Weekend Planner: May 13-14, 2017

SATURDAY Handmade in the Hunter Markets
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St John NSW Volunteer Recruitment Drive and Open Day9am to4pm, Warners Bay foreshore. First Aid and CPR demonstrations; vehicle and communications equipment displays; sausage sizzle. You will also be able to learn more about the various First Aid Courses provided by St John NSW, and buy a First Aid kit.

Family Fun Day10am to 3pm, at Estia Health, 42 Spinifex Avenue, Tea Gardens. Market stalls, food vendors and family-friendly entertainment. A fund-raiser for Tea Gardens Lions Club.

Riverlights Lantern Workshop10.30am to 1.30pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street, Maitland.

World Fair Trade Day 2017 10am to 4pm, Warners Bay Baptist Church.Fair Traders fromacross NSW will be joining forces to advocate, celebrate, display and discuss Fair Trade. There will be a market and a panel discussing this year’s Fair Trade Day theme, which is#agentforchange.

Weaving Workshop 10.30am to 1.30pm, Hunter Wetlands Centre. Hosted by Wildcraft Australia, learn a traditional Arnhemland weaving method using local materials. Cost$70 plus $5 entry to the Wetlands Centre. Book online at wildcraftaustralia南京夜网.

Old4New Lifejacket UpgradeExchange at a discounted price your old lifejacket for a modern style jacket and receive advice from NSW Maritime on lifejacket care and service from experts on site.Saturday: 10am to3pm,Rathmines boat ramp;Sunday:7am to 11am, Eleebana boat ramp.

Frocks at the TrotsNewcastle Harness Racing. A fund-raising event supporting Mater Cancer Services.

Singleton Festival Saturday and Sunday. Go online towearesingletonfestival南京夜网 for program of events.

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival Go online towinecountry南京夜网419论坛 to see what’s on.

SUNDAYNRL Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders, 2pm kick-off, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Free Artist Talk Noon to 1pm, Gallery 139. Helene Leane talks about her exhibition Red Gold: The Cedar Story.

Janes Walk: Inner City Parks and Heritage Ramble 1.30pm to 3pm, meet atPacific Park shelter.A circular walk exploring a section of Hunter Street east, the Hill and a number of Newcastle’s parks.Walk leader is Bob Clifton of the Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club.

Miss Porters House Open Day 1pm to 4pm,434 King Street, Newcastle West. Acentury’s worth of memorabilia including a specialexhibition of tea sets.Cost $8 adults; $6 pensioners and children five years and over; National Trust Members and children under five admitted free.

Mother’s Day Don’t forget!

SAVE THE DATEPCYC dinner with dancing and aerial acts beneath the “big top”. Underground Epicureans will bring the fun of the circus to the annual PCYC fund-raising dinner. Enjoy a four-course meal by Sprout, music by the amazing Hot Potato Band and an aerial show by Circus Avalon. Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27. $150 per person. Tickets now on sale through Eventbrite.

Also,Planning Your Dream Kitchen. A free seminarfor anyone who would like to avoid the pitfalls and get the best bang for their buck in renovating their old kitchen or building a new one.Saturday, May 20,10am to 11.30am at HIA Home Inspirations Centre,17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West.

MARKETSWarners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warner park, corner The Esplanade and Lake Street, Warners Bay.

Healing Haven Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Dudley Public School, 124 Ocean Street, Dudley.

Carrington Village Markets Saturday,9am to 2pm, Carrington Public School, Young Street, Carrington. Family-friendly, community event with market and food stalls, live entertainment, children’s activities and more.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Mothers Day Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, John Street, Singleton.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Wollombi Vilage Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, corner Great North and Wollombi roads, Wollombi.

ARTS & CULTUREEchology Presents: The Colours of French Choral Music Saturday, 7.30pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Conducted by Dr Philip Matthias and accompanied by organist Peter Guy, this concert will transport you to The Abbey of Saint-Étienne using digital cathedral organ samples alongside the stunning choral voices of Echology and Christ Church Cathedral Choir.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryMaitland Embroiderers Group Inc: From the Fine to the Fabulous. Ends Sunday.David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton:Welcome to WOOF WOOF.Until May 28.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018.Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages.Until June 18.Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.

The Bank Glass GalleryBush to Beach Art Exhibition. Ends Saturday.

Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.

Newcastle Art Gallery Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Newcastle Museum A Ticket To Paradise?; Shadows of Sacrifice; Remembering The Pasha Storm.

Wallsend District LibraryNikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition. Until May 28.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Soul Food, 10.30am to noon, Sunday.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreEbb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists;The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter;Creature: Max Watters Collection.Until July 2.

Timeless TextilesThe Breath of Felt; Lumpy. Until June 4.

The Lock-UpJamie North: Slidings; Sally Bourke: Brutal. Until June 11.

CStudios Art GalleryDouble Vision –Land and Sea. Paintings by Peter Erson Smith and Kay McFarlane Smith. Until May 27.

Art Systems WickhamWet, by Shelagh Lummis. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryScanlines. Until June 25. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2.CLICK: Schools in Focus. Until June 25.

Gallery 139Red Gold: The CedarStory by Helene Leane. Ends Sunday.

Curve Gallery & StudiosSEA: Jane Lander. Ends Saturday.

THEATREAnyone for Breakfast?Derek Benfield comedy. Club 71, at St Peter’s Hall, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday; dinner and show from 7pm.

DisappointmentsJudith Lucy and Denise Scott show people how to ignore social media and embrace mediocrity. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 5pm and 7.30pm. 4929 1977.

Denise Scott and Judith Lucy.

Don’t Dress for DinnerBrisk comedy by Marc Camoletti. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Laugh Out Loud FestivalComedy sketches andmusical routines developed by Hunter Drama’s young students, aged five to 18. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Two shows, one on Monday and Wednesday, May 15 and 17, at 6.30pm; the other on Tuesday and Thursday, May 16 and 18, at 6.30pm.

Two to TangoBright double bill: Last Tango in Little Grimley, in which a small town theatre faced with closure decides to stage a sex comedy; and Haiku, moving play about a mother and her autistic daughter. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Opens Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, then plays Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, until May 27, plus 2pm matinees on May 21and May 27.

Snugglepot and CuddlepieYoung People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturdays at 2pm, until May 20, plus 7pm Saturday show on May 20, and 2pm Sunday, May 14.

The Golden AntelopeAcomic send-up of Agatha Christie mysteries by Newcastle’s Chris Fletcher and Brian Birkefeld. Footlice Theatre Company, at the Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle West. Saturday at 8pm.

The MiserMoliere’s classic comedy about an old man who makes those around him miserable. St Francis Xavier College, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Albion Hotel SingletonSaturday, You’re The Star Karaoke.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Hotel Motel.

Bar Petite Saturday, HP Duo.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Zac and Ben Duo. Sunday, AQWA.

Beach HotelSunday, Prestige Inc.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Phillip Crawshaw.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Dun Robin EP Launch.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Rubber Bullet.

The BradfordSaturday, The Remedy.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Ngariki.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Peking Duck, Kwame.

Catho PubSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Civic TheatreSaturday, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott – Disappointments Tour.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Club KotaraSaturday, Bobby C.

Club Lemon TreeSaturday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Steve Boyd.

Club Maitland City Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Colliery InnSaturday, Mardmax.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Karaoke Klubhouse.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Roxy’s Piano Bar. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Revampt.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Customs House Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Tim Harding.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Jordan Fleming.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jungle Kings Duo.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Rob Wilson. Sunday, Roadhouse Country Band.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Roxy.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Evergreen, Party DJs.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Sarah’s Karaoke.

FinnegansSaturday, Holly J, Lionette, Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Paparazzi.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Witchery.

George Tavern Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Jerome.

Great Northern HotelTeralba Saturday, Kim.

Greenroof HotelSaturday, Jake Davey. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Rubber Bullet.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday,Apollo Hooks, Lazarus Mode, Midnight Movers.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Kristy J, Crawfish Stew. Sunday, Kempy.

Horizons Golf Resort Salamander BaySunday, Cathy Gannon.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Crocq Duo. Sunday, Mike Vee, Phonic Duo.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Alias.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Mark Wells Duo. Sunday, Tim Harding.

The Junction HotelSaturday, Max Jackson.

Kent HotelSaturday, DJ, Project X. Sunday, Greg Bryce Band.

King Street HotelSaturday, Stafford Brothers.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Misbehave.

The LandingSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,Unfit For Human Consumption, Barfunkle, Grand Master Monk (solo).

Lizotte’s Saturday, Slim Jim Phantom Trio.

Lochinvar HotelSunday, Russell Snape.

Maitland City Bowling Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Mark HotelSaturday, Dr Zoom Duo. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Jade & Willow.

Mattara HotelSunday, Beth Gleeson.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Phonic Duo.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Yianni, Boney Rivers.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Blues Bombers.

Neath HotelSaturday, Mike Vee.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Marissa+1. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, The Years.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Nano.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Emily Smith.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Rock Factor.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Premier HotelSaturday, Tom Buckley. Sunday, Hornet.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Tyade.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Jake Davey, Deuce. Sunday, Fishfry.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday, Todd Schmoo.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Big Pete.

Rockpools Cafe and BarSunday, Bonny Rai.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Guerilla Radio.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Arna Georgia.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Salamander ShoresSunday, Max Jackson.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, David McCreedie, Dos Eager.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Tom Christie.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Sarah Christine. Sunday, Alex Lewinski.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Purple Hearts.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Joe Terror.

Star Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, The Harbour Masters.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Swansea RSL ClubSaturday, Brent Murphy Duo.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Tim Usher.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Roxy.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Beau Hatch.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Melanie Feder. Sunday, Marissa.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Jake Rattle and Roll.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Big Bang, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks.

Wickham Park HotelSunday, Catfish Soup.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Michael Muchow.

MOVIESA Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Alien: Covenant(MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Alone in Berlin(M) Two working class Germansbegin writing postcards as a form of resistance. (Lake)

A Street Cat Named Bob(PG)James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, has his life transformed when he meets a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

Disney Jr at the Movies: Mickey and the Roadster Racers(G) Mickey Mouse and his pals racearound the globe. (Event)

Emo: The Musical(M) Ethan embarks on a new journey as he tries to fit in at his new school. (Event)

Get Out(MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style(M)Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(M)The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

Handsome Devil(M) The loner and the star athlete at a rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship. (Event)

High Society(G) 1956 musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. (Regal)

Jasper Jones(M)On the night that Jasper Jones shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. (Regal)

Lion(PG) Afive-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. (Regal)

Loving(PG)The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple arrestedfor interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia. (Regal)

Manchester By The Sea(M)A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Regal)

Proximity(CTC) The film follows eight of the world’s best surfersas they search for new waves and deeper understanding in exotic destinations. (Event)

Raw(R)When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Rosalie Blum(M) French comedy about a hairdresserwho meets a mysterious and lonely woman. In French with subtitles. (Regal)

Rules Don’t Apply(M)An unconventional love story. (Lake)

Snatched(MA 15+)A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

Table 19(M)Ex-maid of honour Eloisedecides to attend a weddingonly to find herself seated with five randomguests.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week(M) The rise of the Fab Four. (Regal)

The Case For Christ(PG) Ajournalist struggles with his wife’s newfound faith in Christ.

The Fate Of The Furious(M)A mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape.

Their Finest(M)A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

The Zookeeper’s Wife(M)Zookeepers Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Event)

Whiteley(M) A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists.(Event)

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Government tells Lake Macquarie Council to remove sex offenders photos

Convicted: Milton Orkopoulos entering Newcastle Court in 2008. Picture: Jonathan CarrollUPDATENSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton has demanded Lake Macquarie Council remove the portraits of convicted sex offenders from its chambers, urging the council to “just get on with it”.
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Ms Upton called on Thursday for the council to remove the images ofMilton Orkopoulos and Douglas Carley.

“They just need to get on to the job of taking those portraits down,” Ms Upton said in a statement to the Herald.

“No one stands in the way, I don’t stand in the way.

“They’re just completely out of touch.

“It doesn’t make any sense and it’s entirely in the council’s hands to do the right thing.

“Those portraits should be removed today.

“They should just get on with it and that is my request to them.”

EARLIERPORTRAITS of two seniorpublic officials who areconvictedsex offenders remainhanging in theLake Macquarie City Council chambers, to the outrage ofadvocates for survivors of abuse.

The photographs of disgraced mayor DouglasCarley and councillor-turned-state Labor minister Milton Orkopoulosare displayed prominently in a room used for committee meetings –often attended bymembers of the public –and at the chambers’ main entrance.

The Newcastle Heraldunderstandsa majority of councillors voted downa motion to remove allphotographs and plaques on council assets of former council representatives “convicted of a serious or strictly indictable offence”, ina confidential sessionlast November.

BothCarleyand Orkopouloswere jailed for a range of sexual offences involving young boys.

Asked why the images of the convicted sex offendershadn’tbeen removed from the chambers, a council spokeswoman said“the confidential notice of motion was lost and the matter remains confidential”.

The council wouldn’t comment further.

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said discussion of the matter “should be done with proper considerationof the legal and social implications, and in a manner that is sensitive to victims of crime”.

Disgusted: Michelle Shetab said she “just wanted the pictures gone” of Douglas Carley and Milton Orkopoulos. “This is a wall of shame, not a wall of honour.” She will table her petition at a council meeting. Picture: Marina Neil

Tony Phiskie, a social worker from the Survivors & Mates Support Network, said the presence of the portraits was a “slap in the face” for all victims of abuse.

“It’s disrespectful and almost as if what happened to them has not been heard,” Mr Phiskiesaid.

“It certainly undermines their belief that the larger community is taking on board what they’re saying.”

Outraged Eleebana resident Michelle Shetab hascirculateda petition demanding the councilremove the photos and has collected about 1000 signatures.

Ms Shetab wears her cause –justice for victims of sexual abuse –in the rearwindow of her car.

The poster she displays demands the removal of photos of criminalformer officialsfromthecouncil chambers.

“We can’t turn a blind eye to abusers,” Ms Shetab said.

“If the Queen can strip Rolf Harris of his knighthood then surely the council can take these pictures down.”

Liberal councillor Kevin Baker agreed.

“I think it’s abhorrent that these photos remain in positions of honour,” Cr Baker said.

“It sends an extremely bad message to victims of abuse that we would continue to display images of people who’ve committed these crimes.”

The closedvote onthe controversial photos means it is unclear which councillors supported keeping them.

Ms Shetab wrote to all councillorslast year and only received a full response from Cr Christine Buckley.

In an email seen by theHerald,Cr Buckleysaid sheshared “revulsion of the behaviours involved, but they have nothing to do with the fact that these people were elected by, and served the interests of” the Lake Macquarie community.

“I believe the decision to hang portraits was an appropriate decision made by a previous council and it remains appropriate today,” Cr Buckley wrote.

“In my view council is simply providing a visual historical record of those who have been elected to represent their community.”

But Ms Shetab refusedto accept this.

“If it’s up there for historic reasons let’s put their whole history up there,” she said. “This [removal] is going to happen whether they like it or not,” she said.

“Even if it means I remove them and get arrested in the process. We cannot have paedophiles on our wall.”

President ofsurvivors’groupBlue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said victims could be “retraumatised” bythe photos.

“It can trigger reactions of distress, anger and creates situations where people need support,” she said.

“It is contingent on [the community]to ensure we’re not adding to people’s trauma and retraumatising them.”

She saidthe photos were “inappropriate and unnecessary”.

“These crimes negate the right thatsomeone has to hold a position that normally is one of respect and adulation.”

Douglas Carley was a councillor for 10 years and mayor from 1991 to 1993.

He waschargedwith the aggravated indecent assault of a 12 year-old-boy, andjailed for three years.

He was convicted in 1995 ofindecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Milton Orkopoulos was a councillor from 1995 until1999, thenSwansea MP.

He was convicted of 30 child sex and drug offences, andsentencedto13 yearsin jail.

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Wangi RSL jetty to be shut

DISREPAIR: Wangi RSL Club Treasurer Ross Ahrens standing on the jetty that will be closed on June 1 until further notice because of its dilapidated condition. Picture: Max Mason-HubersFACING a massive replacement bill and delays to possible funding, Wangi RSL is having to closeits heavily used but dilapidated jetty.
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The main part of the jetty, which has beena boating mainstayin Wangi Bay, will be closed off from June 1.

Wangi RSL’s Treasurer, Ross Ahrens, said the main jetty was falling into disrepair and was becoming “a big liability”.

“We just don’t have a choice,” he said of the closure.

The club intends to spend about $20,000 on repairing a smaller finger wharf that comes off the main jetty, so that small boats, such as craft fromthe neighbouring Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club, still havea facility to access the shore.

The RSL club has begun distributing a letter to jetty users advising the main jetty would be closed until further notice.

“The period of closure to allow for repairs to be undertaken is presently unknown due to the preliminary cost estimates being prohibitive,” the letter states.

But Mr Ahrens said the main jetty was beyond repair and would have to be replaced. He has estimated that would cost between $1 million to $1.1 million to build a new jetty.

To fund that work, the club has been looking at a number of options.

One avenue has been to apply for a State Government grant through Roads and Maritime Services. Mr Ahrens said the club had been told by RMS there would be a delay in reviewing applications.

Another funding option is for the club to sell the land the sailing club occupies. The sailing club has a 99-year “peppercorn” lease with the RSL. The sailing club has indicated it would be keen to buy the land, and Mr Ahrens said “negotiations had been progressing along that track”.

The sailing club is renowned for having been the home of Olympic gold medal sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and it has hosted many national regattas and competitions.

The Wangi RSL jetty has been a Lake Macquarie landmarkfor about half a century, with yachts and powerboats berthing there to access the shore.

As a result, the closure of the main jetty is expected to have a flow-on effect through the Wangi community.

The Operations Manager of Wangi RSL, Angela Sanders, said the closure would hit the club’s business but also many others in the local shopping strip.

“It will affect the community of Wangi Wangi because we all prosper fromthe wharf,” Angela Sanders said. “It’s going to be detrimental to everybody’s business.”

Ms Sanders believed the loss of the jetty would also affect Wangi as a tourist destination,particularly during public holidays, such as Australia Day,when the facility was popular with boats.

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Senator locks in tour of red zone

THE HEAD of the Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce will visit the Williamtown ‘red zone’ next Wednesday.
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-Meryl Swanson, Member for Paterson

Senator James McGrathconfirmed the visit in a meeting with Paterson MP Meryl Swanson on Wednesday morning.

It comes after the federal budgetset aside $12.5 million over four yearsfor a health study into the effects of the firefighting chemicals that have polluted land around the Williamtown RAAF base.

A class actionis currently underway over the poly- andperfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals and the budget papers acknowledged the national fallout was an “unquantifiable” liability.

Ms Swanson was “encouraged” by news of the visit.It was also a “minor victory”, she said, to see the federal government acknowledge that PFAS was an issue affecting the national budget bottom line.

“I look forward to introducing the Senator to people in my community who are understandably angry and anxious about the contamination of their properties and their bodies with these chemicals that have leached from the RAAF base,” she said.

“The budget included $26.5 million in health and research measures, which was good, but did not address the issues of economic loss; aside from saying it was a “liability” for the government.

“I am hoping Senator McGrath’s visit will expedite a solution for people who want to get out.”

Residents of the red zone welcomed the visit, saying it was an opportunity for Senator McGrath to witness the toll thescandal has taken on the ground.

“We hope that he leaves fully understanding the impact on the community and is proactive with moving forward in assessing our needs,”Rhianna Gorfine from the Williamtown and Surrounds Residents’ Action Group said.

Senator McGrath’s office could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

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The NRL has a drug problem, but there is a bigger one

Bloody hell.
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Can we Fairfax journalists not turn our back for five minutes, I mean five minutes, without rugby league going completely batshit CRAZY? I mean, we engage in just a little bit of light industrial action between friends, which sees us down tools for a week, and while we were gone – to believe the headlines, the talkback callers, the public hand-wringing – the whole bloody lot of them have turned into druggies!

I’m talking NRL players, representative players, officials, chairmen of clubs! It is everywhere, I tell you, and destroying the league. Druggies are as common as Colombian headphones!

In response to all the damaging headlines, the lead stories, people such as Peter Sterling and Mal Meninga want zero tolerance, while NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has given grave warnings as to the dangers of cocaine, and the fact that if you take cocaine and the like, the game has no place for you.

I get all that. And I equally accept that cocaine is illegal,and very bad for your health. I say, too, quite seriously, to any teenagers now on the edge of the drugs world: have a good look around you, at those who take drugs regularly and those who abstain. Spot the difference? There is no question that the best option is to stay away from drugs entirely.

But there is one thing I don’t get. In terms of demonstrable damage done to NRL people – executives, officials, players, fans – does cocaine even BEGIN to compare to the damage done by that other well-known drug called alcohol?

I mean, do we, or do we not, every freaking week in the NRL see alcohol-fuelled atrocities that include: domestic violence, sexual assault, violent assault, dog-molesting, car accidents, verbal abuse, marital and familial breakdown, being photographed drinking your own urine, and so on and so forth, on and on into the ever etcetera.

And cocaine-fuelled atrocities? Well, there was that time that … actually, no, that was alcohol. Ah, but what about the time that … no, sorry, that was alcohol, too. Ah, but who can forget when … no, you’re right, that was alcohol, too.

And yes, of course, it is not to say there aren’t plenty of atrocities with cocaine at their base. But I ask you this as a serious question. If you were running the NRL’s famed Atrocities Generator somewhere in the industrial zone out Botany way, and you had the choice of throwing cocaine or alcohol into the fuel tank to get it up to maximum power, which one would you dinkum throw in, alcohol or cocaine, and …?

And so let us pause for a moment so the commentators can trot out their obvious line: “But alcohol is legal, you dickhead!”

Thanks, Scoop. You hold the front page, and I’ll put the coffee on. I think we’re going to pull an all-nighter.

Of course alcohol is legal, while cocaine isn’t, but so what?

The NRL, we are constantly told, is a business. And business folk like to talk about “outcomes”.

And, legal or not, nothing changes the fact that in terms of outcomes, the drug doing the most damage, by a factor of 1000, is alcohol, and the NRL knows it. We all know it. (And I’m not wagging a moralising finger here, by the way – for I have spilt more grog than you’ve drunk. I say it as a simple statement of fact.)

So if the NRL is really serious about limiting the damage done to their people, their “brand”, then the obvious first step is to stop taking all alcohol sponsorship.


Otherwise it is the equivalent of Rome burning and the NRL sending their fire trucks to one tiny back street called Cocaine, while sending tankers of fuel everywhere else, to make the flames go higher still.

Twitter: @Peter_Fitz

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Budget 2017: ‘Slap in the face’ budget puts Cross River Rail start date under cloud

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is not a fan of the federal budget, describing it as a “slap in the face to Queensland”.
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Unhappy about the lack of specific funding for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project, Ms Palaszczuk said the budget cast doubt on whether work on the project would start this year, as hoped.

Instead, the government would have to vie with other projects for a slice of a $10 billion National Rail Program.

“It means we have to go back to the drawing board,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk described Cross River Rail as the “number one infrastructure project” in Australia and Queensland.

But Ms Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt were vague on whether the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project would get funding in the Queensland budget, to be handed down next month.

“We’re still working on the budget … it is going to be a jobs budget,” she said.

The Premier described the federal budget as “good … if you live south of the border but it’s not a good budget for Queensland”.

“I’m very concerned that Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have failed to put any money at all on the table for Cross River Rail,” she said.

“I’m angry.”

Federal Treasurer Mr Morrison defended the exclusion of the proposed Cross River Rail tunnel from the budget, saying the Queensland government hadn’t proved it should be funded.

Mr Pitt said he was “bitterly disappointed about what has come from Scott Morrison’s second budget”.

“Quite frankly, we have a project which is ready to go but we do require federal contributions and recognition that this isn’t just a major public transport infrastructure project, it is a city-shaping project for Brisbane,” he said.

“And those things all mean that we should get some federal funding and it should be coming as quickly as possible.”

But Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls, with the LNP, was much more glowing in his appraisal of the budget.

“I think even Malcolm Turnbull’s harshest critics would be hard-pressed to say that this budget doesn’t deliver and doesn’t deliver for Queensland,” Mr Nicholls said.

“This is a budget that is fair, it’s fair on every level.

“It’s honest and it is pragmatic and importantly it delivers here in Queensland.”

Mr Nicholls pointed to funding for the Bruce Highway, Gonski, NDIS, pensioner concession cards and the $8.4 billion inland rail project.

He called on the state government to release the business case for Cross River Rail.

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Tim Connell: Seven Days in League

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CASH ME OUTSIDE: David Gower prompted a Joey double-take by declaring “I just really f—ing hope we get the cash”.

LIKE a child dragged to an acclaimed family drama crying “I don’t want to see it if it’sgoodfor me”, here we are inRep Round, a wholesome breatherfromthe corruption andtawdriness of the NRL.

Instead ofclubsit’snations, nation-states andclass divides (City versus Country)we’ll cheerthis weekend, a bit like medieval times. And there’s a touchof Henry VIII as Seven Days flicks ontheFooty Show, wherea lady is compelled totearfullydistanceherself from some rich married bloke. In the foul taverns of social media, the serfs gossip and leer.

Later, at Sydney’s Ivy, police issueKiwi Test non-starterShaunKenny-Dowall with a field court attendance notice for“possessing a prohibited drug”.

You get the feeling SKD would leap ata sanction likeRaiderJosh Papalii’s one-match ban for drink-driving. But it’s drugs, and he won’t. It’sthe world we live in.

In more bad news, the Roosterscentre hadbeenlinked withamove toNewcastle. Two hours north, Knights coach Nathan Brown joltsawake. This happens a lot; he can’t explain it.


LONG GONE: By the time Scott Morrison delivered the budget, Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor were well out of Canberra. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

It’s easy to bag the Anzac Test, a frequentno-contest that could as easily be held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and bejust as unremarked upon;after this year, it’s still easy.

Still, in 80 minutes in Canberrawelearn a bit. The Kangaroos: clinical. The Kiwis: clinically depressing. Trent Merrin: not batting Merrins by being selected, but notnotbatting Merrins either.

The players disappear into the cold anonymity of the Canberra nightand, as the Kiwis’ Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor start to wind down, what could go wrong?


Oh sure, dwell on thenegativesof Bromwich and Proctor being accused of taking an illicit substance withmore notes than a PhD. Seven Days is telling you, itain’t all bad.

Like, neither is expected to face charges.

Andin Proctor’s corner is Graham Annesley, his Gold Coast club boss and the former NSW minister for sport and recreation, with acreative take on how the lads wound up witha little recreation of their own.

Annesley demandsanswers from Kiwi team managementafter the playersstayout in the capitaluntil 5am, and accusesthem of keeping too long a leash.

“They are employees of NRL clubs and we loan them to representative teams and we expect them to be supervised while they’re away from the club environment,” he says.

Right. You mayremember AnnesleysackingHunter Venuesovera kind-of-tiny $2 million blowout onHunter Stadium’s $78 million western grandstand. He’s clearly mellowed since, more of a live-and-let-live guy.

In Campbelltown, the nations that are mad keen for rugby league plus England put on a Test triple-header.

Papua New Guinea beats the Cook Islands, Tonga pips Fiji and the Poms are too strong for Samoa. It’s all good fun, but Seven Days feels pressure to write something misty-eyed about thisbeing the game’s beating heart. It’s not. The game’s heart isbunged up from ciggiesand lives in Brisbane.Let’s just enjoy thisas a diverse spectacle that doesn’t have to be more than it is, like WOMADelaide. It’s aniche interest, people. Embrace the niche.


BETTER TIMES: Country Origin coach Laurie Daley with Jarrod Mullen in 2012. City-Country has been scrapped and Mullen’s career appears over. Picture: Matt King

Mudgee looks nice. This isthe main take-outfrom the final City versus Country, a former Bluesaudition that slowly becamea weekend outwestwith Freddy in his trackies.

It’s also a rep reward for KnightsNathan Ross andPauli Pauli, who line up for City. Their teammate David Gower scoresand, to Nine’s Andrew Johns, explains what itmeans to him.

“It’s the highlight of my career to date. I just really f—ing hope we get the cash.”

City does get the cash, but Gower spoils hispotentialmortgage ad sloganby tweeting, “I’m REAAAAALLLYYY glad we got the cash! [grinning emoji]”.


‘Allo, ‘Allo!The French, overnight, haverejected a presidentialcandidateof the far-right andyour average NRL fan’s worldview to elect centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Having dealt with one lot of thugs,the new leader issilentaboutthe only rugby league footage currently doing the rounds globally (no,not Peter Wallace scooting out of dummy-half).

St Esteve player Hedi Ouedjdi is banned for life forking-hittingreferee Benjamin Casty (who’d sent him off),the brother of Catalans skipper Remi Casty.

“The player not only undermined the physical integrity of a referee,” says a French league spokesman,“but also tainted the image of a sport that had not experienced such a reprehensible act.”

Should someonetell him about Hoppa?


Seven Days just twigged that Cronulla chairmanDamian Keogh, up on“possession”charges, isthatDamian Keogh.

We remember him with the Sydney Kings in the ‘90s, when the Violet Crumblegave away masses of tickets.


Will Hopoate’s contract is up, and he still won’tplay on Sundays.

A day of the weekend without any NRL;maybe he’s onto something. Seven Days is refreshedbythis Rep Round. Now. Wasthat a SuperCoachnotification?

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Where first home buyers stand now – all the help and hits

In one of those worst-kept budget secrets, the government threw almost everything at the housing affordability crisis on Tuesday night. And it might just work. Not least because it feels like house price growth in some areas is already slowing.
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The headline news from the budget is the proposed new First Home Super Saver Scheme. Laudably resisting the temptation to allow people to raid their actual super for a home, this scheme would instead let them save explicitly into it for property – with similar tax perks.

So aspiring property owners would pay not their marginal rate but just the 15 per cent super contribution tax. They would be able to save $30,000 or $15,000 a year – each – so a couple can amass double (note this is subject to the overall annual concessional contributions limit, which includes the 9.5 per cent employers pay, of $25,000 a year).

This money will grow at the 90-day bank bill rate plus 3 per cent, which is a nice boost on what you can get in a traditional savings account. On withdrawal, this money will be taxed at the relevant marginal rate minus 30 per cent. You can calculate to how much greater your deposit can grow here.

The Super Saver is a nice demand-side mechanism that, unlike grants and giveaways, should not directly inflate prices. It’s also a better, more familiar proposition that Labor’s previous and unpopular former First Home Saver Accounts.

But there’s no point, literally, super-charging Australians’ deposits if they remain a futile chase for rampaging prices.

So it’s with some relief to investors, often blamed for the rises, that largely they have been spared from a crackdown. Negative gearing stays with some small tweaks (you can forget the “inspection” trip to the Gold Coast and kiss goodbye to some depreciation items unless you actually bought them). Capital gains tax (CGT) concessions too are safe.

But it’s a different story for overseas investors, where there’s a deliberate campaign to cull.

?? The main residence exemption from CGT will disappear entirely for non- or temporary residents – effective immediately (although they can claim the exemption on existing properties until June 30, 2019).

?? Foreign ownership in new developments will be restricted to 50 per cent.

To boost the availability of rental accommodation, future foreign owners will also incur a $5000 “ghost tax” if they leave a property vacant for six or more months in a year. Meanwhile, local investors who offer cheaper rents to tenants on low to moderate incomes could qualify for extra CGT concessions, from 50 to 60 per cent (a registered community housing provider must manage the property for at least three years).

How to get more housing stock for sale though, the big issue for house prices? Australians 65 and over are going to be encouraged to downsize by the ability to shelter $300,000 – again, each person in a couple – within tax advantaged super (but note this would be fully assessed for pension purposes). There’s talk this could release 50,000 homes onto the market.

The government is also releasing surplus defence land on the outskirts of Melbourne, for 6000 new homes, and Commonwealth land in Western Sydney.

Of course, this is all on top of the concerted regulatory crackdown on investors and on interest-only loans to owner occupiers. The average amount lent for property, across investors and owner occupiers, began ticking down two months ago and now stands at levels of a year ago: $353,700.

It’s early days and there’s a lot of talk the government has not gone far enough to fix housing affordability. But containing property prices is a delicate issue. Two out of three voters already own one.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is a commentator and educator who presents her Smart Money Start, fun financial literacy incursion, in high schools around Australia. Follow Nicole on Facebook. iFrameResize({checkOrigin:false},’#pez_iframe’); var frame = document.getElementById(“pez_iframe”);

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Uncle given extra jail time for bashing baby nephew

The uncle claimed the baby was injured after he “playfully threw him in the air”.
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Andrew John Nolan also said Bobby Webber was hurt when the seven-month-old was playing with a mobile phone and dropped it on his face.

Then Nolan said Bobby must have been hurt by an unknown intruder. “I did not do this to Bobby and whoever did this I hope you find them before I do,” Nolan told police.

The cabinet maker, then 32, was babysitting his nephew in September 2014 in a house on the NSW Central Coast while the child’s parents were away on their honeymoon.

Another relative found Bobby tucked under a sheet in his cot, limp, and sobbing in his sleep, with red marks on his forehead covered in butter, a bite mark on his hand, and redness around his groin.

Nolan said he put butter on the child’s head after he hurt himself with a mobile phone, and had given him a dose of the antihistamine Phenergan??? to settle him.

In fact, Bobby had suffered a fractured skull, brain damage, bruised ribs and limbs, and fractures to both ankles. He also suffered haemorrhages in his eyes, usually seen after cases of violent shaking, or high-impact incidents such as car crashes, or falls from great heights.

The child was left with permanent life-threatening conditions, including epilepsy, cerebral palsy and a movement disorder, and is visually impaired.

Eventually Nolan pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but a NSW District Court judge did not accept his account that he simply put his foot on the boy’s back, slapped him, and dropped him into his cot..

He was sentenced last year to at least 8?? years’ jail, with a maximum of 12?? years.

The Crown appealed against the sentence, arguing the judge should have considered the attack to be in the worst category of offending, and that the sentence was “manifestly inadequate”.

On Wednesday, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal found it was open for the trial judge to find the attack was in the “high range” of offending, rather than the worst case.

But the appeal panel agreed the sentence was not adequate, and added three years to Nolan’s non-parole period.

Justice Derek Price said Nolan “intentionally and with considerable force inflicted life threatening injuries upon Bobby, a defenceless seven-month-old”.

“The child’s prospects of enjoyment of life have been destroyed,” Justice Price said.

“The [original] sentence falls well short of adequately reflecting the gravity of the offence, the need for general deterrence and the denunciation of the respondent’s conduct.

“Serious physical abuse of infants is abhorred by the community and general deterrence is of great importance in sentencing such offenders.”

Justice Price also said: “Public confidence in the justice system would not be served by allowing a manifestly inadequate sentence to stand.”

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton and Justice Clifton Hoeben??? agreed with Justice Price’s findings.

Nolan’s maximum term is now 15 years and three months. He will be eligible for parole in April 2026.

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Spurs Mills repays Popovich’s faith with big game

San Antonio point guard Patty Mills has repaid the faith of coach Gregg Popovich after starring in the Spurs’ crucial game five victory against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
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Mills hit what would have been a game-winning three-pointer in regulation but the basket was ruled out after the 28-year-old Canberran was just beaten by the shot clock.

The Spurs rallied to win 110-107 in the series go-ahead game, with Mills clocking an epic 43 minutes and 20 points, including a clutch three-pointer with just two minutes remaining to keep the Spurs in touching distance.

Mills made five baskets from down town and was just as strong on defence as he contained Rockets superstar James Harden and made a crucial defensive play in the dying seconds.

“I was just trying to keep the boys in good spirits … let them know whatever the case was, we’ve still got this,” Mills told reporters after the game.

“It was a gutsy win and everyone that came on the court made an impact. That’s huge … it’s trust and everyone stepped up.”

Asked what Mills provided in his first career play-off start, he said: “Just passion to start with. We let an opportunity slip in game four so first it was passion and letting everyone know how hungry I am and we are to win this series.”

San Antonio clinched victory thanks to a veteran Manu Ginobili and MVP-chance Kawhi Leonard, but it was Mills who showed his class with the game on the line.

With veteran point guard Tony Parker ruled of the season with a leg injury in game two, Mills was promoted to Spurs’ starting point guard for the first time in the series for the crucial home game.

He showed his scoring class and plenty of defensive hussle to help the Spurs get a massive win.

Popovich kept Mills on the bench and started rookie Dejounte Murray for games three and four but went with the Australian Boomers’ gun in game five and the decision paid dividends.

Popovich praised Mills’ scoring power and performance, while acknowledging the game could have gone either way at the death.

“Patty did tonight what he’s done for us the entire time he’s been here and given the circumstances we just wanted to start out better offensively and not get in a hole against these guys, because if you get behind you’ve got big problems,” Popovich said.

“Everybody pulled together and really played some good defence. The competitiveness was just off the charts, we’re obviously thrilled with the victory [because] we would have really been in a hole and either team could have won the team down the stretch.”

The Spurs now lead the Rockets 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series and can punch their ticket to the Western Conference final with a win in Houston on Friday morning.

“The one percenters were huge in the fourth quarter and overtime. But we’re not smiling, we know it’s one win and we’ve got to go to Houston, we’re expecting them to bring out their guns,” Mills said.

“This is the play-offs and everyone always finds another juice tank … We’ve got one more to get.”

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