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HOUSING CRISIS New State Government figures show that reporting of unauthorised occupants in public housing across the Hunter is double the state average. In January, Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, launched a twomonth amnesty period for people in public housing to declare unauthorised occupants living in their home, in order to avoid back-paying rent.

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nergy Minister Chris Hartcher visited the Hunter last week to thank Newcastle Ausgrid employees for their support of the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, but the attention soon turned to the issue of coal seam gas mining in the area. Mr Hartcher said more than 490 local workers had donated $70,000 to the helicopter service via workplace giving deductions, and also announced that Ausgrid would contribute an extra $30,000 to the cause.

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evin Rudd can deny it until he’s blue in the face, but it won’t stop people talking about a possible leadership change before the Federal election in September. Mr Rudd appeared on TV over the weekend, emphatically denying he’s planning a challenge to the Prime Minister. Th is latest denial follows a week in which Mr Rudd was questioned numerous times by the media about whether he’ll lead the Labor party to the election, answering these questions by advising journalists to take a cold shower. But, as our political columnist Laura Jayes reveals in her column on page 4, it’s not about whether Mr Rudd rules it in or out – it’s now about whether his Labor

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he students at Charlestown South Public School are going clucking mad – all in the name of learning. The school is again running its ‘Chooktopia’ program, which aims to teach students how to care for and nurture both life and the environment. “We love our chooks as they are really friendly and love to play,� said School Captain, Mikayla Eyles. “They get so excited when we come to the gate to get them and we have special names for each one.� The chickens are raised at the school from birth and when they are fully grown, are placed in a large enclosure where they are cared for on a daily basis by students on a roster. Parents and a local vet also volunteer their assistance. The students are egged on by Assistant Principal Jillian Hodson, whose childhood on a farm laid the foundations for the program. Principal, Colin Johnson, said the program is a great learning experience away from the classroom. “Our Chooktopia program creates so many brilliant experiences for our kids, as well as so many marvellous memories. “Hands on practical stuff like this is what a well-rounded education looks like.�

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hen Kevin Rudd was rolled by Julia Gillard for the Prime Ministership, she justified it by saying “I believe a good government has lost its way”. Ms Gillard pledged to put the Government back on the right path by solving three vexed policy areas – mining taxation, carbon pricing and asylum seekers. The carbon tax is still largely seen as a broken promise in the electorate, even if anger has tempered. Asylum seekers are still arriving in boats at a record rate – almost 1,000 already this year and it’s only February. Until last week the mining tax was looking like the least problematic. That was until the Treasurer revealed the so-called minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) only reaped $126 million in its fi rst six months – well short of the $2 billion forecast for the tax’s fi rst year. At the very least, it is an embarrassment. At worst, it’s another political disaster for Labor. The Prime Minister and Treasurer now face criticism from all sides; the Greens, the independents, the mining industry, the opposition, the states... oh, and from Kevin Rudd. Mr Rudd is using the apparent MRRT flaws to once again fan the leadership flames. The former PM gladly laid the blame at Treasurer Wayne Swan’s feet – telling Sky News this week it was he and Ms Gillard who changed his government’s original design. “[The] Treasurer and the new Prime Minister elected to make some significant changes to the structure of the tax. I think we are all familiar with what those changes are,” he said. “So, I think in terms of any future changes to the tax, given the fact that it has not collected any real revenue of any significance so far, that really is a matter for the Prime Minister and the Treasurer to consider and I’ll leave it with them.” But the mining tax was flawed under Kevin Rudd too.

In its original form, the resource super profits tax was unacceptable to the industry, and had no hope of being agreed to. Mr Rudd himself was deeply involved in his own negotiations to water down the tax and break the stalemate. After he was rolled, Ms Gillard took over. But she only conducted negotiations with the big three (Rio, BHP and Xstrata). It is now demonstrably clear she gave too much away by agreeing to refund increases in State Government royalties. Now she has the Herculean task of trying to overhaul the tax before the election without angering stakeholders too much. Another war with the mining industry is too dangerous, even if most Australians believe it does need to pay more. Instead, Julia Gillard has picked a fight with the states. Th is is unlikely to end well. The states can’t be forced and have no real incentive to agree and the big miners are geared up for round two with a combative ad campaign at the ready. For Kevin Rudd – he sees the whole ordeal as vindication – but it might not win him any votes in caucus for highlighting the party’s festering wounds. For Julia Gillard, it reminds Labor MPs (especially those in marginal seats) that it is approaching another election with the three key issues she identified to fi x still deeply flawed.

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ew State Government figures show that reporting of unauthorised occupants in public housing across the Hunter is double the NSW average. In January, Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, launched a two-month amnesty period for people in public housing to declare unauthorised occupants in their home, in order to avoid back-paying rent. The Minister was in town last week to discuss the progress figures with Charlestown MP, Andrew Cornwell, and Newcastle MP, Tim Owen, which include 35 cases of tenants having unauthorised occupants in Charlestown and 30 in Newcastle. Ms Goward acknowledged that housing availability and affordability is contributing to the issue in the Hunter, where there is a wait of up to 15 years for public housing in Newcastle and around 12 years in Lake Macquarie. “We now make [these waiting periods] very public, so people have options,” Ms Goward explained. “They can either sit out the 15 years and […] often that’s done by overcrowding or they can go and fi nd another option, or they can move where there’s less demand for public housing. “Over-crowding is the new

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homelessness […] but the fact is that if that’s what people choose to do and they’re eligible to be in the house, then they should be paying rent.” Housing NSW Area Director for the

Hunter, Anna Zycki, said this was a fair approach because the rent collected goes towards acquiring additional properties and maintenance costs. Tenants can declare additional

occupants online at www.housing.nsw. gov.au. There is also an anonymous ‘dob in’ line via 1300 468 746. The amnesty will run until March 17 this year. @triciamorosin

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appy New Year to you all. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fi nally back after a break and ready for another big year. One of the fi rst conversations I had with a friend at work was in relation to his concerns with pedestrian behaviour. He was telling me that he is concerned that there appears to be an increase in the number of pedestrians who are walking on the road, even when there is a footpath to use. Th is is a very dangerous practise especially if the pedestrians are exercising and may be wearing music headphones. Th is, obviously, reduces the concentration they have on other important factors, such as traffic using the roads, and can put the pedestrian in extreme danger. In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of pedestrian collisions and an associated increase in fatal collisions. It is important that we remember the lessons we learnt when we were young. If there is a footpath,

always use it. If you are crossing a road, stop at the kerb, look both ways and only cross when it is safe to do so. If you are walking alongside a road which does not have a footpath, it is far safer to walk on the side facing the oncoming traffic. That way you can see the oncoming cars and they are not driving up behind you. All this is worth taking note of and of course, I mentioned the new rules to add to these tips, which is hearing. The proliferation of mp3 players being used by joggers and walkers eliminates one of our important warning systems â&#x20AC;&#x201C; our hearing. The music pumping through the headphones attached to these devices usually drowns out the noise of approaching cars and we do not get this part of the advance warning of any potential danger. It is important that we accept our responsibilities when walking and just a few simple precautions can be the difference between exercise and demise.

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olice attached to the Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit are continuing their inquiries into an accident west of Maitland which left one woman dead and six others injured on the weekend. A westbound Mazda6 sedan and a Ford Fiesta hatchback collided on the Lovedale Road at Lovedale, west of Maitland, just after 7pm on Saturday. The driver of the hatchback, a 41-yearold woman from Greta, suffered critical

injuries and she later died on the way to hospital. Th ree girls, aged 13, 9 and 7, travelling in the hatchback were taken to John Hunter Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Mazda, a 25-year-old woman from Raymond Terrace, suffered serious leg injuries while her three-year-old son and fiveyear-old daughter, travelling in the back seat, escaped with minor injuries. They were also taken to John Hunter Hospital.

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Sporty bunch: Local athletes recognised Olympic gold medallists, Iain Jensen and Nathan Outteridge, have jointly taken out the 2012 Lake Macquarie Sportsperson of the Year title at the Lake Macquarie Sports Awards over the weekend. The champion sailors were presented with their awards by Lake Macquarie Mayor Jodie Harrison at the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Saturday night. A Council spokesperson said Lake Macquarie’s athletes had performed exceptionally throughout 2012. “The full array of sports awards acknowledge the outstanding performances of the City’s sporting men, women, boys, and girls, plus highlight the endeavours of our volunteer administrators,” the spokesperson said. “Nathan and Iain achieved incredible feats last year, most notably their famous Olympic gold medal in the 49er Class in London. “In the lead up to the Olympics, Iain

and Nathan also won nearly every event they contested including the Sailing World Cup and the 49er World Championships.” Cr Harrison also presented Jensen and Outteridge, along with fellow Olympic athlete, Benn Harradine, and Paralympic athlete, Georgia Beikoff, with plaques for outstanding achievement in London. Other winners included Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, Mariah Williams (hockey), Female Encouragement Award, Seinnah Pirona (sport aerobics), Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year, Issac Leadbeatter (sport aerobics) and Tony Lacconi (wakeboarding), Male Encouragement Award, Ben Fitzgerald (athletics), the Norm Johnson Administrator of the Year, Paul Robertson (golf), Masters Sportsperson of the Year, John Fryer (cricket) and Athlete with a Disability of the Year, Georgia Beikoff (athletics).

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“Like other places, we grapple with the issue of graffiti”

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n Lake Macquarie we are very proud of our environment and want to live in a beautiful place. However, like most other areas, we grapple with the issue of graffiti on community land and buildings on a daily basis. Over the last few years, Council has been more proactive in its approach to tackling graffiti, with all major developments approved across our city containing a clause that says graffiti must be removed within 72 hours of it being reported. Council also encourages developers to consider ways to prevent vandalism and crime such as graffiti through design. When it comes to removing graffiti, Council has a team of staff whose job is to remove graffiti from community buildings. We’ve also forged a partnership with the Juvenile Justice Division of the NSW Attorney General’s Office and are providing funding for young offenders to continue with graffiti removal work following the

successful graffiti hotspot program in 2012. We are also trialling a product that allows graffiti to be washed away with soap and water. The best things about this product are that it’s made by a Lake Macquarie business, and it’s cheaper than other products on the market. If the trial is successful, we will roll it out for all new buildings across the city. To report graffiti, call the NSW Graffiti Hotline on 1800 707 125. For information about managing graffiti, go to www.lakemac.com.au/services/ graffiti. One of the ways we show how proud we are of Lake Macquarie is by getting involved in Clean Up Australia Day, which is on Sunday, March 3. It’s not too late to register a site at www. cleanupaustraliaday.org.au. Last year, more than 7,500 volunteers collected 15 tonnes of rubbish at 90 sites around the city. I look forward to achieving great results again this year.

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ontrary to some media reports on Monday, Newcastle Council’s General Manager, Phil Pearce, and local Organiser for the United Services Union, Rob Potter, have both confi rmed that no decisions regarding potential cuts to staffi ng levels at the Council will be made prior to June this year. They also confi rmed there will be a “mass meeting” on Februay 20 – not a stop work action – and this meeting

has management approval. Council will consider a threepart solution to fi x its fi nancial woes: “fi nding operational savings, increasing non-rate revenue and applying for a special rate variation of 7 percent to be applied in a stepped approach over 7 years”, Council said. “Obviously this is an unsettling time for the organisation and particularly for our staff...I have called on staff to have respect for each other,” Mr Pearce said in a statement on Monday.

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Cuts on the cards: Calls for cool heads at Council

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Newcastle: a gateway to NSW

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n media discussion around likely locations for a future second Sydney airport, it was great to hear some people were supportive of Newcastle as a potential site. Th is debate has been going on for about 30 years and although the most recent study, completed in March 2012, discounted Newcastle as an option, Newcastle Airport is already growing fast organically. There are approximately 1.2 million people located within two hours of Newcastle Airport in Newcastle, the Hunter, the Central Coast and the Mid-North Coast. Th is is a significant number people needing access to outbound travel services with 1.18 million passengers through Newcastle Airport in 2012. Looking at these figures it is clear the need is there and expansion plans to accommodate more passengers and destinations are on the cards. The Department of Defence has endorsed a 20-year masterplan for the airport which includes developing an international gateway.

Newcastle certainly has the potential to be a destination in its own right and the success of the airport provides significant benefit to the local economy. It is more than just tourist-based services such as tour operators, restaurants and hotels but job creation through airport operations and expansion. Currently Newcastle and Port Stephens Councils own the airport but recent changes to the structure means Newcastle Airport will soon be less reliant on the two local councils for ongoing funding as the Airport can now borrow money directly from external sources. The structural changes also allow for additional investors to be sought with the two Councils maintaining the majority shareholding and for dividends to be paid to shareholders. Dividends are forecast at $36 million over the next 14 years. So, as the debate continues over a second site for Sydney, we are well placed to position Newcastle as an alternative gateway for NSW.

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ewcastle Council last week resolved to outsource the project management of the Newcastle Art Gallery redevelopment, following a notice of motion from Labor Councillors. In addition to outsourcing, the motion also suggested a Project Control Group be formed and that the Lord Mayor lead a delegation to the NSW Premier to appeal for $7 million funding. Liberal Councillor, Lisa Tierney, requested an amendment to ensure political diversity when electing Councillors to the Project Control Group, which was accepted. Th is caused a stir in the public gallery as Cr Tierney had not supported such diversity in relation to the General Manager’s recruitment panel. Fellow Liberal Councillor, David Compton, also requested an amendment, ensuring the project costs be limited to $21 million in full and include all expenses since 2003. Greens Councillor, Therese Doyle, called the amendment “a joke” that would “leave us with an outhouse”. Labor Councillor, Nuatali Nelmes,

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said including all costs since 2003 should be ruled out of order and Cr Compton compromised by removing the 2003 timeframe from his amendment. Labor agreed to the $21 million total project cost and this figure was included in the

fi nal, successful motion. Ron Ramsey, Director of Newcastle Art Gallery, expressed mixed feelings. “I suppose, if that’s the budget, that’s the budget; we’ll have to work to it,” Mr Ramsey said.

“It will limit us […] because we were working on 2009 figures in the fi rst place, and four years later, well, if you’re building a house you know what that’s like.” @triciamorosin

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Number 4 for a cause Teacher and breast cancer sufferer shaves her head and raises $7,000 AMELIA PARROTT

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he New Year has not got off to the best start for Speers Point Public School teacher, Hayley Reeves. In January, the 33-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer and has begun the year with surgeries and chemotherapy to fight two tumours. Last week however, Mrs Reeves chose to put aside her own health concerns to go “Bald for her Boobies” and raise money for local breast cancer awareness organisation, Hunter Breast Cancer

Foundation (HBCF). “I’ve started chemo and my hair was going to fall out anyway, so I thought I should do something to make the most of the situation,” Mrs Reeves explained. More than 300 staff, students and parents attended the school’s fundraising event last week where Mrs Reeves and members of her family, school principal Chris Payne and students had their heads shaved. “I went to a number four...The wind blows on your scalp and it feels very strange – I don’t know how bald people do it!” she said. HBCF spokesperson, Holly McHattan, said the fundraiser was a success and

raised in excess of $7,000. “What is so amazing is that the event was launched, organised and occurred within a 2-week timeframe and there has been amazing support from the community,” she said. “The money will go towards [HBCF’s]

supportive care program, which helps breast cancer patients get to and from their treatments, assists with home cleaning or garden care.” Donations can be made by visiting www.hbcf.org.au. @thepostjourno

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“Traditionally, drug and alcohol patients have somewhat been marginalised and so this is another step towards incorporating drug and alcohol treatment into general everyday care. “It’ll mean they’re included as just another patient in the hospital.” For the past 9 years, patients and staff have needed to go outside and around to the main entry of Belmont Hospital when required, and in emergency situations an ambulance needed to be called. Dr John Olsen, Director Emergency Department at Belmont Hospital, said the linkway would provide benefits in terms of safety and ease of access to facilities, however he agreed that the most important change was enhanced social inclusion. @triciamorosin

t’s hard to believe that not even a decade ago, people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions were considered non-medical patients and were treated in separate structures from main hospital buildings. Belmont’s Lakeview Withdrawal Management Service began its journey away from this antiquated approach in 2004 when they were re-classified as ‘medical’, and last week reached an historic milestone when a new linkway to Belmont Hospital was opened. Dr Craig Sadler, Director Withdrawal Services, who was instrumental in having the unit changed to medical in 2004, was on site to officially open the new linkway last week. “[It’s] important in terms of having an internal link between the Withdrawal Unit and the Hospital, so that basically the transfer of medical services as required can be safer and more timely,” Mr Sadler said, while thanking the Health Department and Area Health Service for funding the project. The new linkway joining the Withdrawal Unit and Belmont Hospital

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ustralia’s original market for bargain babies’ and kids’ gear, The Baby and Kids Market, is returning to Newcastle for the fi rst time in 2013 on Sunday, February 24. Expectant mums and dads, grandparents and their friends can all fi nd quality second-hand baby and kids gear at extremely reasonable prices. “The market is a fantastic community event as local families sell their gently used-wares to other local families,” explains organiser, Jennifer Harrison. “Our stallholders are parents who want to fi nd good homes for things their kids no longer use and earn some extra money at the same time. “Buyers get brilliant value for money by

buying quality pre-loved goods at bargain prices. Ms Harrison says shoppers can “literally save thousands of dollars” by shopping at The Baby and Kids Market. “Buying anything from cots and prams to clothes, shoes and toys from other parents makes perfect sense,” she said, while noting that strict quality control means the products on sale look, and often are, as good as new. The Baby and Kids Market is on Sunday, February 24 from 9am-12 midday at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, corner Young and Curley roads, Broadmeadow. Entry for adults is $4 and kids’ enter for free. There will also be free family-friendly activities on the day.

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Group, Thurs, from 11.30am for lunch, from 1pm for entertainment, Wallsend Pioneer Hall. 4951 6190. National Seniors Weslakes 2nd Wed 9.45am Toronto Diggers. 4955 1314 or 4959 1230. Newcastle National Seniors Adamstown RSL, 4th Tue from 10am. 4952 8787 or 4920 8821. Cardiff Seniors seeking new members – carpet bowls cards and more. 4945 5785 or 0406 727 455. Toastmasters: Alpha Toastmasters Club, every Mon 6.45pm Newcastle Panthers. 49555011. Wallsend Toastmasters Club, Thurs, 7pm - 9.30pm, Wallsend Diggers Club. 4951 1830. Port Hunter Toastmasters. Meetings, Mon 6.30pm, Mayfield Sports & Recreation Club. 4951 5234. Newcastle Toastmasters, 1st & 3rd Thurs, 7pm the Cricketers Arms, Cooks Hill. 0415 081 610. VIEW: Wallsend, 3rd Mon 10.30am, function 4th Mon, Wallsend Diggers Club 4954 9421. Nobbys Evening, South Newcastle Leagues Club, 1st Tues, 6.15pm, 4954 9286. Redhead, 1st Wed Central Leagues Club 11am. 4944 7483. Beresfield, 1st Wed Beresfield Bowling Club from 10:30am, 4966 4649. Belmont 3rd Wednesday, 10.30am Charlestown Leagues. 4967 7068. Belmont 3rd Wed 10.30am. Charlestown Central Leagues Club. 4967 7068. PARENTING Happy Hippo Toy Library: Toys for 0-6 year olds. Open Tues & Fri 10am–12pm or by appointment. Phone 4973 7000. MyTime: Program for families living with children with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Wed (fortnightly) Biraban Community Centre, Toronto 9.30-11.30am. 0411 750 371. Newcastle Multiple Birth Club Inc: Support, social events and information for parents of multiples. 0407 431 339. HEALTH Abuse: Christian support group for women: Mon 12pm 2.30pm in Highfields. Contact Barb, 0412 561 260. AL-Anon: Family groups. 1300 ALANON (1300 252 666) or alanonnorthernnsw@bigpond.com. Anxiety Support: Email support group for women, contact eilish@pacific.net.au. Co-Dependents Anonymous: Sun 6pm Newcastle School, corner of Union and Laman Sts. codependentsanonymous.org. au. 0437 326 487. Dementia community groups: Small groups with a facilitator meet fortnightly for social activities local businesses and attractions. Novacare. 1300 363 654. Hunter Women’s Centre: Alternative therapies. 4968 2511. Overeaters Anonymous: Day and night meetings. 4966 3082. Relationship counselling: lifemakeovers.com.au, 0407 708 465. Westlakes Stroke Recovery: 1st & 3rd Mon, Wangi Workers Club from 10am. 4970 5711 or 4973 1303. If you know of something going on in Newcastle or Lake Macquarie, please contact us least two weeks before the date of publication. This is a free community calendar and is for not-for-profit and community organisations. Strict guidelines apply for inclusion in this section. Write to us The Post PO Box 2321, Dangar, NSW 2309 or email stephen@newcastlepost.com.au.

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10 tips for healthy living

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s a nurse, people often ask me questions like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What are the most important things I can do for my health?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Th is is such a complicated question because there is no single answer, but I know of a blog by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Natural New Age Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I felt I wanted to share it with you all. By following these 10 steps, I have no doubt that your health will improve. 1. Educate yourself. Learn about health and nutrition. Read labels. Read books. Read blogs. Research. Ask questions. 2. Keep it simple. Eat fresh food with the least human intervention. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat anything your grandma wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognise. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat anything advertised on TV. The longer the shelf life, the shorter your life. 3. Drink more water. Really. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been said, I know, but lots of fi ltered water really does make a huge difference to how you feel. Ditch the soft drink or cordial and keep alcohol to a rare treat. 4. Start eating superfoods. Put simply, some foods give you more bang for your buck. My favourites are coconut oil, chia seeds and spirulina. Visit your health food store and start

experimenting. 5. Choose organic. Lighten the toxic load of your family by choosing organic. You also ensure that your food is GMO and additive free at the same time. Plus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the planet. 6. Take a probiotic. Your gut health plays a very important part in your entire bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Get it sorted and you will feel a million dollars. Choose a really good quality probiotic for the best effect. 7. Stretch. Our bodies are not designed to sit around all day, hunched over a computer desk, tv or video game. Get up, get on the floor and do some yoga stretches. 8. Love your body. No matter what it looks like or has been through, love your body. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love and respect your beautiful body, why would you look after it? 9. Slow down. Breathe. Relax. Enjoy life. Stress is a killer. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fi nd that out too late. 10. Be Authentic. Be yourself. Trying to live a life being someone you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t is a sure-fi re path to ill-health. Happiness and health will come when you live your truth.

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have been with my boyfriend for a little over three years so the usual stress over last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage to fi nd me this year. In saying this, I still thought that it was important that I look my best considering that Ryan had booked gold class tickets to a movie, of my choice (very rare, I know), and had made the effort to ensure that it would be a night that we could both enjoy. I asked a number of friends for their opinions but they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give me any advice as they were in completely different circumstances to me. One was going on a fi rst date, another a fi rst blind date, and another was going to her new boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place for a home cooked meal. None of us could come up with a conclusion on the perfect outfit for a date but we came up with a list of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what not to wearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because an outfit that is a disaster could potentially ruin a date. The most important thing to remember when dressing for a date,

particularly if it is a fi rst date, is to avoid wearing something provocative and make sure that all underwear is covered â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this goes for the men as well. If it is a fi rst date, it is important to make a good impression, not a sleazy one, and if it is a date with a long-term partner, save it for a time when you are home alone; will they really enjoy themselves if they are noticing every other person in the restaurant staring? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best not to wear something uncomfortable (think toe crushing stilettos) especially if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where you will be heading for the big date. It might be a long walk to the car so wear something that you feel good in and chances are, you will look better when not wincing in pain! Finally, stay away from excessive makeup; your date will want to see who you are. And on that note, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vitally important that you stick to outfits that you like and that suits you. A date is a chance for you to show your true self, and the fi rst chance youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to make a statement about yourself is by wearing the right outfit.

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’d like to start my fi rst column by thanking the team at the Post for recognising the importance of hearing a young person’s perspective on life in the Hunter. Young people, in particular, are the ones who will see the long-term effects of the decisions made today, yet our views are far too often simply ignored within public debate. Why is this? Whilst many suggest that young people are simply disinterested in the ins-and-outs of daily politics and decision making, I believe that young people are often highly interested but are disengaged by the process. Young people often engage in very different ways from the older generations. Th is is perhaps best demonstrated by the upsurge of young people engaging in organisations like the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and GetUp. In the past, young people interested in making a difference would have joined the local branch of their preferred political party, joined the local Church’s missionary to the developing world or written letters to the editor. Today, the debate young people

engage in has moved online, fi lling the platforms of Facebook and Twitter with reams of often well- researched and passionately argued debate and discussion. Whilst the bulk of the young generation are engaging online, others are beginning to have their voices heard in places where previously they have been simply ignored. In recent years, candidates aged under 25 have been elected onto the Hunter’s local governments, with Hannah Gissane being elected in Lake Macquarie and Morgan Campbell in Cessnock. On the national stage, 23-year-old Wyatt Roy has almost served a full term as the Member for Longman. Our area has a large number of young people drawn to the opportunities offered by the University, by apprenticeships or other work, or by the less hectic lifestyle offered by living in a major regional capital. As we enter an election year, I hope that young people will be having their voices heard, challenging and questioning the opinions of the older generations.

Declan Clausen is the 2013 Newcastle City Young Citizen of the Year. He currently studies environmental engineering and science at the University of Newcastle. Twitter: @DeclanClausen

Good habits for a great year at school

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ith the new term having just begun, now is the time to think about making the best use of the year ahead to plan for maximum success for your children. Most schools give out a term plan of events. Note them down in the family calendar, so you are not surprised as the year rushes by. Th is includes events such as sports day and book or Easter parades, as well as examinations. As more events come in, remember to update your calendar. It is also good to set aside one evening to look through the school diary every week and make sure all work is up-to-date. Schools often communicate to parents through notes in the diary, and children do forget to pass on information. Th is brings up the one thing that many families fi nd a challenge: homework. Whatever your opinion of homework,

if it is part of the school culture, you need to embrace it. The best thing is to set aside a specific time of day for homework to be done. Be there to help, but it is there for your child to do. Support the learning, but if you end up doing most of it, it becomes meaningless. Make homework a good habit and as fun as can be. If it is seen a chore by the whole family, every week will be a battle. Also, plan out healthy lunches for the week, so there is no morning panic. Finally, remember that one of the aims in all school curriculums is to instill enjoyment in learning, so we should be examples. As a family, share new things you have learned each day so your children are encouraged to learn. We should also read just a little bit more because if we do, our children will follow.

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www.newcastlepost.com.au Full Moon – February 26, Virgo New Moon – February 10, Aquarius

ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

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

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

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

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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

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The planets are all heating up your love zone so expect conversations with your partner to be deep and intense. For couples wanting a family, this is the ideal time to set plans in motion. Your energy may be rather low and it’s possible that you’ve been taking on too much just to show how impressive you can be. Are you sure you’re not going for the sympathy vote? It doesn’t really matter as the fact is you need rest so make sure you get some.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

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

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

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

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Th is is not a time to gamble on anything, you need to stick to the tried and tested and take a responsible attitude to everything you are dealing with. The males in your social circle are going to be passing on some useful tips so be as open minded as possible when in their company. Unexpected breakthroughs are likely on the home and family front and you will have the heaven sent chance to pour oil on any troubled family waters.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

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

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

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

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Happy Birthday Aquarius! 2013 will see you climbing the ladder of success and other people looking to you for leadership. With Saturn in a difficult aspect to your sign, you’re ready to confront any unfi nished business both personally and professionally even if this means having a few confrontations. The New Moon in your sign on the 10th sees you using your famous sense of humour to win friends. The Full Moon on the 26th warns you to be careful of being assertive.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

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

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KID TALK

by Anthony Piggott

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leep deprivation can have serious adverse health effects – both physical and mental. Feeling fatigued, irritable, anxious or depressed can all result from too little sleep. The brain works harder but operates less effectively. The ability to undertake usual tasks requiring concentration (such as driving) is greatly impaired. If you have chronic, (that is long term), sleep problems, there may be some simple ways you can get into a regular sleep pattern more easily. The newly revised Fact Card entitled Sleeping Problems gives some valuable tips. Th is card is available from pharmacies around Australia providing the Pharmaceutical Society’s Self Care health information. It’s most important to establish a routine. Try to get up out of bed at the same time every day; and once you’re up, stay up. It helps

your body maintain that natural waking and sleeping rhythm that makes sleep easier. Avoid caffeine-containing drinks (tea, coffee, cola, chocolate) in the evening. As well as being a mild stimulant, caffeine also causes us to pass water more often; so our sleep can be disturbed by the need to visit the bathroom during the night. If you can’t go without your tea or coffee at night, try the decaf varieties. Remember that persistent sleep disorders, especially those involving pain or breathing difficulties, need to be investigated by your doctor. And, for the nearest location of your Self Care pharmacy to pick up your Sleeping Problems fact card, phone the Pharmaceutical Society on 1300 369 772 or visit the website at www.psa.org.au and fi rst click on ‘Self Care’ then ‘Use the Self Care Pharmacy Finder’.

Anthony Piggott is a pharmacist and proprietor of Piggott’s pharmacies at Blackbutt, Hamilton and Hamilton South.

had the pleasure of attending a Business Chicks breakfast in Sydney recently and of all the speakers I heard, there was one that was so inspiring, I have to share it. Janine Shepherd’s story is nothing short of incredible and the way she speaks and shares her intimate and personal experiences was mesmerising. For those of you who are not familiar with Janine Shepherd, she was a cross-country skier in training for the Winter Olympics when she was hit by a truck during a bike ride to the Blue Mountains. She was severely injured and not expected to survive, let alone walk again. Her life as she knew it was no longer an option. In all of this, she never gave up and within one year of her accident, she became a qualified pilot. If she couldn’t walk, she said, she decided she was going to fly! Here are some gems from Janine’s story for you to take away: 1. The human spirit is incredible when we make a choice and commit to it; 2. Why bounce back when you can bounce forward; 3. Have the courage to take a new path and stretch your comfort zone; 4. Teach your children resilience (more on this below); and my favourite…. 5. Love the hills! Accept and embrace that life is full of hills and once you do this, you have the edge and can conquer anything.

There were two moments in her talk that brought tears to my eyes and connected with me as a mother. The fi rst was when she was talking about the 10 days after her accident. Janine was in a coma and she very much felt her parents there. The love and strength felt from her dad holding her hand constantly at her bedside gave her the courage to fight for her life. Despite the fact that I cannot even begin (or want) to imagine going through that as a parent and seeing your child struggling to live, this part of the story cut through me – the love you have for your family is extremely potent and all powerful. The second was when she was talking about her daughter. Janine was told she could never have children and now she has three. One of her daughters is a champion skier. She takes after her mother and whilst in training, she injured herself which would see her out of training for a year. She was devastated and inconsolable. One day, she came into the kitchen she said to Janine, ‘You know what mum, this is only going to make me stronger and more determined’. Janine said, ‘That’s my girl’! I can only hope that I can instill that resilience and strength in my children. Needless to say after the breakfast I was buzzing. If you are interested in reading more about Janine and being inspired beyond belief, take a look at her website: www.janineshepherd. com.

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BUSINESS MATTERS

FINANCE MATTERS

Craig Eardley

Greg Taylor

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et me tell you a story. Got your attention? I read a book over the holidays by journalist, Valerie Khoo. Her book, Power Stories, reinforced something I have been telling my clients for years. We are hardwired to tell stories. We do it at the footy, at BBQs and we admire great storytellers, yet we don’t do it enough in business. Stories can be particularly useful for giving people the “why”. Why should a staff member get behind your business plan? Why should a customer buy from you and not from someone else? As Khoo explains in her book, every business should have an “About Us” story. You need a short elevator version to get people’s attention and a longer version with more information once you have people asking for more. Th is is one of a number of stories you can use. Customer testimonials are great stories to share. Negative ones can even be great to share internally

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usinesses are increasingly taking up credit cards. I don’t mean as a customer payment option but as a way for them to pay their business bills. I was reading a report by Retail Finance Intelligence (RFi) which said that recent data from the Reserve Bank shows the average business credit card transaction in 2012 was $302.49 compared to $127.76 for consumer credit cards. The report said the average business credit card transaction has been increasing over the past few years, while the average consumer card spend has been decreasing. A recent CPA small business survey showing the number of business card accounts is growing at almost five per cent each month. Rfi’s own data shows the proportion of small to medium businesses intending to take out a credit card with their primary business bank in the coming year increased from 30 per cent in September to 36 per cent in December 2012. Business credit cards can be a useful

too, to learn how to work better next time. The problem is that most business stories are dead boring. They start with “Since 1963...”. The history of your business may be interesting to you, but it is not to your customers. What is interesting is a story about how you can fi x their problems or make their life better. You also need to avoid complex “management speak”: words and figures that are designed to impress, but are counter-productive. Take a look at the story you tell in your brochures or on your website. Is it written from the customers’ perspective? Is it interesting and motivating? Give it to someone outside your company and get their feedback. Once you have your stories straight, arm your sales staff with them. Place them on your website or your blog. Tell them to your staff at your team meetings. Start having a decent yarn with your customers and staff today.

Craig Eardley is a Hunter-based public relations and communications consultant

business fi nance tool. They can be more secure and more widely accepted than cheques. Cards can also help with cash-flow by giving you interest free access to money for a period, provided you pay the monthly balance in full. Having a dedicated business credit card allows you to separate business and personal expenses, making bookkeeping faster and simpler. Any costs associated with the credit card (fees or interest) may be tax deductable. If you are thinking about getting a business credit card, shop around. Make sure you know how you will use the card to help compare the rates. Beware of cards with introductory offers which leave you locked into a high interest rate after a brief honeymoon period. Where possible, always try to pay the monthly statement amount in full to minimise or eliminate interest and other costs. Cards with rewards point are only useful if you spend big. If not, the fees can be more than the coffee maker you get with your points.

Greg Taylor is deputy CEO and chief financial officer for the Hunter-based Greater Building Society. www.greater.com.au

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When it comes to hard rock royalty, they don’t come much more regal than Guns N’ Roses. Stephen Bisset caught up with guitarist DJ Ashba ahead of their highly anticipated Newcastle show to chat about new beginnings and keeping up with Axl.

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ith a few exceptions, the first in a film franchise is always the best and this iconic adventure flick from Steven Spielberg is certainly the best of the bunch. Barely back from a treasure hunt in South America (that features one of the most legendary ‘man being chased by giant ball’ scenes in film history), renowned archaeologist Dr Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by US Army Intelligence to carry out the unenviable task of recovering the biblical Ark of the Covenant – the resting place of the Ten Commandments. Not before too long, Jones is thrust into a rollicking adventure where he must do battle with pesky Nazis, duplicitous natives, nests of venomous snakes as well as, of course, the wrath of God. Aside from his turn as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, this could be Ford’s finest outing. This is matinee-style adventure at its finest.

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nyone familiar with arguably the world’s greatest ‘rockgrass’ (an enticing mix of rock and roll and bluegrass) band, Hayseed Dixie, will already be quite familiar with John Wheeler’s alter-ego, Barley Scotch. While he has been caterwauling over some truly creative covers (the Hayseed’s version of Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ or AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ have to be heard to be believed) for the better part of 12 years, Wheeler has finally decided to branch out on his own and the result is a very personal and beautifully produced batch of Southern rock. While much of the album is penned by Wheeler himself, there are a few covers that creep in the set such as a brilliant rendition of The Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’. However, it is when Wheeler lets loose with his witty and unique turn of phrase (that is an equal to his unique vocals) that the album truly shines.

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his quirky and unassuming sci-fi/romantic comedy might have one of the strangest plot lines in recent memory, but it is also brimming with buckets of heart and some truly laugh-out-loud moments. Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is a magazine intern who jumps at the chance to investigate the author of a classified ad seeking someone to travel back in time with. Along with Jeff, the staff writer, and Arnau, a fellow intern, the three go on a road trip to a coastal town. While Jeff just wants to chase after his high school crush and Arnau wants some kind of life experience, Darius spends her time with Kenneth, a man who believes that he has built a time machine. The closer they become and the more they understand about each other, the less clear it becomes if Kenneth is just crazy or if he actually is going to successfully travel back in time. Definitely worth a look.

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ardcore kids, both old and new, start salivating because this is one triple bill of classic New York hardcore to write home about. Sick Of It All have been thrashing out classic hardcore anthems since 1986 and their latest set, ‘Based On A True Story’, is proof positive that these guys have the same passion and commitment to the cause as they did in the days of the burgeoning New York hardcore punk scene on the mid-1980s. Madball are one of the few groups that can lay claim to achieving high marks in regards to all of the above, while also retaining an undying spirit that, to many, represents the heart of what the genre is all about.

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act and artist of the year at the 2006 MusicOz Awards. Morgan Evans is definitely one star on the rise. Catch him in his covers guise, ME, at the Duke Of Wellington Hotel on Sunday, February 24.

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here has never been any question about whether or not Morgan Evans would have a career in music. Now, having signed a major record deal with Warner Music, the 26-year-old believes he can finally describe his music career as “official”. When you’re around Morgan Evans, his excitement about the future is palpable. He has racked up more career milestones than many performers manage in a lifetime – including award nominations and sharing stages with the likes of Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, Thirsty Merc, Shannon Noll and more. He cut his teeth as frontman and guitar slinger for multi-award winning local rock trio, Solver, whose accolades include best rock

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t may’ve taken two years for Sydney outfit Love Parade to make the leap from EP to full length, with their debut long player, ‘King Me’ set to drop anytime soon, but it seems as though it may be worth the wait. The band’s last EP, ‘Strawberry Situations’, was a homage to the swirling sounds of 60s psychedelia and, as keyboard player James Law explained, while ‘King Me’ still has a foundation in that ‘Nuggets’-era goodness (Electric Prunes et al), there is a new-found pop sensibility creeping into the Love Parade oeuvre as punters who get along to the Lass this weekend are sure to find out. “‘Strawberry Situations’ was kind of inspired by those psych bands of the 1960s but for ‘King Me’, we’ve kind of moved into more of a power-pop direction. It’s a short sharp blast of pop – all of the songs clock in at under three minutes and the album clocks in at around the half-an-hour mark,” he said. Wanting to make the biggest splash possible with the debut, the band enlisted the help of some “heavy” friends to oversee production duties – namely Robert F Cranny who

produced Sarah Blasko’s first two albums, Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie and Frenzal Rhomb frontman, Jason Whalley. “It was great having those guys on board,” Law said. “The result of having Jim, Jay and Robert on board is that the album is streets ahead of everything else we’ve ever done. Everything we’ve done before, there felt like there was some kind of compromise but, with these guys, there was no compromise – everything is completely realised and we’re really proud of what we achieved. Those guys have a tonne of experience and it was great having them on board.” Love Parade, who met while studying at Newcastle University, are now based in Sydney but Law said the prospect of returning to Newcastle stages is always a good one. “It’s certainly going to be good to play the Lass as it is the best live music venue in Newcastle, just in terms of the way the venue supports original music,” Law said. “It’s also good because even if there’s a small crowd, it looks as though it’s packed, which is always encouraging.” Catch Love Parade when they play at the Lass O’Gowrie on Saturday, February 23.

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fter releasing ‘Chinese Democracy’ – arguably the most expensive album in the history of popular music (costing an estimated $14 million) and instituting a bit of a revolving door band member policy since the mid 1990s, it seems as though legendary LA rockers Guns N’ Roses are, once again, hitting their straps as Newcastle audiences will discover when the band blow the doors off our fair city next month. Guitarist DJ Ashba (who joined the band in 2009, replacing Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck) told TE that the band was in a very healthy place at the moment and couldn’t wait to get back to Australia after a hugely successful tour in 2010. “Man, we are all beyond excited,” Ashba said. “Last time we were down there, we had an absolute blast and I know that Axl has always loved Australia, so we just can’t wait to get down there and put on a kick ass rock and roll show for you guys.” While Ashba is no stranger to playing big stages with the likes of Nikki Sixx’s (Motley Crue) side-project Sixx AM, he said Guns N’ Roses was a completely different proposition altogether. “Yeah, it’s been f***king surreal,” he said. “I’m totally honoured to be a part of

such a legendary rock band – it’s kind of hard to put into words but I mean, yeah, I’ve been around for a while and played on some pretty big stages, but Guns is a completely different animal. The Guns fanbase is just phenomenal – there are no better fans on the planet and it’s just so mind-blowing to walk out in front of them every night.” While the core members of the Gunners – Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler – have long since left the band, largerthan-life frontman Axl Rose is still keeping the flame alive and has enlisted a veritable supergroup of players (Ashba, Tommy Stinson from the Replacements, Dizzy Reed, keyboard player from the ‘Use Your Illusion’ era, Chris

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Pittman, Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer, who have both spent time in the Psychedelic Furs and guitar wizard Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal). While much as been said over the years in the music press and by hardcore fans about the legitimacy of the current lineup – Axl sans everyone else – Ashba said the band gets a kind of perverse pleasure out of shutting up the naysayers with some truly powerful live rock and roll. “It’s been a hell of a lot of fun because as much as people might want us to fail, and want Axl to fail, we just ain’t going away,” he said.

“The thing about Guns N’ Roses is that we all have this tremendous respect for each other – it’s not like we’re Axl Rose’s backing band, we’re all part of the Guns N’ Roses family and I really think that translates onstage.” There’s no denying that when it comes to polarising figures in rock and roll, few split the vote more than Axl Rose. He’s the guy whose one-of a-kind rock voice soared over such classics as ‘Sweet Child O Mine’, ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. However, Ashba said while he was every bit the rock star, the ego that

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ILLUSION AIN’T NO ILLUSION AIN’T NO ILLUSION we’ve come to expect, if you believe the music wags, had maybe become a tad exaggerated over the years. “Man, Axl is just such a nice guy,” he said. “He’s an amazing mentor and I really do learn something from him every day. There’s no denying that he is a perfectionist, but it’s because he just loves what he does so much. “The fact is that after all these years, Axl is just a phenomenal performer – when you put a mic in front of him, there is no-one in the world that can touch him.” While it may’ve taken the band the best part of 14 years to produce ‘Chinese Democracy’ – with their last studio effort being the covers record ‘The Spaghetti Incident’, Ashba assured the Guns N’ Roses faithful

that they wouldn’t have to wait as long for the next release, with all members champing at the bit to record again – although don’t expect them to rush things. “Absolutely there will be a new record coming out – it’s the band’s main focus at the moment,” he said. “We’ve got a ton of stuff written but we are taking our time as we don’t want to rush in and make a mediocre record. We’re all just really excited about the future of Guns and Roses and for me as a songwriter, being able to go in the studio and put my own flavour on the Guns N’ Roses sound will be truly amazing.” Catch Guns N’ Roses when they play with ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, March 13.

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s one of the region’s most recognised and respected entertainers, Daniel Arvidson shines as a highly experienced performer. His expanding commercial and original material sets are exceptional, while his success as a musician is constantly increasing. He is an award-winning artist, gaining awards both for his original music and performance. Arvidson is first choice for many major events and functions around the country and has also taken his magic around the world to places including Italy, New York and the Caribbean. He has a massive repertoire, ranging from Coldplay, Bernard Fanning, Angus and Julia Stone, Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J to Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Pearl Jam, and more. With an exceptional ability to capture an audience, his endless repertoire allows him to adapt his show for any scene. Be it sweet and smooth for those quieter moments, or powerful and gutsy when you’re ready to dance, Arvidson knows how to deliver a song. Catch Daniel Arvidson at the Duke of Wellington on Friday, February 22.

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Wanda Jackson and Doris Day) gritty guitar chops-laden ‘Little Red Rider’, Lee is back with her sophomore release, ‘The Rocky Road To Io’ and she said she couldn’t wait to give Newcastle audiences a taste of her latest batch of original tracks. “We recorded the album completely live over three days with our good friend Paulie Bignall and we’re really happy with it and can’t wait to get out there and play it for people,” Lee explained. Lee, who is also a dancer, said it was the way people moved within the genre that attracted her to it in the first place. “I became totally absorbed by a couple of bands that were playing around Melbourne and just the way every one danced, as I am also a dancer,” she said. “I was also into the folk scene before that and quickly moved into rhythm and blues. In fact, sometimes when I’m onstage I get jealous of the people in the crowd dancing – I need to work it into the act where I can take off my guitar and join them.” Catch Coral Lee and the Silver Scream when they play at the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday, February 23.

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“We’re going into the studio at the end of the month to work with Steven on a single and then we’ll be going back in April to do the first half of the album and then again in May to finish it off, but we’re hoping that we’ll have it out by the end of the year.” After kicking off last year in style, playing the Melbourne and Sydney legs of the Big Day Out, Bonjah picked up stumps and decided to try their luck in Europe and it seems to have paid off for the boys as plans are already in the works for a return visit. “Yeah, 2012 was a great year for us,” Morgan said. “We played the Sydney and Melbourne Big Day Outs which has always been a huge dream for the band. “Then we headed over to Europe for the first time – it was a bit of a whirlwind tour as we only played three shows, but it was just awesome. We played at a University festival in Germany and the organiser was a bit of a fan so he asked if we’d go on after the headliner who turned out to be the biggest hip-hop artist in Germany. “We were like, ‘How are we going to follow this?’ but the crowd seemed to get into it which was nice. Then we went over to London for two shows which is pretty amazing itself, but there was one show we played at a club that fit around 300 people and we managed to sell it out.” Catch Bonjah when they play at the Great Northern Hotel on Friday, February 22.

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the iconic Don’t Tell Mama cabaret club. “It’s just so exciting, I can’t believe I won the scholarship and I just can’t wait to get over there,” he said. Neale said the selection process for the scholarship was quite rigorous, with applicants asked to complete research on musical theatre, present a showcase of three songs as well as undertaking a series of interviews. 19-year-old Neale graduated form TDP last year, and placed first in the state for Music 2 and Music Extension courses in the HSC and was also selected to perform at the 2011 HSC Encore performance at the Sydney Opera House. If that wasn’t enough, he also performed at an Elton John’s VIP-only private dinner at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Not bad for a guy just out of high school. Neale, who said he wants to pursue a career as a fulltime working musician, said the scholarship represented a fantastic opportunity. “It’s going to be so good to experience a culture like New York which has such a welldeveloped scene and is such a music-rich environment.”

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guaranteed to please even the fussiest music fancier. Think the likes of Eric Clapton, Paul Kelly, John Paul Young, Bryan Adams and Van Morrison and you know you’re in for a good time. Aside from a varied and eclectic set that runs the gamut of popular music, The Cruisers also provide an energetic live show that is guaranteed to please. The Cruisers will be on at Wallsend Diggers on Friday, February 22.

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here is little doubt that the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;little instrument that couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ukulele â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has been undergoing a bit of a resurgence of late. The likes of Eddie Vedder (who dedicated a whole album to the instrument), punkcabaret chanteuse Amanda Palmer and Hawaiian virtuosos Jake Shimabakuro and Israel Kamakawiwoâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ole have really taken the ukulele out of the novelty song, Tiny Tim context and reframed it as a musical force to be reckoned with.

Now that people have recognised the rebirth of the ukulele, the question is: what will it be when it grows up? Can the ukulele move beyond rebirth and stand on its own feet? Canadian ukulelist James Hill believes it can. With five acclaimed albums under his belt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the latest of which, Man With a Love Song, has been picking up plaudits across the globe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hill has travelled the world for over a decade entertaining

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f down home Chicago-style blues is your bag, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably want to get along to the Mayfield Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revamped band room this Friday night to check out one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest exponents of the genre, The Blues Rattlers. This four piece offer a hard-hitting selection of old-school blues with influence coming from the likes of blues greats Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wolf with a healthy sprinkling of the unique Aussie greats like Chain and Ian Rilen. The Blues Rattlers is fronted by renowned Novocastrian axeman Robbie Urquhart who also takes up vocal duties while Mark â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merewether Fatsâ&#x20AC;? Salter (this guy is one of the finest harp players in the biz) wails on the mouth harp and slide guitar. Add to that a rhythm section comprised of

Ruben Andrews on bass and Trevor â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crusherâ&#x20AC;? Cameron on drums and you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for a hard-drivinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; good time. Described by some music wags as delivering â&#x20AC;&#x153;blues with venomâ&#x20AC;?, the band has a driving intuitive feel that is, at the same time, restrained and explosive. This is a sound that rumbles deep down in the belly of the south and lashes out with some powerful blues riffing. While they are well-known for their awesome selection of blues standards, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paint these guys into a corner as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as likely to trow in a bit of rockabilly, swing and jump blues just to keep you on your toes. Catch the Blues Rattlers when they play at the Mayfield Hotel on Friday, February 22

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fter becoming pretty much a household name in Australia thanks to a slew of sold out national tours, three highly successful live DVDs and more Oz TV appearances than you can poke a stick at, Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy is back and this time heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not happy. The normally affable Bhoy will be bringing his latest show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dear Epsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Civic Theatre next month but be warned, dear reader, some spleen will be vented. Bhoy, who described the show as â&#x20AC;&#x153;some stand-up with some sitting downâ&#x20AC;? said the show would revolve around Bhoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent spate of letter-writing to big companies complaining about the little things that really get under all of our noses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely going in hard on this one,â&#x20AC;? he told TE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a bit of what you might call a breakdown recently and I wrote a letter to Epson about the disparity between the price of their printers and price of their printer cartridges. I mean, honestly, you can buy a new printer for the price of one cartridge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyway, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve expanded this to form the basis of the show where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be reading out letters that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written, not just to these big companies, but to anyone that p***es me off â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it really is quite a cathartic experience.â&#x20AC;? Australia was one of the first places that cottoned on to Bhoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laconic style

of humour after he first performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2003. Such is Bhoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity in Oz that he has released two stand-up DVDs that were filmed here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Sydney Opera Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Athenaeumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a third, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Subject to Changeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, recorded in Canada. So, what is it about his style of comedy that appeals to Aussie audiences so much? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that basically, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because both Australian audiences and Scottish audiences are very similar in terms of what they think is funny,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also my style of comedy is very story based â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more in the tradition of Billy Connolly than any type of set up and punch-line comedy and because both Scottish and Australian people both seem to really love hearing a guy tell a great story, normally in a pub, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier for an Australian audience to relate rather than an American one.â&#x20AC;? No stranger to the lure of the road (he has been called the Bill Bryson of standup comedy), Bhoy is a much rarer fixture in his home town of Edinburgh, although this is something he recently redressed when he recorded his latest and first internationally available DVD â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Festival Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of felt that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d neglected Scotland so filming the latest DVD there was a real no-brainer for me. It was an absolute brilliant experience being able to do my thing on home turf.â&#x20AC;? While he is not afraid to take his comedy to the world, Bhoy said there

were some places that were more â&#x20AC;&#x153;interestingâ&#x20AC;? than others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the most interesting place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played was India,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the first place Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d played to a non-English speaking audience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; well they spoke English but English wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their first language. Anyway, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d even seen stand-up before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they were more used to the whole Bollywood song and dance type of entertainment. It was a real eye-opener, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure.â&#x20AC;? So for such a seasoned pro, performing at the Civic Theatre should be a doddle, right? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing how nervous I am still before I go out onstage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bundle of jitters,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That said, as soon as I walk out on stage itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in some kind of Oriental spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just so relaxing.â&#x20AC;? Catch Danny Bhoy when he plays at the Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 2.

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nyone that has heard Maitland-bred Pat Capocci play guitar will know that this is one cat who knows his way around a fretboard. While there’s no denying that there is a fair bit of natural talent swimming around in there, Capocci said he was constantly learning his craft – in fact, you’d be hard pressed to find Capocci, on stage or off, without a guitar close by. “It’s pretty much all I think about,” he told TE. “I’ve been a bit lazy lately, so I’ve been getting up at around five in the morning and I’ll practice for about two hours before work, then again at morning tea and again at lunch – I might be a bit obsessed but I’m never without a guitar.” After developing his hepper-thanhep brand of rockabilly (with healthy lashes of jazz, country and western swing for good measure) in various outfits over the years, it seems as though his main squeeze, The Pat Capocci Combo, is beginning to break some serious ground overseas with the band heading over to Europe three times in as many years to an increasingly rapturous continental audience. “Last year we did two European tours in August and March and they were just fantastic. “The first time we went over there,

I was just blown away with how big the rockabilly scene is over there compared to Australia – everyone in the scene over there is just great and they all seem to have so much knowledge about the music, like really rare records and stuff that we’ve never heard of – it’s awesome. “We’re planning on heading back over there in June – it’s taken a bit of time, but I think we might be starting to break some really good ground over there, which is really encouraging.” The band also has plans to head over to the US, the mecca of Rockabilly in the near future, visas and work commitments notwithstanding. “We’d love to get over there, and we do plan to, it’s just a matter of juggling everything. It’s a bit harder to organise a trip to the States.” Capocci, who cut his teeth with a heady mix of his father’s old Chicago blues albums and 70s English punk rock from the likes of the Buzzcocks, said the band was on the cusp of releasing their third album, ‘Call Of The Wild’ which, while retaining the core Capocci sound, represented a bit of a spreading of the wings for the three piece. “I guess you’d say this album is a bit more adventurous than previous records,” he said. “There’s a bit more of a Western swing influence in there and a few other surprises as well – I guess we’re just trying to challenge ourselves to come up with something a bit different each time around.”

Such is Capocci’s all-consuming passion for music and the esteem in which he is held in the Oz rockabilly/ roots scene that, at last count and including the Combo, his name popped up in 10 different outfits – from fellow Maitland-bred Ezra Lee’s band, to Danny and the Cosmic Tremors to his drummerless Western Swing trio, the Twilight Rhythm Boys.

“Yeah, I’d say I’m in about ten different bands at the moment, although I haven’t got to the stage where I start playing a song from a different band while I’m onstage – I’m sure it’s bound to happen, but hopefully not for a while yet.” Catch the Pat Capocci Combo when they play at the Wickham Park Hotel on Saturday, February 23.

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t may’ve taken Caitlin O’Reilly a while to discover her songwriting prowess, but now that she has, it seems there is no looking back for the burgeoning songster and her outfit, Crazy Old Maurice. “I’ve always been a muso but I had never led a band or written a song,” O’Reilly told TE.

“Then, in January 2011, I actually wrote my first song while I was on my honeymoon and the rest, as they say, is history. I hooked up with Mike Collins on the upright bass and Tim Evans on drums and Crazy Old Maurice was born.” Self-described as Newcastle’s first and foremost “creepy blues pop” act, Crazy Old Maurice’s modus operandi seems to be defying categorisation with a sound that moves effortlessly from smooth blues to folk, to jazz and pop

– hardly missing a beat. “I’d say that we kind of defy categoristion,” O’Reilly said. “We’re kind of a blend of really mellow blues and because the guys are jazz-trained musicians, there’s a fair bit of jazz in there as well as a few other surprises.” The band have plans to head into the studio this year to record their debut EP and plans are also in the works for a follow-up East Coast tour in support of the release. O’Reilly said it was the band’s main wish that they offer punters a truly unique live experience – something that leaves them wanting more. “I guess that people can expect something unlike they’ve never seen before with a Crazy Old Maurice show,” she said. “It means so much to me when people come up to us after we’ve played a show telling us how much they liked the show and how we didn’t sound like anyone they’d heard before – it makes it all worthwhile.” Catch Crazy Old Maurice when they play at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on Wednesday, February 20 along with Ungus Ungus Ungus and William Lee.

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ast week, we told you about Newcastle singer-songwriter Amy Vee’s quest to finish her debut album ‘Fits and Starts’ via the crowdfunding website, Pozible. With her album budget eaten up by recording costs, Vee was left with a slab of freshly tracked songs but nary a brass razoo to take care of the artwork, pressing and manufacture of the CDs. “The thing is, I had a budget for the album but I ended up spending a lot more time in the studio than I thought – which wasn’t at all a bad thing – and had no money left for production,” she said. Well, we’re pleased as punch to report that Vee has exceeded her original target of $9,500 and can now get down to the business of putting the finishing touches on ‘Fits and Starts’. Vee was obviously elated with the support she had received as her Facebook status, last week, illustrated. “With only 2 hours to go, we just hit the 10k mark on Pozible. So, so stoked, excited and elated. Can’t wait to pay you all back in music. Amazing times,” she wrote. Congratulations, Amy.

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For Sale: $710,000

bedroom and bathroom, kitchenette and laundry. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently used as in-law accommodation, but would suit teenagers equally well. The property has a three-car garage, an entertainment deck at the rear of the

house with an electric awning as well as a second entertainment deck at the front of the house. For more information, phone listing agent Andrew McGrath at Raine and Horne Blacksmiths on 4971 5071. Inspect: By appointment.


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ituated in a sought-after street in Coal Point, this five-bedroom house makes the most of northeast-facing lake views and

breezes. The house has an open-plan lounge that opens onto an outdoor entertainment deck and all five bedrooms have built-in

For Sale: $489,000

wardrobes. The property has a low-maintenance yard and a drive-through garage. For more information, phone Dowling Lake Macquarie on 4958 8177 or listing agent Bill Messiter on 0418 700 884 or Shane Beverley on 0409 663 504. Inspect: By appointment.

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• Single level brick veneer & tile home • Separate self contained accommodation • Investors – qualifies for depreciation allowances • Constructed in 1994. • Big double garage & double carport • Parking for boats & vans • Fully fenced level block with room for a pool • Walk to shops & school, less than 800 metres to surf • Good size bedrooms

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• Located across from Swansea shops • Privately tucked away towards rear of complex • North facing courtyard • Big open plan airconditioned living • Two large bedrooms both with built ins • Main bathroom with separate bath & shower • Separate toilet & laundry • Internal access garage with remote door • Large kitchen with plenty of bench & cupboard space

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Th is is truly a unique acreage development with no other competition in arguably Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier residential locationâ&#x20AC;?, said Daniel Cross, Principal of Ray White, Forster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The estate is to be sold englobo and offers the perfect opportunity for a local, Newcastle or Sydney developer to get in on the ground floor with most of the hard work already done.â&#x20AC;? Expressions of interest close on March 15. For all enquiries, call Andrew Antonas, principal of Matrix Project Marketing on 0412 253 131 or Daniel Cross, principal of Ray White, Forster on 0408 489 671.

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construction industry, but a greater decline in houses and apartments. While this represents bad news for the construction industry, it puts fi rst home owners in the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat to secure better prices, making a new home build much more realistic, especially given the escalating up-front headworks and development charges. But, anyone looking at building a new home should make sure they research thoroughly and ensure contracts cover everything involved in the construction process. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly important to be wary of variations clauses. Too often we see the situation where a fi rst home buyer has enthusiastically entered into a contract, only to fi nd the contract or their budget did not cover all items. Then they are left to fi nd additional funding for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;surprisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; they discover along the way.

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CORNER POST with Josh Mitchell from the Newcastle Jets

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things should start looking up for usâ&#x20AC;? I imagine there would have been some mixed feelings for you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; being left out of the side and the team picking up a solid 2-0 over Melbourne Heart on Friday? I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say there were any mixed feelings as I always want the team to win regardless of whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m playing or not. I thought the boys played a really good game and thoroughly deserved to take home the three points. Gary van Egmond suggested some of the younger players mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been struggling with their confidence levels of late. Do you see Michael Bridges starting on a regular basis as the fi nals series approaches, as a confidence booster? Absolutely. I thought Michael was one of a few standouts in the game on Friday night and his performance lifted the team. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been itching to get a run and I really think he proved himself. If he can play like he did against Melbourne [Heart] Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become a regular fi xture for the rest of the season. Melbourne Heart certainly gave as good as they got, particularly in the early stages of the game, and could have been at least level at half time. In the second half, however,

they barely got anywhere near Mark Birighittiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal. What was the difference, do you think? I think that Melbourne came into the game with a lot of intent and they really did fight hard in the fi rst half and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extra difficult to claw it back when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re away from home. In the second half we seemed to adjust our defence to really close them out and continued that for the rest of the game to take away the points. No doubt youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think the team can push on and claim a top 6 spot? What does the team really need to concentrate on to make that happen? By no means are we assured of a spot in the fi nals yet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still six games to go and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a tight race. I think if we concentrate on focusing on a week by week basis, things should start looking up for us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got Brisbane at home this week and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll defi nitely be looking to play like we did on the weekend against them to really take a step forward. I think the key, at this stage, is to just stay focused and not lose sight of the goal and then, with a bit of luck, we should be able to make a pretty decent run for the fi nals.

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ewcastle Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; management has admitted the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implication in the Australian Crime Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ACC) Project Aperio report into the use of banned substances in sport has created â&#x20AC;&#x153;angst and frustrationâ&#x20AC;? within its ranks. Both Knights CEO, Matt Gidley, and coach, Wayne Bennett, both fronted the media last week to acknowledge that while the club had been named as one of six clubs with possible links to doping, neither knew of any instances of doping by players. Following a meeting with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) representatives on Tuesday, Gidley said he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;confident we have no issues of concernâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While no specific details or players

were mentioned by the ASADA representatives, they made it clear the Knights coaching staff and support team, and their procedures, were given the all-clear,â&#x20AC;? Gidley explained. Bennett was uncharacteristically forthcoming in his criticism of the handling of the allegations, telling the media: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, then we want to get them resolved, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the manner itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been doneâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s created a fair bit of angst and frustration for everybody concerned, particularly at our club here anyway.â&#x20AC;? At a press conference on Tuesday morning, NRL CEO David Smith, said he understood the frustrations of players, clubs and fans but legally wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed to speculate on the investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have permission to go into any further detail; that is a matter for the individual clubs. I am committed to working with ASADA to deal with these issues as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.â&#x20AC;?

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Trialling time for Knights Shrugging off controversy, the Knights come away with a win against Souths

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he Newcastle Knights have shrugged off the recent controversy surrounding the club, defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-6 in their trial match at Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium on Saturday night. Handling errors and poor discipline saw the Knights under a great deal of pressure early in the fi rst quarter and a huge effort in defence kept the Rabbitohs off the scoreboard. A sprinting Akuila Uate helped shift the momentum in the tenth minute and put the Knights into Rabbitohs’ territory for the fi rst time in the match. Matt Hilder backed up Uate’s run and forced his way over the line from dummy half to give the red and blue an early lead, 4-0. Returning captain, Kurt Gidley, added the extras from in front to take it to 6-0. Penalties to the Rabbitohs forced Newcastle’s defence to work overtime to keep their 6-

0 lead, while a change of team in the third quarter saw 13 new players take to the field. Tyrone Roberts at halfback proved his fi rst grade credentials with a sneaky try in the corner early in the second half. He converted his own try to extend the Knights lead by 12-points. The Rabbitohs hit back with a Koroisau try and Reynolds converted to close the gap by six-points, 12-6, but with ten seconds left on the clock, Roberts and Korbin Sims partnered up for the Knights third try and Roberts second, with Peter Mata’utia converting to fi nalise the fulltime score at 18-6. Knights coach, Wayne Bennett, said he was impressed with the team. “We were good without doing anything special, which is probably where you want to be for your fi rst pre-season game of the year,” Bennett said. The Knights’ next trial will be against the Cronulla Sharks in Tamworth this Saturday, February 23.

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