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n his maiden budget speech, Treasurer Joe Hockey called an end to what he called "the age of entitlement," asking every Australian to make a shared contribution to decreasing the country's nearly $50 billion deficit. But the tough changes laid out in the 2014-15 Federal budget will leave many Hunter residents giving more than they are getting, with amendments to the Family Tax Benefits A and B, increasing fuel prices and a levy on visits to the doctor and prescriptions to hit families particularlyhard. Small wins for Hunter residents came in the form of a $40 million commitment to the duplication of Tourle Street Bridge and the promise of more funding for research organisations, like Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), under the Government's new $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund. But according to Newcastle MP, Sharon Claydon, even these good news stories come with a catch. "The farcical re-announcement of the Tourle Street Bridge upgrade nearly did me in," she told the Post. "Not only is this Government passing off a Labor project as their own but they have reduced the funding from $52 million to $40 million and pushed the project back a few years." Story continues on Âť p. 4

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How many of you would put your hand up to swap jobs with Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey or Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann at the moment? Maybe they would be better off saying nothing and let the budget heat die off naturally. Of course, governments wouldn't do that as it would give the opposition too many free shots at them. Mr Hockey's comments last week to ABC reporter Chris Uhlmann when trying to play down the impact of the new $7 co-payment will probably just make people angrier: "One of the things that quite astounds me is some people are screaming about a $7 co-payment. "You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer, so that's two middies of beer to go to the doctor." Yes, $7 doesn't sound like a lot of money on it's own, but surely Mr Hockey can understand that starting to charge for something that has been free for so long is always going to draw a lot of criticism. I agree with Bill Shorten's opinion that Tony Abbott won't call a double dissolution election if the budget measures are not passed by the Senate. I'm certain the government knows the budget has not been popular with the vast majority of Australians and that an election right now would be political suicide. Mr Abbott said he expected the opposition to pass all aspects of the budget. He may end up getting some or most of them through, but there is certainly going to be some fun and games in parliament for the media to sink their teeth into. As I wrote in a previous column, the first budget

in government is politically the best one to get all of the bad stuff out of the way. This government certainly has done that. Let's hope that we've seen the worst of it and the next couple of budgets can start putting some money back in our pockets.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released data showing that national household debt is $1.84 trillion, which equates to $79,000 for every person in the country. This is higher than at any time in the past 25 years. Predictably, the large majority of that debt was found to be borrowing for housing. The start of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007 has seen the rate of increase in household debt slow to an average of 2% between mid-2007 and the end Of2013. Prior to that, the rate of increase had been at 10% for the previous six years. The data also showed that since the late '80S, household debt has been increasing at almost double the rate of the value of household assets. However, the report points to relatively low interest rates as an important factor in Australians being able to keep their debts from getting completely out of control. Maybe it is just the way we live our lives these days. It's just so tempting and easy to get multiple credit cards and for them to get out of control if you don't stay on top of it. Lures such as interest-free periods and 0% balance transfers are bound to attract customers who don't read some of the other terms and conditions.

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hanges to tertiary education, outlined in last week's Federal budget, have prompted fears from within the sector for the welfare of students and the future of some regional universities. Under the changes, universities will be able to set their own course fees for undergraduate degrees and Commonwealth supported students will be asked to contribute more to their tuition costs and pay it back sooner. According to Treasurer Joe Jockey, the changes will help build a sector that is "more diverse, more innovative and more responsive to student needs." However, National Tertiary Education Union Newcastle branch president, Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan told the Post the changes would "herald a major diminution in the global reputation of Australian universities" and said the University of Newcastle would find it difficult to cope once the changes come into effect in 2016. "Newcastle University is not among those who can charge whatever fees it wants as our students are generally from low income families," she said. "We are a leading research university so

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higher education where we will have two or three levels of universities, some for the rich and some for the poor." Newcastle University Students' Association (NUSA) welfare officer, Katherine Jones said NUSA was already seeing students struggling to make ends meet and other changes in the budget like the

$7 GP tax and fuel excise would it even harder for students to get by. "We're worried about the additional costs to students who are already living away from home," she said. "I know students whose budget for food is $50 a week - $7 is a meal for those students."

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Give and take for apprentices as loan program is announced • MELISSAH COMBER

ast week's budget was a mixed bag for apprentices. Both the Tools For Your Trade and the Australian Apprenticeships Access Program have been axed, but a Trade Support Loans program has been introduced, which gives apprentices access to loans that allow them to pay for tools and training costs, with a 20 per cent discount on their loan at the completion of their apprenticeship. The new program will cost $439 million over four years with funds sourced from the Department of Industry and the Australian Tax Office. Hunter Valley Training Company CEO, Sharon Smith said she was concerned about the axing of the programs, with the Tools For Your Trade program providing up to $5500 for the costs of training and purchase of tools, and the access program providing pre-vocational training in skilled employment to job seekers. "For almost 15 years, these employee incentives have played a part in addressing financial disadvantage and helping many young people to remain in their apprenticeships," Ms Smith said.

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"We are already faced with a growing youth unemployment issue and a wide range of national skills shortages. "We fear that the decision made in the Federal Budget may further fuel the fire." Treasurer Joe Hockey however, said that the decision was about providing financial equality with those undertaking tertiary education. "We give young people loans to help them complete a university course, so it is only right that those completing a trade qualification get the same fair go," he said. "Along with supporting young people learning a trade, we want to build a country that values all levels of education. "This will deliver the best skills for the task ahead." Third year apprentice auto-electrician, Jordan Cashmore said he might apply for a loan as he will now not receive the rest of his tools payment, paid in instalments. So far he has received $2800, but was counting on receiving another $1500. "I've probably spent close to $3000 on tools," he said. "It would have helped a lot because tools aren't cheap." Mr Cashmore said that he isn't sure if he will be better or worse off under the new system.


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lans for anew $36 million commercial, residential and retail development in Honeysuckle have been unveiled. Earmarked for the 4,000 square metre block of land next to the Nm building on Honeysuckle Drive, the seven-storey two-tower development will feature 66 residential units, 7,500 square metres of office space and ground floor retail and cafe space. It will be the first project the developers, Canberra-based Doma Group, have built in Newcastle. Doma Group's general manager development, Gavin Edgar said Government investment in Newcastle and the removal of the nearby heavy rail line had drawn the company to the site. ''We were really buoyed by the Government investment, excitement and initiatives that are being invested into Newcastle," he said. ''We saw that as a really strong signal of belief in the area. ''We see [the truncation of the rail line] as a really great way of opening up the connectivity between the harbour foreshore precinct and the rest of the city and we see that as a really positive and attrac-

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tive part of this development." The residential component of the development will front onto Worth Place, which will eventually extend across the rail corridor to Hunter Street. Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen was confident the heavy rail line would be truncated by the end of this year. "We've had a number of submissions

with respect to the routing of the light rail and they are being considered by Planning and Transport," he said. "I am very confident, and have been assured by the Premier [Mike Baird], that we will have the rail truncated by the end of this year, then we will move to a process of installing light rail over the next 18 months to two years."

He said the new development was a great vote of confidence in Newcastle. "This urban renewal is taking great strides and this is one of the first, very major developments that will be part of that process." Pending planning approval, construction should begin by mid-2015 with an expected completion date of early 2017 at the latest.

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The changing face of the city Newcastle Inner City Residents Alliance to hold rally against East End development • AMELIA PARROTT _ @amelia_parrott

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The rally will begin at lOam on Saturday at the old post office building on the corner of Hunter and Bolton streets and will end at the former David Jones site in Hunter Street Mall.

For more information about the rally go to www.nicra23oo.com or visit the NICRA Facebook page. The DA for the East End development is on public exhibition until May 28.

Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2014 - 2023 You are invited to comment on the draft City of Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2014-2023. This Action Plan updates and replaces the 2011-2018 Environmental Sustainability Action Plan. Its implementation builds on Council's existing program through the provision of a framework for sustainability planning, decision making and action, to achieve improved environmental sustainability for the City of Lake Macquarie.

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en's Sheds have enjoyed success across Lake Macquarie and the world and now a Macquarie Hills resident is keen to start one up in his area. Dallas Hicks is looking to hear from men interested in forming a Men's Shed around Cardiff or Macquarie Hills. Mr Hicks said with so many retired men living in Cardiff, the area was ideally suited for a Men's Shed. "I've spoken to a few blokes around the area and there is a lot of support for the idea. "I'd be very surprised if there aren't more men out there wanting to start one up too." Mr Hicks said he had originally intended to go with the ''build it and they will come" approach but the Australian Men's

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18-year-old, Adam Jolley said he normally opts for a healthy burger. "Unless I have a hangover, then it's the greasy fast food." As well as highlighting a love of burgers among young males, ABS director of health statistics, Louise Gates said the

study also found that teens and young adults were not eating enough fruits and vegetables. "The report also recorded that rates of consumption of fruit and vegetables for teenagers and young adults were relatively low," she explained.

"Across these age groups, around 40 per cent of males and 50 per cent of females consumed fruit compared with 60 per cent for the whole population." She said potatoes, including chips, made up almost half of teen and young adult vegetable consumption.

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out of the University of Newcastle has received global recognition for excellence and leadership in promoting health and well-being in the community. Professor Philip Morgan's Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids program last week received the Excellence in Obesity Prevention Award from the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention in Australia. The program encourages dads to become family role models and spend quality time with their children through exercise and healthy eating. "Fathers have a major influence in the physical, social and emotional development of their children," Professor Morgan said. "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids aims to help fathers achieve a healthy weight and improve the activity and eating behaviours of their children. "Making physical activity fun and part of father-child interaction is key to the project. "At the same time, we are inspiring children to act as 'personal trainers' for their dads and support them by role modelling healthy lifestyles to their dads." In 2009 the program was named best research project by Sports Medicine Australia and the following year, was awarded first place in public health and policy at the International Congress of Obesity in Sweden. It has been delivered across a number of local government areas across the state.

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here were tubs of fresh beetroot, piles of barbeque chicken, and more fresh fruit than you could poke a stick at at Mayfield East Public School last Friday as students joined their peers across the globe to take part in Food Revolution Day. The brainchild of foodie mega-star, Jamie Oliver, the day is billed as a global day of action to keep cooking skills alive and aims to get kids excited about cooking from scratch. The students at Mayfield East joined thousands of kids across the world in making a healthy Rainbow Salad Wrap, with beetroot, carrot, cabbage and pear, and feasted on barbeque chicken kebabs, lamb koftas and fresh fruit kebabs, all prepared in the school's kitchen classroom. Assistant principal, Alison Thompson said the ethos of the day fit well with the school's focus on healthy eating. "We're a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School so we actually grow produce within our school and have a designated kitchen where the students cook with produce from our gardens," she said.

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"When we heard about this Jamie Oliver initiate to get involved with for a day, we thought, that works perfectly, it goes hand-in-hand and that is definitely something we should have a go at." Ms Thompson said the students had really embraced healthy eating. "All ofthe kids have done all the preparation today from the grating of the beetroot

from the wraps, the cutting of the fruit for the fruit kebabs, it's all been done by them," she said. "The children are on a path to healthy eating and combating obesity." You can find more information about Food Revolution Day and a recipe for Rainbow Salad Wraps under the Jamie Oliver tab at www.woolworthsonline.com.au.


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A man has been arrested after allegedly carjacking a taxi in Kurri Kurri. About 5.40am on Saturday, a 41-year-old man was driving to collect a male passenger from Wormald Street, Kurri Kurri, who wanted to be taken to Newcastle. The passenger asked to be driven to a caravan park in Maitland to collect money for the fare. When they reached the caravan park, both men exited the vehicle and entered a cabin. It's alleged at this point, the passenger produced a knife, kicked the taxi driver in the head and took his wallet. The passenger then allegedly forced the taxi driver into the passenger seat; cut the wires to the taxi meter, radio and CCTV system; and started speeding north on the Pacific Highway. About 7.30am, officers from Taree Highway Patrol detected a taxi driving at an alleged speed of 185km/h on the Pacific Highway at Mooreland and commenced a pursuit. Other police deployed road spikes, and the taxi was stopped on the Pacific Highway at Johns River. The 28-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Taree Police Station, where a breathanalysis test returned an alleged reading of 0.106. He was charged with a number of offences including aggravated kidnapping and carjacking. The taxi's owner was taken to Manning Base Hospital for treatment of swelling, abrasions and bleeding to his face, and a broken nose.

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Keeping our kids safe earning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most children but many do not know how to stay safe when riding on the road. This year, Lake Macquarie City Council has been working with schools to help students build their cycling skills by running bike safety workshops as part of its schools sustainability program. Run by Seoul Olympic cyclist and Maitland resident, Scott Stewart, the cycling skills workshops teach children everything from how to properly fit a helmet and perform a bike safety check to how to stop at traffic signals and ride safely alongside motorists. Mr Stewart said parents could also play a part in helping kids feel more confident on the road. "To have someone with them to give them the skills they need to be able to survive on the road is really what they need," he said. Lake Macquarie City Council's sustainability manager, Alice Howe said the sustainability program had proved so successful, that Council was looking at expanding it in 2015. "The term one classes have been so popular with both the students and school, so we are hosting additional workshops at four of our local schools during term two and will be investigating options to include the workshop in our 2015 program," she said. Schools interested in taking part should email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

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Last week the world celebrated International Nurses Day. We know the amazing job nurses perform in the hospital system despite often working with limited resources. Fortunately General Practice is also lucky enough to have many highly skilled nurses working alongside doctors to provide fantastic care and health education to their patients and community. More than 60% of General Practice teams include at least one nurse - that accounts for more than 10,500 nurses working in General Practice in Australia. Nurses in General Practice playa very important role, caring for patients right across the age spectrum, from newborn babies to the very elderly. A General Practice nurse is often involved in lifestyle education and health promotion, men's health and women's health, mental health, pregnancy planning and antenatal care, baby and child health checks and immunisations, wound care, aged care and supporting patients with chronic disease (such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and asthma). Nurses in General Practice also perform crucial tasks such as heart tests (ECGs), lung function tests (spirometry) and assisting GPs with surgical procedures. Nurses also have the wonderful opportunity to promote disease prevention, helping GPs keep our communities healthy. They have the skill to educate patients about disease and help patients work towards their goals and targets for improving their health. Seniors benefit too from the time nurses can spend advising, supporting, and caring for elderly patients, helping to keep them independent and healthy for as long as possible. Nurses are great listeners and excellent do-ers and they work tirelessly to improve health outcomes. Many nurses are highly trained individuals with a passion for learning more and improving patient care. In my experience, General Practice nurses are highly respected by their patients and the GPs they work with. We could certainly not do without ours! They are an invaluable part of every patient's health care team. So, thanks to all the nurses out there for the effort and care you give your team, your patients and your community.

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ALTERATIONS

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

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Phone Eric

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Don't pa.1 more than $20 to have ieans or trousers hemmed!

Available in 25 colours in most profiles Daily delivery throughout Newcastle Central Coast and surrounding areas

Ph: 4948 6611

Eric's Pointing

Casual, Business and Formal Wear Alteration Realistic Reasonable Rates Prompt Friendly Service

Half Round Roundline Steel Fascia Fascia Cover

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Quality Bluescope s t e e l J l i l Leaf Protection ., Curved Gutters ~ 0 Professional Service Custom Folded Flashings

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4959 8566

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PIER REPLACEMENTS

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

DANNY'S

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PROPERlY MAINTENANCE

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ROOFING

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AT www.hgwsremovals.net Ph: 4929 6763. Newcastle. 5 ton truck. Polite, fit & experienced. Satisfaction guaranteed

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ACQUIRE CONTROL All types including

BOAT LICENCE 4 1/2 hr course held weekly nswboatlicence.com

PETS I. PET CARE Staples transport refer to Trades & Services. Ph: 49 577695.

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

COURSES

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Cut and Colour Specialist For your appointment call:

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Charity event in honour of Jimmy Taylor

DENIS BROAD.OAM NEWCASTLE DISTRICT

• PAUL MONFORTE

arks Point Sports Club is seeking entries for the Jimmy Taylor Memorial Restricted Mens' Triples tournament to be held on June 7 and 8. James Taylor OAM, born in 1942, joined the Anny in 1962 and served in Malaysia and Thailand. It was in Malaysia that Jim married his true love Bonny. Jim and Bonny enjoyed a 49-year marriage. Jim was a long-serving player and coach in the Boolaroo rugby club and was instrumental in the renaming of the club to Lake Macquarie during his time as president. Upon retiring from rugby, Jim stayed involved for many more years as a referee, controlling more that 250 first grade games. Jim also served as secretary of the Swansea Junior Soccer Club for a short time as well as becoming the of secretary of the Colliery Officials - a position he held for more than 30 years. One of Jim's proudest achievements was rescuing the Swansea RSL back from the brink of extinction. He was president of the club for 26 years and held the position up until his death in 2012. The sports bar

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at Swansea RSL has been named in his honour. In the latter stages of his life, Jim started playing lawn bowls - a sport he said he would never take up. Numerous members of Jim's family - sons Jimmie, Robbie and grandsons Chris and Kyle - are also keen and talented players. In 2004, Jim was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his many achievements. Entries for the tournament may be lodged with the club on 4945 4441, Bill on 49711711, John on 49711945 or emailed to bowls@markspointsportsclub.com.au

THE RAYMOND TERRACE JETS have made it back·to·back Newcastle District No.1 Grade Mid-Week Pennant titles defeating Soldiers Point 61/45 in a keenly contested final. The scores were locked 38·all three quarters of the way through the match. before the Jets players dominated the later stages. The quartet of Jim Towers. Tim Twining. Ian Lean & Jason Stokes starred in the win downing Bill Sullivan. Kevin Scott. John Collins and Lee Such 25/9. Australian representative Matthew Baus beat Neville Downes 21/16 & Lennon Scott lost 20/15 to Terry Antram. East Maitland accounted for Redhead 65/50 in the No.2 Grade final and Dora Creek Workers recovered from a 27 shot deficit to edge out Lambton 59/55 in the No.3 Grade final. Raymond Terrace No.1 will now attempt to complete the Saturday/ Mid·Week No.1 Grade pennant double after finishing at the top of Section 3 with 54 points. Mayfield West (41) despite losing 59/54 to Raymond Terrace No.1 last Saturday

finished second in Section 3 to qualify for next Saturdays quarter·finals to be played at Lambton commencing at 12.30pm. Alder Park defeated Windale/Gateshead 70/59 to claim Section 1with 53 points. with Nelson Bay runners·up with 45 points. Section 2 was won by Soldiers Point 47.5 points. from Beresfield 38.5 points. In a tight finish to Section 4 Kahibah claimed top spot with 38.5 points. from Kotara (33). Toronto Workers (32) and Edgeworth (31.5). In the quarter-finals Alder Park play Kotara. Soldiers Point meet Mayfield West. Raymond Terrace No.1 confront Beresfield and Kahibah do battle with Nelson Bay.

Marks Point Sports Club presents ... The Jimmy Taylor Memorial Restricted Mens' Triples

SATURDAY JUNE 7 AND SUNDAY JUNE 8 Proudly sponsored by KLM Accounting In association with Swansea RSL & Marks Point Sports Club

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Dress: Club uniform Teams restricted to NDBA gradings totalling 11 or more, limit of 28 teams. Each team may contain 1 player of 1 or 2 grade. Entry fee is $25 per player. All proceeds after distribution of prizes go to Prostate Cancer Support & Research. Saturday June 7, 12pm start, 2 games of 12 ends Sunday June 8, 9.30am start, 3 games of 12 ends, lunch provided after game 2

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Entries may be phoned in to the Club on 49454441, Bill on 49711711 or John on 49711945 or email tobowls@markspointsportsclub.com.au Please provide contact details, either phone number or email address.

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Hamilton hammer Easts Twelve-try demolition moves Hawks into outright second as Wanderers remain unbeaten • SAM BERRY

ound six of the NHRU competition was played in splendid sunshine across the region. Hamilton moved into outright second with an 85-15 demolition job on Easts. Easts were in the game early, trailing 12-10 before a four try haul to Liam Faughlin and a hat-trick to Arty Iconomou blew the scoreboard wide open. Wanderers remain unbeaten after beating fellow heavyweights Merewether 24-16 at Townson Oval. Cal McDonald, Dan Kevill and Billy Coffee were greeted by a raucous home crowd as they returned to Merewether for the first time since their move to bitter rivals Wanderers in the offseason. The star of the show was outside centre Tarpaki Rahui who set up a try before dashing som to score one himself and give Wanderers a 24-glead. Merewether hit back with a try to Ed Bacigalupo to reduce the gap but were unable to score again in the final 15 minutes. Southern Beaches winger Daniel

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Action from Hamilton's 85-15 victory over Easts at Passmore Oval

Marshall also secured a hat-trick in his team's 45-24 victory against winless Lake Macquarie. The Beaches forwards were outstanding and laid the perfect foundation for the backs to capitalise. University also remain winless despite a huge effort against premiers Waratahs. Some controversial referee decisions confused both teams and five players were shown yellow cards in a stop-start game. University scored through Mallee Lambert to reduce the score to 21-17 with 7 minutes remaining buts scored two quick tries through the Waratah forwards to escape with victory. Nelson Bay will count themselves unlucky in a narrow 34-22 loss to Maitland at Marcellin Park. The referee was again in the thick of the action and gave the home team a few confusing decisions. Nelson Bay were riding high in fifth position but have been leapfrogged by Southern Beaches with this loss. In round 7 action, Wanderers will be looking to stay unbeaten when they travel to Passmore Oval to face an in-form Hamilton. A victory for Wanderers will see them

jump clear at the top of the ladder while a victory for Hamilton will be enough to see them into first place. Nelson Bay will host Merewether who will be out to redeem themselves after a loss to rivals Wanderers. Bill Strong Oval has been a fortress this year and an upset is on the cards. Two winless teams Lake Macquarie and University will face off and will aim to secure their first victory of the season. Uni will hope to welcome back Lewis Freeth and Alexi Coffee from injury and will look to improve on an encouraging game against Waratahs. Waratahs will host Maitland in a third vs fifth battle. Maitland have slowly been improving and should be a handful for the premiers. Waratah will need to improve on their performance against Uni if they hope to claim victory. In the final game, Southern Beaches travel to Easts in a game pivotal for their season. Easts will be hoping to rebound from their embarrassing performance on the weekend and should push Southern Beaches hard.

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Lions too strong at home Carney sticks with Jets SOUTH NEWCASTLE SHOWED THEY WILL be a force to be reckoned with in this season's Tooheys Cup after their impressive 24-8 win over Cessnock at Townson Oval on Sunday. Restricting the Goannas was a huge effort from the Lions, considering Cessnock had been averaging almost 50 points a match in recent weeks. Ryan Pywell crossed twice for South Newcastle. The Lions led 16-8 at halftime and defended strongly to hold out all attacking threats from the Goannas in the second half. The Macquarie Scorpions retained a share of the competition lead after a comfortable 32-14 victory over Central Newcastle at St John Oval. Matt Hay and Royce Geoffrey each scored doubles for the Scorpions. Kurri Kurri scored a gritty 12-6 home win over a Port Stephens side that has showed much-improved form in recent weeks. The match looked headed for an unusually low-scoring draw until Scott Dunn was able to cross for the Bulldogs in the final minutes. Maitland bounced back from their loss to Port Stephens by thrashing Lakes United 46-14 at Cahill Oval. The Pickers scored nine tries to three with Dan Metcalf and Luke Clydesdale both notching two each.

Honeti Tuha crossed for a double for the Seagulls. Competition ladder after round 6: Western Suburbs 10pts (+116), Macquarie Scorpions lOpts (+48), Cessnock 8pts (+82), Maitland 8pts (+50), South Newcastle 8pts (+34), Kurri Kurri 6pts (-36), Central Newcastle 4pts (-28), Port Stephens 2pts (-144), Lakes United opts (-122). This weekend's fixtures are: Cessnock v Western Suburbs, Saturday, 3pm at Cessnock Sportsground; Kurri Kurri v Lakes United, Saturday, 3pm at Kurri Kurri Sportsground, Maitland v Central Newcastle, Saturday, 3pm at Maitland Sportsground; Macquarie Scorpions, Sunday, 3pm at Peacock Field.

THE NEWCASTLE JETS HAVE RE-SIGNED DAVID CARNEY to a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2015/16 A-League season. The versatile 30-year-old, who has been capped 48 times for the Australian national team, joined the Jets late last season after a stint playing for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. Carney follows Joel Griffiths as the second member of the Jets' 2013/14 A-League squad to re-sign with the Club following the appointment of Phil Stubbins as head coach last week. Carney said he was excited to have secured his future in Newcastle for a further two seasons. "I've really enjoyed the vibe since I've been in Newcastle and I'm happy to have signed on for a couple more years," Carney said. "I'm confident we can go into next season and have a good crack at it and give this town what it deserves, which is a team that not only makes the playoffs but is able to achieve even more than that. "I was really pleased when I had the chance to sit down with Phil and discuss his plans for the team.

"I think with the new coach and the squad we're building, there are some really exciting times ahead for the Jets." Carney made seven appearances for the Jets last season, playing primarily as a left-winger and contributing three goal assists. "I think in the last few games of the season I was just starting to get myself really fit and find some good form," Carney said. "I'm focused on working hard during the pre-season and hopefully myself and the rest of the lads can start the year with a bang." Newcastle Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said re-signing a player of Carney's calibre was a big positive for the club. "There were a number of clubs both in Australia and abroad that showed interest in David, so we're delighted that he has opted to re-sign with the Jets for two more seasons," Middleby said. "David has a wealth of experience having previously played at the highest level in Europe and representing Australia on the international stage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2011 AFC Asian Cup. "David is excited to be part of the Jets' future and is looking forward to making a big impact in the A-League next season with a full pre-season under his belt."

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Bears bite proves too strong Understrength Knights gallant in NSW Cup loss to experienced North Sydney side ith a number of key players missing the Newcastle Knights stumbled to a close 18-12 loss against the North Sydney Bears in their NSW Cup clash at North Sydney Oval on Sunday afternoon. In a match marred by errors, the Knights competed well against an experienced Bears side boosting big names like Nathan Merritt, Lote Tuqiri, Joel Reddy and Tom Burgess. While Norths were loaded with plenty of NRL campaigners, the men in red and blue were hit hard by injuries and the absence of crucial players like Nathan Ross and Travis Waddell. Newcastle may have been down on personnel, but they competed hard against the Bears. The Knights led 6-4 at halftime, while the scores were locked at 12-all with 25 minutes remaining in the second half however, it was North Sydney who finished the stronger. Newcastle will now look to regroup after three straight losses when they take on the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium this Saturday from 1.10pm. North Sydney dominated possession

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Decision time for Knights¡ future Bennett one of 20 staff and players to have wages payment delayed as ownership battle hots up • PAUL MONFORTE

he future direction of the ownership of the Knights is expected to become clearer in coming days, with the Knights Members Club requesting Hunter Sports Group to relinquish control of the club by the end of this week. It was reported late last week that 20 Knights players and staff, including coach Wayne Bennett, had not been paid their monthly wages. Bennett said on Sunday that all bar one or two of the affected 20 Knights players and staff had subsequently been paid. "The guys are getting on with it;' Bennett said. "They know their position and as long as they're getting information, that's the main thing. A statement from Hunter Sports Group said they had advised the NRL that HSG would not be investing further funds into the Knights until the current ownership dispute with the Members Club was resolved. ''We have been negotiating with the NRL and the Members Club for eight weeks and would have hoped the issue would have been

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resolved by now;' HSG CEO Troy Palmer said. "We made it clear the HSG would not invest further funds until the matter was resolved however it was important Knights employees

weren't affected during this process. "We requested short term assistance from the NRL for the outstanding wages however this wasn't forthcoming.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said: "It has been a difficult time for all involved and we hope we can reach a resolution regarding the ownership of the club as soon as possible. The ownership dispute relates to HSG being unable to secure a $10.52 million bank guarantee by March 31 - a key requirement in the 2011 takeover deal. That allowed the Members Club the option of pursuing the Knights back for $1. The NRL had intervened in an attempt to resolve the ownership matter, but negotiations have not led to a resolution. Meanwhile, in on-field action, the Knights have the bye this week with their next match against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm. The next home match will be against the Wests Tigers on Sunday, June 8 at 2pm. The match against the Tigers will be Voice for Mining Family Day, with around 5000 miners and their families along with supporters and suppliers of the industry in attendance. The Knights will wear a special high-vis replica miners jersey, which can be purchased from the Hunter Sports Superstore at 294 Turton Road, New Lambton or via the Knights online shop at www.newcastieknights.com.au

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