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Hunter defends home frontier

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STRETCH: Hunter Hurricanes player Scott Berry in action last weekend. Picture: Simone De PeakThe Hunter Hurricanes men’s team will be keen to make amends for their first loss at Lambton Poolthis season when they host the Brisbane Barracudas across the weekend.

The fourth-placed Hurricanes have a double header against the cellar-dwelling Queenslanders on Saturday and Sunday after goingdown 6-3 to fellow Australian Water Polo League title contenders UNSW Wests Magpies last round.

Hunter have won theirfour other fixtures at the home venue while they have mixed results from two appearances in Newcastle Harbour. Overall they have an 11-4 record for2018.

Next weekend the Hurricanes, who have triumphed in seven of their last eight outings, travel to meetthe Cronulla Sharks and ladder-leading Sydney University Lions in back-to-back encounters.

They also have a make-up game to play against UNSW Wests Magpies at Lambton on either May1 or 2.

The top-six, three-day finalseries follows in Sydney from May 4.

Hunter coach Dan Robinson said it would be a “busy” end to the season and this weekend he willgive 18-year-old duo AndrewDunford and Bayley Sheather some more “experience” against the Barracudas.

In the women’s competition the Hurricanes havean eighth-versus-seventhbattle against Brisbane at Lambton this weekend.

Play gets underway at 2:30pm on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the club’s annual general meeting will be held at Lambton Pool onMonday week (April 30).

Newcastle teen signs major deal to Phillies

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Newcastle teen signs major deal to Phillies DREAM: Garden Suburb 17-year-old Rixon Wingrove with his new Philadelphia Phillies cap at Kahibah Sports Club on Friday. Picture: Simone De Peak

CONTRACT: Newcastle’s Rixon Wingrove and Philadelphia Phillies scout Howard Norsetter. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald.“I’ve alwayswanted to represent an organisation, an historicorganisation like the Philadephia Phillies. It’s something that I’m very proud of and hopefully I get to wear for a very long time.”

As an early teenager left-handed batter and catcher Wingrove was discovered in Australiafor the Phillies by Norsetter.

He said “Major League Baseball was the end of the rainbow, but now he [Wingrove] knows it exists.This isn’t the end of something, it’s just the beginning” and plenty of“hard work” over “time” could lead to a debut down the track.

“I see thepotential for an impact bat,” Norsetter said.

“He’s got a great swing, great size, great strength and he can drive the ball, now at his age, over the centre field fence. Plus he has a great approach to the plate.

“I can see someone who has offensive potential for a line-up down the track.”

Norsetter said once the contract and visa were officially approved, the 193-centimetre Wingrove wouldtravel to America.

Therehe should take part in the“extended spring training program” before joining the Phillies minor-league squad at Florida’srookie-level Gulf Coast League.

“I’m excited to get over there and get into the every day grind ofminorleague baseball,” Wingrove said.

“Allin the hopeto achieve my goalof making the major leagues and being successful at thatlevel.”

Wingrove only returned home from the States earlier this week after being part of an “Australian Showcase Tour”.Last year he helped the Australiansquad finish fifth at the Under-18 World Cup.

His rise through the representative ranks, including Newcastle and NSW Country, started with Hunter outfit Phoenix Charlestown.

Following in the footsteps of father Leighton, grandfather John and great-grandfather Jack, who helped form the club almost 90 years ago.

“It’s a proud moment for the club,” Phoenix Charlestown president Ben Terry said.

Over summer Wingrove was part of Australian Baseball League side the Sydney Blue Sox.

Also on Fridaythe Phillies accounted for the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0.

Meanwhilein the Newcastle Baseball Association and Toronto have started their first-grade title defence with a 13-10 win in a grand-final replayagainst Belmont. Sunday marks round three of the competition with Toronto meeting Boomerangs whilePhoenix Charlestown challenge White Sox. Belmont has the bye.

Hay on the way after Buy A Bale Hunter funds jump $200,000PICS, VIDEO

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Hay on the way after Buy A Bale Hunter funds jump $200,000 | PICS, VIDEO The Upper Hunter landscape in April 2018

A load of hay from the Buy A Bale Hunter campaign that arrived in April.

DROUGHT: Ron Campbell at his Merriwa property. Picture: Simon McCarthy

TweetFacebookIt looks like Mars up there, it’s just red earth. I showed a photo of it to someone yesterday and they said it looked like Western Queensland, so it’s pretty bad,

Rural Aid CEO and co-founder Charles AlderMaitland Mercury article about it in February.

DROUGHT: A paddock in the Upper Hunter. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Mr Alder then contacted the Mercury to learn more about the situation and find out how the charity could assist.

The Mercury and Rural Aid formed the Buy A Bale Hunter campaign and joined with fellow Fairfax Media mastheads the Newcastle Herald, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate and Hunter Valley Newsto promote the cause.

Take a look at the Upper Hunter landscape

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Perth Glory axe A-League coach Kenny Lowe

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A-League club Perth Glory has axed coach Kenny Lowe.Perth’s longest-serving A-League coach Kenny Lowe has been axed, and it appears unlikely owner Tony Sage will fork out the big dollars needed to lure Tony Popovic as the replacement.

Lowe, who had one more year to run on his contract, was told on Wednesday of his sacking, just four days after his side had crashed out of the finals race with a 3-2 loss to Brisbane.

But Lowe hasn’t been cast aside altogether, with the Englishman to take up the title of technical director of the Glory’s youth academy.

Lowe was axed only 24 hours after Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau was shown the door.

Former Wanderers coach Popovic might come into the reckoning to replace Lowe or Gombau.

Popovic left the Wanderers on the eve of the A-League season to take up the head coaching role at Turkish club Karabukspor, but was sacked after 11 games.

The Glory’s financial situation might prevent them from making a legitimate bid for Popovic, who would command a hefty pay packet and probably bring assistant coaches with him.

Sage has previously stated he has lost around $26 million in the Glory since taking over in 2007 as owner.

The club spent less than the allowed salary cap this season to save costs, and their back-room office is also run on a tight budget.

Sage has flagged the need for foreign investment in the club, and there are rumours a Malaysian syndicate is interested.

If that foreign investment doesn’t arrive within the next few weeks, it appears unlikely the Glory will be able to meet the financial demands of a proven coach like Popovic.

Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos said the club sacked Lowe because of disappointing results and the desire to head in a fresh direction.

“We never shied away that we wanted a top-four finish, at the beginning of the year, and we felt the squad should have done better than what it actually did in the end,” Filopoulos said.

“We just felt generally, as part of the review, that after four-and-a-half years, we needed a new, fresh approach in the coaching ranks.”

Lowe declined to attend the media conference because the emotion was too raw, but he posted a thank you letter later in the day on Twitter.

“Who would have dreamed that the journey would have been this long ……. or this interesting!” Lowe wrote.

“… I genuinely believe I have made a fair few friends along the journey and for this alone I would not change one thing … apart from getting sacked ha ha ha!”

Lowe helped guide the Glory through a number of stormy times.

He took over in December 2013 as interim coach when a player revolt led to the stunning dismissal of then-coach Alistair Edwards.

Lowe was appointed full-time coach at the end of that season and he was left to pick up the pieces again when the club’s salary-cap breaches were revealed in 2014-15.

Glory were stripped of their finals spot and fined $269,000 for those breaches.

Lowe was a rock during that controversy, and he guided the club to finals action in the next two seasons.

But they fell just short this campaign, with injuries to key players cruelling their chances.


* Wins: 52

* Draws: 27

* Losses: 49

Australian Associated Press

Turning point in electric transport’s journey

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Grey nomads make regular pilgrimages to Inverell to fossick for sapphires, but in May electric vehicle aficionados will descend on this northern town for a combined electric car rally and a renewable energy display.This is more than just a small town looking for the tourist dollar, this is the ever widening realisation that electric transport is the way of the future.This is a chance to show that range anxiety is being overcome by the increasing availability of charging stations, by the hybrid vehicles such as the Prius and by the ever growing range of electric vehicles equipped with batteries that allow defined distances to be travelled with ease.

Think back to the advent of the ICE powered vehicle. Early cars were laden with four-gallon drums of petrol to ensure that the distance between sparse petrol bowsers could be travelled with confidence.Electric cars are at that juncture.Leading the charge are once again the NRMA and the ACT government.In 1920, the founders of NRMA lobbied for improvements to Parramatta Road in Sydney and now the NRMA is expanding the availability of charging stations for electric vehicles by building about 40 stations in NSW and the ACT.

A few years ago, the ACT government made the ground breaking commitment to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and this week mandated that all newly leased government vehicles be zero emissions from 2021. A first step in joining the wave of governments moving to electric transport. Holland, Norway, France, UK have already moved to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles and China is following. Similarly carmakers are moving to electrics – Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, General Motors and Ford – in hot pursuit of Tesla and the suite of China EVs. A paradigm shift is underway.

Professor Tim Roberts is the director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle

Vic priest spared jail over abuse chats

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Ex-vicar Philip Murphy who boasted online about his child sex fantasies has avoided going to jail.An Anglican priest in Melbourne who was caught boasting about his child sex abuse fantasies online has been spared jail for his crime.

Former Sunshine vicar Philip John Murphy, 53, was on Friday given a wholly suspended 12-month jail sentence after he was caught engaging in sexually explicit online chats about children.

The priest had pleaded guilty earlier this week in the Victorian County Court to transmitting child pornography material using a carriage service between 2016 and 2017.

Judge Phillip Coish said the priest’s crime did not involve real children.

“I accept that there was no sexual activity with children, nor were there any photos or videos involved in these communications,” he said.

Murphy was working at a parish in East Burwood when he began chatting online about his child sex abuse fantasies.

Under the username “Pervert”, Murphy approached multiple men on Grindr and asked them if they were interested in children and arranged to chat to them on Skype.

Murphy even sent photos of himself in his clerical collar to gain trust.

In one conversation, Murphy offered to get a motel so he could sexually abuse a boy.

“Can’t host I’m afraid. Church house. Can get motel,” he wrote on December 29, 2016.

Two months later, Murphy told another man he was “loyal” to the Anglican Church.

“Well you know my work and I have to be discreet. And other than abusing the trust of the Church in this matter, am loyal,” he said.

Murphy also told one man that he wanted to sexually abuse hundreds of children as young as two years old.

“The communications were grossly offensive and deeply disturbing,” Judge Coish said.

Police searched Murphy’s laptop in February 2017 when he returned from a trip to Hong Kong.

In August police searched his home and Holy Apostles’ Anglican Church in Sunshine West, before charging him with multiple child pornography offences.

During his police interview, Murphy said he was drawn to the online chats because of his depression.

He also told police he did not realise his chats constituted child pornography material.

The prosecution had pushed for an immediate jail sentence, but Judge Coish on Friday said he had decided it was appropriate Murphy be released.

Murphy has also been ordered to undertake a sex offender program and be of good behaviour.

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NT lifts fees, charges, cuts public jobs

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NT Treasurer Nicole Manison says the Territory budget is in difficult spot with a $3.4bln GST cut.The Northern Territory government has become the latest Australian jurisdiction to anger the powerful mining lobby by announcing plans to increase income from resources royalties.

The plans were part of various actions including spending and job cuts and fee hikes aimed at repairing the NT’s budget, which will be announced next month.

More than 200 public service jobs will go over two years through voluntary redundancies, there will be a hiring freeze and cuts to pay rises while fees and charges including motor vehicle registrations will rise.

“We know that the territory budget is in an incredibly difficult position given the $3.4 billion in GST we’ve seen taken out of the budget,” Treasurer Nicole Manison said on Friday.

A hybrid royalty scheme will replace the existing 20 per cent profits-based one to ensure all operating mines in the NT pay a minimum royalty for the value of minerals they extract.

Among those affected would be global giant Glencore’s McArthur River zinc mine.

“What that’s going to mean is that once those minerals are in production that the Territory will start getting a royalty for that, at the moment that is not the case,” Ms Manison said.

“Those resources are non-renewable once they are gone, they are gone forever so we’re ensuring that the Territory gets a royalty for that.”

New stamp duty charges will also be imposed for petroleum leases.

The Gunner Labor government removed its ban on fracking this week, paving the way for the controversial practice to be used to unlock the NT’s vast reserves of onshore gas.

The royalties plan was criticised by Minerals Council of Australia NT executive director Drew Wagner as “still a very long way from a realistic policy proposal” and would put future investment and jobs at risk.

He said it would damage the NT’s attractiveness to industry “with nearly $5 billion of investment at stake and potential massive growth of the resources sector and jobs”.

Opposition leader Gary Higgins said the Labor government’s action threatened exploration and mining projects worth billions of dollars in the NT.

“Instead, the government should be looking at the seemingly ongoing swell of executive level positions and irresponsible spending,” he said.

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Reds back Smith to offer late-game boost

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The Reds are backing George Smith (centre) to make an impact when he comes on against the Chiefs.Queensland captain James Slipper has welcomed the return of Wallabies great George Smith, as the Reds try to break a horror Super Rugby streak against the Chiefs.

But he also distanced himself from the possible comeback of two other Reds from the wilderness, admitting out-of-favour Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt hadn’t been a topic of conversation at Ballymore.

Australian clubs have lost the last 34 games against New Zealand Super Rugby opponents, but Slipper thinks his side is well positioned to end the drought against the Hamilton-based powerhouse at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Slipper said Smith, 37, would provide plenty off the bench in the last 20 minutes as Brad Thorn’s men play their first game at home in six weeks.

It will be the 111-Test veteran’s first game this season after December back surgery and a New Year’s Eve arrest in Japan for allegedly evading a fare and assaulting the driver.

The incident cost him his contract at Suntory Sungoliath and he was reportedly fined by the Reds.

But Smith has been welcomed back with open arms as the Reds aim to fix their late-game struggles.

“Having someone like George Smith on the bench; he says things but he backs it up and he’s an old bloke but he still competes hard and is one of the best No.7s in the competition,” Slipper said.

“Age is irrelevant when you’re influencing outcomes.”

The Reds started strongly but have flagged since returning from a tour of Argentina and South Africa, with a heavy last-round loss to the Waratahs dropping them to 3-4 and second last in the conference.

Coach Brad Thorn started his tenure by removing Cooper from his plans, while Hunt is yet to resurface on a football field since his December 30 arrest, fine and back-dated suspension.

While Smith’s comeback has been trumpeted, calls for Cooper or Hunt’s return have fallen on deaf ears.

The captain has backed the side’s offence to fire against the slick Chiefs, who sit third in the New Zealand conference, without the pair.

“At the start of year Brad decided on the direction he wanted to go and we haven’t had any discussions,” Slipper said.

“He made a decision and we’re sticking by that … it’s not really my concern.

“We’ve got points in us, but what I’d like to see is us tightening our defence.”

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Stosur shapes as Australia’s Fed Cup key

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Ashleigh Barty will lead Australia in the Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands in Wollongong.Alicia Molik is backing Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur to pilot Australia back into the Fed Cup elite after naming the pair for both singles and doubles duties in this weekend’s World Group playoff with the Netherlands.

The Australian captain denied pulling a selection shock despite preferring Stosur over the higher-ranked Daria Gavrilova as her No.2 singles player for the indoor hardcourt tie in Wollongong.

With the option of changing her line-up before Sunday’s reverse singles, Molik indicated she’d likely call on Gavrilova if Barty and Stosur put the home team 2-0 on Saturday and within sight of promotion to the eight-nation World Group for the first time since 2015.

In the absence of their top four players, including big-hitting French Open semi-finalist Kiki Bertens, the Dutch accept the heavy underdogs’ tag as Molik looks to take command of the tie from the get-go.

“The players we have fronting up tomorrow have been in this situation and been able to succeed many times over and that’s why they’re playing on the first day,” Molik said after Friday’s draw.

“That’s a real advantage; to have the experience and the runs on the board.”

No one has more experience or runs on the board than Stosur, who, with 27 wins already under her belt, is the most successful singles performer in Australian Fed Cup history.

Despite being on the comeback trail from an injury-hit 2017 season and wearing the green and gold for the first time in almost two years, the former US Open champion looms as a trump for Australia.

The former spearhead faces world No.210 Lesley Kerkhove in Saturday’s opening rubber before Barty plays the 295th-ranked Quirine Lemoine in the second match.

Victory over Kerkhove would leave Stosur – who’s also unbeaten in seven Fed Cup doubles rubbers – with the second-most total wins for Australia in the competition behind only Wendy Turnbull.

“That’d be pretty special if I could manage to do that,” the 34-year-old said.

“Hopefully I can get the team off to a good start and play well.

“It’s no guarantee or anything, having done it before, but it’s a nice feeling knowing I’ve played lots of Fed Cup matches and know what it’s going to feel like.”

Barty, the tie’s highest-ranked player at world No.19, and Stosur have been named to play Demi Schuurs and Indy de Vroome in Sunday’s doubles, a potential tie-decider but also a possible dead fifth rubber at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre.

Molik believes Australia deserve to be back in the World Group in 2019.

“We’ve got the dynamics in the team – not just the camraderie – but the versatility as well beginning with the four players here to really make an imprint on the Fed Cup next year when we’re in a position where we can actually vie for the title,” she said.

“That’s the goal of ours.”

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Growth pushes need for surf club upgrade

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NEW LOOK: The design of Stockton Surf Life Saving Club after redevelopment, released on the club’s Facebook page. Picture: EJE Architecture. Stockton Surf Life Saving Club has released designs of how their planned club upgrade could look as they seek further community input before progressing to the next stage of redevelopment.

The clubhopes to“turn the first bit of soil” within the next 12 months andexpand its premises following an increase in membership in recent years.

Disability access is at the forefront of the plans, which includes atwo-story extension to the south of the existing building and a new lift.

“We’ve set out on a pretty adventurous task,” Stockton SLSCpresidentCallanNickerson said.

“Not only have we recognised that we need to grow or get a bigger facility, but the other component to it is we actually want to be a leader in this space around community facilities.


Merewether SLSC unveils proposed new building, joining Cooks Hill and Dixon ParkCooks Hill Surf Club member leaves house to his mates, funds new clubhouseCatching a break: $750,000 upgrade, new cafe for Dixon Park surf club“We’re really pushing the design to be environmentally friendly and completely accessible for anyone in the community.”

The club hasbeen in talks with disability advocacy groups regarding the designs. Population growth in areas north of Stockton has increased the need to upgradethe current building,built in the early1970s.

The upgrade’sinitial stages are being financedby the club, but further backing will be sought. Costings areyet to be completed.

“The first bit of funding,the club will put in as much money as we possibly can and our strategic plan backs that,” Mr Nickerson said.

“Various fundraising streams and some of our retained money, but we will also be looking for community partners.For people who want to be able to contribute to what’s a very good community facility, we’re very open to.

“And also other funding, through state government and council.”

The club will take community feedback on the plans, which are the second-set EJE Architecture have drawn, before progressingto a development application.

Ready-to-go plans and DA approval must be in place beforeseeking governmentfunding.

The planned redevelopment meansNewcastle’s sixsurf clubs from Merewether to the peninsula have either recently undergone upgrades or have plans to refurbish their buildings.

“We’re hopeful, and would be grateful for any contribution from council or state government, particularlyin light of other facilities being upgraded,” Mr Nickerson said.“But we’re not basing anything on that, we’re looking very much from our own point of view and at our own growth.It’s not a case of ‘he got, so we need’.

“Our club’s grown significantly, we’ve gotclose to 600 members. It’s important we have a facility that meets the needs of all.”