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The wait goes on No cash in State Budget for Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange • AMELIA PARROTT

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is widely regarded as the region's top infrastructure priority but the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange was a glaring omission in last week's State Budget. The project, which will link Glendale and Cardiff and see a new railway station built adjacent to the Stockland Centre, was left out of more than $350 million of infrastructure spending planned across the Hunter over the next four years. Labor and Independent MPs have criticised the snub, with Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Sonia Hornery warning that the project will stall without a further injection of funds from the State Government. "The Glendale Interchange had an injection of Federal funds in 2013 but the State Government has not followed through," she said. While welcoming funding for road projects at Toronto, Warners Bay and Freemans Waterhole, Independent Lake Macquarie MP, Greg Piper said the interchange should be the primary focus. "It's a building budget but the spoils should be shared across the region," he said. "With funding to complete the Newcastle Inner City Bypass now confirmed, the Transport Interchange must be the top priority for infrastructure spending in the Hunter." The project is estimated to cost $60 million. So far, nearly $37.5 million has been contributed by Local, State and Federal Government. Lake Macquarie Mayor Jodie Harrison said the project was crucial. "The Lake Macquarie

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Transport Interchange will not only ease congestions at a crucial juncture but also improve accessibility in a key part of the Hunter, while providing economic and community benefits to the city and the Lower Hunter." She said Council staff were exploring funding opportunities with NSW Government Departments and the private sector.

Ms Hornery encouraged the board of the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) to prioritise the project. "I hope the board members of the HIIF and the chairman, Peter Blackmore, recognise that the Glendale Interchange is a key infrastructure priority for the region and has the backing ofn Hunter mayors," she said.

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One of the best outcomes in last week's state budget was the announcement of an extra $500 million of funding to investigate reports children at serious risk of harm. There will be 73 new caseworker positions to help Family and Community Services (FaCS) deal with the neverending stream of reports to follow up. Having spoken to numerous caseworkers over the years about the relative scarcity of funding, it's clear that governments need to funnel every last dollar they can possibly manage into adding to resources. The community is understandably outraged when reports emerge of children being abused for long periods of times before action is taken. Often these families are known to FaCS but for whatever reason, they aren't being watched closely enough by authorities. It's unfair to blame the caseworkers as they have many cases to deal with at once and sometimes spread over a large part of their region -this is particularly the case in the Hunter. However, things in this regard are definitely changing for the better. For the past few years, the Government has been in the process of transferring responsibility for foster care management to the private sector. In the Hunter region some of the more wellknown foster care agencies are Samaritans, Life Without Barriers, CatholicCare and Allambi

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Youth Services. Caseworkers in these agencies have their workloads limited so they aren't forced into situations where they are handling 30 or more cases at once as has been reported in the past as happening to DoCS staff. Caseworkers in the private sector have told me they work on around 10-12 cases at anyone time. There will be $100m spent on overhauling and updating the Community Services computer system which apparently is time-consuming to use. Anything that gets the caseworkers out of the office and in to the community has to be a good idea. f) Hands up anyone else who was half-expecting

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Hunter and the people of Wallsend," Ms Hornery said in a statement. "The Government is spending big on flashy items that they hope will buy votes come election time but is leaving a lot of my constituents out in the cold." She criticised the Government for failing to fund important projects like a new police station in Newcastle's western suburbs and the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange.

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n additional $100 million from the lease of the Port of Newcastle will be injected into infrastructure projects throughout the Hunter region. The new funds, announced as part of last week's State Budget, will top up the coffers ofthe Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF) and be predominately spent on new road projects and the continued revitalisation of Newcastle's CBD. $34 million will be spent on road improvements, including upgrades to Lemon Tree Passage Road, Pennant Street Bridge at Glendale, the main street of Cardiff and Hunter wine region roads. A further $38.5 million will go towards the upgrade of Nelson Bay Road between Anna Bay and Bobs Farm and the New England Highway at Maitland. An investment of $400,000 will kickstart Stage One of the John Hunter Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit upgrade and $25 million will be given to help the University of Newcastle move into its soon-to-be-built city campus. The largest allocation of funds, $50 million, will be reserved for urban renewal initiatives in Newcastle's CBD.

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The funding boost means $340 million will be splashed on Hunter-based projects over the next four years, including on previously announced projects like the light rail in Newcastle and the upgrade of Hunter Sports High School at Gateshead. NSW Treasurer, Andrew Constance said the announcement was the single largest funding allocation from the HIIF since its establishment in 2011.

"This year's budget is the biggest yet in terms of allocations from the HIIF, meaning even more vital local projects like the long-overdue upgrade of Hunter Sports High School will become a reality," he said. Wallsend MP and Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Sonia Hornery accused the Government of trying to buy votes ahead of next year's election. "This budget pays lip service to the

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unter TAFE is set to benefit from the record spend on education and training in last week's State Budget. Hunter TAFE's Newcastle campus at Tighes Hill will be a major beneficiary, with an extensive refurbishment of Block D due to begin later this year. Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen said the upgrade would help address key skill shortages and high demand for industry training. "The work will see an extensive refurbishment to Block D raising the teaching and learning facilities to meet current industry standards," he said. "The upgraded facilities will increase student participation in areas of high demand and address skills shortages." The refurbished facilities, expected to be complete in 2018, will cater to a range of trades including, fitting and machining, welding, metal fabrication, maritime studies and aged care. Kurri Kurri TAFE received $7.5 million to finish its plant and heavy vehicle training centre, which is due for completion later this year, while a further $338,000 will be spent on the dry wall plastering centre Maitland TAFE.

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tution's 120-year commitment to responding to the needs oflocal industry.

"The work will further strength Hunter TAFE's enviable reputation for developing a high quality, job ready workforce through excellent teachers and sound partnerships with local business and industry," he said. Wallsend MP and Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Sonia Hornery welcomed the investment in local campuses but said it did not excuse the job cuts and rising tuition fees brought about by the current Government. "[The] budget announcement of a $50 million cut to TAFE and increase in funding going to private colleges, who charge extra to increase their profits, means TAFEs have to increase charges for the training they offer." "Training at TAFE must continue to be affordable and accessible to everyone. "Students will have to pay too much, and if they choose a private college, there is no guarantee of quality." In his budget reply speech, Opposition Leader, John Robertson said an elected Labor Government would cap TAFE fees at 2014 levels. He said the Labor Party would immediately seek to introduce legislation to block the Liberal Government's increases to TAFEfees. The fee increases are due to come into effect from January next year.

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Donate for Daly • AMELIA PARROTT

rendan Daly has been waiting for a kidney for seven years. The wait began in August, 2007 with a swollen leg. "I had it for a week or so and the doctors didn't really know what it was," Mr Daly told the Post. "I did a blood test one morning before work and in the afternoon the doctor rang me back and told me to pack my bags because they're waiting for me in emergency." Mr Daly had suffered acute renal failure. "I had blood transfusions through that first night then the next morning 1 went into surgery and had a chest catheter put in to start dialysis the next day and that's pretty much been going on ever since." The 30-year-old from Valentine undergoes three dialysis sessions a week at the Wansey Dialysis Centre in Charlestown, each lasting eight hours. With more than 1000 Australians on the waiting list to receive a donor kidney, two ofMr Daly's friends have teamed up to help raise awareness about organ donation and, potentially, find a suitable donor for their mate. Rachael Kelly and Brianne Lowe have set up a Facebook page called Let's help find Daly a kidney, to document Mr Daly's treatment as he waits for a donor and

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provide infonnation about organ donation. "Put simply, there just aren't enough organ donors," Ms Lowe said. "We wouldn't have people spending seven years on waiting lists if more people were registered." Australia is currently ranked seventeenth in the world for rates of organ donation. As opposed to countries like Spain, Belgium, France, Norway and Italy, which operate under an opt-out system of organ donation, Australians must register to become organ donors. More than 700 users have liked the page since it was set up a little over a month ago. Ms Lowe said the group had been overwhelmed by the positive response from around the world and had already received numerous messages from people wanting to know more about organ donation and how they could help Mr Daly. In the meantime, Mr Daly said he is trying to live as normal life as possible. "I try not to think about it too much," he said. "I just get on with living in the now." Mr Daly mentors young people undergoing treatment at the Wansey Dialysis Centre. He told the Post that when he is well enough to work again he would like to continue helping people waiting for a lifesaving organ donation. To register as an organ donor, visit www.donatelife.gov.au.

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p to 10 unique senior clients are seeking the services of Maitland Neighbourhood Centre every week. Senior community worker at the centre, Jenny Fullford said that in the last two years there had been a significant increase in the number of people in their 50s and 60s needing assistance, and that there were now also people in their 70s and 80s walking through the doors. "It's just so sad to see when they have worked all their lives and now have to lower their pride and ask for help," she said. Ms Fullford said that as well as the cost of medication and having to support other family members, a lack of specialist medical services in the area was a major contributing factor. "The majority of them have to travel to Newcastle for treatment and this really takes a toll on their finances," she said. "Even things like buying a sandwich and a cup of tea while they're there, because they have to eat. "There are all these little things that make it really big for them." In the lead-up to last week's State Budget, the NSW Government announced

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regulated by a Commonwealth body, the Australian Energy Regulator, and that private sector investment would help drive out "union featherbedding", leading to greater efficiencies in management and maintenance. The long-term lease of the State's "poles and wires" will enable the delivery of a $6

billion investment package, from a larger $20 billion infrastructure pool, for regional NSW, including $1 billion for roads, a $1 billion regional water fund and $2 billion for schools and hospitals. However, while visiting the region earlier this month, NSW Premier, Mike Baird said this money would only be delivered if the

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oliticians from both sides of the political arena took to the streets of Belmont on Saturday in protest of the Federal Government's proposed changes to Medicare. The rally, organised by local Federal Labor MPs, drew large numbers of pensioners concerned about the Abbott Government's proposed $7 GPco-payment and the increased cost of prescriptions outlined in last month's budget. Jake Howell, a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency department at Belmont Hospital said he was concerned the payment would drive more people into already under-resourced emergency departments. "Myself and all of my colleagues at the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association have serious concerns about what this tax will do to the services we can provide in the emergency department," he said. "Resources are thin already across NSW emergency departments, we do the best we can, but every person who can't pay $7, add them into our numbers every single day and we're struggling to provide the services that this community needs."

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hey may normally feel at home in the boardroom but it was the cold concrete surrounds of Hunter Stadium that a group of Newcastle's business bigwigs called home for one night last week as part of Vinnies' annual CEO Sleepout. University of Newcastle vice-chancellor, Caroline McMillen and Newcastle Knights CEO, Matt Gidley were among nearly 30 directors and executives who slept rough on cardboard beds in an effort to raise $100,000 to support people in the Hunter who are at risk of homelessness. Executive officer of St Vincent de Paul's Maitland, Newcastle Central Council area, Denise Lucas, said the charity provides assistance for around 200,000 people across the Hunter each year and homelessness was a growing area of concern. "I think we've spent around $160,000 this financial year helping people just on accommodation costs alone," she said. "It's really hard to tell [how big the issue is] because certainly there are people who have no home and sleep on the street, but there are many, many more who have no permanent address and go from one friend's house or couch to another. "It is definitely an increasing problem

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Lake Macquarie City is a truly remarkable destination; its natural beauty and diverse landscapes offer a unique combination of beach, lake and mountain environments, all within easy access from the surrounding suburbs and town centres. Having commercially viable, yet vibrant town centres is a top priority for the elected Council and the community, and helps draw visitors from across Australia and internationally to the city. I am looking forward to showcasing our city's natural assets and beauty, as well as demonstrating what our commercial centres have to offer, when we welcome the world to our backyard this December for the Lake Macquarie International Children's Games. To further increase the commercial opportunities within our town centres, Council is introducing a Footway Dining Policy and Procedure that will formalise existing practices and assist in providing safe pedestrian access on footpaths across the city, while balancing the interests and needs of businesses, residents and visitors. Footway cafes make a significant contribution to the quality of public places and urban life by providing active streets with opportunities for economic activity, social interaction and leisure, which add to Lake Macquarie's appeal as a tourist destination. Making it easier for traders to apply to take their dining services outdoors is part of a wider commitment to improve the city's town centres and to add character and economic activity to these areas. I am excited at the opportunities this policy will provide local businesses and the community, and to ensure it meets the needs of all users, I strongly encourage all residents to visit Council's website www.lakemac.com.au to provide their feedback.

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Adolescence is time of physical and emotional growth and development. Adolescence, literally means "to grow up". It is a time of developing a sense of self, values, independence and identity. For many this is a wonderful time of new found freedom and fun. But there is increasing evidence that many teenagers are struggling during this period with high levels of stress and mental illness. The Black Dog Institute suggest 9% Of16-24 year olds experience high to very high psychological distress and that one in every four are living with a mental health problem, with depression being the most common. Of concern, youth suicide is the leading cause of death in young people, according to the 2012 Bureau of Statistics. Depression in adolescence can lead to isolation from family and friends, underachievement in study or work or an increase in risk taking behaviour. It can be hard to identify from the not unusual turmoil of adolescence, often leading to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. The signs of depression in adolescence include feeling sad longer than would be expected, say following an argument or relationship breakup. It many show as irritability, negativity, guilt, anxiety or moodiness. Sometimes, emotions can vary throughout the day, often feeling worse in the mornings and improving as the day progresses. Losing interest in activities that once brought enjoyment is an important sign. As is a change in sleep patterns, like not being able to get to sleep easily, waking frequently or waking early and not being able to get back to sleep. Often teenagers may feel fatigued or appear apathetic, but this can also be a sign of depression especially if it is a change from usual behaviour. They may have poor concentration or memory. If you or someone close to you has signs of depression you should discuss this with your family doctor. Your doctor will be able to assess, diagnose and start treatment. Websites such as The Black Dog Institute or Beyond Blue are excellent for further information.

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Tony Abbott's attempt to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) recently created a 'double dissolution trigger'. So what exactly is a Double dissolution? A double dissolution is a type of election, used to help resolve legislative deadlock. The last one was in 1987. There have only been six double dissolution elections in Australia's history. During most Federal elections all the politicians in the lower house of parliament (the House of Representatives) are up for re-election, but only half of the politicians in the upper house (the Senate) get voted on. This is sometimes referred to as a half Senate election. If the House of Representatives passes a piece oflegislation and the Senate rejects the same legislation twice (which happened last week) the Prime Minister can call upon the Governor General to grant a Double Dissolution election where all the Senate and all the House of Representatives would be up for immediate re-election. Governments usually only choose to have a double dissolution when they think it is likely that more senators from their party will be elected, which would let them pass the laws they couldn't pass before the election. This tactic has only worked about half of the time. This is also the main reason that Tony Abbott won't request a double dissolution election as he knows how unpopular his government is at present. Calling a double dissolution election now could risk his majority in the House of Representatives, and therefore his Government.

Self-managed super funds (SMSF) are growing in popularity and for good reason, but education and access to the right advice needs to also increase. We had a situation where a client was referred to our SMSF service following a disheartening experience in setting up a SMSF through various parties without adequate professional financial advice. Prior to being referred to Newcastle Financial Planning, the client had been to an accountant to establish their SMSF and charged a premium, to a solicitor for the legal components and to a bank to set up a loan inside the SMSF. Six months later the fund was still not in active operation, there was no strategy in place, none of the parties involved were aligned and the client had been charged approximately double the normal set-up fees. SMSFs are complex and require professional financial advice from a practice that specialises in SMSFs. With the right professional advice SMSFs offer many benefits, such as: huge tax savings, asset protection, in many cases lower fees than traditional super funds, ability to leverage and greater control and choice. If you have an SMSF or are considering one, there are now many specialist companies and services available. More information: www.propertythrusuper.com.au or www.ato. gov.au/Super/Self-managed-super-funds. Disclaimer: This editorial provides general information only. Before making any financial decisions, consult a financial planner to take into account your individual needs.

Understanding what incontinence means is an important first step and generally incontinence is the term used to describe the loss of voluntary control over bladder or bowel function. While it may not be life threatening, it certainly can have a major impact on the quality of life of sufferers. In addition, it can be a warning sign of some more potentially more serious health problems. Incontinence ranges in severity from 'just a small leak' to complete loss of bladder or bowel control but it can usually can be treated and managed. In fact, in many cases it can also be cured. It is important to note that incontinence is not an old person's condition - poor bladder and urine control can happen to anyone at any age. Some of the factors which increase the risk of continence issues are menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, having borne children, being overweight, and suffering from urinary tract infections. Women are much more likely to be affected by incontinence than men, but men are less likely to do anything about it. Pharmacists who provide the Pharmaceutical Society's Self Care health information are promoting continence management. There are fact cards on urinary tract infection, bladder and urine control which all have tips on how to manage continence problems. To find the nearest "self care" pharmacy log onto the Pharmaceutical Society (PSA) website www.psa.org.au and click on "Self Care" then ''Find a Self Care Pharmacy" or phone PSA on 1300 369 772.


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inaIly the ladies of Newcastle and surrounding areas can participate in world-class nonsurgical treatments. At "The Spa" located on premise at Chateau Elan in the Hunter Valley, more than 70 local ladies who attended the Health and Wellness Celebration seminar recently, found out exactly how! ''We had the vision to grow and enhance our services, to make us more than just your everyday spa" said Spa Manager Stacy Spagnolo. "So now we offer non-surgical treatments which are personalised programs for each individual guest, to make them feel younger and hopefully enhance their lives:' The Spa at Chateau Elan is running a series of "Health and Wellness" seminars over the next six months. If you attend, you will be educated by health industry gurus, such as people like Ms Nicola Geeson. Nicola is a Health and Wellness Coach, with qualifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York and spoke at the most recent seminar on various

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The laboratory is the place to be these school holidays. Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) will open its doors to budding scientists and researchers during the school break as part of its annual open day. HMRI researchers will lead student-only lab tours where participants, who must be aged 12 or over, will be able to watch live DNA extractions and take part in a "mystery" disease challenge. Researchers will also provide information on career paths from school into medical research .

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The Hunter Wetlands Centre is one of Newcastle's best kept secrets. Who knew we had a wetlands of international importance on our doorstep? It is quite well known, however, in households with primary school aged children, many of whom have visited the centre on a school excursion and come home raving about it to Mum and Dad. Ifyou are a parent and think ofwetlands as a bit of swamp and that's it - then you are in for a great surprise. Picture this; a visitors centre with frogs, fish, blue tongues, bearded dragons, turtles, water dragons, snakes and even freshwater crocodiles on display with a cafe that opens up to the wetlands itself.

At this time of year the site is lush and green and full of water and the birdlife incredible. Walking trails meander through the large 45 hectare site with different pockets of little ecosystems to explore - rainforest, reeds beds, melaleucas and a casuarina forest. The site is active with wildlife - frogs can be heard and found with a keen eye; turtles can often be spotted swimming just below the surface of the ponds or sunning themselves on a log and the range of birdlife is incredible with over 217 different species identified by bird enthusiasts. The Hunter Wetlands Centre is open seven days a week. www. wetlands.org.au

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Fresh approach at Lollipop's Playland ollipop's Playland and Cafe at Kotara is under new ownership, with Blake and Tracy Forrester implementing a number of changes and fresh ideas. "We have focused in value, community involvement, healthy options and 'keeping it local' in our business since taking over;' Mr Forrester said. "We now have a much fresher, healthier menu. We stay away from processed chicken and use freshly-crumbed chicken breast schnitzels and tenders. We have a healthy kids' snack box which has been an enormous hit both in terms of the availability of a healthy option and its value. "Having children in our home with food issues, we are very sensitive to allergy and intolerance and have many customers who we now keep specialised food items for in the kitchen. "We have also just installed a new frozen yoghurt machine with a great range of toppings which has been a big hit as a healthier alternative for something sweet:' Mr Forrester said community involvement was something he and Tracy worked hard on and got a lot out of. "Since taking over the business, our fundraising partnerships program has already delivered around $18,000 for local

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Located on a 632.7 square metre block in a whisper quiet cul-de-sac, this single level three-bedroom home is immaculately presented inside and out. There is an L-shaped lounge and dining room with reverse cycle air conditioning, a lovely updated kitchen and an updated bathroom with bath, shower and seperate W/C. The property features a huge outdoor undercover entertaining BBQ area. Double carport with drive-through access into the large level backyard. There is plenty of room to build for anyone looking for a large backyard for the kids and dog.

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Huge 4 bedroom family home in a cul-de-sac Formal lounge/dining, family + rumpus room 2 x bathrooms, 2 x garage with drive thru access Large enclosed entertainment area

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Resort style saltwater in-ground swimming pool Large 896.2 sqm block Close to shops, schools & transport A lovely family home, don't miss this!

Price: $479,950 Inspect: Saturday 28 June 12-12:JOpm Contact: Duncan 0416 290 555

20 Northridge Drive

28 Argyll Crescent

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Stunning spacious 3 bedroom home Formal and informal living areas + study 2 x bathrooms (main + ensuite), air con Beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens

Price: Best offer over $465,000 Inspect: By appointment Contact: 0456 06J J97 IIWIII. . .- -.....

Formal lounge/dining area + sep family room Cypress pine timber flooring 2 x w/c and 2 x reverse cycle aircon Garage converted into 5th bedroom

Price: $J99,950 Inspect: By appointment Contact: edda 045606J J97

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Price: $249,950 Inspect: Saturday 28 June II-II :JOam Contact: Duncan 0416 290 555

Located in a whisper quiet cul-de-sac Lovely single level 3 bedroom brick home Massive outdoor undercover entertaining area Huge level backyard plus garaging

• 632.7 sqm block in a fantastic location • Gas heating, gas cooking, air con • Drive thru access into backyard • Just move on in and enjoy!

Price: $419,950 Inspect: Saturday 28 June I-I :JOpm Contact: Duncan 0416 290 555

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ANTENNAS

• Foxtel, Phone, TV, Internet Points • Satellite TV • TV DVD HDD Tune-InS/SetUps • Home Theatre & Surround Sound Installs

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• eCTV Installations • TVWall Mounting (with hidden cables) • Install New Antennas & Remove Old Ones • AV Fault Finding

CONCRETING

""we show up" Same day quotes 7 year guarantee

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MAXIMUS

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTIONS Lie. #268079C

• NEW HOMES • POOL SURROUNOS • EXTENSIONS • GARAGES & SHEDS • ENTERTAINMENT AREAS • PAllOS & PATHS

FREE QUOTES • CUSTOM DESIGN

0431 766033

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sean@maximuseonereting.eom.au SPECIALISTS

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Bathrooms Renovation Specialists ,.., Tiling

FREE QUOTES! 'iii Walls 1".1 r.l • Fences • New Homes 1".1 ~~ Ph Adam: 0414311 720 ~~ 1:-1 Lie 236513C WW8161 1:-1

CONCRETING

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CONCRETING

BUILDERS

• Driveways • Driveway repair • Footings • Underpinning • Pathways • All concrete work

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Phone Norman on: Phone Bill on:

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.Residential concretor ·AU types of concrete finishes .Oriveways ·Patios .Garage Slabs .Footings •Re-Surfacing

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• Plans to Council • Gable Carports • Awnings • Screen Enclosures • Glass Rooms • Decks • Deals directly with the Builder/Owner

To advertise here call Gary on 4032 8151

ELECTRICAL

Need anNo Electrician? job too small ... We do it all ~AttNgwr •

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CARPORTS

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Phone Mick Dunley 0410 312 247

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Call Dave 0406 473 572 www.instylepainting.com.au

*Including all trades afiHings* -Decks - Extensions - Kitchens -24 years experience Bid Lie 211D22C

• DRIVEWAYS • REPAIRS • RESURFACING

.t Lights & Ceiling Fans .t Exhaust Fans & IXL 3 in l's .t Phone, TV & Power Points .t Smoke Alarms .t Safety Switches .t CCTV Installations

0409 077 927

.t Switchboard Upgrades .t Stoves & Ovens .t Rangehoods & Cooktops .t Rennovations .t Complete Rewires .t Granny Flat Construction

.t Garage Light & Power .t Real Estate Maintenance .t Test & Tagging .t Fault Find & Repair .t Shopfront Fit Outs .t Industrial Installations


TRADES & SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

DECKS & PERGOLAS

FLOORING

SPECIALISING IN DECKS & PERGOLAS

Ie BUILDERS Carports, handrails, stairs & house renovations

Ph: 4960 8621 or M: 0405 327 656 Lic no. 146456C

WW8263

For more than 80 years the Carver name has stood for quality workmanship, courtesy and integrity. They have a proven track record that's second to none. So when it's time to paint it's time to think Bel-Air Painting. • • • •

DESIGN AND DRAFTING

• Laying of new floors • Sanding & Polishing new & old floors • Free quotes Call the Big Boys

Domestic or Commercial Painting and Decorating Projects Anti-Graffiti Coatings • Roof Re-Finishing Texture Coating • Fire Retardant Systems High Pressure Water Cleaning

Six great reasons to use Bel-Air Painting Services:

• New Homes • Alterations • Renovations • Additions Charlestown Home Plan Service Ph 0418 764 257 or 4942 5878

1. Our free written quotes are valid for 6 months 2. All our commercial work is fully guaranteed 3. You are covered by warranty insurance on all domestic work 4. Only the best premium products used on your home or property 5. We are proud members of the Master Painters Association 6. We will make an appointment time to suit your needs

Phone John Carver on:

49658888 0418496970 Gold Lic436C

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Don't just get the job done, get it done right!

ELECTRICAL

GUnER CLEANING

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ROOFS, DRIVEWAYS & WINDOWS

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ALL S,.YLE FENCING Specialising in:

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./ Colorbond, timber fencing & gates ~ ./ Pool fencing ./ Fully insured ~ ./ All work guaranteed ./ Free quotes

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NO ELECTRICAL JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL • Lights • Power Points • Ceiling Fans • Smoke Alarms • Safety Switches • Testing & Fault Finding • Rewiring & Installs • Electrical Hot Water Repairs • Small Appliance Repairs - Ovens/Cookers, Hot Plates & Rangehoods

PENSIONER DISCOUNTS

CONTACT MARTY ON ~ 0449634794 ~

CRAIG BELLAMY ELECTRICAL

Ughting, Power Points, Smoke Alarms, Ceiling Fans, Switchboard upgrades, Metering. Surge Protection and Safety Switches, Grid Connect Solar Systems (Design, Sales and Installation) :e

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EXCAVATIONS & EARTHMOVING

JUS DIGGIN

EXCAVATOR + TIPPER HIRE

Make your gutters our problem and never worry again.

TImber and Concrete Retaining Walls TImber, Colorbond, Feature, Aluminium and Glass Fences Landscaping and Turfing

ALL AREAS· FREE QUOTES· NO JOB TOO SMALL

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"Let us turn your floor into a showpiece" :iil ~ Laying, Sanding, ~olishing, all finishes, all areas ~ :'l Call anytIme for FREE Quotes ~ .John 0412 783 828 or Karl 0404606142

GUnER CLEANING

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Gutter Goblins

Cini Fences Specialists in Designing and Constructing

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FLOORING ~.lli::~~1.f

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GUTTER GUARD HIGH PRESSURE CLEANING

VACUUM SYSTEM We clean all gutters with our new vacuum machine technology using trained WH&S and certificated working at heights crew, we also have professional installers of Gutter guard, we promise to beat any written quate by 20%!

PENSIONERS DISCOUNTS & ALL INSURANCES IN PLACE FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND. WE WILL BEAT ANY PRICE!


TRADES & SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

GUTTERING

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ACE GUTTERS ~ • Manufacturers & Suppliers Quality Rainwater Products • • • •

Nu-Line Mini-Line Square-Line Quad

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Half Round Roundline Steel Fascia Fascia Cover

Ph: 4948 6611

~!IMiro!It@~ Small to Medium Jobs Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Areas

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• GUTTERING • FASCIAS • DOWN PIPES • METAL ROOFING • LEAF GUARD • VALLEY IRONS • FREE ADVICE • FREE QUOTES • BIRD PROOFING • PROMPT SERVICE • 6 DAYS A WEEK "Newcastle born & bred with 25 years experience"

CARDIFF aU,.,.ERINa SPECIALIS,. Roof replacements Leak repairs No job too small Free quotes - pensioner rates

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Same day quotes 7 year guarantee

Licence No. 222296c

• Re-paints & new work FREE QUOTES! • Dulux Premium paints Call Dave • Reasonable prices 0406473572 • Industrial- commercial- domestic

www.instylepainting.com.au

Save $$$ by renovating your existing kitchen

PEST CONTROL

LAWNS MOWED FROM $30*

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Ph 4975 5533

PC REG: 3255

WW8203

PIER REPLACEMENTS

PHONE

0423118988

LANDSCAPING

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

EriC's Pointing

Specialising in:

• Interior & Exterior • Plaster Repairs • Feature Walls • All work guaranteed

• Paving • Retaining Walls • Decking • ~encing www.dezignalandscape.com.au

Call Mike 0451960820

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ROSS'S LAWNMOWING

RE-PIERING

Phone Eric

0401 295 071

WW8197

Call Gary on 4032 8151 to advertise

PIER REPLACEMENT

RE-LEVELING

0422 341 858 4942 7140

Lie No: 261305C

www.oziwi.com.ou

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LAWNMOWING

• Kitchen face lifts • New kitchens • Wall/Entertainment Units ·Free Quotes • 15 years experience • Darren Anderson (Qualified Cabinet Maker)

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BRAD DWYER

• Repairs or renewal • Leaf & Bird Proofing • Gutter Cleaning • Stormwater drainage

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For an obligation free measure and quote

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

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To advertise your business or trade call Gary 4032 8151

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TRADES & SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

PLASTERING

REMOVALIST

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PLASTERING No job too small • Quality workmanship • Fully insured • Renovation work • Water damage &patchwork • Fancy cornice specialist • Prompt reliable service • Pensioner discounts • All aspect of plastering • Clean up when job is complete • Free quotes

No depot to depot charge ~ for move in Newcastle areas ~

• All areas • All kinds of rubbish • All removed • Prompt Reliable Service • 7 Day Service

All areas! Call Ross 4957

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ROOFING

PHONE JOHN 0412 273 367 OR CARL 0411 702 817

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• 20% senior discount • Leaking showers • Rising damp • Epoxy flooring • UV stable coatings • Roof repairs

FOR ALL ROOFING AND GUTTERING NEEDS • OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE • RENEWALS AND REPAIRS • REMOVAL OF OLD MATERIALS • ALL COLORBOND ROOFING REQUIREMENTS • FIRST CLASS WORKMANSHIP

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TRADES & SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

RUBBISH REMOVAL

TREE SERVICES

SO & L RUBBISH REMOVAL

ALL RUBBISH

REMOVED

• DEMOLITIONS • YARD CLEARING • EXCAVATIONS

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SEWING MACHINE REPAIRS • Repairs to all makes and models • Repairs to all overlockers· Pick-up and deliver • In home service • Over 30 years experience

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CLASSIFIEDS CARRIERS I. REMOVALS

FOR SALE

AT www.hgwsremovals.net Ph: 4929 6763. Newcastle. 5 ton truck. Polite, fit & experienced. Satisfaction guaranteed Staples transport refer to Trades & Services. Ph: 49 577695.

COMPUTERS I. ACCESSORIES NEW, REPAIRS, MORING Your home or mine! From $25 per hr. Ph: 0419 684 584. 20 yrs experience.

Advertise HERE! Phone Gary

40328151 COURSES KNITT1NG & CROCHET classes Ph: 49575501

EDUCATION I. TRAINING

PUBLIC NOTICES

Seasoned Bush Timber $95.00 per cubic metre FREE delivery Newcastle and East Lake Macquarie

FOR SALE CHIRO DOUBLE MATIRESS $165 Brand new double chiropractic mattress. Full warranty. Can deliver. 0422173808

QUEEN LATEX PILLOWTOP MATTRESS $450 Brand new chiropractic. Damask fabric. 15 yr warranty. Can deliver. 0422173808

KING MATTRESS. Brand new 5 zone pocketspring. 15 yr warranty not $1350 sell $500 ono Can deliver ph 0422173808

FIREWOOD BEST IN THE HUNTER 2m Local = $260 2m Premium = $290 2m Vintage =$320 2m Iron bark =$350 All pricing includes delivery 6 days del service Yard service 6 days Smaller quantities avail in yard service 17 Kyle St Rutherford 4932 685~

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www.woodgalore.com.au

• Have a small deposit of 5%? • Don't qualify for FHO grant? • Single or combined income from $75K's+? • Self employed welcomelNew to Aust? • can pay $600 PIW+?'i!lJ]aTICHN!ID~

Ph: Vladimir 0419 540 998 email: yousellwebuy.au@gmail.com WHY RENT? When you don't have to! MOTORS= CARAVANS

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PH 49704131

FINANCE

GUTTER CLEANING Leaf and bird proofing Small repairs, Free Quotes Phone Terry 4954 0309 L10548

FOR SALE

Terry White Chemists, Hamilton

ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT RESUMES 25yrs Resumes, Letters all Application Criteria. Marilynne: 0438 154 882 mpV@mpvas.com

REAL ESTATE'--_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _--'

PH: 4953 0311

Quality Rollators with 8" wheels and hand brakes. Now ONLY $99 save $30. See instore for details

AAA Resume All careers and Mining, Industry and Apprenticeships 0488527891

LAWN MOWING Clean up garages. Pensioner Discounts. Ph 4971 6172 or 0412 663 339.

Advertise Here Phone Gary 4032 8151 today!

HEALTH BEAUTY I. FITNESS NEW, REPAIRS, MORING Your home or mine! From $25 per hr. Ph: 0419 684 584. 20 yrs experience.

SWISS RE LIFE & HEALTH AUSTRALIA LIMITED intends to issue after 5th July 2014 a special policy for the declared lost Medibank Life Policy 410337043 in the name of Mrs Susan Payne. Please contact Medibank on 1300 766 085.

JILL'S PET SITTING SERVICE Daily visits or live in Mature non smoker References available Ph: 0418 246 384

FIREWOOD 4 SALE

POSITIONS WANTED

Linda Dorhauer (Watkins)

well it is one year today that you past away, how I miss you every day. You are dearly missed by Amanda, John, Nicole, David, Debra and all your girlfriends and family. Love you Forever, Mum and John

MOTORS= MOTOR VEHICLES ***LOOK*** CARSDAILY your local dealer for Gars, Vans, Utes, Pick-ups. Try us out today @ Carsdaily.com.au

PEST CONTROL CALL JOHN AT PEST 0408 496 084 of pest control Termite work.

ACQUIRE CONTROL All types including

Spotpress

MOBILE WELDING & REPAIRS No job too small! Ph: 4975 1892

TRAVEL Pet Friendly! 2 bedroom cottages & 3 bedroom luxury villa. Fab locationWalk to shops, cafes, club, surf & beach. 2 hrs nth of Newcastle. seachangeholiday.com 1300 303 190 for your FREE INFO PACK!

catalogues . magazines newspapers brochures newsletters leaflets mailing & fulfillment

POS I. PET CARE

Chicken Coopl Rabbit Hutch 1.87 metres wide. Great access for easy cleaning. Simple to assemble.

$180 Buy direct from the importer. Other designs on display.

43404200 www.somerzby.com.au

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A HIGHLIGHT OF LAST WEEKEND was Kotara Bowling Club winning its first Newcastle District Triples Championship since 1985. The trio of Wayne Squires, Logan Brown and Keiran Lott combined brilliantly to claim the title. In a keenly contested final they defeated the Beresfield trio of Albie Ainscow, Glen Solomons and Mick Brown 25/20, after racing to a 17/5 lead early in the match. Both semi-finals were close hard fought affairs with Lott's team edging out Daniel Hill, former St Johns Park player Lee Such & NSW State representative Terry Antram (Soldiers Point) 23/21. Brown's team downed the strong Valentine trio of Owen Jefferson, Ross Levido and Bill Ahoy 23/20. The Kotara trio will now have the honour of representing Newcastle in the State Play-Offs to be held at Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club on October 24 and 25. The blue ribbon Newcastle District Major Singles Championship commences next Saturday. Defending champion David Govan (Valentine) should prove too strong for Paul Gilmore (Teralba) in the First Round at Hamilton North. Two

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Physicality and confidence ewcastle Jets defender Adrian Madaschi said he hoped to bring added composure and stability to the Jets' defence during the 2014/15 A-League season. Madaschi met his new teammates for the first time at the club's training base at Ray Watt Oval last week. The imposing centre-back said he hoped to bring a blend of physicality and confidence on the ball to the Jets' backline. "In modern football, I think (size) is a common characteristic of a centre-back and probably one of the pre-requisites," Madaschi said. "I also like to play out from the back and pass the ball quite a lot and obviously the most important thing is the defensive aspect of the game. "I like to be composed and give stability, because playing at the back you see more things than the other players. "Whether it's going into attack or getting back into the transitional phase of the defence, they're the things I work hard on to allow the team to make sure they're in the right positions." Madaschi, who had a nine-game stint with Melbourne Heart during the 2011/12 A-League season, said he was pleased to return to Australia with the Jets after two seasons in South Korea. "Since I was in the league last, the great thing is that the game keeps growing and getting better from a technical level,"

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times titleholder, 1998 and 2005, Ian Lean (Raymond Terrace) should account for Paul Wilcox (Teralba) at Windale/ Gateshead. 2006 champion Jason Stokes (Raymond Terrace) meets up and coming Belmont NO.1 Grade player Grant Seal in the Second Round at Hamilton North. The State President's Singles Championship also commences next Saturday with defending titleholder Paul Delforce (Kahibah) opposed to Michael Leis (Lowlands) at Swansea Workers. The State Senior Championship also commences next Sunday with defending titleholder Ross Levido (Valentine) confronting Tony Falcocchio (Kahibah) at Adamstown.

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University end win drought Maitland fall victim as Students notch first victory of the NHRU season â&#x20AC;˘ SAM BERRY

ound 10 of the NHRU rugby competition was played in glorious sunshine last weekend. Newcastle University finally broke through for their first win of the season with an entertaining 46-38 victory at home against Maitland. The Students have been threatening a victory for many weeks and jumped out to a 35-10 lead. As Maitland's finals ambitions were slipping away, the Blacks stormed back in the second half to trail 41-38. University weren't about to let another win slip away and confirmed victory with a try to Dave McQueeny in the final minutes to climb off the bottom of the ladder. Southern Beaches continued their surge up the competition ladder with a 26-18 home victory over Merewether. Merewether's injury ravaged season has seen them slide down the ladder and are currently clinging to 5th spot. Southern Beaches backline was too skilful for the Greens youthful side and despite a courageous effort from Merewether, Southern Beaches were too strong.

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Lake Macquarie slipped to the bottom of the ladder after copping a 75-22 thrashing at home to Hamilton. The Hawks forwards were far to dominate, led superbly again by their two Fijian locks and returning

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captain Steve Lamont. The match of the round saw defending premiers Waratah put in a much improved effort after last weeks mauling at the hands of Hamilton. Despite this, Wanderers showed why they

are the competition benchmark as they eased away in the second half to record a 34-17 victory and an 11th straight win. Nelson Bay showed they are a genuine chance of playing finals football after grafting their way to an important 20-19 away victory against Easts who were looking to record back-to-back wins at Dangar Park, but were stunned by the Gropers. Round 11 this Saturday sees some important fixtures. The match of the round features Hamilton hosting Southern Beaches. A victory for Beaches will move them into an all important top-three position, while Hamilton will be hoping to keep the pressure on the first placed Wanderers. Wanderers will be looking for 12 straight wins when they host Lake Macquarie. University will be hoping for another upset when an understrength Merewether travel to University NO.1 Oval. The Waratahs will be aiming to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they travel to giant killers Nelson Bay. The final game sees Maitland out for redemption after their shock loss last round. Easts will be no pushover and the Blacks will be out to ensure they aren't ambushed for a second straight week.

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Contenders rising to the task Western Suburbs and South Newcastle joint leaders after ten rounds of Tooheys Cup

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en rounds into the Tooheys Cup sees Western Suburbs and South Ne~castle sharing top spot on 18 POInts. However, the Rosellas have a washed out match from round three against Lakes United still to be played and are yet to be defeated this season. West overcame Kurri Kurri 30-20 on Sunday with Jermaine Ale crossing twice. Lachlan Hill's two tries for the Bulldogs ensured the scoreline remained respectable. Maitland proved too strong for arch-rivals Cessnock 36-16. Ryan Lacy and Terrence Seu Seu both notched two tries for the victors, with the win taking them two points clear of the Goannas. Central Newcastle had a solid 28-16 victory over Lakes United. Tom Morton, Ryan Walker, Jace Delaney, Brett Jarrett and Chris Madbrough scored a try each for the Butcher Boys. Honeti Tuha crossed twice for the Seagulls. South Newcastle maintained their strong form this season with a 24-16 victory over

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Port Stephens. Competition ladder after round 10: Western Suburbs 18pts (+138), South Newcastle 18pts (+120), Maitland 12pts (+100), Macquarie Scorpions 12pts (+4), Cessnock 10pts (+60), Central Newcastle 8pts (-34), Lakes United 6pts (-90), Kurri Kurri 6pts (-104), Port Stephens 4pts (-194).

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This weekend's fixtures: Cessnock v Kurri Kurri at Cessnock Sportsground, Saturday 2.30pm; Macquarie Scorpions v Maitland at Peacock Field, Saturday 3pm; South Newcastle v Lakes United at Townson Oval, Saturday 3pm; Western Suburbs v Port Stephens at Harker Oval, Sunday

3pm. Central Newcastle have the bye. Meanwhile, the Newcastle Rebels were defeated 22-20 by Illawarra in the final of the Country Championships at Tamworth on Saturday. Royce Geoffrey and Riley Brown scored two tries each for the Rebels.

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Dogs put back in the kennel Fullback Ross impressive as Knights NSW Cup team thrash Canterbury Bulldogs â&#x20AC;˘ MATT LOGUE NEWCASTLEKNIGHTS.COM.AU

he Newcastle Knights' NSW Cup side has surged back into the top eight following a comprehensive 38-12 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at NO.2 Sportsground on Sunday. Inspired by a double to fullback Nathan Ross, the Knights cruised to a comfortable win to lock in eighth position on the competition ladder after 15 rounds. The men in red and blue led 16-6 at the halftime break, before crossing for a further 22 points in the second half to record their second consecutive victory. While Ross was the Knights' standout performer, the star NO.1 was also well supported up by fellow backs Michael Dobson, Chanel Mata'utia and goal kicking winger Josh Mantellato. Newcastle will look to maintain their form when they host the second-placed Wentworthville Magpies at NO.2 Sportsground next Sunday from 3pm. Meanwhile, Beau Scott said Origin triumph is a night he'll never forget. The sheer joy of ending Queensland's

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eight-year reign was a special occasion for Scott but as satisfying as beating the Maroons was, the Knights' enforcer says the sight of injured teammate Alex McKinnon in the NSW sheds post-match topped

off the night. McKinnon also spent time with Scott and a number of other players at the Blues' hotel before the match. "I caught up with Alex before the game and it was actually a welcomed distrac-

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No end in sight for Fa-alogo Veteran forward keen to play on next year as Knights look to finish off season strongly • MATT LOGUE NEWCASTLEKNIGHTS.COM.AU

eteranNewcastle prop David Fa'alogo has revealed his strong desire to play beyond this season, adamant he still has plenty to offer in the NRL ranks. Fa'alogo said he was keen to stay at the Knights and help the club climb of the foot of the competition table. The 33-year-old, currently in his 12th season in the NRL, insists his ageing body can go for at least another year. "I haven't spoken to the club yet, but that's something that is probably going to come up soon," Fa'alogo said. "I'd be looking at hopefully a bit of news in the next few weeks. "I'm keen to keep playing. The body is holding up pretty good. My footy is going pretty well at the moment, it's just the results are not going our way." Although the Knights haven't the most successful season to date, Fa'alogo remains confident the men in red and blue can turnaround their fortunes. "We started off great against the Roosters,

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but started off slow in the second half and it has happened a in a few games now," he said. Meanwhile, Knights enforcer Beau Scott said last week's historic Origin victory for NSW was the moment that caps offhis stellar career. The Blues ended Queensland's eight-year Origin dominance with a thrilling 6-4 win at a packed ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Scott said the triumph over the Maroons would go down as one of his finest achievements. "To go up two-nil and now we've got the series won, it's a great feeling and especially to do it in front of a home crowd," Scott said. "I hadn't won an Origin series, so 1guess it just tops it (my career) off. Having so much support, obviously being in NSW, so it's pretty special." "It was a gutsy effort by both teams," he said. "One try over 80 minutes is pretty remarkable in the modern game. "We knew it was going to take an 80 minute effort and it took us until the 70th minute without scoring. Newcastle's Sione Mata'utia was part of the NSW Under 18 side that defeated Queensland 24-10 in the Origin curtain-raiser. The Knights are in action this Sunday when they take on Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium at 3pm.

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