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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.

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— 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.”

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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

Briggs slots first winnerphotos

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ON POINT: Macquarie’s Randall Briggs. Picture: Marina NeilRandall Briggs may not be able to slot them at training but he stepped up when it counted on Sunday with a field goal to win the game 13-12 for Macquarie over Lakes.
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With eight minutes remaining Briggs broke the deadlock from 30 metres out and put the Scorpions ahead for the first time in the round nineencounter, much to the delight of the home crowd at Peacock Field.

The second-rower, who had shifted to five-eighth in the closing stages to cover injuries, produced the winning play normally assigned to his older brother Scott, who returned from a one-match suspension in reserve grade.

It was a new kind of experience for Briggs.

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Macquarie trailed 6-0 and 12-6 throughout the afternoon courtesy of tries in either half to Lakes pair Lee McClintock and Jamie Ghoulmieh.

But it was another Briggs, younger sibling Isaac, who helped equalise with determined four pointers at opposite ends.

This fighting spirit, despite constant mistakes and a depleted bench, shone through according to Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge.

“We completed at 22 per cent in the first half, which was one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a side I’ve coached,” he said.

“But you look at the positive, their will to win this side is outstanding.

“We ended up with no subs on the bench and a lot of people gave us stick during the week aboutGal[injured captain Blake Gallen] not playing. Their effort was there today, but their football brain just didn’t follow.”

Lakes coach Dean Noonan said he was pleased with the showing despite the result.

“It’s not that often you’re on a losing team but you’re still reasonably happy with the performance,” Noonan said. “I was today.”

Elsewhere in Newcastle Rugby League andit was Central that accounted for Kurri Kurri 18-8 in a tight tussle at St John Oval on Sunday.

LADDER:Western Suburbs 16, Macquarie, Central Newcastle 12, South Newcastle, Lakes 8, Cessnock 6, Kurri Kurri, Maitland 4

Take me to the river

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In February Maitland Council threw an extra $10,000 into city’s new year celebrations to include LornA plan that couldplace the Hunter River at the forefront of regionaltourism and community activities may soon go on exhibition for public comment.
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Maitland City Council will vote on Tuesday night to exhibit the Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank plans of management and masterplans which flag a second wharf for Morpeth and a community plaza for Lorn.

An objective in council’s +10 Community Strategic Plan was to improve recreational access to the Hunter River and its banks from council-owned land.

After considering a study into access to the Hunter and Paterson rivers, council voted to prepare a plan of management and masterplan for two reserves at Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank.

“Council has identified the Hunter River as a significant asset and as such has embarked on a strategic plan to enhance the heritage and natural resource for the entire community to enjoy,” a report said.

Council undertook a studyin 2014 to identify potential sites for access to the Hunter River for recreational purposes including the launching of non-motorised vessels.

A report said Queens Wharf wasan important community asset with natural and heritage significance. “Queens Wharf is also a key recreational site in Maitlandproviding the only boat ramp into the Hunter River,” it stated.

The plans of management and masterplans were jointly funded by council and the Roads and Maritime Service.

Mara Consulting was engaged by council to develop the plans, a key component of the project was to engage stakeholders to gain feedback and input into the design process.

The meeting with stakeholders was carried out last year.

The draft plan suggests installing additional parking, a heritage display to promote the historical site, additional picnic tables, improving beach areas, a secondjetty and an extension of the existing jetty.

The 9.5 hectare Lorn site isvisually prominent from the Riverwalk adjacent to The Levee and will be even more so with the completionof the Riverlink building.

Plans for Lorn include an access road over the levee, exercise equipment, two amenities blocks, picnic tables, children’s play area, off leash dog area, paved pathway to the river, an open spacearea around a central plaza large enough to hostcommunity functions.

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‘Strange’: Woman rescued from under Essendon house could have been there for a week

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Neighbours fear a woman trapped under a derelict Essendon house may have been there for a week.
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A woman, aged in her 40s, was rescued from under the kitchen floorby emergency crews on Saturday evening after neighbours heard cries for help.

A woman was trapped under the kitchen floor in this Essendon home. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

One neighbour who went to investigate inside the vacant home called police afterhearing scratching under the floorboards.

Eight firefighters took two hours to cut a hole through the kitchen floor and rescue the woman.

Neighbours say the house has been vacant for years. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Roger Chitty said the woman was “extremely dehydrated and incoherent”.

‘We weren’t able to make conversationwith her,” Commander Chittysaid.

“But she was very fortunate to be conscious and in the state she was in, considering how long she’d been under the house.”

A neighbour, Janis, said she saw a blondewoman picking fence palings off the rear boundary of the property, on the corner of Miller and Violet streets, a week ago.

The woman was taken to hospital suffering from exposure to cold. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

“Last Sunday, about midday, I saw this lady coming up the street looking in, and then she went down the laneway,” Janies told Fairfax Media.

“She pulled a couple [of fence palings]off, they were lying near that shed.I assumed she was trying to get in.”

“I was in my bedroom when I saw her. My partner came in and I said, “I don’t know what she’s doing”, and he said, “I reckon she’s a squatter”.

She described the woman as “quite well dressed”, wearing jeans, a red T-shirt, a blue vest and a handbag when they last saw her a week ago.

She said a firefighter told her the woman was wedged under the house like a cat.

Other neighbours said the house had been vacant for years.

One neighbour Cathysaid she hadnever seen a light on inside the dilapidated house.

“We’ve never seen anyone come or go.The curtains are never open, it’s really strange,” she said. “My kids call it the Halloween House – they’re terrified of it.”

Neighbours Rhys Thomas and RachelBovey, who moved into the neighbourhood six months ago, said they had never seen anyone on the property.

“We thought it was vacant, but these sorts of properties attract this kind of thing. This is one of the strangest things to happenanywhere I’ve ever lived.”

The house is the only derelict property on the well-kempt street, with paint peeling from itswalls and an overgrown garden.

Another neighbour, who is also believed to ownthe vacant property, declined to comment on the matter.

The rescued woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospitalsuffering from exposure.

Police say they don’t know why she was under the floor and are now investigating.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said on Sunday.

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Putting reputation – and boat – on the line

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Putting reputation – and boat – on the line Community: Des Maslen pulls rubbish from Throsby Creek during Clean Up Australia. He is running for mayor and as a councillor at Port Stephens.
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Passionate: Des Maslen speaking at a community meeting after the Williamtown RAAF Base firefighting foam contamination scandal was made public.

TweetFacebook A man, his boat and a defamation caseDoing it the Port Stephens Council wayIT took Port Stephens Council mayoral hopeful Des Maslen decades to fulfil his dream of owning a cruiser, and a single defamation case to have him putting the cruiser up for sale after only a year.

The case, launched against him after he re-posted a copy of a post related to the council, meant the cruiser had to go because “we needed the money” to defend the costly legal argument, Mr Maslen said.

“I’ve been wanting to get a cruiser since I was a little kid and I finally got one a bit over a year ago but that’s the way things go. It was an old one but it was mine. It wasn’t great but I did some work on it. I’ll get another one some day,” he said.

Mr Maslen heads the Labor ticket in one of three Port Stephens Council wards after deciding to stand for both the mayoral positionand as a councillor. Labor is running three candidates in each ward.

“We want to be completely open about running as a Labor team. We’re not hiding behind the ‘independent’ tag. The council needs to be changed,” he said.

Mr Maslen has strongly criticised the council and mayor Bruce MacKenzie for issues including the dumping of contaminated waste at Salt Ash Pony Club. The NSW Environment Protection Authority fined the council $45,000 in October for the “unlawful transport of waste and use of land as a waste facility”.

The dumping exercise is estimated to have cost the council more than $200,000.

Mr Maslen said the council lacked transparency in its decision-making and was being “ruled, not governed”.

“I’ve seen and been part of organisations that work well. I believe the role of mayor and councillors is to be the conduit between the community and the council organisation, working in the public interest,” he said.

“I think the current council represents a minority, and by that I mean they have a very small area they tap into for the decisions they make, and that knowledge base has to be broadened.

“I see a group of people who’ve been there for a long time and what this area needs is a good fresh start.”

Mr Maslen’s focus on local government flowed, in part, from community action following exposure of the Williamtown RAAF Base firefighting foam scandal. Mr Maslen owns property within the contamination zone.

He runs an environmental mooring business after years in the area, including attending school at Bob’s Farm and living at East Seaham, Raymond Terrace and Medowie.

Mr Maslen said his view of the world was informed by becoming a single parent 22 years ago and living in a Housing Commission home while working towards a future.

The pain of a popular postcode

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Other small towns in central Queensland are following Yaraka’s lead and asking for a unique postcode.The quest by Yarakafor its own postcodehas been taken up by othersmall towns in central Queensland.
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Delegates at the Western Queensland Local Government Association conference heard recently that postal services in communities in the Central Highlands Regional Council area were being impacted by the current methodology used to allocate postcodes.

They are all communities that share the 4702 postcode, which is the code Yaraka residents had and objected to.

Central Highlands CEO, Scott Mason, said the interaction of locality names and postcodes can create confusion in regional and remote areas, adding that it leads to difficulties in identifying properties for post and parcel services, resulting in community frustration, delays and other service delivery inefficiencies.

“And these people want a sense of identity,” he said.“Surely the system can be flexible enough to accommodate them.”

The council gathering resolved to work to influence the realignment of locality and postcode areas in regional and remote areas to improve consistency, by way of a review they’d like to see undertaken by a relevant federal authority.

An Australia Post spokewoman said the organisation wasopen to reviewing postcodes from time to time, however will only effect a change where there are operational efficiencies to be gained in rerouting the mail.

“In evaluating changes to existing postcodes, Australia Post assesses aspects of the geographical area such as the volume of mail currently being delivered into a locality, delivery arrangements, and projected population growth,” she said.

“We also consider the impact on local communities.

“Postcodes are assigned solely to facilitate the efficient processing and delivery of mail, and correspond with the delivery centres from which mail is delivered.”

Yaraka sharesthe 4702 postcode with places such as Shoalwater and Gracemere, hundreds of kilometres away.

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, has campaigned strongly with Australia Post on behalf of the community at the “end of the line” for its own mailing identity,after being approached by the Longreach Regional Council and Yaraka community members soon after being elected.

The anomaly comes from the years when Yaraka was part of the railway line that extended west from Rockhampton, and received its mail from that source.

That’s long gone but Yaraka is still feeling the effect, including being recognised as a coastal postcode when insurance companies come to calculate insurance premiums for places affected by cyclones, despite being 700 km inland.

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Attack on 20-year-old a case of mistaken identity

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DUO: Roberts and Miners
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A YOUNG man with an intellectual disability and foetal alcohol syndrome has been left scared to leave his home after being targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

The 20-year-old was attacked and told he would be shot during the incident in the main street of Gerogery on May 14.

The victim had driven to a toilet block, about 100 metres from the town’s pub, and heard voices coming from the hotel.

When he got back to his car, he saw a blue Ford and called his girlfriend.

He started his vehicle by reaching in through the window when the Ford turned its lights on and reversed towards him about 9pm.

The victim drove away, followed closely by Gregory Roberts, 29, in the Ford.

It’s alleged his partner Amina Miners, 30, was in the vehicle, which overtook the victim’s car and slammed its brakes on.

Miners allegedly got out, opened the door, ripped his seatbelt off and pulled the man from the car.

The victim was crying and shaking uncontrollably and didn’t understand what was happening.

Miners allegedly threw his phone into nearby bushland so the victim couldn’t call police, as Roberts told her it was the wrong person.

The victim fled and Miners allegedly took his keys and threw them awaybefore the pair got into their car and followed him.

He hid in grassland and the pair screamed at him, before Miners allegedly punched him in the side of the head.

“Jump in my boot before I shoot ya,” she allegedly shouted at the 20-year-old.

The man ran into a paddock and told someone in a nearby farmhouse to call Triple-0.

Roberts took full responsibility for the incident during a police interview – claiming he had been the one who had robbed and assaulted the victim, and that his partner wasn’t even in the car.

The following day, he admitted he had lied to police and made a fresh statement with comprehensive allegations against his partner.

The false statementto the investigators led to Roberts being charged with hindering a police investigation into a serious indictable offence.

Magistrate Tony Murray told Roberts he was at some risk of going to jail, noting it was “a serious matter”.

Miners is behind bars for her alleged role, and is yet to enter a plea.

Roberts will be sentenced on July 27 and Miners will return to court on July 10.

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‘It brings everything back’

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‘It brings everything back’ Memories: Lyn McKeon and daughter Marissa before their deaths in Bali in October, 2002.
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Survivors: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie survived the 2002 Bali bombing, but their lives changed forever.

Grief: Ross McKeon and daughter Kristie at the funeral of Lyn and Marissa McKeon.

Injured: Ross McKeon in hospital after the 2002 Bali bombing.

TweetFacebook Memories of 2002IT’S been 15 years since Terrie Smith’s sister and niece, Lyn and Marissa McKeon, were killed in a bomb attack on the Sari Club in Bali, but the memories of 2002 came flooding back on Saturday with a simple news report.

American prosecutors had filed terror charges against the alleged architect of the 2002 bombings, Riduan “Hambali” Isomuddin, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians, the report said.

Mrs Smith and husband Warren were stunned by what they called “the good news”. But they were reminded again of what they lost when a cancelled flight back to Australia saw Ross and Lyn McKeon, their daughters Marissa, 14, and Kristie, 12, and 13 friends have dinner at the Sari Club –the only time the group went to anightclub during their three-week holiday.

“Hearing it like that without any warning, it brings everything back, but it’s not as raw as it was five yearsago, and five years ago it wasn’t as raw as it was five years before that,” Mr Smith said.

“We’re past the crying stage but it sort of all hits home.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described the 2002 Bali bombing as the single greatest loss of Australian life in a terrorist attack, which had been a “scar on the hearts of all Australians”.

“I hope that, should this prosecution succeed, there will be some closure for those who were devastated by the loss of loved ones, family and friends,” Ms Bishop said.

Isomuddin is accused of directing the co-ordinated attacks on Paddy’s Irish Pub, the Sari Club and the US consulate in October, 2002, as well as the 2003 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta which killed 12 people.

Terrie and Warren Smith said they would follow the prosecution but the incarceration of Isomuddin at Guantanamo Bay since 2006 was “the best thing because he hasn’t been able to hurt anyone else”.

“Other people have been protected from this coward,” Mr Smith said.

Ross McKeon suffered serious injuries during the bombing while daughter Kristie was found by friends, distraught and alone, after the attack.

Mr McKeon still bears the physical and emotional scars and the simple act of looking at photographs at family events showed the extent of the grief felt by him and his daughter, Mr Smith said.

“He doesn’t saytoo much,” he said.

In an interview one year after the bombing Mr McKeon said the grief “comes up when you don’t expect it”.

“We might be at a sporting event or something like thatandI’ll think, 12 months ago Marissa was running around, Lyn was hereandwe were watching this together as a familyandenjoying life together. Andnow they’re not here.”

Mr Smith said Kristie’s marriage and the recent birth of her first child were times when she keenly felt the loss of both her mother and sister.

“Marissa is badly missed by her sister. Things have happened in Kristie’s life and it would have been nice for her to have her mother and sister there.”

Terrie Smith said July 7 will be another reminder of the permanent losses from October 12, 2002, when Lyn McKeon would have celebrated her 60thbirthday.

In 2003 Ross McKeon said he had constant memories of his wife and daughter.

“They are sweet memories but you have to let them be sweet rather than hold on to them, because then they go sour because you start thinking about what you’ve lost. You have to let it pass and not dwell on it.”

In November, 2008 three men were executed on the island prison ofNusakambanganin for their parts in the 2002 Bali bombing, and a fourth man died in a police shoot-out in 2010. Other conspirators were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences.

In October, 2005 another bomb blast in Bali claimed the lives of Newcastle residents Colin and Fiona Zwolinski and Jennifer Williamson, and left members of nine other Newcastle families with serious injuries.

Turning fear into hope after cancer diagnosis

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TERRY WHEELERHunter Prostate Cancer Support GroupTERRY Wheeler is the man you want in your corner when the going gets tough.
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As a founder of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group, Mr Wheeler has backed hundreds of men –and their partners – who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

One of those men was Maitland man John Leeks, who described his diagnosis as “sheer terror” as he struggled to come to terms with it.

LEADERSHIP: Terry Wheeler, right, with support worker Greg Milan at a meeting of the Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group.

But, thanks to Mr Wheeler,he turned “giving up” into renewed optimism about the future.

It is a story that has been repeated hundreds of times over within the support group, Mr Leeks said.

“Terry has spent 20 years speaking to people over the phone, visiting them at their home, visiting them in hospital, he makes every contact he can –even though he himself has severe prostate cancer,” Mr Leeks said.

“I think the only way you can describe that is extreme charity and generosity.”

According to Cancer Australia, more than 16,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

It is estimated that 3400 men die from prostate cancer every year.

Mr Leeks said the value of the support group founded by Mr Wheeler was the camaraderie between its members.

“Terry basically set me straight; he got me talking to other people,” he said.

“The first thing that happens when you hear prostate cancer is you go blank.

“It comes out of the blue, so it’s critical that you talk to people.

“Doctors are very good at giving medical advice, but when you’re in there all you’re hearing is cancer.

“When you talk to people about it, you know what to expect, you become more optimistic.”

Mr Wheeler said the group was designed to be encouraging –not only for men, but their partners as well.

“The strength of the group, for the last 20 years or more, is that people, including their wives, can talk about things important to them about their prostate cancer journey,” he said.

“We do this on a one to one basis or in a group discussion environment … it is purely at what our members and especially new members want to do.

“We cater for all people and we don’t push anyone in any way.

“We find that the doctors cannot provide the sort of fellowship and time that is provided by our group.”

The Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Maryland Community Centre. Attending the meeting is free.

To find out more, visit hunterprostatesupport.org

Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets

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Weather watchers wowed by stunning sunsets The fading light reflected on mid-level clouds creates a stunning sunset on the Manning River on Saturday evening. Photo by Janine Watson.
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Photo by @katrina_begg of last night’s sunset #nature_perfection

Photo by @gbake1974 / ‘Sunset over the Macleay Valley. Nothing but natural, no filters #sunset sunset #macleayriver’

Photo by @alexchiswell taken at Oakdale.

Photo by @sue_take2 taken at Port Macquarie and shared on Instagram – ‘Pelican photobombing my sunset #pelican #bird #sunset #nofilter #portmacquarie’

Another stunning photo of Saturday night’s sunset captured at Port Macquarie by @ruthandturbo

Image by @_denise_fg taken at Port Macquarie.

Saturday night’s sunset captivated photographers including @sophie.smiles who shared this photo taken at Port Macquarie on Instagram.

More #sunset_brilliance by @ _denise_fg

Sunset over Kempsey captured by @chrissy636363 and shared on Instagram.

Another stunning Kempsey sunset captured by @chrissy636363

Photo by @shell2444 ‘Winter weekends …. the end of a sensational Saturday in #portmacquarie ‘

By @gbake1974 ‘As the evening egrets flock by #sunset #macleayvalley’

Clouds flushed with colour as the sun sets near Kiama.

Another stunning image taken by @gbake1974 at Kempsey and shared on Instagram.

Sunset on Wollongong Harbour by @turaumus

Sunset near Kempsey. Photo by Ronnie Grammatica Photography.

Photo by @lisamary64life.sun.beach #livesunsets #bythelakeside #forsternsw

Sunset photo taken at Forster by @emilytheone

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Your photos capture the changing seasonsYour photos show the strength of the oceanSome stunning sunsets have been snapped in recent days across the south-east of Australia.

Saturday night was no exception and according Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje, it’s all to do with the clouds.

“There’s the right amount of mid-level cloud around at the moment for the light to reflect off and make for some brilliant sunsets.”

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Forty-one Victorian lives would have been saved last year by this one safety measure

29/04/2019 | 南京夜网 | Permalink

Forty-one people died on Victoria’s roads last year because they were in a car that did not have electronic stability control.
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The braking technology, which has been mandatory in new cars in Victoria for six years, has been compared to seatbelts and drink-driving laws for its role in saving lives.

Electronic stability control could have saved 41 lives in Victoria last year. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Victoria suffered a horror year on the roads in 2016, with 291 people killed, the highest number of lives lost in a decade.

New research has revealed a staggering 14 per cent of those deaths can be attributed to the absence of electronic stability control (ESC).

The average age of a car in Victoria is 10 years, with most cars built well before 2011 when the safety feature became mandatory.

Last year just 31 per cent of registered cars in Victoria hadthe technology, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, Sweden’s Transport Administration and the Monash University Accident Research Centre combined to analyse the circumstances of all 291 fatalities on the road last year.

Their research, which was based on Victoria Police crash data, is the first time a study of its kind has been done in Australia.

Itfoundthat 140 of last year’s291 deaths occurred after a vehicle veered out of itslane, and that 41 of those 140 deaths –29 per cent –could have been prevented if the vehicle had electronic stability control.

Ten of those 41 deaths were from head-on crashes and 31 were from vehicles running off the road.

The research suggests an enormous cut could be made to the state’s road toll if more people drovea car with ESC technology, particularly on country roads.

Thirty of the 41 preventable deaths occurred on rural roads, which consistently have a higher death toll than Melbourne roads, and where veering out of the lane is the cause of 85 per cent of fatal crashes, according to TAC data.

ESC technology senses when a driver is losing control and a vehicleis beginning to skid sideways, and automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels to put the car back on its intended path.

Monash University crash investigator David Logan said although the stability control doesnot prevent everycrash or save every life, the study indicated it plays a huge role in reducing road trauma.

“ESC has the ability to prevent about a third of those run-off road crashes,” Dr Logan said.

“It doesn’t work all the time … you might still be seriously injured but you’re likely to be less seriously injured and you might turn a fatality into a serious injury.”

Samantha Cockfield, the TAC’s road safety director, said the study proved that a shift to newer, safer cars iscrucial in reducing the road toll.

“We know people will continue to make mistakes on our roads and that is why the cars we drive and the safety features in them are so important,” Ms Cockfield said.

“Features like ESC intervene at that critical moment and can turn a potentially fatal mistake into a bit of a fright for the people inside the car.”

The TAC has set a long-term goal of zero road deaths and Ms Cockfield said that through technology, society would ultimately reachthat goal.

“ESC is just one feature and it could have saved 41 lives –other technologies are emerging like automaticemergency braking that have even greater potentialin saving lives,” she said.

“This is why one day we will get to a point where no onewill be killed on our roads.”

The RACV’s manager of vehicle engineering, Michael Case, said electronic stability control was one of the most profound advances in vehicle safety in recent decades.

“Everyone in road safety is looking for a silver bullet, that’s what seatbelts were, and drink-driving regulations,” Mr Case said. “I would put ESC up there.”

So far, there is no way to retrofit older cars with this technology.

He said there was a misconceptionthat large, high-priced cars were safest but new small cars with highsafety ratingscould be bought for as little as $13,000.

The Andrews government has set a target to reduce the state’s road toll to 200 or fewer lives lostby 2020.

So far 116 people have died on Victoria’s roads this year.

In January, while noting a sharp rise in Australia’s road toll, the Turnbull government’s Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester urged parents to “spend a little bit more” if buying their child’s first car, and purchase one with modern safety features.

The Age