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Jets officials hoping for a vocal F3 derby crowd on Sunday

13/03/2019 Posted by admin

PASSIONATE: Jets officials are hopeful fans turn out in strong numbers for the two F3 derby games against Central Coast. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNEWCASTLE Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna believes Sunday’s showdown with Central Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium is shaping as the most significant F3 derby since the 2008 grand final.
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“It probably is,’’ said McKinna, who coached the Mariners in their title-deciding 1-0 loss to Newcastle nine years ago.

“It’s probably the most at stake since the grand final.

“It’s a crucial game. We’re both still chasing a top-six spot and I can’t remember the last time that was the case.’’

With six rounds remaining, the Jets are seventh, three points adrift of sixth-placed Western Sydney.

The Mariners are ninth, on 19 points, and will need a minor miracle to reach the play-offs if Newcastle beat them on Sunday.

McKinna was hopeful the “reciprocal rights” arrangement between the two clubs –by which members can attend derby games at their opponents’ ground free of charge –would ensure healthy turnouts on Sunday and forthe round-26 clash at Gosford on Sunday, April 9.

“The first derby game we had [in round seven], there were 937 Mariners memberswho came up and used the deal that was set up, plus there were a few hundred other Central Coast fans there too,’’ he said.

“So it was the biggest Mariners support up here for many years.

“Obviously a lot of them willcoming back up here this week, so it’s important that we can match that support.

“And hopefully when we go to Gosford, we get more of our members using their reciprocal rights than the Mariners did. We’ve got close to 9000 members, and it would be nice to get as many of them using free entry as possible, so we can beat the Mariners’ number.’’

Occasionally in the past, clashes between the Jets and Mariners have been overshadowed by unsavoury incidents involving supporters.

But McKinna saw no need to remind spectators of their obligations, despite the controversy caused by Western Sydney fans unfurling a homophobic banner during last week’s derby win against Sydney.

“It’s not even an issue,’’ McKinna said.

“It’s just a normal game to us, although perhaps a lot more noisy –hopefully coming from Jets fans.

“But we’ve had no issues with security or crowd behaviour at our stadium all season. We just expect our fans to turn up and help create a good, noisy atmopshere, because the boys need their support.’’

Jets officials are hoping for a crowd of at least 11,000 on Sunday.

Settling in with changes

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Northern Settlement Services Ltd (NSS) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting migrants and refugees for over 30 years, facilitating their successful settlement into n life in an environment sensitive and responsive to their needs.
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HELPING HAND: NSS is a not-for-profit organisation assisting in the settlement of refugees & migrants in Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast and New England.

NSS has been delivering Aged Care Services since 1995 and has embraced the many changes to Aged Care so that our elderly have greater choice and flexibility in the care and services they receive.

ADAPTING: Northern Settlement Services has been quick to embrace the new changes to Home Care and how it will affect existing and potentlal future clients.

NSS has been actively engaging with our consumers to get abreast of the changes the n Government is bringing in, because everyone’s circumstances and preferences are unique.

“The most important thing older people and their families can do is to acquaint themselves with the choices available, so they know what they want and can plan for it,” CEO Lulu Tantos said.

From February 27, people will have greater choice and control over their futures, with a bigger range of services available to help stay independent in their own homes and communities.

NSS has the experience and is well place in delivering Aged Care Services across the Hunter and Central Coast. Our programs include:

Home Care PackagesCommunity Visitors SchemeMulticultural Social Support Program (Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Spanish speaking, Tongan and Samoan groups)Hunter Multicultural Respite ServiceSector Support and DevelopmentBroadband for SeniorsOur staff are a dedicated group of professionals who are culturally responsive and sensitive to the needs of older ns to best meet their needs in this “new world” of Aged Care.

Client feedback is positive. One said:“The co-ordinator is very friendly plus she is very passionate about her job and especially we have learnt a lot today about other services and systems that we have not heard of or known before.”

Another observed: “A Home Care Package recipient was being assessed by an external Allied Health Professional who conveyed that both the carer and family members stated how happy they were with the services they received from NSS. They requested to continue with NSS as their Level 4 provider.”

For more information visit www.nsservices苏州夜总会招聘.au or call 4969 3399.

Awabakal’s programs tailored to fit

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TRANSFORMING: Awabakal has implemented solutions to ensure that the consumer has more freedom of choice and control when it comes to the services they receive.Since 1977 Awabakal has been providing primary health care, aged care, children and family services to Indigenous people living throughout the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley regions
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DELIVERING GREATER CHOICE: Changes to Home Care packages are all about what the consumer wants and needs.

Home Care reforms mean Awabakal’s Home and Community Care (HACC) service has transitioned to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and the Community Aged Care Package (CACP) is now referred to as Home Care Packages (HCP).

The new programs have been designed to allow consumers to play a part in determining what they want from a service provider.

TRUSTED COMMUNITY PARTNER: Awabakal provided primary health care, aged care, children and family services to local Indigenous people.

“Our new programs allow for individuals to have greater control over the types of services they receive and the delivery of those services,” Awabakal chief executive officer Raylene Gordon said.

“Consumers can also determine the level of involvement they have in managing their package and they have the flexibility to change the package as their needs change.

“Awabakal’s services are unique as recipients also have access to additional ‘wrap around’ services offered by the organisation.

“This incorporates general practitioner, allied health and dental services, along with specialist services and education programs.

“When you access our Home Care programs through Awabakal Aged Care Services, you receive an integrated health approach that is supported by the entire Awabakal team.”

For more information on Awabakal Aged Care Services or to discuss your needs phone 02 4907 8537 or email [email protected]苏州模特佳丽招聘.

It’s your life and now it’s your choice

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HAPPY AT HOME: Many people would prefer to live independently at home as they get older and the new changes will help people choose their providers.
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The changes to Home Care which will give people freedom to choose their service provider and move to a different provider.

For organisations like Novacare the changes mean more people can access their services.

“NovaCare can now provide Home Care Packages across the Hunter especially in the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie areas,” CEO Joseph McCarthy said.

Novacare specialises in supporting people to continue to live at home and be part of their local communities and was named Organisation of the Year by Aged & Community Services NSW/ACT at the State Awards for Excellence 2016.

”The award was judged on excellent service, with a focus on innovation and Mr McCarthy believes being local matters.

“We are not a call centre – our office is in Broadmeadow.We are independent, flexible, close at hand and know everyone personally.”

Novacare prides itself on thinking outside the square to help people live their way, utilising the “wrap around” approach.

“We look at life from all angles, so no matter who you are and what stage of life you’re at, we’re with you all the way,” Mr McCarthy said.

“I don’t think any other other organisation in Newcastle can offer such choice with our home, social and respite services.”

Novacare owns Milpara Centre in Merewether with a full calendar of events and bus trips.

“One 91-year old lady has house keeping, mowing, garden maintenance, help with shopping and appointments, and is picked up and taken to Milpara for craft, socialising, exercise, and outings,” Mr McCarthy. “Last week they visited Lake Macquarie Art Gallery followed by lunch overlooking the lake.”

Novacarealso owns Respite Cottage in Hamilton which offers guests day, overnight and extended care with private bedrooms and bathrooms. It is the only cottage of it’s kind in Newcastle.

When looking for a service provider Mr McCarthy advises to focus on one who can support your choices, interests, needs and personality.

“It’s your life and it’s your choice,” he said.

For more infoabout Novacare, call 1300 363 654.

Drayton South proposed open-cut mine rejected for the fourth time

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END OF THE LINE: A symbolic display of miners’ clothing in late 2015 in support of the Drayton South open-cut coal project, which has again been rejected by the Planning Assessment Commission. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.THE horse industry says the sort of legislation that permanently banned the proposed Bickham coalmine near Scone is needed to stop the Drayton South proposal once and for all.
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The NSW Planning Assessment Commission issued its latest formal refusal of the Drayton South project on Thursday, saying that after weighing up the merits of the mine and the nearby horse studs it found that Anglo American’s application was not in the public interest.

Environmentalists cheered the result, saying it was the fourth time the mine had been rejected, in the form of two PAC refusals, and two reviews of those refusals.

Anglo American said it would not comment before fully reading the decision but with only a small crew doing rehabilitation work atthe original Drayton open-cut since it closed late last year, the future of the site is looking grim from a mining perspective.

Dr Cameron Collinsof theHunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association said the Upper Hunter community had been through “years of assessment” on Drayton South, and that enough was enough.

But he said that unless the NSW government enacted a site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy or SEPP of the type that it did to stop the Bickham proposed open-cut near Scone in 2010, there would be nothing to stop Anglo or a future owner lodging another application for Drayton South.

“The Government, with a stroke of a pen, can end the uncertainty by putting a SEPP on this on this site to prohibit future mining,” Dr Collins said on Thursday.

In its report on the Drayton South application, the PAC members said the mine would employ up to 500 people a year,provide $355,000 a year to Muswellbrook Shire Council, $233 million over the life of the mine in state royalties and $93 million in company tax.

Although the NSW Department of Planning and Environment supported the project, the PAC said there would be a decline in the thoroughbred industry cluster in the area –led by Coolmore and Godolphin studs – together with a “less diversified and less sustainable economy in the Hunter Valley” if the project went ahead.

It did not accept the company and department view that the mine would have no negative impacts on the “operations and reputations” of the two big studs, sayingdust and blast noise would be likely to “adversely affect” their operations.

Mining and horseswere “co-existing . . . at this current point in time” but“the proximity of the project . . . would tip this relationship out of balance to the detriment and ultimate decline” of the Hunter equine industry.