Questions about Rocky Hill mine water plans Beauty: The view at Gloucester towards where the proposed Rocky Hill coking coal mine could be established.
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Protests: Residents are making their views on the proposed mine known.

Against: Gloucester residents (from left) Dimity Bowden, Helen Evans, Mick O’Brien, Denise and Bruce Gilbert, who oppose the proposed mine.

TweetFacebook Poll shows Gloucester residents overwhelmingly oppose Rocky Hill coal mineAn area known for its natural beauty is fighting a coal mine proposal, againTHE NSW Department of Primary Industries has raised serious questions about water management at the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine at Gloucester as a new poll shows residents overwhelmingly oppose the mine.

The department questioned a proposed water sharing arrangement between the mine, on the approaches to Gloucester, and Yancoal’s Stratford Duralie mine complex, in a letter to the Department of Planning on July 30. The Department of Planning is assessingthe mine application before making a recommendation about its future.

The Department of Primary Industries said the long term feasibility of the water sharing arrangement was unclear as it assumed no further development by Yancoal, and requires that both mine sites be “inextricably linked”.

The department requested more information on impacts to downstream water users, including discussions between Rocky Hill and downstream licensed users about theirbasic landholder rights.

On Monday Groundswell Gloucester released the results of a ReachTEL phone poll of more than 700 residents showing 73 per cent of residents do not want the mine, and only 19 per cent think it should go ahead.

Women outnumbermen in opposing the project on environmental, health and tourism grounds, and people aged over 50 also opposethe proposal in greater numbers.

Only 16 per cent of women polled support the mine, with 76.5 per cent opposed to it. The largest group to oppose the mine are people aged 51-65, with 77.9 per cent opposed.

Groundswell Gloucester spokesperson John Watts said the poll on the night of July 27 showed the community “has had enough and the government and MPs will ignore these results at their peril”.

“Over 200 people recently attended a public meeting in Gloucester and voted unanimously to tell the government that it must act to stop this flawed proposal. This poll shows that the community overwhelmingly does not want a 220m deep, dirty and polluting coal mine on the doorstep of the township.

“Noise, dust and toxic blast fumes will be what the Gloucester community will be forced to endure sixdays aweek until 10pm. That is simply unacceptable.”

Mr Watts quoted Mid-Coast Council administrator John Turner, who grew up in a mining town and made a submission that “this mine is simply too close to town”.

The ReachTEL pollfound that 58 per cent of residents thought the mine would adversely affect tourism while63 per cent said it would adversely affect the health of the Gloucester community.

Gloucester Resources, which first proposed a Rocky Hill mine in 2006, has applied to operate three open cut pits up to 220 metres deep to mine for coking coal, and use Yancoal facilities to transport it to Newcastle.

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READY FOR ACTION: n Flying Corps squadron aircraft waiting for their pilots to take them into action.Photo courtesy of The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for July 30-August 5, 1917.
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AUSTRALIAN AVIATORSMr Andrew Fisher, High Commissioner for , who was accompanied by Colonels Griffiths and Reynolds, visited the n Flying Cadets, quartered at Oxford, where 136 are undergoing a practical course of training.The men were chosen from the ranks. All were picked for their physique and youth, and mostly because they possessed considerable mechanical knowledge.Training is very thorough in all departments of aeroplane work. So keen are the students that they are able to complete the course in half the usual time. The majority of the instructors are British, although there are several ns who gained experience on the various battle fronts.The consensus of opinion among the British instructors is that ns are peculiarly fitted for air work, and will make first-class fliers. All speak in high terms of the men’s exemplary conduct during training.After daily study in the workshops the men are compelled to indulge in athletics, the University authorities providing every facility. When the technical course is completed the men will be drafted to various aerodromes in Britain to undergo flying tests. Some hundreds have already passed to the final stage. An interesting feature of the instruction consists of a scale model of a famous war salient, on which, by electrical means, mimic shells burst over the ground, while an embryo aviator views the ground from a high gallery. Thus he is able to accustom himself to the appearance of trench systems, and to acquire a knowledge of aerial photography.Mr. Fisher visited the various colleges and saw the men at work. He was afterwards entertained by the corps in the dinner hall at Queen’s College.In a speech, Mr Fisher said he was glad to meet the ns’ latest arm of war service. It proved that was able to keep in line in every new venture. He was delighted to hear praise concerning their conduct. Upon them rested ‘s reputation in competition with men from all parts of the Empire. He hoped the name of would long be their inspiration. He looked to them to bring to the air service that initiative and boldness which had characterised their part in the war.

FREE PHOTOS FOR SOLDIERSDuring the past six months enthusiasm has been shown by the honorary workers of the Snapshots from Home League, of the YMCA, in providing free photographs of home scenes, relatives, and friends to those on active service. The total membership of the various leagues throughout the Commonwealth now numbers 5090, serving some 700 different centres, as against 2600 members, and 400 centres in February last. Since the Snapshots League was first formed in , thousands of applications have been received from our men abroad, on troopships, in camps in , and from their friends in the Commonwealth. This does not merely represent the amount of work carried out by the army of snapshotters belonging to the leagues, as the largest part of the work is done by the members getting the names of men at the front from rolls of honour, etc., and visiting the homes of the men, and taking photographs of their friends, to be forwarded to them. In a letter recently received, a member of the AIFstated: “The snapshots taken by you of my parents and sisters have reached me, and I cannot express how deeply grateful I am. You are engaged in a noble work, and I can assure you we appreciate the spirit in which it is done. So often the soldier becomes despondent and anxious for those at home, and a glance at their likenesses does one a great deal of good. I have watched soldiers on different occasions gazing for quite a long time into the likenesses of the ones they love.” Amateur photographers in this district, who are not already members of the league, may become enrolled as such, and gain much interesting and pleasurable experience by applying for membership to Miss Scott, care Scott’s, Ltd., Newcastle.

CARRINGTONAt the school of arts hall on Saturday night, the members of tile Carrington Football Club presented Private P. Scully, captain of the 4th grade team, who is leaving for the front, with a wristlet watch and money-belt. After the toast of The Kinghad been duly honoured, the president of the school of arts said he was pleased to see such a large number of the members of the football club present to do honour to their departing comrade. He hoped that in the near future they would have the pleasure of welcoming home Private Scully as safe and sound as he was leaving them. MrH. Hogan, in proposing the toast of The Guest,said they were sorry to lose Private Scully as a member of the club and a comrade, but hoped it was only for a short time. He wished him luck whilst away. The toast was enthusiastically received. Private Scully, in responding, said he would not forget the Carrington boys whilst away. He was sorry that he was severing his connection with the football club, but hoped that it was only for a short time. Mr J.A. Devon, secretary of the Carrington Football Club, in making the presentation, said they were losing one of their best players by the departure of Private Scully. If he fought the enemy as well as he fought his opponents on the football field he would render a good account of himself. It gave him great pleasure, on behalf of his clubmates, to present him with the watch and belt. MrC. Bushy, on behalf of the younger members of the school of arts, then presented Private Scully with a fountain pen, after which Private Scully was presented with a safety razor.

KILLINGWORTHA memorial service was held in St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Sunday in memory of the late Private Joseph Pritchard, who was recently killed in action in France.MrsJames Cherry, senior of Killingworth, received a letter from her son, Private Oliver James Cherry, from a Canadian hospital in England, where he is convalescing from a severe attack of trench fever after serving 11months in France. Private O. J. Cherry enlisted in July, 1915, and served in Gallipoli and Egypt before going to France. His friends will be glad to learn that he is well on the way to recovered health. Another son, James, is now a warrant officer on the headquarters’staff in France; while a third son, Robert, is also at the front “somewhere in France”.

NEWCASTLE’S WATTLE DAYIn Newcastle on Wednesday there was no mistaking the character of the day, for wattle was seen in every direction. The members of the Newcastle Wattle Day League had organised their forces with excellent effect, and there was an ample supply of the popular flower and also many buyers. This was evident from the fact that nearly every person wore a sprig of the n national flower. The weather was perfect. The blooms had been gathered in every direction, and quantities came from distant places. The league had established their headquarters at the Central Methodist Mission Hall and early in the morning there were ample supplies for a start, and these were replenished as the day wore on.A short ceremony was held under the auspices of the league at the Anzac Memorial in front of the Newcastle Post Office at noon, in the presence of a large crowd. Three wreaths of wattle were placed on the monument.

HEXHAMNews has been received that Corporal D. Julien Weinberg has been wounded in France. The young soldier was a Russian, from Lodz, Poland, where his parents reside. Joining the British forces in Egypt he fought at Gallipoli, where he was wounded. After his discharge he came to , where he again enlisted in the 34th Battalion.

PRIVATE W. EAGLESMr and MrsEnoch Eagles, of Victoria-street, Adamstown, received word Tuesday that their son, Private W. Eagles, who was wounded on June 7th, is progressing favourably. He received a wound in the right leg and right arm and shoulder. Private Eagles has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant action on May 17th and 18th. Private Eagles volunteered to carry despatches under heavy fire, and for his gallant action he was awarded the Military Medal. Private Eagles previous to enlisting was a miner at Burwood Colliery.

PRIVATE H. SHEARSMiss Shears of Minmi, has received the following letter: “You will have heard the sad news of the death of your brother, Harry, who was killed in action on the 9/6/’17. I wish to convey to you the sympathy of the men of his company. He was one of the original members of the battalion, and was of particular value among the men, because he had gone through so much and done so well, consequently we all feel his loss very keenly. He proved himself to be a splendid soldier, cool in danger, and fearless in action. It will be some comfort to you to know that he was not called upon to suffer pain. He passed quietly to his rest, and was buried in a grave, with some of his friends behind our lines. We thought of you and all your family, and ask, in prayer, that God would give you comfort in your sorrow, and that you might be proud of the way that your brother had been faithful in duty until his death. Yours (Signed), Private A. Bamback and Jock Fullocks.”

PRIVATE J. BARKERMrs Annie Barker, of the Selections, Abermain, has been notified officially that her husband, Private James Barker, was killed in action in France on July 20th, 1917. He left with a local battalion, and had three sons at the front. One was killed and another invalided home, leaving one still in action.

ENLISTMENTSWilliam Read Beeston, Hamilton; Oliver Carlow Capararo, Carrabolla; Frederick Clarke, Karuah; Henry Gunn, Scone; William Haddow, Gateshead; Ralph Peel Scott, Stanford Merthyr; William Henry Smith, Linwood; Thomas Clifton Storey, Mayfield; George Frederick White, Islington; Andrew James Wilson, Carrington; John Herbert Young, Lambton.

DEATHSGnr Arthur William Black, Lochinvar; Pte George Arthur Blanch, Karuah; Pte Aaron Herbert Hayes, Islington; Pte Ernest Reign Urwin, Plattsburg.

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A highly intoxicated driver who twice failed to register a reading has indicated he will plead guilty to having a reading more than six times the legal limit – .316.
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Haydn James Blennerhassett, 47, of Wall Street, Camperdown, indicated he would plead guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving under the influence of alcohol and drink driving.

But, magistrate Cynthia Toose declined to hear the case as Blennerhassett was not represented and was at severe risk of going to prison.

The case was adjourned for a hearing before another magistrate on August 14.

Police said that on the afternoon of November 16 last year Blennerhassett was driving a silver Camry along the Daylesford-Trentham Road towards Trentham, which is 70 kilometres north-east of Ballarat.

Two witnesses watched him driving for 20 minutes, noting he was extremely erratic and swerving wildly from the extreme left-hand side of the road into oncoming traffic.

The witnesses tried to get Blennerhassett to stop but he refused.

Blennerhassett then crossed double white lines into oncoming traffic and missed collisions with about 10 cars only because other drivers took evasive action.

Two drivers actually stopped their cars on the side of the road.

Blennerhassett finished up stopping in the middle of the T-intersection of the Daylesford-Trentham Road with the Trentham Falls Road.

He got out of his car with a 700ml bottle of Johnny Walker whisky, which he placed on the top of his car’s roof.

The witnesses took his keys and police were called.

Officers found Blennerhassett slumped in the driver’s seat, he had difficultly lifting his head, drool was coming from his mouth and he had appeared to have vomited on himself.

He was unable to get out of his car without assistance and had to be helped into a police vehicle.

Blennerhassett also had great difficulty keeping his pants up.

His preliminary breath test reading said: “out of range”.

He was taken back to the Daylesford police station and his first reading there said: “blowing not allowed”.

A second reading later recorded .316.

Because of two prior drink driving offences Blennerhassett had a zero alcohol licence condition and he was that drunk police took him to hospital.

He initially denied drinking alcohol but then broke down crying, saying: “I’m stuffed”.

The magistrate said Blennerhassett was looking at a term of imprisonment and he needed to be represented by a lawyer.

She said it was his third drink driving offence and the intersection where Blennerhassett stopped his car was extremely dangerous.

The Standard, Warrnambool

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Brush-off: Hunter One Nation Senator Brian Burston in his new Toronto office after a Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union attack against him over apprenticeships. Picture: Marina Neil.HUNTER One Nation Senator Brian Burston has dismissed a targeted union attack against him over apprenticeshipsas “Labor politics”, and warned of Senate disruption if the federal government does not act on One Nation’s apprenticeship policy.
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Mr Burston said a Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union campaign, that includesfull-page advertisements in the Newcastle Herald,flowed from One Nation’s support for the Turnbull Government’s n Building and Construction Commission legislation, but the timing appeared to be linked to polling showing strong support for the minor party in some areas.

The CFMEU alleges“One Nation Senator Brian Burston voted with Malcolm Turnbull to give us laws that will mean less apprenticeships on government jobs and even less jobs for our kids”, because of provisions in the new legislation allowing companies to employ foreign labour if n workers cannot be found, “includingthrough training”.

Mr Burston said the allegation was “quite insulting but I just laughed when I saw it”, and accused both major parties of greater damage to apprenticeships by gutting ’s traditional trade training colleges through privatisation and other policy changes.

A Federal Government document from 2016, Trends in Apprenticeships and Traineeships, found building trades had been less affectedby a dramatic drop in all forms of trainee arrangements since 2012, with the number of apprentice bricklayers, carpenters and joiners falling by 5 per cent, plumbers by 3 per cent and electricians by 10 per cent.

The only occupation to record a rise in apprenticeships was electronics and telecommunications trade workers, up by 27 per cent.

Mr Burston, a former NSW TAFE teacher for 10 years who started his working career as an apprentice boilermaker, said One Nation had been frustrated by the Turnbull Government’s failure to act on One Nation’sapprenticeship policy and wasconsidering tying support for the policy to support for the government’s Budget measures.

One Nation proposes federal subsidies of 75 per cent of an apprentice’s wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third, paid to employers.

“We would start with 500 places and let it go from there. We’re starting to put a bit of pressure on the government over it. They’ve been saying ‘Yes, yes, yes, we’re looking at it’ for a long time, but Pauline’s starting to get frustrated with them,” Mr Burston said.

”We may need to use our position in the Senate to apply pressure in some way, relating to Budget measures.”

Mr Burston revealed he was the architect of One Nation’s preference deal swap with the Liberal Partyin the Western n election which was criticised as contributing to the party’s significant drop in support during the campaign.

Mr Burston defended the deal as “the right thing” and said “in my view it was a success”.

A blanket preference deal would not be done again, although the Queensland Liberals continue to support seat by seat deals with One Nation.

Mr Burston backed beleaguered One Nation colleague Malcolm Roberts who is facing a strong challenge to his eligibility to stand for Federal Parliament over n citizenship.

“I’m not worried at this stage,” Mr Burston said.

He would not support same sex marriage if moves within the Federal Coalition lead to a conscience vote on the issue.

“I’d vote against same sex marriage. No doubt. I believe there should be a plebiscite but if it comes to a vote I think marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said.

“I think the government should just get on with it. Same sex marriage is just a social issue. It’s a distraction, a major distraction.”

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Hands on: Tristan Winner participated in one of the first Deadly Dads workshops before the arrival of baby Tombi. The program aims to empower and educate Aboriginal fathers and fathers-to-be. Picture: Simone De Peak.A HUNTER-based parenting program is using one-day workshops to educate and empower Aboriginal fathers-to-be in a bid to improve the health outcomes of the next generation.
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The Deadly Dads program beganafter survey results showedlower rates of breastfeeding among Aboriginal womenatdischarge from hospital, and that Aboriginal children hadhigher rates of avoidable hospitalisations.

Program facilitator Paul Douglas, one of only three male breastfeeding mentors in ,said Deadly Dads was still in the pilot stage, but they had so far shared practical parenting advice and information with 70 to 80 men.

“The word ‘deadly’ doesn’t mean lethal in this context. We’re not teaching them to kill people,” Mr Douglas laughed. “In the Aboriginal community, we use ‘deadly’ as another word for good.

“There is nothing out there like this course. We try to give useful tips, and teach the fundamentals about what being a father is all about…How to be actively involvedand supportive day-to-day.”

Mr Douglas said the program empowered men to take ownership of parenting issues, andtouched on health, safety and nutrition for both the mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as the baby.

“We go into all of those key indicators that are recommended to help close some of the health gaps,” he said.

“Who would have ever thought that a group of men would be sitting around talking about breastfeeding?

“But it’s not just women’s business. It benefits the children, and when the blokes get involved, and they understand better, they can better support their partners.

“Likewith breastfeeding, there is the soreness, the stress that can come with it if the baby doesn’t latch on. If the husband knows too, they can help them out and support them through the tough times.”

Tristan Winner, of The Hill, said while nothing could ever fully prepare a person for parenthood, after participating in the Deadly Dads program, he felt a lot more confident ahead of the arrival of his son, Tombi, almost eight months ago.

“Theantenatal classes had a lot of practical stuff in them as well, but it was probably more geared towards the mums,” he said.

“I walked in to this and it was just blokes. We had a good laugh and a good time. It got a bit deep at times, but I walked out feeling a lot more ready than I had been. It was just one day session, designed for us.”

He would like to see the program continue and expand to other regions.

Mr Winner said he and his wife, Joan, were referred to the program through Birra Li, theAboriginal Maternal and Child Health Services.

Birra Lican be contacted on4016 4900.

“I think blokes need a reason to sit down and have a yarn about this stuff. No one really talks about whatthose first few weeks and months are like, it made me feel a bit more ready,” he said.

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TweetFacebookThe Revival Meetingis the name of their new album, but My Friend The Chocolate Cake were playing to the converted on Friday night.

If there were any non-believers at a packed Lizotte’s, they were soon swept away by the charisma of this tight outfit, who havebeen playing for 28 years.

Proceedings started low-key with just David Bridie and the band’s string section- Helen Mountfort (cello) and Hope Cstoros(violin) – introducing Poke Along Slowly. The three other Cakemembers –Greg Patten (drums), Andrew Richardson (guitar) and Dean Addison (double bass) –appeared,and things were kicked up a notch, with mostly new material mixed expertly with Cake favourites,I Got A Plan and It’s All In the Way.

The second half really belonged to the ‘Chocolate Cake Girls’,Mountfort and Cstoros, as their gorgeous arrangements set the pace, from oh-so-quiet to break-neck speed.

Bridie also charmed the socks off everyone with his observations on all manner of subjects,including Pauline Hanson, thegeneral populacebeing glued to their mobile phones andthe joys of PNG’s culture. Stori Rabaul,even sparked some righteous dance moves by the lanky frontman. He said later that his bandmates often cautioned him against having a jig, as he was a “shit dancer”.

Let’s say his efforts were akin to ‘dad dancing’, but delivered with such unbridled joy that it made you want to join in.

Unbridled Bridie was adorable.

There was also a hearty singalong to Easter Parade (audience’s line:“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition”), in which Newcastle’s efforts were judged better than Coffs Harbour’s.

The night ended with the touchingencore,Jim’s Refrain, a tribute to Cake founding member Andrew Carswell, who passed away last year.

The Cake family then joined hands for a final bow,closing what was aninspiring, joyful, touching and deeply satisfying performance.

Hallelujah, all praise The Cake.

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Forward thinking: HunterNet chief executive officer Tony Cade. Picture: Simone de Peak. What was the landscape like in manufacturing when you took the helm of Hunternet in 2013?
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Industry was definitely in decline when I first returned to Newcastle to commence my role with HunterNet. Commodity prices had commenced to ‘free fall’ from September 2012 and mining houses had already commenced aggressive efficiency and cost improvement programs. The region’s ship building had already begun downsizing with the impending ‘valley of death’ arising from a lack of build and sustainment opportunities. Further, infrastructure development had slowed. It was clear one week into the role, the good times of years past had come to a close.

What were the challenges for manufacturers then?

The need to build new capabilities and capacity. Traditional markets had either shrunk or disappeared. The only hope to survive and position for growth for manywas to pursue ‘new’ niche market opportunities or supply chains.

And core challenges for HunterNet?

HunterNet also needed to take a long look at itself. Companies expected more than just networking opportunities. We needed to develop the capacity to directly add value to our member company’s bottom line and provide specialist business support platforms for their respective work forces.

Four years on, what have you done to support to your 200 members?

There have been many initiatives implemented. We have built on the network by facilitating open innovationprograms where several companies have collaborated to enter new markets. Our Project Directors are really niche business development consultants that focus on positioning Hunter and Central Coast companies in four industry focus areas spanning 13 national and global supply chains. They work ‘in’ companies BD departments. We have internationalised and, in partnership with Austrade, executed business development and familiarisation programs in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea. Providing optimal business support and professional development programs have assisted companies in developing their business and teams. Finally, despite many challenges we are further diversifying our Group Training Company and we are in the third year of delivering the Hunter’s Future Leaders Program.

What feedback are you getting from your members on current challenges?

We are receiving qualified feedback on improvements in business confidence. Whilst there are heightened levels of activity in the resources, infrastructure and defence sectors, there is also a recognition that a focus on innovation, efficiencies, and productivity is ‘business as normal’.

Advanced manufacturing is crucial to survival. How is the Hunter faring?

We are ‘batting above the average’. We have a range of companies that have invested in specialised equipment including industrial 3D printers. We have a relatively high number of ‘hidden champions’ that are building their business on the base of ‘world’s best’ technologies.

What are the growth areas and key opportunities for Hunter manufacturers?

Just based on the number of cranes on the skyline, infrastructure development and asset management has seen a huge increase in activity. Also, in the short to medium term we will see more sustainment packages released to support the JSFs (F35s) to be based at Williamtown, which will also contribute to industry attractiveness for the airport precinct. There is an increase in contracts from the resources and energy sector. Finally, we are seeing increased opportunities in some of the regions traditional manufacturing markets (for example, rail).

And the biggest threat?

Global competition. If you are producing ‘widgets’ you are unlikely to be able to compete with low labour cost countries unless you have invested in automation. The other big challenge is accessing the right target customers/companies and their decision makers to develop relationships. If the first contact you have with a prospective customer is in response to a tender/EOI, you have a very low prospect of success. This is a service provided by our Project Directors. Finally, the need to continuously value-add and differentiate product and service offerings.

How is the Group Training Company travelling?

It has had a tough four years. During the downturn, companies simply were not putting apprentices or trainees on. However, we are implementing a business diversification strategy and we have seen numbers more than double since late 2016.

Looking forward, what will challengeindustry?

There are many challenges but the fundamentals still apply. Understand your current capabilities. Be realistic about what markets you can pursue. Understand what is required (capital and time) to develop new capacities. Never underestimate the importance of relationships and collaboration. Understand that product and service improvement and development is a continuous part of business. Innovate and take calculated risks – it’s ok to fail – just fail quick and cheap. Havea meaningful, measurable strategic plan so you can change course if factors out of your control change the landscape. Be nimble.

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ROLL UP ROLL UP: Club Maitland City’s Sports and Sponsorship Manager DJ Dilworth said preparation for this weekend’s event is huge.Maitland is set to roll out the full house signs as an estimated 600 lawn bowls enthusiasts flock to the city for the Grade 3 State Pennants finals.
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The event will be held over three days at Club Maitland City at Rutherford and at Lorn Park Bowls Sports and Recreation Club.

Club Maitland City’s Sports and Sponsorship Manager DJ Dilworth said the event is huge for the clubs involved and huge for the city from an economic point of view.

The Grade 3 State Pennant Finals will see 16 teams comprising about 250 players compete for the top honour in a round robin event.

Maitland City hosted the event several years ago and according to Dilworth clubs are only allowed to host them once every three years.

While the event is held over three days, Dilworth said visitors have allocated themselves a four-day stay at various locations across the city.

“Both our motels, Maitland City and The Old Maitland Inn, are fully booked and I’d say it’s pretty much the trend right across town,” he said.

Dilworth said the event has been months in the planning with the two clubs working closely together.

“We’ve been flat out for about four months to make sure everything runs smoothly over the weekend.

“We need an army of volunteers, about 20 from each club, to co-ordinate everything.

“We’ve ordered extra kegs, extra meals, extra sausages, extra staff.

“Our green keeping staff have put in a tremendous amount of work on the greens which look fantastic. So it’s a big thanks to them,” Dilworth said.

“This is certainly the biggest event we have held here at Club Maitland City.

“It’s a great wayto promote the club, put Maitland on the map and showcase what we have to people from Waggato Kempsey.”

Maitland City Council’sVisitor and City Economy Co-ordinator Martin Payne saidMaitland is a popular destination for sport events.

He said the city boastsmany facilities of regional and state quality and a range of accommodation options that can cater for over 1380 visitors.

“Events such as this are a perfect opportunity to showcase the city to a large audience, who may also return as a leisure visitor in the future,” Mr Payne said.

“Economic modelling suggests that an event of this size would have a direct economic benefit of $245,000 to the Maitland economy.”

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Katrina at the Henty Machinery Field Days in 2012. Her shock resignation announcement has attracted mixed reaction on social media. Cootamundra MP Katrina Hodgkinson has announced her shock resignationLabor’s Charlie Sheahan puts hand up for Katrina Hodgkinson’s seatCootamundra MP Katrina Hodgkinson’s shock resignation announcement from parliament has drawn mixed comments from her constituents on social media.
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The state member released a statement on Monday afternoon saying ‘she felt like it was time to move on to something new’ and would stand down at the end of August.

While some comments are supportive of Ms Hodgkinson’s decision, others have welcomed her decision to retire.

“No loss at all” Carl Erle commented on the Cowra Guardian,

“Why is a politician doing their jobs considered achievement? Did little more than what would be expected. Was nowhere to be seen when the cannery was sinking. And thanks for the bi election.” Marc McLeish wrote.

“Bye,bye….you did nothing for harden,” Karen Woodhead wrote on the Young Witness page.

“The way she handled the Council amalgamation of Gundagai with Cootamundra was brutal and certainly not in the best interests of Gundagai. To be in favour of Greyhound racing bodes poorly in my eyes… so much suffering in the interests of greed… Goodbye Katrina and good riddance!” Colleen Donovan commented on the Young Witness Facebook Page.

The cost of the by-election forced by Ms Hodgkinson’s resignation just 18 months from the next state election in 2019 has also drawn concerned comment from residents, some calling for Ms Hodgkinson to foot the bill unless she has a good reason for standing down.

“Why do people run for a term when there going to piss off before next election, they quit before end of term and get all the perks, we quit our jobs and fend for ourselves, wrong, unless they have to quit eg- health or family health issues fair enough but to seek another opportunity while still in term that’s crap, of to another election we go,” Adam Manwaring said on the Young Witness page.

Ms Hodgkinson has stood in office for the past 18-and-a-half years, representing the electorates of Burrinjuck and Cootamundra and not everyone was happy with her decision.

“Katrina has been a great member for Cootamundra,we will be sorry to lose her,” Beverley Oliver told the Daily Advertiser.

“I think she worked hard for our electorate it’s not always easy to keep everyone happy and I think if anyone wants to be critical step up to the plate and have a swing yourself for our community plenty of us do.” Stephen Howse commented on the Harden Murraumburrah Express Facebook page.

“This is so sad. Just when we get a good person in there who looked after the people, not themselves like most do,” Fran Houghtonsaid on the Cowra Guardian page.

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BRIGHT FUTURE: The upgraded North Stockton boat ramp area, including a fish-cleaning pavilion and car and trailer park, on the bank of the Hunter River’s north arm. Picture: Jonathan Carroll TIME and tide have done much to shape the Stockton shoreline. But in recent months, it has been a team of workers giving amakeovertothe area around the North Stockton boat ramp.
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As well as workers, a group of politicians and officials trod the freshly laid turfand new bitumen car park to officially launch the upgrade on Tuesday.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the $850,000 projectwas funded by the state government and Newcastle City Council, and that the improvements would primarily benefit recreational boaties.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes described the work as “a fantastic community outcome” and said there was particular interest in the new fish-cleaning area.

A few hundred metres to the south, the Stockton boat harbour is still waiting for a similar revamp. A collection of commercial fishing boats and pleasure craft are berthed at old, rickety-looking finger wharves.

In January, the state government announced a $4.3 million refurbishment forthe boat harbour, but work isn’texpected to begin until February.

After the ceremony at the boat ramp, the Roads and Maritime Services’ acting operations manager in theHunter, Alex Hamilton, inspected the harbour and said the planned work was necessary “for safety, and for community expectations”.

“I think when the work is done, it will be a much better facility than what’s here now,” Mr Hamilton said.

Alex Delmoni is a Stockton resident and keeps a boat in the small harbour. He is also on the committee forits planned upgrade, which is expected toaccommodate 26 vessels. Mr Delmoni hopesthat as well as assuring the boat harbour’s future, the refurbishment will uncover some of the past.

He said a sandstone wall, almosta century old, that ran for kilometres along the Hunter River’s north armhad been all but buried. He assertedthe new works at the boat ramp had also covered some of the old wall.

“I’m very disappointed about that,” he said.

“I’m hoping they …dig out the wall and restore it [at the boat harbour]. It’sa historical feature, and it’s sad to see this little bit of history lost.”

History lies just below the surface around Stockton’s edges. Sailing ships used to berth along the shore, dumping their ballast.

“A lot of it was rubble that came from San Francisco after the [1906] earthquake there,” said local history researcher RonHaug.

Mr Haug said at the site of the revamped North Stockton boat ramp, the renowned boat-building family, the Towns, used to have a shed. The familyhad a business hiring rowboats to visitors. So alongStockton’s shores, the maritime past flows into the present.

HISTORY: Ships berthed at Stockton wharves in the early 1900s.

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CHALLENGE: The part played by housing production is critical for sustainability.Affordable housing is a serious issue affecting both house buyers and renters. The fundamentals of the way we produce housing must change if affordability is to be redressed.
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The term sustainability is increasingly being used to describe positive and negative actions and behaviour of ns for their use of energy and attitudes in regard to waste and unwanted off-gases. A key role in sustainability is played by housing, where, while considerations of energy use are important, issues of sustainability also include cost (affordability) and time (productivity). Both these factors affect availability of suitable housing.

Sustainable development is defined by the United Nations as, “development which meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. In particular this opinion seeks to address sustainability of housing in , or rather its characteristics of unsustainability. I was reminded recently by an expert who assesses energy use in buildings that housing does not use energy, it is the occupants who need to accept responsibility. However, there are also important issues for how houses are produced to enable efficient use of energy.

Research has found that housing accounts for 25 per cent of total global energy use. A Human Settlements report in 2001 found that while the population increased in between 1975 and 2001 by 35 per cent, the use of energy by the residential sector increased by 60 per cent. Further, housing produces 18 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases. There is clear evidence that current construction methods are unable to mitigate these poor outcomes without innovation and change.

Building construction alone generates up to 30 per centof all wastes sent to land fill. Typically up to 30 per centof labour and materials for housing construction is wasted through reworking or changes during the works. Unfortunately, constraints for the average suburban house site prevent the waste from construction being separated into streams for recovery and recycling.

The cost of construction continues to rise, and worse, there is a high level of uncertainty as to the final cost, often higher than initial budgets. This is a serious situation for housing demonstrated by a measure of housing affordability, that being average cost compared with average annual wage. In in 1990 the ratio for average housing purchase price compared to average gross income was 3 to 1, in 2015 it was 5 to 1 (In Sydney it is 12:1). In a recent report, the cost of housing put sixth behind UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Hong Kong and Sweden. There are reasons why this unacceptable situation cannot change, a shortage of skilled trades is one of them, and reluctance by industry and consumers to consider non-traditional production of housing is another. For example, industries supplying cars and clothing have changed from a craft to a manufacturing industry thereby producing products that are readily available and affordable.

There is an opportunity for the community to help addressthe challenges outlined here by agreeing to a one-hour interview covering housing choice and sustainability. Preferred participants are those who are soon to make a new-build housing choice but have not yet made a final decision.

This research is being carried out through the University of Newcastle by Edward Duc as a candidate for a PhD. Prospective interviewees can offer to participate by emailing [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au

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Hunter’s Wallaroos fly out for Women’s Rugby World Cup BIG CHALLENGE: Hunter Wallaroos, from left, Mollie Gray, Katrina Barker and Sarah Riordan in Sydney on Tuesday before flying to the world cup. Picture: ARU Media
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Mollie Gray on the sidelines for Maitland last month before playing her first game since knee surgery. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald from Sydney airport.“I did my ACL, MCL, PCL, meniscus, dislocated my kneecap, chewed up all the cartilage and tore my VMO [vastus medialis oblique] as well.I sort of did the whole thing.”

Sydney surgeon Dr David Broe, who also rebuilt Gray’s knee after she tore her MCL at the 2014 World Cup, used a hybrid LARS synthetic ligament and hamstring graft to repair the ACL.

“It was still risky. We knew that I would either have just enough time or just fall short.He’s only done that operation, with a hybrid, on myself and one other person.”

Gray then embarked on a rehabilitation program with Newcastle trainer Darren Coughlan before making a remarkable return to the field 10 days ago for the Blacks against Merewether Carlton.

“My trainer, a week after surgery, I was in his gym. If I was limping around the gym, he would yell at me, so I had to force myself to walk properly, which some people think is a little bit crazy, but there is always a method to his madness. We complement each other quite well. He forced me to get stuck in.

“I went up to Maitland on the 21stof July and I ended up playing for Maitland the last 20 minutes. That’s it. That’s all I’ve done.

“The [Wallaroos] forwards coach called me before the game and said, ‘I don’t care if you drop every ball. I don’t care if you miss every tackle. I just want you to get out there and make sure mentally you’re good to go.’I didn’t drop every ball, I didn’t miss every tackle. I think I actually went quite well.”

, ranked sixth in the world, have nevermade a world cup final and were crushed 53-10 by world champions England,44-17 byworld No.2 New Zealand and45-5 bythird-ranked Canada at a tournament in New Zealand this year.

They face another uphill battle this month as pool rivals Ireland (5) and France (4) are ranked higher. Only the three pool winners and one second-placed side progress to the semi-finals.

They meet Irelandat a sold-out UCB Bowl in Dublin on Thursday next week before facing France and world No.14 Japan.

Joining Gray on the plane are former Merewether Carlton fly-half or centre Sarah Riordan and University scrum-half Katrina Barker, who moved to Newcastle last year.

The Wallaroos squad of 28 is captained by Shannon Parry, one of two Rio Olympic sevens gold medallists in the party, along with Sharni Williams.

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Challenge: Hunter Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon is crowd-funding an legal bid to make the Turnbull government to make its coalition agreement public. Picture: Marina NeilLabor MP Joel Fitzgibbon is crowd-funding to pay for court action to force the Turnbull Government to release its Coalition agreement.
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Mr Fitzgibbon said details of the deal between the Liberal and National parties, which gave them the numbers to form government, should be made public.

It echoes calls from Opposition leader Bill Shorten in the wake of last year’s federal election.

The government has resisted releasing the latest agreement.

“[Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull only governs because of this deal he has done with the National Party,” Mr Fitzgibbonsaid.

“My view is nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than what is in that agreement and the n public have a right to see it.”

The Hunter MP is taking the matter tothe Federal Court for an appeal after the government rejected hisFreedom of Information request fora copy of the agreement.

“I asked for it and was refused so I took the usual path down Freedom of Information Act and was denied,” he said.

“I went to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal but the government brought the lawyers in and frustrated the process and have now forced me into Federal Court.”

The action, so far, has been funded by the Labor Party and Mr Fitzgibbon personally.

He told Fairfax Media he had called for online donations so that members of the public could contribute to “the David and Goliath battle” if they wished.

“Malcolm Turnbull is spending tax payers’ money to defend this agreement without their consent,” he said.

“So what I’m giving people the opportunity to do is to voluntarily donate to even-up the ledger a bit.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the agreement could have details about key issues such as marriage equality, about which the public had a right to know. But he argued transparency was at the heart of the issue.

“In many senses it doesn’t matter what’s in the agreement,” he said.

“The key principle here is a deal has been done to allow Malcolm Turnbull to be the Prime Minister and for Barnaby Joyce to be the Deputy Prime Minster.

“I believe, in our Westminster system, people are entitled to know what is in that agreement.”

Mr Turnbull’s office did not respond to a Fairfax Media request for comment on the matter.

Nor did the office of Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

But Fairfax Media reported in July, 2016, that Mr Joyce said of the deal: “The first aspiration is the agreement remains confidential”.

The Federal Court will hear the matter on August 18.

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