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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The government has resisted releasing the latest agreement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Federal Court will hear the matter on August 18.

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