Murray Goulburn sale clears final hurdle

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Murray Goulburn’s Koroit factory. Picture: Rob GunstoneThe sale offormer leading dairy processor Murray Goulburn (MG) to Canadian dairy giant has cleared its final hurdle with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approvingthe acquisition.
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MG spokesman said Saputo had advised it on Wednesday of the FIRB’s decision.

MG said it expected to complete the $1.3 billion sale of the cooperative to Saputo byMay 1, this year.

It said the initial distribution of 80c a share from the sale to shareholders and unitholders will take place on May 15.

The date on which MG will record those on its list of shareholders and unitholders in the MG Unit Trust, and who will receive the 80c a share or unit,has been set at April 23.

Under the terms of the sale, Saputo has agreed to divest itself of MG’s Koroit plant to counterconcerns from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commision that it would have too much control of the regional milk market if it kept the plant.

Saputo already owns the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter factory at Allansford.

The Weekly Times has quoted a Saputo spokesman as saying the Canadian company hopes to sell the Koroit plant by the end of June.

The report said at least two Australian companies had already had talks with Saputoto express their interest in the Koroit plant.

Warrnambool Standard

Vegemite verdict: Putting Darby Street’s $7 gourmet toast to the test

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Vegemite verdict: Putting Darby Street’s $7 gourmet toast to the test TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldthe $7 meal served on Monday to regular customerHuon Oliver was meant to give the simple offering a “bit more presentation”.
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“To be quite honest, it’s an off-menu item,” she said. “We tend not to focus too heavily on our toast offerings, we do put a fair bit of effort into our poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast.

“But if someone does come in and they request good old-fashioned Vegemite on toast, then we’re prepared to gourmet it up and get some master chef action on the plate.”

Mr Oliver, who lives nearby at The Hill, said he was dining with a friend who had returned from overseas and was “craving” thespread.

Hisoriginal Instagram photo of the meal was shared by popular social-media accountBrown Cardigan, who spread the word about the $7 meal to their 349,000 Instagram followers.

“One of our regulars was in for a quick bite to eat,” Ms Reid said. “He was a bit smitten with our attention to detail. He popped it up on his Instagram and it’s gone from there.

“It’s sparked a fierce debate –not all positive, but we’re not taking it too seriously. The dish itself wasn’t meant to be taken too seriously.

“Maybe it’s the debate the nation needed to have.”

When theHeraldsampled the meal on Wednesday, Core Espresso cook NathanMcCarter said the item was proving popular after the attention.

“Our version is a representation of what we do here, we do take a lot of pride in presentation and quality,” he said.

“It’s a little bit up-market and high-end, but it fits in with the rest of menu. If it’s getting people in here, it’s all good.”

Asked if there was any secret to the meal,Mr McCarter said “any type of coffee” would complement the offering.

“We don’t like to judge anyone’s preference on [the amount of] Vegemite, that’s why we don’t put it on there. We leave it up to them.

“Anything goes with Vegemite really, we do have a few people add to the Vegemite – avocado’s been super popular …getting a scoop of avo on there.”

Newcastle Herald

Skull and Bones warns of impostor pranks

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Impostors have been contacting Yale students purporting to represent the Skull and Bones fraternity.Skull and Bones, the secret society at Yale University, is warning of an impostor who has called some students purporting to recruit them and then asking them to complete a humiliating challenge.
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The campus society has figured prominently in books, films and conspiracy theories. Its secrecy has fuelled the public’s curiosity about a group that counts former Secretary of State John Kerry and both Presidents Bush among its past members.

The note sent out to members of Yale’s junior class through the student government was a rare public statement, according to David Alan Richards, author of Skulls and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale’s Secret Societies.

“While famously its mantra has been ‘Never respond, never explain,’ because it doesn’t see itself as a public organisation, in today’s climate to have allowed that to happen could conceivably damage the society’s reputation,” Richards said. “It was a foul thing to do.”

The Yale police department has received three complaints of harassing phone calls from somebody claiming to be from Skull and Bones, according to university spokesman Tom Conroy, who said the cases remain open. Some students described an anonymous caller who instructed them to hand their phones to somebody nearby and that asked that person questions about the student’s sex life.

Cole Addonizio, a Yale junior, said he suspected it was a prank soon after he received a call from somebody who said it was the start of the “tap” process. He played along and handed his phone to his brother, who was asked inappropriate questions. They hung up on the caller.

“I figured it was a prank since I hadn’t heard about them calling them like this,” Addonizio said.

Skull and Bones, which dates back to 1832, said in its note to students that the prank caller was exploiting the society’s “mysterious nature” and encouraged people who received such calls to report the incident to Yale police or their college dean.

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Experienced to tackle all needs

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SALES, SERVICE AND SUPPORT: Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point is staffed by people who fish and know what people who fish need.Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Points is an old school tackle shop.
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Staffed by experienced and active fishermen who understand what fishermen need to get on the water and stay on the water.

A member of the Tackle World franchise for over 20 years, Jason Nunn and his knowledgeable staff sell a complete range of tackle, fresh and frozen baits, boating accessories as well as outboard sales and service.

“We sell and Honda and Mercury outboards,” Jason said. “We have a very busy and active workshop with experienced personnel and our mission is to keep people on the water.”

When you’re talking outboard motors, you need to know you’ve got someone in your corner.

“You need sales, service and support,” Jason said. “It’s important youhave someone to talk to who is prepared to listen. We’ve got the workshop facilities and computer hardware to read the diagnostics, and we’re flexible in terms of pick-up, drop-off, or even come to you for off-site repairs.”

Open seven days a week, from early till late, Fisherman’s Warehouse is there when you need them –say,6am on a Saturday and your battery’s flat.

“We’re all fishos, we all understand what equipment you need in this local area and we know how important it is to be there when it matters,” Jason said.

“You can’t buy the knowledge, it comes with years and years of experience and that’s what Fisherman’s Warehouse delivers.”

Bug recorded accused dad for 300 hours

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Newcastle courthouse. A CLARENCE Town man accused of killing his severely disabled daughter in 2011 allegedly told police: “I suppose you think I did it? You have to prove I did it, don’t you?”, according to court documents.
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The “unusual” comment and other allegedexamples of the man’s conduct and demeanour after the nine-year-old girl was found dead will be among the factors the prosecution rely upon to say the man is guilty of manslaughter.

And that reliance, according to the man’s defence, is what makes 74 discs containing more than 300 hours of covertly recorded conversations “particularly significant” to the case.

The matter has dragged through the courts since the man was charged in 2014, and is currently delayed over a fight between the parties over who should transcribe the voluminous recordings.

TheNewcastle Heraldrevealed on Thursday that the case against the man looks set to be delayed further as his legal team prepares to take Newcastle District Court Judge Roy Ellis’s ruling against a temporary stay to the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA).

“Presumably, the Crown will ask the jury to draw on its understanding of human experience to reason that such a comment was unusual and indicative of guilt,” the man’s barrister, Bret Walker, SC, said as part of defence CCA submissions.

Mr Walker submits that, to properly evaluate that argument, the jury, and the man’s defence,should have access to the transcripts of the listening device material, which recorded the man in “unguarded circumstances” in the wake of his daughter’s death.

The prosecution claim the tapes –which were recorded in the man’s home over three weeks in August, 2011, and the same period in April, 2013 –picked up nothing inculpatory, meaningevidence that shows, or tends to show, a person’s involvement or guilt.

They say they don’t plan to rely on the tapes during a trial currently set down for July.

But the defence want to make sure there is nothing exculpatory, or favourable to the man,on there.

In the meantime, neither side will transcribe the discs.

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban

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Saudi Arabia has screened blockbuster ‘Black Panther’, ending a decades old ban on public cinema.Saudi Arabia has launched its first commercial movie theatre, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernise the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
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A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” on a 13.72 metre screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday for the first public viewings on Friday, according to Adam Aron, chief executive of operator AMC Entertainment Holdings.

“Saudis now are going to be able to go to a beautiful theatre and watch movies the way they’re supposed to be watched: on a big screen,” he told Reuters ahead of the screening.

The smell of buttery popcorn filled the air as confetti rained down through the multi-storey atrium where Aron and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad al-Awwad announced the launch and proceeded into the 450-seat hall.

The opening marks another milestone for reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to open the country culturally and diversify the economy of the world’s top oil exporter.

The prince, 32, has already eased restrictions in the last two years, including on public concerts, women driving and gender mixing. The kingdom held its first-ever fashion show last week with a women-only audience.

Many Saudis have rejoiced at the end of the cinema ban, sharing praise and pictures of Prince Mohammed on social media.

Others expressed confusion at what they consider a government flip-flop, with one tweeting on Wednesday: “Remember you will stand in front of God … and you will bear the sins of all those who watched the movies.”

Some religious conservatives view cinema and acting as inconsistent with Islam.

There has been little apparent resistance to the social reforms, which seemed unthinkable just a few years ago, though the space for criticism is also limited. Several prominent clerics were arrested last year in an apparent bid to silence dissent.

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Serving Country Exhibition

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Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM
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Serving Country ExhibitionOur First Nations People servicemen and women will be doubly honoured during Newcastle’s Anzac Day commemorations through a moving photographic exhibition and candlelight vigil in Civic Park.

TheServing Countryportrait exhibition at Newcastle Region Library will feature more than 200 photos and stories covering a century of service by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who will also be acknowledged at the annual War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil in Civic Park.

Serving Country, by celebrated human rights photographer Belinda Mason and Dieter Knierim, canvasses around 150 individual and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who proudly served –and continue to serve –Australia.

One featured is Warrant Officer Class One from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Colin Watego OAM, a Senior Indigenous Culture Officer for the Australian Defence Force.Watego rates serving the same Royal Australian Artillery Regiment as his father a career highlight. Four men from Watego’s family, which lends its name to Australia’s most easterly beach at Cape Byron, served their country, with Colin’s two younger brothers also enlisting.

“Serving Countryprovides a platform for sharing stories that exposes the real experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women, and acknowledges the positive roles they play in the community,” Warrant Officer Watego, who has been instrumental in recruiting personnel to the project, said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Newcastle Library was proud to host this “remarkable exhibition”.

Historic light on Warriors Chapel

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BURNING BRIGHT: Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes, left, The Very Rev Dean of Christ Church Katherine Bower, with historic flame that has been burning since the 1920s.Christ Church Cathedral’s hallowed Warriors Chapel will be incorporated into Newcastle’s Anzac Day Commemorations for 2018.
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The Anzac flame monument at next Wednesday’s Nobbys Dawn Service will be lit from a flame that has flickered in the chapel since Great War widows and family of the fallen gathered to mourn husbands, sons, brothers and fathers buried on foreign battle fields.

The sanctuary lamp will be ceremonially relit by Dean Katherine Bowyer during the annual Anzac Service on Sunday evening, before Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes uses it to light the Anzac flame at the 5am Dawn Service.

“This is a wonderful addition to the commemorations organised by Council in cooperation with the City of Newcastle RSL,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“I look forward with great pride to receiving the flame from Dean Bowyer at the Dawn Service next Wednesday morning.”

Newcastle Sub-Branch RSL President Ken Fayle said Newcastle’s Anzac Day Committee was proud to include the Warriors Chapel in commemorations.

“By tying in the lighting and blessing of the flame from the Warriors Chapel we are seeking to create more interest in the Anzac Service in the Cathedral, which has been held since 1916 without a break, and highlight what amounts to an incredible museum of our war history,” Mr Fayle said.

Other items on display in the Warriors Chapel include:

The Book of Gold, a book bearing the names of Hunter men killed in the Great War made from the wedding rings and other jewellery donated by local war widowsThe Birdwood Flag, an Australian red ensign presented to General Birdwood on the battlefield in Ypres in 1917.The Gallipoli Flag – Union Flag was presented by Colonel G. Burnage, Commanding Officer of the 13th Infantry Battalion, AIF, who served at Gallipoli, to the Cathedral at the first Anzac Day service there on 25 April 1916.The fabled Toc H lamp was endowed by Australia’s then-Governor General Sir Henry Forster in 1926, after he had lost two sons in World War One, to the international good will Toc H movement, which emerged from a beloved shelter for soldiers in Belgium during WWI. A Ceremony of Enshrinement was held in 1926 and the Toc H or “Forster” lamp was placed in theWarriors Chapel, making it the spiritual home of Toc H in Australia.

Park and ride to Nobbys

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Newcastle’s highly successful Park and Ride service will run free of charge this Anzac Day to help Novocastrians reach Nobbys for the final Dawn Service of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.
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Those wishing to pay respects at the biggest dawn service in Australia –outside Canberra –should consider Park and Ride from Broadmeadow amid disruption in the city from construction of the light rail.

“I strongly urge Novocastrians to take advantage of the Park and Ride service to get to this year’s Dawn Service,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“Anzac Day 2018 marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac and we expect that will attract large numbers to both the Dawn Service and march, so it’s very important to plan how to get into the city this year and bear in mind the disruption.

“I commend Keolis Downer for putting on the service to ensure the event runs smoothly.”

Other transport options:Walking or cycling (for those who live close enough)Taking a ferry from Stockton from 3.30am onwards (every 15 minutes)Taking specialist Newcastle Transport bus services directly to Newcastle East (details below)Veterans can book their free Taxi Transport for the March with 13CABS by calling Jim before 2pm on Monday 23 April on 4940 5955 or email [email protected]南京夜网.auNewcastle City Police District is working closely with Council and the local Anzac Day Committee to ensure a safe, smoothly run event following the recent loss of 500 car spaces along the Harbour and in the David Jones car park.

Chief Inspector Gerard Lawson is encouraging members of the public to think about their journey in advance for the dawn service and day-time commemorations.

“Historically up to 50,000 people have attended the early morning commemoration, which leads to significant traffic congestion,” the Chief Inspector said.

“We anticipate that the loss of Hunter Street as a traffic corridor will further impact congestion and travel times and therefore recommend that people consider using the public transport and Park and Ride options that have been planned to ensure the minimum of delay to their travel.”

Keolis Downer Hunter General Manager Mark Dunlop said Newcastle Transport would provide a number of public transport options across Anzac Day.

“We are pleased to provide Novocastrians with both the Park and Ride service and additional bus services on Anzac Day,” Mr Dunlop said.

“There will be free travel on public transport for veterans and their families.

“There will be minor changes to services during the Anzac Day March on King Street, with buses travelling on Honeysuckle Drive and Wharf Road instead of King Street between 9am and 1pm.”

Motorists using the King Street car park should remember to exit left and head up Watt Street and over The Hill to avoid delays expected on King Street. Those using the Bolton Street car park are also asked to go over The Hill when leaving the city.

The traditional Anzac Day March from the mall to Civic Park will travel along King Street and not Hunter Street, where light rail is currently being built.

Park and Ride and bus details:What: Park and ride service operating from McDonald Jones Stadium to Queens Wharf return

When: 3.30am to 12.30pm every five to 10 minutes

Drop off and city departure area: Wharf Rd west of Queens Wharf Brewery

Additional dawn service bus routes from 3.15am to 4am and 6.10am to 6.35am

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13 Departures from Glendale 3.30am, 3.40am, 3.45am and 3.50am13 Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 620am, 6.25am and 6.35amRoute 11

11 Departures from Jesmond 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am, 6.35amRoute 23

23 Departures from Wallsend continues to Queens Wharf 3.40am, 3.45am, 3.50am and 4am23 Departures from Queens Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am, 6.35amANZAC special event service departing Swansea Heads

Route 14S service to operate via Belmont, Jewells, Charlestown then Adamstown to Queens Wharf

Departing Swansea 3.20am, 3.30am, 6.25am and 3.40amDeparting Queen Wharf 6.15am, 6.20am, 6.25am and 6.35amCustomers to plan their trip or find out more about public transport on Anzac Day by visiting newcastletransport.info or by calling 131500

PROUD: Buglers Sam Shaw from HSPA and Isabelle Miteff from Newcastle Grammar School with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, David Edmond, President Newcastle District RSL Sub-branches and Ron Mitcherson, President of Toronto RSL Sub-Branch.

Buglers breathe life into ritualA group of young musicians has been learning how to bugleThe Last Postto keep that fine brass tradition alive at this year’s Anzac Day and many more to come.

Eight Hunter high school music pupils and two university students have received coaching in the rousing military call thanks to a Newcastle City Council grant to help the local RSL sub-branch buy bugles and uniforms.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Council’s support would ensure faultless renditions ofThe Last Postechoed across the Hunter each April 25 for decades to come.

“This $5000 grant is one of those initiatives that make you so proud to be a councillor,” the Lord Mayor said.

“When we heard that a number of services across the region had been using recordings ofThe Last Post, this project was a no-brainer.

“It’s not a big allocation in terms of our annual contribution to projects and events but it will contribute so much to our culture by preserving one of its most hallowed traditions.

“I’d like to congratulate the young buglers and RSL District Council Sub-Branch president Dave Edmond on organising it, and wish the youngsters well when they playThe Last Postat Anzac Day services this year and for many more to come.”

The young buglers were selected from music programs at Grammar, Belmont High School, Hunter School of Performing Arts and The Hunter Wind Ensemble.

The Bugle corp’s tutor, David Thompson, said his charges were already “all very talented young trumpet players”.

“The lessons so far have been enjoyable for everyone involved and the team are already sounding great,” Major Thompson said.

Sixteen-year-old Newcastle Grammar School student Blaine Stubbs said it took him about two weeks to master the bugle after he had played the trumpet for seven years. “I feel honoured to be able to do this and I hope to keep doing it all through my life,” he said.

NEG gets a no star climate policy rating

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In2017, the makers of Milo were forced to wipe its claimed 4.5 star health rating from its distinctive green tinafter receiving the Shonky Awardfrom consumer group Choice.
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A closer look at the ingredients revealed that the chocolate powder actually contained 46 per centsugar.

It was a far cry from the perceived healthy sales pitch.

If the Shonky Awardsextended to government policy, the federal government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) would make for a strong nomination in 2018, due to its dubious claims and ineffectual design.

From the inside out, the National Energy Guarantee is a climate and energy policy so underwhelming, that it could be worse than doing nothing when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas pollution and supporting the rollout of renewables.

Yes, the National Energy Guaranteedoes makea collection of big claims with its “emissions guarantee”and “reliability guarantee”.

Yet the National Energy Guarantee’s “guarantees” are as cynical as the nutrition claims on a bag of lollies.

You know the ones: “all natural”, “gluten free”, “low fat”.

But the fine print actually reveals that in 2030, the National Energy Guaranteewill contain more fossil fuels and fewerrenewables.

As this week’s Renewable Energy Index released by analysts Green Energy Markets confirms, the National Energy Guarantee would actually be a worse outcome for tackling climate change and transitioning to clean, reliable renewable powered future than if the federal government simply did nothing.

The Renewable Energy Index found there is already more than enough renewable energy locked in, contracted or under construction to reach the National Energy Guarantee’s paltry 2030 emissions reduction target.

The 26 per centemissions reduction target for 2030 proposed by the National Energy Guarantee is so inadequate that we’re already on track to reach it.

The National Energy Guarantee sets a new low bar for policy development in this country, as a proposal that at its best achieves nothing (and would more likely to result in a worse outcome for tackling climate change).

What next, a health policy that makes people sicker?

At tomorrow’s meeting of the Councilof Australian Governmentsenergy council, states and territories will be asked to give the go-ahead to detailed design on the proposed National Energy Guarantee.

This would be a go-ahead for adding red tape and complexity to the national electricity market.

All while achieving nothing (or worse) when it comes tocutting emissions from the electricity sector.

Milo has already done the right thing and removed the misleading star rating from its green tin.

Perhaps it’s time for the federal government to do the same, and acknowledge the only thing that the proposed National Energy Guarantee– with its 26 per centemissions reduction target – will guarantee is failure on climate change.

Remember Australia, always remember to check the ingredients.

Petra Stock is a climate and energy solutions analyst with theClimate Council.The Climate Council is a non-profit independent organisation which aims to provide clear, independent information on climate change to the community.

Harry, Meghan set for London Dawn Service

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend a sombre Dawn Service at the Wellington Arch, London.Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle will pause their wedding preparations to mark Anzac Day in London next week.
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The prince and his US fiancee will attend a sombre Dawn Service at the Wellington Arch, laying a wreath first at the New Zealand memorial before walking to pay their respects at the Australian memorial, Kensington Palance announced.

Prince Harry will also lay a wreath on behalf of his grandmother the Queen later in the morning during a parade service at the Cenotaph.

Hundreds of veterans and servicepeople and their families are expected to march in the parade.

The prince and Ms Markle will then attend the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

It will be the 102nd Anzac Day service to be held in London.

Harry and Ms Markle will wed at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle on May 19.

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Hurrell leading upon return at Scorpions

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CHANGE: Todd Hurrell in his new Macquarie kit ahead of this weekend’s season opener. Picture: Josh CallinanThe last time Todd Hurrell was playing Newcastle Rugby League he was holding aloft the 2016 premiership trophy as captain-coach of Souths.
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After a season away the now 30-year-old returns to the competition via Macquarie – the same team he defeated in that grand final.

And he won’t just line-up with his new teammates in Saturday’s season openeragainst Lakes at home, Hurrell has been appointed co-captain for the club’s title defence.

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“The change has been good and Macquarie has welcomed me with open arms,” Hurrell said.

“I did the hard yards in the pre-season and fortunate enough to be named as co-captain with Nathan Cantor for the year.

“It’s pretty rewarding to be a leader of a club after such a short time.”

After contemplating a year off in 2017, Hurrell ended up playing half-a-dozen games and a losing grand final alongside younger brother Dean with the Comboyne Tigersin the Hastings Rugby League.

Hurell said it was a “refreshing” experience, but with three children under the age of four and continuing work commitments travelling to Sydneycoming back to play first grade again was far from a fait accompli.

Come December he was “missing it” and “toying” with the idea of returning.

This turned into early morning training sessions and dropping a little over 10 kilograms.

By the new year it was a matter of where, butliving at Macquarie Hills and with a couple of prior connectionsLyall Peacock Field ended up being the best fit.

“I didn’t shop myself around as such,” Hurrell said.

“I live out that way and obviously I went from Wests to Souths when [Macquarie coach] Adam [Bettridge] was there and we’ve got a good relationship.I had a chat with him in the new year and if I was going to play, to be honest with work and a young family, I wanted to play somewhere close.”

The lock said the aim now was to help the Scorpions claimback-to-back crowns.

Meanwhile, NSW Rugby League chief executive officer Dave Trodden attended Newcastle’s season launch at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night.

PREDICTIONS:Newcastle RL season preview for 2018

RETIRED:Willie Tonga won’t play for Wests

Light shone on Rottnest Island’s dark past

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Rottnest recently made headlines thanks to ‘quokka selfies’ taken by the like of Roger Federer.A former Aboriginal jail on an island off Perth where hundreds died will no longer be used as tourist accommodation, as the leaseholder gets ready to hand back the site.
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Karma Group will begin the process of returning The Quod to the Rottnest Island Authority in May.

Western Australia Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the Wadjemup Working Group was deciding what to do with the site, which will potentially become a museum.

According to the Rottnest Foundation, the island was used as a jail between 1838 and 1903, and prisoners stayed to build roads and other works until 1931.

More than 3700 Aboriginal men from across WA were sent to Rottnest, where about one-tenth died.

They lie buried in unmarked graves near The Quod – the largest deaths in custody gravesite in Australia.

“It would have been a terrible thing in itself to take them off-country and then they ended up dying here, having worked in a prison,” Mr Papalia said on Thursday.

“That is a very sad thing. We are acknowledging that.”

The minister made the comments in announcing a swathe of new developments on Rottnest that he hopes will further boost tourism to the holiday hotspot, which is bucking the downward visitation trend in WA.

Much of that has been credited to extra ferry services and “quokka selfies” taken by the likes of tennis champion Roger Federer.

And while the notoriously costly island looks set to be transformed from run-down to glitzy – with a new luxury eco-village development, day spa, and near doubling in size of Hotel Rottnest – there will also be more acknowledgement of the island’s dark past.

“Further work will be done on recognition and potentially the start of a long-term commemoration of what happened on the island,” Mr Papalia said.

“That’s a good thing – it needs to happen.”

While a small number of people had suggested the island should be closed to tourism in light of its tragic past, the minister said “that’s not going to happen”.

Mr Papalia also announced the opening of five new walking trails, completing the 45km Wadjemup Bidi network, where visitors will learn about Aboriginal heritage through artwork, audio and signage.

He rejected suggestions the developments would make the island too busy, removing its quiet and quaint appeal.

Driving is only allowed on Rottnest for work purposes and bikes remain the main mode of transport.

“It doesn’t take away what people have always loved about the island,” he said.

“But what is does address is reasonably regular criticism we get that it’s a bit old and tired, and it doesn’t compete with other potential destinations for visitors.”

The island is central to the WA government’s goal of boosting tourism as it seeks to diversify its economy.

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