Head knock rules out Foley for Tahs opener, Hegarty to start

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The Waratahs’ round one ambitions have taken a hit after Test No.10 Bernard Foley was ruled out with ongoing concussion symptoms.
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Bryce Hegarty will take over at five-eighth against the Western Force on Saturday after Foley failed to pass mandatory head injury assessment protocols this week, with David Horwitz coming onto the bench.

Coach Daryl Gibson said his regular No.10 was still experiencing dizziness and did not pass a computer-based cognitive test after taking a head knock in the Waratahs’ trial match against the Highlanders a week ago, but would still travel to South Africa with the team for their round two and three games.

Gibson backed Foley’s replacement, Hegarty, who joined the Waratahs at the start of last year but suffered a season-ending knee injury.

“The reason we recruited Bryce in the first instance was because of his experience, the number of years he’s played down at the Rebels,” Gibson said.

“We get an excellent replacement, someone who can really step in and run the show, without skipping much of a beat.”

Hegarty played 33 Super Rugby games for the Rebels at fullback and five-eighth before signing with NSW at the end of 2015.

Second rower Ned Hanigan was also scratched from the line up with a knee problem. Dave McDuling comes on to the bench in his place.

Gibson said losing a Wallabies playmaker was “never great” but backed the squad’s depth to get the job done against the Force at Allianz Stadium.

“It’s never great but if you’re going to win this competition you’ve got to have a good squad adn have faith in that squad,” he said.

“We’ve been practising for the last month without him, for these moments, so I think we’re well-prepared.”

Waratahs team (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Rob Horne, Irae Simone, Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Andrew Kellaway.

Reserves (one to be omitted): Hugh Roach, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, Ned Hanigan, Brad Wilkin, Matt Lucas, Taqele Naiyaravoro, David Horwitz.

Spaghetti legs steps up after Foley blow threatens NSW

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Time to shine: Bryce Hegarty will start at No.10 in place of Bernard Foley. Photo: Ben HolgateHis coach concedes he has no rights to be playing rugby with legs like that, but that hasn’t stopped Bryce “Fettuccine” Hegarty getting the tick of approval to start in the coveted NSW No.10 jersey on Saturday night.
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With Wallabies No.10 Bernard Foley battling concussion symptoms, Hegarty has been handed the playmaking duties in the Waratahs’ season-opener against the Force at Allianz Stadium.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said the “unusual player”, who spent three seasons with the Rebels before moving to Sydney, was hugely popular within the squad, not least because of his unlikely build.

“The reason he’s so popular is because he shouldn’t be playing No.10 – or rugby – in a really nice way,” Gibson said.

“We call him ‘Fettuccine’, which is a reference to his legs, because they’re like spaghetti in that they look like they’re going to fall off at any moment.

“But he can play the game, he’s got wonderful game sense, a good skill-set and an excellent rugby brain. That’s the thing that attracts me to him, he gets the game, he’s a rugby player. While he doesn’t have all the talents in the world he utilises every ounce of them.”

Hegarty signed with the Waratahs ahead of the 2016 season but spent most of the year on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in March. Foley’s extended absence during the pre-season after a gruelling Test calendar last year allowed the Brisbane-born playmaker some solid playing time.

Gibson said while losing a Test No.10 was a setback on the eve of the new Super Rugby season, he had complete faith in Foley’s understudy.

“It’s never great but if you’re going to win this competition you’ve got to have a good squad and have faith in that squad,” he said.

“We’ve been practising for the last month without him [Foley], for these moments, so I think we’re well-prepared.”

Foley was injured during the Waratahs’ trial match against the Highlanders last week and has been following concussion protocols to determine his return to play. Gibson revealed the 27-year-old was still having dizzy spells and had not passed a computer-based cognitive assessment, but would travel with the team to South Africa for their games in rounds two and three.

It is an undeniable blow for the 2014 Super Rugby champions, who take a young squad into the new season and will be relying on their experienced big names. Young second-rower Ned Hanigan was also scratched from the bench after suffering a hamstring injury, with Dave McDuling filling his spot.

The Waratahs will still pack plenty of firepower into their back line, however. Israel Folau and new recruit Irae Simone are lining up in midfield, with Reece Robinson and veteran utility Rob Horne on the wings and Andrew Kellaway at fullback.

They will come up against a lower-profile but no less exciting back line from the Western Force, with Sydney-raised former Gloucester centre Bill Meakes teaming up with former NRL winger Curtis Rona, and Wallabies outside back Dane Haylett-Petty at fullback.

Kellaway said he expected more creativity from the Force this year under head coach Dave Wessels.

“They’re going to have a crack … you’ve got [Rona] from rugby league, it will be great to see what he does, and he’s up against Izzy [Folau], so hopefully the rain stays away,” he said.

In Foley’s absence, Hegarty and Robinson would potentially share the goal kicking duties, Gibson said. The Waratahs’ territory game will also be put under the microscope after the Highlanders heaped pressure on the hosts with a succession of high balls last week.

Waratahs team (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Bryce Hegarty, Rob Horne, Irae Simone, Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Andrew Kellaway.

Reserves (one to be omitted): Hugh Roach, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Brad Wilkin, Matt Lucas, Taqele Naiyaravoro, David Horwitz.

Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman’s 10-year association sealed with a Winx

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Chris Waller, Hugh Bowman and Winx. It is a combination that is becoming as familiar to n sports fans as Newcombe and Roche, Lillee and Marsh or Lewis and Langer.

As the superstar mare heads to her 15th successive win and her 10th group 1 in Saturday’s Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick, the latest dominant combination of the turf can look back at the milestones she has given them.

Before Winx arrived, Waller and Bowman were outstanding in their fields but lacked a “major” to join the elite. Winx gave them that with her first Cox Plate, and the Apollo Stakes win to start this preparation chalked up 250 wins for trainer and jockey together.

“I didn’t think I would do that with a jockey in ,” Waller said. “It is something pretty special I guess.”

While Winx has taken the pair to another level in the past couple of years, it is an association that started when Waller came to Sydney.

“I always hoped I would be the main rider for a leading stable at some stage,” Bowman said. “I did it for Gai Waterhouse in my 20s and I thought that was going to be my stairway to heaven but that didn’t work out.

“Chris and myself have sort of evolved together. We had a lot of success prior [to Winx]. The relationship is more than 10 years now and we have had our differences at different stages.

“But I think ultimately we have a similar vision and the best interests of the horses at heart. That’s why it works.”

There is admiration between the two and a respect and confidence that comes from being the masters of their trade.

“I can put Hughie on a horse and have the upmost faith in his horsemanship, his will to win and his feedback post-race. And then we are capable of [having a] beer after the races,” Waller said.

“He is the last link in the chain that starts at 4am every morning and to have the upmost confidence in him is something I can’t quantify.”

Bowman and Waller are not yet at the stage of their career where they will look back. “We are still thinking forward, that is just the way it is,” Bowman said, but the Cox Plates have been landmarks in their careers.

“That was very satisfying, I felt I was missing that major win and to get it will be something I will alway remember,” Bowman said.

But to have a champion such as Winx is a completely different experience.

“It is like winning a Melbourne Cup, you want it but by working harder you aren’t going to get it. It is luck of the draw,” Bowman said. “I’m very grateful for Winx. It has been very fulfilling for me as a person and rider to be involved with a horse like her.”

Winx is a $1.10 favourite to take a second Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday and Waller and Bowman can find no chink in her armour.

“I think she has certainly come on from her first-up win [in the Apollo],” Bowman said. “She is certainly stronger in her work. She is a bit more relaxed in her demeanour. That suggests to me she is where she needs to be at this stage of her preparation.

“I was quite vocal in my thoughts that she was quite away from where she was leading into the Cox Plate [ahead of her first-up run] but I feel like she has really progressed since the Apollo Stakes.”

Waller has been happy with the progress in the 10 days since the Apollo Stakes as she steps out to the mile.

“Physically I couldn’t be happier with her. She has maintained her weight and she has the benefit of that race and race pressure,” Waller said. “She has probably muscled up and strengthened up a little bit more.

“I’m talking small quantities but at least she’s gradually heading forward and certainly maintaining her brilliance.”

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‘I rely on weekends to pay my bills’: How taking away Sunday penalty rates will hurt workers

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Caboolture hospitality worker Selina Young says she depends on weekend penalty rates to pay the bills. Photo: Lisa Maree WilliamsCaboolture hospitality worker Selina Young has been left wondering how she will pay her bills from July, after the Fair Work Commission decided on Thursday to slash her weekend and public holiday penalty rates.
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The FWC announced Sunday penalty rates for full- and part-time workers in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries would be slashed, in some cases, from double time to time-and-a-half.

Ms Young, who worked at the Caboolture RSL, faced a reduction in her Sunday penalty rates from 175 per cent to 150 per cent, with the pay decrease to come into effect from July.

She said while she was not surprised by the FWC’s decision, that did not make it any easier for her to swallow.

“You expect it, but you don’t want it,” Ms Young said.

“This will impact my finances quite a lot, because you don’t get a lot through the week when you’re working in this industry.

“I rely on my weekends to pay my bills, pay my rent and contribute to (buying) food.

“I sacrifice weekends with my husband so that we can afford to live, pretty much.”

Ms Young, 32, said she had been in the hospitality industry since she was 18 and it had always been a tough slog.

It was a hardship, Ms Young said, that would be lost on the Fair Work Commission.

“The ones who are calling the shots here don’t know what it’s like to work nights and weekends,” she said.

“They get to sit down for Sunday lunch with their family every week, while we miss out on all of this and we seem to be the ones who cop everything.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she knew how important penalty rates were for people who gave up their family time to work on a Sunday.

“I know that this has been a very vexed issue, people have very firm views on it but we have to accept the umpire’s decision,” she said.

But Queensland unions showed no sign of accepting the umpire’s decision in the immediate aftermath of the commission handing down its decision in Melbourne.

They marched in Brisbane to the commonwealth government offices in Eagle Street to protest the decision on Thursday morning. Marching down to offices of Qld LNP politicians allowing wages cut to #penaltyrates Brandis, Evans pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/2mPPSyVJap— QCU (@TheQCU) February 23, 2017

Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan said the FWC decision was a “game changer” for industrial relations in .

“The independent umpire makes decisions based on the rules they are given,” she said.

“These rules are contained in our laws. If it is possible that penalty rates can be cut, then it is clear these rules need to change.”

But Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland state advocacy manager Kate Whittle praised the FWC’s “common sense” approach.

“Today’s decision has not seen an abolishment of penalty rates altogether, but a more sensible approach to how penalty rates are applied so small and medium businesses can continue to thrive and employ,” she said.

Ms Whittle said the decision would allow many Queensland small businesses to employ more staff and give existing staff more hours.

“The policy behind penalty rates represented a failure to recognise the requirements of industries operating in the 24/seven economy, such as retail, tourism, accommodation, and hospitality,” she said.

“… Penalty rates are a drain on productivity and Queensland business competitiveness. Reform has been long overdue.

“Queensland businesses have resoundingly told us that they want a workplace relations framework that meets the needs of their contemporary workplaces and positively impacts on their productivity and competitiveness – and penalty rates were a top priority.

“The current penalty rates regime inhibits economic growth by providing a disincentive to employers from having longer trading hours or offering staff additional hours.”

Ms McLennan said there was “absolutely no evidence” reduced wages created more jobs.

“But we do know that it would be much harder for many families to pay their bills and put food on the table,” she said.

For Ms Young, the commission’s decision meant a potential re-evaluation.

“The problem is, you don’t earn enough money to study to get a different profession either, so you’re sort of trapped because you can’t afford to go anywhere else,” she said.

“I love my job, but I’m going to have to try to do something because you can barely survive now on a minimum wage job.

“It’s just too hard.”

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Phillip O’NeillWhat you can do to take the sting out of a very hot summer

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BEAT THE HEAT: A lot of small changes around the house can make a world of difference in a hot summer. It’s one thing to bid good riddance to a very hot summer. But there are ways to make summer aseason to look forward to, without resorting to long days inside air-conditioned living rooms orexpeditions to air-conditioned shopping malls. Summer should be a time for relaxation andpleasure.
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We can start with making our homes perform better. Twelve months ago we decided to upgrade ourhouse so that it is cooler on hot days. Our belief is that large houses like ours on big blocks of landshould be comfortable all year round without need for air conditioning.

Our approach was to do a hundred things that made a difference. This summer we monitored ourinterventions. Rarely did the inside of the house top 24C. Even during that horror heatwaveearlier this month we stayed under 27C. By early evening we were enjoying – yes, enjoying –outside life on our verandas and in our garden.

Our list of renovations included some heavier hitting: whirlybirds on the roof and thicker ceilinginsulation. Then we added a vertical drop metal shutter on a large western window.

And there were smaller measures. Close fitting interior Holland blinds are cheap and effective. Weswapped two bulky heat-absorbing metal door and window frames for wooden varieties. Someirritating carpeted areas were stripped leaving a cool concrete slab which we covered in slate. Wefilled the verandas with large pots of flowers and herbs. A heat reflecting lawn area near the housewas allowed to grow a little wilder. We refreshed the kitchen and interior walls with lighter colours.

A fridge and a freezer and their ageing hot pump units were sent packing.

Throw in shorts, loose t-shirts, a very good iced-tea recipe from Spain, good books and a large jigsaw puzzle and our summer holidays were well spent.

Obviously not everyone has the house options we have. But everyone can benefit from better neighbourhood-scale adaptions to heat. There are lessonsfrom overseas cities – like Madrid – for coping with hot days, where good urban design meanspeople enjoy local parks and water bodies, outside-eateries, shady plazas and pathways.

There are lessons too from Canberra, of all places. We ventured to the national capital in the heat ofJanuary for a few days at the galleries. Each evening we walked to local high streets in Kingston andManuka. The footpaths are well kept and covered by tree canopies – not pruned to an inch of theirlives by power-line maintenance crews.

The shopping centres are clean with cared-for plant boxesand quality pavements meaning patrons don’t wrestle with unstable café tables and chairs. Sensibleliquor laws enable families to enjoy good food and a civilised drink at reasonable prices.

Fingers ofparkland invite strollers and their ice creams down to the edge of Lake Burley Griffin – an artificialwater body created by damming a small river, it is worth noting. In all, an otherwise hostile hotvalley a long way from the coast has been turned into a pleasant place to be in the middle ofsummer. Heat is sucked out of these Canberra neighbourhoods by the effects of many smallmeasures, most of them inexpensive.

Summer in has long been a time to be on the coast. For generations there has been plenty of beach to go around. Now, in a bigger growing , summer at the beach means expensiverentals or congested day trips. We need to appreciate life beyond the beach.

There are easy gains away from the air-con switch.

Phillip O’Neill is professor of economic geography at Western Sydney University.

Jets officials hoping for a vocal F3 derby crowd on Sunday

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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.