EAT OUT: Shuck’d, a pearl of an oyster bar

14/05/2019 // by admin

EAT OUT: Shuck’d, a pearl of an oyster bar TweetFacebookWHILE the laneway of Name The Lane is awaiting final approvals from the council, Shuck’d has permanently taken over the restaurant space, adding a unique touch to Newcastle East’s dining precinct.
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Touted as an oyster bar, Shuck’d lives up to its name, with local Cole Bros oysters from Karuah, shucked and prepared to order.

The namesake dish is offered four ways: natural, Kilpatrick, mornay, as well as with a smoked salmon, ginger, wasabi, soy and lemon dressing. The oysters are tasty and fresh, and the classics are good renditions. The ginger and wasabi packs quite a punch – up through the nose and clearing out the sinuses – pow pow! Plenty of flavour in each; grab a mixed dozen to enjoy the range.

It would be good to see one more variety to add more weight to the establishment’s name and also just to try them in another delicious way. Perhaps the breakfast menu’s Bloody Mary oyster shot would be a good addition to the evening menu too.

The rest of the food offerings circulate around this briny theme with a few extra options thrown in for good measure.

There are some bar bites to sit alongside the oysters: kumara chips, cheese arancini, pork and prawn balls with sweet chilli; perfect for snacking on if you’re just visiting for an after-work drink.

An entree special of three chicken spring rolls offers hearty chunks of chicken and grated carrot inside the crispiest, thinnest pastry.

A sour apricot sauce adds a nice counterbalance to the dish. But these aren’t your usual spring rolls – they are almost a meal on their own.

There are lighter dishes (but still with plenty of substance), like a warming seafood chowder, a hot and spicy gumbo or a pot of mussels in white wine, parsley and garlic.

A bowl of linguine with prawns, chilli, garlic, roast peppers and spinach has plenty of colour and a good handful of prawns.

A warm chat potato salad provides a rainbow wheel of taste: salty, sweet and starchy. Roasted potatoes are cut in half, baked on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Browned scallops are dotted around, as well as olives and spinach, drizzled with a sweet mustard dressing. It’s filling despite appearances.

To satiate the largest appetites, the one-kilogram braised beef steak with roasted root vegetables or twice-cooked chicken with apricot glaze and sweet potato mash are the go-to dishes.

There are some sweet options to finish off with: Cointreau-steeped oranges with vanilla ice-cream and almond biscuits; a warm hazelnut chocolate pudding with butterscotch sauce or a citrus creme brulee with fresh cream and biscotti.

Service is friendly, prompt and informative and on a cool Friday night, Shuck’d was full of post-work revellers and diners, more so perhaps than when it was operating as its previous incarnation.

A clever niche for a harbourside city.

‘Hybrid’ light rail route to go on train line & Hunter Street

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The light rail route map. Art by Natalie Alcova ‘Hybrid’ light rail route to go on train line & Hunter Street Crown Street, looking west, in the 1890s, featuring a steam tram.
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An electric tram passing Newcastle post office in Hunter St on February 6, 1940, as a paper boy and conductor hang on the side.

Bank Corner, in Newcastle, as tram lines were repaired.

Merewether tram terminus on February 2, 1947.

A tram passing Newcastle Post Office on November 15, 1936, during a storm.

A tram on Nobbys.

The Wallsend tram.

A tram in Hunter Street, near the T&G building on the corner of Watt and Hunter Streets.

Tram at Hamilton, 1950.

Early 1920’s Hunter Street with a tram outside the old David Jones building.

Tram at the corner of Glebe Road and Unuion street the Junction Newcastle 1950’s.

TweetFacebook Archival Revival: Trams in the city Images from the Herald’s archives. Download map here

NEWCASTLE’S light rail system will run down the heavy rail corridor from Wickhamthen shift to Hunter Street and Scott Street to arrive near the beach at Pacific Park, under a ‘‘hybrid’’ route the state government has selected.

The infrastructure subcommittee of cabinet endorsed the route on Wednesday night. It was was one of three options put on public exhibition earlier this year.

“Newcastle residents and businesses said they want access to the waterfront, more public domain and the option to extend the light rail in the future,’’ Planning Minister Pru Goward said.

“By removing the barrier of the heavy rail line, and opening up significant areas of the rail corridor for public use, the city centre can be re-united.’’

The chosen route bypasses the Hunter Street Mall, unlike the most expensive of the three options that would have run through it and was initially favoured by the city’s lord mayor Jeff McCloy.

Artist’s impression: Natalie Alcova

The other and cheapest option was to run it down the rail corridor after the heavy rail is truncated at a new Wickham interchange.

The government hasn’t said what the project will cost, but puts it within the $460 million that was put on the table, including $340 million from the proceeds of the lease of the Port of Newcastle.

Minister for Transport and the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian said the route struck the ‘‘best balance’’ between ‘‘a quality transport outcome for Newcastle’’ and ‘‘allowing the city and its waterfront to be reconnected and revitalised’’.

“I am pleased for the Hunter community that this decision has now been made and we can get moving on the delivery of this important project,’’ Ms Berejiklian said.

A start date for work is yet to be given, but a timeline would be announced soon.

Work has previously been expected to start by December.

New Premier Mike Baird wants to see the project pick up pace, after the government announced late last month the port lease for $1.75 billion – more than double the initial $700 million estimate given publicly.

Newcastle MP Tim Owen said connecting the light rail at what is expected to be Worth Place from the rail corridor to Hunter Street would help encourage the city’s revitalisation.

‘‘We’ll truncate the heavy rail as quickly as we can and get that done by the end of the year and hopefully start work on the interchange,’’ Mr Owen said.

The government has previously promised any left over funds from the $460 million allocated to the project would be put into the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Lake Coal wants to build underground conveyor

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END GOAL: Both Mannering mines and Chain Valley colliery supply the Vales Point power station. COAL company Lake Coal has applied for permission to build an underground conveyor to link its Chain Valley colliery with the nearby Mannering mine it took control of last year.
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Both mines are mainly under Lake Macquarie and the conveyor joining them would run under the ground owned by Delta Electricity between the Vales Point power station and suburban Mannering Park.

Documents on display until June 10 show that Mannering’s owner, Centennial Coal, closed the mine for ‘‘care and maintenance’’ in November 2012.

In October last year, Lake Coal assumed the rights to operate Mannering until 2022, giving it access to the two mines, which both supply Vales Point power station.

Mannering’s coal goes to Vales Point by surface conveyor and Lake Coal says joining the two mines by underground conveyor would allow Chain Valley’s coal to go to the power station by that route rather than by truck.

Maps on display show that the Mannering colliery, especially, had historic workings under some houses on the western side of Mannering Park, and residents say they are still concerned about mine subsidence.

Mannering was formerly known as the Wyee State Mine and began operations in 1960.

Chain Valley Bay resident John Burrows said past history made residents wary but Lake Coal had been open with the residents about its proposals.

“The conveyor does not run under houses and it will take trucks off the road into the power station,’’ Mr Burrows said.

The documents show the underground mine roads to carry the conveyor and personnel would be dug through the Fassifern seam for about 1.6kilometres.

The work would take about 12months, and would result in new mine subsidence of no more than about 20millimetres.

Depending on the seams that had already been mined in that area, the total subsidence, including previous seam collapses, could be as much as 125millimetres.

Lake Coal has approval to extract up to 1.1million tonnes of raw or run-of-mine coal from the Mannering colliery, with another 1.5million tonnes of raw coal available from the Chain Valley mine.

Chain Valley also supplies export coal as well as domestic coal to Vales Point and a Lake Coal spokesman said this would continue.

Construction of the underground road would create work for about 40 mine workers and would increase employment at Mannering from five mine workers to about 20, but some truck driving jobs would be lost.

Birubi Beach Resort contractor ‘unlikely’ to get money owing

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CREDITOR: Graeme Seers is owed money for work on Birubi Beach Resort at Anna Bay. Picture: Max Mason-HubersRelief at Birubi Beach Resort receivership
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THE receiver appointed to the Birubi Beach Resort says it is ‘‘unlikely’’ local contractor Graeme Seers will see the $80,000 owed to him.

Yesterday the Newcastle Herald reported the $50million resort development in Port Stephens had been forced into receivership after months sitting idle in which the site fell into disrepair.

According to ASIC documents the resort’s Chinese financier, China Security and Surveillance Technology – through another company, Anke Smart City – appointed a receiver over the local developer after a default on the terms of its security agreement.

Paul Billingham from firm Grant Thornton is the receiver and said the ‘‘only priority’’ was to sell the asset.

To that end it has appointed Sydney-based commercial real estate company Stonebridge to handle the sale.

‘‘We’re just working through a few of the details, and they’ll be taking the asset to market in the short term,’’ he said.

However it may not be good news for contractors like Graeme Seers, who is owed about $80,000 from his work as a site manager on the development.

‘‘At the end of the day we don’t deal with unsecured creditors, the money may fall down through the waterfall of priorities, it’s hard to tell, [but] I expect it’s unlikely,’’ Mr Billingham said.

Mr Seers was left ‘‘bitter’’ after his dealings with the Birubi Beach Resort, which was headed by local director Caroline Wright.

Earlier this month a court found in his favour that the developer owed him the money, but he said he ‘‘isn’t holding his breath’’ about seeing what’s owed to him.

Ryan relishing chance to take on RVP

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The Socceroos’ No.1 goalkeeper Mat Ryan has promised not to be overawed by the prospect of denying the world’s best strikers at next month’s World Cup in Brazil.
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Ryan has just five senior caps but is widely viewed as Australia’s best young goalkeeper, and the heir apparent to fill the enormous vacancy left by Mark Schwarzer’s international retirement.

He will have to live up to that billing if the Socceroos are to have any chance of claiming points against Chile, the Netherlands or Spain, but the confident custodian is relishing the chance to test himself against the best.

“I don’t think you’d be human if you didn’t think about the types of names you’re coming up against,” he said. “In saying that, there’s no time to be in awe of them. If I’ve got the likes of [Robin] van Persie coming down on goal, I can’t really stop and go ‘Oh, who’s that?’

“I’ll be doing my best just to stay focused and, hopefully, not allow him or any of the other players I’ll be facing to put the ball past me when I’m out on the field.”

Ryan said that approach was very much in the minds of the players, driven by coach Ange Postecoglou, who has asked his team to have “no fear” in June.

“That’s the message the boss has been putting to us in the meetings we’ve had. He wants us to be courageous and brave,” Ryan said. “He’s filling us with confidence and saying there’s no reason why we can’t go out there and be competitive. Obviously our backs are against the wall a little bit but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we have to treat it like that. I’m sure every player is eager and keen to give it their best.”

Ryan has made a stunning transition to life in Europe with Club Bruges, being named the Belgium league’s top keeper.

At times, the 22-year-old still can’t comprehend his rise from the youth team at Central Coast to the elite of domestic and international football.

“Just before I left I started being in [international] contention and now I’ve gone over to Belgium, I’m enjoying my football and now there’s a really big possibility of playing at a World Cup,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine it going any better. If I hadn’t gone over, I’d be on more of a level playing field with the other guys. But being overseas has given me an extra advantage.”

Ryan said being tasked with the No.1 jersey for his club made him ready for the responsibilities that would come should, as expected, he be between the posts in Brazil.

“This year, there were a lot of young guys [at Club Bruges],” he said. “The Belgian league is notorious for giving a lot of young guys a go. I felt like I had to take a more senior role from the beginning with a young back line.”

So successful has Ryan been in Belgium, he’s been linked with a move to Real Madrid – as revealed by his one-time coach, Graham Arnold.

“I was cursing a little bit when I first saw it,” he said. “I was asleep, woken up, went to training and checked my phone at a traffic light. I quickly learnt that Arnie had mentioned it and I asked him about it and he said he’d been in contact with an agent in Europe that had said a Real Madrid scout had mentioned my name.

“But I’m not getting caught up in that. I’ll keep working hard. It’s business as usual.”

Ryan’s ex-Central Coast teammate Oliver Bozanic only joined in the squad activities after arriving on Tuesday and has a tougher job of forcing his way into the final 23.

Known in Australia as a left-sided midfielder, Bozanic has been playing in attacking and defensive midfield roles for his new Swiss club, FC Luzern.

“It just worked out perfectly that it happened in a World Cup year. I think it was very fortunate for my Socceroos career,” he said. “I’ve just come in, I have a few days to train and prepare for the first game, and that’s all I can do really; to prove myself for the World Cup with the remaining time before the games.”

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