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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NDCA honours Test players Wilson, Watkins John Watkins bowling against Pakistan at the SCG in 1973.
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Watkins with Bob Massie after the win over Pakistan at the SCG.

Watkins goes down after a nasty blow on the knee during his match-winning 36 in the second innings against Pakistan.

Watkins goes down after a nasty blow on the knee during his match-winning 36 in the second innings against Pakistan.

Watkins goes down after a nasty blow on the knee during his match-winning 36 in the second innings against Pakistan.

Watkins batting for Hamilton-Wickham in 1975.

Watkins playing against Pakistan.

Paul Wilson bowling for .

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

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TweetFacebookNewcastle District Cricket Association inducted former Test players John Watkins and Paul Wilson as life members at its annual general meeting on Tuesday night.

Watkins, a leg spinner from Hamilton, was picked for against Pakistan at the SCG in 1973 despite having just five first-class games under his belt.His teammates included Ian and Greg Chappell, Doug Walters, Rod Marsh, Max Walker and Dennis Lillee.

Watkins did not take a wicket insix overs in the first innings and was not required when Lillee and Walker routed Pakistanfor 106 in the second innings to win by 52 runs.

But he made a career-best 36 in the second innings and shared a match-winning stand of 86 for the ninth wicket with Bob Massie.

It turned out to be his only Test, although the now 74-year-old toured the West Indies the following year.

Paceman Wilson was also wicketless in his only Test, against India in Kolkata in 1988, although took only five wickets in a heavy innings defeat.

“Blocker”, now 45, has forged a successful umpiring career since retiring as a player.

The NDCA named Sydney Business Chamber executive director, Cricket NSW board member and former NSW Upper House Liberal MPPatricia Forsythe as its patron.

The 65-year-old Novocastrian is a member of the well known Wingrove cricketing and baseball family.

NDCA chairman Paul Marjoribanks was re-elected unopposed for an 11th season, and Wests all-rounder Joe Price and first-grade umpire Graeme Bruce joined the board in place of Paul Robertson and David Redden, neither of whom sought re-election.

The association also presented Waratah stalwart Steve Christie with itsContribution to the Gameaward.

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Callinan slices through in US HIGH HOPES: Ryan Callinan takes to the air in round two contest at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. Picture: WSL/Morris
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TweetFacebook Ryan Callinan at US Open of Surfing in round 2WSL / KENNETH MORRIS picturesRYAN Callinan safely negotiated the Huntington Beach pier and his way into round three at the US Open of Surfing with apowerful display on Tuesday (AEST).

The Merewether surfer was second behind countryman and championship tour rookie Ethan Ewing to book a showdown with Frenchman Joan Duru, Brazilian Alejo Muniz and Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara at the 10,000-point qualifying series contest.

Callinan was third and needing a 5.8 to progress with less than eight minutes remaining and produced two powerful turns before slicing through the pier pylons for a 6.77. That combined with a6.17 from another two-turn wave midway through the heat to put him into second with 12.94.

Peru’s Miguel Tudela remained a threat late but Callinan improved his buffer with a carbon copy ofhis two-turn, pylon-threading ride for a 6.4 and 13.17 total.Ewing won with 13.8, Tuleda finished on 11.96 and Sam Pupo on 9.5.

Callinan had earlier gone to the air twice in the battle for a top-two spot but was unable to ride out of the landings.

The goofy-footer lost to Ewing in the quarter-finals of the same eventlast year when he was on the CT and his rival was powering his way to the main tour on the QS.

Meanwhile, Port Stephens’Mitch Dawkins and Newcastle’sPaul Snow won their over-40 quarter-finals on Tuesday at the Surfmasters national titles at Duranbah.

Dawkins, the over-35s champion,starred with a17.90 two-wave total and will chase a second title on Wednesday.

Swansea’s Glen Valaire was second in his over-50s quarter-final to progress.

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The Gold Coast Titans have shrugged off a horrendous injury toll to complete a remarkable victory over the Parramatta Eels, who came hurtling back to earth in a hurry after a 26-14 defeat at Robina on Friday night.
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Heavily favoured to not just win but deliver a proper beating to the undermanned Titans, the Eels blew a 12-0 lead to fade away amid a series of poor completions, errors and a general lack of direction without the guidance of injured half Corey Norman.

But they could hardly complain about missing players, with the Titans battling to put together a squad during the week, even trying to get new signing Dale Copley to play while he was still learning the names of his new teammates following his move from the Roosters.

And Jarryd Hayne, their star signing, wouldn’t get the chance to take on his old club as he cooled his heels recovering from an ankle injury.

They would lose Will Zillman early and a host of players took hard shots to the head and were sent for concussion tests. All would return to the field but not before some makeshift positional shuffling from Neil Henry kept them in the contest.

With young halves Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey directing traffic, the Titans refused to lie down and had too much energy for the Eels, who didn’t resemble the side that looked so crisp over the opening rounds.

“The first 15 minutes, we played like we had for the first two weeks. Then some silly errors started to creep in and on the back of those some penalties. For the next 60 minutes we didn’t build any pressure,” said Eels coach Brad Arthur, who said they couldn’t blame the absence of Norman for the unexpected loss.

“Boys dropping the ball, getting their timing wrong on their run, that has nothing to do with Corey. They’re fundamental errors. NRL players have to get them right.”

It didn’t initially look like the absence of chief creator Norman would hold back the Eels, who galloped to a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes thanks to halves Clint Gutherson and Jeff Robson, who both loomed in support to scamper over the line.

The Titans signed Copley on Wednesday but not in time to play, with the NRL ruling he couldn’t take the field after missing out on the original 21-man squad. Given the way things were transpiring, they could have done with his services.

Zillman went off with a calf injury after 17 minutes and wouldn’t be seen again for the evening. Tyrone Roberts, a halfback filling in at hooker, would end up at fullback, while a head knock to Konrad Hurrell saw the centre pairing consist of back-rowers Chris McQueen and Kevin Proctor.

It was crude but effective. Finally with some ball, the Titans found themselves on a roll and McQueen harnessed the momentum to barge over and get his side on the board after 27 minutes.

Even with men down – Elgey was another to take a heavy shot and was lucky to stay on the field – the Titans were rallying. Taylor fired off a brilliant long ball to set up Tyler Cornish on the stroke of half-time and it was 12-12 at the break.

Hurrell would return for the second half as the Eels edged ahead through Gutherson’s boot. But Elgey would soon shake off any signs of his heavy contact when he grubbered, kicked again off the lucky rebound and pounced to give the Titans an 18-14 advantage.

A Taylor penalty from right in front extended the margin to a converted try but the Gold Coast were still dropping like flies. Ryan Simpkins was the next to go off for a concussion test, and returned after being given the green light by medical staff.

Meanwhile, the Eels were their own worst enemy. Gone was the slick attack that flayed the Dragons, replaced by rushed passes, unforced errors and impatient attack that tried too much, too soon. And their pack was ineffective.

A try to Roberts with six minutes on the clock would complete a brave win for the home side and put an end to a forgettable road trip for the Eels, who must now regroup to face defending premiers Cronulla next week.

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One of ‘s finest examples of Georgian architecture, the historic Fernhill estate at Mulgoa, has found a buyer.
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The agreed price remained undisclosed on Friday afternoon, but it is expected to settle at close to the $30 million guide set by agent Ken Jacobs, of Christie’s International .

While the deal is yet to exchange, a statement from the vendor said, “the only information we can provide is a party, who intends to occupy the property, is in exclusive due diligence as at today.”

The 383-hectare estate is best known for its recent role hosting dates and last year’s finale of reality television series The Bachelor and as the former home of property tycoon Warren Anderson before bankruptcy forced him out and the keys were handed to financier Angas Securities in 2011.

Reports at that time say former prime minister Paul Keating and his family once spent a summer holiday there.

Businessman Simon Tripp and his wife Brenda were reported as buyers in 2012 after he lodged a caveat on the title claiming an interest.

The Greek Revival homestead with its classic colonnaded porch is set high on the hill and was built in the 1840s for Edward Cox, of the Blue Mountains pioneer family. It remained in the Cox family until 1896 when it was sold to the Wright family, of the Wright, Heaton and Company carrying firm.

“It was one of the early land grants by Macarthur and it has so much rich history behind it,” Ken Jacobs told Domain Prestige last year when it was first listed.

The eight-bedroom homestead has a 16-seater dining room and a ballroom, and comes with additional cottages, a swimming pool, a lake, a 2400 metre horse racing track, stables, and equestrian facilities for dressage, show jumping and eventing.

The original stables were home to two Melbourne Cup winners, Chester in 1877 and Grand Flaneur in 1880, and the sandstone building next to them dates back to 1812.

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It’s the first question that always comes up with a bio-pic: who should star in it?
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Champion athlete John Maclean has two ideas for a planned film about his remarkable life: Danny DeVito???, because he’s the right height for when he used to be in a wheelchair. And Chris Hemsworth because, well, why not?

“I’m just an average looking guy but you’d take that every day of the week,” Maclean says.

Back from the Oscars, one of the executive producers of Lion, Andrew Fraser, is looking to adapt Maclean’s book How Far Can You Go?, about how he learnt to walk again 25 years after becoming a paraplegic.

It’s part of a slate of films his company is developing as the next Lion, includingJessica Watson’s True Spirit, about how she sailed around the world solo and non-stop as a 16-year-old, and Tara Winkler’s??? How (Not) To Start An Orphanage, about her work to rescue children in Cambodia.

Fraser became interested in making films as he travelled the world as Watson’s manager.

“I couldn’t find any great movies on the plane,” he says. “Every time I’d come across a tearjerker or an inspirational story, I’d think ‘why aren’t there more of these stories?’. This is what people want to see.”

Lion emerged after Watson sailed a race in Tasmania, in a boat sponsored by family company Brierley Marine in 2012. The young sailor mentioned the Brierleys had an adopted son, Saroo, who had an amazing story about tracking down his mother in India and wanted some advice, which led to the book A Long Way Home then, after Fraser team up with producer Emile Sherman, the hit film.

The success of four films up for best picture at the Oscars – Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, Moonlight and Lion – suggests the power of emotional, against-the-odds stories based on real life. It’s a type of film has done well over the years with Last Cab To Darwin, Red Dog, Mao’s Last Dancer,The Sapphires, Rabbit Proof Fence and Shine.

Maclean’s story fits the bill.

As a 22-year-old, he was hit by a truck while on a training ride for western Sydney’s Nepean triathlon in 1988. A priest administered last rites beside the M4 motorway but Maclean survived with his back broken in three places, pelvis in four places, right arm in two places, fractured sternum, punctured lungs and a head injury.

An incomplete paraplegic, he spent four months in hospital – grieving the loss of his sporting career and dealing with pain and depression. But once he started rehab, he took on a series of challenges.

Four years after his accident, Maclean and a friend won the state two-man kayak championships. Three years later, he became the first person to complete the gruelling Hawaii Iron Man triathlon – a swim of 3.8 kilometres, cycle of 180kms and run of 42kms – in a wheelchair. Another three years later, he became the first wheelchair athlete to swim the English Channel.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Maclean raced on the track and the marathon in a wheelchair. He represented at the Paralympics in 2000 and 2008, winning a silver medal for rowing. He became a motivational speaker and started a foundation to help wheelchair users aged under 18.

While training for the Rio de Janeiro??? Paralympics, Maclean started a new form of therapy called NeuroPhysics Training and Rehabilitation, which used intense exercises to stimulate the nerves and help the nervous system recover some of its function. As his focus switched from winning a gold medal to walking again, he managed three faltering steps. A month later, he walked across a gym then back again.

As he improved, Maclean decided to take on the Nepean triathlon again – a 1km swim, 30km cycle and 10km run. With the help of walking poles that he discarded with 30 metres to go, Maclean finished the race with his wife and son amid emotional scenes three years ago.

“Every challenge I had ever conquered, every Everest I had ever climbed, all built to this crescendo,” he writes in the book. “Amanda, Jack and I crossed the line, not as the finish but as the beginning of a whole new world of possibilities.”

Fraser believes that moment gave the film a structure, starting with the truck crash and ending with the race finish.

“It’s what’s in between that’s going to be the challenge, much like we had on Lion,” he says. “We worked for months on act two on Lion to get it right.”

As he lines up a screenwriter, Fraser knows it will be a tough film to get financed.

“In America – and even here to some extent – either art-house or commercial are the two things people are looking for in the industry,” he says. “This sort of sits in-between but I think it could work commercially. it’s another classic example of overcoming adversity.”

Maclean, who is planning a BridgeClimb next, hopes the film will get made.

“If people can derive a source of inspiration so they might believe they can do more with their lives, that would be wonderful,” he says.

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UNREST: Four academic staff have defected from the University of Newcastle’s nursing school to UTS in two months. Remaining staff say the school is struggling to find practical placements for its student cohort. A Shortfall of placements in hospitals has forced University of Newcastle nursing students to rely on prison clinics, call centres and distant destinations such as Broken Hill to clock up their training hours.
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The NewcastleHeraldunderstands the situation has become so dire the university has been forced to cancel the placements of around 60 students in May.

The university plans to reschedule them for June, a period usually reserved as a last resort for students who encounter adverse circumstances.

-University of Newcastle nursing academic.Herald were angry they had been gagged from telling students about the problems and feared some would miss out on placement altogether.

“If you need a make-up placement then you’re just not going to get one at all,” said one staff member, who did not want to be named.

Another said she had been forced to console students who were crying after finding out their placements had been cancelled.

“It’s just unconscionable that the university is taking these peoples’ money and making them pay for a course and they’re not getting the proper placement experience,” she said.

“Some of our students are single mothers or are working and they’re organising their lives to go on placement.

“We’re teaching these students with a smile painted on our faces. They deserve to know the truth.”

TheHeraldreported last July that John Hunter Hospital was set to cut back the number of students it would take on placement in 2017 due to changes in the way the program was staggered by the nursing school.

Gosford and Wyong are also key feeder hospitals for the nursing school, but it was unclear what changes –if any – had been made to their 2017 intake.

Central Coast Local Health District Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lynne Bickerstaff said theyhad increased the number of students taken from the University of Newcastle between 2015 and 2016, but would not comment on how many were being taken this year.

“Total nursing and midwifery student placements for 2017 are currently being finalised,” she said.

With 1750 students across three campuses, the university has this year been forced to increasingly rely onplacements in aged care facilties, rehabilitation facilities,GP clinics, prison clinics, home care settings, community centres and community health events.

Staff say a suggestion was floated–and shot down–that studentscould accumulate hours by carrying out skin checks onthe beach.

They warned a lack of hospital experience was extremely damaging to students’ job prospects.

“Some of the nurses that graduate from Newcastle University are not going to get jobs because they have no acute care experience,” a staff member said.

But a university spokesperson described its placement programs as “sector-leading”.

“Nursing and midwifery graduates continue to be highly sought-after in the industry, with 96% of graduates finding employment.”

Students are also now being sent to remote locations such as Grafton, Tweed Heads and Broken Hill for their practical training, which lasts between four and five weeks.

Staff said that was not practical for those with weekend jobs orchildren.

“They shouldn’t have to miss five weeks of work because they’re in Broken Hill,” an academic said.

However the university spokesperson said the program was geared towards providing rural and remote regions of with a highly-skilled nursing workforce.

“Nursing programs need to develop with the specific intention of providing graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in rural and remote regions,” she said.

The Newcastle University Student’s Associationwas scathing of the schoolin a statement and said it would be calling a strike on March 28 so that students could have “their voiceheard.”

President Michael Labone said the issue with placements was the latest in “a long line of errors in judgement by the University of Newcastle in the way that it treats its students.”

“Placements for our nursing students need to be fair, accessible and equitable for all our students, not just a select few,” he said.

“Making students travel far out of area, cancelling their placements at the last minute and treating them with a clear lack of regard is a disgrace.”

The unrest at the nursing school has coincided with the departure of four senior academic staff to the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) within two months.

The nursing school at UTS was ranked first in the country and fourth globally in this year’sprestigious QS World University Rankings.

The University of Newcastle’s nursing school was ranked between 51 and 100.

But theuniversity spokesperson said the school had recruited 11 new academic staff since the beginning of last year and had established “a new generation of nursing leaders.”

The school had achieved “unprecedented heights in performance” since 2014, she said, including a prestigious number five ranking by Excellence in Research .During an external review – ordered following the Herald’s original article –the university had worked closely with staff to “engage their views on current operations and future directions”.

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Canberra Olympic open training session at Deakin Stadium. Photo Elesa Kurtz Photo: Elesa Kurtz Canberra Olympic coach Frank Cachia has joined the chorus of those welcoming a proposed national second division.
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Fairfax Media revealed National Premier League clubs, led by those in Victoria, were looking to set up the national second division on their own and were meeting in Melbourne last Monday.

Canberra FC have indicated their interest in being part of the venture with Cachia also supporting the competition provided it was financially viable.

“It’s a really interesting one isn’t it, it has the potential to make a really significant change to the whole football landscape in and it’s something there is an appetite for around the country,” Cachia said.

“There is a real push for a second tier with the idea of promotion and relegation and if it grows the game it’s obviously a good thing, but a hell of a lot of work has to happen before it gets up and going.”

Cachia was unsure if a second division would be sustainable for all clubs but believes it is worth finding out and said he is a huge supporter of a promotion system.

“There are lots of things which will impact clubs like travel budgets but I think it can get up and running. Some clubs are geared up for it and it’s a great concept in that it’s another pathway to the A-League, ” Cachia said.

“I’m a big fan of promotion and relegation, it holds teams accountable and gives incentive for other teams coming through.

“But do you want the 10 best teams in the A-League or the 10 best teams geographically because if Adelaide and Perth get relegated we’ll end with an A-League full of Sydney and Melbourne teams.

“One thing I like about the A-League goes is the limited number of teams, if you get too many teams you start diluting the quality.”

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