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Park and ride to Nobbys

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

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

Route 13

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

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

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

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

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.

Australian Associated Press

Hurrell leading upon return at Scorpions

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

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

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

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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