Magic of Irish Dance

26/06/2018 // by admin

It’s a kind of magic: Spellbinding dance and illusion combine in Celtic Illusion at Panthers on Friday, May 23 at 8pm.THE creative team behind Celtic Illusion have combined their passions to develop a mesmerising performance of colour, lighting, dance, music and magic.
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Anthony Street was captivated by Riverdance at age 12 and began dance lessons soon after.

Despite starting to train at what could be considered late, his determination to succeed led him to a position with the Australian Irish Dance Company.

From there he was encouraged to try out for Gaelforce which led to overseas touring and later joining Dance of Desire, created by Daire Nolan, the original male lead of Lord of the Dance.

Eventually, he successfully auditioned for a Lord of the Dance troupe and spent four and a half years as principal dancer.

His dream was to create his own show and in November 2011, Celtic Illusion was born.

Peta Anderson toured around Australia and New Zealand with The Rhythms of Ireland in 2007 and when Street was putting his team together Peta was asked to be assistant choreographer and female lead for Celtic Illusion.

Angela Little is a composer, singer, orchestral arranger, songwriter and pianist, best known for co-composing and scoring additional music for Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia.

After discussions with Street and many weeks of composing the amazing contemporary Celtic score for Celtic Illusion came to be.

The show combines a fusion of contemporary Irish dance and music with grand scale illusions, making it a unique performance concept that sets it apart from other dance shows.

It is constantly evolving and growing to maintain is elusive magical impact.

Tickets are $32 for members and $35 for guests available at the club reception or on 6580 2300.

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OPINION: Budget far from fair

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Michael Pilbrow has his say on all things ‘budget’ in this week’s Labor Lines column.A Government budget is not just a spreadsheet with numbers – it is so much more than that. It is the clearest statement a government can make about what it sees as its role and the kind of society it wants to see in Australia.
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Last week I wrote in this paper about the broken promises in the budget. I still find this an unbelievable outcome from a Government than ran hard on broken promises for three years, and a Prime Minister who said in his campaign launch last year that: “The worst deficit is not the budget deficit but the trust deficit”.

This week I want to look at some of the actual measures in the budget and the pain they inflict, and who they inflict it on, and for how long.

I don’t have a problem with Joe Hockey’s mantra about sharing the pain – on budget night he talked about “everyone making a contribution now” and said that “it is important that everyone do their fair share”. Even Labor has said similar things when delivering tough budgets and the Australian community has accepted the necessity of this.

However, this budget fails on the translation of this talk into action – unless, of course, Mr Hockey’s dictionary defines the word ‘fair’ very differently to the way most Australians understand it.

The short and brutal story of this budget is this: the pain inflicted on the poorest and most vulnerable is large and permanent; the pain inflicted on the most well-off is smaller and temporary.

This is not class warfare – this is highlighting that the Government is failing its own test.

The Government demonstrates that higher-income earners are sharing the pain fairly because they now have to pay the “Temporary Budget Repair Levy”. Under this levy, a person earning $200,000 will pay an additional $400 per year for three years only.

In fact, it is families on low incomes, people with disability, the sick, young people, single parents and age pensioners who will be copping most of the pain from this budget.

All of these people will be hardest hit by the GP tax of $7, the increase in fuel excise and the increasing cost of medicines. Family payments will be reduced permanently. People on the Age Pension will see their payments indexed in a way that will reduce their value permanently, and some vulnerable, young people with disability will lose $166 per week when they are moved from the Disability Pension to other programs.

Yes, higher income people will pay the fuel excise and the GP tax, but as a much smaller proportion of their income.

The Australian people understand the concept of fairness. And this budget is not fair.

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Bowning Babble: Welcome to Bowning

26/06/2018 // by admin

Pictured is the Bowning Park and the CWA rooms. Photo: Contributed.A huge welcome to the Winter family who have taken control of a very popular area of Bowning, the Bowning Hotel. May you feel welcome and have comfort in knowing the community is here to help you every step of the way. All new businesses are a challenge and I know this is one challenge with the support openly available. May your new adventure be a blessing to you and the community; we wish you luck and happiness.
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Birthday wishes are sent out to Karen Newman, and Cyril Cox many happy returns and may your day be filled with friends and family.

School news

Assembly will be next Friday May 30 and all parents, family and community are invited to attend.

Choir will resume next Thursday afternoon between 3.10 to 3.40pm. Any student from years 2-6 are welcome to join.

The annual school public speaking competition will be held on Tuesday June 24. Parents of students wanting to participate need to have permission notes handed by Wednesday May 28. This is such as great opportunity for students to build their confidence and stand proud before their peers.

Mini Music

Next week the theme of the week will be the bouncy kangaroo. Children are asked to bring a toy kangaroo or a teddy for playtime and activities. Slippers for children and grown-ups are recommended (helps keep toes warm and floors clean). If the sun is shining there will also be outside play and of course morning tea. We do hope to see those smiling little faces next Tuesday in Bowning at the CWA room from 10am-12pm.


I am currently on the look out for old or new tiles, plates and mirrors to be used for my next project. If anyone has old bits and bobs which I could use in a very large mosaic please do not hesitate to contact me. I would greatly appreciate any help on offer and I am also willing to pick up. Thank you.

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John Church won’t stand for Liberals

26/06/2018 // by admin

JOHN CHURCHTHE Liberal party is back to square one with finding a replacement candidate for Newcastle MP Tim Owen, with John Church becoming the latest to pull out of the race before it had begun.
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The former television newsreader had emerged as the frontrunner for the job with Liberal party insiders keen on him throwing his hat in the ring.

But on Thursday afternoon, Mr Church issued a written statement saying that while he had considered the move, he wouldn’t be seeking Liberal party pre-selection.

‘‘I would like to thank the many people in the community and the Liberal Party who have urged me to run for state parliament,’’ he said.

‘‘I hope one day to serve my community and the party through public office. Right now my focus is on my family, the business and my charity work.

‘‘For personal reasons, I do not intend to seek pre-selection for the state seat of Newcastle.’’

Mr Church is the third high-profile Liberal to rule out a tilt at pre-selection since Mr Owen announced last week that he would not recontest the seat. Former federal candidate for Newcastle Jaimie Abbott and Newcastle councillor Lisa Tierney have also ruled themselves out, each saying they wanted to focus on work and family.

The Newcastle branch of the Liberal Party has about 50 members who will vote to select a candidate for the seat if more than one member nominates through the party’s state office.

The Labor Party pre-selected Newcastle councillor Tim Crakanthorp as its candidate two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, prominent Green John Brown has confirmed that he will stand as the Greens’ candidate in Maitland at the state poll next March.


Formertelevision news anchor John Church has emerged as the most likely candidate to fill Tim Owen’s shoes and lead the Liberals into next year’s state election in Newcastle.

Speculation about Liberal Party pre-selection has raged since Mr Owen announced last week that he would not recontest the state seat. His announcement followed the ICAC hearings, which heard that illegal donors had contributed to his campaign without his knowledge.

Mr Church went to ground on Wednesdaywhen contacted by the Herald, but several sources have confirmed that Mr Church is likely to nominate for pre-selection, and has solid support within the party.

Mr Church, who runs his own advertising and public relations company, unsuccessfully contested the federal seat of Shortland for the Liberals at last year’s federal election.

It was widely tipped that former federal Liberal candidate for Newcastle Jaimie Abbott would slip into the role, but she decided not to enter the race, instead saying she wanted to focus on her business.

Newcastle Liberal councillor Lisa Tierney also denied she was interested in the job. Cr Tierney was recently appointed as COO of Compass Housing and said this week she was committed to that job, her family, and completing a four-year term on the council.

State Liberal Party headquarters is yet to open pre-selection for the Newcastle seat. The Labor Party pre-selected Newcastle councillor Tim Crakanthorp as its candidate for the seat two weeks ago.

Boy, 10, bitten on the finger by Bobs Farm shark

26/06/2018 // by admin

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Ryan Pereira, manager of the Australian Shark and Ray Centre Bobs Farm. Picture: Stephen Wark.A BOY, aged about 10 years old, has had a close encounter with a shark while on a school trip to the Australian Shark and Ray Centre at Bobs Farm Thursday (May 22) morning.
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Paramedics were called to the centre about 11.25am following reports of an ‘‘incident involving some sort of shark’’, a NSW Ambulance spokesperson said.

Ryan Pereira, manager of the Bobs Farm centre, said the boy was part of a group of 53 students who were at the centre to learn about sharks.

He said the boy wandered off, which centre staff and teachers did not notice, and got up close to a shark tank which houses the endangered Tawny nurse shark.

Mr Pereira said the boy shoved his hand in the animal’s mouth and clipped his finger on a tooth, which led to a small cut needing stitches.

‘‘He shoved his hand straight into its mouth and the shark got a fright,’’ Mr Pereira said.

‘‘It bit down and he [boy] got a cut on his finger.

‘‘I called the paramedics for bacterial treatment and they said he needed one or two stitches.’’

Paramedics took the boy to Tomaree Hospital in a stable condition.

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Shoalhaven’s best to face state’s brightest

26/06/2018 // by admin

THREE Shoalhaven netballers will fight it out against the best in the state next week for the NSW CHS Championships.
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REPRESENTATIVES: Shoalhaven netballers Lucy Rigney, Rachel Malley and Tamika Smith will represent South Coast next week at the NSW CHS Championships.

Shoalhaven High School’s Tamika Smith, Nowra High School’s Lucy Rigney and Bomaderry High School’s Rachel Malley were all selected after impressing at a trial for the South Coast team.

The girls will travel to Coffs Harbour from May 27 to 29 to play 10 full games over the three days in the hope of being crowned the NSW CHS Champions.

A NSW team will also be selected from the competition.

Malley, 17, is excited to play in her first CHS tournament after transferring from St Johns the Evangelist High School to Bomaderry High School at the start of the year.

However she is no stranger to the CHS environment, with her National C umpiring certificate allowing her to umpire in the competition for the last two years, including some of the South Coast team’s games.

“I have watched it so many times it will be nice to finally play,” she laughed.

“It’s a really great tournament because there are a lot of talented players. You get to come up against girls who are benching for the Swifts,” she said.

The South Coast team will be almost brand new after nearly all of the previous team graduated high school in 2013.

“It’s a really young team and there are not many year 12s at all,” Malley said.

“But I think we will be ok. I don’t think we will win, but I think we can take it to some of the big teams.

“We will just play our best and see what happens.”

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Ringworm cases on rise in cats, dogs

26/06/2018 // by admin

RISE: A kitten which was diagnosed with ringworm and treated by a local vet. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Signs of ringworm in animals

LOCAL veterinarians have seen a surge in ringworm cases.

The fungal infection, which results in hair loss and itchy, scaly skin, can be spread from cats and dogs to people.

Passionate Vetcare co-owner Kellie Anset said there had been a “huge” increase in generalised cases, and about two to three times the number of localised lesions in recent months.

“We’ve seen a significant increase,” she said.

“There have been quite a few cases in dogs, which we rarely see.

“Cats have probably been the main species that have been diagnosed but there hasrecently been a significant increase in dogs requiring treatment.

“I wouldn’t call it an outbreak, but there has definitely been an increase.”

Ms Anset said there were six cases of animals requiring lesion treatment in the past two months, compared to 18 cases in the previous 12 months

Three pets have also needed treatment for generalised lesions in the past two months, which followed only one case in the previous 12 months.

She said warm weather may have helped spread the infections.

“I guess because it’s contagious, the weather has been reasonably nice, perhaps it’s passing from one animal to another,” Ms Anset said.

“If it’s colder, pets probably wouldn’t be socialising as much.”

A staff member at the Williamson Street Veterinary Clinic said diseases in animals was generally increasing as pet ownership grew.

Bendigo Animal Hospital vet Max Tori said the clinic had not seen a major spike in cases, but said staff had treated several pets with infections.

“Humans can get it as well,” he said.

“It can transfer from dogs and cats to humans.

“If you’re getting little red patches that are itchy, check your animals and get yourself to a doctor.”

Vets encourage people to take preventative measures to prevent infections in their pets.

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Orange Ratepayers Association put council projects under the microscope

26/06/2018 // by admin

PROJECT PAIN: Orange Ratepayers Association president Colin Young at Wade Park, where work was delayed in 2011 after consultants underestimated the amount of soil needed.Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI ORANGE City Council’s ability to manage projects on time and on budget has been placed under ratepayer scrutiny.
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The Orange Ratepayers Association wrote to the Central Western Daily earlier in the week, questioning the council’s record on “a series of unfortunate infrastructure projects, the costs, management and overall quality”.

The association cited remedial works at the Northern Distributor Road and Orange Aquatic Centre, a 4500 cubic-metre underestimation of the amount of soil needed for the resurfacing of Wade Park and a need for better financial checks on potential contractors after Hewatt Earthworks was unable to complete Orange Airport’s roads and runway.

President Colin Young said the ORA was concerned the council was wasting ratepayers’ time and money.

“I think they are over-optimistic on their costings,” he said.

“I guess it’s a matter of the staff paying close attention to the management of their projects – the only way they can manage them is by keeping on top of those issues.”

He was concerned the record could extend to the Macquarie pipeline, saying the council and Leed Engineering and Construction had yet to decide where to connect the pipe to the Macquarie River.

“It should be done right at the very start of the process,” he said.

“If there are changes to the contract, who is going to pay for those alterations?”

However, council spokesman Allan Reeder said the council dealt with managing multimillion-dollar projects regularly and pointed out the Anzac Park indoor sports stadium, Western Care Lodge’s first stage, the stormwater harvesting scheme, the new RFS headquarters and the Spring Creek Dam upgrade all finished on time and on budget.

“Because of the scale of these real-world projects there are always uncertainties, but the council has a very good record of delivering value for money,” he said.

However, Mr Reeder said the council continued to learn from experience, with the aquatic centre outcome prompting the council to add a clause to the airport contract allowing cancellation of the agreement if the contractor defaulted.

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Hardy ticks off some boxes in Cockatoos debut

26/06/2018 // by admin

SHOALHAVEN first grade captain Mitch Hardy had a debut to remember after receiving his first call up for the NSW Country Cockatoos at Terrigal lastweekend.
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BRAGGING RIGHTS: The NSW Country Cockatoos were too strong for their city counterparts, defeating the NSW Subbies 20-10 last weekend.

Hardy and Shoals teammate James Smith were both a part of the Cockatoos team that defeated the NSW Subbies 20-10 to retain the Ross Maher Cup.

Interestingly, Hardy has seen the game from the other side of the fence, having represented Subbies during his time playing in Sydney, but was stoked to get the chance to play for Country for the first time.

Hardy’s long-time dream of playing for the Cockatoos came to fruition when he was brought on as a replacement mid-way through the second half.

Unfortunately he had little time to let the milestone set in, before he ticked another thing off the bucket list.

Only about two minutes had passed before Hardy unexpectedly found himself back on the sideline after his enthusiasm got the better of him.

“Basically I came into the ruck and one of their second-rowers, who was probably about six foot nine, obviously didn’t like something about what I did, because he came in with an upper-cut,” Hardy explained.

“There was a bit of a fight and we both got 10 minutes in the sin bin.

“I did get back on for the last five minutes, but I actually spent more time in the sin bin than I did on the field.”

Clearly able to see the funny side of the situation, Hardy said he loved every minute of his time on the field…all eight of them.

As a former Subbies player, Hardy said he copped a fair bit of shtick from his opponents and even some of their coaching staff, but had the last laugh when the Cockatoos won.

“It was all in good fun and I guess it would’ve been even better if I’d spent more time on the field,” he laughed.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play for the Cockatoos for a long time and it still counts.

“Fingers crossed I get another chance in one of the next games.”

Even though he’s only been there for about for years, James Smith is somewhat of a veteran in the Cockatoos lineup and was happy to be back in there again.

“There were a lot of new faces, which is the way it goes with rep teams,” Smith said.

“There’s not many left from when I first played, so I think we’re still ironing out a few creases, but I was pretty happy with it.

“It’s always good if you can get one over the city slickers.”

Smith said it was good to see Hardy make his debut.

“He’s played his first game for the Cockatoos and got his first yellow card, so he can tick both those boxes now,” he said.

Smith is unavailable for the Cockatoos game against the Australian under 20s at Chatswood this weekend, but is hoping Hardy will get another chance.

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ART: In praise of the collection

26/06/2018 // by admin

VIRTUOSO: Sir Joseph Banks: The Hunter and the Collector, by Rew Hanks, 2010.NOVOCASTRIA, the new exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery, is another riveting example of one of the gallery’s strongest ventures, the acknowledgment, in old and new artworks, of Newcastle’s unique history. Remember the Macquarie chest?
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There are documentary images from 200 years ago, including the Joseph Lycett vista of the infant settlement as a gentleman’s paradise. There is John Lewin’s view of Nobbys from 1807 and Richard Browne’s stylised portraits of local Aboriginal chieftains.

But there are also contemporary works, placing the arrival of European settlers in a wry iconic context. Rew Hanks, a printmaker of virtuoso skill, depicts Joseph Banks, Governor Macquarie and the Aboriginal celebrity Bungaree with mock-heroic detail. Banks, an 18th-century grandee in his native cloak, is surrounded by the wicked Banksia bogeymen we know from childhood, but here disguised as naughty putti.

Other mock portraits of past worthies are the work of indigenous artists Daniel Boyd and Michael Cook, gently mocking the colonial past and apparent present marginalisation.

Gentle mockery, that sometimes explodes in the present century into romantic despair, is in fact the prevailing mood of many of the works, all drawn from the Newcastle collection, with some acquired as recently as last year. Does this mark Ron Ramsey’s swansong, a bitter-sweet exercise in civilised values?

Most of the new works are modest purchases, adding to the gallery’s impressive holdings of prints and other works on paper. Some were presented, such as the trio of large linocuts by Vera Zulumovski. Others were bought to fill gaps in the collection. Some were irresistible curiosities, like the so-called ‘‘hairy leaves’’, painted in the 1830s by Isabella Louisa Parry with minute scenes of settlement.

We reach recent paintings via well-known views of Newcastle harbour by Margaret Olley and George Lambert. Few major artists of the 20th century appear to have visited, though I believe Brett Whiteley painted Nobbys from the obelisk.

Later, Newcastle-based painters take over. Peter Gardiner involves the city in a Leonardo cataclysm, all swirling clouds and building detritus. Andy Devine’s nocturnes celebrate the mountain ranges of waiting coal. Liam Power transforms them into decorative abstraction.

From this exhibition the viewer would never realise that the city has many painters of hedonistic beach scenes and suburban pleasures, or even that it is inhabited. Noel Counihan’s heroic coalminers are not from Hunter mines, although the power of industry in the city’s past is shown in Stanislaus Rapotec’s gritty industrial smoke from 1964.

This is a splendid exhibition, bringing together many areas of discussion as well as some exciting pictures. It is particularly welcome, since the gallery has had only two changes of exhibition in the past six months.

We know there have been problems. So it is crucial at this difficult point to show as much of our very significant art collection as possible, reflecting our history and ourselves.

❏WATT Space celebrates 25 years as the student gallery of the University of Newcastle.

A huge exhibition until May 25 contains works by many people with links to the university, including several of the directors who have played a vital role in the gallery’s establishment, its move from Watt Street into its commodious quarters at University House and its current survival.

The works are necessarily small, with a preponderance of prints, drawings and photographs. Maybe the air of informality tempted participation from Ross Woodrow, Graham Lang and Gavin Fry, as well as present lecturers. Many of the more than 100 works are from recent students who shared in the eight awards demonstrating a capacity for irony.

❏At Cooks Hill Galleries until June 2 are walls of small art works for resale. It is a sort of social history of what people bought for their homes 40 or 50 years ago and how they chose to present them. There are several small Norman Lindsay drawings, a fine red Coburn, a strange Olsen monkey, a clever Blackman. There are two Shay Docking abstract landforms, a deft Lillian Sutherland Chinese brush drawing, an important Vera Zulumovski autobiographical linocut and much more.