13 Mar 19

Groovin the Moo 2017 line-up announced

Groovin the Moo 2017 line-up announced Golden Features PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL
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Shelby Craig of New Lambton and Sophie O’Brien of New Lambton PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Elizabeth Banney and Simon Strath of Nelson Bay. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

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Twenty One Pilots. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

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Calvin Vidigal and Tayla Craig of Sydney. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Calvin Vidigal and Tayla Craig of Sydney. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Aiden Gazi and Shannon Jennings of Penrith. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Abbey Mesnforth of Glen Valley and Jess Wells of Eleebana. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Abbey Mesnforth of Glen Valley. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Monique Cooper of Singleton and Tenille Oliver of Rutherford. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Emira Harris, Reiana Murphy and Shannon Motley all of Forster. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Monique Cooper of Singleton and Tenille Oliver of Rutherford. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

A light rain shower sends everyone running for cover. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

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osh Lamb of Nelson Bay. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Rhea Ashton of Scotts Head and Riley O’Keefe of Coffs Harbour. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Rhea Ashton of Scotts Head and Riley O’Keefe of Coffs Harbour. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Skye Allen of Port Macquarie, Briony Lane and Blake Clarke of Forster. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Miles of smiles at Groovin The Moo Maitland. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

Fans watching British India. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

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Blinged up for Groovin the Moo Maitland 2016. PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL

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TweetFacebookAgainst Me!Amy SharkARCHITECTSAlldayThe DarknessDillon FrancisGeorge MapleHayden JamesThe Jungle GiantsK.FlayL-FRESH The LIONLoyle CarnerMETHYL ETHELMilky ChanceMontaigneNortheast Party HouseSLUMBERJACKThe Smith Street BandSnakehipsTash SultanaThundamentalsThe WombatsViolent SohoThe Maitland Groovin the Moo is on April 29. Tickets go on sale Tuesday February 7.

Groovin The Moo had previously announced that rapperD.R.A.M. would be playingthis year’s event, but he has since pulled out.


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13 Mar 19

WinePenley Estate’s family tiesJohn Lewis

FINE REPUTATION: The Tolley sisters, Ang (left) and Bec (right) with the Penley Estate winemaker Kate Goodman.COONAWARRA’S Penley Estate is notable among n wine companies by being run by three women and by its fascinating skein of family ties.
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The women are owners Alexandra and Rebecca Tolley, known as Ang and Bec, and acclaimed former Punt Road Yarra Valley winemaker Kate Goodman.

Kate had helped establish Punt Road winery in 2001 after honing her skills at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale, Tim Knappstein in the Clare Valley and Seppelt at Great Western and signed on as Penley winemaker in January 2016.

Penley Estate was established in 1988 and its name harks back 60 years to the union of the South n wine pioneer Penfold and Tolley families.

The union was forged when Reginald Lester Tolley and Judith Anne Penfold Hyland married in 1947 and the Penley wine venture was born in 1988 when Reginald’s and Judith’s winemaker son Kym Tolley and Ang and Bec bought land at Coonawarra, planted grapes and later built a winery.With Kym at the winery helm, the wines built a fine reputation. In 2015, however, Kym retired and Ang and Bec took full ownership of Penley.

They saw ownership of the estate as emulating inspirational female forebears like Mary Penfold and Gladys Penfold Hyland.In 1870 Mary Penfold took over the running of the growing family wine business after the death of her husband.Gladys, the wife of Penfolds chairman Frank Penfold Hyland, took charge of the company after her husband’s death and chaired the board from 1948 to 1961.The great granddaughter of colonial Governor Philip Gidley King, she remained a Penfolds director until 1964.

Ang and Bec add another layer of family fusion because Ang is the wife of viticulturist David Paxton, the owner of McLaren Vale’s Paxton Wines, and mother of two sons Bec is the partner of Mark Maxwell, owner-winemaker of Maxwell Wines at McLaren Vale.

The Penfold Hyland and Tolley families have rich history, with the Penfolds wine saga dating back to 1844, when immigrant English medico Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary planted wine grapes at Magill. The Penfolds’ daughter Georgina married Thomas Hyland and control of the wine venture passed to them and later to their sons, who changed their surnames to Penfold Hyland in honour of their grandfather.The less familiar Tolley story dates back to 1888 when brothers Ernest and DouglasTolley helped establish the SA Tolley Scott and Tolley distillery and the family went on the play major roles in the Tollana and Tolley wine brands.


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13 Mar 19

Huxley apartments by Basebuild at Wickham cause clashes between builders, union officials and businesses.

Tensions erupt around Wickham high rise | photos, video FIRED UP: Bank Corner manager Monique Lee and Metro Cycles owner Bernie Hockings outside the construction site in Wickham. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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COUNTING THE COST: Bernie Hockings estimates the Basebuild site has cost his business Metro Cycles around $30,000 in lost trade, from “dust tornadoes”, noise and loss of parking. He warned Hunter Street traders to expect a similar “hell” in coming years. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

FRUSTRATED: Manger of Bank Corner Cafe, Monique Lee, says dust storms along Bellevue Street from a nearby construction site have been costing her customers. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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A procession of trucks block Beresford Street in Wickham. Picture: Supplied.

ON PATROL: A parking inspector headed towards a car parked in a ‘no stopping’ zone, despite the loss of as many as two-thirds of the spaces in the area. Picture: Supplied

A procession of trucks block Beresford Street in Wickham. Picture: Supplied.

TweetFacebook Building site battleground IT’S the $36million project that has turned atiny inner city laneway into a battleground.

The construction of the Huxley Apartments in Wickham has driven neighbours to despair, sparkedlegal battles and even physical clashes between the builder and union officials.

Angry businesses and residents surrounding the building site on Beresford Street say they’ve been pushed to the brink by “tornadoes” of dust, noise and road closures during the 16-month construction of the eight-storey, 64-apartment development.

But the Floraville-based construction company – Basebuild – has defended its actions, saying the problems are part of the“growing pains” of the city.

The project is expected to be completed this month;just as two union officials face court over an on-site altercation last year.

The representatives of theConstruction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) attendedthe worksite after being alerted to safety issues by workers.

There was a heated confrontation when the site manager objected to them conducting a spot inspection, before he wasallegedly assaulted by the officials.

CFMEU Newcastle office coordinator Peter Harris said the union was escorted by police and Workcover officialson a subsequent inspection of the site, which saw several breaches of workplace health and safety laws uncovered.

“Police had a concern over the potential for [another]…physical altercation,” Mr Harris said.

He said the union disputed the builder’sversion of events andplanned to defend the actions of itsofficials in court.

“If we get complaints about site safety, we’ve got a legal obligation and a right to conduct an inspection of the site. We’re not required to give anybody notice.”

A SafeWork NSW spokesperson would not respond directly to questions about the company, butsaid it attended a construction site on Beresford Street in February 2016 and issued improvement notices in relation to falls from heights, scaffolding and electrical safety.

“These notices have been complied with,” she said.

“SafeWork NSW also visited the site on several occasions in late 2016 as part of a high risk construction safety project. No work health and safety issues were identified.”

Managing director of BasebuildScott Shafrendescribed the issues raised as “minor” and said all were “acted on and rectified immediately.”

He declined to comment on the alleged assault of his site manager while the matter was before the courts.

But the company is still at loggerheads with neighbouring businesses – Metro Cycles and Bank Corner Cafe on Bellevue Street –who claim itsoperations have nearly driven them out of business.

They say they have been forced to contend with “dust storms” coming down the street andconstruction noise at 80 to 90 decibels in the middle of the day.

FRUSTRATED: Manger of Bank Corner Cafe, Monique Lee, says dust storms along Bellevue Street from a nearby construction site have been costing her customers. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

“The dust gets all over thetables, it’s a health hazard,” said Monique Lee, the manager of Bank Corner Cafe.

At least one resident was forced to move his family out of the neighbouring Cove Apartments when his son became ill because of the constant dust from the demolition works.

“He suffered allergies and was sick for months, he had to take medication,” Martin Simon said, saying his son had recovered since moving away from the building site.

“Then when the apartments were builtyou looked outthe window and you looked directly into someone’s bathroom. For the life of me I can’t understand how they were approved.”

Mr Shafren acknowledged that jack hammering had occurred but said it was conducted in “accordance with acceptable work practice” and within the council-approved hours.

He said that “all reasonable measures” were taken to control the effects of inground works and dust.

“We werevery unfortunate to experience some extreme weather events during this phase of construction,” he said.

The construction siteresulted in the loss oftwo-thirds of the parking spaces in the area“almost overnight”according to the owner of Metro Cycles Bernie Hockings, and he estimates there have been nearly 100 full or partial road closures.

“If people can’t get here, the first time they go ‘I’ll try again,’” Mr Hockingssaid.

“The second time, they go ‘that was a pity’ and the third time they don’t bother coming here again.

COUNTING THE COST: Bernie Hockings estimates the Basebuild site has cost his business Metro Cycles around $30,000 in lost trade, from “dust tornadoes”, noise and loss of parking. He warned Hunter Street traders to expect a similar “hell” in coming years. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

“The workers used to get here at 6.30 in the morning and put witches hats out to reserve more of the parking spaces. It was outrageous.”

Mr Shafren said the tradesmen were encouraged to car pool and to park in the larger council-approved parking areas to reduce the pressure on on-streetparks, which workers could not use for long periods anyway due to the timing restrictions.

He said they had council approval to usepart of the road for aconstruction zone and an area adjacent to the old Wickham station, where the witches hats were positioned.

“It would be impossible to build anything if we didn’t have this area,” Mr Shafren said.

ButMr Hockings said that while he was not opposed to development nearby, theconstruction works had cost him an estimated $30,000 in lost trade, and that was too high a price to pay.

“I know you have to break eggs to make an omelet, and I knew this was a developing area when I moved here,” he said. “But I also assumed there would be a compromise where the construction would be well managed.”

He said his bikes had been devalued because they were covered in sand and dust and he had seen declining numbers of people in the shop –until the construction workers knocked off for Christmas, and they “exploded” with customers.

“When you’re selling a brand new $3000 bike and it’s covered in dust, the best you can do is say‘sorry, it’s a display model, I’ll knock five or 10 per cent off’.

“People used to come in here and spend half-an-hour picking a bike, but if the environment gets trashed and it’snoisy and dusty, they walk out after five minutes.”

A further strain on relations was a bungle in October 2015 when the workers accidentally pumped grout into a sewer main.

Hunter Water spent $373,000 replacing that section of the sewerand is still pursuing Basebuild’s insurer for costs through its lawyers.

Mr Hockings was unimpressed when he saw raw sewage pumped out of the ground outside his shop.

“You’re standing there talking to the customers about buying thousands of dollars worth of bikes and suddenly the shop was full of the smell of s***. I was embarrassed,” he said.

Mr Hocking claims in another instance, Beresford Lanebehind his shop –where prospective buyerstest ride their bikes –was dug up and not resealed.

“We just had a dirt road down there for three or four weeks. I finally got the council to make them do it and the workers were really angry.

“Now they are just belligerent, I don’t even ask them to do anything.”

Mr Shafren insisted that the contractors always intended to resurface the laneway.While he was sympathetic to the complaints of the surrounding businesses, he stressed it had been very challenging to construct a high-rise tower in such close proximity to other buildings.

“I am sorry that our shop operator feels so bitter about our building process as it is very hard to build a major construction in a built up area,” he said.

“We have at all times tried to minimise the disruptions to all surrounding business but it would be impossible to get the building built if some people had theirway.

“Call it ‘growing pains’but I hope his business and all others will benefit with another 100 residentsliving at his doorstep.

“This is also a bad time as whilst we are in our last month of completing construction another major project is now beginning.”

But Mr Hockings saidhis experience did not bode well for the retailersalong Hunter Street; ahead of a‘frenzy’ of buildingwork in coming years with the construction ofthe light rail and further high rise apartment blocks.

“It will be absolute hell for them,” he said.“The way it’s going wewon’t be here in two or three years time and someone else will get the benefit and we will have paid the price.”


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13 Mar 19

Country music a tough gig but Bendigo-bound Kasey Chambers still on top of her game

Kasey fights for right to play country TweetFacebookDragonfly.
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She is also on a 10-datetour alongside Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning that will stop off in Bendigo later this month.

The real challenge, she said, was getting country music onto the public’splaylist.

“It’s probably been harder for me playing the style of music I play than anything to do with being a woman or being over 40,” Chambers said.

It took breakthrough singleNot Pretty Enough, a track about commercial radio’s reluctance to hit play on country music, to win mainstream affection.

But fans of the song have stuck by her ever since.

“They’ve all grown up with me, a lot of the girls who felt not pretty enough at the time,” she said.

“Now they’re 40-year-old women like me still having days when they feel not pretty enough, like we all do.”

Despite always returning to some of her first and favourite songs–a gig has never gone by without a rendition of The Captain –Chambers believes she is a better songwriter now than ever before.

“Everyone should feel like they’re doing their best work at this point in their life,” she said, pointingto album trackThe Ballad of Henri Youngas evidence of her maturing craft.

The song details the life of a pickpocket sent to Alcatraz, the same story as the 1995 Kevin Bacon film Murder in the First.

Despite seeing the movie as a teenager, it was decades before Chambers felt ready to put the story to music.

And yet many of her songs simply “fall out”, like lead single Ain’t No Little Girl.

“I like to think I have more control over them (the songs) than I do,” she said.

“But I’m glad some of the songs just write themselves.

“I don’t ever want songwriting to feel like a job.”

While still sounding deeply personal, pop culture references abound on Dragonfly –the autobiographical Talkin’ Baby Bluessomehow works Twisted Sister, The Sopranos and Kanye West into five minutes– as do nods to literatureand the Bible.

The references are a relic of a childhood spent in a “quite strict” Seventh Day Adventist familywhose musical diet was dominated bygospel-tinged country artists.

TodayChambers describesherself as a “believer of stuff”not affiliated with any particular religion. She said the liturgical lyrics were more style than substance.

“I like the way that language sounds in song, particularly in this style,” she said.

“I pick up a banjo and play it in a minor key and Ifeel like I just want to use biblical terms.”

The upcoming concert series will the be the first time fans hear some of the new songs live, but Chambers also promised audiences they would also witness duets between her and Fanning.

Their first show together was just last week at the Tamworth Country Music Festivalbut the pair already have a long history of singing on one another’s albums, most notably the titletrack of Chambers’ 10thstudio album, Bittersweet.

She has even released a cover of the Powderfinger hit These Days.

Chambers’ admiration for Fanning boils down to his artistic self-determination.

“I love Bernard’s approach to music, because he plays music for all the right reasons,” she said.

“He’s not dictated to by anyone else: trends, audiences.

“He’s just him and he ownsthat.”

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning bring their Sooner orLater tour to Ulumbarra Theatre on February 18.Limited tickets still available.


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13 Mar 19

Hunter RID Squad unable to investigate Melville Ford dumpingPhotos

Dump: Melville Ford last week. Picture: Marina NeilThe body charged with fighting illegal dumping in the Hunter says it can’t address severe littering atMelville Ford because it has not received a request from Maitland City Council.
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Fairfax Media reported last week that illegal dumpers had targeted Melville Ford recently, with items including a severed pig’s head, a burnt out car and other waste strewn across sections of the land.

The Hunter-Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, based in Lake Macquarie, has been charged with fighting and reducing illegal dumping across the region, with councils across the Hunter having signed up to the RID Squad program.

But a RID Squad spokesperson told Fairfax Media this week that the body could not investigate the issue at Melville Ford, because it had not received a request for help from Maitland City Council.

“The Hunter-Central Coast Regional Illegal DumpingSquad has a two-tier membership structure with local councils,” the spokesperson said.

“Some councils have an Illegal Dumping Investigator based in their area, and for other councils, such as Maitland, the RID Squad assists the council in their investigation.

“To date, the RID squad has not received a request from Maitland City Council to assist in this matter.

“If a request for assistance is received from Maitland City Council, the RID squad can assist in investigations and compliance action, as well as providing assistance with education and appropriate deterrence measures.”

Council’sDevelopment andEnvironment manager David Simm said rangers were investigating.

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13 Feb 19

Education Minister Rob Stokes asked to immediately suspend scripture in NSW schoolsphotos, poll

SCRIPTURE material endorsed by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and taught to NSW public school children as young as fiveincludesdissecting an animal, encouraging children to have secrets with adults,linking a man’s blindness to hisparents’ sinsand reminding scripture teachers not to seechildren with disabilities as “unintelligent”.
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There are calls for NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to immediately suspend scripture in schools, and release a long-awaited NSW review of special religious education (SRE), after a Queensland Department of Education review raised serious concerns about Anglican “Connect” scripture content used in both states, including lessons consistent with “possible grooming behaviour” and advice to scripture teachers about punishing children.

Read the reviewhereThe calls come after confirmation Mr Stokes has no power over the content of scripture lessons under the Education Act, and controversial changes to NSW public school enrolment forms in 2015 removing ethics classes as an option, and leaving scripture as the default position in some state primary schools.

The Queensland review in August recommended removing ananimal sacrifice lesson for children aged 10-12, which suggestedscripture teachers “bring in a dead animal to dissect”. The review found other lessons had the potential to be upsetting, inappropriate or likely to affect the social and emotional wellbeing of children, including a lesson for children aged 7-9 about a man born blind, which asked:“Was it a punishment from God because his parents or someone else had done something wrong?”

Dead animal dissection and the scripture class Questions: Education Minister Rob Stokes. There are calls for him to suspend scripture in state schools after confirmation he has no power over the content of scripture lessons.

Suspension: Greens Justice MP David Shoebridge says the NSW Government is breaching the trust of parents by failing to have control over what is taught in scripture classes.

Calls: Fairness in Religions in Schools spokesman Darrin Morgan says the Queensland Department of Education review has shown problems in scripture that the NSW Government refuses to make public.

TweetFacebookYou know something is wrong in this state when even Queensland is more proactive in releasing information.

NSW Greens Justice spokesman and barrister David ShoebridgeOn January 16 the department rejected a FIRIS freedom of information requestfor the $300,000 NSW review, which has been with the NSW Government for 12 months, on public interest grounds.

While releasing the review would “promote open discussion and informed debate” on special religious education in state schools, the NSW Government was still considering its response and releasing it would have “a negative impact on the department’s functions”, the department said.

The Queensland review found that while the “vast majority” of Connect material aligned with Department of Education guidelines, it raised concerns about parental consent, the lack of data on scripture numbers and the lack of legislation to allow “centralised regulation” of scripture content.

Greens Justice MP David Shoebridge called on new Education Minister Rob Stokes to immediately suspend scripture in schools, release the NSW review and allow debate on whether scripture legislation reflectedcommunity views about state education in 2017.

“You know something is wrong in this state when even Queensland is more proactive in releasing information,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“Parents put an awful lot of trust in schools when they leave their children at the school gate, and that trust is breached by a system that makes attendance at unsupervised and unchecked scripture classes the default position.”

Lessons for children about keeping secrets with adults and having “special friendships” with them were particularly concerning because “We know from the Royal Commission that encouraging ‘special friendships’and secrets with adults endangers children and plays into the hands of predators”, Mr Shoebridge said.

“Keeping children safe must be the number one priority in our schools, not pandering to extreme religious views.”

A spokesman for former Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the NSW review of SRE was “currently being considered by government”.

A spokesman for Mr Stokes, who was sworn in as minister on Monday afternoon, did not respond to questions. The Anglican Diocese of Sydney did not respond to questions.

In a statement on Monday Youthworks said all “inconsistent” lesson material identified in the Queensland review had been amended to the standard required by Queensland Department of Education.

“The changes required by Education Queensland have also been applied to our material sold in NSW, and our teachers are being trained to use the new material accordingly,” the statement said.

Youthworks did not respond to a question about whether a scripture teacher had ever dissected a dead animal during a lesson at a NSW primary school.

The NSW Department of Education said it was the responsibility of special religious education approved providers to authorise scripture material, provide an annual assurance to the department that authorised teachers were only using authorised material, to make lesson content accessible on a website and provide information about lessons when requested by parents or principals.

“The department takes its duty of care to students seriously. If an allegation is made against a person providing SRE in a government school, it will be investigated with reasonable action taken to protect students from foreseeable risk of harm,” it said.

“Parents/caregivers seeking information about lesson content for their child’s SRE class, or prospective SRE class, should contact the relevant provider of SRE.

“The NSW Department of Education does not keep a central database of what materials are being used at schools by approved providers.”

This article was first published on the Newcastle Herald


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13 Feb 19

OPINION: Catherine Cusack, the new parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, has spent a long time in the political cold

The new parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, is a friend and factional ally of Premier Gladys Berejiklian. PICTURE: Darren PatemanBY appointing Catherine Cusackas her government’s parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, new Premier Gladys Berejiklian has signalled she wants an experienced–and trustworthy –set of hands in the region.
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But she’s also handed the job to someone eager to get to work after years in the political cold.

In 2003when she entered the NSW Parliament MsCusack was one of a number of energeticnew faces in John Brogden’sopposition.

The election itself was a disappointment –the Liberal Party gained no net seats from Bob Carr’s Labor government, a result which saw them remain in opposition for two more terms.

But, among the new MPs were a core group who would go on to playkey roles in the O’Farrell, Baird and now Berejiklian governments.

On the right wasAnthony Roberts, the newly sworn in Planning Minister.

On the left was Transport Minister Andrew Constance, speaker Shelly Hancock and, most notably, MsBerejiklian herself.

In the upper house, Ms Cusack was another prominent Wet. Mr Brogden appointed her to his shadow frontbenchbefore she was even sworn into parliament, and she quickly made a name for herself taking on the Carr government over scandals at the Kariong Juvenile Justice Centre.

Unlike other high profile members of the class of 2003, though, she’s never been a minister.An early supporter of gay marriage who clashed with leading conservative figures like Tony Abbott, she has been willing to criticise her own government in the past; in 2011 when Barry O’Farrell slashed the state’s solar bonus scheme she accused him of causing “deliberate and disproportionate harm”.

In short, she has a reputation for being an outspoken moderate voice within the Liberal Party, and its possible that hasn’t helped her cause.

But there’s a bit more to it than that.

As shadow minister for the environment and climate change (when that was still a thing governments had to pretend to care about) she had beenexpected to take up that position when the Coalition returned to government in 2011.

However she was unexpectedly dumpedfor Robyn Parkerand has remained in the cold since.

The main theory for why is that Ms Cusack tried to stand up to the Shooter and Fishers Party over allowing hunting in National Parks. Mr O’Farrell needed their support on the cross bench, and so it goes that Ms Cusack was collateral damage.

In any case, five years later she finds herself not in cabinet but in the Hunter. It’s an interesting move. Ms Berejiklian and Ms Cusack are factional allies, and in her inaugural speech Ms Cusack called MsBerejiklian an “outstanding woman” who she counted as a friend.

Why would the Premier need a friend and factional head kicker up here?

Well, it’s just a theory, but another factional chieftain from the right of the party has recently returned to the fold after a couple of years in exile.

Mike Gallacher –who, remember, once held huge influence over the Liberal Party in the Hunterand still has plenty of friends here –returned to the partyroom uponMike Baird’s resignation, and from all accounts plans to stay there.

It’s not so outlandish to think the new Premier might want her ownmoderate influence to act as a counterbalance.


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13 Feb 19

Hunter lost property start-up ItsFound bags corporates and looks globally

Risky business: “I’d rather have a go and fail than live with regret,” says ItsFound managing director Luke Cubis. Picture: Penelope Green. A TECH start-up founded by three Hunter mates is fast gaining traction withcorporates and looking to scale rapidly and go global.
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ItsFound is a software solution that allows large organisations to manage their until now largely ad hoc lost property departments.

Itis being trialled by the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Airport and its growing client list includesGPTand hotel chains Novotel, Rydges andCrowne Plaza.

The start-up was launchedin June 2015 by Lake Macquarie councillor and former teacherLuke Cubis and SydneysidersMarko Njabro and Robyn-Anne Miosge, who met in their Newcastle school days.

MrCubis said Ms Miosge’s background in hotels led her to note the lack of an innovative lost property platform.

“There are cloud-based management systems for everything from accounting to design but there was very little on the market for lost property, just outdated systems and inflexible software,” he said.

The trioscratched together funding and approached corporates including Westfield to tap the market.

“Basically the 100 or so companies we spoke to had nothing better than an Excel spreadsheet to track lost property,” he said.

The company developed its cloud-basedplatform before launching it in May 2016, and is continuing to refine aspects of it, including a three-tier pricing structures which aids corporates, small business and individuals.

A business to business solution, ItsFound allows corporate users to automate their lost property departments, reduceunclaimed items and boost customer satisfaction.It also has a database for all general public lost property and an auction facility which allows clients to sell off unclaimed property and either use the revenue or donate to charity.

ItsFound has just expanded into New Zealand and Mr Cubis, a former primary school teacher, said the company is now poised to do a capital raise to drive fast growth.

“We want to go global and sacrifice equity early to do that because the concept is highly scalable,” he said.

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13 Feb 19

Centenary of the Great War

BRAVE: Stretcher bearers of the 9th Field Ambulance Brigade. Often under shell fire, they would go out to bring in wounded men. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter enlistment and death details for January 29 to February 4, 1917.
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RIGOURS OF WINTERMr Philip Gibbs, the war correspondent, states that the hardest frost of the war exists at present in France and Flanders. The front consists of mud and quagmires, in which the men have been floundering for months in a half-frozen condition, with great chunks of ice in the shell craters. The cold has been so intense as to freeze the radiators of motor-cars, and staff officers are frequently held up on lonely roads remote from a telephone, their cars having side-slipped into snowdrifts. As a result marching men have for once bad the laugh of the motorists. While exalted staff officers, wrapped up like mummies, were as chilled as New Zealand mutton, the marching battalions were jolly in their shaggy coats. The men are sticking the cold as they stuck the wet. Those suffering from a touch of trench fever held on to their posts until they were sent back to their billets.

RECRUITING MEETINGSSenator Watson, and Mr M. Charlton, MHR, assisted by the recruiting staff and other speakers, held successful recruiting meetings at Swansea and Catherine Hill Bay on Saturday. A meeting was also to have been held at Belmont at 4pm, but owing to the unsuitableness of the hour, none of the residents put in an appearance. At Swansea the attendance numbered about 100, and the meeting was addressed by Senator Watson, Mr Charlton, Mr. Everton, and Staff-sergeant Major Clarke, of the recruiting staff. The meeting was enthusiastic throughout, and at the close two men offered for enlistment. At Catherine Hill Bay the prospects of a meeting being held were not too bright, owing to the miners holding their usual meeting and a picture show being held. However, arrangements were made for the recruiting meeting to be held between the two, and the arrangement answered admirably. As a result of the speakers’ efforts nine recruits came forward.

THE LATE PRIVATE LONERGANMrs A. Lonergan, of Devon-street, Plattsburg, is in receipt of a letter from Lieutenant H. B. Taylor, in which he refers to the death of her son, Private D. Lonergan, who was killed in the trenches near Fleurs, on the 11th November last. The writer states that the good humour of Private Lonergan was the soul of his platoon, which felt his death very keenly, and concludes by saying it was such men as he that had won for the fine name she had in that country. Another letter was received from Private R. Dowson, who mentions that a short time before he was killed Private Lonergan was suffering from a very bad cold, and the doctor wanted him to go into the hospital, but as one’s mates always were ready to “gig” one with being frightened, he said he would show them that he was not frightened. After referring to his death, the writer said he was unable to obtain any of his belongings, and mentions that over his grave a cross was erected, with the inscription, R.I.P., David Lonergan, upon it. Reference was also made to Private Lonergan’s regard for his mother, of whom he would often speak, and the writer asks Mrs. Lonergan to cheer up, for Dave died a good, brave soldier.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERSPrivate D.W. Humphreys and Driver G.W. Stone, writing from ‘Somewhere in England’ to Mr. J. Sperring, of Belmont, say: “You will see by the above address that Dave Humphreys and Bill Stone, who used to work for W. Strudwick, are in England together. We have just come out of hospital – got wounded in France – and we are now waiting to be sent back again. We thought we would just drop you a line to let you all know that we are both alive in the world, and still kicking. We will soon have had two years of it now, and we wish it was all over, so we could return to the little places called Swansea and Belmont. Those were happy days, no doubt, but all the same we have both done our little bit. You can please remember us to all the home folks, and give them our love.”

SHELL SHOCKPrivate T. W. Bedford, writing from France to his father, Mr. John Bedford, of Waratah, says: “Just a few lines to let you know that I returned to duty on the 11th of October, and I have quite recovered from the shell shock. I see by the letters that you were advised about me being wounded. One of Fritz’s shells came “whop” right above my head, on the parapet, and that is what gave me the shell shock (concussion). As I told you before, this happened before the big fight of 19th July, which you speak about in one of your letters; and which I missed being in, owing to the fact that I was in the hospital. At present we are out of the trenches in billets, having a well-earned rest, as we have just came off one of the busiest and roughest parts of the front. But bother talking about the war. I am forgetting to mention that I had a letter from Jimmie Hughes. He wants some Turkish bullets, but I have none. Well, I will have to close this letter now pretty abruptly. As it is, I don’t know whether it will catch the mail or not. The censor has been hurrying us up all day. But the main object in writing is just to let you know I am all right. I never had an opportunity of sending a cable. I would have done, but at the time was shell-shocked. I never thought of it.”

WORD OF NEWCASTLE MENLance-corporal G. F. Coleman, of Cook’s Hill, writes home to his parents: “I am still alive and going strong. The winter is setting in here now, and there is a pond just outside my door frozen up, so you can just imagine how I feel. It has just finished a month of rain, which has interfered with the British and French offensive. On our last stay in the trenches we were up to our waists in mud and water. The fogs made matters worse; we get them nearly every day and night. Those fogs make it awkward to carry on the offensive, because the aeroplanes and balloons cannot observe what the Germans are doing behind their lines, which gives us no targets to shoot at. Of course, I am speaking of the Somme River offensive, where the fiercest battles in the war have been fought. We were to have taken part in a charge early one morning, but owing to our weak condition, after being up to our waists in the mud and water for three days, the charge was cancelled. We only had hard biscuits and “bully” beef to eat, because it was impossible to get anything up to the trenches owing to the fog. In the night we were relieved by another battalion. I had to get up over the parapet and walk across the field of fire. I preferred it to walking through a couple of miles of trench with three feet of mud in it. I succeeded in my task, with bullets and shells flying all around me. Our battalion made a great name for itself at Pozieres. I met Bob Dunn, Wal Smith, L. Wilson, Harold Lahiff, Ned Hunt and a lot more Newcastle lads. They paid a great tribute to George Lucre and Ted Malcolm, whom they said died heroes.

ENLISTMENTSClaude Villiers Armbrister, Kurri Kurri; Percy Villiers Armbrister, Kurri Kurri; Sydney George Arms, Cooks Hill; Frederick Charles Burnett, Homeville; James Robert Burnett, West Maitland; Albert John Collett, Maitland; Charles Hobart Cox, Muswellbrook; Frederick William Dawson, Islington; George Frederick Gibson, Hamilton; Roderick Goodyer, West Maitland; Lewis Grant, Catherine Hill Bay; George Henry Greenwell, West Wallsend; Mark Hancock, West Maitland; Robert Herron, Hamilton; Arthur Kenneth Hill, Cessnock; Harold George Lane, East Maitland; George McCauley, Carrington; William Moses, Newcastle; Henry Robert O’Sullivan, Cooks Hill; Thomas Brown Scobie, West Maitland; Robert Shaw, Tighes Hill; John William Smith, Lambton; James Thompson, Carrington;Edward James Verney, Cooks Hill; Charles Roach Wallace, Edinglassie; Egbert Wilfred Wright, Merewether.

DEATHSPte William Albert Baldwin, Dungog; Pte Robert Donald, Cessnock; Pte Edward Francis Jackson, Catherine Hill Bay; Pte Cyril Andrew Johnson, Dungog; Pte Arthur Kentish, Lambton; Pte Alexander Main, Boolaroo; Pte James Milne, Newcastle; Bdr Frederick Walter Pendleton, East Maitland; Pte David James Quinlan, Newcastle; Pte Edgar Harold Sadler, Horseshoe Bend; Pte George Victor Stewart, Hamilton; Pte Harold John Taylor, Hamilton; 2nd Lieut Arthur Henry Vogan, Newcastle.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory


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13 Feb 19

Ryan Griffiths joins Western Sydney Wanderers in A-League

Ryan GriffithsNew Western Sydney Wanderers striker Ryan Griffiths has urged fans to watch him back in A-League action before denouncing him as an ageing has-been.
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The 35-year-old has joined the Wanderers until the end of the season “in good nick”, charged with providing the goals that have eluded the grand finalists this spluttering campaign.

Sydney-born Griffiths, the brother of Jets football operations manager Joel, played more than 100 games for Newcastle in the A-League and National Soccer League.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has been in the hunt for another striker since the Kerem Bulut experiment failed and left him low on goalscorers.

A host of high-profile foreigners, including Eduardo, Robbie Keane, Didier Drogba and Dimitar Berbatov, have been linked with a move to the red and black.

But Popovic, severely inhibited by salary-cap restrictions and the rejection of his guest marquee bid for Eduardo, settled for an n with Asian Champions League experience to help guide the club on the continent next month.

And no sooner had news of his arrival from Hong Kong outfit South China leaked, Griffiths was already on the receiving end of criticism.

“Everyone’s bagging me about my age,” he said on Tuesday before his first training session.

“A lot of people do criticise older players, but also a lot of people criticise players when they haven’t seen what they’ve done recently.

“People are quick to jump on anything, and, while I respect everybody’s opinion, I guess they can only judge after watching me on the field, hopefully on the weekend [against Wellington].

“I’m in good nick, and I’m going to run 100 per cent in every challenge until I fall over and they have to drag me off the pitch.”

A true journeyman, Griffiths’ diverse career spans 18 years, mostly in Asia and particularly China, along with a stint in Romania and two prior A-League spells at Newcastle and Adelaide.

The former Socceroo believes the mental strength he has gained in that time will serve him well as he enters the Wanderers pressure cooker midway through a below-par seasonat a club whose devout fans demand success.

“I’ve played at clubs before where the fans would rock up to the training field as a group and yell at the players, sledge us as we’re sitting there,” Griffiths said.

“It’s very similar to the Wanderers’ passionate fans, so it’s a challenge.”

Griffiths admitted the transition from Asia’s steady-paced football to the comparably quick A-League shapedas another testbut assuredfans need not worry because there would “definitely be goals there”.

It comes as Popovic defended churning through63 players since the club’s 2014 ACL triumph.

“They’re entitled to their opinion, but we made a decision after we won the Champions League to change 18 players,” Popovic told Fox Sports on Monday night.

“The fans were certainly happy last year with those 18 changes.”


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