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.
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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.
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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.
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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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How to not have your dog destroy your house

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So, our dog ate our couch.
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For too long my partner and I wanted a dog, but when that moment finally arrived a week ago it proved a bit overwhelming.

We returned home one day to find a priceless ornament torn to shreds, my shoes chewed up and cleaning products laying in various dog beds.

The white couch – the part that’s not already eaten by the dog – is now always coated in mud.

To stop your canine friend from destroying your house, experts say it’s about keeping them mentally stimulated. Dog-proofing your house

Keira and the couch, before it was eaten. Photo: Chris Pritchard

Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog, applied canine behaviourist and dog trainer Cat Saunders of The K9 Company says many of their behaviours can be very similar if they haven’t had training.

Saunders likens adopting a dog to having a crawling baby, where everything within reach could end up in their mouth.

“Don’t leave things laying around like your shoes and socks because dogs can be rather opportunistic,” she says.

“If they see it and you’re not supervising them, then they’ll certainly have a grand old time chewing up your things.”

The more often a dog has an opportunity to display a behaviour, the more it’s being reinforced, Saunder adds. And like everything, prevention is better than cure.

Keep shoes in a cabinet as opposed to on a rack, and ensure there isn’t anything hazardous or sentimental within reach.

Pushing the dining room chairs in and removing any other furniture they can jump on to prevent them from accessing items higher up. Deterrent sprays can also work.

It’s never too late to confine those who have already given their dogs free reign of the house. Photo: Natalie Boog

Saunders says pet owners should give their dog the level of freedom they can deal with responsibly.

“If it’s a young pup, you can confine it to an area, where it’s got the ability to move around freely, go to the toilet et cetera ??? at least then you’re limiting how much destruction they can cause.” Protecting your items could protect your dog

Pet owners should give their dog the level of freedom they can deal with responsibly. Photo:Getty

Veterinary behaviour specialist Kersti Seksel of Sydney Animal Behaviour Services says leaving socks and shoes laying around can create problems if dogs ingest them.

Socks can cause blockages, which may result in surgery, she says, and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea.

To get outside, dogs can even eat doors and window frames.

“If they have separation anxiety or they’re frightened of noises, you’ll often find that animals can become quite destructive,” Seksel says.

“They’ll try to get out windows and doors, and they’ll eat venetian blinds and furniture – and it’s not because they’re naughty, and it’s not because they’re bored [and that’s what everybody thinks], these dogs are actually very, very distressed because they’ve been left alone.

“Often people get really upset with the dog because they come home to this mountain of destruction, but in fact the dog is communicating with them and saying ‘help me, help me; I’m really upset, I’m really distressed’.” Don’t get into a routine

A tired dog is a good dog. Photo:Darren Pateman

Dog trainer and behaviour consultant Tamara Jackman of Underdog Training recommends regularly changing the daily routine, such as feeding and walking.

“The thing with having a really set routine like most people tend to have is that the dog develops really firm expectations,” she says.

“That’s fine if we meet those expectations really consistently, but the problem is we tend to change even from weekday to weekend.

“So things vary, and that’s where sometimes dogs can get anxious or frustrated because they don’t understand why – for instance – they’re not getting their regular walk at 5.30AM/PM and it’s a bit later.” Is it possible to keep your house clean?

A clean dog means a clean house, so remember to frequently groom your hound and wash them semi-regularly.

For a long-haired dog and coated breeds, Jackman says to trim around their paws and ensure the area is free of hair to reduce the amount of water and mud they bring inside.

She also recommends having a towel or a rug in doorways where the dogs are coming through, and rugs for the high-traffic areas of the house. Alternatively, owners could confine their dogs to non-carpeted areas of the house.

Consider buying big throw rugs for your couch – ones that you can easily take off and wash – to protect it from muddy paw prints

Jackman says feeding the dogs a really good quality diet means they will smell better, which could make a significant difference to your furniture and carpet. How to keep your dog occupied

Making sure your dog has access to toys they enjoy playing with is key, but it’s not always financially viable to keep buying new ones.

Jackman suggests dividing the toys into two to four groups and rotating them every few days, rather than giving them access to everything.

“That makes a really big difference to the longevity and the interest that the dog has in a toy,” she says.

Pet owners can also provide interactive and treat dispensing toys, and change up the food they put in it to spark their interest again.

Keira occupies herself with a kong. Photo: Haylee Pritchard

Saunders says mental stimulation is very important; all dogs like to smell so consider giving them scent-oriented games and scattering their food around in the backyard as opposed to putting it in a bowl.

Try freezing water and a kong with foods and treats, and hiding them inside an art deco brick or sand pit. Putting a food bowl upside down also means they don’t eat their dried kibbles within seconds.

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Darlinghurst dump to undergo multi-million dollar makeover

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The buyer of the worst house on a Darlinghurst street, an unwanted dump that’s been empty for 30 years, is set to make a windfall of up to $3 million on his purchase.
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That derelict ugly duckling site is about to undergo a multi-million makeover to turn it into a $7.4 million apartment building.

Neighbours were shocked when the ramshackle house on Surrey Street, with holes in the ceiling, walls and floors, was sold for $2.25 million in October last year. But now the buyer is having the last laugh.

A Development Application has just been approved for a five-level unit block housing 10 studio apartments, designed by Gelder Architects and named Soho on Surrey. The build cost has been quoted at between $1.8 million and $2.3 million, leaving a substantial profit.

The studios, with internal sizes ranging from 30-45 square metres and each having either a balcony or courtyard, are to go for sale off the plan in September. Prices will range from $640,000 to $830,000 for the two largest, split-level mezzanine apartments. [dm-before-after] [/dm-before-after]

“It’s just a good street in a great location,” says agent Dominic D’Ettorre, principal of D’Ettorre Real Estate. “We’re just waiting for the construction certificate to be issued, then we can go ahead with the sales.”

Surrey Street is a quiet, tree-lined street running between busy Craig End Road in Kings Cross and Victoria Street in Darlinghurst. It’s made up mostly of terrace housing, much of which has been renovated into smart, contemporary homes.

The site at 74-76 Surrey Street has been the exception. One of the two buildings there was once a cobbler’s shop, with the second on the same title used as two one-bedroom apartments. Later, they were both inhabited by a bohemian artists’ colony until its members moved on.

The site has been an eyesore for many years, as it crumbled into dereliction, and the back garden became an overgrown jungle. Neighbours were worried that it could cause danger to adjoining sites and prove a breeding ground for vermin, as well as fretting that it was bringing down the look of the entire neighbourhood.

Now the boutique block to be built on the site is advertised as offering “over-sized” north-east-facing studios that will be “sleek and stylish”, with loft apartments at the top. They’ll have lift access and access to common gardens, bike lockers and storage areas.

“We’re expecting demand will be strong,” says D’Ettorre of the building that’s being developed by a private building company whose director does developments as a sideline. “It’s very convenient for Kings Cross train station, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Rushcutters Bay foreshore and all the cafes and restaurants of the area.

“Surrey Street is also regarded as one of the best streets in Darlinghurst.”

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Towns where nature is winning the battle against civilisation

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People can build towns, villages and skyscrapers, but in the end, nature has a way of taking everything back in time. When people are forced to abandon dwellings for whatever reason, Mother Nature immediately grabs its territory. Here are five undeniable examples of just that.
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1. Kolmanskop, Namibia

What was once the home to hundreds of German miners seeking their fortune in the Namibian desert, Kolmanskop peaked as a thriving and bustling oasis. Now, some 100 years later, it’s a dilapidated ghost town slowly being reclaimed by sand. Tourists and photographers flock to the area to see the once grand German architecture gradually sink into desert.

Photos: Getty, Shaun Lombard, Carol Polich, Ben Cranke

2. Gouqi Island, China

This Chinese fishing village has been abandoned for more than 50 years and has been overrun by nature. The village is on Gouqi Island, one of the 394 islands that form the archipelago of Shengsi Islands. Although the area still attracts more than 100,000 fishermen every winter, fishing practices have diminished during recent decades leading to the abandonment of previously flourishing villages.

Photos: Amusing Planet

3. Shi Cheng, China

???Shi Cheng is an ancient city established in China about 1300 years ago, which now lies 26-40 metres under water. The city and the valley were deliberately flooded in 1959 in order to create an artificial lake and hydroelectric power station. At present, a dive operator based in Shanghai runs diving exploration trips to this submerged city.???

Photos: Chinese National Geography

4. ‘Honky Ranch’, USA

Originally part of a large complex, this incredible Victorian-inspired tree house is one of a kind. It has deteriorated beyond repair thanks to the weather and those pesky trees, but with vaulted ceilings, decorative wallpaper, a kitchen and bedrooms, the three-storey miniature house appears to have been a tree house built for adults.

Photos: Drew Perlmutter

5. Pripyat, Ukraine

What was a fully-functional, active city with a railway station, 10 gymnasiums, three indoor swimming pools, numerous playgrounds and an amusement park, is now a ghost city. A nuclear disaster forced residents to flee as the town became unfit for human habitation. Today, the buildings remain empty and the streets are deserted, however trees continue to grow.

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Picky landlords requiring ‘pet resumes’

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Pet owners could find it even harder when applying for rentals around Brisbane as more landlords and body corporates are requesting detailed “pet resumes”.
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Tenants are being asked to provide photos, certificates and even references for their furry friends before rental consideration.

Pet owner Suellen Sinclair said she was made to “jump through hoops” when applying for a Brisbane unit with her maltese poodle, Theo.

“I applied for so many places before I found our apartment in West End, and even then we still had to jump through a number of hoops,” Ms Sinclair said.

“To get approval for Theo I had to provide the body corporate with his photo, breed, gender, weight, previous vet certificates and references – I basically had to submit a pet resume.

“There are other residents in my complex who also have pets, and they all had to go through a similar approval process.”

Brisbane’s Animal Welfare League Queensland spokeswoman Shan Veivers said things such as pet references could cause more issues for pet owners.

“If you have a new pet and cannot get a reference from a previous landlord, then what will you do?” she said.

“How do these people break into the market? It’s just going to make it even harder.”

She said a lack of pet-friendly rentals was a “substantial problem”.

“A lot of real estate agents don’t see the value of pets, and landlords think they are going to cause damage, but that’s rarely the case,” Ms Veivers said.

“In fact, pet owners generally stay longer in a rental.”

Although there are benefits for landlords who open their rentals to pet owners, only about 10 per cent do so in Queensland, according to the Residential Tenancies Authority.

Archers the Strata Professionals partner Grant Mifsud said more real estate agents and landlords were screening pets.

“Many unit owners are cautious about accepting pets into apartments due to potential damage to the property, allergies and noise,” Mr Mifsud said.

However, with an oversupply of units in Brisbane, which is forecast to get worse, picky landlords may find their options becoming limited.

Mr Mifsud said tenants should also consider strata bylaws.

“If you are a tenant, your landlord or real estate agent should provide you with a copy of the lease and the bylaws,” he said.

“Sometimes properties are advertised as pet friendly, when it is clearly stated in the bylaws that the complex does not allow pets.”

“Tenants wishing to keep a pet on the property should ask their real estate agent to speak to the landlord.”

Mr Mifsud said honesty was the best approach.

“If the body corporate suspects you are keeping a pet in your apartment without consent, they may serve you with a bylaw breach notice, which can ultimately be enforced in a magistrates court.

“Therefore, being upfront and honest with your property owner and body corporate is definitely the best tactic.”

In the 2013-14 financial year, 133,495 animals were surrendered to the RSPCA.

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Gig guideJuly 21

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Nazeem Hussain is this month’s headliner for Fresh Comedy. Catch him at Launceston’s Royal Oak on Friday.
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Your guide to the gigs around Tasmania this weekend, plus the shows you should be grabbing tickets for in the future.

Start your weekend with an eveningof laughs, courtesy of the guys behindFRESH COMEDY. This month, they’re bringing downNAZEEM HUSSAINto headline the show. Hussain will be supported byAndy Collings, Danny Pennacchio and Maedi Pritchard. You can catch ‘em all on Friday from 8.30pm at the Royal Oak in Launceston. Fresh Comedy regularly sells out, so you’re best to get your tickets ahead of time from trybooking南京夜网. Reserved seating is $20, and general admission is $15. Door tickets are$20.

Hobart bandYOUTH FACTIONare making the journey up the Midland Highway for a slot at Launceston’s Club 54 on Saturday. They’ll be playing withCARDINELSandEVEGOWEN.You can catch all three acts from 9pm. Entry is $5.

Across the state, you can catch theUP THE GUTSnational tour. The tour featuresScott and Charlenes Wedding, Skotdrakula, Ben Wright Smith, and Jack and Jo, and it goes pretty much everywhere in the country. The starting point is Tassie, at the Brisbane Hotel in Hobart on Friday night, and Launceston’s Royal Oak on Saturday. Tickets are $12, available through eventbrite南京夜网

Flip your calendar over a few pages to August 6. Launceston is set for an invasion, with Melbourne punk bands FOXTROTandFOLEYcoming on down. Foxtrot have just released their new recordHabitatsand have been hitting up all corners of the East Coast to celebrate. You catch them in Launceston on the aforementioned date at Bakers Lane. They will also play Hobart’s Brisbane Hotel on August 5.

Something For Kate frontmanPAUL DEMPSEYis hitting the roadin support of his recently released solo albumStrange Loop. Dempsey will play two shows in Tasmania:September 15 at the Tapas Lounge Bar in Devonport,September 16 at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston, andSeptember 17 at the Republic Bar in Hobart. A handful of dates on this tour have already sold out, so if you’re keen, get in quick.

VERA BLUEis set to play at Club 54 in Launceston. She’ll be here on October 7, before playing at Hobart’s Republic Bar.

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NSW Farmers gather at annual event

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NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen. Photo: ContributedThe first day of the three day NSW Farmers’ Annual Conference kicked off in Sydney on Tuesday, with a range of matters discussed.
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Over 200 farmers from across NSW have made their way to Luna Park, Sydney.

A wide range of motions are up for debate over the three days includingthe Backpacker Tax, stamp duty exemptions for youngfarmers, rural policing andtrespass, biodiversity matters, and Rail Trails.

During the first day of the annual conference,NSWFarmers passed a motionrenewing its call for government assistance to tackle the threat of Q-fever.

The Association passed a motion calling for theNSWand federal governments to conduct free Q-fever clinics (involving testing and vaccination) for all Australians who are involved in rural and animal industries.

“This motion reinforces existing Association policy calling for the vaccine to be put on thePharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and for a sufficient number of vaccines to be made available,” NSWFarmers presidentDerek Schoen said.

“During the 2016 federal election, the Coalition Government committed to investing $514,500 to research regarding the spread of the disease and its transmission to people.

The Association welcomed this announcement, but continues to call for immediate assistance to protectfarmersfrom the disease by accessible and affordable vaccination,” Mr Schoen said.

NSWFarmers welcomed new details of SafeWorkNSW$2 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, outlined in theNSWBudget.

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello addressed theNSWFarmers annual conference on Tuesday, outlining how the program will work.

The program includes rebates up to $500 for eligible smallfarmingbusinesses inNSWpurchasing one or a combination of the four safety solutions covered by the Program.

In addition, each employee of qualifying businesses can also access the rebate program for training and purchasing of one suitable helmet.

There are up to 6530 distinct rebates available, with maximum rebated amount applicable for each safety solution.

SafeWorkNSWrequiresfarmersto attend an eligible educative interaction with them before purchasing the safety solutions to qualify for the rebates, similar to the small business rebate program.

NSWFarmersIndustrial Relations ChairRichard Chamen said this wasa move in the right direction by the government.

“The convenience and utility of having quad bikes onfarmsare crucial to the running of afarmon a daily basis, but there is also no denying that use of quad bikes can quickly turn dangerous,” Mr Chamen said.

“We are hopeful that this program will provide clear guidance on the way hazards relating to quad bike use can be practically managed onfarms.”

Rebates may also be used towards the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle.

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Mayfield marches on

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A completely transformed weatherboard house in Waratah Street, Mayfield, has sold under the hammer for $716,000.
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Scott Ferris, ofOne Agency Ferris Properties,said 10 bidders registered for the auction of38 Waratah Street, an immaculately renovated three-bedroom property.

The result followsDowling Mayfield’s sale earlier this month of neighbouring properties 88 and 90 Carrington Street for $1.45million. The buyer,a developer, plans to seek approval forboutique townhouses on the sites.

One Agency’s Mr Ferris said 38 Waratah St attracted big interest –and a great price –because ofits high-end renovation, which included designer bathrooms and kitchen and an alfesco area withpool.In the past few months the agency has had auction success with several Mayfield properties. These include 19 Texas St (sold for$546,000);100 Barton St ($495,500) and63 Ingall St ($432,000).

MAYFIELD MOD: The renovated three-bedroom home at 38 Waratah Street, which sold at auction for $716,000.

HOMEWORLD HELPHomeWorld CEO Phil Jones has been a regular visitor to Thornton over the past few months as thefinishing touches are added to the organisation’s new village.

Even though the size of the Thornton village is not a scratch on HomeWorld behemothsKellyville and Camden North, it is tailored to give the Hunter market a very good indication of whatbuilders are offering. Forty three houses by 14 builders are on display at Thornton,creating what the HomeWorld boss describesas a“one-stop shop” for home designs.Wtih 30 years’ experience in property development, including advising industry organisations such as Landcom, Mr Jones has seen all the trends,from house and land size, designs, to must-have inclusions.For example, he said dining rooms had beenreplaced by media rooms and ever-expanding –and increasingly opulent –al-fresco areas.

Hunter village: HomeWorld CEO Phil Jones is preparing to officially launch his organisation’s new village in Thornton.

HomeWorld Thornton (crn of Government andRaymond Terrace roads) officiallyopens July 26.

Builders:Allworth, Beechwood, Coral, Eden Brae, Fowler, Hotondo, Huxley, Integrity, Masterton, McDonald Jones, Mojo, Montgomery, Rawson and Burbank.

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Eagles ready for reunion

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PEN TO PAPER: Hawkesdale-Macarthur coach Simon O’Keefe has signed on to lead the Eagles again in 2017. The news comes ahead of the Eagles’ 1956 reunion this weekend. Picture: Tracey KrugerWHEN Hawkesdale-Macarthur takes on SMW Rovers this Saturday, it will do so under the eye of past greats of the club.
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About a dozen players from Hawkesdale’s breakthrough 1966 flag will be on hand for a premiership reunion.

Dan Darmody, who coached Hawkesdale to the famous victory 50 years ago, can still clearly remember the elation after his sidecame back and thumped Penshurst –a team which had beaten them in the second semi-final two weeks earlier.

“Everything fell into place for us,” he said.

“Looking back, it was probably the determination (that set us up). I think, after being so good all the year and then losing the second semi-final and meeting Penshurst in the grand final, we were very determined to show we were the better side.”

Meanwhile, the Eagles have retained the services of coach Simon O’Keefe for next season.

He has lifted the Eagles from eighth last year to third spot on the ladder as it stands.

They were second until last Saturday’s belting at the hands ladder leader Tatyoon.

The Hawks smothered the Eagles early, holding them scoreless in the opening term, but a much more even second quarter saw Hawkesdale-Macarthur hanging in to trail by 19 at the main break.

After half-time it was all Tatyoon, though, as the home side piled on 15 goals to four to blow the Eagles away with a 19.15 (129) to 6.8 (44) win.

In the reserves, it was again the Hawks who took the points, defeating Hawkesdale-Macarthur 10.3 (63) to 5.6 (36).

The Eagles trailed by just 11 points at the first change, but were held scoreless through the second term as Tatyoon pulled away to an unassailable 43-point lead.

While the Eagles returned the favour in holding the Hawks scoreless in the third, the damage was already done.Brett Tanner was best on ground for the Eagles.

The under 16.5 match played out as a thrilling draw, with the Hawks and Eagles locked on 4.6 (30) apiece at the close of play.Harrison Cozens and Kyle Smitten (one goal) put in strong efforts for Hawkesdale-Macarthur.

The Eagles held onto fifth spot in the A grade netball despite losing to fourth-placed Tatyoon 45-34.

Hawkesdale-Macarthur’sB grade side had better luck, winning 44-35 after a dominant 14-7 opening term.

Tatyoon just overran the Eagles’ C grade side, winning 34-32 after trailing by three goals at the final change.

In the junior netball, the 15 and under side had a nine-goal win, while the 17 and unders had a tough day, going down 39-10.

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Who lives in your hollow?

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Hollow dwellers: Squirrel gliders live in tree hollows across the MidCoast region, this one was pictured at the Bulahdelah wetlands this year. Photo: supplied.
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Are you a keen nature observer? Looking for a cool project for the kids to expand their observation and science skills? MidCoast Council is asking you to help provide NSW scientists with data from your observations as part of the “Hollows as Homes” program.

“TheUniversity of Sydney,the Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Museumare driving the community based program ‘Hollows as Homes’, recruiting people to take note of tree hollows that they see in their backyard, properties, bushland, golf courses – or anywhere” said council’s senior ecologist, Mr Mat Bell.

“In NSW at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs use tree hollows as habitat. Of these, 40 species are listed as threatened with extinction, so it’s important we try to find out more about the animals we have in our area and identify locations of hollows” said Mr Bell.

Hollows as Homes aims to increase the knowledge and understanding that we have about tree hollows; the distribution of tree hollows, the types of hollows available and how wildlife use tree hollows, including artificial hollows or nest boxes.

Participants in Hollows as Homes will be providing valuable information on the number and distribution of hollows, distribution of different types of hollows and wildlife that is using the hollows and nest boxes.

“Some of this information is still largely unknown, for example the number of hollow-bearing trees that exist in people’s backyards and the existence of wildlife using trees in backyards” said Mr Bell.

The information collected will be used to add to the scientific literature, while councils will be better able to plan our suburbs and retain existing habitat that is important for wildlife.

And we will become better informed about the importance of tree hollows and understand exactly what is using our own backyard!

For information on how you can be a part of this exciting project, visit梧桐夜网hollowsashomes南京夜网or梧桐夜网facebook南京夜网/hollowashomes

Alternatively, you can email Dr Adrian Davis [email protected]南京夜网.

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Solar households facing bill shock

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POWER PUNCH: Clean energy advocates are warning that electricity bills will rise in 2017 for customers of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme ending December 31. Photo: FileDubbo residents who made the city Australia’s solar capitalfour years ago are being told how to avoid “average bill shock of around $1600” after the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme shuts down at the end of the year.
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Solar Citizens, Alternative Technology Association, Total Environment Centre and Community Power Agency have released a new report that suggestshowsolar households can avoid biggerelectricitybillsin 2017.

Solar Citizens’ Reece Turner said146,000 solar homes in NSW on the bonus scheme were facing an “average bill shock of around $1600” next year.

“By taking some simple steps this bill shock can be reduced significantly,” he said.

Report author DamienMoyse identifies five ways that households can “make the most out of their solar”.

He suggests households “get theright meter, use more of your solar electricity, thinktwiceabout gas, getthe best electricity deal and considermore solar or battery down the line”.

The bonus scheme ends on December 31 this year, as legislated.

Eligible customers will continue to receive payments until the end of the year.

The NSW Department of Industry, Resources and Energy,is also telling solar households to investigate product options and metering as itmoves from gross to net.

Retailersmay offer to install a “smart meter” that can continue acting as a gross meter and then be remotely changed over to a net meter on December 31, it says.

Under net metering, a household uses the solar electricity itgenerates and sends any “overflow” into the grid.

Customers of the bonus scheme will receive feed-in tariffs from retailers once it ends.

In June the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) found that a fair and reasonable value for for solar electricity exported to the grid wasbetween 5.5 and 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

IPART’sdecision took intoaccount factors such as the “benchmark range is for generation only”.

Early customers of the bonus scheme are currently getting60 cents per kWh.

The IPART finding has prompted MrTurner to suggest intervention.

“Retailers are currently paying around a third the price of grid electricity even though solar is cheaper to transport on the grid, saves retailers from bidding in the wholesale market and has other social and environmental benefits,” he said.

“The price for solar should be close to the market rate for retail electricity, at the moment its not even being paid wholesale price.”

The bonus scheme was successful in encouraginghouseholds and small businesses in NSW to install small-scale renewable energy generators.

The department reports that since the bonusscheme closed to new applicants, a further 174,000 households and small businesses have installed systems despite not being able to access thesubsidised feed-in tariff.

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