Tourism increase

22/07/2018 // by admin

COULD Singleton become the main gateway to the Hunter Valley vineyards?
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Broke Fordwich could be one of the big benefactors from an increase in visitors to the region.

That’s the thoughts and hopes of Singleton Council and local tourism operators after the Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre recorded a five per cent increase in visitors compared to this time last year.

The past two months were compared with last year and it showed a correlation between the opening of the Hunter Expressway and an increase in visitors.

With Singleton being the final stop on the highway and the vineyards only a short drive away, instead of just passing through the town, people are making a day out of seeing all there is to offer in the area.

“We’ve experienced an uptake of visitors to our region and we think it has a lot to do with the opening of the new Hunter Expressway,” Broke Fordwich Tourism Association president Eden Anthony said.

“Hopefully this leads to more employment and an increase in midweek traffic to the vineyards.”

Council is working to create more interest in Singleton and it’s surrounds through the revamp of its visitsingleton南京夜网 website.

“We have a unique opportunity to capitalise on the growing domestic market. With award-winning wineries, restaurants, events and accommodation just minutes from our town centre, the future for Singleton’s visitor economy looks bright,” Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam said.

Studies by Roy Morgan show that Australians are increasingly planning on holidaying with almost 58 per cent of intended holidays expected to be in Australia in the next 12 months.

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OPINION: Amateur hunting hopelessly ineffective

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By David Shoebridge, Greens Member of the Legislative Council
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In reply to Gary Mallard’s opinion piece regarding”Greens deception over anti-killing stance”

In his defence of the blood-sport of amateur hunting Mr Mallard claims campaigns against amateur hunting fail to address effective control measures for introduced species.

Unfortunately for the pro-hunting lobby, the evidence is clear that amateur hunting is in fact hopelessly ineffective at controlling introduced species.

The government-funded “Game Council” received more than $15million of government funding to lobby for amateur hunting and license more than 20,000 amateur hunters to hunt in the twomillion hectares of state forests the government approved for hunting.

The data produced by the Game Council to show its “success” was an annual tally of animals that its licensed amateur hunters had killed.

The figures from 2009 to 2013 are as follows:

These figures show that, on average, a licensed amateur hunter in NSW killed just one introduced animal a year, and most often that was a rabbit.

None of the hunting carried out by amateur hunters in NSW is coordinated or incorporated into a pest management plan, but is instead determined by the ad hoc preferences of amateur hunters.

Amateur hunters kill hundreds, or in some cases a few thousand, introduced animals from populations that are in the millions.

The evidence is that Australia has about sevenmillion foxes, 18 million cats, threemillion goats, millions of rabbits and between fourand 24 million introduced pigs.

Introduced animals have such large populations primarily because they have extremely high reproduction rates with a large “doomed surplus” each year.

This means most young do not survive to adulthood, but those that dobreed at such high rates they fully replace last season’s population.

Killing small numbers of a given population will therefore have no effect, as other animals, whichwould otherwise have died from the range of natural causes, then fill this niche.

The proportion of a population that needs to be removed to achieve an overall reduction in population from one year to the next is as follows:

When you look at just one species, such as cats, the inevitable failure of amateur hunting is easily demonstrated.

To effectively control the population, 57 per cent would need to be removed to have fewer cats in an area the next year.

The Game Council’s own figures show that the combined effort of amateur hunters in 2013 removed a total of 290 wild cats from millions of hectares of public forest, from a population estimated in the millions.

Amateur hunting took only a tiny fraction of feral cats from the already “doomed surplus”.

Their removal has made not one jot of difference to the wild cat population anywhere in NSW.

The same analysis can be applied to every species of animal killed by Game Council-licensed hunters.

Apart from small areas of land thatare subject to intensive, scientific and professional animal control programs, over the rest of the country introduced animals are controlled by their environment.

Competition for food, for habitat and natural predation keeps their numbers in check, not hunters.

Putting to one side the almost inevitable cruelty of amateur hunting practices such as pig-dogging and bow hunting, the evidence backs up our call for an immediate end to state-sanctioned and taxpayer-subsidised amateur hunting in our public forests.

* Tables fromInvasive Species Fact Sheet, “Recreational Hunting NSW: claims vs facts”

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Signs of ringworm in animals

22/07/2018 // by admin

RINGWORM: An example of the fungal infection STORY: Ringworm cases on rise in cats, dogs
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RINGWORM is a fungal disease which creates scaly skin with a red outer rim.

The infection spreads through contact, and can be transferred from cats and dogs to humans.

Typical areas of infection in animals are the face, paws, ears and tail, and the infection often results in hair loss.

Scabs and crusts are often formed.

Common treatments include tablets and antibiotic antifungal creams.

Bendigo vet Max Tori said it was important pet owners sought treatment for their pets.

Some cases of ringworm will naturally cease, while others require multiple treatments. Environmental management is also important.

Vets recommend pets are well-groomed and regular brushing will help remove fungal spores.

Vacuuming also helps to remove contagious hair from flooring, and it’s recommended the bedding of infected animals is thrown away.

Pets should also be kept isolated from other animals.

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Andrew Demetriou on experts panel at sports integrity forum

15/03/2019 // by admin

Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will join an expert panel at an unprecedented integrity forum for Australian sports bosses.
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The new head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Ben McDevitt, will also be among the more than 300 guests at the symposium in Melbourne next week.

The panel was to feature the International Olympic Committee’s honorary president, Jacques Rogge, who was planning to make the trip to Australia especially for the event, but he has withdrawn because of ill health.

Demetriou has since been confirmed as a panellist and will join Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth, ethicist Dr Pippa Grange, Professor Hans Westerbeek, who is the Dean of Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science, and world champion rower and Australian Olympic Committee Athlete Commission chair Kim Crow.

Demetriou will have no shortage of experiences to call upon having led the AFL through various salary cap and gambling-related probes, the Melbourne “tanking” episode and the continuing doping investigation into the code by ASADA.

Australian sports legend and Swimming Australia president John Bertrand will also be among the key speakers and, in driving the event, he recently told Fairfax Media it could be the most significant meeting of minds yet in Australia on a topic that that has proved highly threatening to sport around the world.

Another confirmed attendee is former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey, who at times last year antagonised Demetriou and Essendon with his observations about the as yet unresolved doping probe.

Australian Cricketers Association CEO Paul Marsh, the former Australian Institute of Sport boss and new Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel member, Dr Peter Fricker, and Victorian Institute of

Sport CEO Anne Marie Harrison will also be among the guests.

There will be strong AFL club representation at the “Winning at What Price?” forum, and several members of the AFL’s integrity unit will attend.

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Adam Goodes hails AFL fans who stand up to racism

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Adam Goodes has praised fans who take a stand against racism and says growing signs of self-regulation among supporters is proof that racism in sport can be stamped out.
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Despite the disappointment of two incidents of racial abuse in the game last weekend directed at Goodes and Western Bulldogs’ Neville Jetta, the Sydney Swans star is encouraged by the culture of intolerance to racism growing among most fans.

Throughout his career, Goodes campaigned heavily to eradicate racism from sport, following in the footsteps of other indigenous AFL stars such as Nicky Winmar. He believes that years of making a stance against such abuse is resulting in a culture of self-regulation among fans.

Speaking at the launch of the Swans guernsey for the indigenous round, designed by his mother Lisa Sansbury, Goodes was moved by the general response to the racism that marred last weekend’s round.

“I’m very proud, that’s what we want people to do is self-regulate. That’s what we want all of us to do in the community, is self-regulate when we see something we don’t agree with,” Goodes said. “We all have core values and, when we see people go outside those core values, we should feel the right to say something and call that person out.

“For it to be actually put in motion now and for people to do it to people that are on the same team as them – supporting the same team – just shows you that there’s no place in the community for racism and people are drawing a line in the sand.”

There was no hiding his disappointment with the incident, as well as the resulting racist attacks on social media, but Goodes said hiding from racism was not an option. The Australian of the Year ignored the minority of racist comments, but said he would maintain an online presence as he believed it achieved more good than harm.

“How do we control it? It’s very hard. One way to control it is to not be on social media, but I think social media can be such a positive tool for getting the right messages out there,” Goodes said. “Don’t attach yourself to it, there’s a lot more positive things and good people out there to focus on than to worry about negative stuff that people want to say towards you.”

The Swans will wear the custom jersey, which represents the natural geography of Sydney as well as communities, in the AFL’s indigenous round when they play Geelong on Thursday.The jersey also draws inspiration from the passing of his mother’s sister.

“It’s a really special round for a couple of reasons,” Goodes said. “The club asked me if mum would like to design the jumper many months ago and she was very, very honoured to be able to do that … There are lots of circles on the guernsey, which are all connected, which means that the land is connected with the water. There’s a beautiful story in there, and the story is a tribute to my late aunty Margaret, who passed away a year-and-a-half ago.”

Goodes has played four games this season in his comeback from injury and has welcomed the recognition of the AFL’s indigenous round as he continues working back to peak form.

“It’s a really special round and I know I walk out a little bit prouder knowing that we have a round to celebrate our culture and our people,” Goodes said.

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2014 AFL round 10 teams

15/03/2019 // by admin

Round 10 expert tips
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Friday, 23 MayGEELONG v NORTH MELBOURNESimonds Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

GEELONGB: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Corey EnrightHB: Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor, Cameron GuthrieC: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Mitch DuncanHF: Travis Varcoe, Hamish McIntosh, Mathew StokesF: Jordan Murdoch, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy BartelFol: Dawson Simpson, James Kelly, George Horlin-SmithI/C: Jed Bews, Steven Motlop, Jackson Sheringham, Jesse StringerEmg: Taylor Hunt, Jarrad Jansen, Josh Walker In: Mathew Stokes, Jesse Stringer Out: Taylor Hunt (omitted), Steve Johnson (suspension)

NORTH MELBOURNEB: L.McDonald, J.Tippett, L.HansenHB: N.Dal Santo, S.Thompson, L.GreenwoodC: S.Gibson, A.Swallow, R.NahasHF: L.Thomas, A.Black, L.AdamsF: M.Daw, D.Petrie, B.HarveyFOLL: T.Goldstein, J.Ziebell, B.CunningtonI/C: R.Bastinac, M.Firrito, S.Atley, S.WrightEMG: L.Anthony, S.McMahon, M.WoodIN: M.FirritoOUT: S.McMahon

Saturday, 24 May

GWS GIANTS v RICHMONDSpotless Stadium, 1.40pm AEST

GWS GIANTSB: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Gilham, Curtly HamptonHB: Adam Kennedy, Aidan Corr, Heath ShawC: Tom Scully, Jacob Townsend, Adam TomlinsonHF: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Jonathon Patton, Lachlan WhitfieldF: Dylan Addison, Jonathan Giles, Devon SmithFOL: Shane Mumford, Rhys Palmer, Callan WardI/C: Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio, Joshua Kelly, Adam TreloarEMG: Zac Williams, Kristian Jaksch, Josh Hunt IN: Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Gilham, Curtly Hampton, Jacob Townsend, Dylan Addison, Shane Mumford, Adam Treloar OUT: Toby Greene (club suspension), Andrew Phillips (omitted), Sam Frost (omitted), Josh Hunt (omitted), Jed Lamb (omitted), Nick Haynes (ankle), Matt Buntine (omitted)

RICHMONDB: T.Chaplin, D.Grimes, A.RanceHB: B.Houli, B.Lennon, S.MorrisC: S.Grigg, D.Jackson, R.ConcaHF: D.Martin, B.Griffiths, B.DeledioF: S.Edwards, J.Riewoldt, T.VickeryFOL: S.Hampson, B.Ellis, T.CotchinI/C: M.McDonough, M.Dea, N.Foley, M.ThomasEMG: R.Petterd, A.Miles, S.LloydIN: D.Grimes, M.Dea, M.ThomasOUT: D.Astbury (dislocated kneecap), N.Vlastuin (broken finger), S.Lloyd (omitted)



B: Nick Maxwell, Jack Frost, Alan TooveyHB: Heritier Lumumba, Nathan Brown, Tom LangdonC: Clinton Young, Brent Macaffer, Steele SidebottomHF: Jarryd Blair, Jesse White, Luke BallF: Jamie Elliott, Travis Cloke, Dane SwanFOL: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Scott PendleburyI/C: Alex Fasolo, Tyson Goldsack, Jarrod Witts, Marley WilliamsEMG: Sam Dwyer, Lachlan Keeffe, Josh Thomas, IN: Nathan Brown, Alex Fasolo OUT: Sam Dwyer (omitted), Lachlan Keeffe (omitted)

WEST COASTB: E.Mackenzie, D.Glass, J.BennellHB: E.Yeo, M.Brown, X.EllisC: S.Hurn, M.Priddis, C.MastenHF: J.Cripps, J.Darling, S.WellinghamF: J.Hill, JJ.Kennedy, N.NaitanuiFOLL: D.Cox, S.Selwood, L.ShueyI/C: A.Gaff, M.Hutchings, M.Rosa, B.SheppardEMG: W.Schofield, S.Butler, P.McGinnityIN: J.HillOUT: M.LeCras (suspended)


PORT ADELAIDEB: Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Jarman ImpeyHB: Matthew Broadbent, Jackson Trengove, Jasper PittardC: Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Kane CornesHF: Aaron Young, Justin Westhoff, Angus MonfriesF: Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad WingardFOLL: Matthew Lobbe, Ollie Wines, Brad EbertI/C: Matt White, Hamish Hartlett, Dom Cassisi, Kane MitchellEMG: Paul Stewart, Jake Neade, Benjamin Newton, IN: Matthew Lobbe, OUT: Brent Renouf (omitted)

HAWTHORNB: M.Suckling R.Schoenmakers T.DuryeaHB: W.Langford B.Stratton G.BirchallC: J.Lewis L.Hodge L.ShielsHF: I.Smith J.Gunston B.HillF: P.Puopolo D.Hale L.BreustFOLL: B.McEvoy B.Sewell S.BurgoyneI/C: M.Hallahan J.Ceglar B.Hartung J.SimpkinEmerg: K.Cheney A.Woodward T.O’BrienIN: L.Hodge, B.Sewell, L.Shiels, J.CeglarOUT: J.Roughead (suspension), J.Gibson (shoulder), C.Rioli (hamstring), K.Cheney (omitted)

Sunday, 25 May


GOLD COASTB: Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Greg BroughtonHB: Sean Lemmens, Rory Thompson, Trent McKenzieC: Jarrod Harbrow, Gary Ablett, Michael RischitelliHF: Aaron Hall, Tom Lynch, Danny StanleyF: Charlie Dixon, Sam Day, Brandon MateraFOLL: Zac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion PrestiaI/C: Luke Russell, Harley Bennell, Matt Shaw, David Swallow EMG: Alex Sexton, Jeremy Taylor, Jack HutchinsIN: Kade KolodjashnijOUT: Alex Sexton

WESTERN BULLDOGSB: L.Picken, J.Roughead, E.WoodHB: S.Higgins, D.Morris, R.MurphyC: A.Cooney, R.Griffen, J.MacraeHF: D.Giansiracusa, J.Stringer, J.TuttF: L.Dahlhaus, S.Crameri, F.RobertsFoll: W.Minson, M.Boyd, T.LiberatoreI/C: M.Bontempelli, C.Smith, K.Stevens, B.GoodesEMG: M.Wallis, L.Hunter, N.HrovatIN: B.Goodes, J.Roughead, K.Stevens, C.Smith, M.BontempelliOUT: T.Williams (calf), L.Jones (suspension), J.Johannisen, T.Dickson (pectoral), L.Hunter


CARLTONB: Andrejs Everitt, Michael Jamison, Sam RoweHB: Zach Tuohy, Andrew Walker, Dylan BuckleyC: Kade Simpson, Bryce Gibbs, Jeff GarlettHF: Levi Casboult, Marc Murphy, Chris YarranF: Lachie Henderson, Dennis Armfield, Troy MenzelFOLL: Robert Warnock, Brock McLean, Dale ThomasI/C: Sam Docherty, David Ellard, Jarrad Waite, Simon WhiteEMG: Jaryd Cachia, Andrew Carrazzo, Blaine Johnson   IN: Jarrad Waite, OUT: Mitch Robinson (suspension)

ADELAIDEB: K.Hartigan, B.Rutten, L.BrownHB: B.Smith, D.Talia, M.JaenschC: R.Sloane, S.Thompson, D.MackayHF: S.Kerridge, J.Jenkins, C.CameronF: J.Podsiadly, T.Walker, E.BettsFOLL: S.Jacobs, P.Dangerfield, R.DouglasI/C: M.Wright, R.Laird, J.Lyons, B.MartinEMG: M.Crouch, A.Otten, M.Grigg IN: J.LyonsOUT: M.Crough

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Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy 40th anniversary

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Marie Walton-Mahon in December 2010 when she retired.THIS year marks 40 years since a former ballerina started up a dance studio that would go on to teach tens of thousands of students in the Hunter.
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So it is expected to be a big affair in July when a reunion is held for Marie Walton-Mahon to celebrate the milestone.

Ms Walton-Mahon was a professional dancer with Les Ballet de Marseilles in France when her father suffered a heart attack and became very ill.

She returned to Newcastle and set up the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy – and the rest is history.

In 2010, after 36 years, she left her role as artistic director of the Lambton academy, which continues to operate in her name.

She has since gone on to create a series of training DVDs along with other achievements.

‘‘I’m very proud the school lives on in my name as a guest teacher and consultant,’’ she said.

‘‘On June 17, 1974, we had six students – I never dreamed it would go on to become what it did.’’

Ms Walton-Mahon said it would be very special to catch up with all of her students at the reunion.

A number have gone on to train as international ballet stars or become members of the Australian Ballet Company.

Recently, one Ms Walton-Mahon’s former students, Daniel Roberge, sent a photo of himself standing with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Marie Walton-Mahon in December 2010 when she retired.

An apprentice with The Washington Ballet, he had danced at the White House.

The photo was accompanied with the message ‘‘wouldn’t be here without you’’.

Ms Walton-Mahon said she loved teaching and helping students over the years.

‘‘I love seeing the lights turn on in students’ eyes and seeing their confidence grow,’’ she said.

The Marie Walton-Mahon reunion is being held on July 19.Register for the reunion with Elise Frawley 0419 632 100

Join the Facebook group‘‘Marie Walton-Mahon – celebrating 40 years’’

Get tickets here

OPINION: Interventions in birth need to be challenged

15/02/2019 // by admin

AUSTRALIA has high rates of medical and surgical intervention during birth, especially in private hospitals.
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While these interventions can be harmful if overused, people working in the private sector have argued they have resulted in better health for babies. Research using a large population-based sample shows this is not so.

Birth interventions include labour being induced, the mother being given an epidural, birth by caesarean section, the use of forceps or a suction cup on the baby’s head for delivery, and a surgical cut to the perineum to make the vaginal opening wider.

Such interventions should only be used where there is a medical need. And since they create new risk, women should be told about the benefits and risks of the intervention before it takes place.

In 2012, we published research showing low-risk women having their babies in private hospitals in NSW had much higher rates of obstetric intervention than those giving birth at a public hospital.

Expecting mothers are categorised as low-risk if they are under 35 years of age, have a full-term baby (37 to 42 weeks) with normal birth weight, do not smoke and have no medical or obstetric complications. The latter include high blood pressure, diabetes, a previous caesarean section, twins or breech birth, among other things.

Looking at data from 2000 to 2008, we found only 15 per cent of low-risk first-time mothers in private hospitals had a normal vaginal birth without intervention compared with 35 per cent in public hospitals. Overall, first-time mothers had a 20 per cent lower chance of having a normal birth in private hospitals compared with public hospitals. When we published our findings, privately practising obstetricians defended their intervention rate, recognising it was high, but noting it was worth doing to save babies’ lives. This makes perfect sense, but we wanted to know whether there was any evidence for this position.

The result was a paper we have just published in BMJ Open. We looked again at low-risk women giving birth in NSW between 2000 and 2008. This time, we examined problems that required medical attention following birth and re-admission to hospital within 28 days, as well as the rate of intervention at birth. We also looked at stillbirths and infant deaths up to 28 days following birth.

We found babies born in private hospitals were more likely to be born before 40 weeks gestation (as they are more likely to have their labour induced or have an elective caesarean section before 40 weeks) and they were more likely to have some form of resuscitation at birth.

They were also more likely to have a problem following birth and to be readmitted to hospital in their first 28 days for birth trauma, hypoxia (lack of oxygen during birth) jaundice, feeding, sleep or behavioural difficulties, and breathing problems.

All may be associated with higher rates of medical intervention. They also lead to a longer stay in hospital following birth, and separation of mother and child.

There was no difference in the death rates between babies born in the two types of hospitals.

But why had the obstetricians responding to our 2012 report thought their higher rates of intervention had been saving babies’ lives?

Part of the reason might be a 2009 paper that concluded better health for babies born in private Australian hospitals. This research had only looked at one data set (we looked at five) and did not control for important risk factors, such as low birth weight, which can lead to more deaths and medical problems in the baby.

And there is an even bigger problem with wider ramifications. A recent Queensland study showed a significant number of pregnant women are not consulted in decision-making about the medical procedures they undergo, or informed of their risks and benefits.

This can lead to trauma and disempowerment and can affect how mothers connect with their newborn babies. Some women are so traumatised, they become depressed and even develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Women about to give birth should question interventions to assess whether they are necessary. For those with low-risk healthy pregnancies, private obstetric care in a private hospital, with higher rates of intervention, may lead to avoidable problems for babies.

Hannah Dahlen is professor of midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. Sally Tracy is professor of midwifery at the University of Sydney. This article ran on The Conversation

OPINION: Coal industry decline in Hunter inevitable

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FEDERAL member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon responded to the recent loss of 500 more jobs in Hunter mines by saying the region would be an economic “basket case” if the coal industry is withdrawn.
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He is ignoring the fact that the industry is withdrawing anyway, and that we need a government willing to support the diversity of the Hunter economy and help coal workers transition to a low carbon future.

The coal industry is facing decline, and communities are bearing the costs of an industry that is ignoring economic logic. While the list of proposed coalmines and expansions is long, internationally the price of coal is falling – this oversupply of coal is to blame for these job losses.

Reports of a structural decline in coal and the risk of stranded assets are becoming daily news items, as demand for our coal from both India and China slows.

In our communities, farmers, winemakers, horse breeders, rural business people, workers, parents and grandparents are calling on governments to recognise that our future does not lie in coal, and that we need to plan ahead for a diverse and sustainable economy that is not reliant on mining.

Mining is not in the top five employers in the Hunter. It is ninth (at 5 per cent) behind healthcare and social assistance (13 per cent); retail; manufacturing; construction; education and training; accommodation and food services; public administration and safety; professional, scientific and technical services.

The price of coal has dropped from $US130 a tonne in 2011 to $US81.50 now. At least half of Australia’s mines operate at a loss when the price of coal is below $US87.

The coal industry has responded with attempts to improve “efficiency” by up to 25 per cent. Between August 2012 and August 2013, 11,000 jobs were lost nationally. It is clear that the times of having a well-paid, lifetime job in the mines are over.

International demand for coal is declining. Japan, our key long-term customer, is pushing the downward trend in coal prices.

Xstrata Coal has locked in a contract for the power station operator Tohoku Electric Power Company, setting the benchmark for export coal that indicates there is little hope for any price recovery.

Australia is vulnerable to these changes, as has been highlighted in a recent report by academics from the University of Oxford.

They note that the impact of the numerous mining projects proposed here will put further downward pressure on the price of coal, and that we are at risk of creating a swath of stranded assets if we do not plan properly.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis highlighted a decline in demand for coal from India, and said coal projects proposed for the Galilee basin were likely to be financially unviable because of this.

They expect India to follow China’s lead and move towards renewable energy, which is becoming increasingly cheaper – the cost of solar in India has fallen 65 per cent in three years.

Much of the recent growth we’ve seen in exports from the Port of Newcastle was an expansion into the Chinese market.

In 2008-09 our coal exports to China were 3.75 per cent of the make-up of exports.

Now they are nearly 20 per cent.

Yet China is moving away from coal.

Campaigns in China by communities concerned about air pollution have led to the Chinese government setting solid targets for reducing coal consumption, with 12 of 34 provinces committing to controlling the use of coal.

These provinces cover 44 per cent of China’s total coal consumption.

The NSW and federal governments here ought to heed these warnings.

Lee Rhiannon is a Greens senator

REVIEW: Boy&Bear

15/02/2019 // by admin

TIGHT UNIT: Boy & Bear at Newcastle Panthers. Picture: Max Mason-HubersBOY & BEAR
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Newcastle Panthers

May 17

THE club was bursting at the seams with Boy & Bear fans. There were young children in miniature rock T-shirts clutching parents, loved-up teens holding hands and adults who seem to span every walk of life packed tightly into the large auditorium.

There was even a smattering of old-timers throughout the crowd, likely the original indie rock fans from the early 1980s.

The Sydney five-piece’s second studio album, Harlequin Dreams, was recorded in Sydney and reached number 1 on the ARIA albums chart in its debut week.

And for good reason.

The band strikes you as talented musicians first and famous second, with their obvious musical skill and glowing passion for their smooth, folk-inspired rock sounds.

Band members David Hosking, Tim Hart, Killian Gavin, Jonathan Hart and relatively new addition David Symes each appeared on stage bathed in an orange glow, while Electric Light Orchestra’s Evil Woman played in the background.

They launched headfirst into the set with a lively spirit and vibrancy.

The crowd joined in on the harmonies of Rabbit Song, crooning along with the impressed band.

‘‘Can I just say, I had no idea so many people liked us!’’ said singer Dave Hosking between songs, which was met with screams of approval and applause.

The set slowed as title track Harlequin Dreams begun, with Hosking bathed in purple howling beautifully to the heavy bass line. The number was a welcome contrast in tempo from their earlier upbeat songs.

Lead single from the second album, Southern Sun, reinvigorated the crowded room once again with the catchy electric guitar riff in the chorus.

Three songs from the end of the set, the band announced to a slightly crestfallen crowd that they did not perform encores.

Fans who hoped to hear arguably the band’s best-known song, a cover of Crowded House’s Fall At Your Feet, were disappointed.

As the crowds poured out the doors there was more than one bewildered fan wondering why the rendition, which came in at number 5 on 2011’s Hottest 100, wasn’t on their set list.

REVIEW: APIA Good Times Tour

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From left, Camilleri, Sayer, Clapton and Morris.APIA GOOD TIMES TOUR
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Civic Theatre

May 17

FOUR legends on one stage – Russell Morris, Joe Camilleri, Richard Clapton and Leo Sayer.

A packed house, most in the Apia target range (‘‘Celebrating over-50s, living at their best’’ as Glenn Ridge spruiks in the pre-gig video blog), rolled up for a trip down memory lane and the artists did not disappoint.

Backed by the Apia Good Times Band, the boys lifted the roof from start to finish, proving legendary. The songs are certainly soundtracks to multiple generations, but what really cuts it is the live experience.

All four vocalists command the room, riding on the power of a smokin’ backing band in full stride midway through their 18-date tour.

Morris opened with a couple of new tunes (Black Dog Blues, Van Diemen’s Land) before time travelling back to the Real Thing, Sweet Sweet Love and Wings Of An Eagle.

Joe Camilleri (Ain’t Love the Strangest Thing, Harley and Rose, Certified Blue) really impressed before taking it to another level when joined on stage in a surprise visit from Vika Bull for a pumping rendition of Never Let Me Go and Chained To the Wheel.

Clapton took over after the break.

His signature sweet growl contrasted neatly from the earlier performances on anthems like Lucky Country, Girls on the Avenue, Deep Water and a new one off his latest album, Harlequin Nights, Dancing with Vampires.

Leo brought it home with a cavalcade of his hits including More Than I Can Say, When I Need Love, Thunder In My Heart, Dreaming (which he co-wrote with Cliff Richard), and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Yes it was nostalgic, but it’s fair to say the room was humming for nearly three hours.

The four stars and Vika reunited for a finale of tunes including Hush, Shape I’m In, I Am An Island and Good Times.

By the end of it there was no doubting everyone on and off the stage had.

There was a Newcastle connection in the form of bass player Mitch Cairns, who used to play with local bands Qwake and Fumi Boca.

He’s since gone on to perform with many Australian legends and has produced Morris’s latest Aria winning albums, Van Diemen’s Land and Shark Mouth.

Snapper fans on natural high (23/5/14)

15/02/2019 // by admin

FISH OF THE WEEK: Adrian Callaghan wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 21-kilogram longtail tuna caught while spinning for tailor off the rocks north of Hawks Nest. ‘‘What a surprise,’’ Adrian reported. ‘‘We could see a bait ball and thought we might get a few tailor from underneath. The tailor were absent, however, this fella made the trip a memorable one. How hard do they go off the rocks!!!’’ A HUGE high pressure system over the east coast of Australia has provided outstanding fishing conditions this week and the snapper have responded, according to Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fisherman’s Warehouse.
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“We’ve been seeing snapper up north and in local waters, and coming off the rocks. Not big fish, but good numbers,” he said.

“We’ve seen them at Flagstaff at Swansea Heads, up to 42 centimetres this week, and coming off Blacksmiths beach too. Inshore reefs are producing as well.”

Jason has a theory that the increase in snapper action may be put down to the decrease in professional fish trapping.

To quote Billy Joel, he may be right, he may be crazy, but guys have been getting them.

Ben Hayes got a nice pair off Newcastle recently and Rickie Turner scored one off Stockton beach.



But the biggest by far was this 16-kilogram snapper caught by Albany local Nathan Brown off the rocks in WA on May 12.

MONSTER: Albany local Nathan Brown with his 16kg red hooked off the rocks at Albany.

It measured 112 centimetres and was just shy of the Australian record of 18.4 kilograms.

Getting back to the weather, experts are tipping we may be heading into an El Nino phase and if the current conditions hold up we’ll have had the most 20-degree days in May on record.

Salmon find lake

AFTER a lean couple of years, the salmon are back bigger than Ben-Hur in Lake Macquarie.

The “Marks Point Marksman”, Patrick Nunn, and good mate Justin Worley have been working them over in Salts Bay.

The boys got 15 last Saturday using the ever-reliable Casper Clears with the deadly little resin heads. The biggest went 3.1 kilograms.

Unlike previous years, the salmon have entered the lake and have started to spread out over to Belmont Bay, right along the edge and south down Gwandalan/Pulbah Island way.

Porcupine fun

OFFSHORE out wide has been lifeless apart from the antics of the boys on Newcastle Game Fishing Club boat Rocket, who may well have kicked off a tradition to be known in future as the “Porcupine Challenge”.

Jason was with NGFC member Steve Norris.

“We didn’t see a fish all day, and we did a lot of miles,” Jason said.

“We were in 300 fathoms, 40 miles offshore, no boats, no birds, no nothing, except this four-inch puffer fish that happened to get hit dead centre in the head by a 14-inch marlin lure and big 11-0 hook as we trolled by.

“The unluckiest toad in the ocean. I turned to Steve and said ‘you truly are the champ’. He called me names I can’t repeat. So I said ‘I’m getting our boat, Running Bear, out here next year and we’ll have a Porcupine Challenge.’ It was a bit of fun on a slow day.”

Jason reports water temp was 23.8 degrees on the Shelf but the further out you went the worse the colour got.

Dollies boom

ON a more encouraging note, the inshore reefs have been firing.

There’s a bit of current about, but anglers have been getting perch, kings and trag off Terrigal. Meanwhile, the FAD off Swansea continues to attract dolphin fish.

It’s been one of the best years for dollies – they’ve been hanging around now for nearly five months.

Bream real studs

EVERYBODY is talking about the quality of bream this year – real studs.

“Allan McMaster fished Cave Beach and got bream up to 38 centimetres on worms this week,” Jason said.

“Steve Mason got 16 in two days through the week, some nice trevally and a flathead.

“They all made comment about the width of the bream, all travelling bream with travel fat.”

Tuna about

AS our Fish of the Week shows, there’s longtail tuna about off local rocks.

Broughton Island has been firing for snapper, and there was a bit of a buzz last week about some local lake anglers who got smoked by kingfish off Moon Island.

Lizards flat out

THERE’S good numbers of sand flathead around inshore reefs, according to Cameron Judd.

He fished the sand edges last Saturday with Brett Hayes and ended up with around 30 in an hour, all around 45 centimetres.

“I said to Brett they must be lying on top of each other down there, they were so thick.” Cam said. “When we got back to the cleaning tables there were a few other people with good catches of flattys from up Redhead way so they must have been on everywhere.”

Paul Lowe got this nice flathead in Lake Macquarie.

Outing winners

NINETEEN people fished the Budgewoi Fishing Club outing last weekend, with 82 fish recorded, weigh master Graeme Morgan said.

“The winners were deep sea John Rappa, estuary Bill Ingram, secret weight Allen Friend, female winner Kathy Dixon and junior winner Cody Ison.”

John Rappa

Around the traps

MATTHEW Burgess, from Kurri Kurri, caught a three-kilogram bonito at Stockton breakwall on a bait jig chasing yellowtail. Tom Sherwood got a seven-kilogram jew in Lake Macquarie on soft plastics. And three-year-old Anna James got a 73-centimetre flathead in the lake with minimal help from her dad.

Matthew Burgess

Tom Sherwood

Anna James

Canberra coach Tara Steel looks to ‘get one back’ against rival Arawang

15/01/2019 // by admin

Canberra coach Tara Steel insists the team is ”not putting too much weight” on a win over arch rival Arawang on Friday night.
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But she admitted their recent grand final history and a chance to ”get one back” for the loss in last year’s decider will spur her side on.

The top two sides in the ACT State League will do battle on Friday, with the victor taking a giant step towards the minor premiership.

They have clashed in the past three grand finals, with Canberra victorious in 2011 and 2012 before Arawang turned the tables last year.

Having initially billed this season as a rebuilding year, Steel said her side was relishing turning from the hunted to the hunter.

“Every game we go out in we treat with the same level of respect and intensity, [but] the history between the two teams does add that extra bit of motivation,” she said.

“Definitely, coming off the grand final loss last year, we’re still looking to get that one back. When we played them earlier this year [45-35 loss] we were fairly depleted.

“I’m not putting too much weight on the game in regards to the outcome, but it gives us a good indication of where we’re at.”

Canberra boasts the best attacking record in the competition, but Arawang is the defensive benchmark, led by Melina Saunders and Nat Jones.

Arawang coach Kim Symons admitted it would be a handy psychological blow if it was to beat Canberra for the second time this season before finals begin in a fortnight.

“I’d love to be able to walk into the finals with two wins to nothing against them – we’ll be going in with guns blazing,” Symons said.

“Last year Canberra had that advantage over us and come finals time we turned it around. It’s an advantage but you don’t rest on that.”

In other matches Belconnen and South Canberra will continue their dogfight for the fourth and final playoff spot, against Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong respectively.

All matches begin at 9pm at the Netball ACT Centre in Lyneham.

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