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nbn battle It’s the broadband showdown that will play a huge part in the upcoming Federal Election. Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Malcolm Turnbull was in town last Thursday spruiking the Opposition’s national broadband plan. It has attracted criticism, but Mr Turnbull says it’s cheaper than Labor’s plan and will be delivered in a more timely fashion.

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Pauline Hanson says she may run for Hunter MP, Joel Fitzgibbon’s seat. Photo: AAP.

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auline Hanson has hit out at Hunter MP, Joel Fitzgibbon, saying he has only held on to his seat for so long because the Fitzgibbon name is “entrenched� in the region – referring to his father, Eric Fitzgibbon, who was Member for

the Hunter from 1984 to 1996. Ms Hanson’s comments come just days after reports surfaced that the former One Nation leader is considering running as an independent candidate for the Hunter seat in this September’s Federal election. “Joel Fitzgibbon takes his role as Member for granted and has been taking the Hunter for granted,� Ms Hanson exclusively told The Post.

“He sees the role as more of a career [...] following in the footsteps of his father. “Strong Labor voters in the Hunter don’t know any different. I think it doesn’t hurt to have a change.� Ms Hanson had previously suggested she would run for a seat in her home state of Queensland, but only last week shared that, for the past five years, she has

also been considering a move to the Hunter. She will make a final decision within the next three weeks. Ms Hanson said the impacts of coal seam gas and the poor state of our roads were key concerns. Mr Fitzgibbon told The Post he had no intention of responding to Pauline Hanson while her comments were coming from far away Queensland.

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omorrow is one of the most important days on our national calendar. It is a day to reflect on those who fought for our country, and fought for the very types of lives that we live today. ANZAC Day can so very often be overshadowed by the fact that we get a day off, or get to play two-up at the local pub. Thankfully, our journalists have done a tremendous job in finding the real ANZAC spirit this week. On Page three you will find a wonderful piece about the forgotten heroes of war – the women. In this particular case, a new website has been launched to honour nurses from the Hunter whose brave involvement in World War I is often overshadowed. On page 14, we look at the story of a brave local who, when you consider his courage and bravery, really typifies the very spirit that we commemorate on ANZAC Day. As you go through our paper this week you’ll find other stories that deserve to be told on this very special day, too. Yes, you may get to have the day off tomorrow. But at least, even if just for a few minutes, take the time to pause and remember the people who fought for you, for us, and for this country. Lest We Forget.

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New website aims to recognise efforts of local nurses during World War I Amelia Parrott

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n ANZAC Day we pay our respects to the countless soldiers who have fought for Australia throughout this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud history and, while the image of the World War I solider is commonly associated with ANZAC Day, we must not forget the many Aussie nurses who provided critical care during the Great War. To help keep their memories alive, local war researcher, Christine Bramble, has created a website in honour of the 76 nurses from the Hunter who served with the Australian or British army medical units in World War I. Ms Bramble said, although the serving men may have vastly outnumbered the women, their contribution should not be forgotten. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although they were numerically a very small proportion of the armed forces, each military nurse was in a position to influence the fate of hundreds, even thousands of men through her nursing skill and care,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took a lot of courage to stick to their work and keep a cool head when convoys of literally hundreds of wounded were being admitted to a hospital.â&#x20AC;? One such nurse was Ilma Emily Lovell

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The forgotten heroes of war

Wallsend trained nurse, Ilma Emily Lovell. Photo: Newcastle Museum.

(pictured) who graduated from Wallsend Hospital in 1916 and was stationed in Egypt. Another, Ida Greaves trained at Newcastle Hospital and was the first

Australian woman to be awarded the Royal Red Cross during WWI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had the courage to [...] step into the dangers of the war zone when no one

really knew how things would unfold,â&#x20AC;? Ms Brambles said of Greaves. To read more, head online and visit www.huntervalleygreatwarnurses.com.

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World class education, until you get to university

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he Labor Party’s policy on school funding makes sense, but once again its politics don’t. The day before the Gillard Government’s most important election year announcement – it was revealed (on a Saturday) that it would be ripping over two billion dollars out of university funding to pay for primary and high school funding. Huh?

So the message is – you’ll get a world class education until you’re 18-years-old, only to get into a substandard university. The messaging also doesn’t fit with the tertiary education goals of the Asian Century White Paper. Less than 150 days from the election – Julia Gillard has a fight on her hands, not only with the Opposition and the States, but now also with University Chancellors. With no progress being made at COAG

last Friday, this has now become an issue that will play out over several months with only added media interest and speculation attached. We’ve come to expect these garbled messages from this Labor Government – but let’s try to ignore that for the purpose of looking at this policy. Education is a vote winner – it speaks to parents who want the best for their children and, all of us really, who want to see a higher calibre, more intelligent society. What Julia Gillard is proposing is a funding model that looks at student needs. It allocates a base amount per student – around $9,000 for primary and about $12,000 for secondary. On top of that, each student is eligible to have thousands more dollars committed to their education. These so called ‘loadings’ are added for indigenous background, disadvantage, remote schools, large schools, those lacking in English skills and those suffering disability. $14.5 billion over six years is the price tag. The Federal Government will cover $9.4 billion in its two-for-one offer. That’s then divvied up between the states. New South Wales is the big winner – with

$3.4 billion in Federal funding on the cards. But it also means that NSW has long been underfunded and it has the biggest room for improvement. Compare that to WA who’ll only get $200 million of Federal assistance. West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has used many adjectives to describe what he thinks of the deal in recent weeks, but effectively he sees his state being punished because WA schools have been best funded out of the states. The Opposition is pushing the line that Julia Gillard’s education plan is a failure if all the states aren’t on board. Maybe, in terms of achieving a national plan, but when it comes down to it, that’s just politics. For those states that do sign up – students will be better off. Colin Barnett shouldn’t be able to dictate the outcomes of students in New South Wales – Julia Gillard has ensured that, by confirming she will sign up individual states regardless. The good news is – Barry O’Farrell is likely to sign up and that’s a win for kids in New South Wales. But this story and issue still has plenty of twists and turns to come.

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hadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Malcolm Turnbull was in town last Thursday spruiking the Opposition’s national broadband plan. Speaking at a community forum at Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium, Mr Turnbull criticised the speed at which the Government’s fibre-optic network had been rolled out and the cost of the National Broadband Network (NBN). “[Labor] said at the end of 2010 ... by June 30 this year with the fibre roll out they would have passed 1.3 million premises – they will be lucky to pass 190,000,” he said. “Labor says they will need a total of $44 billion to complete [the NBN]... we’ve done some very conservative estimates and we believe it will cost at least $94 billion. We can complete it for $29.5 billion and we will complete it many years sooner.” Mr Turnbull said the Opposition’s plan would deliver broadband speeds of at least 25 megabytes per second (Mbps) to all Australians by 2016, with most able to access speeds of 50Mbps or better. The Liberal Party’s plan has been heavily criticised for delivering speeds much slower than the Labor plan, which can currently deliver speeds of 100Mbps

Malcolm Turnbull speaking at a community forum last Thursday.

and is capable of providing speeds of up to 1000Mbps. Federal Labor Candidate for Newcastle Sharon Claydon said the Coalition’s broadband plan confirms they will

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ewcastle institution Senior Constable Tony Tamplin marked a milestone 35 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service with NSW Police Force last week with a surprise party attended by Senior Constable Tamplinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends, family and fellow police officers. Senior Constable Tamplin joined the force in 1978, serving in Chatswood and

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Tony Tamplin and his wife Sonia, also a police officer, launch a safety programme in 1985.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just met so many wonderful people... so many funny characters, so many interesting, knowledgeable [people] itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just made it enjoyable to go to work each day,â&#x20AC;? he said. Despite his many years of service, Senior Constable Tamplin said he has no immediate plans to retire.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the twilight of my career,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;35 years, I mean, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to be here forever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When [retirement] will come, no idea, no plans.â&#x20AC;? He said while work is still fun and enjoyable, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep turning up each day.

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would like to take a moment to blow our own trumpet. Recently the Bureau of Statistics released an update of long term crime trends in property and violent crime. Some sections of the media targeted a few of the areas where there had been a rise in the statistics and they have been widely reported, but I would like to highlight some of the positives from these statistics because they are needed to complete a balanced picture of our community. We have recorded significant reductions in many areas of crime due to our ability to function together and our improved methods of policing and intelligence gathering. The statistics cover the past 12 years, since 1990 to 2012 in NSW and here is a snippet of them. Murder is down by 51 per cent, motor vehicle theft is down 73 per cent, break and enter (non-dwelling) is down 65 per cent, break and enter (dwelling) is down 45 per cent, robbery with a weapon not a firearm is down 29 per

cent, robbery with a firearm is down 71 per cent and robbery without a weapon is down 26 per cent. There are some massive reductions in these crime statistics in the past 12 years. Many of these have been achieved because of a toughening of the laws, and a much improved method of policing (becoming far more pro-active rather than being purely a re-active force) but many of these successes are due to you, the community. It is because we continue to stick together as a community force, a group of people that refuse to give in to the minority of less ethical members, that we have made these great strides in improving the safety of where we choose to raise our families. The NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione wrapped it up by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crime prevention and crime reduction is a community partnership. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it by ourselves. As the old saying goes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the community is our eyes and ears.â&#x20AC;?

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ast week the Hunter hosted the first public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the heath impacts of air pollution. Australian Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, and Greens Senator, Lee Rhiannon, arrived a day early to meet local residents and hear their concerns about coal dust. Tighes Hill resident, Carrie Jacobi, presented Ms Rhiannon with a soiled cloth she’d used to clean the inside of her windows with that morning and the Senator said it wasn’t the first time she’d received such items. “If T4 went ahead there’d be more coal trains coming down and they’re already wiping away this level of coal dust and are just so worried...,” Ms Rhiannon said. “It’s already at a level that the Government should be doing something about, but [instead] they’re working with industry to expand the problem.” The public hearing began on Tuesday with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) being grilled on a number of issues, including the fact that

T4 protestors outside the inquiry and (inset) Senator Lee Rhiannon with Tighes Hill resident, Carrie Jacobi.

the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality (NEPM) is not applied to small communities. The EPA argued the measure doesn’t “lend itself” to smaller populations and said these groups are instead addressed in

the planning phase. EPA CEO, Barry Buffier, claimed their new target for 2.5 particulate matter (PM) in the Upper Hunter would be the “most stringent in the world” and they would push for it to become national compliance.

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Dr James Whelan from the Hunter Community Environmental Centre followed the EPA and questioned what impact their new target would have when the current PM10 standard is “already ignored” and was exceeded more than

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unter Street is arguably the most talked about street in Newcastle. Council has invested strongly in planning for Hunter Street because the community has given us a message loud and clear that the area is a priority and they want to see action. The long term plans are wrapped up in the NSW Government’s Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy so Council is focusing on short term improvements that will have a big impact. Newcastle has in abundance a community that are hard working and

used to change. In just a few short years our reputation has completely shifted from being a steel city to a cosmopolitan, coastal centre. You may be familiar with my theory that if we can get the small stuff right, the large investment happens. So if business owners take pride in their patch, the prosperity follows. In December last year I wrote to all Hunter Street building owners to get an understanding of priorities for the revitalisation of our city and to encourage their involvement. This week I have

by Newcastle City Council Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy

written to them again about how they become directly involved via the recently approved Façade Improvement Scheme to upgrade building facades in our city. The City of Newcastle and Newcastle NOW are offering grants of up to $4,000 for projects such as: • painting and cleaning of the façade • removal of redundant signage, disused air conditioning units and hoardings • minor repairs to existing façade tile or stone accents • activation of vacant shop fronts (e.g.

artworks, lighting, video displays etc.) Building owners can fill in the grant application form available online and commit to providing a minimum of one third funding to the project. A panel will assess and prioritise all applications and then The City of Newcastle and Newcastle NOW will commit the (balance of approved funding) other two thirds of the funding to all successful applicants. Applications are open until the 23 May 2013. For more information visit The City of Newcastle’s website and search for façade.

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As part of the development of a new water plan for our region, this is your chance to provide input on the various water demand and supply options being considered for the lower Hunter community.

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he finger pointing has continued this week in relation to the Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) redevelopment funding, with Deputy Opposition Leader, Linda Burney, calling on the State Government to direct funds from the $4 billion privatisation of NSW ports to the gallery. “I want to make it abundantly clear – Labor opposes Mr O’Farrell’s ports privatisation,” Ms Burney said from outside the Art Gallery, alongside Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon and Labor Councillor, Stephanie Posniak. “However, if Mr O’Farrell is determined to flog off this State’s silverware – a hefty chunk of that $4 billion must find its way to the Hunter. “The Premier’s claim that he didn’t have $7 million to redevelop the Newcastle Art Gallery was always laughable – but it’s now been completely blown out of the water.” Ms Claydon said the NSW Government was reneging on their campaign promise and continuously delivering cuts instead of investments to the Hunter. NSW Treasurer Mike Baird responded to the attack by describing it as “the height of hypocrisy” for State Labor to comment on how the funds should be spent when they opposed the lease of Port Kembla and Port Botany.

Cr Stephanie Posniak, Sharon Claydon and Linda Burney at the Newcastle Art Gallery.

“This transaction has unlocked billions of dollars for vital infrastructure projects across the State,” Mr Baird said. “Over four billion dollars will be invested in the NSW Government’s

infrastructure fund [which will deliver] three bridges for the Hunter region.” What still remains absent from the State funding list, however, is that $7 million needed for the art gallery redevelopment.

The first project ‘Leadership Group’ meeting with local representatives from all levels of government was held last week and NAG await the results of this new working party.

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It’s time to register your pool to prevent a disaster

n an effort to reduce the number of children drowning in backyard swimming pools, the NSW State Government has introduced new laws for swimming pool fences and surrounds. Under these new laws, pool owners must register their pool on the State Government’s online register by the end of October this year. Pool safety is a serious issue. Tragically, two children have drowned in our City since 2006, both of these occurring in unapproved swimming pools. It is important for our community to know that any swimming pool, including inflatable and portable pools capable of being filled with water to a depth of 30 centimetres or more, must be approved by Council, registered and fenced. This might seem over-regulated, but when it comes to the safety of our community, and in particular, young children, one drowning is one too many. Figures published by Westmead Kids Health in June last year estimated that there are more than 100,000 inflatable

or portable swimming pools and 340,000 permanent pools in New South Wales. Council officers estimate there are approximately 20,000 pools in Lake Macquarie City. Council has already commenced routine inspections of pools and is urging pool owners to act promptly to register their pool. The online registration process requires owners to conduct a selfassessment, stating that to the best of their knowledge, their pool complies with the applicable standard. The online register will be available from 1 May. Go to www.lakemac.com. au/development/new-pool-fencinglaws for a wealth of information including checklists to help with the assessment and registration process. This week, ANZAC commemorative services and ceremonies are taking place across Lake Macquarie City. I will pay my respects to the men and women who have fought for our country when I attend ANZAC Day services on Thursday at Cardiff, Swansea and Rathmines.

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Cory Newman from Planet Fitness, Lambton, with Matthew and Peter Storey.

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he battle could soon be over for 23-year-old Hodgkin’s Lymphoma sufferer Matthew Storey. After being diagnosed with the cancer in 2008 and enduring numerous rounds of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants, Mr Storey says he is now in complete remission thanks to an effective, yet costly, cancer-fighting drug called Brentuximab and is pursuing curative measures in the form of a third bone marrow transplant. To help Mr Storey over the finish line Cory Newman, a trainer at Planet Fitness, Lambton, in collaboration with Matthew’s father, Peter Storey, have organised Run

with a Storey, a 60 kilometre fundraising run taking place this Sunday. Runners will depart from Planet Fitness at Lambton and complete four laps of the Fernleigh Track before returning to the gym. Miss Newman said the event was open to walkers and runners of all skill levels, with participants able to elect how far they will run on the day – anything from 1km to the full 60km. Peter Storey said the event is likely to be the last fundraising activity his son would need, with more than $150,000 having been raised for Matthew’s treatment through the Matthew Storey Foundation. “It’s been such a long battle for Matt, [the fundraising] has been a lot of work but it has been so rewarding,” he said. To register for the event visit www. matthewstoreyfoundation.org.au.

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The ‘Return of the ANZAC’ show visited Mayfield East Public School.

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NZAC Day has been recognised in a unique way at Mayfield East Public School, with a brand new ‘Return of the ANZAC’ puppet show being performed for RAAF Williamtown and Waratah Mayfield RSL personnel. Local Child Protectionist, Charles Webster (AKA “Chuck Duck”) created the puppet show in honour of his late father Gus, who served in Gallipoli and said it’s the first of its kind in Australia. “I thought I’d do a show on Gallipoli – never to be forgotten – […] because I love this country and I don’t want us to ever lose our heritage,” Mr Webster said. “It was hugely successful at Mayfield East, the kids just loved it.”

Mr Webster said schools in the area are already lining up to host the show and he’s now looking for sponsorship to help take the performance to a national level. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Defence Care and the plan is to also create a Kokoda version. Mayfield East Public School Principal, Alan Watt, said the emotive show was brilliant and really captured the kids’ imaginations. It formed part of the school’s larger focus on the ANZAC legend, with year six students compiling research on nine of the 13 Mayfield soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. They also created 12 honour boards and a mural sponsored by a State Government ANZAC Grant, so the ANZAC story will remain front of mind all year round. State Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen, officially unveiled the mural.


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s we pause to remember those who’ve fought and died for our country, it’s important to also recognise the many Aussies currently serving in the Defence Force. In addition to being a busy mother of two, 38-year-old Birmingham Gardens local, Krichelle Oldis, is an Aircraft Engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force at the RAAF Base in Williamtown. The past six years of service have been a big change for the Jesmond High School grad, who previously worked as a hairdresser. Ms Oldis, “Crush” or “Crusher” as she is affectionately known among her workmates, is now responsible for servicing multi-million dollar training aircraft before they take to the air. “My job is to maintain the Hawk 127 aircraft, to service the aircraft before and after they fly,” Ms Oldis said. “I maintain the fuel systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, engine systems, flight controls and undercarriage.

Aircraft Engineer and Birmingham Gardens local, Krichelle Oldis. Photo: Australian Defence.

Basically anything that isn’t electrical.” Ms Oldis’ work has taken her all over Australia, South East Asia and the United States, representing Defence, on deployment,

operations and military exercises. According to the Aircraft Engineer, what she enjoys most about the role in the Air Force is that “there is always something new to learn”.

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NZAC Day is not about acknowledging any single person, however there is one Hunter hero who is surprisingly unknown and whose story we wanted to share with you. Born into poverty in Sydney before spending his childhood and youth in West Maitland, Joseph Maxwell holds the honour of being the second most decorated soldier in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. Educated at Gillieston Public School and West Maitland Superior Public School, at the age of 14 Mr Maxwell became a boilermaker at Brown’s Engineering Works in Hexham. When Brown’s shut down in 1915, Mr Maxwell travelled to Sydney to enlist at the Victoria Barracks in Paddington. Mr Maxwell served in the 18th Battalion

in Gallipoli, Passchendaele, Amiens and on the Hindenburg Line and received a Distinguished Service Medal, the Military Cross, a bar to his Military Cross and a Victoria Cross for his many heroic acts – including bravery under fire – between September 1917 and October 1918. Historian John Ramsland first encountered the late WWI hero when he was a boy living in a flat next to Mr Maxwell in Manly. At the time, he was battling alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder – not uncommon for returned soldiers of this generation. “I had a few encounters with him and he was always very friendly,” he said. “To have a celebrity like a VC winner living there was very exciting for everyone.” Mr Ramsland admitted that “Jo” is a “bit of a forgotten war hero” now and encouraged those commemorating ANZAC Day to remember his bravery on April 25.

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he NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, last week released the ‘Planning White Paper’, calling it “the biggest overhaul of the State’s planning system in over 30 years”. The State Government claims the new system has a greater emphasis on strategic planning, encourages community consultation, and will enable faster development application (DA) decisions. “Under [our] system, communities and local councils will come together to plan for their streets, suburbs and regions whether it’s housing, jobs or infrastructure,” Mr O’Farrell said. “This greater emphasis on upfront strategic planning will ensure homes are delivered affordably, people can work close to where they live and infrastructure is guaranteed to support growth.” The White Paper has already received criticism from the NSW Opposition, however, for favouring developers over communities and not truly returning planning powers to Councils. Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, said Council is still working through the detail, but did highlight some limitations around community consultation. “It does seem that the community will only be consulted at land use planning stages – if a DA is submitted and it complies with the zoning requirements, development control plan requirements and all relevant policies, there will be little

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ability for residents to object, or even be consulted,” Cr Harrison said. Newcastle Council’s Future City Director, Judy Jaeger, said their Council officers are currently working their way through the White Paper and will prepare a submission for the consideration of Council. She also said they will be asking for an extension on the 10 week exhibition period. The White Paper is on public exhibition at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/ newplanningsystem until Friday, June 28.

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RSL Coffee Pot Day Club: For senior citizens, Fri 10am-2pm, St Augustines Church Hall, Winsor St, Merewether. 4962 2668. Seniors: New Lambton Senior Citizens, day coach trips each month. Pick up Jesmond, New Lambton and Elermore Vale. 4957 5619 (after 5pm). Wallsend Senior Citizens Fellowship 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 Early Learning Centre: 2 Glenfield Road, Toronto. 4950 5220. Grandparents as Parents: Charlestown, Wed during school term, St Alban’s Anglican Church, 10am - 1pm. 4922 1500. Fennel Bay. Tuesday 12.30pm – 2pm (during school term). Community Centre Fennel Bay school. 4948 8744 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. Dementia community groups: Small groups with a facilitator meet fortnightly for social activities local businesses and attractions. Novacare. 1300 363 654. Diabetes Support: Toronto-Westlake branch Australian Diabetes Council 2nd Tue Toronto Workers Club from 10am. 4959 5942. Hunter Dementia and Memory Centre: 2 Percy St, Hamilton. 4962 7000. Overeaters Anonymous: Day and night meetings. 4966 3082. Prostate Cancer: 4th Wed, 7pm the Cancer Council, 22 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow. 4928 1340. Reflexology: Tue, Belmont Neighbourhood Centre. Bookings 4947 0031. 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. 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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aking healthy choices for your children can be done in many ways throughout life, however, I see immunisation as one way to protect their little bodies against serious diseases from birth right into their future. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccinations work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease from developing or greatly reducing its severity. Newborn babies are protected by their mother’s antibodies, which last only for a small time after birth. However, if the baby is breastfed, the mother will continue to pass on antibodies, but that is a whole other column for another week! Babies should be given immunisations before these antibodies wear off completely. The first immunisation is recommended at birth (Hepatitis B) and the schedule for vaccinations continues until the child is four-years-old. There are then a few as a teenager, such as the HPV vaccine for girls. Some of the many infectious diseases that were once common in Australia

including, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), are now vaccinated against. My own Grandfather contracted polio as a very young boy and although he survived it, he went through years of sickness and painful treatment away from his family just so that he could walk. If vaccines were available 80 years ago, his suffering, along with that of many others, would not have occurred. Immunisation is a proven tool for controlling and even eradicating disease. An immunisation campaign carried out by the World Health Organisation from 1967 to 1977 eradicated the natural occurrence of smallpox. Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, polio infections have fallen by 99 per cent and from 2000 to 2008, measles deaths dropped by 78 per cent. Benefit to risk, vaccines are generally safe and side effects are usually minor, especially when compared to the diseases they are designed to prevent. So, if you are unsure about getting your child immunised, I encourage you to do some research into the diseases they prevent and think of it as a health investment for your family and beyond.

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like to think that everyone has their own style – that everyone knows exactly what their ‘look’ is – without having to think about it. To be honest, this is a little unrealistic of me because, even when I think about myself, I know straight away that I am wrong! Yes, we all have our own style but sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration. Sure, following fashion week, poring through magazines and scrolling through fashion apps (this is me constantly) gives you inspiration, but I am telling you, if you really want inspiration, you should head out and see a fashion show in person. Last weekend, Westfield held their free fashion festival and I thought, ‘why not go along and check it out?’ I took my seat right up close to the action and was ready for a good show, but I was surprised – it was great! As far as fashion shows go, it was probably, for want of a better word, a little corny and the smaller audience didn’t help, but I can tell you it was definitely inspiring! I couldn’t believe what a difference it makes to actually see the clothes on

the person in the flesh, rather than on my computer screen or on my phone. Think about when you try on an outfit, rather than just looking at it on the rack or in a catalogue – you naturally get a different result. I guess it is the same with a fashion show. You see the way the clothes look when a person walks in it, from ALL angles, not just what they show you on TV – it gives you a real sense of the clothes and it inspires you! I can tell you right now, I went back to the shops a couple of days later and bought the exact pair of jeans that one of the models was showing off. I also bought a number of other items including some tops and cardigans etc. that were absolutely inspired by the ones I saw on the models (yep, it was a big shop!). I should give a big shout out to Westfield too – the plus size model featured at the show I attended was just beautiful and I felt that, to this particular audience, she was so much more relatable than the others! If you are feeling in need of a little fashion inspiration, I urge you to get out and see a live show – it will do wonders for your style!

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any of you would have shared my excitement at hearing that the University of Newcastle has received the Federal Government $30 million grant it needed to proceed with the almost $100 million Newcastle inner city campus. This development will allow both the Law and Business faculties of the University to move entirely into the city. With the construction of the state law courts already underway it will only be a matter of time before a legal and education hub develops in the inner City of Newcastle. This move into the city will provide a fantastic opportunity for law students to gain added industry experience and network with future employers. A similar benefit exists for business students who will move their education out of the suburbs and into the CBD. This redevelopment of one of the main blocks of the inner city; a space that will be shared by the town hall, council offices, civic theatre, court house and university campus; represents a competing vision for the revitalisation of Newcastle. The State Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan for

Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CDB focuses on the removal of the passenger rail line and the moving of commercial business space to the west end of the city while encouraging retail and other business in the eastern part of the city. The planning documents released as part of this strategy include a policy of restricting retail growth in the suburbs in order to encourage investment in the eastern part of the city. This plan fails to recognise a key weakness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people like to shop in the suburbs. No government planning document will override the convenience of the nearest Westfield or Stockland, and attempts to restrict suburban retail will only discourage potential investors. The university funding announcement presents a competing view for the inner city. With this investment we have the opportunity to create an inner city that maximises the impact of the large number of young people. When combined with the arts culture created by the Renew Newcastle project, and the growing small bars culture, the university precinct will deliver vibrant and energetic spark to the culture of the inner city.

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selective intake will look better, because they select the best. There is a lot of research that suggests standardised testing can limit an education but it can be also be used in a beneficial way. Whether you like NAPLAN or not the reality is that NAPLAN is here and we have to accept that the results do matter to schools and we need to support the schools in this area. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obsess about the coming tests, but like all homework and assessments do encourage your children to prepare, try sample tests and encourage success. Please remember that high NAPLAN results donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily mean a great school. They might, they might not. A multiple of factors apply such as environment, wide curriculum and ethos. If your child feels safe and is encouraged to learn a depth of knowledge across a variety of subject areas then that is always a good indication of a good school, not necessarily high NAPLAN results. Your thoughts? Email editorial@ newcastlepost.com.au.

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March 21 to April 20

You can go all out to achieve your aims, as you are practically invincible, but do keep things in proportion and don’t overdo it. You’re going to be sizzling hot – not only do you have extra confidence but you’re also feeling and looking good, as well as being at your most loving and creative. Power, passion and intensity are emanating from you like a magnetic force and few will be able to resist your hypnotic gaze. This is great if you’re looking for a mate, but will get tricky if you’re already spoken for!

TAURUS

april 21 to may 21

During the next few weeks, you’ll be devoting the majority of your time to your innermost fears and feelings and neglecting your everyday life. Of course it’s important to come to terms with some very personal issues, but if your work or relationships suffer as a result of your insecurities you’ll simply be making life more difficult for yourself. Keep others informed about your current state of mind and they are likely to be extremely supportive of you.

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You’re feeling very sociable and will certainly be in the mood for entertaining. You’ll make everyone feel very welcome and pleased that they accepted your invitation. Mixing with people who you feel comfortable with brings out the best in you and makes you a delight to be with – so much so that you may have trouble getting everyone to leave. It’s called ‘the price of popularity’. If you are an active member of a club or sporting association, your participation is greatly appreciated, to the extent where you are likely to be elected into a special role!

CANCER

june 22 to july 22

You will certainly shine in the limelight at work, which means you’ll be pulling out all the stops in order to dazzle workmates with your performance. Your charm rating is sky high and it will be easy for you to be a star, wherever you are. If you feel undervalued or underpaid, you can now put that to rights and have what you know you deserve. You can expect a lot of positive feedback, as well as admiring glances from a colleague who would like a more personal relationship with you.

LEO

july 23 to august 23

If you happen to be going on holiday, then you can look forward to having a wonderful time, whether you’re looking for culture, romance, new friendships or simply relaxation. For those staying at home, you will still have the opportunity for exotic experiences, even if this simply means indulging in good food and wine, as this is the ideal time to try new things. If you are involved in the arts, or import or export, then new marketing strategies are going to offer golden opportunities.

VIRGO

august 24 to september 23

The planets are casting a very rosy glow over your financial affairs. If you have to talk to anyone about borrowing money or extending a loan, don’t hesitate because you’ll find others very supportive and cooperative. Your sign is blessed with an innate understanding of how to invest money, so put this knowledge to work and think about how you can improve your long-term prosperity. Also your libido is on the rise and if you are already part of a couple, you’ll be able to rekindle the fiery chemistry that attracted you to each other in the first place.

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You’re certainly in the mood for love and you’ll want to show a special someone how deep your passions go. You’re also feeling extravagant and you may decide to shower your loved one with gifts. Aren’t they the lucky one? Intimate relationships will certainly go from strength to strength and you may even decide to tie the knot. You’re at your most alluring right now, so if you don’t want to attract a mate you should stay behind closed doors.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 to NOVEMBER 22

You will certainly be investing a lot of energy into refining your diet and exercise routine. Getting up early in the morning to go jogging, giving up negative habits and generally getting fit will no longer be a challenge. This will involve some willpower on your part, but you have that in spades. Creating more harmonious relationships with work colleagues will also be a focus. If you have your own business, your popularity is about to proceed you, as people hunt down your services!

SAGITTARIUS

november 23 to december 21

Your love life should be very enjoyable and electrifying encounters are certainly likely. At the very least you will be tingling with anticipation at what you intuitively feel is about to happen, however you could be in danger of getting too carried away with your feelings. Being in the company of children and younger people will bring you a lot of pleasure and, if you are creative, you’ll be feeling very inspired. It’s also the perfect time to launch a new venture that puts your name on the map and gives you a much higher profile.

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 to JANUARY 20

The home and family are certainly front and centre in your mind. Perhaps you will be moving house or planning some changes in your existing home at this time, but either way you will feel excited at the prospect of something new. You are also likely to be doing a lot of entertaining and you’ll enjoy opening up your home to friends and family. People you haven’t seen for ages will pop up everywhere you go, so don’t be surprised if you run into a long lost friend or neighbour in the grocery aisle.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO february 19

Your popularity is certainly on the rise, as many will come knocking at your door for advice, guidance or just a friendly chat. Thanks to your accurate intuition, your actions are positively inspired. Ideas will just drop into your mind and they’ll definitely work to your advantage. There is also a strong possibility some money owed to you will finally come your way. This is the ideal time to purchase a new car, mobile phone or computer. You’re going to be spreading your wings, with several short trips to take!

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

You are certainly going to be feeling very confidant and buoyant about the materialistic side of life, as your earning power goes up several notches. Thanks to your entrepreneurial mood, you’ll be ready to tackle any kind of business or financial matter, particularly if the goal is to give you greater freedom. You are determined to clear up any outstanding money matters and wipe the slate clean. Make your intentions clear so that you can negotiate exactly the terms you want.

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as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 1980 following the Vietnam War. While the majority of causes of PTSD are war related – war veterans, peace-keeping forces and refugees are all at high risk – people who are victims of natural disasters may also suffer PTSD. With the assistance of the Australian Government and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Pharmaceutical Society has produced a fact card on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s one of a series of Cards that includes Anxiety, Depression and Sleeping Problems available at your nearest Self Care pharmacy. Phone the Pharmaceutical Society on 1300 369 772 for more information or check the Society’s website www. psa.org.au and click on “Self Care” then “Find a Self Care Pharmacy”, for the location of pharmacies providing the Society’s Self Care health information.

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y husband and I always enjoy dreaming and chatting to one another over a good glass of wine about all the places around the world we should take the kids. The destination currently dominating our holiday conversations is Northern Territory. Some of you may be thinking “really?!” That was my first reaction too, however my research has proven otherwise. I’ve looked into this one quite a bit and I’m convinced our red centre would make for an unbelievable family holiday. From the tropics up north, to the vast, dusty desert, the Northern Territory has any nature loving family covered. My kids love getting outside and exploring so this is a big tick for us. The thriving outback town of Alice Springs appears to be a great base to start. We’ve looked into the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs, the Chifley Alice Springs Resort or for a more affordable option, MacDonnell Ranges Family Park. There are so many day trips to keep the family occupied. Discover the prickly wildlife at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, soar above the desert in a hot air balloon, get a thrill out of a quad bike adventure or explore the spectacular West Macdonnell Ranges, the tranquil waterholes at Ormiston Gorge and the river beds of Palm Valley within the Finke National Park. Although quite a journey from an Alice Springs base, I feel no trip to the Northern Territory

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ccording to Safe Work Australia in 2009/10 there were 131,170 “serious” accepted workers’ compensation claims. This means someone either died or was either permanently or temporarily incapacitated. In 2010/11 the figure was 127,335 but this is preliminary and expected to rise. There were many more “less serious” claims made in both years. The total economic cost of work-related injuries and illnesses for 2008–09 is estimated to be $60.6 billion, representing 4.8 per cent of GDP for that financial year. (While I am quoting sobering statistics 192 people were killed at work in 2012.) Recently I have been taking about keeping costs down. In tight economic times, that can be easier to do than raise revenue. Now you can’t put a price on the life or wellbeing of your employees. Any injury is one too many. From a finance perspective, having injured workers costs in terms of sick leave, workers compensations premiums, lost or reduced productivity, retraining as well as impacts on other staff and customers. Preventing and better managing

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f 2012 was a red letter year for Newcastle’s Morgan Evans – what with two killer EPs in ‘Live Each Day’ and, more recently ‘While We’re Young’ kicking goals all over the shop and a deal with Warner Music squared away – it seems 2013 could be even bigger for the singer-songwriter with two prestigious awards already in the bag, some impressive shows under his belt and a new long player in the pipeline. Aside from a brilliant set at the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival in Pokolbin earlier in the year, Evans also picked up the 2013 CMC New Oz Artist of the Year gong and was the recipient of one of eight APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Awards – two pretty hefty feet in the door, indeed. “Mate, it’s just been a ridiculous few weeks for me – it’s amazing. I reckon more has happened to me in the last few weeks than in the last 14 years,” he said. Evans said he was blown away by both plaudits but added the CMC award had a special place in his heart as it was fan driven. “The CMC award is awesome in that it is purely fan voted – there’s no industry at all. I think there were five different awards and they got something like 200,000 votes so to see that kind of acceptance by the fans is just phenomenal,” he said. “The APRA award came just 10 days later and that one is a full industry thing that was judged by a panel that included [CMC program director] Tim Daly and Troy Cassar Daley – it also came with a bunch of prizes and mentorships and I was also given quite a hefty cash prize which comes in really handy for the travelling muso.”

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Striking while the iron is hot, Evans has just released the latest single from the ‘While We’re Young’ set, ‘Carry On’ and he said it represented a bit of a departure from the more upbeat tracks on the EP. “I’d say the song is totally different to the three singles I’d put out previously as they were all quite upbeat and quite feelgood,” he said. “When I was in Nashville recording with [producer] Jedd Hughes, we were talking about how the EP needed something a bit different so we had a few drinks and got really quite sad and ‘Carry On’ came out. “I guess it’s all about how some days I wake up and look at my guitar and think “why am I doing this?” and finding the strength to get through it. I don’t think that kind of thing is limited to music though, it’s something that everybody goes through.” While the EP still continues to do great business for Evans, he added that a new album, which he had been writing in both Nashville and Newcastle, is in the pipeline and fans could expect a few little surprises here and there. “I’ve got a good bunch of songs – a few that had been written in Nashville, and some that I’d written back home with my good friend and long-time collaborator Mark Wells,” he said. “Every time I record I want to make it better than the previous one, so, this time around I’m keen to push a few boundaries and throw a few surprises in there – it’s pretty exciting.” While Novocastrian audiences will have to content themselves with Evans’ recorded output, he said once the album was in the can, a Newcastle show is first on the agenda. “Once I get back from the states, I’m going to be playing a show in Lizotte’s in June which is going to be great, I can’t wait,” he said.

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fter saying goodbye to the ‘burbs with the last of his “suburban trilogy” on ‘Goodnight Bull Creek’ in 2009, Bob Evans (or Kevin Mitchell to the taxman) is back with album number four ‘Familiar Stranger’ which Mitchell said represents an exploration of new musical territories and is a reflection of where he is at in life. “The main idea I had with this album was that I didn’t want to go back to Nashville to record like I did with the last two [‘Goodnight Bull Creek’ and ‘Suburban Songbook’], – I thought that it was time for me to move on from that whole alt. country singer-songwriter thing,” Mitchell said from his Melbourne garage/home studio. “I wanted to create something that more closely reflected the kind of stuff that I was listening to.” The result, is some of the most infectious, sunny, vintage pop melodies to hit Aussie ears this year, complete with a Beach Boys-esque lushness and what Mitchell calls his most personal album to date

owing largely to the amount of upheaval he had experienced since the release of ‘Goodnight Bull Creek’ in 2009. “I think there’s always material to draw from, you just have to be able to tune into it,” he said. “But a fair bit has happened to me since the last album –

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t’s been a pretty rough trot for iconic Aussie pub rock band The Angels of late, after losing their founding bass player, Chris Bailey, earlier this month to throat cancer and with their former front-man, the inimitable Doc Neeson currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. However the band, as per Bailey’s wishes, has vowed to continue and will be heading our way as part of their ‘Greatest Hits – Take It To The Streets’ tour. Guitarist John Brewster told TE that the tour would also represent somewhat of a tribute to the late bass player who Brewster described as “the unsung hero of The Angels”. “We actually held a tribute concert last night in Adelaide for Chris which was such an amazing experience,” he said. “It was very distressing losing Chris, as he went down very quickly, but his wife Josie came along and the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, and Gangajang made it something truly memorable. “The fact is that Chris was the unsung hero of The Angels. His playing was such a vital part of our sound – he was rock solid and he really drove the band but he also had this melodic thing going on that was akin to what Paul McCartney was doing. Also, while Doc is no longer a part of the Angels, we are really saddened by the news of his condition and we really are all hoping for the best possible outcome.” Amid the sadness, it seems that the band is experiencing a bit of a purple

patch – their 2012 release ‘Take It To The Streets’ debuted at number seven on the ARIA Australian albums charts and Brewster said there was another album in the pipeline. “The way the album has been received has been fantastic,” Brewster said. “Also, Chris was really proud of the record so it means that much more.” After Neeson parted ways with The Angels, they enlisted the services of ex-Screaming Jets front-man Dave Gleeson – possibly the only person in Australia capable of living up to Neeson’s formidable stage persona and Brewster said Gleeson’s undeniably infectious presence, both on stage and off, played some part in The Angels’ renewed vigour. “Infectious is definitely right when talking about Gleeso,” Brewster laughed. “The whole thing was a direct result of Doc leaving and we just got really lucky with Dave – since he’s come into the band, we’ve laid down 26 new songs, including ‘Take it To The Streets’, which is just fantastic. So we’re planning to get a new album out there early next year. “The thing is, we’re all really still in love with playing. A band is kind of like a football team – everyone’s heart has to be in it – and that’s where we’re at now. Both Rick [Brewster] and I are really into it, we’ve got Nick Norton on drums who is also a bloody good songwriter and my son, Sam, has been playing bass for us for the past nine months with a big thumbs up from Chris.” The Angels play at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, May 11.

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5 SAWYERS: Wednesday/Sunday, DJ Patsan. ABSOLUTE THAI, Charlestown: Friday, Eliza Kate; Saturday, Matt Purcell. ADAMSTOWN CLUB: Thursday, Bob Henderson Jazz Band; Saturday, The Jungle Kings; Sunday, Wobbly Boot with Ken Whiting ANNA BAY TAVERN: Saturday, Levee Broke. ARGENTON HOTEL: Friday, Karaoke. AVOCA BEACH BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Back 2 Rock; Saturday, Time Slip Duo. AVOCA BEACH HOTEL: Thursday, Shaun Lidster; Friday, The Shayne Romeyn Trio; Tuesday, Open Mic Night. BAR 121: Friday, Lee Rolfe; Saturday, Jack Daniels. BAR PETITE: Wednesday, Jazzis Inl Friday, Bec O’Brien; Saturday, Gian; Sunday, Stoneage Romeos. BEACHCOMBER, Toukley: Wednesday, Suburban Spin; Friday, DJs; Sunday, Sunday Sessions. BEAUFORD HOTEL: Saturday, Jus Gordon. BELMONT 16s: Wednesday, Amber Jade, Milton Ward; Friday, The Rockin Eddie Band; Saturday, Talk of the Town; Sunday, Franky and Johnny. BELMONT BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Jumpin Jukebox. BELMONT HOTEL: Friday, Tim Pringle; Sunday, Brendan Murphy. BELMORE HOTEL: Thursday, Hornet; Saturday, End Of Days. BERESFIELD BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Phonic Duo; Saturday, Retro Masters. BERESFIELD TAVERN: Saturday, Dan Beazley. BLACKBUTT HOTEL: Friday, The V Dubs; Saturday, Phonic Trio. BRADFORD HOTEL: Saturday, Secret Society; Sunday, Crawford Brothers. BRANXTON GOLF CLUB: Thursday, Pistol Pete. BREAKERS COUNTRY CLUB: Friday, Bob Allan; Saturday, Chris Buchanan; Sunday, Transit Lounge. BUDGEWOI SOCCER CLUB: Saturday, Vinyl Express; Sunday, Terry Mac. CAMBRIDGE HOTEL: Wednesday, Gay Paris, Captain of the Push, DJs; Thursday, 28 Days; Friday, One Vital Word, Sparrows, Local Resident Failure. CANTON BEACH SPORTS CLUB: Friday, Gibbo and Co. CARDIFF PANTHERS: Saturday, Temple M. CARDIFF RSL CLUB: Friday, Talk of the Town; Saturday, The Remedy.

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WESTON WORKERS CLUB: Saturday, Rave On, DJ Brian Bean. WESTS NEW LAMBTON PIANO LOUNGE: Wednesday, Terence Koo; Thursday, Angamus; Friday, Peter Wall; Saturday, Warren Hunter; Monday, Frank Wakewood; Tuesday, Angamus. WESTS NEW LAMBTON MARBLE BAR: Friday, The Big Bang; Saturday, Kadence. WESTS NEW LAMBTON STARLIGHT ROOM: Sunday, Buddy Holly Tribute. WEST WALLSEND WORKERS CLUB: Sunday, James Paul. WICKHAM PARK HOTEL: Wednesday, Flash Jam; Friday, Backfire; Saturday, Retro Rockets, Josh Callaway; Sunday, Steve Edmonds, Afro Moses Solo. WINDALE-GATESHEAD BOWLING CLUB: Friday, The Klassics. WINDSOR CASTLE HOTEL: Friday, Matt Gaudrey; Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo. WYONG BOWLING CLUB: Saturday, Andrew G; Sunday, Dave Tavender. WYONG LEAGUES CLUB: Friday, Soul Station; Saturday, Shaun Lidster.

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SHAFT TAVERN: Friday, Mardmax. SHENANIGANS, Maitland: Friday, Karaoke; Saturday, Solid Gold. SHOAL BAY RESORT: Friday, Holly Wilson, James Naldo, Secret Society; Saturday, Jack Daniels, Pete Gelzinnis, The Cover Up; Sunday, Howard Shearman, Kadence. SHORTLAND HOTEL: Friday, Mick Jones. SILK HOTEL: Friday, Breakaway, Paperwolves, Shirts From Matthew. SINGLETON DIGGERS, Alroy Park: Friday, Dave Live. SINGLETON DIGGERS, York Street: Saturday, Romney Watts. SOLDIERS POINT BOWLING CLUB: Saturday, Summerland Kings. STOCKTON BOWLING CLUB: Saturday, The Rocker Fellers; Sunday, Troy. STOCKTON RSL: Saturday, Be Bop A Lula. SWANSEA HOTEL: Friday, Dave Owen; Saturday, Sundays Record Duo; Sunday, Jack Daniels. SWANSEA RSL CLUB: Saturday, HR Duo. SWANSEA WORKERS CLUB: Saturday, Rattle Snakes. SYDNEY JUNCTION HOTEL: Thursday, Open Mic Night. TALL TIMBERS HOTEL: Thursday, Alex Rousos; Friday, Bernie Segedin. TELARAH BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Purple Hearts; Saturday, Free Juke Box. THE THEATRE LANE: Saturday, Lianna Rose Pritchard. TILLIGERRY RSL CLUB: Thursday, Troy; Friday, Kim and Mik; Saturday, Karen O’Shea. TORONTO HOTEL: Friday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot; Saturday, D’Lish. TORONTO DIGGERS: Friday, Nightfly. TORONTO WORKERS CLUB: Friday, Loose Bazooka; Saturday, Paparazzi. TORONTO YACHT CLUB: Friday, Kelly Hope; Saturday, Hummdinger. TOWN HALL HOTEL, Waratah: Sunday, Ryan Daley. UNITY NIGHTCLUB: Friday, Jonny Marsh. VUES ON THE BAY: Friday, Just Jace; Saturday, Lee Rolfe. WALLARAH BAY REC CLUB: Friday, Brassick; Saturday, Thanks For The Memories. WALLSEND DIGGERS CLUB: Friday, Rock Factor; Saturday, Cruisers. WANGI DISTRICT WORKERS CLUB: Friday, Karaoke; Saturday, Bob Allan. WANGI HOTEL: Sunday, Andrew G. WANGI RSL: Friday, Venus 2. WARNERS AT THE BAY: Friday, Moonlight Drive; Saturday, Phase III. WARNERS BAY HOTEL: Friday, DJs; Saturday, Tres Hombres.

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fter 30 years of making a name for himself as an internationally renowned guitar wizard and with 16 albums under his belt, Newcastle’s Bruce Mathiske believes he has hit creative paydirt with his largely autobiographical 17th studio album ‘My Life’ “It’s almost like this is the album for me,” he said. “I took an extra year with this album and, basically, all of the things that I said I would’ve changed with previous releases, I did with this one. “I also kind of went within myself to make sure all the decisions were based on the musicality – it was all about being honest with myself and being honest with the music. I’m extremely proud of every single aspect of this album – there was so much decision making that went into it and the lovely thing about it is, a lot of the reviews I’ve been seeing have made mention of the composition – when someone hears your vision like that, it’s just an awesome feeling.” Never being one to shy away from tackling an eclectic array of styles in his work, Mathiske brings this same musical curiosity to ‘My Life’ with flourishes of South American and Latin rhythms, flamenco and even a bit of Django Reinhardt-esque gypsy jazz manouche. However, this time around, Mathiske delves even deeper into his influences, giving us instrumental versions of the Pink Floyd classics ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ and ‘The Wall’ as well as the

seminal Rolling Stones track ‘Paint It Black’. Mathiske said that it is the connection he feels with both his audiences and his songs that have kept him coming back for more than three decades. He’s completely in love with the creative process. “I always have a great time on stage – there’s just this natural connection with an audience that is pretty hard to beat,” he said. “Also, that feeling that you get when you create a new piece – it’s like the world just stops.” Catch Bruce Mathiske when he plays at the Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall on Saturday, May 11.

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he Steve Edmonds band has, quite rightly, earned a reputation as one of the country’s coolest blues/rock acts. Edmonds’ many years as axe slinger to some of Australia’s finest recording artists (Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Billy Thorpe, Delta Goodrem, Margaret Urlich, Chain, Hippo’s, Matt Finish and Shannon Noll to name a few) has earned him a quality reputation as sideman to the stars and guitarist extraordinaire. These guys create a great party vibe incorporating some damn fine playing and a hit list of classic 70’s blues drenched guitar anthems, putting the great Australian Pub Rock tradition back at the top of its game with an “all killer, no filler” attitude. If you’re up for a great night out of live, 100 per cent blues rock without the corny gimmicks, cabaret pretence and drum machines be sure to check them out. You won’t be disappointed. Catch the Steve Edmonds Band when they play at the Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday, April 28.

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fter blowing the doors off the Newcastle Entertainment Centre last year with a blistering set as part of the 10th anniversary ‘Long Way To The Top’ show and, more recently at the ‘Rock for Doc’ Doc Neeson benefit gig, New Zealandborn new-wave rockers Mi-Sex are set to do the same to Lizotte’s when they take the stage next week. Mi-Sex is a band that has experienced many highs with many of their singles being played and charting all around the country including a number one hit with ‘Computer Games’, which also charted

in 20 other countries and they also took out three awards at the 1979 TV Week/ Countdown Awards. An unrelenting touring schedule throughout Australia, New Zealand and the US saw them build a massive following which was also thanks to the runaway success of the classic synthesizer-driven ‘Computer Games’ and their 1979 debut record ‘Graffiti Crimes’. “Compu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pu computer games.” If that chorus isn’t familiar to you then you didn’t live through the early 80’s.

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fter cutting their teeth at the Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle outfit The Silver Taxi Service are set to unleash their punchy rock stylings at the Cambridge next weekend. Comprising of Finley Roach on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jack Tuckerman on lead guitar, Matt Thomas on drums and Corey Preece on bass, The Silver Taxi Service have been together for the past four months and are keen to gig as hard as possible throughout Newcastle and beyond. “Basically there are four of us in the band and we all met at the conservatorium,” Roach said. “We decided to put our heads together and

the result is The Silver Taxi Service.” While Roach said the band sat on the heavier side of things, people could expect a few curveballs in their set. “We are quite a heavy band, but we’re also quite jazzy. We like to mix it up a bit so it’s a bit hard to pigeonhole the sound.” With the immediate goal of playing as much as possible the band are also planning to head into the studio to record their debut EP. “After the show at the Cambridge, we’re planning on recording an EP which we hope to have out before the end of the year,” Roach said. “We’ve got about five or six songs ready to go so we’re really excited.” Catch The Silver Taxi Service when they play at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, May 3 alongside The Theaves and the Small Town Giants.

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f the enticing skip of the reggae upstroke gets your blood pumping, then you’d probably do well to get along to the Newcastle Uni for lunch when Sydney-based roots-reggaeists Black Bird Hum bring their show to town. The band are riding high on the back of their latest single – a meandering yet rhythmic version of the Tears for Fears classic ‘Mad World’. Front-man Jon Panic told TE the inspiration behind recording the track came more from the Gary Jules interpretation for the film ‘Donnie Darko’. “I don’t know where the idea came from to record it, but I always have been a massive fan of ‘Donnie Darko’ so I’d say that’s where it came from,” he said. “I’d say that our version is more akin to the Gary Jules one – it’s a lot slower than the original.” The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album, ‘In Time’, that

swings from gentle folk ballads to the type of big-band reggae that throws everything at you from horns to percussion to tripped-out synths. For the ‘In Time’ sessions, the band enlisted the help of Aussie producing behemoth Tim Whitten (Powderfinger, The Panics) who is certainly no stranger to the desks. “Working with Tim was fantastic,” Panic said. “He’s just absolutely amazing at capturing the true organic sounds – there’s just no bulls**t or pretence with him. He’s also really good at making you feel as comfortable as possible to get the best sound we can.” With the ink barley dry on the ‘In Time’ covers, Panic said the band were already gearing up to release album number two. “For the rest of the year we’re planning to do as many shows as we possibly can. We’ve also written most of the next album so we’re hoping to get back into the studio as soon as possible,” he said. Catch Black Bird Hum when they play at the Bar on the Hill (daytime) on Wednesday, May 8.

Tickets: $25.90 adult Lunch - 1st sitting - 11.30am to 1pm $23.80 members 2nd sitting - 1.30am to 3pm PREPAID TICKETS Dinner - 5.30pm to 9pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PREFERRED Swansea Workers Club enforces the 5km rule PHONE 4971 4828 FOR BOOKINGS.

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TUESDAY MEMBERS DRAW

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$10 roast meal with sweets included

We ask that for large parties, please book in prior to the day so that tables will be arranged.

$26 per person Special childrens prices Start off with a Seafood entree of King Prawns/Oysters then you can enjoy a superb smorgasbord selection of both hot and cold dishes to please any palate. Included also is a selection sumptuous sweets and tea/coffee. Free chocolates for everybody with LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Tickets must be purchased prior to Mother’s Day as your tables will be reserved. Tickets are now available from Club reception

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one bluesman who shows no signs of slowing down. Catch the Mason Rack Band when they play at the Orana Hotel on Friday May 3.

iven that there’s not going to be a Led Zeppelin reunion any time soon, the Cambridge is giving you the opportunity to see the next best thing when The Led Zeppelin Show hits the Cambo stage. These guys come complete with all of the pomp and circumstance and rock and roll swagger as well as all of the costumes, authentic equipment and instruments that you would expect from any Led Zep tribute worth its salt. The Led Zeppelin Show formed in Sydney, in 2001 by founder Andrew Armstrong to espouse his love for all things Led Zeppelin. After a few line up changes, the band has come around full circle. The band consists of Grant Ventura on lead vocals and harmonica, Andrew Armstrong on electric and acoustic guitars, Luke Paul (Jones) Bjazevich on bass, keyboards and mandolin, and Luke Coiro on drums and percussion. All members of this band have been playing in the music industry in various cover, tribute and original bands for several years. The Led Zeppelin Show, captures the live stage performances, with the band maintaining the authenticity by using the same instruments and sounds that Led Zeppelin used, making it real to the audience, taking you back to the 1970’s and the heady sounds of the likes of ‘Black Dog’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Immigrant Song’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Catch the Led Zeppelin show at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday, May 11. Tickets are on sale at the venue or at www. yourcambridge.com.

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Restaurant bookings now open for Lunch & Dinner. 2 special raffles on the day: Variety Raffle on sale 1pm/Drawn 2pm. Win an Apple mini-iPad, beauty treatments, Westfield & Charlestown Square gift cards. Paddock to Ocean Raffle On Sale 4pm/Drawn 5pm Seafood, Meat & Chicken Raffle. Entertainment Noon - 2pm “Smiggles”roving magician, tricks and ballons. 6 - 9pm Jarrard & Brie Duet.

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uilt on an 800-square-metre block, this two-storey render and tile house is located opposite ocean reserve and close to beaches.

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option of the study doubling as a fifth and there is a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite in the master bedroom. The property has low maintenance gardens, a drive-through garage and

a rear covered veranda that runs the width of the house. For more information, phone Raine and Horne Blacksmiths on 4971 5071. Inspect: By appointment.

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• Single level home close to lake • Features formal and informal living areas • Built ins to main bedroom • Second shower and toilet • Potential teenagers/in laws

agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

retreat to rear • Private fenced yard • Plenty of parking and garaging • Walk to shops, schools & clubs • Currently rented to excellent tenants

Price $895,000 R&H Blacksmiths 4971 5071

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• Lake, Channel & Beach views! • Big covered full length veranda • Open plan living area • Large kitchen • Ensuite and walk in main bed • Built ins to most bedrooms

agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

• Office or 5th bedroom • Drive through garage to Oasis like yard • Big block over 800 square metre with wide frontage • Parking for boats, vans etc

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4 1 Price $455,000 R&H Blacksmiths Pelican 4971 5071 74 soldiers Rd

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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

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• Located close to Newcastle CBD • Level walk to schools an shops • Perfect first home or

• Walk to Channel & • Just 2 streets back Beach from water • Ideal investment/ • Level corner block weekender approx. 720m2 • Weatherboard & tile • Close to shops, school & transport. home • Outdoor ent. area

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1 1 Price $235,000 R&H Blacksmiths Cardiff south 4971 5071 HaRd To Find! View By appointment agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

• Walk to shops, schools and sporting fields • Located in a quiet cul de sac

Price $389,000 2+ 1 1 R&H Blacksmiths Blacksmiths 4971 5071 39 Boikon street Blacksmiths • Zoned Residential 2(1) • 1182 square metres • 70 metres deep • Ideal site for dream home

View Saturday 12-12.30pm agent Andrew McGrath 0428 406 442

• Located in Boikon Street on the north side • Big level 695 square metre block

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• Makeover required • Ornate ceilings – good side living areas • Large kitchen area

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• Freshly painted & new carpet • Directly across from beach • Good size living, dining & kitchen • Level fenced block • Available now View By appointment

·Choice of four ·Ground or first floor ·Walk to shops, beach & lake ·Car space + shared laundry

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• Formal & informal living areas • Ensuite & walk in to main • Modern kitchen and bathroom • Close to Beach & Schools • Freshly painted View By appointment

• Ultra modern seaside living • Ensuite & walk in to main • Open plan living area • Modern kitchen • Beach at end of street View By appointment

• One street back from beach • Inground pool & big yard • Formal & informal living • Ocean views, entertaining deck • Available soon View By appointment

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SEAHAM

PEACE AND QUIET

FANTASTIC VIEWS

Seated on 5 acres in a quiet cul-de-sac is this architect designed country classic home. Beautiful wrought iron gates open down a winding driveway. As you enter this cherished home, wide hallway, tiled floors, high decorative ceilings and lots of space will greet you.

Set on 3.8 acres in a quiet rural atmosphere with manicured gardens and a large undercover veranda to soak it all up. Suitable for the big family and an abundance of guests. The home features four bedrooms all with

All 5 bedrooms are spacious. The main comfortably holding a king sized 4 poster bed, a large walk in robe, and lovely ensuite with spa bath. You have a selection of spacious living areas with French Doors opening onto wide shady verandahs perfect for entertaining or just relaxing in the charm & quiet of the area.

built ins and the main with ensuite and walk in robe. The open plan living area has plenty of natural light and offers commanding rural views as most of the rooms do. There is a family area off the kitchen that leads to the shaded veranda which links up to the screened entertaining area.

Cooking is a breeze in the lovely, modern timber kitchen, with stainless steel cooking appliances, roomy walk in pantry and enjoyable rural views from the wide windows.

There is ducted air conditioning, a triple garage and the home has recently been updated with new paint and a re-carpet.

You have loads of storage, ceiling fans, & ducted A/C. The land is fully fenced, with horse paddock, & large shed.

CALL NOW FOR AN INSPECTION

PRICE $685,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Luke Anderson or Jessica Dixon 0408 976 509

4 BED 3 BATH 3 CAR

PRICE $669,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

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EAST MAITLAND

A true home of distinction set on 3.25 parklike acres with sweeping views stretching from Morpeth to Bolwarra.  Quality inclusions and a floor plan that is spacious and appealing. With 415sqm of living space 4 generous bedrooms plus a study that is well designed with built in shelving and desk.  The views can be enjoyed from every room and the 9’ ceilings, ducted air and full insulation provide year round comfort and the passive solar design with living and entertaining areas facing north as well as a north facing alfresco entertaining area.  Formal lounge and dining as well as home theatre room and rumpus room and large open plan informal living off the stylish gourmet kitchen and walk in pantry.  3 full size bathrooms, 2 with baths, Caesarstone vanity tops and floor to ceiling tiling as well as a large laundry, storage room/wine cellar and the warmth of Blue gum polished timber floors and wool carpets throughout ensures this home provides the ultimate lifestyle.

Picture Perfect on 4348sqm

SOPHISTICATED SERENITY

PRICE   Offers Over $895,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers  0407 011 818

5 BED 2 BATH 4 CAR

“HAMPTONS IN THE HUNTER”

4 BED 3 BATH 5 CAR

A much admired residence in a semi-rural setting, yet ideally located on the edge of East Maitland, handy to all facilities.  The home is the fruition of the melding of appealing American farmhouse architecture and a well structured floorplan, providing aspect, views and a very comfortable lifestyle. Private, hedged front gardens and a wrap around porch are tasteful and welcoming, the atrium entrance lobby has dramatic decorative iron railed stairs and the warmth of natural timber. The formal lounge has fireplace and French doors, as does the adjoining dining room.  The kitchen is a dream, built of Kauri pine with Carrara marble top and open to the informal living area which in turn flows out to the very attractive entertaining area with mood lighting and built in pizza oven and also has a peaceful outlook over the private inground pool.

PRICE $925,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Rhonda Nyquist 0419 341 999

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Set in the desirable High Street of Morpeth, quiet and peaceful yet easy walking to all the historic shops and cafes of the popular tourist destination. This fine residence has had a complete makeover under the flair and guidance of Suters Architects, the finished product having a quality and finish rarely seen. The original features that have been retained have been sensibly melded with clean modern lines and all the comforts one would expect in a luxury home.    The ambience throughout is of relaxed elegance with a bright light interior and tastefully landscaped grounds and large shady verandahs.   The kitchen is fitting of a masterchef and both bathrooms have been designed and finished with the continued high standard.  Formal and informal living rooms and a large covered entertaining deck at rear provides plenty of space for entertaining in all capacities. The 809sqm block has 2 street frontage.

A spacious, bright and well designed residence that will impress from the wide north facing façade to the inviting tiled entrance and generous sized rooms, 9’ ceilings and delightful rear garden. The 4 bedrooms all have built ins, the main suite with twin walk in robes and extra large ensuite with bath and twin vanity basins.  There are several living areas with separate formal lounge and dining rooms, a rumpus room and family room.  The open plan kitchen with plenty of benchspace and cupboards complete with Miele stainless steel appliances, extra thick granite bench tops and adjacent tiled informal dining area. Large sliding doors off the family room open onto a large covered entertaining area enjoying the rear lawns and gardens of this almost level half acre block. A wisteria covered pergola graces the rear verandah and thoughtful landscaping includes stunning hedging, a vegetable garden and established trees.A comfortable lifestyle has been assured with ducted air conditioning, double garage.

HALF AN ACRE OF HEAVEN

ARCHITECTS DREAM MAKEOVER

PRICE $975,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Rhonda Nyquist  0419 341 999

PRICE $687,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

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EAST MAITLAND

OPULENT FAMILY LIVING

STYLE, SOPHISTICATION AND SERENITY

An elegant and expansive home of immaculate presentation, this traditionally styled residence has many special qualities with tasteful interiors, period details and exquisite gardens.

Step inside and be wowed, with views across Rathluba Lagoon, top quality finishes throughout and a floor plan that is perfect for Today’s Modern Family, this property is

Defying its young age, the home is a testament to federation design with stunning tessellated tiles, woven wire fencing, high ceilings and a summerhouse complete with guest accommodation and workshop. Modern conveniences such as ducted air-conditioning, gourmet kitchen and generously proportioned rooms make this ideal for family-focussed living.

4 BATH 2 CAR pool

First Class. Consisting of 4 double size bedrooms, main with ensuite, walk in robe, views and a parents retreat. There are formal and informal living areas throughout, a designated office, dining rooms and a family room. What completely sets this property apart from its competitors is the sun parlour, combined with a gas fire place, sit back and enjoy the views or step out and cool down by jumping into the inground swimming pool. Other features include, gas cooking, a/c, internal access from the garage, down stairs washroom and plenty more...

PRICE $739,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Reece Thompson 0478 691 418

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The flowing floor plan allows leafy and private views from every room and plenty of space for entertaining and retreat. All four bedrooms in the main homestead are of generous proportions, particularly the master bedroom which enjoys a full sized bathroom and dressing room. 5 BED

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PRICE $1,100,000 INSPECT By Appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

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This home consists of tri-level living which includes open plan lounge, dining & kitchen leading to entertaining deck plus 5 bedroom, huge main w/ walk-in robe & ensuite plus lounge & kitchenette. Suitable for granny flat or parents retreat plus second bedroom with ensuite others with built-in. Lake views to die for!

Neatly presented clad and tile home Two double bedrooms plus study or sunroom Brand new stylish bathroom and laundry Renovated laminated kitchen Handy to transport and shopping Newly polished floors

Dial: Shane Beverley 0409 663 504 Address: 26 Ilford Ave, Buttaba

Dial: Bill Messiter 0418 700 884 Address: 311 Lake Rd

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The truth about gazumping

azumping has been the talk in conversations over recent weeks with many potential buyers and sellers under the impression that it is illegal in NSW or has been outlawed. This is not the case and I thought it would be a good time to cover exactly what it means and how it can occur and ways to prevent it occurring. Gazumping can occur when you have a verbal agreement with an agent or seller to buy a property at an agreed price, however the property is not sold to you in the end. This usually happens when the person selling the property – the vendor has decided to sell the property to someone else, usually for a higher amount. If you as a purchaser are gazumped, neither the Real Estate Agent nor the vendor are required to compensate you for any money you may have outlayed on Solicitors or Conveyancers fees, Building or Pest inspection reports, Finance or Valuation costs. However, your good faith deposit or ‘expression of interest’ payment if you have paid one into the agent’s trust account, must be refunded to you in full. In NSW, a property sale is generally only binding on the vendor and buyer when contracts are exchanged between the two parties.

Exchange occurs when the vendor signs their copy of the sale contract; the purchaser signs their copy, and the two parties ‘exchange’ their signed contracts. It is usual at this time for the purchaser to pay a deposit, usually 10 per cent of the purchase price. In order to try and protect yourself from being gazumped, have any required loan finance pre-arranged, and ensure you can pay the 10 per cent deposit, by Bank Cheque or a deposit bond so there is no delay before attempting to exchange contracts on a property. Obtain a copy of the sale contract as soon as possible and have it sent to your conveyancer or solicitor for review. Seek to exchange contracts with the vendor as soon as possible. Anyone puchasing residential property has a five-day cooling off period commencing from the time of exchange of the contracts. Only the purchaser can waive the cooling off period and it can be extended by agreement. Its important to be aware that the vendor is not generally compelled to sell to any specific person and can change their mind at any time prior to the exchange of contracts. Vendors may not necessarily sell to the highest offerer.

Dial: Paul Hoare 0400 911 802 Address: 18 Wood Street, Adamstown

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• Beautifully presented 2 bedroom town house • Great investment or first home • Single garage, second car park, courtyard • Great position, walking distance to town

• Road/creek frontage, water front at the back • Level 1,462 sqm block • 2 spacious living areas • Modern kitchen with ample storage

• Brick home on 10.22 ACRES(APPROX), spacious lounge, kitchen & family room • 22m pergola, built-in BBQ, salt-water pool • RC aircon. & slow combustion wood-fire • Koala corridor with wildlife & 2 dams

Price: $269,000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Gail Ryan 0402 084 755

Price: $260,000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Gail Ryan 0402 084 755

Offers over $390,000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Gail Ryan 0402 084 755

Price $629,000 Inspect: Contact Agent Contact: Gerry Edser 0412 008 888

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• Location, location, location • Beautiful views of Secret Bay and beyond • Open plan living/dining/kitchen. Rumpus • 3 bedrooms, 4th bedroom or study • Full length entertainment deck and garage

• Golden oldie in convenient position • Home offers big rooms high ceilings • 3 bed, modern kitchen, lounge & family room • Corner block, entertainment area. Single garage

Price $640,000 Inspect: By Appointment Contact: Gail Ryan 0402 084 755

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Close clashes ahead

he Newcastle Rugby League again produced a terrific round of footy in Round Two last weekend. This weekend, there are some potentially close clashes set down for Round Three. On Saturday, South Newcastle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fresh from two victories to open their season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take on Lakes United, who were unlucky in a narrow defeat to Kurri Kurri in Round Two. This has the makings of a great game and will be the match televised via live-stream this weekend. In other clashes on Saturday, Central Newcastle will be coming back in to the competition after the week off. They will travel to Kurri Kurri to take on the Bulldogs. Kurri Kurri bounced back in Round Two, after their loss to Port Stephens in the opening round. Central had a decisive win over Lakes United in Round One, so this should prove to be an even contest. In the final match for Saturday, the Maitland Pickers will be looking to get back on-track. The Pickers will travel to Toronto to take on the Macquarie Scorpions. The Pickers, by all accounts, really

served it up to the Western Suburbs before going down in Round Two, whilst the Macquarie Scorpions showed a lot of resolve in their late victory over Cessnock. There is only one match scheduled to play on Sunday this week â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Port Stephens Sharks will travel to Harker Oval in New Lambton to take on the reigning premiers, Western Suburbs. The Sharks came back to earth a little on Sunday in a loss at home to South Newcastle. Wests proved too good for the Maitland Pickers, and have remained undefeated for 2013. Cessnock will take the benefit of the bye for Round 3, after two narrow losses to start their campaign. Remember, you can catch the live streamed action or replay via our website www.newcastlerugbyleague.com.au The broadcast of the South Newcastle versus Lakes United clash will start at 2.30pm on Saturday. Sincere thanks again to our major sponsors for the 2013 season: Tooheys, Klosters, OAS Computers and Sharp Electronics. Your ongoing support of our great game is essential and greatly appreciated.

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feature of the Newcastle District 18-25 years Triples Championship Final played at Lambton last Friday evening was the involvement of two current Australian representatives. Australian Commonwealth Games ladies representative and World Games gold medallist Natasha Van Eldik (Raymond Terrace) skippered Michael Abel (Soldiers Point) and second Australian Mens Trans Tasman representative Matthew Baus (Raymond Terrace) to an impressive 26/10 win over the Lambton trio of Matthew Riding, Michael Staples and Chris Holstein. Holsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team led 6/5 after five ends and 9/8 after 10 ends, but then lost the next nine ends to trail 26/9 after nine ends and conceded defeat after scoring one on the 20th end. All three Section leaders in the Newcastle District Mid-Week Pennant Competition recorded convincing victories last Wednesday. Section 1 frontrunners Raymond Terrace (34 points) whitewashed Swansea Workers (7) 106/23. Jason Stokes had the biggest win

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39/5 over Barry Aubin, Lennon Scott accounted for Scott Wyld 37/6 and Matthew Baus beat Troy Mason 30/12. Defending titleholders and Section 2 leaders Kurri Kurri (25) beat Charlestown (1) 88/43, with Club Coach Nathan Dawson accounting for Duncan Brown 35/15, Brodie Turner beat John Sanderson 30/13 and Andrew Rees downed Ian Gardner 23/15. Section 3 leaders Valentine (28) whitewashed Boolaroo (11) 76/42, with Brendon Baker downing Graham Soper 23/16, Bill Ahoy was too strong for Peter Nicholson winning 29/16 and David Govan beat Mark Smith 24/10. The wet weather allowed only two matches to be completed last Saturday in the Newcastle District No.1 Grade Saturday Pennant with Soldiers Point defeating Edgeworth 82/38 and Raymond Terrace No.2 downed Cardiff 58/45. If you have any lawn bowls news you would like to share, email the details to editorial@newcastlepost. com.au.

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Doing it on her own Maddi Elliott sets her first individual world record in SA

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ocal Paralympian golden girl, Maddi Elliott, has continued to dominate in the pool – setting her first individual world record and taking home eight gold medals at the Australian Age Multi Class Championships in Adelaide last week. Miss Elliott touched the wall at a recordbreaking 30:69 seconds in the S8 Women’s 50 metre freestyle – a feat that surprised even herself. “It feels amazing,” the 14-year-old said. “I was actually quite shocked to touch the wall and turn around and see that time. “I just thought, ‘Ok, I got this, so now I can try even harder at the National Open Championships’ [this week].” The swimming star is aiming for toptwo finishes at these Championships, which are also the qualifiers for the World Championships in Montreal this August. Miss Elliott said she was determined to see Canada – a country she’s never visited – but was a bit uncertain as to what to expect from her competitors at the qualifiers. She hasn’t swum against them all since the London Paralympics and admitted “you don’t know what their training’s been like”. Nevertheless, the young Gillieston

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You could win this beautiful 9ct gold ring, set with 1.0ct TDW (top diamond weight) diamonds in a flower cluster design! Simply write your name and contact number on a receipt from a purchase you’ve made in the centre and place it in the barrells provided at each centre.

BELMONT CITI CENTRE Macquarie St, Belmont NSW 2280

TELEPHONE 49 458 510

to become Australia’s youngest Paralympic medallist.

SHOPPING CENTRE

WILL WIN A RING!!

! N I W Each week,

drop your shopping docket in the barrell in centre court at either Belmont Central Shopping Centre or Belmont Citi Centre for your chance to WIN seats in the Legends Lounge at every Knights' home game! Food & drinks included!!! RED & BLUE FEVER EVERY WEEK!

BELMONT CENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE Pacific Highway and Singleton St, Belmont NSW 2280

TELEPHONE 49 458 510


NEWCASTLE POST 24-4-13