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Putting people in control

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

POSITIVE: The changes will give greater choice, control and flexibility in the way people receive home care services, and how those services are delivered.
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As of February 27, elderly residents in Newcastle and the Hunter will have significantly more choice about the care they receive at home and who delivers it through changes to government-subsidised home-care packages.

FLEXIBLE: From February 27, 2017, if you have a home care package, it will be easier to change providers if you are looking for a better fit.

Rather than allocating funding to registered home-care providers, home-care packages offering services to keep older people living independently in their own home (such as personal care, domestic assistance and social support) will be assigned directly to individuals who can then choose the provider they feel best meets their needs.

Allocating funding directly to an individual means they are now free to “shop around”to determine who they would like to deliver their services, not simply a provider who has a package available.

MOBILE: If you choose to change service providers, your home-care package funding will move to your new service provider.

It also frees consumers who are not happy with their current provider to be able to change providers easily.

This is good news for the 3500 residents aged 65 years and over across Newcastle and the Hunter who already receive services under a home-care package, and the growing number of residents who may be eligible in the future.

Leading local home-care provider, Sue Mann Nursing &Community Care managing director Andrew Mann says the changes are a great outcome for older people of Newcastle and the Hunter.

“Independence, choice and control are all very important for people as they age and working through the options for care is a big decision,” Mr Mann said. “Providing consumers and their families with choice means they are in control of choosing the provider that delivers services in their home.”

Sue Mann Nursing & Community Care have developed some “Top Tips” to help select the right home care provider:

Do your research: Check they are a registered provider, look at their websites, clients testimonials, talk with people you know who may use their service and determine a short-list.

Have a conversation: Call the provider and ask them some questions about their company (how long have they been established, experience of staff, quality of care) together with how they run their packages (eg. fee structure, service options) Meet with them – organise for the provider to come to visit so you can get a sense of how you feel with them in your home. Meeting a provider will also give you a sense of their professionalism.

Compare providers: Look at several different providers so you can make an informed choice about the type of provider you are looking for and who might be the best fit for you.

If you’re considering home care or would like more information about home-care packages, contact myagedcare, either via the website at www.myagedcare苏州夜总会招聘.au or call 1800 200 422.

EDITORIAL: How much to pay people for working on Sundays

13/02/2019 Posted by admin

AT its essence, the debate about penalty rates centres on the appropriate level towhich employees should be compensated for working outside of normal hours.
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But as the Fair Work Commission points out in the opening sections of itshistoric decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in six hospitality and retail awards, penalty rates were originally as much about deterring employers from scheduling work outside “normal hours” as it was to compensate employees for working them.

Hence, it would seem, the name “penalty rates”. But as the commission notes, things have changed so much since then that “deterrence” is no longer a “relevant consideration” in setting weekend and Sunday penalty rates. Old notions of a time to work, and a time to rest (with the country sliding to a near halt on the Sabbath)are more or less irrelevant in a society where many of us,especially in cities, want our retail and hospitality providers open seven days a week, if not around the clock.

And if we expect those retailers to open, we must accept that they need to be able to trade at a profit to do so. With the commission proposing to cut the affected penalties by up to 25 per cent, the question is whether these reductions in individual earnings will lead to more work overall –and so a greater benefit to more people –or whether it will embolden employers to seek further rate cuts, in the same way that a once “progressive” tax system has become progressively flattened.

In examining the pros and cons of this decision, there is no doubt that many of those affected are in low-paying jobs. As such, they are likely to rely heavilyon the extra income from Sunday shifts. But as various media investigations have shown in recent years, a number of employers –some of them high-profile –are already paying well under the going rate, regardless of what the law says. In other situations, unions and employers have voluntarily agreed to ease weekend penalties in exchange for higher general hourly rates of pay, arguing that such arrangements meet the commission’s “better off overall” test.

In hindsight, not all of these deals have worked out well for employees. With this in mind, the commission should keep a very close eye on the impacts of this decision, and be prepared to reverse it if the benefits promised by employers do not eventuate.

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Knights winger Ken Sio is confident he can match it with Warriors legend Manu Vatuvei

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FOR more than a decade, Manu Vatuvei has terrorised and trampled those unfortunate enough to play rightwing for the Newcastle Knights.
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TRY TIME: Ken Sio at the Auckland Nines.

Now the jobof taming the “Beast” in Newcastle’s season-opening clash with the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday week has been handed to new recruit Ken Sio.

HARD YARDS: Ken Sio at training.

FEARSOME: Manu Vatuvei

As first assignments go, they don’t get much tougher. In 19 games against Newcastle, Vatuvei has scored 19 tries –more than any other opposition player in history.

SMILING ASSASSIN: Manu Vatuvei

The next best against the Knights is champion Melbourne fullback BillySlater, whose 23 games have yielded 17tries.

In his past 11games against Newcastle, Vatuvei has crossed the stripe 14times, including three doubles and a hat-trick.

Yet if players such as Akuila Uate and Jake Mamo have struggled to contain the fearsome 30-year-old, Sio can at least enter the game with a degree of confidence.

During his 57 games for Parramatta, before two years with Hull Kingston Rovers in Super League, Sio marked up against Vatuvei twice.

In their first clash, in 2012, the Warriors won 36-20 but Sio picked up a try and kept Vatuvei scoreless.

A year later, Sio crossed for a double in Parramatta’s 40-10 win and again Vatuvei’s name did not feature on the scoresheet.

In other words, the score is 3-0 to Sio after two games.

At 189 centimetres and 109 kilograms, Vatuvei will hold a significant size advantage over 26-year-old Sio (185cm and 95kg).

Yet Sio said he relies on an old-fashioned approach when lining up against the 28-Test Kiwi international: “He’s a big bloke, but the same for everyone who gets tackled, you can’t run without your legs.’’

Sio admitted stopping Vatuvei would be easier if the Knights can “get numbers in the tackle’’ and not allow him space to wind up.

“He’s a legend of the game and it will be awesome to come up against him again,’’ he said.

“I went all right last time, but I didn’t really have to tackle him front-on.

“That would be a pretty scary thing to have to do, but it would be a good challenge as well.’’

It will be the first time Sio has played at Mount Smart Stadium, where the Knights have won just one of their past 11 games.

“The last time I was there [with Parramatta], I had a bit of a shoulder problem and was 18thman,’’ he said.

“So this will be the first time I’ve played there in the NRL.

“But even playing in reserve grade, it’s always a tough place to play.’’

Sio has settled in quickly since joining the Knights in October, scoring a try in the Auckland Nines and also last week’s 44-0 trial thrashing of Canberra.

“It’s a good feeling to come back home [to ],’’ he said.

“The boys have made me feel welcome and Newcastle is an awesome place to live.’’

Vatuvei, with 152 tries, is equal 10thon rugby league’s all-time tryscoring tally.

Sio has a handy strike rate in his own right, scoring 37 times in 57 top-grade games for the Eels.

South Coast defeats Hunterin CHS girls cricket championship final

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RUNNERS UP: The Hunter open girls cricket team with coach Peter Hosking fell at the final hurdle in Thursday’s CHS Championship final.The Hunter put in their worst batting display of the carnival to fall to South Coast in the CHS Girls Cricket Championship final on Thursday.
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A combination of good bowling and fielding and some rash shots saw the Hunter dismissed for 45 and effectively out of the contest.

However, the Hunter girls dug deep and had South Coast six wickets down before the southern team passed the small total.

Both teams had gone into the final undefeated and Hunter coach Peter Hosking said the batting collapse was a disappointing way to end their campaign.

鈥淲e were probably guilty of the girls not putting enough value on their wickets and knuckling down into an innings,鈥?Hoskingsaid.

鈥淪outh Coast bowled well and put a lot of pressure on in the field.

鈥淚 think the girls showed their true character in the way they fought back by taking six wickets before South Coast passed the target.鈥?/p>Hosking said he was extremely proud of his team鈥檚on-field efforts, sportsmanship and terrific behaviour.

鈥淭hey did their schools and the zone very proud, they were a great bunch of girls to coach,鈥?he said.

Hunter beaten in CHS girls cricket final | PHOTOS South Coast’s Jessica Marsh looks to go on the attack against Riverina in Wednesday’s semi-final. South Coast won the game and meet Hunter in the final on Thursday. Picture: Michael Hartshron

South Coast’s Naomi Woods plays an attacking shot. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast’s Naomi Woods plays an attacking shot. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

South Coast v Riverina on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney North v Sydney East on Wednesday. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Maitland’s Jasmine Goode (centre) high-fives teammates after running out Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Hunter’s Jasmine Goode, from Maitland, sends down a delivery against Sydney South-West. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Hunter keeper Anita Handono takes a diving catch. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen scrambles to make a run. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen sprints to try to make her ground. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hanne Sorensen is run out after risking one too many quick runs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hannah Darlington jogs in to complete a run. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter’s Jasmine Goode waits for the return of the ball from the outfield. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter bowler Jasmine Goode, from Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter bowler Jasmine Goode, from Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Sydney South-West’s Hannah Darlington and Eliza Mallitt react after falling short against the Hunter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Girls from the Hunter and Sydney South-West teams shake hands after the game.

Hunter players Jordan Johnson and Trudi Peterson from Hunter Sports High. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter teammates Mollie Mullen and Kirsten Smith from Scone High and Jess Hjort from Toronto High.

Mollie Mullen from Scone and Cassidy Baker from Maitland. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter players Kirsten Smith and Alison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter players (back row) Mollie Mullens, Abbey Taylor, Jasmine Goode, Nell Gibson and Millie Kohl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina player Lilly Tassell from Hay. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Rikki and Ebony Hoskin from Howlong, near Albury.

Sydney East players enjoy the shade during their game against Sydney West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter batsman Kirsten Smith plays a shot down leg.

Hunter batsman Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

North Coast v Hunter. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter batsman Kirsten Smith plays a straight drive. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Kirsten Smith. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter’s Allison McGrath. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina batsman Delilah Crighton. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina batsman Delilah Crighton. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Riverina v North West. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West’s Kanaan Darshana is congratulated by teammates after taking a wicket. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Sydney West v Sydney Eastl. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Hunter v North Coast. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

TweetFacebookHosking praised the facilities at Maitland Park.

Mayor criticised over her $270 childcare bill

14/01/2019 Posted by admin

Holding firm: Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said she had no choice but to take her daughter with her on the overseas trip.THE state’s local government minister has hit out at the “wasteful” use of public money afterreports Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmescharged ratepayers $270 for childcare while on an overseas junket.
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But Cr Nelmes has defended the decision, saying the trip was taken “at very short notice” during school holidays and that she “wouldn’t have been able to attend” without taking her nine-year-old daughter.

News Corporation reported on Thursday thatCr Nelmes billed ratepayers forone day of childcare for her daughter while on a council trip to Singapore last year, despite the council’s chief executive warning her to consider how the expense would fare against the “pub test”.

In an email to Cr Nelmes’ office the council’s interim boss Frank Cordingley warned the lord mayor to “consider how this request would pass the “pub test”.

“In terms of how the ratepayers of Newcastle would regard her actions of taking her daughter with her on an overseas trip to attend a conference, and was then “minded” at the ratepayers expense while the Lord Mayor attended the conference,” Mr Cordingley wrote.

The decision has drawn criticism from her opponents on council, with Brad Luke, a Liberal Party councillor, sayinghe didn’t think it was an appropriate use of ratepayers money.

“I don’t think the averageperson would say that it’s appropriate, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

But Cr Nelmes defended the decision, saying she had no choice but to take her daughter with her on the trip and that she was “pretty confident” the $270 billwas the only time she had used a carers expense in the current term.

Under local government expenses rules, Cr Nelmes is allowed to claim up to $6000 a year in childcare costs.

Cr Nelmes has three children, and told theNewcastle Heraldshe had used her carer allowance while attending meetings in previous terms “when the kids were very young”.

She said she would not have taken her daughter on the trip if it was not school holidays at the time.

“I can’t just ask my husband to take a week off work because I have to go away on council business,” she said.

Asked about the claim the NSW local government minister Gabrielle Upton said; “ratepayer funds should never be wasted on unnecessary expenses”.

“The community has a right to set high expectations for their councils to spend ratepayers’ money appropriately,” she said.

The ministerstopped short of saying she would order an investigation, saying concerned ratepayers could lodge complaintswith the department.

Planning and Assessment Commission rejects Drayton South Coal Project

14/01/2019 Posted by admin

ANGLO American has failed yet again to convince the Planning and Assessment (PAC) to approve its Drayton South Coal Project.
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This means the project, located between Singleton and Muswellbrook, has now been rejected by PAC on four occasions – two reviews and two determinations.

The new open cut was expected to extract 75 million tonnes of coal over a 15-year period using existing infrastructure of Anglo’s now closed Drayton mine.

No doubt the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) will be asking the question of the NSW Government: will they allow Anglo to submit another proposal for their site that neighbours two of the world’s most prominent studs, Coolmore and Godolphin (Darley).

On each of the four rejections, PAC stated the reason it would not approve the new open cut mine was dueto its impact on the studs and the entire Upper Hunter Critical Industry Cluster (equine).

The two studs have spent millions fighting this project since it was first proposed in 2012.

They have been supported in their campaign by HTBA and associated entities.

At the most recent PAC public hearing, held in Muswellbrook last year, Godolphin general managerHenry Plumtre said his board wastired of seeing monies being spent fighting this project and there was a real threat Godoplhin, along with Coolmore, would exit the Hunter.

Darley already owns a substantial breeding establishment in Victoria.

In addition to the threat of them leaving the Hunter, other potential entrants have also chosen not to invest in the region due to the threat posed by mine expansion.

And PAC, in the latest determination, agrees there is a real risk Coolmore and Godolphin would seek to protect their reputation and business interests by leaving the Hunter Valley

PAC determination review public hearing in Muswellbrook 2016

The latest PAC determination, chaired by Paul Forward, states – in its final report –the project is likely to create significant negative impacts on the preferred landuses identified as animal boarding (a new PAC termfor horse agistment and breeding) or training establishments.

PAC identifies the vast difference between the two neighbouring landuses open cut mining and horse breeder, saying this difference makes direct comparisons challenging.

“However, the commission finds that the established thoroughbred equine operations are sustainable in the long term and are a key to the equine Critical Industry Cluster (CIC),” the report says.

“Whereas the project has a finite lifespan of 15 years and would not be central to the sustainability of mining as a preferred landuse.

“The commission considers that this is an important and relevant distinction in evaluating the public benefits of the development.”

PAC was also concerned about the increase of dust and or a reduction of air quality and the risks its posed to equine health.

In fact it rejected Anglo’s claim there would be no adverse impact from dust on equine health.

Anglo has repeatedly used the Edinglasssie thoroughbred stud which is located on land near and owned by BHP Billiton’s MtArthur open cut as an example of a successful equine operation adjacent to a mine.

However PAC says it does not rely on this information regarding Edinglassie’s operationin its determination of the application.

“We welcome the PAC’s decision to refuse Anglo American’s latest proposal for a coal mine on the Drayton South site. We are very grateful to the PAC for its thorough analysis and comprehensive refusal of this mine. “ Dr Cameron Collins, President Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association said

“After four PAC’s finding against this mine, all recommending or making findings of refusal, the NSW Government needs to put an end to community uncertainty and rule out any possibility of entertaining another application for a coal mine on this site.” Dr Collins said

“Whilst the PAC has refused Anglo’s latest Drayton South application, there is nothing to stop Anglo American, or any future owner of the site, from lodging yet another application. The process is endless and unnecessary. The Government, with a stroke of a pen, can end the uncertainty by putting a SEPP on this site to prohibit future mining.” Dr Collins said

“We are very relieved at the PAC’s findings and rejection of a mine on the Drayton South site. We are also very grateful to the many thousands of people who have supported our campaign and work.

“We now need certainty for our industry to invest in its future. We call on the new Berejiklian Government to end the land use conflict in the Hunter, put a SEPP on the Drayton South site and act immediately to permanently protect the Hunter’s multi-billion dollar thoroughbred breeding industry – by establishing appropriate buffers so that all industries in the region can confidently grow and prosper. This will give certainty to all parties, and allow the region to grow in a diversified and sustainable manner.There are no more excuses for inaction.” Dr Collins said

Natural Ability on show

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Ever So Natural went close to winning last year and is even better condition in 2017.*Sponsored by Racing NSW
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EVERSo Natural ran third in the grand final of the Country Championships at Royal Randwick last year and is back for another tilt at the title in 2017.

With 19 runs under his belt and a maximum of 20 allowed, the Cliff Bashford-trained gelding just scrapes in to make the criteria.

“He went so close last year and was literally beaten by a nostril,” Bashford said.

“I followed that up with a short preparation through winter but he didn’t perform on the heavy tracks.

“He’s better than that so I decided to save him for another shot at The Country Championships.”

Ever So Natural’s campaign is off to a strong start.

Lumping 61.5kgs, he made light work of his rivals in the McGuigan BMW Country Championships Preview (1208m) at Port Macquarie on February 11.

With apprentice Chelsea Ings at the reigns, the five-year-old flew home from last at the turnto win by a length.

“She found a good lane out wide and I think it was a pretty good effort,” Bashford said.

“Several of those horses will be in The Country Championships Qualifier at Taree and I can’t see them turning the tables on him.

“He is pretty close to his peak now.”

The racing conditions of the Country Championships stipulate set weights and as a class four horse, Ever So Natural will carry 57.5kgs.

“He gets in pretty well at the weights and drops 4kgs from Port Macquarie,” Bashford said.

“He has to draw a gate now as you can’t get too far back at Taree because it isn’t a long straight.

“Eight or inside would be ideal.

“We also want a good track. Storms are forecast leading up to the race but I hope the bureau has it wrong.”

Leading Sydney jockey Glyn Schofield has been booked for the ride.

He is one of several metropolitan hoops making the trip up on Sunday.

In the lead up to races Bashford doesn’t work Ever So Natural too hard.

“I don’t gallop him much as he doesn’t need a lot of work,” he said. “He is a good horse to train though.”

Ever So Natural is owned by Bashford’s daughter, Donna Barsley, and they’ve enjoyed the ride the horse has taken them on.

“Last year’s Country Championships final at Randwick was fantastic,” Bashford said.

“He jumped from barrier 12, went straight to the back, was held up on the turn and still managed to work home strongly for third.

“He is better than he was last year and if he can repeat that performance he will go close again.”

For everyone’s sake, let’s talk about sex

14/01/2019 Posted by admin

Meeting hundreds of new people during Orientation Week and parties marks the start of the university year for many from next week.
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But it is terrifying to think that these social gatherings may come with the threat of sexual assault.

At the end of last year, the discovery of hordes of internal police documents revealed reports of rampant sexual assaults and harassment in university dorm rooms, corridors, libraries and car parks.

Female students reported being grabbed at random, raped in bushes and molested in university swimming pools and bathrooms.

Unfortunately, this is not surprising. New research released this week by Our Watch’s youth campaign, The Line, reveals that 1 in 5 young people (aged 12-20) thinkit’s “normal”for a boy to put pressure on girls to do sexual things.

Of the 1000 young people surveyed, 1 in 5 also believed that if a young man wants to have sex with a young woman, it’s up to the woman to make it very clear she doesn’t want to.

In addition, we know that if a woman is sexually assaulted, 1 in 5 of the same young people will hold the victim at least partly responsible for the unwanted sex if she is drunk or affected by drugs.

A total of 15 per cent believe the same thing if the woman is wearing revealing clothing.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – there is some good news in all of this.

Young people are telling us that they are craving reliable information about sex and relationships.

However, with a lack of guidance from parents and family members, they are instead turning to popular culture to get it.

I’m sure most people will agree that many music videos, online games and pornography do not portray women in a realistic manner.

Nor do they show thevalue of respectful relationships.

For example, a review of the most popular porn uncovered that 88 per cent of scenes included acts of physical aggression.

And in 94 per cent of those cases, the aggressive acts were directed at female performers.

Young people may also feel pressured to live up to certain outdated social expectations of being a man or woman.

Many young men believe they must be the ones who initiate sex, be sexually active and even aggressive.

Meanwhile, many young women believe that they are expected to be passive, nurturing and do what they can to “make boys happy”.

So, we need to step up. We need to have awkward conversations about sex and consent with the young people in our lives.

Yes, they might squirm. We’ll probably do the same.

But the fact remains that parents, carers and family members are some of the most trusted sources of information young people will ever have access to.

A few years ago, the National Union of Students indicated that 67 per cent of female students suffered an unwanted sexual experience. And 31 per cent had sex when they were, or felt unable to give consent.

It’s up to us to try and change these statistics. It’s up to all of us to help make university a safer experience for the people we know and love.

Mary Barry is the chief executive of Our Watch, the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children.

Drayton South’s final rejection by planning commission

14/01/2019 Posted by admin

ALL IN VAIN: Drayton South has again had its consent refused by the Planning Assessment Commission.THE NSW Planning Assessment Commission has again refused consent to the Drayton South Coal Project, saying it considers it “not in the public interest”.
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The decision has beenwelcomed by the thoroughbred stud industry and by environmentalists but will disappoint the coal industry, its employees and its supporters.

The PAC said coal company Anglo American had sought consent to extract 74.9 million tonnes of coal over 15 years, employing 500 mineworkers directly and supporting the indirect employment of another 980 people more during the life of the mine.

Although the commission recognised the financial contribution of the coal industry to the state economy, it said “a unique sent of circumstances does exist due to the proximity between the project and the thoroughbred operations of Coolmore and Godolphin” horse studs.

Although Anglo American said Drayton South could be developed without impacting on either stud, the commission said there would be “key effects” on its neighbours from “air quality, blast noise and reputation”.

The commission noted that mining and equine operations were “co-existing at this current point in time” but it believed the proximity of Drayton South would “tip this relationship out of balance to the detriment, and ultimate decline of the internationally recognised Hunter Valley equine critical industry cluster”.

The Newcastle Herald is seeking comment from Anglo American but the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association welcomed the decision, saying it vindicated its opposition to the project from the start.

The breeders’ association is also calling on a Bickham style permanent stay on Drayton South by having the NSW government enact a site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy or SEPP on the area to permanently prohibit open-cut coalmining.

Bickham was a mine proposed for a riverside site near Scone that was rejected in 2010 and permanently stayed using a SEPP.

Read the full story in Friday’s Newcastle Herald.

Player claims Muswellbrook’s $1.3m Saturday Lotto prize

12/12/2018 Posted by admin

AFTER five days, a NSW Lotteries player has come forward to claim the $1.3m prize from Saturday Lotto $20 Million Superdraw that was won with an entry bought from Muswellbrook’s Southside Newsagency.
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The 36-game QuickPick entry won Muswellbrook’s newest millionaire a division one prize of $1,333,333.34.

But, just who exactly landed the windfall will remain a mystery, as the winner has spoken to NSW Lotteries in secret to claim their cash bonanza.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Matt Hart said while all Saturday Lotto customers dreamt of becoming an overnight millionaire, the winning Muswellbrook ticket had made that dream a reality for another player this week.

“We speak with winners every day and while most winners dream of winning big, many don’t ever expect it will happen to them,” he said.

“In fact since July 1 this year, there have already been 77 division one winning entries purchased by NSW Lotteries customers – that’s a lot of winning smiles on the faces of players.”

The division one winning entry was purchased from Southside Newsagency in Maitland Road.

Southside Newsagency owner Pankaj Monga said the store was excited that it had sold a division one winning ticket.

“Congratulations to the winner! It’s great that our missing millionaire has come forward to claim their prize,” he said.

“We’ve been really busy this week with a lot of people coming into the store to check their tickets because they had heard that we’d sold a division one winning entry.”

NSW Lotteries reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Players Club Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.