 100th anniversary commemorations at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day, 2015. Australian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 on or before

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anniversary April 25, 2015, can apply to attend the event though a ballot process, ensuring fair allocation of places for the official ANZAC Day commemorations.

Hunter New England Health is urging people to take extra precautious against mosquitos following recently rain and the diagnosis of five individuals with Ross River Virus and another five their Barrmah Forrest infections in the past month. Public health physician, David Durrheim said the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten. “These viruses are spread by mosquitoes that feed on animals that have the infection,” Dr Durrheim explained. “The warm weather allows mosquitoes to survive longer and transmit viruses to people. “As there is no specific treatment for these mosquito-borne viruses, preven-

Places will be available to 8,000 Australians, with 2,000 reserved for special representatives such as direct descendants, the veteran community, secondary school students and their chaperones. Widows of Australian First World War veterans need not apply for the ballot. They will be contacts by the Australian Government regarding their interest in attending. The ballot closes at midnight on January 31, 2014 and applicant will be notified of the outcome in March 2014 to allow enough time for those successful to make travel arrangements. For more information on ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli, eligibility for the ballot and to apply, visit www. gallipoli 2015.dva.gov.au.

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and minimising potential mosquito breeding sites.” Methods for avoiding mosquito bites include clearing gutters and containers around the home, avoiding being outside unprotected before dawn and after dusk.

Spread The Joy This Christmas The Post Newspapers Christmas Gift Appeal 2013 The Post will help bring a little joy to a child in need this Christmas. Simply leave an unwrapped gift for 0 – 16 years of age under the Post’s Christmas Tree located in the foyer of our new offices at 19 Pearson Street, Charlestown by 19 December 2013.

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Having just returned home from a hugely successful European Tour and with an ARIA under their belt for best hard rock/heavy metal album, Karnivool certainly have plenty to crow about. Stephen Bisset caught up with guitarist Drew Goddard ahead of the band’s highly anticipated Newcastle show in January with fellow world - beaters Dead Letter Circus.

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Tomorrow Never Dies Wednesday, 9.00 • Prime 7 While Sean Connery is the best James Bond to have ever graced a screen, Peirce Brosnan certainly was no slouch and this instalment in the seemingly never-ending franchise is perhaps the best of the Brosnan crop. Agent James Bond 007 is at it again on a mission which includes potential nuclear war, a media tycoon, his former lover and a Chinese agent. Sure, it’s a far cry from Daniel Craig’s Bourne-esque portrayal of the ubiquitous spy, but there’s bucketloads of fun to be had here.

Now You see Me Rated M Out Now Directed by Louis Leterrier (‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘The Incredible Hulk) this ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ meets David Cop-

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion Saturday, January 25 • Enmore Theatre Get ready to pour yourselves a gin and juice hip hop fanciers because Snoop Dogg is hitting Sydney for a special BDO sideshow. As the go-to man to get those booties shaking, Snoop has solidified his position as one of the world’s leading hip-hop artists. Recently adopting the moniker Snoop Lion after a trip to Jamaica, this show will be the first time Aussie punters will see the reinvented reggae superstar on stage performing a heady mix of Lion tracks as well as his greatest Dogg hits. There's little denying that with such classic albums as 'Tha Doggfather' and 'Paid tha Cost to be tha Boss' and such timeless G-Funk tracks as 'Gin and Juice' and 'Who Am I (What's My Name)' this guy is at the very top of the hip-hop tree. Joining Snoop is none-other than Mac Miller, fellow-Big Day Out artist, close friend of Snoop’s and one of the brightest stars in the hip hop scene. 21 year old Mac Miller has been making huge waves in the music world with two US top number 3 albums already under his belt. This is sure to be one gig not to be missed for hardcore hip-hop fans and newcomers to the genre alike.

perfield flick is an absolute gem. The story centres around four illusionists (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woodly Harrelson) who are brought together by a mysterious benefactor with the intention of pulling off some spectacular heists against corrupt business leaders during their shows with the FBI and Interpol hot on the trail. Riveting.

Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door Out Now Given that Neil Young is responsible for one of the greatest live albums ever committed to tape – the lurching rock and roll spook of ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ – any subsequent live cuts would be pretty hard to top. This one, though, comes pretty darn close. Recorded at Washington’s Cellar Door over a six-night stint, just after the release of his iconic third solo album ‘After The Gold Rush,' there is a lot for die-hards to sink their teeth into here. The album is interesting in that it offers many different interpretations of Young classics, most notably a haunting rendition of ‘Cinnamon Girl’, stripped back to its bare essentials with just Young and a piano. Other standouts include the rarity ‘The Bad Fog of Loneliness’ and the brilliant ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’. A must for Young fans.

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The Karnivool is far from over Stephen Bisset

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fter a successful European tour throughout October and November and picking up an ARIA gong for best hard rock/heavy metal album for their third long player ‘Asymmetry’, things couldn’t be going much better

for Perth-based prog rockers Karnivool. “Yeah we’re really stooked with how the album has been received, no doubt,” guitarist Drew Goddard told TE. “The ARIA was a nice validation – it’s a bit of a weird one though because while it is always to be recognised by out peers, it doesn’t change what we are about as a band.” Always a band that is not afraid to push the sonic boundaries, Karnivool have blown nearly everyone away with ‘Asym-

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metry’ – an album that still revels in the technical heaviness that was the bread and butter of their previous long players ‘Themata’ and ‘Stay Awake’ but is tempered with a lot more light and shade and a decidedly rawer sound. “I think ‘Asymmetry’ is the next logical step for the band and I’d say that it would be the most experimental album we’ve done so far,” Goddard said. “The main idea for the album was that we wanted to sound more human and raw, I guess and in some ways this was a reaction to a lot of the heavier progressive music losing a lot of those human characteristics with the end result sounding like it was recorded in a vacuum. Our first album ‘Themata’ was kind of like that – a very pristine and produced-sounding record which is fine, but for us we are always looking to move forward and this seemed like the next logical step.” The band parted ways with long-time producer Forrester Savell, who helmed the band’s first two albums, in favour of renowned deskman Nick DiDia (Rage Against The Machine, Powderfinger) and Goddard said DiDia really helped in stripping back the band’s sound. “If I’m on my own working on guitar parts, it’s not unusual for me to do, like 30 takes but Nick really forced us to trust our gut and on a sonic level he really helped us capture that rawness that we were chasing and a real roominess in the songs.” Never ones to rest on their laurels, Goddard said that the band was already looking toward the next project. “It’s a really exciting time for us because there are just so many facets that we haven’t explored as a band so we’ll hopefully be recording next year and continuing the evolution of the band.”

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year with a performance at the Sydney Big Day Out after winning a national competition to play on the headspace stage. “Yeah, were all totally stoked,” front man Ben Gumbleton told TE. “I don’t think it has really sunk in yet and it probably won’t until we’re actually on stage – it’s definitely one to add to the list of dream festivals. When we started we always said how cool it would be to play at festivals like Bluesfest, Woodford and Peats Ridge and we’ve done those so to be able to tick the BDO off the list is awesome. Not bad for a bunch of Newie boys.” Since their massive 50-date tour last year, Benjalu certainly have struck while the iron is hot – switching their time between the rock and roll highway and the studio. The fruits of their recorded efforts, ‘The Battle’ and ‘Boondoggle’ EPs have pricked up more than their fair share of ears, not to mention surpass all expectations from the band.

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“When the first one [‘The Battle’] dropped in July it blew out all our expectations – it hit number three on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in Australia which was just awesome,” Gumbleton said. “Also, when ‘Boondoggle’ dropped in November it debuted at number seven in the same charts so we obviously are more than stoked.” Despite the fact tracks for both EPs were written at the same time, Gumbleton said the band decided to split the songs into two separate entities as they cover very disparate sonic territory. “Yeah, the songs were all written about the same time, but we found that there was no way that we could release them on the same record because they were completely split sonically,” he said. “For us, an album shouldn’t just be ten or so songs that you have stuck on an album for the sake of it – it needs to flow.” That said, Gumbleton revealed that 2014 could very well be the year that Benjalu unleash their highly anticipated debut long player. “I’m probably going to get shot by someone for saying this but 2014 will more than likely be the year,’ he said. “We really need to make sure that we’re proud of what we’re putting forward first.”

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This Is Spinal Tap (1984) This classic fly-on-the-wall mockumentary about the greatest band that never was, Spinal Tap, is still up there as one of the funniest films of all time. The songs are worth the price of the film alone. With titles such as ‘Big Bottom’,and Sex Farm’, how can you go wrong? Also, it's the only film I know of that goes to eleven. The Harder They Come (1972) The Harder They Come has the honour of being both the greatest reggae film ever, and the only English language film to have subtitles due to the thick Jamaican patois. This gritty drama stars reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and also features one of the best soundtracks to ever accompany a film, with some classic tracks from Cliff, Toots and The Maytalls, and Desmond Dekker.

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Some Kind Of Monster (2004) This documentary on metal stalwarts Metallica reveals just how bloated and self- important rock stars can be. The very fact that the band hired a ‘counsellor' at $40,000 per month could have come straight out of the aforementioned ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. Aside from all that, 'Some Kind of Monster' is a truly great documentary that serves as a cautionary tale for bands everywhere of what not to become. The Fearless Freaks (2005)

This absorbing doco charts the evolution of sonic adventurists The Flaming Lips Director Bradley Beesley, a longtime friend of lead Lip Wayne Coyne, has had his camera trained on the band since before its inception – and it shows. This is a truly great rock and roll documentary. The Doors (1991) While this is more of a biopic of Jim Morrison rather than of the Doors, the fact is, love him or loathe him, he was the Doors. Oliver Stone takes the viewer on a veritable

magic carpet ride through the sixties and through the highly unpredictable life of the Lizard King. The Filth And The Fury (2000) This is the second time Julian Temple has directed a Sex Pistols film but 'The Filth and The Fury' is the definitive last word on the seminal punk band. 'The Filth And The Fury' is a highly personalised and often hilarious account of one of popular music's most mythologised bands. No stone is left unturned. Honourable Mentions 24 Hour Party People (2000) From Joy Division to the Happy Mondays – the turbulent history of the Factory Records label as seen through the eyes of Factory boss Tony Wilson. Absorbing. Walk the Line (2005) Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are mesmerising as country legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. Rock and Roll High School (1979) Hey Ho! Let's go, with some pure Ramones Rock and Roll craziness. Gabba Gabba Hey! Another State of Mind (1984) Snappy punk rock documentary following burgeoning US bands Social Distortion and Youth Brigade as well as the wider US punk rock scene of the late 70's and 80's. Happy viewing.

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f you think you’re going to turn up to Warners Bay Hotel to find another bistro serving pub food, think again, because the team at Bayside Brasserie has taken the best aspects of both the pub and restaurant experience and rolled it into one sensational night out. When my dining partner and I arrived we were taken aback by the level of service and friendliness of the staff. Despite having an almost full dining room, our waitstaff were attentive and jovial. For an entrée I chose arancini balls and my dining partner selected meatballs. Both servings were very generous and satisfying, with the meatballs being served in a delicious tomato sauce and the arancini complimented perfectly with a rocket and parmesan salad. I followed that with chicken breast topped with avocado, bacon and cheese, which was delicious. Most impressively, there was no scrimping on the topping, but it also didn’t go overboard. The flavour of the succulent chicken was not lost between the lashings of avocado and bacon. My dining partner selected the Beef Wellington. He had been tossing up between that and scotch fillet and was very pleased with his decision when the meal arrived, so much so that the phone came out the meal was photographed. Shortly after, the meal was demolished, and he’s planning his next trip back to have it again.

followed by live entertainment with

Graham Mills

CHRISTMAS BASH Saturday Dec 21 entertainment by

The Cover Up from 8pm Lucky door prizes, drink specials! members childrens

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NEW YEARS EVE

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their creativity. It’s quite a versatile space that is only limited to the imaginations of people using it. “It’s decked out with some old club lounges and there is a courtyard area out the back – it’s a very cool space.” The opening will be a harkening back to the halcyon days of the roaring 20s prohibition-era America and Carruthers encouraged people to come dressed in period-correct attire, or at the very least smart casual dress. The Speakeasy will be on at the Unorthodox Church of Groove, 3 Tudor Street Newcastle West, on Saturday, December 14. Entry is via password and bookings are essential so to secure your spot, call 0401 342 030.

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EVERY SUNDAY

here is something decidedly unorthodox taking shape in Newcastle’s West End. The Unorthodox Church of Groove is Newcastle’s latest multipurpose venue and they are gearing up to launch the concept with a prohibition-era nightclub night, dubbed 'The Speakeasy', complete with rollicking blues, ragtime New Orleans jazz and Latin swing from Newcastle outfit The Smokin’ Chops Quintet (pictured). Venue spokesperson Suzanne Darling told TE that the idea behind the venue was to provide an outlet for Newcastle’s vast array of creative. “It really is a space for hire that provides an opportunity for any artist – performance or visual – to showcase

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Celtic Rock Show


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THIS FRIDAY with

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espite being a relative ‘late bloomer’ – playing as an acoustic singer-songwriter in Melbourne’s boutique bars before quitting his part-time job in 2010 to live the life

BROOKE HARVEY

IN THE AUDITORIUM

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THIS SUNDAY

A TOUCH OF COUNTRY WITH

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SHERRI & DAVE

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Shaun Kirk Great Northern Hotel sun 22 DEC “The EP is more of the solo ‘one man band’ stuff at the front with all of the loops and stuff while the back of it is more about me moving forward with a full band. The full band thing is definitely something I want to look at doing full-time down the track, I mean the whole one man band thing was so I could survive as an independent artist – you know, you only have to pay one person and stuff, but with a full band, I find that I have more freedom to concentrate on the guitar and also having a band behind you adds so many elements that you just can’t get on your own.”

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of a fully-fledged travelling bluesman, Shaun Kirk has taken to the blues like a duck to water as evidenced on his latest EP ‘Giving’. Kirk is currently in the middle of a mammoth 29-date Australian tour in support of the EP and he told TE that he wouldn’t have it any other way. “Yeah, it’s all going really well at the moment – it is epic as always, but that’s how I like it, cramming as many shows and kilometres into the shortest time possible,” he laughed. Kirk certainly couldn’t be accused of goldbricking over the past 12 months, with the affable guitar slinger appearing at such iconic festivals as Bluesfest, the woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals and the St Kilda festival as well as releasing a live album/DVD set ‘The Wick Sessions’ and now the ‘Giving’ EP which Kirk said would act as a teaser for his upcoming full-length ‘Steer the Wheel’ which is set to drop in March next year. “Yeah a teaser is exactly what I’m calling it,” he said.

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Music

Butler brings 'Flesh & Blood' to Newcastle

W

ith John Butler Trio’s trio’s sixth studio album ‘Flesh & Blood’ locked and loaded for a February 7th global release, the band are gearing up for their first extensive Aussie tour in four years and, good news Newcastle, they are heading our way. Fans can expect a set list encompassing tracks from their new album 'Flesh & Blood' as well as crowd favourites from the breadth of the trio's catalogue. 'Only One', the first single from the album, released next week, offers a fresh take on JBT’s signature sound. Cascading acoustic riffs flow effortlessly over driving rhythms while sun kissed steel

drums and an inspirational melody and lyric delivers a quality summer soundtrack. It's already been welcomed with open arms by fans and media alike with community and commercial radio, Triple j and ABC radio stations around the country embracing the new tune. The album was recorded in John's studio 'The Compound' in Fremantle with Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle) in the producer's chair. The John Butler Trio will be playing at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday April 9. You’ve got a bit of time up your sleeves for this one, but tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13.

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Darren Percival and Friends The Christmas Special Lizotte’s Lambton Fri 2o & SAT 21 December

A very Percival Christmas

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ot on the heels of his performance at the Special Olympics opening ceremony, singer is returning to Newcastle for two Christmas shows at Lizotte’s and the singer and 2012 ‘The Voice’ runner-up told TE that he couldn’t wait to return.

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“I’m absolutely looking forward to coming back and playing Lizotte’s – it’s one of my favourite rooms in Australia,” he said. “We were just in Newcastle for the Special Olympics which was great so, it’s going to be nice to go from playing such a big show to a more intimate one.” Percival said that punters could expect some good old-fashioned variety entertainment, with more than a bit of Christmas cheer thrown in. “here’s going to be a whole lot of new material, some old stuff, some stuff I did on ‘The Voice’ and more than likely some Christmas carols which are always fun,” he said. “I’m also bringing my good mate Tom-

my Dean along to open the show and he is absolutely hilarious.” While Percival shot into the national stratosphere after his time on ‘The Voice’ that’s not to say he was an overnight sensation. “I’ve actually never had another job – I’ve basically been a professional musician since I was sixteen,” he admitted. “I’ve done back up singing, performed at the Woodford folk festival a bunch of times, I’ve prepared actors for roles, I’ve done vocal training, tried out for musicals, done the corporate circuit and produced albums for folks like Uncle Jed so, yeah there’s not really much I haven’t done.” Percival said his decision to audition for ‘The Voice’ was spurred on by a desire to work with judge Keith Urban. “The opportunity to work with Keith was the main focus,” he said. “It was basically a three-month meet and greet with him and I learned so much.” Percival said much of his time now was spent finding a work/life balance. “This year has been more about finding a balance – my kids used to think I worked at the airport,” he laughed.

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First home saver account

If you’re serious about breaking into the housing market, a first home saver account is worth considering. But you have to be totally committed to the concept of home ownership, because once the money goes into a first home saver account, it can only come out to help buy or build a first home. If it is not used for this purpose, it is added to your super and you can’t access it until you are retired or can meet another condition of release. That’s the stick! The carrot is the 17 percent contribution the government will make on the first $6,000 you deposit each year. This means that if you deposit $6,000 in one financial year, you will receive a very decent $1,020 from the government to add to your deposit, while the interest you earn on the account is only taxed at a rate of 15 percent. To qualify for a first home saver account, you have to save at least $1,000 annually over a minimum of four financial years before you can withdraw

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Best offer over: $299,950 Inspect: Sat 14 Dec, 11-11:30am Contact: Troy Duncan 0416 290 555

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Build your dream home here Near level 536m2 block (17m w x 34m deep) Close to shops, transport and schools Rear access off Plum Way (Private drive)

Price: $199,950 Inspect: By appointment Contact: Troy Duncan 0416 290 555

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the money. If you buy your first home before the four year period is up, you can withdraw the money in your account at the end of the four year period to put towards your mortgage. You will not be able to make any more deposits once you have built or bought a property. To find out more about first home saver accounts, visit ASIC’s Money Smart website at moneysmart.gov.au and follow the prompts. Contact Raine & Horne Blacksmiths at 69 Turea Street, Blacksmiths Ph: (02) 4971 5071 Fax: (02) 4971 5097 http://www.raineandhorne.com.au/ blacksmiths

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3+ 2 2 80 Port Stephens St, Tea Gardens BLUE WATER WONDERLAND AWAITS

View Saturday 11 - 11:30am

• 9 miles of beach at end of st. • Covered rear veranda leads to • Set on a big 720m2 level block private yard • Separate laundry & 2nd toilet • Modern kitchen – plenty of • Ready to move into and enjoy bench space • Ideal weekender, investment • Built-ins to two bedrooms • Airconditioned open plan living or family home

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• Fishing, boating & swimming • Upstairs open plan living with Tasmanian oak kitchen almost at your doorstep • Big level block with plenty of • Large covered entertaining room for cars, boats and vans deck with river outlook • Close to shops, restaurants, • Immaculately presented golf course & beach two storey home

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• Located in a waterfront complex • Built ins to both bedrooms • Two way bathroom with separate bath & shower. • Spacious lounge room flows into the dining room.

Agent Darrell Smith 0414 683 329

• Kitchen with ample cupboard space • North facing court yard for those days spent relaxing in the sun • Internal access double garage

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4 3 2 2 Spoons Rock Road, Caves Beach 73 METRE FRONTAGE - WITH COASTLINE VIEWS

View By appointment

• Internal access to double • 1100 square metres of land garage • Large kitchen and separate • Room for boats, vans and dining motor homes at the side. • Outdoor Entertaining area • Main bedroom features ensuite • Ocean views and sea breezes. • Dress Circle location and walk in wardrobe

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Price $190,000 2 1 2 R&H Blacksmiths Belmont 4971 5071 SPINNAKERS LEISURE PARK

Price $79,000 1 1 1 R&H Blacksmiths Blacksmiths 4971 5071 STUDIO APARTMENT

View By appointment Agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

View By appointment Agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

• Two bedroom relocatable home • Airconditioned living area • Separate dining & good size kitchen with natural gas

• Built-ins to both bedrooms, bathroom with separate toilet and natural gas hot water service

• Solid rental return • Shared laundry, history designated car park • Tile floor & rendered • Walk to shops, walls beach & channel • First floor studio • Rent return of $180apartment 200 per week.

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1 3 Offers over $325,000 2 R&H Blacksmiths Lake Rd, Swansea 4971 5071 Your weekender a-waits View By appointment Agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

• Less than 170m from • Walk to Swansea school the shops and Lake shops and clubs Macquarie • Sizable lounge • Close to boat ramp room, open fire & fishing

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• Near new two bed villa style home • Lake at one end of the street and the channel at the other • The local school two streets away and the shops and clubs nearby • Built ins, TV points to bedrooms View By appointment

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Wangi Wangi For Rent $535 per week 4 2+

Fennell Bay For Rent $430 per week 3 1 2

• Split level architect designed home on waterfront reserve block • Views over the lake • Formal & informal living & dining areas, large kitchen View By appointment

• Single level home on a massive 1012 sqm block • Lake Views from both the yard and most rooms. • Features 3 good size bedrooms

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Caves Beach For Rent $445 per week 3 2 2

• Polished floorboards • Air conditioned living area, • Modern kitchen, separate toilet & • Big level fenced yard • Detached double garage with its View By appointment

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Knights' home charge Newcastle's first game of the season will be against the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium at 4.30pm on Saturday, March 8. The first home game will be in round 2 against the Canberra Raiders at 6.30pm on Sunday, March 16. See next week's Post for a pull-out wallchart of the season draw for all matches.

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The giant-killing Jets Double to Burns elevates Newcastle back up to third on A-League ladder Paul Monforte

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he excitement of Jets fans over Nathan Burns' double in the 2-1 upset win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Sunday night will be tempered by the realisation that his loan from Korean club Incheon United will end on January 11. Burns' goal in the 43rd minute game the visitors the impetus heading into the break. But just four minutes after the interval, Victory equalised through James Troisi. Newcastle's second goal in the 66th minute was the result of a brilliant cross from substitute James Brown which evaded a number of defenders before finding Burns unmarked at the back post. Committed defending kept the home side at bay in the final 20 minutes in front of a vocal crowd. Emile Heskey began the match from the bench and entered the fray in the 68th minute. The only sour points for the Jets was a knee

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The Jets celebrate one of Nathan Burns' two goals against Melbourne Victory injury to defender Scott Neville in the 23rd minute. Neville was injured when trying to change direction and was carried from the field after reporting he had heard something

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