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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

Hunter Morning NewsMonday, June 26, 2017

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SNOW: Peter Tusa and Ruby Tusa, 4, skating at Hunter Valley Gardens.Morning Hunter
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Almost 2000 people took to Hunter Valley Gardens on Saturday to get their own piece of snow action.

Snow Time in the Garden kicked off on the weekend, transforming the Pokolbin attractioninto a winter wonderland until July 16. Take a look.

►Geoscience Australia has recorded two earthquakes in two days at Muswellbrook.

The first hit on Saturday about 3.19pm. It was at a depth of 5 kilometres and a magnitudfe of2.7.The second quake was recorded on Sunday at 10.45am. It was a depth of 10 kilometres and a magnitude of2.8. Read on.

Felt the earthquake? Tell us, email [email protected]南京夜网.au

►A record number of exhibitors put on a show for wine-lovers at this year’s Hunter Valley Wine Festival.Festival organiserJenny Farrell said the day was a smashing success.

“All the exhibitors were very happy, all the punters were over the moon,” she said. Take a look.

Wine lovers raise a glass

► Ittook 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. Read on.

Community: Des Maslen pulls rubbish from Throsby Creek during Clean Up Australia. He is running for mayor and as a councillor at Port Stephens.

► SpeedingHunter motorists have poured more than $60,000 a dayon average into state government coffers for the past three years.

Figures obtained exclusively by theNewcastle Heralddetailevery speeding fine issued by police and speed cameras to Hunter motorists from 2014 to the start of 2017. Full report here.

WEATHER:Mostly sunny. Patches of light morning frost about the Upper Hunter. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures between 15 and 18.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Regional news

► BALLARAT:Ballarat grandmother Shirley Macey is certain whoever murdered her daughter has told someone their darkest secret. Read more.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong will be the second Australian city to road test David Jones’ new “food journey”, which is part of a $100 million upgrade of the department store’s food business over the next three years. Read more.

► NEWCASTLE:A university of Newcastle business student is facing life in prison, accused of being part of an international drug syndicate involving a Rio Tinto executive, adealer known as “Dr Octopus 88”and 16 kilograms of cocaine. Read more.

►BENDIGO:”The day of the rope draws nearer with every f—ing online whinge post you make.”

This was the final line of a message received by Carly Findlay on her blog this week.Read on.

►IPSWICH:The Queensland hotel that is home of one of the ”big Bundy” bottles is up for sale, along with four other iconic regional pubs that make up the portfolio of long-time hotelier Tony Prentice.Read on.

► TASMANIA:A $7 million resort planned for Boat Harbour Beach has been scuttled.More here.

► WARRNAMBOOL: A woman whosedrinking triggers mental health issues has been remanded in custody after allegedly trying to claw her partner’s eyes out.More here.

National news► Neighbours fear a woman trapped under a derelict Essendon house may have been there for a week.

A woman, aged in her 40s, was rescued from under the kitchen floorby emergency crews on Saturday evening after neighbours heard cries for help.Read on.

►Most NSW doctors and nurses support a controversial medical euthanasia bill headed for Parliament, according to research that could prompt new debateabout the medical fraternity’s willingness to accept changes to assisted suicide laws. Read more.

►Uber passengers will be slugged with a $1 fee for every trip as part of landmark reforms regulating ride-share services in Victoria.Full report here.

National weather radar:World news:►Great Britain:’Independence day’ in the UK, exactly a year since Britain voted to leave the European Union, has been greeted with bitter howls and smug celebration, showing the wounds left by the Brexit referendum are still raw. Read on.

► Indonesia:

East Timorese police do not believe Kerobokan jail escapee Shaun Davidson is in East Timor, saying only two of the four foreign prisoners who escaped crossed from Indonesia.

Davidson, a 33-year-old from Perth, and Malaysian Tee Kok King remain at large a day after two of their fellow escapees werearrested in a luxury resort in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

Read on.

Faces of Australia:Kay BlakeleyPowered by grief, Corowa’s Kay Blakeley has spent 10 years raising more than $70,000 for the McGrath Foundation.

She was devastated when her friend Jenny Baker, of Corryong, died of breast cancera decade ago.

Read more.

‘This is going to change things’: inside the Newcastle Interchange

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‘This is going to change things’: inside the Newcastle Interchange TweetFacebookFears for business as light rail ramps up Transport Minister Andrew Constance, front, with Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel announcing light rail plans earlier this month.
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STATE government officials say they havelearnt the lessons from of the roll-out of light rail in Sydney, and have vowed not to repeat the same missteps in Newcastle amid concern for the survival of Hunter Street retailers.

Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp said there were “grave concerns” for many businessesdirectly affected once construction of the rail line begins, mirroring the plight of some retailers on George Street in Sydney, which has been a construction zone fortwo years.

In September, the government will begin to close sections of Hunter Street to traffic, before working down to Scott Street next year.

Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel warned that some businesses would feel a pinch during that time.

However, he said that the government was prepared to adapt its plans if they didn’t work.

“The lessons that we’ve learnt and taken on board [from George Street] are you have to have a very close relationship with the business community, you need to be able to react if things aren’t working, don’t expect your construction schedule to occur without bumps –there’s going to be times where things don’t go perfectlyright –and be agile enough and focused enough to change,” Mr Cassel said.

Mr Crakanthorp said some Hunter Street businesses would “undoubtedly” close.

“There will be a lot of pain, more than they’re saying,” the Newcastle MP said.

“There are grave concerns that many businesses won’t be viable and will close.”

Mr Cassel disagreed there would be mass closures, believing manycould benefit from new trade associated with light rail workers. “I don’t think you can say it’s just because we’re building light rail that businesses are finding it difficult,” he said.

Knights rue one that got away

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TRY TIME: Jason Nightingale scores for the Dragons.IT was shaping as perhaps Newcastle’sbest win under the coaching of Nathan Brown. It finished as one of their most demoralising defeats.
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Having led St George Illawarra 28-10 at half-time in Sunday’s round-16 clash at Kogarah Oval, the Knights imploded to lose 32-28, leaving them equal last on the ladder with Wests Tigers, who have one extra win to their name.

Brown said the last 30 minutes of the first half, when Newcastle responded toa 10-0 deficit with four rapid-fire tries, was “as good as I’ve seen us”.

But their capitulation after the break, as the Dragons gained the ascendancy, was exactly the opposite.

“We’ve been beaten up a few times over the [past] 18 months, but that was as disappointed as I’ve been,’’ Brown said.

Brown said Newcastle, who have won only three of their past 40 games, were not used to holding such a large lead at the change of ends.

“None of them boys have ever led 28-10 at half-time,’’ Brown said.

“They don’t know what it’s all about, unfortunately.”

Adding to Newcastle’s woes, Brown admitted “we’ve certainly got a few blokes that are a bit wounded” as they prepare for Sunday’s home clash with the Tigers, which is likely to decide who collects the wooden spoon.

“Luke Yates is going to be our worst one,’’ Brown said. “He’s done something pretty bad to his AC [shoulder].”

Searching for their first away win in almost two years, Newcastle conceded a10-0 lead after two Jason Nightingale tries in the first eight minutes.

But then, thanks largely to a hat-trick from new fullback Nathan Ross, the Knights staged a stunning turnaround.

Ross’s treble, combined with tries from Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Brendan Elliot and four goals from Brock Lamb, lifted the Knights 18 points clear.

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

But the momentum swungwhen back-rower Joel Thompson scored in the 47thminute and skipper Gareth Widdop converted.

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.

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 pass.

The Elgin rectangle: why couldn’t people lock their cars in Carlton?

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Something has been going on in the streets of Carlton.
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Maybe you noticed it while rushing to catch a movie at Cinema Nova or afterpolishing off aslice of cake at Brunetti.

Forget the Bermuda Triangle, this is the Elgin rectangle.

The mystery began a few months ago, when people parking in the area realisedsomething weird was happening:the remote control on their car keys had stopped working.

Visitors to Carlton would spend chunks of time waiting for thebeep, flash or clunk to signify their chariot had been successfullyprotected. No luck.

Car key remotes myseriously stopped working on Elgin Street between Drummond Street and Lygon Street. Photo: Joe Armao, Fairfax Media.

Was it dodgy batteries? The newsagent was doing a nice business out of it. But no,drive around the corner and the electronics would start working again.

The enigma seemed to be focused in one small pocket: Elgin Street between Drummond Street and Lygon Street.

Nothing as serious as ships disappearing into thin airbut still pretty eerie. What could be causing this disturbance?

Sarah Layton tries to open her car with the remote control but it won’t work. Photo: Joe Armao, Fairfax Media.

Events of a couple of weeks ago really kicked off the theories.

A patient atCarlton Dentalwalked into the reception to say that his car wouldn’t start. After three hours the car had to be towed away to a mechanic. When it arrived, they found nothing wrong with it.

The frequency being registered on Elgin Street – 434 MHz. Photo: Supplied

It had to be linked to the keys.

Perhaps it was caused by the mobile phone towers on top of the shopping centre across the road.Ormaybean enterprising thief was jamming the signal of the keys as part of a break-in spree.

A row of shops where remote controls on car keys stopped working. Photo: Joe Armao, Fairfax Media.

A more scandalously inclined theorist suggested it might bepolice listening in on abunch of mafiosiplotting a drug deal. This is Carlton after all.

“We’ve been asking more questions and it’s become much more noticeable in the last week,”said Dr Barry Johnson, who has run Carlton Dental for 25 years.

The “Elgin Rectangle” where car key remotes stopped working. Photo: Google Maps

“No one would believe that therewas an interference with our car locks.”

Across the road atElgin LottoandTobacconist, Mal Virksaid he noticed when more people than usual were coming in asking him to replacetheir car remote batteries.

The dentist where the problem originated from. Photo: Supplied

“That’s when we realised that actually it’s the frequency that is jamming up, so if they go a block that way or that way it works,” he said.

Mark Johns, at Elgin Printing, said he noticed a rise in car alarms going off: “It’s not coincidental, there’s just too many,” he said.

So who do you call in this situation? The police have biggerthings to deal with.The council didn’t know how to help. The power company laughed it off.

AfterThe Agevisited the site last week to check if the problem was real (it was), a call was placed to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

A field officer subsequentlypaid the area a visit with a spectrum analyser, whichfound a constant signal at the frequency of 434 MHz– the same used by car key remotes.

After walking around with the analyser, it appeared the strongest reading was coming from the doorway at the dentist.

The culprit? It wasn’t afrequency jammerorclandestine radio broadcast but adoorbell.

A fault with atransmitter used as part ofa doorbell sensor at Carlton Dental had knocked out car key remotes acrossthe whole street.

ACMAsaidthis kind of thing doesn’t happen very often but can sometimes affect other devices like garage remotes.

A few years ago in the US, homeowners in California started noticing that their garage doors had stopped opening remotely after a nearbymilitary base began testing radios on the same frequency.

While he’s happy the mystery has been solved, thekicker is that Dr Johnson provided the original tip-off about the problem.

“It’s us of all people,” he said. “I knew somethingaroundthe area must have been causing the problem but I had no idea it was ours.

“Now it’s up to me to fix it.

The Age

Magic close in on NPL top fourphotos

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Magic close in on NPL top four | photos ALL LOCKED UP: Hamilton Olympic striker Kane Goodchild and Maitland midfielder Ryan Broadley fight for the ball at Darling St Oval on Sunday. Picture: Marina Neil
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TweetFacebook Hamilton Olympic 2 v Maitland 2Pictures: Marina NeilBroadmeadow emerged as the big winners in the Northern NSW NPL on Sunday, suddenly only a point outside the top four after a 3-0 win over Lake Macquarie.

Magic were six points behind fourth-placed Hamilton Olympic two games ago but have beaten Valentine 3-1 and the Roosters to sit level on 21 points with fifth-placed Maitland.

Olympic, who had a bye the previous week, scored two late goals to share the spoils with Maitland on Sunday afternoon but are now in a dogfight with their resurgentlocal rivals andthe Magpies for the lastfinals spot.

Maitland appeared to be cruising to victory at Darling St Oval after winger Matt Comerford finished off a delightful one-two with Matt Thompson by clipping the ball over the advancing Tyler Warren in the 30th minute.

Thompson made it 2-0 from spot in the 49th minute after Marcus Duncan lost the ball to Comerford on halfway then brought him down inside the box.

But Olympic, who had spurned several chances early in the game, pulled a goal back when Scott Smith curled a left-foot shot over Magpies keeper Matthew Trott with 15 minutes to go.

Sean Pratt equalised moments later with a fierce volley into the top right corner.

Tom Spencer had a chance to grab a winner for the home side, but Trott’s reflex save with an outstretched leg kept the scores level.

Hamilton coach Michael Bolch, who moves to Maitland next year, was happy with thecomeback after a hot-and-cold performance.

“Really good first 25, really good last 15, terrible middle 45,” he said.

“First time they get in our box they score a goal. They shut it up through the middle, and we couldn’t string five passes together for the next 30 minutes.Clear-cut chances we created a lot more, but for 40 minutes they had the game.”

Maitland coach Phil Dando was left lamenting the two late goals.

“The second one, the equaliser, he probably won’t hit another one like that in his career,” he said. “We had the chances to be out of sight.We just got caught with a couple of sucker punches.”

At Macquarie Field, Lake Macquarie made Magic’s job easier when a comical error from keeper Benn Kelly allowed Dino Fajkovic to stroke the ball into an empty net.

The Roosters then had Justin Broadley sent off in the 30th minute for his second yellow-card foul on former Jets and Perth Glory midfielder Mitch Oxborrow.

Oxborrow picked himself up and scored a contender for goal of the year on 53minutes when he engineered a passing sequence from wide on the right then finished it off with a sublime backheel.

Kale Bradbery scored with a low shot from just outside the box in the 72ndminute.

At Weston Park, former Jets youth teammates Ryan Ensor and Cameron Holzheimer scored long-range goals to bookend a 2-0 win over the Bears.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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