CODE HOPPER: Hamilton breakaway Rowan Kelly takes on the Maitland defence in the Hawks 29-27 win at Marcellin Park in round 13. Picture: Marina Neil
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ROWAN Kelly admits getting cleaned outwas a“shock to the system”.

Kelly hadspent the past 15 years in the Newcastle Rugby League competition at Central and Wyong. His body–and reactions–were attuned to playing the 13-man code.

“In league, a clean out isbeing tackled without the ball,” Kelly said.“Then I realised, I can clean them out as well.”

It was Kelly’sline in the sand moment.

“Ilearned not to compare rugby to rugby league,” he said.“They are completely different games.”

Kelly will line up for his fifth straight first-grade game when the Hawks take on a desperate Lake Macquarie at Walters Park on Saturday.

The breakaway is“stillgettingmy head around a lot of things” butis relishing the challenge of a new code.

“That aspect I have enjoyed: trying to learn a different game,” he said.“I’m nearly 35 and to learn something new is quite difficult. The last time I played rugby was at high school.It is evenharder at Hamilton because they are the best club in the competition. It is highly competitive in all grades. I’m pushing in scrums, learning lineouts.Each week I learn something different.”

Hamilton coach Scott Coleman has been impressed with Kelly’s transition and the way he has bought in to the culture.

“Hehas a really good football brain andreads space well,” Coleman said.“He is very skilful for a big man, canpass the ball at the line and has a good off load.The more physical it is,the more he likes it. Playing has opened his eyes to how much is involved at the breakdown. Another good pre-season and I think he will master that.”

Kelly hadbeen a regular at Hamilton games, watching Francis Xavier College workmate Paul Dan.

“Paul andI are close mates and I wanted to have a crack at rugby,” he said.“I nearly joined the Hawks in 2013 when Wyong moved to the NSW Cup but an opportunity came up at my junior rugby league club, Central.

The code hop was nearly over before it started.

“I played a trial against Uni and didn’t enjoy it,” he said.“I had high expectations of myself and it didn’t go to plan.I wentup the coast with Joel Penny, who was my assistant coach at Central.He said to me‘why are you worried, treat it like another game’.

“My attitude changed from that point.I have tried to not take myself too serious and enjoy everything about it. I haven’t missed a bus trip yet. Each week I look forward to playing. By the end of my last two years as captain-coach at Central, I knew my time was up.”

As for another season with the Hawks: “I bought a new pair of footy boots on Monday which set me back a little bit. I better get some use out of them.”

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Doctors have criticised state and federal governments over their new drug policy blueprint, accusing them of putting too much emphasis on methamphetamine and not enough on a much more damaging and deadly substance: alcohol.
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The n Medical Association says the recently released National Drug Strategy – which sets out the official approach to preventing and minimising drug harm over the next 10 years – focuses too much on the so-called “ice epidemic”.

Ahead of the Wednesday release of a new AMA position paper on substance abuse and behavioural addictions, Michael Gannon, the president of the doctors’ association, has described the government strategy as “disappointing”.

Photos: Supplied (left) and Arsineh Houspia.

“[It] again lists methamphetamine as the highest priority substance for , despite the strategy noting that only 1.4 per cent of ns over the age of 14 had ever tried the drug,” Dr Gannon said.

“The strategy also notes that alcohol is associated with 5000 deaths and more than 150,000 hospitalisations each year – yet the strategy puts it as a lower priority than ice.

“The government must focus on those dependencies and addictions that cause the greatest harm, including alcohol, regardless of whether some substances are more socially acceptable than others,” Dr Gannon said.

Dr Gannon is also critical that the updated strategy did not come with any new funding commitments from state or federal governments.

The AMA’s new position statement says substance abuse is widespread across , and dependence and addiction often lead to death or disability in patients – yet support and treatment services are “severely under-resourced”. It calls for a “major change in funding priorities from policing and prosecution of substance users to interventions that avoid or reduce use, promote resilience, and reduce societal harms”.

It supports responses that address underlying causes and exacerbating factors such as social isolation, exclusion, poverty, discrimination, criminalisation and poor education.

It says substance dependence and behavioural addictions are chronic brain diseases and people affected by them should be treated like any other patient with a serious illness.

Dr Gannon says the costs of untreated dependence and addictions – estimated at $36 billion a year – are “staggering”.

People affected are more likely to have physical and mental health concerns, and their finances, careers, education, and personal relationships can all suffer. Left unaddressed, the broader community effects include reduced employment and productivity, increased healthcare costs, reliance on social welfare, increased criminal activity and higher rates of incarceration.Research this weekfound the number of methamphetamine-related deaths had doubled in between 2009 and 2015.

The analysis found 1649 deaths linked to ice, with overdose only accounting for 43 per cent. The study published in the journal Addiction found another 40 per cent of deaths linked to ice, speed and other stimulant drugs were from so-called “natural disease” – most notably heart disease and stroke – or uncharacteristically violent methods of suicide.

DRUG USE IN AUSTRALIAAbout 8 million ns have used an illicit substanceNearly 3 million have used one in the past 12 months16 per cent of people reported consuming 11 or more standard alcoholic drinks on a single occasionAbout 2 per cent of people reported having used methamphetamines in the past yearAbout 4.7 per cent of people reported having misused a prescription drug in the past 12 monthsAt least 115,000 ns who were seriously harmed by gambling and another 280,000 were at significant risk

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TRY: South Newcastle’s Lachlan Walmsley. Picture: Jonathan CarrollLakes’ Luke Huth and Souths’ Lachlan Walmsley are two Newcastleplayers squarely in the sights ofthe Knights according to Troy Pezet.
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The club’s elite pathways recruitment manager said former Knights juniors Huth and Walmsley have recently been called up to train with the NRL under-20 squad to prepare for nextpre-season.

This weekend marks the second “futures round” for Newcastle Rugby League in 2017 with man-of-the-match recipients from alleight district under-19 teams invited to trial with the Knights under 20s in October.

“It’s just about creating a genuine pathway for all the local kids to get through and play for the Knights,” Pezet said.

“It’s a good initiative from the Newcastle Rugby League to further that involvement by having thisfutures round.”

The four age group matches will kick-off before first grade at 1:45pm.

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* PART of Wednesday’s “future round” promotion was Lakes under-19 fullback Aaron McGrady, the nephew of former Canterbury Bulldogs player and 1991 Rothmans Medal winnerEwan McGrady.

Aaron moved to Belmont from Moree aged seven.

* DUBBO CYM’S halfback Alex Bonham racked up an incredible personal tally of 64 on the weekend with eight tries and 16 goals but respected rugby league statistician David Middleton reckons it sits behind an effort of 61 closer to home when points were less weighted.

“Score of 64 likely a record but achievement of Alf Fairhall for North Newcastle in 1940: 11 tries, 14 goals arguably more impressive,” Middleton posted on Twitter.

ROUND 14 FIXTURES: Cessnock v Western Suburbs, Maitland v Macquarie (Saturday); Lakes v South Newcastle, Central Newcastle v Kurri Kurri (Sunday).

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A man has been charged after he allegedly broke into an elderly woman’s home in Morpeth and stole two mobile phones right in front of her.
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Police claim the man went into the rear yard of the Morpeth Road home about 7am Friday, June 30 and looked through a glass sliding door where he saw the woman in the kitchen.

It is alleged he walked in to the house and stole two mobile phones from a kitchen bench before he fled the home.

The woman told police she witnessed the whole incident take place.

After the man left the woman cried out for help. Her husband, who was in a front bedroom, heard his wife’s plea and yelledout to the man.

The man then approached the bedroom window where it is alleged hepunched throughfly screen in an attempt to strike theman.

The elderly man was not harmed, but the fly screen was damaged.

The couple told police the man ran from the area.

Maitland Policewere called out to the scene and canvassed the area. They sourcedCCTV footage which helpedidentify the man.

Investigations led police to a home in Korbell Street, Tenambit on Wednesday morning where they arrested the man.

Police said he was apprehended while tryingto escape out the back door of the home.

The man was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, malicious damage, assault and trespassing.

The two stolen mobile phones were recovered.Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector George Radmore said the phones will be returned to the woman.

Police claim ammunition, handcuffs and other items including tools and jewelry, which were suspected to bestolen, were all found at the home.

Inspector Radmore said information from the public helped lead to the man’s arrest. He thanked those who contacted police with information.

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Andrew Denton has been diagnosed with advanced heart disease and will have multiple bypass surgery. Photo: Edwina PicklesTV personalityAndrew Denton has been diagnosed with advanced heart disease and will be required to undergo multiple bypass surgery shortly.
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The diagnosis forces Mr Denton, 57,to withdraw from the campaign to legalise euthanasia to which he has been devoting his energy in recent years.

The Go Gentle director – who set up that organisation specifically to achieve law reform around the country – may be absent at a critical juncture: as Premier Daniel Andrews’ bill for assisted dying is introduced and thrashed out in the Victorian Parliament.

Go Gentle ‘s media director Gina McCollsaid Denton is “quite young and so the prognosis is extremely good”.

“It’s very successful surgery,” she said. “He needs to have it quickly but after that he’s expected to recover reasonably quickly and we’re expecting him to join the campaign again in early September, some time like that.

“We’re still in daily contact. He’s still extremely funny and his humour is extremely black.”

ButDenton’sabsence from the campaign as the euthanasia debate heats up this monthhasbeen described by some proponents as a “disaster”.

“It’s terrible for Andrew, and a disaster for the broader campaign,” one supporter of the bill said.

However, Go Gentle played down concerns, saying Denton’s work towards voluntary assisted dying would continue under its campaign manager Paul Price, a former senior adviser in the Baillieu Liberal government.

“The Go Gentle campaign continues in full force,” Mr Price told Fairfax Media.

“In the next weeks and months we will be marshalling the support of the more than 75 per cent of Victorians who want voluntary assisted dying to become law.”

Andrew Denton with his father Kit, who died slowly and painfully in 1997.

Denton set up Go Gentle last year – almost two decades after watching his father Kit die a slow and painful death from heart failure – in a bid to convince politicians to give terminally ill people the right to a physician-assisted death in strictly defined circumstances.

In that time, he has become one of the leading public faces of the “yes” campaign, appearing at community forums, across the airwaves, and alongside Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy to talk to delegates at Labor’s state council.

But the debate is likely to intensify even further in coming weeks, when the bill on assisted dying is introduced in the lower house, paving the way for the most heated policy fight the Premier faces ahead of next year’s election.

In a sign that the battlelines have well and truly been drawn, leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox churches placed an open letter in theHerald Sunon Monday saying that assisted suicide represented the “abandonment” of the terminally ill and sent a “confusing message” about the value of life.

Right to Life has also stepped up its opposition, sending out leaflets in nine marginal electorates – which looked as though they came from the sitting MP in each seat –suggesting Mr Andrews was attempting to sanction suicide to “save healthcare dollars”.

– with AAP

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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
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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!

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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 .
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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.”

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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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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.”

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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