You’re a hero or a zero in space of one metre

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Afterdriving at speeds approaching 250km/hdownthe straights, scrapping the side mirror against concrete walls at 180 and jumping thecar over curbs at well over 150, the top 15 cars qualified within half a second of eachother at Townsville.

Thatequates to around one-metre in distance between first and 15thand tells us acouple of things. Firstly, the drivers are incredibly skilful but surely in need of some form of therapy. Secondly,this is the most competitive sport in the country,where after three kilometres of near out-of-control madness, you are just an also ran ifyou’re more than one metre behind the winner.

Welcome to Brad Jones’world.

DRIVEN: Albury’s Brad Jones is a man with a plan to win a V8 Championship, saying ‘you keep getting stronger – that’s what you can then build a championship year on’.

Just make it even more interesting, American billionaire Rodger Penske lured Joneskey Driver Engineer combination of Fabian Coulthard and Phil Keens to join his DJRPenske team at the end of last season.

Despite the challenges, Jones said the first half of the year has been successful with two wins and a second from the first sevenevents.

“With change you always go through a difficult period,” Jones said from his office atBJR HQ in Albury this week.

“But I would describe the first half of the year assuccessful. Jason in the BOC car had a great start but we reallystruggled with the freightliner car at the start and getting to know Tim (Slade).

“We both ended up learning a fair bit about each other fairly quickly but now we have beenpretty successful. Even after a tough weekend like we had in Townsville where itdoesn’t suit us, we were still in the top 15, so we have consistency andresults that gives us confidence.”

With only two races left until the teams hit the showcase events of the year – Sandown500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 – Jones is squarely focused on more racewins and putting the team in position to challenge for a championship.

“We have two tracks coming up where we have struggled a bit – Sandown andGold Coast, but we are working on some things to minimise that,” he said.

“It’s a three-yearplan to win a championship, right now we are still getting to know Tim and he’s stillgetting to know us; my focus is to make sure he finishes the year at worst in the top 10in the championship, but ideally in the top five and we will need a strong secondhalf of the year to achieve that. You keep getting stronger; that’s what you can thenbuild a championship year on,” Jones said.

There is real momentum in the BJR camp and with brother Kim, Jones has theexperience to turn it into on track success. Once known for punchingabove its weight, other teams as well as the sport’s leading commentators nowknow that the Brad Jones Racing team is a consistent top 10performer and thenext step is to win a Supercar Championship.

For this weekend though, as the teamshead to Queensland raceway for round 8, Brad Jones will just be looking to find thatelusive half a second that will put them at the front of the field.

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Tigers far too good for Rovers

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The undefeated Bungendore Tigers continued on their winning way proving too strong for the Boorowa Rovers. The final score favoured Bungendore 38-4 but didn’t really reflect the game.

It was only in the final quarter of the match when the Tigers began to pull away from a very plucky Rovers team who just couldn’t penetrate some tough defence despite many promising raids.

Bungendore got away to a flying start leading 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Rovers launched a counter attack and very nearly crossed just three minutes later. A fiery blow up saw a Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

Boorowa were quick to capitalise with Kris halls crossing wide out after some good lead up work. With the score at 10-4 Boorowa continued to mount several attacking raids but the Tigers defence held firm. Bungendore then went further aheadjust before halftime to make the score 16-4 at the break.

The second half,Bungendore scoredquickly after just three minutes to extend the lead to 22-4. The match began to get heated as both forward packs tried to dominate with some good hits. The Rovers tried hard to penetrate the Bungendore defensive line and probably deserved more points. It was Bungendore however, that raced in three tries in the final fifteen minutes to blow the score out somewhat to 38-4.

Despite the score, it was one of Boorowa’s better displays with some promising signs in attack and some willing defence. Best for Boorowa was Mick Hinds who picked up three points and was creative in attack all day. Kris Halls was also impressive picking up two points and Mr Consistency, Matt Batt got one point. Players player was Mick Hinds whilst the Fabstock award went to Justin Corkery.

In other games on the weekend, Boomanulla won a tight game 28-20 over Braidwood whilst Harden hammered the gunning Roos 52-10 and the North Canberra 54 soundly beat Crookwell 18.

This weekend’s other games see Boomanulla hosting Harden, Bungendore play Gunning and ADFA face a huge task against North Canberra. Crookwell has the bye.

The Rovers have just one home game left for the season on Saturday week when they host ADFA. One date supporters should also note is September 10 when the Ex-services club will host the Rovers presentation night. Meanwhile, this weekend get along and support the lads at Braidwood on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Then on Saturday night the boys will be back at the Courthouse to hopefully celebrate a win.

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Rams ready for race day

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MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Football Club will swap their playing jumpers for racing attire at Skellatar Park next month.

FUN FOR ALL: Muswellbrook Rams under-6 Golds’ Lachlan Mills.

And, the local organisation is extending an invitation to residents, and visitors, to attend its annual Rams Race Day on Sunday, August 7, which will be held in conjunction with the popular Bengalla Cup.

“It’s a great low cost event the whole family can enjoy and we would love everyone to come along,” Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Club publicity officer Michelle Williams said.

“The more people we have attend the meeting the merrier.

“It will no doubt be a glorious winter’s day with so much on offer.

“We’ll have free laser tag and a jumping castle for the kids, along with a reptile display, NRL games and prizes, a delicious barbecue lunch, full TAB and bar facilities, and a colouring-in station for the ‘littlies’.

“Added to that is a display of vintage cars, a coffee van, slushies, popcorn and fairy floss, temporary tattoo booth for the children as well as beautiful landscaped grounds to sit and relax.

“If you want to have a bet on the Bengalla Cup, you’ll be looked after, too.”

All the action will take place at the Muswellbrook Race Club with gates opening at 11.30am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Entry is just $5 and all children will be admitted free of charge.

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After five extraordinary meetings, Newcastle City Council votes down challenge to legal action on mergerpoll

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FIERY: Councillors traded barbs during heated debate on whether or not the council should pursue legal action over its proposed amalgamation. NEWCASTLE City Council finally resolved to move forward with a possible legal challenge to its proposed merger with Port Stephens after thefifth extraordinary meeting called to debate the matter.

The council voted at its June 28 meeting to investigate legal action against the state government over the amalgamation, but arescission motion was lodged the same night by Liberalcouncillors Brad Luke, Sharon Waterhouse and Lisa Tierney.

Four previous extraordinary meetings called since July 4 to debate the rescission motion had to be abandoned when the council failed to reach quorum.

The rescission motion was voted down by Labor and Greens councillors on Tuesday night, but not before an at times heated debate that included one councillor beingasked to make an apology to another for what was deemed to be an offensive remark made across the table.

Cr Lukethreatened to leave the meetingearly in the debatewhen his attempt to question interim chief executive officer Frank Cordingley about who called the first extraordinary meeting on July 4 was thwarted by points of order from other councillorswho said it was irrelevant to the issue being discussed.

Arguing in favour ofrescinding the council’s resolution on courtaction, Cr Luke said it was potentially costly to ratepayers andnot only authorised council to seek legal opinion, but delegatedauthority to the lord mayor, deputy lord mayor and Mr Cordingley to pursue a case without taking the matter back tothe full council.

Cr Declan Clausen, speaking against the motion, said it was a “grubby tactic” to use rescission motions to “bog down” council administration.

“The majority of Newcastle councillors have supported a position to seek legal advice and, if possible, take legal action where there is a clear case,” he said.

Referring to a comment made byCr Luke aboutrescission motions during the previous councilterm, he said, “The fact that this meeting has dragged on for five different dates is, to quote Cr Luke, ‘incredibly poor form’.”

Themotion was defeated by six votes to three, with two councillors absent and two ineligible to vote due to conflict of interest.

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ACT still the most affordable housing: report

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The ACT continues its reign as the most affordable jurisdiction for housing, according to a new report by the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

REIA and Adelaide Bank’s Housing Affordability Report for the March 2016 quarter showed the average ACT homeowner spent 19.3 per cent of their family’s income on mortgage repayments – well below the national average of 30 per cent.

The national average is propped up by the substantially higher mortgage repayments in Australia’s two most populous states. NSW and Victorian homeowners spent 35.4 and 32.7 per cent of their family income on loan repayments.

While Sydney and Melbourne’s median house price remains higher than Canberra’s, affordability levels in the ACT are also buoyed by the country’s highest median income.

In 2016’s first quarter, ACT’s household income averaged $2580, which is almost $1000 more than the national average. Copy: Create column charts

Inner south resident Charlie Alliott lives with his wife and youngest child in Griffith and runs Fox Antiques in Fyshwick.

Mr Alliott said most Canberrans don’t realise how lucky they are.

“We have a wonderful environment, great institutions, high wages and employment and excellent schools,” he said.

“We’re able to have a large backyard with swimming pool and menagerie – chooks, dogs, cats, finches and quail – while being able to walk to excellent restaurants and cultural institutions. You wouldn’t find that combination in the inner suburbs of Sydney or Melbourne.”

However, while Mr Alliott said he enjoyed the relative affordability of Canberra when compared to other Australian cities, he believed ACT house prices still seemed high by international standards.

“The current low interest rates certainly help, though,” he said.

While the figures bring good news to those earning an average to high wage, it’s a different story for those at the other end of the spectrum.

ACT Shelter executive officer Travis Gilbert said those on low to moderate household incomes still struggle with housing costs in Canberra.

“What [the report] states is true when based on average incomes, but the ACT has quite a different income distribution to other states, because about one-third of people are employed in the Australian and ACT public service,” Mr Gilbert said.

“For about half of all Canberrans, the housing market is very affordable and saving while renting on higher incomes is not a problem. This makes saving a home deposit easier as well.”

Mr Gilbert said about 40 per cent of Canberra households earned more than $3300 a week. However, for the bottom 40 per cent who earn less than $78,700 a year, the scenario is quite different.

“There is simply very little capacity to save in private rental in the ACT for people on below-average incomes as our rents are the third highest in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Gilbert said.

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Great Barrier Reef island up for sale

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A Great Barrier Reef island owned by a friend of the British royal family is on the market for a price of up to $30 million.

After achieving development approval with the Queensland government to turn Keswick island into a residential and tourism resort, its owner, Keswick Developments, owned by Edward Dawson-Damer, a former equerry to Queen Elizabeth and a family friend to the royal family, has decided to sell it and move onto other ventures.

The new owner will have a 117-hectare development lease with the Queensland government until 2096. Altogether, the island is 517 hectares with 400 hectares of national park.

The purchase will also give the buyer a 25-hectare seabed lease for a 180-berth marina and deep water jetty. The mixed-use zoning on the sub-tropical island can accommodate 1000 dwellings and 3000 people.

The island, 32 kilometres off the coast of Mackay, already has a sealed airstrip, 150 subdivided lots, and preliminary key infrastructure for ongoing development.

Another $100 million will be required to complete the resort. Chinese interest

It has already attracted the attention of several Chinese billionaires and developers.

Only a strong and large Chinese tourism market, particularly in Queensland, which is able to inject a high number of visitors to the island can make the resort profitable, marketing agent Colliers International’s Steam Leung said.

“The island being in the Great Barrier Reef is particularly unique and a very important destination for Chinese tourists,” he said.

“With a development approval out of the way, the other challenge is getting the numbers; the Australian population is not big enough.”

“Also, many Chinese developers realised, to buy something this unique is not that expensive, and they can make the resort work with their own market.”

Chinese developer Ridong Group founder Li Riyu is said to be interested. Ridong Group already has a strong development footprint Queensland, building the 512-apartment luxury apartment project “Jewel” with Chinese mega developer Dalian Wanda on the Gold Coast.

Newcomer Chinese developers from Hangzhou and Guangzhou are also inspecting the island.

Keswick Island is not the only island attracting interests from Asian buyers. Hayman Island is owned by Malaysian conglomerate Mulpha.

“This is such an exciting opportunity as it is possibly the last chance to create a residential and tourism vision in the Great Barrier Reef’s spectacular Whitsunday region – an area regarded internationally as a ‘must-see’ destination,” said Keswick Developments chief executive officer Eytan Udovich.

Expressions of interest for the island close in late August.

This article was originally published by the Australian Financial Review.

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‘God told me’ to buy $23m home

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A Christian evangelist says he bought celebrity Tyler Perry’s mansion because God told him to.

Former businessman and head of David Turner International Ministries, David Turner, reportedly paid $US17.5 million ($23 million) for the Atlanta mansion in May, according to Atlanta real estate news website buckhead苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

“God literally told me to come here,” Turner told the website.

“I went online and I saw this house and that’s when I felt like God told me, ‘This is your house’.”

Perry, a film maker, author and playwright, can now add real estate record breaker to his extensive resume as the sale was the most expensive in the city’s history.

That’s despite knocking $US7.5 million from the initial asking price of $US25 million.

The French provincial style property sits on seven hectares above the Chattahoochee river and is inspired by Versailles’ Palace de Versailles.

Some of the extravagant amenities adding to the estate’s hefty price tag include the underground ballroom with catering kitchen, formal and informal gardens, and fully lit tennis court.

It also boasts a spa, home theatre, gym, library, caretakers’ cottage and infinity swimming pool.

Turner reportedly bought the seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom home fully furnished and has already moved in with his wife and two children.

The home’s front door opens to an impressive entry lobby with a grand wrought-iron staircase and almost comically large chandelier.

Adjacent is the dining room with double-height ceilings, a hand-painted mural with an enchanted forest theme and another flashy chandelier.

The family room is as large as some houses and chef-grade kitchen features two island kitchen benches and elaborate oak and glass cabinetry.

As well as expansive views of the river, the estate enjoys private access and has ‘presidential level’ security systems.

Perry owns multiple other estates in Atlanta amounting to 1000 acres, and has bought and sold several homes in New York and California.

David Turner made millions in the snack industry as the head of companies SunTree Snack Foods and Southwest Commodities, which he has since sold to run the David Turner International Ministries full time and host events around the world.

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Regional areas outpacing Sydney’s price growth

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South coast property on the rise as Sydneysiders chase good value

While Australia’s cities have been hot real estate markets in recent years, many regions have outpaced the typical hotspots over the past 12 months, a new report shows.

The Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast actually outpaced Sydney’s house price growth, Knight Frank’s Australian Residential Review July 2016 revealed.

Houses in the Greater Sydney region increased 12.2 per cent over the 12 months to the first quarter 2016, while the Blue Mountains jumped 17.8 per cent. The Central Coast and Wollongong saw growth of 15 per cent and 13.6 per cent respectively.

Increased employment, being situated within a reasonable distance to the heightened construction activity of Sydney’s north-west and south-west growth corridors and population growth contributed to the price growth, Knight Frank’s director of residential research Australia, Michelle Ciesielski, said.

But the main driver was affordability.

“Residential markets located on the periphery of capital cities respond to heated property prices by providing a more affordable option for those priced-out of the more traditional metropolitan markets,” Ms Ciesielski said.

“In most instances these satellite cities also offer a reasonable proximity to the capital city by road and rail; whilst being amongst a scenic or coastal lifestyle when the working day is over.”

Homes are still available in the Blue Mountains under $600,000, Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said.

“It’s a decision between affording to live in Sydney or drive two hours to work and people are choosing the commute,” Dr Wilson said.

As the Blue Mountains is “clearly the most affordable region” next to Sydney, those priced out of the markets would look for the next cab off the ranks.

“The suburban sprawl of Sydney has caught up and sooner rather than later we’ll consider Wollongong part of Sydney,” he said.

And given Sydney’s shape and geographical restrictions the spread can only go in so many directions, buyer’s agent for wHeregroup Todd Hunter said.

In particular, the Central Coast has been on his radar for increased demand and investment potential.

“Being commutable to Sydney is a huge bonus, but employment is now gaining momentum in the region itself, making it a lifestyle choice by many to live and work in the area. And value for money in housing, makes it a no brainer for many,” Mr Hunter said.

And it wasn’t just Sydney’s neighbouring regions doing well. In Queensland, Southport was a stand-out performer, while in Victoria, house prices in the Mornington and Geelong areas grew faster than Greater Melbourne properties.

The push towards the outer regions bordering Melbourne, such as the Mornington area at 10th on the list, is a result of cashed up home owners purchasing further out, Dr Wilson said.

“It’s the propensity effect – it’s downsizers and those buying a second home in more of a lifestyle market,” he said.

“It’s reasonably tightly held, but new estates have gone into Mornington.”

In Queensland, it’s a different situation entirely. The Gold Coast’s Southport is in the middle of a building boom – covering residential and infrastructure development.

Recently, the Gold Coast has become a more attractive investment proposition than Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, PRDnationwide research analyst Asti Mardiasmo said.

Rental growth in the area was higher than Brisbane and prices remain considerably more affordable than Sydney and Melbourne.

Vacancy rates across the Gold Coast were steady at 1.3 per cent, lower than Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, “which means that properties in Gold Coast have a higher chance of being rented and earning rental income for landlords”, Dr Mardiasmo said.

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Sydney Rock Oyster producer rocked by fire

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Barclays Oysters’ Richard Ellery considers the immense cleanup and replacement costs incurred by the fire on Monday night.The smell of acrid smoke still hung in the air as an exhausted Richard Ellery approached the burnt out husks of trays, baskets and sticks several hours after fire destroyed a substantial portionof their infrastructure.

“I’m bewildered,” he said.

As the general manager of Graham Barclays Oysters,one of the biggest producers of Sydney Rock Oysters in the country, Mr Ellery had beenroused from sleep at around 11.30pm on Monday nightto arrive at a scene by Wallis Lakewhere flames leapt100 feethigh in the air.

“I was pretty worried as I drove down Macintosh Street and could see the glow. But when I got here I could see the firies had it contained and it was under control,” he said, with a nod of relief towards the tarring shed which remained untouched.

“If it had got over there things might have been different.”

Fire and Rescue NSW’s Forster captain Paul Langley saidthe first call came in around 11pm for what was thought to have been an apartment on fire.

“Then it was a grass fire, then it turned out to be the oyster lot at Barclays.”

Capt Langley estimated the fire had been going for some time by the time they arrived on the scene.

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Barclays Oysters Richard Ellery considers the immense cleanup and replacement costs the fire last night has incurred.

Manning Great Lakes Command Inspector Tony Powers said police are treating the fire,which took place on publicly accessible land, as suspicious.

“There doesn’t appear to be an external thing that could have ignited it. The forensic group has been, detectives are following up, if anyone knows anything please come forward,” InspectorPowers urged.

Mr Ellery said that the business had faced worst challenges, such as the hepatitis A contamination in the late 1990s, but termed last night’s fire as a massive imposition.

“It’s certainly going to make things difficult.”

Great Lakes Advocate

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Alex Lloyd is going back to basics on his upcoming acoustic album

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AMAZING: Alex Lloyd releases his album Acoustica next month. The final gig of his upcoming national tour will be at Lizotte’s Newcastle on October 15.

IT has been 17 years since Alex Lloyd released Black The Sun, a moody and atmospheric album that was in many ways ahead of its time.

It was brilliant in its brooding simplicity: gravelly vocals against a drumbeat and swirling keyboard effects. The lyrics dark and contemplative. It is no coincidence Lloyd is a fan of Massive Attack, particularly the album Mezzanine, released just a year prior to his debut.

“Black The Sun was very specific in time and place for me, and it still is,” he tells Weekender.

“It’s probably more current now than it was then. Itfits right in with everything that is going on at the moment.”

It’s the school holidays and Lloyd is chilling at home with his children. Each day, he says, he and his five-year-old son have been reaching a new level on X-box gameLego Batman.

Lloyd sounds content. Relaxed.

His new album Acoustica, to be released in August, is a retrospective of sorts. Lloyd is stripping back some of his most popular songs and reinterpreting them acoustically. Then it’s time to hit the road on a 20-date national tour.

Playing acoustically fits Lloyd like a well-worn shoe.

“Pretty much all my songswere written on an acoustic guitarwith just a drumbeat going on in the background,” he explains.

“Maybe a couple of songs on Black The Sun would be a bit difficult to play acoustically,but it could still be done.

“I’ve been doing a lot of acoustic solo tours recently but this one is different – I’ll have an entourage with me because I really want to have the double bass on stage.I might even change the line-up every few days, to keep things fresh and add to the camaraderie.”

Lloyd has branched out into writing songs for other artists and recently travelled to Nashville for that purpose.

“I think if you want to exist in the music industry these days you’ve got to do more than just one thing, so I’ve started songwriting for otherpeople and that was set up by APRA and an American organisation – to get Australian and American writers in the same room,” he explains.

“I’d never been to Nashville but I’d watched the first season of Nashville which I thought was great [laughs].

“It got a bit Dallas by the end of it but the soundtrack was amazing. The city is all about music. We went out one evening and I met songwriter after songwriter and it was the most amazing place to be if you’re a musician.

“It was incredibly inspiring.”

He enjoysworking with other artists –especiallyyounger artists.

“They have something to say and I’ve kind of said everything I want to say.

“When I’m working with younger artists to help them create their music I feel I can do that on a production level, but also do it on a written level as well, like helping with some poetry.

“They have something to say so all I’m doing is trying to help them join the dots.

“There’s a new language, a new way of communicating, and you have tokeep yourself fresh –have your finger on the pulse, so to speak.”

The 41-year-old admits his musical tastes have changed over the years but can’t help but think a lot of what is played on radio these days lacks substance.

“A lot of stuff I hear on top 40 radio now is just noises –there’s no song,” he says.

“And look, I like noises in songs, and interesting production, but I do want a song at the end of the day that makes me feel somethingand that I can connect with.

“There are some people that really pushthe boundaries still.

“For example,I really like Jarryd James. I caught up with him randomly atthe Crown Hotel in Sydney the other day and we swapped numbers so hopefully one day we can collaborate on something.”

Alex Lloyd brings his Acoustica tour to Lizotte’s Newcastle on October 15.

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Hunter’s best of markets, movies, music, art and activities

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Help at hand: Teddy Bears Hospital Foreshore Park, 10.30am to 3pm, Saturday.SATURDAYHunter Record Fair The Edwards, 148 Parry Street, Newcastle West, 10am to 5pm. Free entry. Stallholders from around the country will be offering a massive range of new and second-hand vinylrecordsand CDs.Thousands ofrecordsacross all genres of music will be available, including: country, rock, soul, metal, punk, pop, hip-hop, jazz, blues, reggae, rockabilly, folk, R’n’B, ska, alternative, house, hardcore punk, electro, indie, new wave andmore.

Teddy Bears HospitalForeshore Park, 10.30am to 3pm.The University of Newcastle Medical Society’s Teddy Bears Hospital is a free event where parents and children can bring their teddy bears or other soft toys for a medical check-up. The event aimsto alleviate childhood anxieties in medical environments. Children can be their own mini Teddy Doctor after learning about vital signs, first aid and vaccinations. There will be a bake sale running with proceeds going to Fair Go For Kids, a charity that supports children in the Newcastle and Hunter area who are disadvantaged or living with a disability.

Winery Running Festival Saturday and Sunday, 7am to noon.Distances include ultra marathon, marathon, half marathon, 10 kilometres, five kilometres and two kilometres for kids. Competitors can run or walk any event and enjoy the convenience of the start and finish lines in the same area. There will be alocal produce expo and family entertainment on offer.Mecure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.

A Winter Christmas at Maitland Gaol 6pm to 9.30pm. Start the night with a hearty two-course dinner at Blackbird Artisan Bakery to get you in the festive spirit, before unlocking the gates of the gaol to enjoy a guided tour.You’ll hear stories of what it was really like living behind the towering sandstone walls before finishing the night in the gaol’s chapel with a delicious hot dessert and warm mulled wine. $75 per person, bookings essential.

Collaborative CuisineNewcastle Art Gallery, 6pm to 8pm. Reconsider your preconceptions of Aboriginal art and Australian native foods andlet your culinary concepts be challenged as you move through the gallery on a journey that is both visually and literally nourishing. Cost: $70 per person; Cost with wine: $85 per person.

Friends of Maitland City Library Book Sale Maitland City Library, 9am to 2pm.Each year the library sorts through its collections, removes redundant stock and offers it at bargain prices.Prices range from $1 to$2, or buyers can bring a bag and fill it for $10.

Tomago By Torchlight Tomago House, 7pm to 10pm.The evening begins with a walk to the chapel and historical stories.A light supper will be provided and there will be lots of time to explore and conduct paranormal investigations.

Newcastle Jockey Club Whitebridge Birralee Long Day Care has hosted this annual winter race day since 1999.Racing starts at 11.50am; the last race is at 4.24pm.Chevals Restaurant will serve a three-course winter menu and TheBroadmeadow Barwill offer live music from 2pm.

Beginners Learn to Knit WorkshopMaitland Regional Art Gallery, 10am to noon.An informative and engaging workshop where you’ll learn the essential techniques to start knitting confidently. Cost $85 per person.

Christmas Lights Display Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.Mojo Homes,12 Harvest Boulevard, Chisholm.Face painting by Santa’s helpers and free coffee or hot chocolate for the first 50 visitors.

Together We Rise Carrington Bowling Club, noon onwards. In honour of the victims of the Orlando shootings. Lawn bowls, sausage sizzle, live performances, a disco and more.

Christmas In July Hope Estate6pm onwards in the Great Cask Hall. Three-course matched wine dinner. Members $59; non-members $69,bookings essential.

SUNDAYPort Stephens Wedding Expo Soldiers Point Bowling Club, 11am to 2pm.Talk to wedding industry professionals about how they can turn your dream wedding into reality.

Puno Workshop Maitland Regional Art Gallery, noon to 2pm.Hear stories from Central Australia and get hands on with sand designs, carving and wood burning using traditional tools by the campfire in the gallery gardens.Limited to 20 participants, register on day.

Celebrating 25 Years With Karl StockhausenMuse Restaurant, 12.30pm onwards.Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Karl Stockhausen Signature Series and pay homage to the contribution Karl has made to the Australian wine industry.Guests will enjoy a showcase of wines from theKarl Stockhausen range and a four-course meal created by chef Troy Rhoades-Brown. Cost $150 per person.

The Folk In Broke Busing Competition is on Sunday. Fletcher Pilon was the joint winner of last year’s event, with Georgina Grimshaw.

Folk In BrokeThe annual Folk in Broke busking competition is at Broke Hall from 11am to 6pm.Bring your own picnic and beverages; enjoy market stalls and great music. Also,Art in the Vineyardat Nightingale Wines willfeature a high tea, art demonstrations and live music.

SAVE THE DATEThe NewcastleUniversity Choir present Anzacs – A Generation Lost In Legendat 2pm on Sunday, August 14 in the Great Hall at the University of Newcastle.This is a new work by eminent New Zealand composer Janet Jennings who has set to musicpoems by New Zealand war poets, giving voice to the ANZAC soldiers who served during WorldWar I.The performance will also feature prominent Newcastle soloists Kathryn Dreis,Paul Morris and Alex Sefton, Lakeside Brassand conductor Dr Christopher Allan.

MARKETSSwansea MarketsSaturday, 7.30am to 1pm atQuinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea. All proceeds to East Lake Macquarie Historical Society.

Handmade In The Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm atKevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, at De Bortoli Wines,532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, at James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

The Puggles Baby & Kids Market Sunday, 9am to noon at PCYC Broadmeadow. Live music, free face painting, yummy treats, goodie bags to the first 70 attendees and a visit from Peppa Pig. Entry costs $2 for adults, children free.

Olive Tree Winter Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.Showcasing the region’s most talented contemporary artisans, designers and gourmet food producers.

The Early Childhood Resources Market Sunday, 9am to 4pm at Club Macquarie, Argenton.An opportunity for families and childcare professionals to shop for quality resources and services.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm at Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday, 8am to noon, at corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Shots Fired. Sunday, Nick Raschke & Luke Bellows.

Bar 121 Saturday, Oversteer.

Bar Petite Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Brien McVernon Band.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, The Andy Show. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, Cash Up –Johnny Cash Tribute Show.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Rock Cave.

Belmont SportiesSaturday, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Misbehave.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III.

The BradfordSaturday, The Australian Creedence Show & Women of Rock. Sunday, The Way.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, X and Y.

Catho PubSaturday, John Larder.Sunday, Four To The Floor.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, The Adam Eckersley Band, Ghost Road, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Lennie Live.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Wicked.

Cessnock Performing Arts CentreSaturday, Big Guns of Country.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Trataka.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Pete & Kate Sneddon.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Marissa.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, The V Dubs, Firewall.Sunday, Kr Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Mick Jones.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs House Saturday, Devultra. Sunday, Peta Taylor-Evans.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Melody Feder.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday,Greg Bryce & The Bad Bad Things.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Anthony Lee.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Fedz.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Twinsanity Duo.

Family Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Witchery.

Finnegans HotelSaturday, DJ Delicious.

Foghorn Brewhouse Saturday, Jacob & Laura.Sunday, Jessica Cain.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Brindle Pigs.

George Tavern Greenhills Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday,Alby Pool.

Hamilton Station HotelSaturday,The Million,SAY MY NAME,In Motion,Magic Bean Merchants. Sunday, Sons Of Sand.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Codi Kane, Fox Catapult. Sunday, The Levymen.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, Bobby C.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Alias.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Overtone.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Daxton Monaghan.

The Junction HotelSaturday,Mike Horzbac.

The Junction Inn Raymond TerraceSunday, TK.

Kent HotelSaturday, Project XI. Sunday, Catfish Stew.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Joel Fletcher. Sunday, Hot Dog Sunday.

Lake Macquarie TavernSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Jackson Halliday.

The LandingSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,Truman Smith Band,Tom Stone & The Soldiers of Fortune.

Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday,Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival Show.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Anyerin.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Murph. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mark HotelSaturday, Zane Penn.Sunday,Loko.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Peta Evans-Taylor. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Merewether SurfhouseSunday, Mike Horbacz, Howard Shearman.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Roar Boar. Sunday, Marriah.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Stephen Boyd.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Nano.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Redline.

Neath HotelSaturday, Daley Holliday.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Big Bang.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Dave Carter.

Steve Edmonds Band plays The Premier Hotel on Sunday.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Nicko.

Parry Street GarageSunday, Kylie Jane.

Pedens At CessnockSaturday, GenX.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Deuce. Sunday, Roxy.

The Pourhouse MaitlandSaturday, Tiali.

Premier HotelSaturday,Slam Tango. Sunday,Steve Edmonds Band.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Banddits. Sunday, Devultra, Peta Evans-Taylor.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Darren Fewins, Eoin Smith. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Racecourse HotelSaturday, Michael Mills.

Rathmines Bowling ClubSaturday, Barracuda.Sunday,Darren Rolling Keys.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Darren Gould.

Royal Crown HotelSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Frets With Benefits.

Royal Inn WaratahSaturday, Pete Fitz.

Royal Motor Yacht ClubTorontoSunday, SamanthaBroadbent.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Live DJ. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Hayden Johns.

Shinnies HotelSunday,Robbie Urquhart.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, The Steves.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Josh Wade.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Hurricanes, The Donkey Browns, The Not Nots. Sunday, The Justin Yap Band.

Star Hotel Saturday, Love That Hat. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Anyerin.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Solid Gold Rock’n’Roll Party with Dave Cochrane.

Stonebridge Golf ClubSaturday, Maryanne Rex.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Arley Black Duo. Sunday, Shooting Molly.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Back Beat.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Hot Fox.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Purple Hearts, Chad Shuttleworth.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Murray Byfield.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Spank & theMonkey. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday,Brenton Williams.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Cruzers.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Weston Workers ClubSaturday,Deborah Sinclair.

Wests CardiffSaturday, The Snape Trilogy.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Gen-R-8. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, King Shakey Band, The Years. Sunday, Greg Bryce, The Blues Bombers.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Holly Wilson.

MOVIESA Month Of Sundays(PG)An Adelaide real estate agent finds himself invigorated by an unusual friendship with an elderly widower. (Regal)

Batman: The Killing Joke(R)As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

Lights Out is now showing in cinemas.

Central Intelligence(M)After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Finding Dory(G)The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.

Ghostbusters(PG)30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.

Goldstone(M)Indigenous detective JaySwanarrives in the frontier town of Goldstoneon a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple light dutiesinvestigation opens into a web of crime and corruption.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople(PG)Ricky is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy unclein the wild Kiwibush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences. (Lake Cinema)

Ice Age: Collision Course(G)Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.

Florence Foster Jenkins(PG)Based on the true story of a notoriously talentless singer in 1940s Manhattan, who dreams of playing Carnegie Hall. (Regal)

Lights Out(M)A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out. A feature adaptation of the 2013 short film, Lights Outby David Sandberg.

Love & Friendship(PG)Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica – and herself too, naturally.

Me Before You(PG)A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.

Meet Me In St Louis(G)The timeless musical starring Judy Garland launched the standardsThe Trolley Song,thetitle track and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. (Regal)

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates(MA)Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

Money Monster(M)Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio. (Regal)

Sing Street(M)A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.

Star Trek Beyond(PG)The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

The BFG(PG)A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls.

The Legend of Tarzan(M) Having acclimated to life in London, Tarzan is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

The Meddler(M)After the death of her husband, a woman (Susan Sarandon) moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). (Regal)

The Student and Mr. Henri(PG)An old man lets a student live in his apartment for free in exchange for ruining his son’s marriage. (Event Newcastle)

Wild Open Sky(G)A warm and funny documentary following a children’s choir from auditions toend-of-year concert in outback New South Wales. (Regal, Lake Cinema)

THEATRECinderellaMagic is in the air when the practical title character goes to the king’s ball inMichele L. Vacca’s amusing version of the timeless tale. Maitland Repertory Theatre.Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm (final shows).

Noises OffActors in a second-rate touring company have as many problems offstage as onin Michael Frayn’s witty farcical comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company,Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturdayat 8pm, until July 30, plus 2pm matinees onSaturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.

Rumours of Polar BearsA rag-tag bunch of teenagers struggle for survival in a worldravaged by war, with their leader dreaming of a safe planet filled with polar bears; byJonathan Dorf. Eclectic Productions, at the Newcastle Community Arts Centre Black BoxTheatre, Hamilton. Nightly until Saturdayat 7pm; plus Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Soup!Audience members get an interval cup of soup in this lively show featuring MaureenO’Brien, Bubbles and Squeak, Drench’n’Launders, Manon, Net Nerd Nev, Rose & Briar,Ruby Blue, Shadow Sisters and The Word Meister. The Dungeon, Adamstown UnitingChurch. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

The Ghosts of Operas PastGilbert and Sullivan emerge from portraits and help a musicalcompany stage one of their works.Trial by Jury; premiere of musical comedy by Maitland’sPaul Causley. Maitland Musical Society. St John’s Hall at Maitland Pro Cathedral: Fridayand Saturday, at 8pm; Sunday, at 2pm. Also at James Theatre, Dungog, July 30 and 31; andSoldiers Point Bowling Club, August 6 and 7.

The Three Little PigsThe title characters amusingly battle the inept Wolf in this brightchildren’s musical show. Young People’s Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton.Saturday and Sunday at 2pm until July 24; 2pm Saturday matinee July 30; and 2pm and 7pmSaturday from August 6 to 20.

Who Am IComedian Russell Cheek, directed by another Castanet Club member, StephenAbbott, attempts to find himself on a television quiz show; based on events in Cheek’s life.The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Nightly from Wednesday to Saturday, July 23, at 8pm.

ARTCessnock Regional Art GalleryIconic Prints From Crown Street Press. Until July 24.

Curve GalleryLand Lines, an exhibition by four femaleartists whose art practices investigate visually the inherent links to family, heritage, land and architecture. Until July 30.

Art Systems WickhamThe Gentle Light of Day, by Nicola Bolton. Until July 24.

Newcastle Art SpaceEveryday Observations + Twists and Turns;Field Notes. Until July 24.

Finite Gallery Caves BeachVerdure: Still Life From The Garden. Until July 31.

The University GalleryShade: Artists of the Desert. Until August 6.

The Lock-UpIt’s Timely Too. Discussions on social and cultural change in the era of Whitlam and beyond.Until August 7.

Newcastle Art GalleryBlack White & Restive. Until August 7.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryMytho-Poetic: Print & Assemblage Works by Glen Skien; Form by Ruth Feeney. Until August 28.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryWatching Clouds Pass The Moon; Your Collection: Presence and Absence. Until July 31.

WINNERThe winner of the Aladdin tickets, plus a night’s accommodation in Sydney and a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb experience is J.Winslade, of Highfields.

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Tastings on Hastings puts Port Macquarie on the foodie map

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CHEERS: Diners at one-hatted restaurant The Stunned Mullet in Port Macquarie.

PORT Macquarie’s annual Tastings on Hastings (October 28 to 30)keeps getting bigger –and better.

Now in its 14th year, the festival has a hugely expanded program. Highlights are a Sustainable Table morning at The Lost Plot community gardens, a Beer Masterclass at Latin Loafer, and the Tastings Ignites night-time festival. The main event on the Sunday features more than 120 local foods and beverages, live bands and cooking demonstrations.

This year some freshfoodie events have been announced, including Matt Wilkinson’s dinners at The Stunned Mullet,a pop-up Oyster Barn and a harvest lunch on the Hastings River hosted by Matt Golinski.

Wilkinson is a hatted chef and restaurant owner obsessed with growing, sourcing and presenting the best tasting produce he can find. He will be joined by Nicolas Poelaert, no doubt familiar to Novocastrian diners, and an internationally renowned professional chef who uses ingredients that he has grown or foraged himself.

Golinski is this year’s “producer’s ambassador”.He has a passion for using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, and is well-known for his food columns, blogs, speaking roles and appearances on television showReady Steady Cook.

The Port Macquarie region’sfood and beverage industry is booming. To date there are more than80 producers, six wineries, three boutique breweries and numerous award-winning restaurants and cafes. You can pick your own strawberries, and sample native bush foods, old Russian recipe chocolates and farm-house cheeses.

The region’swineries are proving popular with families, asowners offer morechoices for families.Cassegrain offers new horse-riding trails through the vines.Rose’s Vineyard has apetting farmwith baby animals,and Bago Vineyards has Bago Maze and fun events like acupcake treasure hunt and jazz concerts.

The wineries are scattered around the lush green hinterland and are close to town.

Also on the foodie calendar isThe Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival on September 24, withtastingsfrom50 beer and cider makers, live music, a beer garden and games including the Beer Keg Toss competition, inspired by the long tradition of the Highland Games.


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Mount Thorley Warkworth mine expansion protesters were charged on Monday

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STANDING THEIR GROUND: Bulga residents say their protest will continue, despite the arrest of two protesters on Monday.

TWO Hunter Indigenous elders were charged by police after protests outside Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth mine on Monday.

CHARGED: Pat Hansson and Kevin Taggart were arrested on Monday for not following a police directive to leave a Putty Road protest site.

Wonnarua elders Kevin Taggart and Pat Hansson were arrested and charged with not following a police directive after refusing to leave a protest site where Bulga residents were attempting to stop mine blasting.They have been granted conditional bail to appear in Singleton Local Court in September.

The protests follow the NSW government’s controversial mine approval after a Planning Assessment Commission found the benefits of the mine expansion outweighed the costs. This followed two successful court appeals of earlier mine expansion approvals, after judges found the social and environmental costs of expansion were too great.

Bulga residents have vowed to continue protesting despite police responding to a complaint by the mine, the two arrests, and a process they have slammed as “inherently unjust”.

Mr Taggart was released on bail conditions, including that he not return to the protest site.

He said the environmental impacts of the mine expansion, closure of Wallaby Scrub Road and destruction of Aboriginal heritage sites were “really important to me because they’re devastating”.

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