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Questions about Rocky Hill mine water plans Beauty: The view at Gloucester towards where the proposed Rocky Hill coking coal mine could be established.
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.
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.
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.
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
Knights keeping the faith FUTURE: Danny Levi gives out a high five to a young Newcastle Knights fan at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday following a morale-boosting 21-14 victory over the St George Illawarra Dragons. Picture: AAP Image
TweetFacebookThat moment has arrived and it feels like those darker days are now behind us.
Much of that credit lies with the Knights coaching staff of 2017 –headed by Nathan Brown and supported by the likes of Michael Potter, Kurt Wrigley and Simon Woolford.
They have asked us, the players, and supporters alike to believe in the process going forward and after much patience and heartache we’re starting to reap the rewards.
There’s also a genuine sense from camp that our best football lies ahead of us –in the remaining five rounds, next year and beyond.
With the foundationsthat have been built this season and last, combined with the quality recruits en route to McDonald Jones Stadium in 2018, do we dare to dream about finals football?
Obviouslythe best we can hope for over the next month or so is avoiding that dreaded piece of sporting culinary, but the future is filled with both hope and belief.
In the meantime, and most importantly this weekend, we must back it up and triumph twice in a row.
I’m not sure the last time the Knights havedone that, but we’re up for the challenge.
Filled with confidence but aware of our errors, especially last month when expected to win against the Wests Tigers.
Our attitude must be spot on to overcome the always-unpredictable butever-dangerous Warriors, who managed to run us down in New Zealand in round one.
Bring on Saturday afternoon already!
The Turnbull government has vehemently denied that police were rushed into arresting four alleged plane bomb plotters by a British threat to issue a public travel warning about .
As police held thesuspects for a third day, more details of the alleged network emerged with confirmation two menare related to a hardened foreign fighter in Syria and reports that another has a brother believed to be a senior Islamic State figure.
Police raided five properties and arrested four men on Saturday and have claimed they planned to put a homemade bomb on a plane, though as of Tuesday night no charges had been laid.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was helping n policewith the investigation.
“The Etihad Airways aviation security team is assisting the n Federal Police with its investigation and the matter is ongoing,” the airline said.
Police officers at the scene of a raid in Surry Hills, Sydney. Photo: AAP
“Etihad is complying fully with the enhanced security measures at airports in and monitoring the situation closely.”
Security sources said the suspects allegedly planned to use a meat grinder that would either explode or disperse a deadly gas. The plot was uncovered after intelligence was provided by United States and British authorities.
The ABC has reported the British government wanted to issue a public security alert about n travel, forcing n police to launch their disruption operation earlier than they would have liked for evidence-gathering purposes.
But an n government spokesman said that “any suggestion that n authorities took action to disrupt the terror plot because of pressure from international partners is absolutely wrong”.
“Authorities took action when they determined necessary and not under threat or pressure from any third parties. Public safety was the top priority,” he said.
The spokesman said information-sharing among partners in the “five eyes” network – , the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand – was always vital combating terrorism and that ns should be reassured by this.
Two of the men arrested, Khaled Merhi and his son Abdul Merhi are understood to be related to Ahmed Merhi, who has been with the so-called Islamic State group in Syria since 2014 and was once regarded as an active recruiter but has gone quiet in the past year.
Huge queues at Sydney Airport after screening measures were escalated. Photo: AAP
Deakin University terrorism expert Greg Barton said of Ahmed Merhi that “you get the sense he’s a bit of a thug and not too bright so if you were managing him you’d see him as a liability”.
He said this was one possible reason he’d been inactive in the past year – that he had been told to stay quiet by the Islamic State hierarchy.
The ABC reported that another of the other men arrested, Khaled Khayat, has a brother who is a senior Islamic State figure in Syria.
While the involvement of allied intelligence agencies make clear there was significant overseas involvement,it remains unclear exactly what role either Ahmed Merhi or the Khayat brother played in the planning and direction of the alleged plot.
Professor Barton said that the four men had links to known jihadists but were reportedly not being closely watched prior to last week “raises the question that we haven’t had the resources to take care of that very large outer circle of people who have an association but not any criminal record”.
“It’s just not practicable,” he said. “This isa reminder of the number of people they’re dealing with in that circle.”
Supercars winner trophy unveiled | photos VICTORY LAP: Josh Bruce and his winning design, which he says took about two days and went through several iterations. Main picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Ian Hedley – Hedweld Group of Companies
TweetFacebookWATCHING someone else hoist his award in victory will be a singular pleasure for Josh Bruce this November.
The Mayfield freelancer, 36, has won a design competition for the Newcastle 500 trophy, officially locking him in as the designer for the annual trophy for the next five years.The designer’s elegant curve came out on top of a group of designers aged between12 and72.
Its simplicity hides several nods to Newcastle’s history and geography.
Made from blue glassin tribute to the harbour, that section is backed with a steel rail spine toincorporate the city’s industrial heritage.
Its gentle bend mimics the curve of Nobbys headland.
Mr Bruce, who works mostly in video production,said it was “fantastic” to win the title.
“It basically just kind of designed itself,” he said.
The entrants spanned awide age range, with the top three selections including14-year-old Magdalane Prebble andJan Lay, 72.
All judges chose Mr Bruce’s design somewhere in their top three.
Supercars chief executive James Warburton said the passion and enthusiasm from Novocastrians was clear in the calibre of entries.
“Josh’s integration of the harbour and the coastline with industry, shipping, surfing and the kerbing of the race track itself was spectacular, he said. “We will ensure we do Josh and all of Newcastle proud this November.”
Judge and six-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup said it was difficult to sift through the entries.
“It will be a real honour for one of us, hopefully me, to raise his trophy at the end of the year.”
HELPING HAND: Veronica Bokodi receives a hair cut from Pandora’s Hair Witchery hairdresser Danielle Gillies. Picture: Jonathan CarrollON one hand, having more than 1000 people walk through the doors at Hunter Homeless Connect Day was“heart-warming” to see.
On the other, it was“distressing” that so many had turned up, organisers say.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” co-ordinator Michelle Faithfull said.
“It’s heart-warming that so many are reaching out for help, but it’s distressing that so many people need help.”
Hunter Homeless Connect Day lent a helping hand to the region’s homeless, vulnerableand poor on Tuesday by linking them togovernment and non-government services.
By bringing the services under the one roof, it is hoped the easy access encourages a greater sense of community and leads to better social outcomes.
For the first time, the event was held at Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium.
The event, which is in its ninth year,had outgrown its previous location at Broadmeadow PCYC.
The theme of this year’s event was “Fresh Eyes”, which Ms Faithfull said was aimed at shaping the community’s attitudes towards homelessness.
Danielle Gillies and Veronica Bokodi at Hunter Homeless Connect Day on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
“Homelessness is an issue that is getting worse,” she said.
“So the ‘Fresh Eyes’is about getting the community looking at the issue and seeing how they could help, as opposed to ignoring it.”
According to the n Bureau of Statistics, there are about 1500 people in the Hunter Region experiencing homelessness.
Organisers say about 900 people attended last year’s Hunter Homeless Connect Day.
A survey conducted by TAFE students also showed a 25 per cent jump in the number of women attending the event over the past two years.
Among the services available werefree health checks, eye tests, immunisations, podiatry services, diabetes screening and risk assessments for Alzheimer’s disease. Bedding, clothing and toiletry packs were also donated by Hunter residents.
Ms Faithfull said the support shown by the Hunter community had been invaluable.
Veronica Bokodi was all smiles when she was getting her hair cut by hairdresserDanielle Gillies.
SATURDAYReads That Chill and Thrill –Five n Authors in Conversation2.30pm to 3.30pm, Cardiff Library Programming Space, Shop 13, Cardiff Marketplace. Peter Doyle, Karen M .Davis, Pip Smith, Chris Allen, Jaye Ford. Cost: library members $10, non-members $15.
NRL Newcastle Knights vs Auckland Warriors, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 12.30pm, main game kick-off 3pm.
The Newcastle Knights take on Auckland Warriors on Saturday at Broadmeadow. Picture: AAP
Hoyts Rewind 6pm, Hoyts Charlestown.The Fifth Element.
Swim League Heat vs Pirates, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Coughlan’s Swim Centre, Warners Bay.
PSTD Public Forum 2pm to 5pm,Banquet Hall, Newcastle City Hall, King Street, Newcastle.Free public forum on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. RSVP to 4913 8178 or [email protected]
Local Meets Global3pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. A celebration of five exhibitions and more than 80 complementary events and workshops. Meet a plethora of artists as they share their ideas, their inspirations and how they work. Entry is free, all welcome.
Local Meets Global at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Iced Novo6pm, Croatian Club, Wickham. Community festival with three stages of entertainment, market stalls, barefoot bowls and food. Entry is by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Awabakal women’s legal fighting fund to save the Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend.
SUNDAYBeach Clean Up 11am, Dixon Park Beach, Newcastle.
Hunter Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, Newcastle Exhibition Centre. Cost $10 per person.
Nature Play Adventure –Winter 10.30am to 12.30pm, Belmont Wetlands State Park. Encouraging children aged four to eight to cultivate a deep connection to nature.
Winterfest at Toronto8am to 10am, Toronto Sailing Club.A mid-winter paddling event for kayakers, stand-up paddleboardersand outriggers. Cost$25 per person.
Dungog Dash and Dawdle 7.30am to noon, Dungog Showground. Cross country fun run, BBQ and fun activities for the kids. A fund-raiser for The Dungog Shire Community Centre.
Bengalla Cup Day 11am to 8pm, Muswellbrook Race Club.
On Stage –Songs From the Musicals 2pm,Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Newcastle University Choir,young performers from Hunter Drama and CONDA Award-winning soloist Rachelle Schmidt-Adnum. Cost: $30 adult, $25 concession, $15 student, family ( 2 adults + 2 children) $60.
SAVE THE DATEThe annual Wallsend Winter Fairis on next Sunday, August 13, 9am to 3pm, with singing, dancing, market stalls, food, rides and more.
MARKETSThe Olive Tree Market CANCELLED due to weather.Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Genuine Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm,Anzac Park, Marine Drive, Tea Gardens.
Farmers and Artisan Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Toronto Foreshore.
Church Garage Sale Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm,St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall,corner Hanbury andMacquarie streets, Mayfield.
Newcastle FlowerMarkets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Hunter Valley Fine Food Markets Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, Tyrrell’s Wines, 1838 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Broke Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm,McNamara Park, Broke.
ARTNewcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017. Until October 15.
Art Systems WickhamLife Passion, by John Langley, Stephen Berry and Jon Wilks. Ends Sunday.
The University Gallery, NewcastleShadowlands II Exhibition, byPenny Dunstan. Ends Saturday. The Phantom Show. Until August 20.
Old Fireshed GalleryLaguna Art Group. Ends Sunday.
Timeless TextilesHandstand, by Sylvia Watt. Until August 13.
Maitland Regional Art GalleryFertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22.ATLAS; Play, by Sylvia Ray. Until October 8. Fiona Foley. Until December 3.Derek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3.Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018.
Cessnock Regional Art GalleryNgani Barray This Country: Wonnarua artist Lesley Salem; This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until August 13.
Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryDiane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d. Until August 20.
Newcastle MuseumOne Million Stars To End Violence;RAD Exhibition; n of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.
Watt Space Student GalleryThe Balancing of Colour: Robyn Pedley;Shards:Lynette Bridge;A New Perspective: Emma Wilks;The Other Woman: Chloe Hey.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreContemporising the Modern: nmodern and contemporary photography;Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.
The Lock-UpStitched Up. Ends Sunday.
Gallery 139Big Bad Land. Ends Sunday.
Gloucester GalleryFilaments, by Michael Kolbe, Donna Cavanough, Helene Leane. Until August 13.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleriesVervacity,bySandra Burgess, Sharon Taylor, Steph Berick, Jill Campbell, Clare Felton, Bev Leggett Simmons, Jackie Maundrell-Hall. Until August 13.
Cooks Hill GalleriesLagoon Series: Susan Sheridan. Until August 14.
Acrux Art GalleryStormy Weather, by Julie Bowe.
Timeless TextilesHandstand Exhibition: Sylvia Watt.
Hunter New England Health Waratah CampusArt For Waratah Exhibition –The Beauty of the n Alps.
CStudiosArt Gallery Duende, an exhibition by Hunter Women Artists. Until September 2.
Curve GalleryThe Maximalists Garden,by Vera Zulumovski. Until August 12.
THEATRECats (abridged)Andrew Lloyd Webber’smusical about cats meeting and talkingabout their lives. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamiltontheatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
Love and InformationEnglish playwright Caryl Churchill looks at the ways people’sgrowing reliance on technology for information has impacted on relationships. StoogedTheatre, at Catapult Dance Studio, Newcastle West. Saturday at 7.30pmandSundayat 5pm (final shows).
Play in a Day 8Teams write and stage short plays in a 24-hour period, with an audiencegetting to see an interesting program of works at this annual event. Newcastle TheatreCompany, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm.
The Hoarders Next DoorNeighbours interact with an old couple who are reluctant to throwthings out because of the memories they hold. Newcastle and HunterCatholic Schools Aspire Performing Arts, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturdayat 7pm.
MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, AK Morris. Sunday, Marissa +1.
Argyle HouseSaturday, Hotel Motel.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Gerda +1. Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Battlesticks BarSaturday,Entity akaEddy Tolhurst.Sunday,Robbie Long.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Emily Smith, Loko. Sunday, The Blue Water Cowboys.
Belmont SportiesSunday, Sami.
Belmore HotelSaturday, Soundabout.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, DV8. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.
The BradfordSaturday, Blue On Black.
Burwood InnSaturday, DJ Surian.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Thy Art Is Murder, Alphawolf, Cured Life, Deadlights (Glasshouse), Matt Meler,JacquesK,Jake Small, Ben Pailas, B2BTomek.Sunday, Foley,Rort Menance,Treasuretroves,Underachiever.
Catho PubSaturday, Grace Fuller.Sunday, Spy V Spy.
Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Gareth Hudson.
Central HotelStroudSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Davis & Jayne.
Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday, Jon Matthews.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Club KotaraSaturday,Mark Wells Trio.
Club LemonTreeSaturday, Jackson Halliday.
Club Maitland City Saturday, The Fedz.
Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Country Club HotelSaturday, Bandditts.
Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Half Drive.
Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSaturday, Iced Novo ft.Jamie Hay, Zachari Watts King of Singing, Fux and the Sound, Throw Me To The Wolves, Obat Batuk, Plague, Su Morely, The Grounds, Nick Rachke, Ian Papworth, Alana Mundi, Wayne MeGregor, Trancemission.
Crown & Anchor HotelSunday, Alias.
Customs HouseSaturday, Bonny Rai. Sunday, Jordan Fleming.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tom Christie.
D’Albora MarinaSunday, Jason Bone.
Denman HotelSunday, Lennie Live.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Peter Stefanson.
Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Boney Rivers.
The EdwardsSaturday, Marissa Saroca. Sunday,Audie Franks.
Exchange HotelSaturday, Misbehave.
FinnegansSaturday, Steve Zappa.
FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Adrianna Mac Duo.
Fort ScratchleySaturday, Raave Tapes, Taki Local.
Gateshead TavernSunday,Kevin O’Hara.
George TavernSaturday, Gen-R-8.
Grain StoreSaturday,HowardShearman.Sunday,JJ King.
Great Northern HotelSaturday, Kaylah Anne.
Greta Workers ClubSaturday, Duplexity.
Gunyah HotelSaturday, The Remedy. Sunday, The Years.
Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, 2GoodReasons.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, Anyerin, CrocQ.
Hotel DelanySaturday, Paperoy.
Jewells TavernSaturday, Paparazzi.
The Junction HotelSaturday, Bobby C.
King Street HotelSaturday, Scndl.
Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Arna Georgia.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday,Compadre Diablo.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,As of Sky,Vanishing Shapes,Jono B Smith.
Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.
Maitland Leagues ClubSaturday, Triple Zero.
Mark HotelSaturday, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Loko.
Mary Ellen Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Faves.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jordan Fleming. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Leroy & The Rats.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,The Years.Sunday, Melbourne Street.
Murray’s BrewerySunday, Karen Soper.
Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Neath HotelSaturday, Phonic.
Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Witchery. Sunday, Just Jade.
Nelson Bay Golf ClubSunday, James Osborn.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Northern Star HotelSaturday,Jye Sharp.
Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.
Pippis At The PointSaturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.
Premier HotelSaturday, Jade Holland Band. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday,Nicko.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw, The Rumour, MotownSoul Night. Sunday, Phonic, Wharf Life.
Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Big Pete.
Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Gaz N Gaz.
Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Rutherford HotelSaturday, John Larder.
Seabreeze HotelSaturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.
Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday,Zac & Ben.Sunday,Deanna Rose.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.
Snake Gully HotelSaturday, The Twangsters.
Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Snape Brothers.
South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Brendan Murphy.
Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday,Mike Elrington. Sunday, Paul Greene.
Star HotelSaturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske.
Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Sunnyside TavernSaturday, Ashley Knight.
Swansea HotelSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Swansea RSLClubSaturday, The Jumpin’ Jukebox Trio.
Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, The Brown Bull.
Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Max Jackson.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, All Access 80s.
Toronto WorkersSaturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Arley Black.
Town Hall HotelSaturday, Jim Overend.
Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Jackson Halliday.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Frick N Orson.
Wests CardiffSaturday, La Bomba.
Wests New LambtonSaturday, Big Night Out. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Plastic Voyage,Spy v Spy,Voodoo Express.Sunday,Codi Kaye, Fishfry + Pow Wow.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.
MOVIES20thCentury Women(M)The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979. (Regal)
A Dog’s Purpose(PG)A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)
Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella in a scene from Atomic Blonde.
Atomic Blonde(MA)An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Baby Driver(MA)A getaway driver meets the girl of his dreams and sees a chance to ditch his criminal life.
Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.
Chicken People(PG)Follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. (Lake Cinema)
Despicable Me 3(PG)Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he canattend a nearby gamer convention.
Dunkirk(M)Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Going In Style(M)Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. (Lake Cinema)
My Cousin Rachel(PG)A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Regal)
Spider-Man: Homecoming(M) Ayoung Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.
The Big Sick(M)A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
The Eagle Huntress(G)Follow Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. (Lake Cinema)
The Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier(E)Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elina Garanca in her first North American performances as Octavian, the impulsive young title character. (Tower)
The Promise(M)Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, it follows a love triangle between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated artist Ana and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris. (Lake Cinema)
The Sense Of An Ending(M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (Regal)
Their Finest(M) A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. (Regal)
Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Regal)
War for the Planet of the Apes(M)A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.
20-24 Wyee Road, MorissetA duo of freestanding warehouses in a tightly held pocket of Warners Bay offer owner occupiers the chance to operate their business from one building – and collect an income from the other.
Standout: Knight Frank agent Michael Boom said interest in the Tons of Tiles site had been strong “given the property’s exposure to Macquarie Road”.
Tons of Tiles is closing its doors after serving the region’s tilers, tradies, home owners and renovators for the past 37 years and is holding a closing down sale to clear its ceramic, porcelain, stone and mosaic products.
Michael Boom and Dan Barry from Knight Frank Newcastle have listed the metal clad warehouses on 3862 square metres at 246 Macquarie Road for expressions of interest, closing 4pm on August 31. “It’s zoned B7 business park zoning, which is quite flexible,” Mr Boom said. “It may go to a warehouse distributor or hardware and building suppliesbusiness, but the zoning also allows for a medical centre, respite day care centre, take away food and drink and a child care centre.
“Warners Bay is a very tightly held market andpropertiesof this size don’t come to market that often.”
The first building measuring around 769 square metres includes a 200 square metre ground floor showroom and a 569 square metre warehouse. The second building measuring 1305 square metres comprises a 175 square metre ground floor showroom and a 1130 square metre warehouse.
The property has space for 15 cars to park and also has drive through access.
MORISSET ON MOVEDEMAND for industrial and commercial land in Morisset is at a “record high”, according to Colliers International’s Ben Curran, who is marketing two developments in the suburb. “Average industrial land values in Morisset for blocks below 7000 square metres have increased 55 per cent since 2013,” Mr Curran said. He is marketing 10 hectare subdivision, Morisset Business Parkat 20-24 Wyee Road, and said two thirds of stage one was under offer.“We are seeing the demand come from local businesses looking to expand, investors speculating on growth in the area and Sydney based occupiers looking for better value than the inflated Sydney market.” He is also looking for an anchor tenant for a large format retail development at 76 Mandalong Road.
A Mayfield house painstakingly transformed by fruit and vegetable wholesaler John Rarity has hit the market for the first time in two decades.
Timeless: The Mayfield house on the corner block is a short walk to buses and the village hub and is zoned for Mayfield East Public School. A Coles supermarket is planned for the end of the street.
First National Newcastle City’s Andrew and Renee McKiernan have listed the three bedroom house on 309 square metres at 61 Havelock Street for between $600,000 and $650,000, which they said was “the right price bracket” for first home buyers. “We had at least 20 email inquiries in its first two days on the market,” Mr McKiernan said. “We’re thinking it’s going to be really well received at the open. It’s in the right bracket for first home buyers and ticks all the boxes and is full of character. Mayfield is still fairly affordable and is going to see growth over time.”
The Rarity Wholesale foundersaid he bought the more-than-100-year-old house about 20 years ago. He renovated and lived at the property for about 15 years, before leasing it for about five years. He has spent the past six months doing internal and external painting, addinga new kitchen with floating floor and installingnew carpet. “The best feature for me is the timber decking off the dining area,” he said. “The French doors open up and it’s always nice to have a summer day’s shade in the afternoon, plus the breeze coming through. It’s a double brick home and has really good insulation, it’s cool in summer and warm in winter. It’s got great karma and a good feel about it.” The house also has a lounge room;family, dining and kitchen area;a rear covered entertainment area overlooking private lawns; and a stand alone garage. It is open from 2pm on Saturday.
MASTERPIECEA five bedroom sanctuary boasting a tropical inspired courtyard and lap pool has been listed for between $2.25 million and $2.495 million. RobinsonProperty’s Ben Robinson and LyndallAllan will open67 Frederick Street Merewether, which is just 300 metres from the beach, from 12pm on Saturday. “Knock down rebuild blocks of a similar size close by are selling for up to $1.9 million,” Ms Allan said. “You could not replace what’s there for this sort of price.”
Sleek: The architecturally designed and custom built Merewether house on 278 square metres was constructed 10 years ago. The owners are building elsewhere.
The hum is thick in the air as we arrive at George Sofronoff’s place deep in the silvery-gold winter landscape of the Queensland’s cool-climate Granite Belt region.
Bees are at work on tall spires of blue flowering rosemary and in bright clouds of honey-scented wattle.
It’s a picture of abundance not uncommon across the botanically endowed greater Darling Downs region, of which the wine and fruit-producing Granite Belt forms a southern border.
George Sofronoff, and Elsa, with fresh Granite Belt truffles. Photo: Wendy Hughes
But we are not here on this historic day to see the usual flora and fauna, rather a genus all its own, a trick of nature that has beguiled food lovers for eternity and is suddenly rising up through Queensland soil. This is a truffle hunt.
It’s actually George’s fourth year with the trufferie – the English and American oaks were inoculated with the spores 10 years ago by the previous owner – but it’s the first year he’s felt ready to share his secret stash, perhaps sell a few beyond the small circle of local chefs who’ve been in the know until now. The trees are reaching their full potential as they mature, now producing around a kilo each in the winter and he’s considering putting in more.
The nobbly black shapes are mysterious and magical, rising up through the earth as they ripen, loosening the soil around them and wafting a wild sweet-earth pungency.
Despite being a purveyor of one of the world’s most prized foods, George himself remains incredibly down-to-earth about it all.
“I don’t actually eat them,” he says matter-of-factly, although he’s grown used to the aroma his cans of beer take on in the fridge.
George Sofronoff with fresh Granite Belt truffles. Photo: Wendy Hughes
Before Elsa the dog came along, he went on hands and knees sniffing the soil to find the truffles.
He marvels that the only tools of the trade he requires are a toothbrush to clean the dirt off, and a paper towels to wrap them in, which helps to draw moisture away from the tubers when they are stored.
Elsa bounds along George’s side towards the fenced trufferie the day we arrive. I’m visiting with a luminary of the Queensland food scene, the applauded and awarded chef Amanda Hinds, who has spent thousands on truffles from Tasmania and Western over the years for her menus at Bundaberg’s Indulge, the cafeshe owned and ran until late last year, and for special event dinners.
Amanda is sharing some of the region’s secrets as a representative of Tourism Darling Downs, a new private enterprise geared towards shining a brighter light on the region’s treasures, particularly its many culinary attractions and wineries. Amanda is among the many recently excited to discover that Queensland’s first truffles are seeing the light of day.
Inside the trufferie, Elsa begins to dig excitedly at the base of a tree and looks to George for her reward – some ball time – and he kneels to finish the dig she has started. He grabs a handful of soil and sniffs, digs again and voila – a golf-ball-sized specimen appears and the aroma rises up to meet us before we even get a chance to bend down.
It’s a joy to see.
George says his best score was a tennis-ball-sized truffle he gave to his mum. Unlike her son, she’s a fan.
George’s truffles are priced according to size and weight and shape, starting about$1500 a kilo. Premium examples around frequently reach near the $3000 mark.
What makes them so precious?
The dish at The Barrelroom, Ballandean Estate, featuring Queensland truffles. Photo: Wendy Hughes
Partly their incredible but fleeting aroma. It lasts a few weeks if kept properly and cannot be replicated. Scientists have tried to preserve it but that aroma in your truffle oil will be a chemical compound that replicates the truffle’s scent, not the real thing. Which means truffles fresh from the ground – not flown in from other states – are indeed an exciting new feather in the cap of Queensland’s tourism and food industry.
We buy some of George’s truffles before heading off and visiting chefs Travis and Arabella at the Barrelroom restaurant at Ballandean Estate. Like Amanda, Travis notes the sweet molasses-like notes in the freshly dug truffles which he shaves over a chicken dish, with a fennel soubise and root vegetables. What a delight to hear Travis add ” … and local truffles” as the dish lands at our table.
Stanthorpe’s McGregor Terrace Food Project and Varias restaurant at the College of Wine Tourism have also been using the local truffles.
George can be contacted on 0484 758 197.
The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … obviously a pent-up demand for more rooms on the airport’s doorstep.Get an upper-level room at the front of the new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport and you’re in plane-spotters’ heaven, watching plane after plane take off from a runway so close you feel you can almost reach out like King Kong and grab the next flight.
Not that the runway proximity is at all obtrusive. The excellent glazing takes care of that, well before the airport’s curfew kicks in.
The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … plane-spotters’ heaven.
And not that you have to be a plane-spotter to find reason to book into the new 136-room property. In days of nightmarish Sydney traffic, anyone with an early-morning flight will easily envision missing that last boarding call while stuck on the Princes Highway, the Campsie bypass or in the M5 tunnel.
There’s obviously a pent-up demand for more rooms on Sydney Airport’s doorstep. You only have to look at the new hotel’s advance bookings to figure that one out.
A studio king room … functionality and the needs of road warriors foremost.
Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport has only been open for a couple of weeks yet there have been nights when occupancy exceeded 85 per cent. Bookings for July exceeded 1300 room nights, with the hotel picking up an additional 50 or so rooms per day.
I’m sure there have been moments when staff paddled like crazy under the water while maintaining a veneer of serenity, but those moments certainly didn’t show during a two-night stay that coincided with the hotel’s official opening by NSW Tourism Minister Adam Marshall.
Cutting the ribbon to open the new property … from left, Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall and Mantra Group CEO Bob East.
Everything seems to work. Accessing the carpark out the front is a breeze, check-in is speedy, the beds are comfortable and the rooms smallish but extremely well designed, with functionality and the needs of road warriors foremost.
Internet access is free and fast — as indeed it should be. When it isn’t I’m always reminded of a young boy’s reported conversation with his mother: “What do you mean there’s no WIFIwhere we’re going. It’s just in the air, isn’t it?”
There’s even a bulletin board in the restaurant, providing latest details of airport arrivals and departures.
And talking of the on-site restaurant, the menu is limited but well chosen, with entrées such as salt-and-pepper squid and pirri-pirri king prawns, and with the main courses including beer-battered flathead and eggplant parmigiana.
On-site dining … a limited but well selected range of dishes.
On separate occasions I tried a steak and prawns with linguine. The verdict on both occasions was clearly an appreciative thumbs up.
Regarding access to T2 and T3 domestic terminals, they really are within walking distance. I timed it and the walk took me just 15 minutes along well paved footpaths without any major road crossings.
There’s also a regular shuttle service that will suit those who have luggage. It’s available at a reasonably nominal charge and can be arranged through reception.
Rates start at $159 per night.
Phone 1300 987 604 or visitwww.mantra苏州夜总会招聘.au
John Rozentals was a guest of Mantra.
Pictured (from left) Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Universitities Chief Executive Belinda Robinson and Nina Funnell, End Rape on Campus ambassador.University students are experiencing “unacceptable”rate of sexual assault on campus, a survey of 31,000 n students has found, afterstudents reported being assaulted on the way to university, inside residential collegesand by the staff supervising them.
The report, released by the Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, found 2100 students [6.9 per cent]were sexually assaulted during the past two years, while more than half of alluniversity students were sexually harassed in 2016, with 21 per cent of those in a university setting.
“The unavoidable conclusion of the data we have gathered across all 39 n universities is that incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment are occurring at unacceptable rates at n universities,” said Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.
The report found women were four times more likely to have been sexually assaulted than men in a university residence, while post-graduate studentswere more likelyto have to have been harassed or assaulted by a staff member.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has urged universities to ensure they have adequate support services in place. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Despite decades of reports ofsexual assault on campus,many victimsremain unaware of where to report their assault.
Only 6 per centof students surveyed thought their university was doing enough to provide clear direction on sexual harassment procedures and support services.
Of students who were sexually assaulted in a university setting, 87 per cent did not make a formal report.
Universitities Chief Executive Belinda Robinson Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
On Tuesday, MsJenkins released nine recommendations for reform, including establishing a sector-wide independent investigation into residential colleges.
“We found that college settings are a particular area of concern, particularly for women who were four times as likely as men to have been sexually assaulted in this setting,” she said.
In February,universities were accused of “actively covering up sexual assaults”after it was revealed there had been justsix expulsions in the past five years despite more than 500 official complaints, includingcollege students referring to an oval as a “rape oval”, calling cask wine “slut juice” and residential quarters “slut alley”.
Universities has also taken aim at colleges in its 10-point action plan, released on Tuesday, while developing new principles for postgraduate staff and student interaction in response to the new figures.
Chief executiveBelindaRobinson said the peak body would also be extending first responder training to frontline university staff.
“We know that the way a disclosure of sexual assault is handled in the very first instance can make all the difference to the recovery of the victim or survivor,” she said.
“This work will help ensure that all students will receive a compassionate and supportive response if they choose to disclose their experience to a university staff member.”
Nina Funnell, End Rape on Campus ambassador Photo: James Brickwood
But sexual assault advocates have condemnedthe peak body for failing to mention either perpetrators or disciplinary measures in its response.
“Universities’s complete silence on offenders and disciplinary reform makes victim-survivors question just how committed they really are to taking firmer steps towards making campuses safe for students,” said End Rape on Campus ambassador Nina Funnell.
“Implementing trauma-informed reporting channels is all well and good but if universities have no intention of ever disciplining offenders there is little incentive to report.”
University administrators have been awaiting the survey’sfindings since the survey was launched in November. All 39 institutions are set to releasetheir individual results on Tuesday morningfollowing reports from Fairfax Media.
Universities and the Human Rights Commission had previously been accused of “unconscionable research” and “betraying” the students who participated in the survey because they would not release data on individual universities.
The figures are set to have an impact on ‘s third largest export, the $20 billoninternational student market.
Donaldson Law director Adair Donaldson said unless universities fundamentally changed their culture of dealing with sexual assault, a wave of victims could come forward seeking damages due to breaches of duty of care.
“Universities must be prepared to acknowledge and support survivors of sexual assault and abuse, or the result to these academic institutions could be serious financial distress due to legal claims,” Mr Donaldson said.
“My experience working with survivors of institutional abuse is that nobody wants to embark on aggressive and protracted legal action, there is an opportunity for the universities to work together with survivors, rather than against them.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency contact 000.
Universities has also established a new university dedicated counsellinghotline on1800 572 224.