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Music thrills to warm up the weekend chill

Music thrills to warm up the weekend chill

JOY: The Bush Happy Band - Caramel Smith, Kylie Nebauer and Rick Durand - is set to entertain at Tilligerry RSL from 8pm on Saturday. Picture: SuppliedCRUISE through the weekend to the sweetand rockin’ tunes set to be played across the Port’s music spotsby solo acts, duos and bands.
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The Happy Bush Band will set up at Tilligerry RSL on Friday night.

From 8pmCaramel Smith, Kylie Nebauer and Rick Durand will be centre stage deliveringthree-part harmonies plusguitar, mandolin, banjo and keyboard performances.

At Wests Nelson Bay Diggers on Saturday night, The Way duo ofTy Coates andCaz Rae will have the entertaining reins.

The pair will take to the stage at 9.30pm to deliver a set filled withclassic and current hits.

Jason Bone will fill d’Albora Marinas with music from noon on Sunday.

Bone, a solo act, will perform in the forecourt of the Nelson Bay marina until 3pm.

A prominent figure in the local and national music scene during the past 17 years, Bone is well known for his easy going Sunday chill vibe.He has an extensive repertoire that consists of music ranging from jazz though to blues and rock.

Murray’s Brewery at Bobs Farm will continue itsAmericanBeerMonth celebrations. Norm Bakker will deliver a free tribute to Elvis show on Sunday from noon.

For a full run down on which artist is playing where in Port Stephens, consult the Examiner’s gig guide.

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Novelist delves into city’s secret history

Novelist delves into city’s secret history

SECRET STORIES: Miles Franklin Award shortlisted author Rod Jones will speak about his latest novel at this year's Mudgee Readers' Festival. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Rod Jones’ latestnovel was born out of a very public first meeting with his biological mother.

The Motherstells the secret interwoven stories of three generationsof women: Jones’adoptive grandmother, Alma; his adoptive mother, Molly; his wife, Cathy; and his birth mother, Anna, whom he met for the first time at a reading his acclaimed novelJulia Paradisein 1986.The meeting, arranged by Jones, is described in the book.

“It was something more than idle curiosity,”he told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year.

“I'd been living by myself for a few months in the old Australia Council studio in Venice. It probably wasn't just a question of my adoption, but also the things of midlife people begin to think about in the years before 40: realising key senses in which one is unhappy, and having to face up to that.”

Joneswas 17 when his mother told him he was adopted.

“I don't think I had a single clear reaction, I probably didn't want to deal with it. It probably confirmed the sense of differentness I'd felt all my life, and probably still do feel." He pauses. "I'm not normal."

Jonesappears in the book as alter ego David, but the focus is on the four women beginning with his grandmother, Alma, who in 1917 war-time Footscray wasliving in a sleep-out at the back of a house with her children.

While the world is at war, Alma falls pregnant andher daughter Molly is born in secret. As Molly grows up, there is a man who sometimes follows her on her way to school.

Decades later Anna meets Neil in 1952 at her parents’ shack at Cockatoo. She later enters a Salvation Army home for unmarried mothers, but is determined to keep her baby.

Fast forward toFitzroy, 1975. Student life. Cathy and David are living together, determined not to get married. Against the background of the tumultuous events of the sacking of the Whitlam government, a new chapter is added to the family’s story.

Mudgee Readers’ Festival chairperson, Susie Bennett said The Mothers “is a beautifully expressed, poignant book, telling the story of three generations of unmarried mothers and the secrets and attitudes associated with those involved from 1917 to the present.”

“It cleverly interweaves the social history of the times with the story and I found the well researched historical content interesting in itself,”Ms Bennett said.

“The novel was borne out of Jones' own experience and I was totally captivated by his ability to write in a feminine voice about the emotions, distresses and secrets associated with giving a baby up for adoption, being forced to enter a home for ‘unwed’mothers and the desire to keep a child when society is so prejudiced against it.

“Overall I felt that The Mothers was compelling, often sad, exquisitely crafted and totally worth reading. I look forward to hearing Rod Jones speak of this book at The Mudgee Readers' Festival.”

Rod Jones will speak at two sessions as part of Mudgee Readers’ Festival, August 13 and 14. For tickets visit梧桐夜网mudgeereaders南京夜网

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Voters speak on steel

Voters speak on steel

save steel: Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has been criticised for his decision to oppose a steel bill put forward by the Greens. Picture: Sylvia Liber
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A steel campaigner hascriticised Illawarra Liberal MP Gareth Ward over his plans to vote against a bill they claim will help the industry.

Mr Ward, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, said on Monday that he would not be voting for the “disgraceful” bill put forward by the Greens that calls for 90 per cent of local steel to be used in NSW government infrastructure projects.

“I will stand up in the parliament. I will make it quite clear how we can support the steel industryand steel workers but protectionism is not it,” Mr Ward said.

South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris has spent the last 12 months pushing state and federal politicians towards helping the steel industry.

Mr Rorris said thefederal election results –particularly the Nick Xenophon Team’s efforts in South Australia, the home oftroubled steelmaker Arrium –showed job security was a big deal for voters.

“Nick Xenophonhad been elected with multiplesenators and taken a seat away from the Liberal Party,largely on the basisof things such as local jobs and local steel procurement,” Mr Rorris said.

“I think Garethneeds to acknowledge thatand I think and hope that the NSW Liberal government has amajor rethink because the way I read it, I don’t think the voters are muckingaround any more.”

Mr Rorris said politicians needed to get the message the voters were sending.

“I thinkthis is a kickin the pants for politicianswho are burying their heads in the sand and pretending the market willfix everything,” he said.

“Well,it won’tfix everything, and what the voters have just said is‘get in there, fix it, support our local jobs orget out’. I think it’s a blunt message and our state government woulddo well to heed the call.”

He criticised what he saw as the Liberal Party view that intervention was not necessary as themarket should be left alone.

“The problem is the market has failed,” Mr Rorris said.

“The international steel crisis is the biggest exampleof market failure since the GFC. That’sthe problem, the otherway has not workedand is not working.

“That’s why we sayto Gareth,have anotherlook at the steel bill.

“If he thinks he could improve on it with another wayhe should move an amendment.”

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A real estate trifecta

A real estate trifecta

PROUD: Jessica Zandona, who was named Australasian Property Manager of the year earlier in the year, played a big role in Griffith Real Estate's success.
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It’s a story of “David and Goliath” proportions.

BEATING THE BIG BOYS: Tony Santolin (left) and Brian Bertolin (right) were over the moon at the awards night with their haul. Picture: Supplied.

Griffith Real Estate recently took on the big guns in the property world and came out the victor.

They took out three awards at the Australasian awards night.

These included the excellence awards for sales productivity, property management productivity anddigital excellence.

Griffith Real Estate Director Tony Santolin said it was a big effort to take down some of the biggest names in thebusiness.

“Winning the awards against offices from Melbourne, Fremantle and New Zealand, who have huge offices, is a great achievement,” he said.

“They may have better properties, they may even have better film-making, but we won (digital excellence)because we were to the point, more real in our approach and not cheesy.

“The others were a bit over the top in their approach.

“Also for our video now to be used at other agencies, as what a video should look like, it’s really humbling.”

He said the team’s cohesiveness was a big factor in the win.

“Out of 900 properties, we only have twovacant,” Mr Santolin said.

“So we’reriding the wave of economic boom in Griffith.

“Having the biggest team in town, we're able to capture that momentum.

“The whole team is benefiting from training and going to courses and just really working well together.”

Santolin said he’d never dreamed that the’d be at this stage.

“Brian (Mob) and Jessica Zandonaspoke on property panel a couple months agoand wereable to share our stories,” he said.

“Thirtyyears ago, I couldn’t have imagined that one daywe’d be speaking in front of a huge audience like that one.”

The behind the scenes work didn’t go unnoticed by Mr Santolin either.

“Brian Bertolin was a major part of winning these awards,” he said. “He handles all our rentals and is a great person to have.

The work Brett Naseby and Nathan Thomas did on the winning video can’t be understated.

“It was a full team effort from everyone.”

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18. 07. 2018
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Costly slow start

Costly slow start

Stuart Scott carries a number of defenders at Tom Clyburn Oval on Sunday. The Tigers were beaten by two-points. Photo by Terese Peters.Canowindra slipped to fourth on the Woodbridge Cup ladder following Sunday’s two-point loss at Tom Clyburn Oval against the Eugowra Golden Eagles.
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Despite scoring the games first points, through a try to captain-coach Matt Frazer, a slow opening 40 minutes from the Tigers allowed Eugowra to assemble a 16-6 lead at halftime.

The lead was extended to 22-6 when the Eagles crossed again during the first set after the break, but the Tigers showed characterforminga major revival to finish the game just two-points behind, losing 28-26.

Canowindra capitalised after dominating theearly stages of the match when Frazer opened the scoring at the 10 minute markand Matt Mclean added the extras.

A string of handling errors gifted the Eagles favourablepossession and territory and the visitors took full advantage leveling the scores at 6-6.

Back to back tries inside final seven minutes of the half gave Eugowra the momentum at the break.

Despite the Tigers’ comeback duringthe second 40 minutes, the seventh placed Eagles managed to maintain the edge.

Three points and players’ playerwent to Matt Frazer, two points were awarded to Blake Willson and Dave Doran picked up one.

The Canowindra Tigresses were also defeated by Eugowra losing 20-4.

This weekend the Tigers travel to Young where theymeetBurrangong.

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AMA seeking new CEO

AMA seeking new CEO

Animal Medicines Australia CEO Duncan Bremner.ANIMAL Medicines Australia (AMA) is on the hunt for a new CEO with Duncan Bremner announcing he’s moving on.
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Mr Bremner said he was completing his tenure as the head of the animal health industry’s peak body after three years in the role and is looking forward to taking a break.

His name has been linked to other prominent agricultural industry and political roles but he said for now his focus was on taking a well-earned break.

“I have a number of irons in the fire and we'll see what comes of them,” he said.

“But my immediate priority is that old cliche of taking a little bit of time out to spend time with the family and finding a warm place to have a cold beer.”

AMA President Andrew Mason said Mr Bremner had made a valuable contribution to the industry and wished him the best of success for the future.

Mr Bremner said after an exciting and challenging three years of reform and change, it is time him me to move on to new challenges.

“I am proud of what has been achieved at AMA under my watch,” he said.

“We have grown the organisation from being an introspective industry-focussed and technically driven industry body, to now being recognised as the pre-eminent influential organisation for the Australian animal health sector, one that has the ear of the political, media, and industry domains.

“This could not have been achieved without the input of the AMA’s strong Board and committed staff, and I thank them for their support.

“I look forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow in the diverse and dynamic animal health industry.”

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Business forced to close due to power cut

Business forced to close due to power cut

powerless: Sandra and Eddy Obeid will have to close their doors for a day this month due to a power cut by Endeavour Energy. Picture: Sylvia LiberA cafe owner at Unanderra is unhappy a plannedpower cut will force them to close their doors on a Saturday.
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But an Endeavour Energy spokeswoman said there was no other time it could be scheduled.

Eddy and Sandra’s Takeaway Cafe is one of a group of shops which will be without power on July 16 from 8am to 4pmdue to work being undertaken by Endeavour Energy.

Sandra Obeid said a representative told them that, because they had been given two weeks’notice, the business could not claim any compensation for lost income.

“They wouldnot be liable for loss of any trade, customers, costof power, cost of perishables,” Ms Obeid said.

“We would have to supplyour own generator which wouldcost me a lot of money because I have a lot of equipment.”

Ms Obeid said a generator wasn't an option, which left them with no choice but to close their doors on one of their busiest days.

“It’s goingto cost me more money to get a generator than I can make on the day,” she said.

“It’s not worth it. I’ve got alot ofequipment in here. Plus I’d haveto get an electrician in to connect it properly.”

A letter supplied to Ms Obeid does not state the nature of the work being undertaken nor why it needs to be doneduring daylight hours.

The letter recommends certain electricalitems be disconnected before and during the power interruption.

Ms Obeid said she was told the work was related to replacing power poles but didn’t understand why it couldn’t be done when businesses were closed.

“Surely they can do that after hours,” she said.

“I don’tthink it’s safe during the day to repair anything because you’vegot the traffic on the road and everything.

“So it would probablybe betterfor themto do it in the night-time - for the traffic and they wouldn’t bedisturbingpeople trying to operate andearn a living.”

An Endeavour Energy spokeswoman said the outage was to remove and replace condemned power lines, some of which span the rail line at Unanderra.

“On this occasion the date was set to comply with a request by Sydney Trains to coincide withthe closure of the rail line to also undertake planned maintenance,” she said.

“Due to safety limitations, this work cannot be undertaken at night, with weekday interruptions impossible because of train scheduling.”

The spokeswoman also saidEndeavour Energy didnot generally provide generators during planned maintenance except forsensitive locations like hospitals or schools.

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New life for old broadcast buildingphotos, interactive

New life for old broadcast buildingphotos, interactive

A BUILDING once home to the ABC in Newcastle is undergoing a transformation into five boutique luxury apartments, to be aptly named Broadcast House.
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Construction has begun on converting the buildingat 47 NewcomenStreet.

When complete,Broadcast House will consist of three, three-bedroom and two, two-bedroom apartments, designed by EJE Architecture and under construction by Beresfield firm WA Brown.

Asthe studios of radio station 2NC (now 1233 ABC Newcastle) the building once housedcurrent ABC presenters Garth Russell, Paul Turton and Paul Bevan as well asNewcastle’s firstfull-timeradio presenter, Geoff Moore.

Jeff Kerr from WABrown said the building’s design presented an opportunity to create unique inner-city living spaces.

New life for old broadcast building | photos, interactive NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the finished Broadcast House in Newcomen Street, Newcastle.

FORMER STUDIOS: The building was listed for sale in July 2014.

NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the finished Broadcast House in Newcomen Street, Newcastle.

TweetFacebookHe said no two apartments in Broadcast House were alike.

One has a rooftop terrace and all featurehigh ceilings, with most between 2.4 and 2.9 metres.The apartment incorporating the former recording and TV studio has a four-metre high ceiling.

“This is a very attractive, sympathetic reuse of a building that has an interesting history,” Mr Kerr said.

The apartments are expected to be completed by early spring.

Newcastle’s first Wesleyan Chapel opened on the Broadcast House site on June 29, 1845.

The development is opposite Newcastle’s oldest, intact, Victorian Georgian residenceClaremont House, which is now listed with the National Trust and part of the Newcastle Club.

During its time housing ABC Newcastle, the site was the workplace for many well-known presenters. Thestation’s first full-time female radio presenter, Libby Saunders, broadcast a popular morning program from the building.

Long-time announcer John Clarke and former TV News presenter John Church started their radio careers doing weekend shifts from the building in the early 1980s. Other well-known ABC presenters Mickey de Stoop and Madeleine Randall also informed and entertained audiences from the building.

When the ABC moved to its current Newcastle West studios in 1993 the building became commercial premises.

PRD Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s Newcastle New Projects division have been appointed to sell the apartments and are now seeking expressions of interest.

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Hampton query lingers on

Hampton query lingers on

IN DOUBT: The future of Jeremy Hampton at Junee is in jeopardy with the winger set to miss another game when the Diesels take on Brothers at Equex Centre on Saturday.Junee has been forced to reassess its back line options following doubts of Jeremy Hampton’s future with the club
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Hampton was a late withdrawal from the Diesels’ loss to Gundagai three weeksand captain-coach Matt Hands is still unsure of when he will regain his services.

However Hands has thrown cold water on suggestions the winger, who was part of Junee’s grand final losing teamlast year, has walked out on the club

“Tobe honest I am not 100 per cent sure what is going on with him,” Hands said.

“Heis having a few issues so it is probably best to have a little breather from footy for a while.We are just going to wait and see.”

Hands remains hopeful Hampton will return at some stage this season as the club looks to win its first premiership in 30 years.

The Diesels are already without centre Brad McCarthy and don’t have a lot of depth to cover more back line losses.

“It is not ideal as we don’t have a lot of outside backs at the moment,” Hands said.

However the Diesels have a ready made replacement with Liam Sweeney expected to slot in on the wing for the clash against Brothers.

Sweeney hasn’t played a Group Nine fixture since last year’s grand finalbecause of an ankle injury, but should be right to take his place

“He was going to play against Gundagai but the conditions probably didn’t suit his ankle coming back through reserves,” Hands said.

“He will definitely be an option for us.

“He played some good footy last year, considering he was fresh out of the 18s.”

Queries over Hampton’s futureis the second players drama to rock the high flying club this season.

Patrick Sagigi was part on anon-field incident with a teammatethat ultimately led to the front rower allegedly leaving the ground before the game ended.

However he did return to the club but is currently sidelinesafter breaking his jaw against Gundagai.

The Diesels are currently third on the Group Nine ladder, one point of ladder leaders Southcity, but havebeen struggling to scoredominant wins, unlike some of their rivals.

After just scraping over Cootamundra before having thebye last weekend, Hands is looking for a big six weeks heading into finals.

“We keep playing to the standard we are playing against but hopefully now that we have no more byes it meanswe can start building some momentum,” Hands said.

The Diesels scored late points to secure a eight-point win over Brothers last time they met andHands is looking an improved effort for the clash at Equex Centre on Saturday.

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Medal to honour country great

Medal to honour country great

Kym "Freddy" Curnow.
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Esperance farmer Kym “Freddy” Curnow’s courage and service to football will be honoured by the West Australian Country Football League and CBH Group when the Kym Curnow Medal is presented to the best player in the CBH Group Country Colts Division of the upcoming Landmark Country Championships.

Curnow died on November 17, 2015, while fighting fires and warning people to evacuate the fire area only a short distance from his farm in Scaddan, north of Esperance.

Kym was a successful farmer at Scaddan for more than 28 years and played football for the Gibson Football Club.

He is survived by his wife Roseanne and three children Tom, Riley and Emma.

WACFL general manager Joe Georgiades said Curnow played for more than 30 years in the Esperance District Association, including many years in carnival sides such as Wesfarmers/Landmark and Great Southern Carnivals.

“Known as “Freddy” to his family and friends he was a footballer who achieved a high degree of success, both on and off the field and will be remembered as someone who the community would flock to watch,” Mr Georgiades said.

“He was a great believer in all kinds of representative football and was fortunate enough to play in a reserves game last year with his twin boys Tom and Riley.

“The grand final award at Landmark is usually awarded to the best on ground and I think that this season selectors will be paying special attention to players showing courage in honour of what Kym stood for.

“The Kym Curnow medal will serve as a lasting reminder to the broader football community of the positive impact one person can have.”

Below is a list of Kym’s football achievements:

• Highest game player at Gibson Football Club, league 289 games, reserves 60 games

• League premiership player 89, 90, 91, 92, 02, 06

• Best on ground in 1989 grand final

• Numerous reserves premierships 2008-2015

• Gibson League fairest and best three times

• Leading goal kicker league five times (EDFA)

• Leading goal kicker reserves twice (EDFA)

• Winner of Hepburn Medal in 1993 (EDFA F&B Medal)

• Played in the Great Southern Colts winning team 1989

• Played in the winning side of the Wesfarmers “B” Division team 1990

• Played in the Landmark “C” Division winning team 2005

• Played in representative sides at both Wesfarmers/Landmark and Great Southern carnivals from 1988-2006

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