SNOW: Peter Tusa and Ruby Tusa, 4, skating at Hunter Valley Gardens.Morning Hunter
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.
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►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.
► 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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Something has been going on in the streets of Carlton.
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.
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
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.
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