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Rugby league at risk due to ‘soft kids’

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LONE RIDER: Group 4 boss Mick Schmiedel is known for calling it how he sees it, and has done so again – taking ‘lazy’ parents and ‘soft’ kids to task.Plain-talking Group 4 president Mick Schmiedel has bemoaned the dramatic drop in junior league players graduating to the senior ranks in the region –and has laid the blame on “lazy” parents and “soft” children.
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With the league heartland in danger of becoming awasteland in the under-16 and under-18 ranks, the former long-standing player, who is aveteran administrator and coach, said parentsneeded to get “off the couch” and get their kids involved in league.

“I put the blame, and they won’t like this, squarely at mums and dads,” he said.

“I think a lot of mums and dads have just got too lazy now to take their kids to training or go down to the footy to watch.


— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) June 13, 2017

“They’drather sit at home or … God knows what they’re doing.”

Schmiedel, who coaches Collegian Warriors’ first grade and under-13 sides, also unloaded of kids –telling them to harden up.

He said years ago if a player“got a spray”from the coach he“took it on the chin”.

“Now (it’s), ‘I’m not copping that. I’m going to another sport. I don’t deserve that’,” he said.

CONCERN: Leading league figures say the lack of junior players entering the senior ranks is hurting the region’s premier competition, First Division.

“Well, you probably did deserve it. You’ve been a little sh**at training, you weren’t doing what you were told, deal with it … And that’s the problem we’ve got.

“Personally, I think we’ve become such a cotton wool society that we’ve got to be so careful of people’s feelings that we don’t want to upset them.

“Hang on. Little Johnny has been a sh**of a kid, so I told him to pull his head in or he’s doing laps. Andhe goes home crying because the coach was nasty.”

Schmiedelsaid the situation was so dire there were only three under-16 sides and four under-18 sides this season.

“So that tells you there’s not a lot (of players) coming through,” he said. “I think there’s only four (under) 15 sides at the moment.”

He added: “The thing with sport in general is we’re competing in a market that everyone wants, and you’ve got rugby union and you’ve got AFL going strong and soccer going strong, basketball’s strong.

“So we’re all trying to dip into the same player pool … which makes it difficult.”

Northern Daily Leader

The politics at play in our changing city

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AT THE height of its influence, Renew Newcastle’s founder Marcus Westbury was fond of retelling an old joke.
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Newcastle, it seemed, was always on the verge of something. A large-scale development was just around the corner. Three to five years away.

The joke, of course, was that most of the action never really seemed to eventuate, and in the meantime it wasorganisations like Renew fostering small-scale development that helped beginNewcastle’s revitalisation.

That word –revitalisation –has since been adopted by the NSW governmentas its catch-cry in Newcastle.

Indeed it’s no longer UrbanGrowth or the Hunter Development Corporation guiding state investment in the city, it’s Revitalising Newcastle, an amalgam of various state government departments.

The state government, through Revitalising Newcastle, claims credit for bringing that elusive large-scale development to the city.

The narrative is that it has beenthe government’s half-a-billion dollar investment in Newcastle, mostly spent on the 2.7 kilometrelight rail project, that has helped bring activity into the city.

A springboard launchingthe $1.6 billion in development busily changing Newcastle’s skyline.

But if the NSW government wants to bask in our success, it must also accept the heat when things aren’t as positive.

Yet in recent excursions into the city’s politics, two Berejiklian government ministers have failed in this regard.

First it was theTransport Minister Andrew Constance, who attempted to shift attention fromhis own delay incominggood on a promise to produce a business case for the light rail extension with anattack on the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

And now it’s the Arts Minister Don Harwin, who raised hope for funding to expandthe Newcastle Art Gallery, and now – having failed to deliver any money –is putting theblame on the council.

Say what you will about the council –and it is not without blame, because it has had years to come up with fundsfor theexpansion –but the light rail business case and the gallery extension are exampleswhere the state government has prioritised massive spending in Sydney above more modest projects in Newcastle.

Nothing like a looming election to bring out the blame shifting and party politics.

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Five highlights in your travel week23 June

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The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge … climbers greeted by live music.Twilight climbs on all weekends in July and August will see four local musical artists serenade climbers at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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After a bucket-list journey ascending the iconic bridge to a vantage point 134 metres above the harbour, climbers will be greeted by a series of musicians, comprised of three duos and one singer-songwriter, waiting at the top with acoustic instruments safely attached and in hand.

There they will perform for each group as they climb the final stairs to the summit, in the genres of art folk, soulful reggae and Americana-inspired folk music.

This musical experience is included in the standard price of the ticket.

Phone (02) 8274 7777 or visit www.bridgeclimb南京夜网

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel … pampering mothers-to-be.

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has launched a new babymoon package, offering a special pampering experience for mums-to-be.

Defined as a romantic getaway or planned period of calm for expectant parents, the babymoon allows a restful getaway before baby arrives.

The Emporium’s package includes a 24-hour movie package, ice-cream and popcorn, a mum-and-bub gift pack including a signature plush zebra toy, valet parking, late checkout and a 10 per cent discount voucher at the Cheeky Bambino family concept store in the Emporium precinct.

The babymoon package is priced at $150 on top of whatever room rate is chosen.

Phone 1300 833 611 or visit www.emporiumhotels南京夜网.au

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … special opening rate.

The Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is offering a special introductory rate special of $159 per night in a studio king room for when it opens on July 19.

The rate is valid for stays to September 29 and includes 1GB of internet access daily, a welcome drink voucher and room upgrade, subject to availability.

The 136-room, nine-storey hotel is located close to T2 and T3 terminals and features 24-hour service, express check-out and internet kiosk.

The restaurant and bar will serve a provincial menu, featuring the regional NSW beef and sustainably sourced local seafood, served with local draught beer, wines and hand-crafted cocktails.

Phone 131 517 or visit www.mantra南京夜网.au

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel … a great base for Darwin’s popular winter events.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in the heart of Darwin is offering early-bird and longer-stay deals with up to 15 per cent off standard rates.

Darwin plays host to a wide range of sporting and cultural events during winter, including the Royal Darwin Show (21-23 July), Darwin Fringe Festival (July 11–23), Darwin Cup Carnival (July 8–August 7) and this year’s Darwin Festival (August 4–21), an 18-day calendar of activities featuring local and touring artists, outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel is located in the city centre, close to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin waterfront and Darwin Casino, and within walking distance of Darwin Mall and popular night spots.

The property offers serviced apartments, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. All apartments feature separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities and balcony, plus complimentary high-speed wi-fi.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels南京夜网.au

Fingal Beach … people line up to make giant humpback.

Each year in Port Stephens, hundreds of people gather on the beach to make the shape of a giant humpback and celebrate the whale-watching season.

The creation of the mammoth mammal will take place at noon on Saturday, July 15, as the finale of the region’s winter Naturefest celebrations. The event will be held on Fingal Bay Beach with free registration available from 10am.

This year visitors can also take advantage of a special winter accommodation deal offered by Marty’s at Little Beach.

Groups of up to four people can stay at Marty’s at Little Beach — 10 minutes from Fingal Bay — in a two-bedroom apartment for $200 per night on the weekend, based on a minimum two-night stay.

Larger family apartments, suitable for up to six people, are available for $250 per night.

Phone bookings will secure a further discount on accommodation.

Nestled between the sheltered stretches of sand at Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach, Marty’s offers studios and self-contained apartments with balconies, a heated swimming pool, free wi-fi and Foxtel, and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Phone 02 4984 9100 or visit www.martys.net.au. For general regional inquiries visit www.portstephens.org.au

Challenge to reduce plastic use this July

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TrishHaeusler twirls a standard ballpoint pen in her hand.
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“This pen will outlive me,” she says.

Not necessarily its usage or purpose, but its imprint on the earth.

Made of hard plastic, it could be 500 years before it has broken down.

For 20 years, the Launceston woman has noticed the growing prevalence and normality of plastic in everyday societal transactions.

As a teacher with an interest in environmental science, she’s walked students along beaches that are littered with discarded plastic.

This July, she wants people to think more about their plastic consumption, for Plastic Free July.

Ms Haeusler said it was not about overhauling one’s way of life, but taking small steps to reduce their plastic consumption.

“During July, we’re going to try and give people little tips,” Ms Haeusler said, who started the Facebook page Plastic Free Launceston.

“It’s about taking responsibility for all these plastics that you buy.

“When you buy something now, you think, ‘Where will this end up? This is going to be about much longer than me’.”

She said an easy place to start was with the big four: plastic bags, plastic straws, coffee cups, and bottled water.

It’s estimated that Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags each year, and about half of those are plastic shopping bags.

And they may seem small and inconsequential, but more than 10 million plastic straws are thought to be used in Australia every day.

The debate around reusable coffee cups has been hot lately, and not out of the blue –Australians use one billion a day.

And despite our level of drinkable tap water, Australians bought more than 726 million litres of bottled water in 2015.

So how do we tackle the “big four”?

It was as simple, she said, as saying no, or asking for an alternative.

“It’s about showing people that there is an alternative,” Ms Haeusler said.

“When you buy something, make it known that ‘I’m interested in buy this, but could you sell it to me like this?’, or just maybe going without.”

She’s been spreading the message throughout the community, running workshops in schools, and talking to businesses.

“Talking to businesses, that’s been really interesting,” she said, and added that part of the program was instilling a positive approach, rather than a guilt-inducing or shaming technique.

She said that, once again, it came down to making people pause to think if the plastic they’re about to take on is completely necessary.

“[I’m talking to businesses about] how about during July, rather than automatically doing something, wait for (the customer) to ask for a straw, or plastic bag,” Ms Haeusler said.

“Or, just say that you’re trying to cut back, and ‘Would you prefer not to have a bag or straw?’.

“It’s about changing behaviour.

“There’s this belief that you can’t live without plastic bags, when people did for a long time.”

Trish Haeusler, Plastic Free Launceston

Ms Haeusler said the recentWar on Wasteseries onABChad prompted more people to think about the after-life of their rubbish.

When it comes to reducing the use of the “big four” single-use plastics, Ms Haeusler said the alternatives were obvious and easy.

Bring your own bag to the supermarket, or so no to a single-use plastic bag if offered.

Say no to the plastic straw when ordering a drink.

Invest in a keep cup, and take it to your local caffeine haunt.

The same goes for bottled water –invest in your own hardy water bottle, and take it with you.

Ms Haeusler said that once people started to think about the amount of plastic they use once, twice and throw away, they were startled at their usage.

“It’s not about making life harder, but just have a look at what you’re using daily, and just see if there are a few things you can replace,” she said.

“We can get people to be confident to say ‘I can’t buy that’ or ‘Can I have that in a paper bag?’.”

She encouraged people to talk to friends, family, and colleagues about their plastic use, and easy ways that it could be reduced.

“C’mon, how about we give this a try?,” is the tried-and-true line she recommends.

Plastic Free Launceston will kick off the month with an event at Harvest Market in Launceston on Saturday.“I feel like I’m constantly reliving this terror every night, and no matter what I can’t find a way to calm myself down.

The Examiner

Victims question Act protection for teen criminals

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RELIGIOUSLY securing windows, locking doors and spiralling into fits of panic hasbecome commonplacefor Wagga’s Kirra Bloom.
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The 43-year-oldhas spoken ofher ongoing terror, diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an aggravated break and enter last year.

She joined a growing tally of property crime victims who have suffered severe psychological distress after losing their sense of security.

Ms Bloom has shared her harrowing experience in an attempt to show magistrates the wide-reaching repercussions of home invasions.

“The worst thing is that I feel stupid because it wasn’t something extremely serious like a war,” she said.

“I feel like I’m constantly reliving this terror every night, and no matter what I can’t find a way to calm myself down.

“I’m suffering from insomnia and every night I wake up at least four to five times to go downstairs and make sure the doors and windows are all secured.”

It comes as the controversialYoung Offenders Act, which protects teen criminals from exposure to the justice system, has increasingly come under fire in recent weeks.

“Magistrates seem more concerned about the welfare of the offenders than the victims,” Ms Bloom said.

The leniency of custodial sentences and bail approvals made airwaves across the state on Thursday when a Wagga woman penned an emotional letter to radio presenter Ray Hadley.

She told of the catastrophicseries of events that led to the death of her elderly mother.

“My parents were the alleged victims of a 16-year-old, bailed after numerous alleged break and enter offences,” she said.

“It was the beginning of a very devastating chain of events for our family.

“The alleged break-in emotionally affected my dad, the main carer of my mum who had Alzheimer’s.

“Two weeks after the break in my mum fell ill with an infection.

“Because my dad was so rattled by the break-in he didn’t notice.

“She passed away on April 1, 2017.”

Heranecdote sent the accomplished broadcaster into a fury.

“The Magistrate’s obviously had no thoughts for the victims when he gave this kid bail,” Mr Hadley said.

“A break-in indirectly results in a death and no one cares.

“It’s disgraceful.”

The Daily Advertiser

Uber passengers to pay an extra $1 for every trip

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Uber passengers will be slugged with a $1 fee for every trip as part of landmark reforms regulating ride-share services in Victoria.
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The reforms passed the upper house on Friday following a last-minute amendment introduced by Sex Party MP Fiona Patten to slash the per trip levy from $2.

The levy will apply to all taxi, Uber and other commercial passenger vehicles. Photo: Ryan Stuart

The levy will apply to all taxi, Uber and other commercial passenger vehicles, with the money to be used for an industry transition fund.

The government also agreed to remove a $50 million cap for the fund.

The levy, which will be applied on a per trip basis, will replace annual licence costs, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said this would cut costs, increase competition and drive down fares for passengers.

“This legislation will regulate ride-sharing, cut fares and provide the most generous industry transition and support package for the existing taxi and hire car industry in Australia,” she said.

The reforms leave room for the levy to be hiked if the revenue is not enough to cover the costs of financial assistance provided to the taxi industry.

Under Labor’s proposed reforms taxi licence holders would receive up to $100,000 for their first licence and $50,000 for their second, third and fourth licences.

On Saturday, Uber Victoria managerLucas Groeneveld​welcomed the move, saying it would benefit everyone.

“Fiona Patten introduced sensible amendments to move reform forward for the benefit of the travelling public and the industry as a whole,” Mr Groeneveld said.

“We’re pleased the Legislative Council has accepted the amendments and trust the government will pass the bill when Parliament resumes.”

Opposition police spokesmanDavid Hodgett​ said the government voted for increased taxes on all Victorians.

“Daniel Andrews decided to target regional Victorians by voting to slug regional commuters for their taxi and Uber rides,” Mr Hodgett said.

The Age

After 50 years, legal access planned for lost Waterfall cemetery

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After 50 years, legal access planned for lost Waterfall cemetery One of the few intact headstones at the Waterfall General Cemetery, which will be legally accessible after decades under a new council plan. Picture: Christoper Chan
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One of the intact headstones at the rediscovered Garrawarra Cemetery. Picture: Christopher Chan

Sixteen-year-old Vincent Arena died on February 4, 1926. He is pictured with his family.

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Thomas Kennedy, with his wife Lydia Kennedy, died at the Waterfall Sanatorium on September 15, 1923, and is buried in Garrawarra Cemetery.

Thomas Kennedy died at the Waterfall Sanatorium on September 15, 1923, and is buried in Garrawarra Cemetery.

Thomas Kennedy died at the Waterfall Sanatorium on September 15, 1923, and is buried in Garrawarra Cemetery.

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Sisters Josephine Minister (pictured) and Gertrude French both died at Garrawarra and were buried in the cemetery. Since the cemetery was rediscovered, Josephine’s great-granddaughter Jody Faraone, from the Gold Coast, has discovered her family’s Aboriginal ancestry.

Sisters Josephine Minister and Gertrude French (pictured) both died at Garrawarra and were buried in the cemetery. Since the cemetery was rediscovered, Josephine’s great-granddaughter Jody Faraone, from the Gold Coast, has discovered her family’s Aboriginal ancestry.

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Garrawarra Cemetery, north-west of Helensburgh. Picture: Christopher Chan

Florence Louisa Brennan, born 1893.

Bernard Patrick Murray with son Francis.

William Eaton.

TweetFacebookFor fifty years, access to the graves of 2000people who died at NSW’s only state-run tuberculosis sanatorium has been forbidden.

But, under a new plan to be debated on Monday night, Wollongong City Council will pave the way for legal access to thelong-lost Waterfall cemetery.

Read more: Forgotten souls of Garrawarra Cemetery

Located south the old sanatorium(now theGarrawarra aged care facility),the isolated 110-year-old burial groundhas been under the council’s care since 1967, but was only rediscovered in 2011. Since then, efforts have been made to restore its place in the city’s history.

The council is hoping to acquire “right of carriageway” over an old road that runs off the Princes Highway, at Helensburgh, so that people who want to visit the graves do not have to crossDepartment of Health and Crown Lands.

“Council is responsible for the management of the Waterfall (Garrawarra) Cemetery and currently no legal access to it exists,” a report to councillors said.

To remedy this, and eliminate the need for people to cross into Department of Health land near the aged care centre, Crown Lands has suggested the council acquire a fire trail and apply to the NSW Treasurer to waive any compensation fees.

The fire trail currently does not have access to the Princes Highway, the council said, and this would need to be constructed.

Illawarra Mercury

Hardship policies should be a standard rule

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Credit card statements, water, phone and energy bills, mortgage repayments, council ratesand exorbitant rental fees.
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Cr Loretta Baker.

How can low-income householders possibly get ahead?

Maitland councillor Loretta Baker’s quest to promote council’s ratehardship policy could not have come at a better time.

Introduced in 2014, Cr Baker said the not so widely known policy wasthere to help Maitland’s battlers and was implemented to help householders cope with the urban rate rise.

The council pushed ahead with plans in December 2013 to increase rateswith a unanimous vote but one of the provisos was to review the debt recovery and hardship policy.

The average urban land rates were set to climbfrom $986 to $1796 in 2020-21, based on an average land value of $148,000, if the independent pricing and regulatory tribunal should decide to uphold the increase.

Areport found the proposed urban rate rise would be 1.1 per cent of total household expenditure in 2020-21 and up to 2.52 per cent of the annual budget of people on government support.

Under the debt recovery and hardship policy council will issue a reminder letter if rates are not paid within seven days of the due date.The reminder notice will advise that the recovery of the rates and charges may be referred to council’s debt collection agency if the overdue amount is not paid in full within seven days.

At the end of that seven days council will refer all assessments where the amount overdue is greater than $450 to its debt collection agency, unless the ratepayer makes alternative arrangements.

Cr Baker is encouraging residents struggling to pay rates to ring council and start a payment plan.Shesaid increasing energy charges, rents and the high cost of living in general hadmany families struggling to make ends meet.She said this coupled with no wage growth was cripplinglow-income householders.

Fairfax Media brought you the story last week of Mother Moira Evers who has started a program in her parish to feed the less fortunate including some families who live in cars.She’s finding it hard to keep up with the demand.

People are struggling and helpful incentives like Maitland Council’s hardship policy should be standard acrossall service providers.

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We need to value our most brilliant minds

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AN American research paper written in 1978 sums up the state of breast cancer treatment at that time.
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Women diagnosed with breast cancer were given three options –mastectomy or removal of the breast, mastectomy with chemotherapy or mastectomy with radiotherapy. The research paper noted it was written at a time when there was “dissatisfaction about the treatment of primary breast cancer”, and when “physician attitudes are very sensitive and react quite rapidly to new recommendations”.

It was in that year that John Forbes, Alan Coates, Michael Green and Raymond Snyder established the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trial Group, headed by Forbes, which took as its starting point that breast cancer research would guide the future direction of treatments.

It went on to be a leader in global breast cancer research, and Forbes by 2014 and 2015 to be acknowledged as one of the worlds most influential scientific researchers. Some of his, and the group’s, most significant work is in the area of the drug tamoxifen as both a primary treatment of some breast cancers, and also a preventive drug for women at high risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Professor Forbes has remained clear about the aim of the group and his significant personal commitment. They were always working towards ending breast cancer deaths, he said. On Sunday, after a celebration of his achievements at a dinner in Newcastle on Friday night, he predicted that aim would be achieved in the 2030s.

In Australia we are accustomed to the view that sportspeople are role models. We think nothing of our prime ministers lauding the Australian cricket team or tacitly approving sickies on the day we win an international yacht race. Australia’s sporting achievements are a salve to the national psyche.

But it is the achievements of medical scientists like Professor John Forbes that not only change –and save –the lives of countless Australians, but change the course of medical history. Those achievements need to be just as suitably lauded by our community and political leaders.

At a time when science, facts and truth are being constantly challenged by politicians and commentators, it is important that we recognise the extraordinary contribution of our brilliant minds like Professor Forbes.

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Your chance to make Supercars history

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DO you have an idea of what best represents the Hunter?
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Newcastle and Hunter residents are invited to help design the perpetual Coates Hire Newcastle 500 trophy.

In conjunction with the Newcastle Herald, members of the local community can submit their designs to a judging panel, with the potential to be the inspiration behind the trophy presented to the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500 winner.

The design competition is open to all ages and provides an opportunity for the community to create a unique trophy that reflects the region.

Supercars chief executive James Warburton said the trophy competition was another chance for the community to embrace the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 as its own, and encouraged budding artists to enter.

“The opportunity to design the trophy gives everyone in the community a chance to put their creative skills to the test and create a unique piece of memorabilia that will be the jewel in the crown for the final race of the year,” he said.

“Every driver in the series will want to be the first one to lift that inaugural trophy on Sunday, November 26, and it will no doubt carry with it the pride of the Newcastle community. We look forward to seeing all the entries and will be looking for a unique idea that really reflects Newcastle.”

Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the design competition offered local motorsport fans a rare chance to be part of local folklore.

“I am intrigued to see what designs people come up with,” she said.

“Perhaps they could reflect the shape of a local landmark like the Obelisk, Nobbys Head or King Edward Park, or even draw inspiration from Newcastle’s emerging status as a smart, liveable and sustainable city.”

The competition is open until July 31. The winning trophy design will be announced on August 2.

The judging panel includes six-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup; one of Newcastle’s favourite sons Paul “Chief” Harragon; the Newcastle Herald’s Ross Melville, Coates Hire national marketing and sponsorship Manager Elle Fleming; Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Supercars chief executive James Warburton.

In addition to seeing their trophy centre stage the winner will receive two three-day passes to the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 and a photo with the winning driver and their trophy.

The Coates Hires Newcastle 500 has been secured for Newcastle by the NSW government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, with the support of Newcastle City Council as a major regional event which will drive significant visitation and economic benefit to the communities of Newcastle and the Hunter.

The Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will be held from November 24 to 26.

Enter via theherald南京夜网.au/community/competitions/with “Supercars trophy” in the subject area.

Knights implode in 32-28 loss to Dragons

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THE Newcastle Knights blew an 18-point lead in crashing toa demoralising 32-28loss to St George Illawarra at Kogarah Oval on Sunday.
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Searching for their first away win in almost two years, Newcastle apparently had the result wrapped up after a dominant first half.

But the home side, capitalising on a glut of possession, surged home with four tries to none after the break.

The result left Newcastle equal last on the ladder with Wests Tigers, who have an extra win to their name. The two cellar dwellers clash at McDonald Jones Stadium next Sunday.

The Dragons led 10-0 after two Jason Nightingale tries in the first eight minutes, but Newcastle responded with 28 unanswered points before half-time.

YOU BEAUTY: The Knights celebrate a try.

HARD YARDS: Newcastle’s Daniel Saifiti charges forward.

Stand-in fullback Nathan Ross scored a hat-trick of tries in the space of 11 minutes, giving him 10 for the season.

Back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon also crashed over, and centre Brendan Elliot scored out wide after the Dragons allowed a bomb to bounce.

The home crowd booed the Dragons, who were coming off lacklustre defeats by Parramatta and Canterbury, fromthe field at half-time.

The Dragons suffered an early setback when in-form prop Paul Vaughan limped off in the third minute with a calf injury.

St George Illawarra reduced the deficit to 28-16 when back-rower Joel Thompson scored in the 47thminute and Widdop converted.

PRESSURE: The Dragons concede another try.

Five minutes later, fullback Josh Dugan scored from dummy-half, Widdop landed the goal, and the game was back in the balance.

A quick penalty tap from Dugan three minutes later put the Dragons on the front foot again and they soon created an overlap for Nightingale to score his third try.

From the sideline, Widdop converted to lock scores up at 28 apiece.

With the visitors wilting, former Knights under-20s player Kurt Mann scored to put the home side back in the lead, 32-28.

Two minutes from full-time, Newcastle had a chance to snatch victory but lock Mitch Barnett coughed up a tough ball metres from the line.

Fun on all fours at Woof-fest

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Fun on all fours at Woof-fest Image by @barbo_rina #wooffest#westernsydneyparklands#wooffest2017
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@enzo.the.chihuahua says: ‘I had so much fun today meeting all the big dogs at Woof Fest. I wasn’t even scared’

Photo shared on Instagram by @sarahlareelove who posts: It’s official, I’m in love. This guy is the perfect male – a bit naughty, so handsome and king of his own domain.

Photo by @nalathebeaglier ‘I made some human friends today at Woof Fest’

By @king_louis_minipoodle ‘When I’m only allowed to pick one #doggytreat – #cocoa or #vanilla? #blackorwhite #wooffest’

Photo by @enzo.the.chihuahua shared on Instagram.

By @kiwi_notthefruit ‘Fun day at the dog festival! #wooffest’

By @bandit_vinnie_lucy ‘Mum took me to woof fest today’

Photo by @vic_lopez3 shared on Instagram – ‘Woof fest with my baby #rottweiler #bearadventures’

Photo by @buddy.and.banjo_cavoodles_ ‘so many dogs of all shapes, sizes and behaviour at the Woof-Fest today.’

Photo by @emmilieejanee #wooffest2017

Photo by @davethebearcoat ‘Had a great day today at Woof-Fest! #sharpeisofinstagram #puppy #sharpeibearcoat’

By @beau.g.m ‘Little pooch had fun at Wooffest with @greatbarrierchief’

Image by @dorzielicious

By @becmarco ‘This is my best friend, Teddy 🐶🐶💙 #wooffest2017’

By @patricknalletamby ‘Book him Danno’

@peppy_the_schnauz ‘Gimme the crepe and no-one gets hurt.’

@sharkywoo #blacktown #wooffest

Photo by @misszoelala ‘And now it’s Maggie’s turn for a selfie! #WoofFest2017’

Photo by @crown_chihuahuas #chihuahuas #wooffest2017

Photo by @peppy_the_schnauz #sprinkles #getinmybelly #whosagoodgirl #dayout #withmymummy #loveher #mansbestfriend #wooffest2017

Image by @crown_chihuahuas #wooffest2017 #chihuahua

Image by @mackyxbamboo Caricature 😍 #wooffest #wooffest2017 #freecaricature

TweetFacebook Photo gallery – photos shared on Instagram at Woof Fest 2017It was pooch paradise at the annual Woof-fest as you can see from these photos.

In its six year there was live entertainment, dog skills demonstrations, expert advice on offer, dog-themed stalls and a dog fashion parade.

The popular festival took place on Saturday atBungarribee Park, Blacktown.

People took to Instagram to share there photos –flick through the photo gallery above to see some of the best.

Suzy the star as Hunters hit form

29/07/2019 | 南京夜网 | Permalink

NEWCASTLE Hunters kept their Waratah Basketball League women’s finals hopes alive with a gritty 71-64 victory over Illawarra Hawks at the Snakepit in Wollongong on Saturday.
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A powerhouse performance by triple Olympic medallist Suzy Batkovic (39 points, 24 rebounds, six blocked shots) and a crucial contribution from 18-year-old junior world champion Cassidy McLean (10 rebounds, five points, two steals, two assists) were the keys to Newcastle’s win.

Coach Mark Gledson said all-rounder Alison Ebzery also played a vital role against last-placed Illawarra (1-11), amassing eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. The sixth-placed Hunters improved to a 5-7 win-loss record and face another must-win game against seventh-placed Sydney Comets (3-8) at Broadmeadow next Saturday.

“It was an ugly win, but we will take an ugly win over a good loss, and it made for an easier trip home from Wollongong,” Newcastle coach Mark Gledson said.

“We had a good first quarter for a change, which helped set up the win.

“Suzy was very impressive, and she controlled our defence with six blocks and 19 defensive boards, not to mention scoring 39 points.

STAR: Suzy Batkovic.

“Alison played her usual aggressive game, and Cassidy McLean had a great night on the boards. She had 10 rebounds for the game, and six were offensive.”

Newcastle (2-13) suffered a gut-wrenching 93-91 loss to Illawarra (5-9) in the men’s game at the Snakepit on Saturday night. The Hunters trailed by as many as 18 points midway through the second quarter but closed on a 19-10 run to reduce the deficit to 52-43 at half-time.

Newcastle maintained momentum in the third quarter and built a 66-58 lead with four minutes remaining but the Hawks responded to lead 72-70 at the final break.

Youth League trio Jacob Foy (29 points), Joel Rauch (26) and Jakob Dorricott (16) provided the bulk of Newcastle’s scoring, and Foy added nine rebounds and two steals.

“Our slow start cost us, then our press got us back in the game, and it was a fantastic effort from our three youngest players to score 61 points between them,” Newcastle coach Darren Nichols said.

“We fought hard to get back into the game and then lead, because when we were down by 18 it looked like it could have been 40.

“It’s always tough to lose, especially the close ones, but their coach [Darren O’Brien] said afterwards that … we don’t lay down. That’s all we can ask.”