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ANZAC Day services in Newcastle and the Hunter

28/05/2019 Posted by admin

ANZAC Day servicesIf you’ve got a service to add to the list, please email: [email protected]出售老域名.auABERDARE–9.30am: Service at Veterans’ Park.

ABERDEEN –6.00 am:Dawn Service atMemorial, Moray Street, followed by breakfast. 8.30am:March assemblesin Bedford Street, near pre-school. 9.10 am:March &Service. 10.00 am: Official proceedings followed by brunch at RSL.

ABERMAIN–8.30am: Marchfrom corner of Bathurst Street and Cessnock Road, to Service at Jeffries Park Cenotaph.

BAR BEACH –7:30am: ANZACService at the memorial overlooking Bar Beach on Memorial Drive.

BELMONT–9.30am: Marchfrom George Streetalong Pacific Highway toCullen Park. 10am: Service.

BERESFIELD–5.30am: Form up atBeresfield Community War Memorial, corner of Anderson Drive and Allandale Street. March to War Memorial. 5.40am: Dawn Service. (Bad weather, serviceat the Beresfield Crematorium). Breakfast at Bowling Club after.

BOOLAROO-SPEERS POINT –5.30am: Assemble incar park near the boat ramps. 5.45am: March to the Rotunda in Speers Point Park for Dawn Service.

BRANXTON –5.20am:Dawn Service at rotunda (John Rose Avenue). 11.15am: March fromthe old Branxton Inn, to the rotunda for Service.

CARDIFF –5.00am: March from corner of Main Road and Macquarie Rd to Cardiff RSL for Dawn Service.

CASSILIS –10.45am:Assemble at corner of Branksome Street and Ancrum Street to march toWar Memorial Park Gates. Refreshments afteratCassilis Bowling Club.

CATHERINE HILL BAY–6am: Dawn service at the War Memorial.

CESSNOCK–5.30am: Dawn service at War Memorial in Darwin Street. Breakfast to follow at Cessnock Leagues Club. 11.15am: Marchfrom Cessnock Ex-Services Club to War Memorial for Service.

CHARLESTOWN–11am: Serviceat Charlestown Lions Park, corner of Dudley Road and Pacific Highway.

DENMAN –6am:Dawn Service at Memorial Park. 11am: Church service at St Bernard’s Catholic Church, followed by March to Memorial Park. Noon: Service at Memorial Park.

DOYALSON-WYEE –5.00am: Dawn service at Doyalson-Wyee RSL. Breakfastat Club. 8.30am: March from Raw Challenge course, south along the Pacific Hwyinto RSL grounds. 9.00am:Service outside Club.

DUDLEY–6am: Dawn service atWar Memorial, corner of Ocean Street and Redhead Road.

GRETA–5.30am:Dawn serviceat the Cenotaph on the New England Highway.9.30am: Marchfrom corner of Nelson Street to Cenotaph for Service.

HAMILTON-5.00am:March forms near Gregson Park cannons. 5.20am: March along Steel St side of park before turning right near corner of Tudor Street. 5.30am: Dawn service at Gregson Park. 6.15am: Breakfast at Hamilton Public School.

KARUAH–5.50am: March from Tony King’s Garagealong Pacific Highway for Service in Memorial Park. 7.00am -Service concludes,marchcontinues along Bonser Lane into Bundabah StreettoKarauah RSL Club,breakfast at Club. 9.00am: Service,Memorial Wall,RSL Club.

KEARSLEY–5.15am: March from tennis courtstoCommunity Hall for service. Breakfast to follow.

KURRI KURRI–5am:Dawn service at Rotary Park Cenotaph. Breakfast to follow at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club. 9.45am:Main march begins from Mitre 10 to Cenotaph: 10am: Service.

LAMBTON-NEW LAMBTON–7am:Service at New Lambton war memorial gates, corner Tauranga Road &Hobart Road. 8.45: Serviceat Lambton Park memorial gates, Morehead Street. 9.45am:Last Post service at Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre, Durham Road. 10.15am: March, formup on Durham Road, along Karoola Road to the Lambton Bowling Club.11am: Service at Club.

MAITLAND–5.20am: Form up opposite WW1 Memorial in Elgin Street south car park. 5.30am: March to WW1 Cenotaph in Maitland Park. 5.35am: Dawn Service. 6.05am: Breakfast,Maitland Park Bowling Club. 10.15am: Form Up in Church Street opposite Fire Station. 10.30am: March to WW1 Cenotaph. 10.55am: Service.

MEDOWIE –5:45am: March from the corner of Ferodale and Medowie Rds. 6:00am: Dawn Service in the Lions Memorial Park.

MEREWETHER –6.30am: Serviceat WW1memorial gates, corner of Robert and Mitchell streets. 7.30am: RSL Sub-Branch Members only breakfast at South Newcastle Leagues Club. Open to the public from 7.30am.

MERRIWA –5.40am: Dawn Service at Cenotaph. 7.00am:Breakfast at Merriwa RSL. 10.30am:March from front of RSL Club to Cenotaph. 10.45 am: Service at Cenotaph

MILLFIELD–5.15am: Meet at St Luke’s Anglican Church for March to Millfield Public School for Dawn Service.

MORISSET –6.00am: Dawn service at Country Club followed by breakfast. 8.30am: Form up at the top railway station car park, vehicles in parade to form up at the bus terminal. 9.00am: March to Morisset Country Club. 9.35am: Service.

MORPETH–10.45am: Assembly point at Campbell’s Store, corner Tank and Swan Streets. 11am:Parade to proceed down Swan Street to the War Memorial in front of Museum. 11.15am: Service.

MURRURUNDI –6.00am:Dawn Service – Memorial Gate – Bowling Club. 10.45am:Assemble at Adelaide Street. 11.00am:March to Murrurundi Memorial Gates. 11.30am:Remembrance Service at Memorial Gates.

MUSWELLBROOK–6.00am: Dawn Service at Cenotaph. 10.00am: March along Bridge Streetfollowed by a commemorative observance at the Cenotaph.

NEATH–10am:Service at Neath Hotel including the lighting of Harry Littlefair’s miner’slamp.

NELSON BAY –5.30am:Assemble for March. 5.40am: Dawn Service at Apex Park.10.50am: Commemoration serviceat Apex Park.Anzac Day luncheon at Wests Nelson Bay Diggers atnoon.

NEWCASTLE –5.00am:Dawn Service, Nobbys Beach. 9.15am: March, Hunter Street to Civic Park. 10.00am:United Commemoration Service, Civic Park. Noon to 4pm: Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day.All day: AnzacField of Remembrance, Newcastle Museum.

PAXTON –5.10am: Meet at the corner of McDonald and Anderson Avenue formarch to Paxton Public School for Service. Breakfast after, Paxton Bowling Club.

PELICAN–5.15am: March leaves corner of Kullala and Piriwal streets,Dawn Servicein Pelican RSL Memorial Park after.

RATHMINES –12.30pm: Service at the Flying Boat Memorial on the point overlooking Catalina Bay, adjacent to Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club. March from Noon.

RAYMOND TERRACE–Dawn Service at Anzac Park. 10.30am: Form upin Sturgeon Street, between Glenelg Street and William Street for Main Service at Anzac Park.

REDHEAD–Service at the War Memorial on Cowlishaw Street.

RYHOPE –9.00am: Service at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Ryhope.

SCONE –6.00am:Dawn Service – War Memorial Swimming Pool. 10.30am:Assemble at Kelly Street. 10.45am:March 11.00am:Fly past of former military aircraft andservice – War Memorial at Barwick House, Kelly Street.

SEAHAM–8.55am:Form up in Weir Park on East Seaham Road,marchtoMemorial on Newline Road forService.

SHORTLAND–5.50am: Service in Memorial Garden, 3 Conmurra Circuit. Breakfast after.

SINGLETON –5.00am: Dawn Service March from Singleton Diggers, York Stcar park to Burdekin Park, and return. Breakfast at Club. 10.30: March step offfrom up point intersection John and Hunter streets.

STOCKTON –5.00am: March meets at Stockton RSL Club. 5.15am: Form up.5.30am: Marchfor Dawn Service at Cenotaph. 8.00am: March assembles at General Washington Hotel.8.30am: March along Mitchell Street to the Cenotaph. 8.45am: Service,refreshments after atStockton RSL.

STROUD –6:00am: Dawn Serviceat Cenotaph onMemorial Ave. 8.15am: Assemble for march inCowper Street.8.30am:March and service. Breakfast served after each service.

SWANSEA–6AM: Dawn service at the Cenotaph adjacent to the Swansea RSL.11am: March through the main street of Swansea.

TERALBA –8.00am: Service at the Teralba War Memorial in ANZAC Park. (No march this year.)

TORONTO –6.00am: Dawn Service at War Memorial in Goffet Park. Breakfast after. 10.45am: Form up at Diggers Club for March toWar Memorial. 11.10am: Step off.11.30am: Service at the Goffet Park War Memorial.

VALENTINE –9:30am: Assemblefor March to flagpole. AnzacService in Allambee Park. Morning tea afterwards.

WALLSEND –5am: March starts at Wallsend Diggers, then into Nelson and Boscawen streets to Federal Park No. 1 Cenotaph for service.6.15am: March back to Diggers.

WANGI WANGI –5.30am: Dawn Service at War Memorial at RSL Club. 9:30am: Assemble for March. 10.00am: Stepoff at Puna Road for the War Memorial. Service tofollow.

WESTON –9am:March from Weston RSL Sub-branch hallaround the block and back to the Cenotaph.9.20am: Service.9.50am: Flypastover Station Street.

WEST WALLSEND–10am: March starts on corner of Withers Street and Carrington Street, along Carrington Street for Service at Memorial Park.

WOLLOMBI–5.45am:Dawn service at Anzac Reserve (corner of Wollombi and Narone Creek roads).

MacDonald hits out at Aitchison’s police comments

28/05/2019 Posted by admin

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald has taken aim atMaitland MP Jenny Aitchison’s comments regarding police resources in Maitland.

The Mercury reported on Wednesday that Ms Aitchison had made a pushfor more police in Maitland, saying a lack of resourceshad forcedofficers to choose between which lives to save.

Mr MacDonald said the comments “undermined” community confidence in the NSW Police.

“There is no evidence a life has been lost or endangered because of police numbers, their resources or their operational decisions,” he said.

But Ms Aitchison stood by her comments, which she said came from “extensive” research anddiscussions withpolice and said she was not criticising the police in any way.

“They are in a situation where they are having to prioritise which cases they go to,” she said. “It has to be endangering lives. But it’s notthe police’s fault.”

Ms Aitchison said Mr MacDonald should be advocating for better resources instead of attacking her and invited him to come and see the situation for himself.

Mr MacDonald went on to point out figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics showing most major crime categories had remained stable in the two years to December 2017.

“The two year trend for domestic violence in Maitland remains stable,” he said.

But Ms Aitchison said police told her at the Maitland community precinct meeting that thecity’s rate of Apprehended Domestic Violence Order applicationswas top of the state.

In terms of police numbers, Mr MacDonald said sincethe NSW Liberal National Government was elected in 2011, the number of sworn officers has increased from 15,806 to 16,800 across NSW.

“We are confident the [Port-Stephens Hunter] Police District command is proactively and effectively serving the community,” he said.

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Long-lost sisters reunited after 72 years

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Long-lost sisters reunited after 72 years TOGETHER AT LAST: Long-lost sisters Anne Whitney (left) and June ‘Marie’ Reid have been reunited after 72 years. The last time they saw each other, Marie was placed in a children’s home in England. Picture: Geoff Jones

FAMILY RESEMBLANCE: Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid with Anne’s daughter Pamela Girard – and Marie’s dog Shaaih – at Marie’s South Windsor home during Anne and Pamela’s recent visit from Canada. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top), June ‘Marie’ Reid and Anne’s daughter Pamela Girard with Marie’s dog Shaaih at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

Long lost sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid at Marie’s South Windsor home, reunited after 70 years. Picture: Geoff Jones

TweetFacebookMarie’s story“I was nearly 11 when I was sent to Australia,” Marie said.

“Then I was placed in Dr Barnardos Girls’ Home in Burwood and I stayed there for four years –four years too long –it was hell, I can tell you.”

Marie wasone of about 15,000 children who were sent to far-flung destinations (including Australia, New Zealand, Rhodesia and Canada) after the Second World War, as part of the UK’s child migration policy.

Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid tell their story, with Anne’s daughter Pamela Girard. Video: Geoff JonesPost by Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid tell their story, with Anne’s daughter Pamela Girard. Video: Geoff Jones.

Anne’s storyAnne Whitney will turn 74 this June. As fate would have it, she also lives in a place called Windsor –in Ontario, Canada. “I thought that was quite ironic,” she saidwhile visiting the Hawkesbury.

Anne was three when she was sent to Canada. She remembers arriving there on the boat, and going to live with a couplewho –many years later – she found out were her paternal grandfather and grandmother.

“The story I was told growing up was that their son –my actual father – was a friend of my father’s, and that my father had been killed in the war so they took me in,” she said.

“My father was in and out of my life as ‘an uncle’. It wasn’t until I was 15 when my grandmother died that one of my dad’s sisters told me that her brother, Sam, was in fact my father.”

FAMILY RESEMBLANCE: Anne Whitney (maroon top), June ‘Marie’ Reid and Anne’s daughter Pamela Girard – with Marie’s dog Shaaih – at South Windsor during Anne and Pamela’s recent visit from Canada. Picture: Geoff Jones

With no official papers, Anne enlisted the help of a contact who did family research, to help her find her mother. She knew she had been born in the Surrey, Somerset area of England, and they put an ad in the local newspaper. One of Anne’s half-brother’s friends saw the ad and showed it to Anne’s mother, who confirmed it was her child.

In 2009, Anne flew to England to see her 89-year-old mother, who verifiedSam was her father. She met various of her half-brothers and sisters, but no-one ever mentioned her older sister Marie –and Anne, having been only two when she last saw Marie, couldn’t even remember her to ask.

She didrecall an older child helping her with a scraped leg as a toddler –Marie has since confirmed this was her –but when Anne asked her mother who that child was, her mother said it had beenthe child of her employers.

“June and I were visiting England and just missing each other, meeting the family, and they didn’t tell us about each other,” she said.

The reunionThe pair were finally reunited through the Child Migrants Trust, launched by Margaret Humphries –a Nottingham social worker who published the book Empty Cradles in 1994 about the thousands of children who weredeported from Britain.

Marie had enlisted the help of various organisations over the years to help her find Anne, including Barnado’s and the Salvation Army, but hadn’t had any luck.

The Child Migrants Trust contacted Marie 22 years ago, butit took until 2016 to finally locate Anne.

Marie Reid

When they contacted Anne by phone, it was the first she had heard of hersister. Due to rifts in the family, she was hesitant about making contact with Marie, but they began connecting via video call and it wasn’t long before Anne and her daughter Pamela set about making a plan to come to Australia.

In person, they connected immediately. Pamela saidthey were “like two peas in a pod”.

“As soon as I saw Anne coming through customs I went over and we grabbed one another and hugged and kissed. I thought I was going to start crying and Anne was a bit teary,” said Marie.

“It’s just heaven –I still can’t believe it. I’ve been looking for her for so long and I didn’t think I’d ever find her.”

Anne said meeting Marie was like ‘closure’: “I grew up with literally noone, just these people that were meant to be related, but they didn’t really treat me like I was part of the family,” she said.

PEAS IN A POD: Sisters Anne Whitney (maroon top) and June ‘Marie’ Reid during Anne’s recent visit to Marie’s South Windsor home. Picture: Geoff Jones

“My husband died when I was 22 and I remarried 20years ago –I was alone for 30 years I guess.

“If it wasn’t for June and the work she’s done and the time she’s spent looking for me, I would never have known about her.

“Everyone here calls her Marie, but I still call her June, because that’s her name.”

Marie has written her life’s story in numerous exercise books and is hoping to have it published one day.

Loose lips sink ships… or budgets

28/05/2019 Posted by admin

Scott Morrison has been forced to play down talk of a ‘Christmas’ budget full of ‘goodies’.The skill of a ‘good’ budget is massaging expectations.

If government ministers say too much in the run-up to the big day, there is scope for disappointment, or just a general shrug of the shoulders among voters when predictions are met.

But at the same time, there has to be some budget build-up, for fear it will pass without fanfare – a missed opportunity for a government wanting to show off its economic prowess.

Government’s tend to dribble out a few initiatives ahead of the budget while giving an overall flavour of what to expect.

But in the main, it is usually tight-lipped stuff.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, for example, has turned batting away budget inquiries into an art form.

So it was no doubt a shock for Scott Morrison to see himself depicted as Father Christmas on the front of The Daily Telegraph this week.

New Nationals Leader Michael McCormack told the tabloid the treasurer would bring down an “unprecedented” pre-election budget with a bag “full of goodies”.

But the treasurer was quick to hose down suggestions he had turned into “Scott Santa Claus Morrison”, saying the budget would be responsible.

“This budget – like the budgets of households all around the country – needs to continue to exercise the restraint that has been so important in ensuring that we bring that budget back to balance in 2020/21,” Morrison said during a series of appearances to kill-off the Christmas comparisons.

Aside from raising the expectations, Acting Prime Minister McCormack appears to have blabbed that this would be the final budget before the next election.

That’s despite the government repeatedly indicating it would be held well into 2019, suggesting there could be one more budget after this.

At the same time, suggestions this could be a giveaway budget may have raised a few eyebrows among credit rating agencies.

Standard & Poor’s, for example, still has Australia on a negative outlook, meaning it could lose its top-tier triple-A rating should there be slippage in restoring the budget to balance.

The fall-out from a credit downgrade would be highly embarrassing politically, and would also increase the cost of raising funds abroad for Australian banks, which could result in their customers having to pay higher interest rates.

What seems clear is that infrastructure spending will be a cornerstone of Morrison’s third budget, and perhaps why McCormack was so excited as the infrastructure minister.

So excited he told reporters the government had been able to put a record amount of money into roads and rail because it had managed the budget well, and would be able to pay down “Labor’s debt” in 2020/21.

Of course, there is no chance of the government paying off an outstanding $523 billion of debt in that timeframe, whether it be Labor’s or its own. It is actually forecast to rise to $583 billion in three years time.

He obviously meant deficits, but even then Labor argues deficits are eight times larger than predicted by former treasurer Joe Hockey in his first budget.

However, McCormack is not alone with such financial mistakes.

His predecessor Barnaby Joyce would frequently get his “gross” and “net” debt or his millions and billions muddled-up.

Even when he was shadow finance minister.

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Woolford in Giants’ sights

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Simon Woolford is poised to be appointed head coach of English Super League club Huddersfieldless than a month after the Giants sacked ex-Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone.

Woolford, the former Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra hooker who is in his second season as coach of the Knights’ NSW Cup side, is believed to be waiting forthegreen light on his visa application before his appointment is made official.

After being shortlisted for the job along with former Kiwi international David Kidwell, Woolfordwas interviewed viaa telephone hook-up earlier this week.

“I’ve been interviewed so now I just have to wait and see what happens,” Woolford told the Newcastle Heraldon Tuesday.

“It would obviously be a really good step-up for me.

“But you don’t go into coaching without aspirations to be a head coach at some stage and I’m no different from anybody else in that regard.

“I’m passionate about coaching and love it here in Newcastle with the Knights. But this would be a great opportunity if I was to get the nod.”

Woolford’s appointment would continue Huddersfield’s remarkable association with the Knights.

Current Newcastle coach Nathan Brown spent four years as head coach of the Giants from 2009 to 2012 with Stone at the helm in 2016 before he and the club parted ways in late March following a disappointing start to the the 2018 season.

Brown still has strong connections at the club and played a significant part in Woolford’s appointment.

“Browny has coached over there so he put my name forward and gave me a great reference and I guess that’s how it all started,” Woolford said.

Once his visa is finalised, it is expected Woolford will join the Giants immediately.

Ironically, after making the play-offs in 2017, the Knights have madea poor start in NSW Cup this season, winning just one game and having a draw from their opening six matches.

They currently sit on the bottom of the ladder.

While there has been nothing official from the club on who might replace Woolford, there is a possibility junior coaches Scott Dureau and Rory Kostjasyn may be asked to fill the position.

Both are full time with the club and in charge of the SG Ball Under 18’s and Harold Matthews Under 16’s sides respectively.

Both sides have this weekend off after winning their qualifying finals againstPenrith last Saturdayand will play in grandfinal qualifiers on Saturday week.

Depending on their results, they could be available to take over the NSW Cup job within the next few weeks if the club opts to not look elsewhere.

New job: Newcastle Knights’ NSW Cup coach and former Raiders captain Simon Woolford is set to take over from Rick Stone as coach of English Super League club Huddersfield Giants. Picture: Marina Neil