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ewcastIe commuters may know the route of the dty's new light rail system, but the finer details of the plan induding timetables, connectivity with train services and even the cost remain unknown. The light rail system will make use of the existing heavy rail corridor before travelling up Hunter and Scott Street, bypassing Hunter Street Mall and terminating at Padfic Park. The tweaked route was announced last Friday by Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, and Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian after three months of community consultation by UrbanGrowth NSW. "The route

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strikes the best balance in providing a quality transport outcome for Newcastle and also allowing the dty and its waterfront to be reconnected and revitalised," she said. ''The hybrid route will deliver transport customers directly to their destinations, improving accessibility by reducing the distance people have to walk to get to where they want to be, without affecting the Hunter Street Mall and future redevelopment plans. The hybrid route provides easy access to important destinations such as the new university campus and law courts and provides 3.2 hectares of new parkland, 60 per cent more than the rail corridor option." But Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Sonia Hornery accused the Government of being light on detail and called for the release ofdetailed costings.

"The Government has announced $460 million for the project, but have not given any detail as to how much this plan will cost," she said. "Projects such as this cannot be rushed, tenders need to be called, plans need to be lodged, but all we have is a map with a line drawn on it." Despite advocating for the light rail to run through Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy said overall, he was happy. "The Scott Street option means greater people circulation than the mall option," he said. A Coundl spokesperson said Council would be analysing the impact the route would have on other revitalisation plans and expressed a desire to see the project move ahead quickly. Ms Berejiklian said commuters would know more about the details of the project soon.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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Conroy accuses Johnston of failing to address "valley of death" facing manufacturers lenges facing Australia's major shipyards following the completion of the AWD and Land Helicopter Dock (amphibious ships) projects and is committed to putting in place a long-term shipbuilding strategy details of which will be announced soon." In the meantime, the Government has provided Forgacs with a $5 million contract to build a heavy landing craft for the Solomon Islands Defence Force.

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he 2014-15 Federal budget has done nothing to address the valley of death faced by shipbuilders, according to Shadow Defence Minister, Stephen Conroy. Visiting the Forgacs shipyard at Tomago last week, Mr Conroy called on the Defence Minister, David Johnston to bring forward shipbuilding contracts to give workers and employers certainty. "The Labor Government, before the last election, proposed a bridge to get over what is referred to as the valley of death," he said. "Bring forward some of the patrol boat contracts, bring forward the supply vessels -that was the plan. "We've now had the budget and there is nothing in the budget to guarantee the goo jobs here, some ofthe highest skilled jobs in Australia - no protection for them." Assistant national secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Glenn Thompson said companies like Forgacs would inevitably have to layoff staff unless the Government released its plan for future contracts. "Companies like Forgacs in Tomago and BAE in Victoria will make a commercial decision to start laying off shortly," he said.

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indigenous students of any university in Australia [and] 26.3 per cent of our students at Newcastle come from low sodo-economic backgrounds, when the national average is about 16 per cent," she explained. "It's this commitment to equity that is at stake by these sorts of cuts."

Newcastle City Council Greens coundllor Therese Doyle said "unfair competition from private providers" could have devastating impact on conditions for both students and academic staff at universities, as it did on TAFEs. "With universities able to charge whatever they like for fees, what is going to happen to regional univer-

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esidents in Tenambit and East Maitland may only have to wait a year to access the National Broadband Network (NBN), while users in Mayfield remain in the dark as to when the rollout will be complete in their suburb. Paterson MP Bob Baldwin announced last Tuesday that fibre and fixed wireless technology would be rolled out across Pitnacree, Tenambit and East Maitland, as well as Stroud, with construction already underway. Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon criticised the "spot announcement" method, saying it provided little certainty for business and at home users. "When I make formal representation to the Minister for Communications he writes back and says, 'wait and see, hold your breath, and we'll be unveiling our national rollout plan soon,'" she said. "Good luck to East Maitland but my question is where is that plan? "There is no capacity for people to plan when you're doing these kinds of spot announcements." Work on the rollout of the NBN in Mayfield had begun prior to last year's Federal election but the suburb has since been taken off rollout maps.

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ed balloons flew high over Hunter Street on Saturday morning as part of a protest against a 20-storey development planned for the mall. Hundreds of Novocastrians marched alongside members ofthe Newcastle Inner City Residents Alliance (NICRA), who released red balloons to demonstrate how the proposed GPT and UrbanGrowth NSW East End development would protrude from the city's skyline if it is given the go ahead by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). The mixed-use development would stretch from Newcomen Street to Perkins Street and includes retail, commercial and entertainment spaces, as well as three high-rise residential towers. The development application describes the project as "the catalyst for city change and urban renewal within the Newcastle East End" but its detractors say the plan would eliminate views of Christ Church Cathedral from the heritage precinct and create precedence for more high-rise developments in the East End. Addressing the crowd, protestor and archivist at the University of Newcastle,

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Gionni Di Gravio, said the views of the community were not being considered when it came to the proposed development. "The business community and the politicians need to take a leaf out of the history here," he said. "Near the post office in the 18sos was the Newcastle Exchange and the first Newcastle Business Chamber was set up there by John Bingle, a really inspiring man. "The first thing that business chamber did was safeguard a whole swathe of public land, which is now King Edward Park. "They weren't thinking about what's in it for me, they were thinking about what's in it for you." NICRA co-founder, Geoff Evans said the unique heritage characteristics of the East End needed to be protected. "We think people all across Newcastle and the Hunter value the unique and quirky characteristics that the heritage part of Newcastle has," he said. "The characteristics that make the city a great place to work or live, to visit to go to the beach, enjoy the cafes and bars, the energy of the artists, that would all be driven out by this kind of development." The development application came off public exhibition on Wednesday, June 28 and will now be considered by the JRPP.

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ommuters have questioned the reallocation of nearly 120 staff car parking spaces at train stations across the Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions, saying the stations that need additional parking the most are missing out. Last week the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that 118 staff car parking spaces across six stations on the Hunter and Newcastle and Central Coast lines would be made available to commuters over the next year and a half, including 39 spaces at Newcastle station. Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian said the initiative was about putting commuters first. "We are listening to customers and we know this is one of the biggest issues they have every day - finding a car space close to their station is important so we can get more cars off the road and have more people using public transport," she said. "Some of these smaller stations only include handing back up to five spaces, but it is important to know we have looked at every space across the network and if we can give it back to the customer we are doing so."

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Nicholas Williams, a Masters student at the University of Sydney, regularly takes the train from Broadmeadow to Sydney for work and study. While pleased to hear that four spaces will be freed up at Broadmeadow, he said he could not see the point of making so many car spaces available in Newcastle. "There are definitely stations that need more attention," he said. "If Newcastle isn't going to be [operating] by the end of the year then why do it there? People in Newcastle are just going to park [at the station] instead of going to metered parking anyway. Cardiff needs parking more than anyone else." Mr Williams said for him, access to commuter parking was more about customer safety than convenience. The NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union (NSW RTBU) have criticised the move, saying transport workers need the parking spaces more than customers. "We can't have critical transport workers spending a half hour driving around looking for a car park when they need to be driving the next train," NSW RTBU state secretary, Alex Claassens said. "If on time running is a priority for the NSW Government then providing car parking to their workers must also be a priority."

Members of the transport industry will meet in Sydney this week to take part in a briefing session about the delivery of the NSW Government's new $2.8 billion intercity train fleet. Announced earlier this month, the 65 train fleet will see air-conditioned services available across the network for the first time, meaning Hunter commuters will be among those to benefit. Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian said purchasing the new trains "off-theshelP' was the favoured approach and was keen to hear input from the private sector. "The best way to get these trains on the tracks for our customers as soon as possible is to buy off the shelf, with proven techool ogy from the world's best," she said. "We are keen to talk to all suppliers to understand what's available and importantly which trains can be adapted to meet the needs of our customers." However, Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Sonia Hornery said quality and standards could be compromised if the trains are purchased from overseas. "It is offensive to hear the Transport Minister and the Minister for the Hunter, Gladys Berejiklian saying the best thing is to buy trains from overseas," she said. "I have met with Australian Manufacturing Workers Union representatives on a number of occasions over the last month and it is clear that this Government need to commit to local jobs and our local economy." Commuters will be asked to give their feedback in the coming months.

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Labor candidate for Swansea, Yasmin Catley said victims of domestic violence, the disabled and those experiencing financial hardship would be among those to suffer from the cuts to the Hunter Community Legal Centre at Belmont Court House. "People who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law, who are normally law abiding citizens are the ones using these services and they will be the ones who will fall through the cracks," she said. "Vulnerable people will be turned away and it's just short-term, really narrow vision on behalf of the Government." Mr Lynch called on the State Government to get serious about opposing the Federal Government's cuts to community legal services. "The State Government need to make it very clear to Canberra that they are going to reject these cuts," he said. "[NSW Premier Mike] Baird has been mucking around, one day he's talking tough, the next day he's gone to water on this. "The Government need to make this an issue and get serious about it. "It's not just the severely disadvantaged who will miss out, it's a whole slab of the community."

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housands of tea-drinkers across Australia raised a cup last Thursday to take part in the Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea fundraising event. In Newcastle, Jenn Mitchell, Angela Ritter and Rachel Adam hosted a morning tea at Newcastle Leagues Club. Ms Adam said with so many people touched by cancer in the community, she felt motivated to playa part in beating the disease. "I had a cousin who passed away at 48 through cancer and my father just got through bowel cancer," she told the Post. "It affects so many people so every little bit you can do to help counts." The trio hoped to raise $500 through their morning tea. Cancer Council CEO, Professor Ian Olver said the Biggest Morning Tea imitative had helped advance treatments for cancer. "We have seen huge advancements in treatment, as well as significant improvements in survival rates since morning teas first began," he said. "With the generous support of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraisers,

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Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College at Fletcher has taken a different approach to school behaviour management by developing a program which concentrates on positive actions. Often school behaviour programs focus on 'bad behaviour' and the associated implications and punishments. However, the college has switched the focus onto teaching students behavioural expectations and giving acknowledgment for following them. This represents a positive approach to behaviour. Positive Power - Positive Behaviour in Action is a Kindergarten to Year 6 program for developing and explicitly

teaching appropriate and positive behaviours. The introduction, modelling and reinforcing of positive social behaviour has been shown to be an important step in a student's educational experience. The college's primary department recently launched the Positive Power Positive Behaviour in Action program. This program supports and underpins the existing, highly successful You Can Do It program. Positive behaviour will be highlighted and celebrated by awarding Positive Power awards. The aim is to ensure students realise that these behavioural expectations are important lifelong attitudes.

Policesnapsbot Assault in Newcastle West Police are appealing for information after a man was found with injuries in Newcastle West on Saturday night. About 11pm. a 23-year-old man left a hotel on King Street and began walking towards Islington when it is believed he was approached and assaulted in the Newcastle West area. A short time later. the man was stopped by a concerned pedestrian. who alerted emergency services. The man was taken to John Hunter Hospital to be treated for wounds to his arms. Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations. They are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to contact them via Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000) or Newcastle Police Station.

Robbery in Jesmond A man will face court following an alleged armed robbery in Jesmond on Saturday afternoon. Just after 5.30pm. a man armed with a crowbar entered a grocery store on Hirst Street and allegedly demanded money from a female employee. He fled the scene with cash a short time later. Officers attached to Newcastle Local Area Command on patrol at a department store on Blue Gum Road when they stopped and searched a 25-year-old man. allegedly locating cash. The man ran from police and. following

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Child approached Police are appealing for information after a child was approached by a man in Cardiff South on Friday afternoon. About 3.15pm. a 10-year-old girl was walking home from school when she made her way across an oval to the intersection of Leanda Place and Elizabeth Street. As she began walking along Elizabeth Street the girl was approached by a man who also followed her for a short time. The girl changed her route and continued walking home. where she told her mother what had happened. Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were contacted a short time later and launched an investigation into the incident. Inquiries into the matter are continuing and police would now like to speak to a man who may be able to assist in the investigation. The man is described as having a fair complexion. about 50-60 years of age. with short shaved grey hair. facial hair and of a large build. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black knee-length shorts. Anyone who knows the man's identity or has any information that could assist police is urged to come forward.

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Supporting those who enrich our community

Positive change unfolding in our city

This week, Council launched a revamped program for a wide range of grants and sponsorship opportunities to community organisations and businesses in the arts, recreation, events and business sectors. Council is supportive of groups and organisations that host community, business, cultural or sporting events because these opportunities help to create social cohesion, meaningful relationships and vibrant community life. The sponsorship, grants and community funding offered by Council are designed to give a helping hand to the valuable not-for-profit organisations and businesses so that they can get on with the work that enriches our local community. I hope these funding initiatives entice community members to brainstorm ideas that unite people and enhance our diverse region. These events could be anything from a local fundraising barbecue to a running festival or charity art class to a regional touch football event. Community organisations can sometimes do it tough when it comes to raising money to achieve their goals and activities and Council is proud to provide funding assistance where possible. If you know of a suitable community group, activity or commercial event that could benefit from Council funding, encourage them to learn more about Council's funding programs at www.lakemac.com.au or by calling 4921 0333. While you're visiting Council's website, why not take the opportunity to review our Draft Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2014-2023. The Draft Plan is on public exhibition until 20 June 2014, and tells residents what Council will do to achieve improved environmental sustainability over the next 10 years for the City of Lake Macquarie.

Each year, Council develops its operational plan and budget, supporting the four-year delivery program. While this process is challenging as we claw back the deficit, it is also rewarding. Newcastle The 2014-15 draft plan and budget is a snapshot of the tremenCity Council dous positive change in Newcastle. Projects will provide muchLord Mayor needed maintenance for our valuable infrastructure, support all council matters: economic development and address the unique needs of each newcastle.nsw.gov.au of our suburbs. You will literally be able to walk or drive through Newcastle and see change taking place. Just a few examples: Building and structures: $13.9 million to address critical maintenance and help clear the infrastructure backlog, including: • Civic Theatre: $200,000+ for painting, carpet and general sprucing up • Sports grounds: $300,000 amenities renewal at Blackley Oval New Lambton, $300,000 to replace roof at Waratah Grandstand and $150,000 toilet upgrade at National Park athletic track • New playgrounds: $200,000 for Kilpanie Road Reserve Lambwill literally be ton, Tumpoaba Reserve Maryland, Minmi Reserve and Cedrella able to walk or Creek Reserve, Warabrook drive through • Cycle ways: $150,000 for line marking and signage Newcastle and • Henderson Park Community Hall, Merewether: $900,000 to see change replace existing hall and toilets Roads: $9.5 million for road resurfacing with projects from Lawson Avenue, Beresfield to Bibby Street, Hamilton to Parkway Avenue, Cooks Hill Environmental programs: $6.6 million including $980,000 for citywide tree replacement, $70,000 for coastline dune preservation, $310,000 for lronbark Creek rehabilitation and numerous stormwater drainage projects Overall, our major asset preservation program will fund $30 million worth of works. This is great news for local communities and our investment will hopefully encourage people to get out and enjoy the fantastic parks, playgrounds and facilities across the city.

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This week Ivana Brcic has written in a letter for us on her views on healthy eating. I'll split it into two parts, with part one this week... 'Good food', 'healthy diet', 'clean eating'. What do they all mean? As a personal trainer this is the most asked question I've come across. It's not too difficult to teach a client a new movement or a new skill, but to re-educate nutrition is incredibly challenging. There is so much confusion about various diets. Which one is the right one? There are professionals who will tell you each is correct. Doctors for the last 40 years have been preaching 'low fat, high grain' and then the new age professionals are advocating the opposite. "You must convert to a diet rich in good fats and low in sugary carbs," write bloggers, nutritionists and fitness experts all on the bandwagon. The problem is who to trust. Where is the information coming from and why are they pushing their opinions? Only one answer makes sense to me. What were our ancestors eating back in the day when heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure were not a part of our everyday vocabulary? Back before the time of such things as the Agricultural Revolution (17oos), before the use of pasteurisation (1871), refrigeration (1895), or genetically modified crops (2000). And well before current mass commercialised farming practices. Our ancestors were eating whatever was available to them. What they caught when they went hunting, what grew in well-nourished soil and what was in season. They drank from clean waters, any meat, milk or eggs were from healthy, wild animals. This was their perfect diet. There are many people that will argue that we live a longer life now then our ancestors ever did and this may be true due to the advances of modern medicine; but are we living a longer, 'healthier' life? Is our quality of life better? Or are we just kept alive but unwell for a longer time? Are they treating the cause of our diseases or just the symptoms? Answers next week!

When it comes to health problems, we often think about heart attack, stroke, cancer, or diabetes. Not many people would give much thought to kidney disease. Yet it is estimated that 1 in 10 Australians die from kidney disease every year and this number is increasing. The problem is that kidney disease is a "silent" disease that often does not show any significant symptoms until it is relatively advanced. In fact, Kidney Health Australia (www.kidney.org.au) indicates that up to 90% of kidney function may already be lost before symptoms appear. This means those people may already be at a stage of disease requiring regular dialysis or even kidney transplant. It is now known that kidney disease is hugely under-diagnosed in Australia. There is a push to increase awareness of the risk factors and improve detection ofkidney disease in the early stages when medical management can help to slow or even reverse the progression of the disease. Conditions that are known to increase the chance of developing kidney disease include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking, and obesity. People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background, over the age of 30, are also at higher risk of disease. All these risk factors are significant enough to warrant testing for kidney disease every 1-2 years. Testing for kidney disease is easy, involving a blood test and (usually) a urine test. If the results are positive the test will be repeated to confirm a diagnosis and determine how advanced the disease is. Importantly, people with chronic kidney disease, even in the early stages, are also at much higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. So, it is important to detect kidney disease early to help slow the progression of the disease, or even prevent additional kidney damage, and reduce the chance of heart attack or stroke. If you think you may be at risk of developing kidney disease it could be worth starting that conversation with your GP.

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The Tasmanian Forestry Agreement is a ground-breaking document. This agreement between the forestry companies, unions, environmental campaigners and government ended 30 years offorestry conflict, provided significant retraining opportunities and compensation to forestry workers, and protected an additional 172,000 hectares of forest including areas known as the Styx, Great Western Tiers, Florentine and Mount Field forests. It gave forestry companies certainty over the areas they are allowed to log and protected thousands of jobs. It is a win-win deal, and the federal government is putting it at risk. Last weekend I travelled through these World Heritage listed areas. I stood next to trees that were almost a hundred metres tall. I met with members of conservation groups such as The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation who have fought for so long to protect these forests. I spoke with managers from timber companies who have spent years dealing with blockades and court cases. I chatted with organisers from forestry unions who want to protect their members' jobs. We were told of the damage to 'brand Tasmania' that would be done if the delisting was successful: complete devaluation of forestry products in the international market. None of these groups want any part of the protected forests delisted from the UNESCO World Heritage register. Why does the Abbott government want to refight old forestry battles?

Mining makes up the largest occupation segment of our clients and is said to contribute to 60,000 local Hunter jobs. With reoccurring conversations around safety and job security in the local mining industry, we wanted to understand what these issues mean for the community and offer some support solutions. We recently ran a survey to our clients in the mining industry and they told us the following: the most (60%) disliked part of the job is the long hours and shifts cut into their leisure time, followed by job insecurity (29%); only 14% dislike the danger element of the job the most. Tips to maximise the opportunities of the mining industry and mitigate the risk of loss of income and injury: put money away for a rainy day - you want 3 -12 months' income to cover expenses if you're unable to work; invest some of your savings to get it working for you, but make sure it's at a higher rate than 3% otherwise it's not enough to beat the average inflation rate of 3%; make sure you have adequate insurance - income protection, life insurance, total and permanent disability and trauma cover, in case anything were to happen to you. For more insights on our mining survey and support solutions visit www.newcastlefinancial.com.au/minel Disclaimer: This editorial provides general information only. Before making any financial decisions, consult a financial planner to take into account your individual needs.

Smoking is recognised as the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. It is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, renal disease and eye disease. There is a tobacco-related death about every 28 minutes in Australia. A large proportion of these are males (almost 13,000 deaths per year compared with 6,000 for females). In all age groups, except 15-34 years, more deaths were related to use of tobacco than to alcohol or illicit drugs. The Australian Government's tobacco control strategies, such as media public education campaigns, high tobacco taxes, advertising bans and smoke-free environment legislation, have helped with the decline in smoking rates over recent decades. Between 1991 and 2010, the proportion of daily smokers aged 14 years and over decreased by almost 40%. Helping people quit is a challenge and it has been taken up globally with the World No Tobacco Day on 31 May being a day for people, non-governmental organisations and governments organise various activities to make people aware of the health problems that tobacco use can cause. Your local pharmacy can provide a Smoking Cessation service to motivate you through the process. See the fact cards titled Smoking and Staying a Non-smoker available at SelfCare pharmacies. Call 1300 369772 for the nearest location or visit www.psa.org.au. click on Self Care, then "Find a Self Care Pharmacy".

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PH. JUSTIN 0438408801

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CLASSIFIEDS CARRIERS. REMOVALS

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

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ACQUIRE CONTROL All types including

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 KNITT1NG & CROCHET classes Ph: 4957 5501

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

BOAT LICENCE 4 112 hr course held weekly nswboatlicence.com

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4958 7438 or 0401 247 339

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Ph 0434 803 687

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

Buy direct from the importer. Other designs on display.

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Tel: 49611269

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Hamilton. In a top of the table NHRU clash, Wanderers dominated early through a double to speed machine Dillon Rowney who has stormed to the top of the try scoring table. Leading 13-9 at halftime, an early penalty goal saw the lead reach seven before ill-discipline saw two Wanderers players placed in the sin bin. Hamilton took full advantage and run in a converted try to even up the contest. As the game was creeping away from the ladder leaders, a try to barnstorming prop Ben Christensen and a neat little dart across the line by skipper Luke Sherwood wrapped the game up 26-16 for Wanderers. Waratah are no longer flying under the radar after wrapping up their sixth consecutive victory at home to Maitland. After a nervous victory at University last weekend, Waratah, minus five key players for the clash, put Maitland to the sword

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with a clinical 33-15 win. Nelson Bay were the story of the round with a huge upset against Merewether Carlton. The Greens welcomed back captain Mick Gill after a long spell on the sidelines but it wasn't enough to stop the ever-

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improving Gropers. It was a tight game in the first half with the scores locked at 5-5 but Nelson Bay skipped away through their impressive backline to record a satisfying 24-10 win Lake Macquariewere singing their victory

song for the first time this year with a 38-21 victory against a winless University. Again, University were in the game after a brilliant individual try to debutant centre Chris Smith gave Uni a 21-12 lead, however, Junior To'o led the Roos' revival as the students capitulated to a 38-21 defeat. Southern Beaches look set to battle fifth spot in the finals with Nelson Bay and Maitland after a comprehensive 43-12 win against Easts. In round 8 action this weekend, Easts will be hoping to find something or risk a slaughter against undefeated Wanderers. Wanderers will be in no mood to take the foot off the gas when they host Easts at NO.2 Sportsground. University must also be careful when an improved Southern Beaches travel to University NO.1 Oval. Hamilton will again be without their NSW country stars when they playa home game against giant killers Nelson Bay. Lake Macquarie will be looking to build on their first victory when they tackle an out of sorts Maitland. In the match of the round, Merewether Carlton will welcome Waratahs to Townson Oval in desperate need of victory after being upset by the Bay.

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orloversofold-stylerugbyleague, last Saturday's match between Cessnock and Western Suburbs had everything. Wests emerged 12-10 winners over the gallant home side in a match dominated by the physical clashes between the forward packs. Desperate defence, highlighted by Rosellas prop Mark Taufua's tackle on Cessnock fullback Kieron Holland to save the match, was another strong feature. Brad Murray and Simon Williams scored for the victors, while Geordie Connelly and Riley Brown crossed for Cessnock. Wests led 12-4 at halftime and were able to repel repeated raids from the Goannas in the second half. South Newcastle backed up last week's win over Cessnock with a 36-0 thrashing of Macquarie Scorpions at Peacock Field. Keeping the powerful Scorpions line-up scoreless is no mean at any venue, but particularly on their home ground. Second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon impressed with a hat-trick for the Lions.

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t's been a tough few days for the Newcastle Knights but star fiveeighth Jarrod Mullen insists the playing group is fully focused on the season ahead. In the wake of last Friday's announcement that the Hunter Sports Group will have no further role in the Knights, Mullen said the team remains determined to put aside any off-field issues in a bid to resurrect their season. "It's obviously sad for the club, because Nathan (Tinkler) has put a lot of money into the club and it's disappointing," Mullen said. "But it's business as usual for us and we've just got to worry about our football and get back to winning games. Mullen also believes the club will bounce back and become bigger and better once a new ownership model is finalised. "Once all this (ownership) stuff gets sorted out, I'm sure the club is going to be in a better position for it," he added. "Hopefully we can sort it out sooner rather than later and everyone can start worrying about football then. We haven't talked about it (ownership) at training at all to be honest. Mullen admits he has faced harder times at the club in the past, recalling his maiden

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season in the NRL in 2005, a year when the Knights lost 13 consecutive matches to collect the club's first wooden spoon. "We've been through a lot worse than this," he said. "When I first came here, we lost 13 in a row and that was back in '05. "The club is definitely in a better position now. We've got great facilities here, a great coach and great players. So we just need to get the performances on the field now." Mullen, meanwhile, said he hopes coach Wayne Bennett remains at the helm in Newcastle. "For me personally, I think it's very important," he said. "He has done a lot for my career and he has put a lot of confidence in me as a player.

recent winners of the Newcastle District No.1 Grade Mid-Week Pennant Competition will attempt to become the first club since Soldiers Point in 2007 to complete the Saturday /Mid-Week NO.1 Grade Pennant double. It is ironic that they will play Soldiers Point in the final to be played at Lambton next Saturday commencing at 12.30pm. Both semi-finals were close hard fought affairs with Raymond Terrace NO.1 defeating Nelson Bay 63/53 and Soldiers Point recovered from a 22 shots deficit mid-way through its match to edge out Alder Park 65/59. The quartet of Jim Towers, Anthony Ellercamp, Michael Abel & Australian representative Matthew Baus laid the foundations for the Jets win downing Jason Horn, Craig Hines, Chris Edmonds and Shannon Gittoes 24/11. The other successful Jets rink was Haydn Bojkowski, Tim Twining, Ian Lean & Jason Stokes 23/22 over Brett Gainsford, Ken Baker, Robert Spears & Richard Girvan. Kevin Robinson was

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Who wants to run the Knights? Call for urgency on ownership talks as Nathan Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group depart the scene • PAUL MONFORTE

athan Tinkler's exit from the Knights has answered one question but many more remain as the club's tumultuous season. As had come to be expected Mr Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group (HSG) relinquished ownership of the Knights last Friday after several months of negotiations with the Knights Members Club and the NRL. Hunter Sports Group released a statement in which Tinkler called for a speedy transition to a new ownership model. "This negotiation has dragged on for over 10 weeks and it is clear the Members Club has stalled the process:' Tinkler said. "After injecting over $20 million of my own money it is time to stand aside, and hopefully the Knights will prosper and not revert to the old management style and formula that almost sent the club into liquidation 3 years ago. "Since HSG took over the Knights, we have lifted the annual spend of football operations to be over $3 million above the average NRL club. "Commercial reality will mean staffing

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numbers will now need to be reviewed, grants cut to the junior League programmes and the local Newcastle competition. "I have done my bit for the town by investing more than $20 million and saving the Knights from liquidation and now it is time for some-

one else to step up to the plate:' he added. However, it was revealed on the weekend that Mr Tinkler will continue to support the Knights by way of a $5 million sponsorship over the next five years. The powerful Wests Group is believed to be

interested in taking over financial management of the club, with the Members Club assuming control of day-to-day operations, with discussions taking place this week. Speculations has mounted over the future of coach Wayne Bennett, with numerous media reports over the past few seasons claiming Bennett's contract was with Tinkler. However, HSG chief executive Troy Palmer has said that was not the case and that the contract's of Bennett and his coaching staff had always been with the Knights and not directly with HSG. As far as on-field action is concerned, the Knights head across the Tasman to take on the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday at2pm. The Knights will be hoping State of Origin representatives Darius Boyd (Queensland) and Beau Scott (New South Wales) are able to backup on Sunday, to help overcome the Warriors who have won three of their past four matches. Meanwhile, the Knights have signed utility Marvin Filipo for the remainder of 2014, a year after being sacked for disciplinary reasons. "Marvin is aware of our standards and expectations and we are pleased to be able to give him a second chance:' CEO Matt Gidley said.

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