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]南京夜网.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

28/05/2019 Posted by admin

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

Trying something new no reason for smears

28/04/2019 Posted by admin

DISHING IT OUT: The Vegemite toast on offer at Darby Street’s Core Espresso has become front-page news in Sydney. Reader Kerry Redman questions the outcry.

WELL,the good old Aussie toast and Vegemite from Newcastle (“When Vegemite goes viral”, Herald 19/4)has hit the front pages of Sydney newspapers.May I offer some advice to the almighty Sydney chefs criticising it, Mr Matt Moran (“That is going too far”) and Mr Colin Fassnidge (“so far off the mark”)?Why can’t you offer some encouragement to a couple of young people who are working hard trying to make a living in a very competitive area while keeping some young people employed instead of passing on your criticism?We all know they will never be as goodas you, all we need do is ask you. As for someone who has toast and vegemite for brekky at a restaurant, get off your lazy bum and make it yourself.PS. This little restaurant makes a beautiful coffee.

Kerry Redman,WaratahSPREADING THE BIG ISSUESTHE world and Australia are in very good shape.The economy is booming and poverty has been eliminated. War and terrorism are no longer with us. Famine and disease are just distant memories. Domestic violence, the sexual abuse of children, and all other crimes have been eradicated. Global warming has been brought under control.

It must be so. If it were not, we would have no time to be concerned about the proper method for serving Vegemite, the religious beliefs of rugby players, what days are appropriate for the first screening of a new movie, or how best to televise the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

Ian Roach,New LambtonARE WE REALLY JUST RUBBISHWHY is Australia unable to properly sustain the recycling of all our waste? It’s alarming that the efforts of the public to sensibly attempt to have increasingly scarce resources reused, go to waste. Do we have to have other countries take on our responsibility and wipe our bums? If governments aren’t mature enough and willing to be part of conservation,as they aren’t proactive in supporting renewable energy sources,then we need legislation to make the producers of all the unnecessary pollution responsible for the waste products they foist on us.

It’s a damning indictment of governments paying only lip-service to protection of our environment.I would also like to add my voice to those trying to put an end to the cruel and unnecessary live animals export trade. If the recipients of this monstrous business are not willing to pay for the humane transport conditions of livestock and don’t want us to provide meat killed from our abattoirs, it’s time they get what they want from elsewhere. The livestock industry is worth more than the financial rewards received, and the grief we have witnessed brings only shame.

Anne Phillips,WallarahMORE TO IT THAN MARKETINGMARK Creek (Short Takes19/4), your comment that it was a lack of marketing skills from business owners during Supercars to blame for their poor patronage is way off the mark. If it was only one or two businesses complaining, you may have a point. The fact was, depending on the type of business, if you were inside the precinct, you did well.If your business was outside the precinct, it was like a ghost town – before, during and after the event.

This was well documented in the pages of the Herald, and suggests problems far more structural than just a lack of marketing skills. I think Christine Everingham is spot on in her analysis. Large, disruptive events are increasingly being questioned and challenged in favour of low impact, sustainable tourism, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast being the latest.

Supercars will eventually go the way of the dodo – it’s just a shame that Newcastle City Council and Destination NSW were looking in their rear vision mirror instead of the future when considering this event.

Andrew Myors,Newcastle EastFRIED OUT ON PARKING HUNTSTREWTH, I am in Marketown, and after four circuits of thelanding site I’ve only justmanaged to win a spot.

Having to wait for my good lady in Office Works, I chanced upon the comment by David Turner (Letters 18/4)regarding parking in the very place I landed.Methinks this bloke knows what he’s talking about.

My dear one had an appointment and, being the good hubby, I decided to wait and have a coffee at Macca’s in King Street. I noticed their car park was full, but luckily a vehicle was leaving for me to park in its place.Gee, I thought, Macca’s is really doing well with such a full carpark. To my dismay, when I enteredthere were only six people and two kids seated. Where were all the others? Maybe there is a secret dining room hidden away somewhere thatI don’t know about?When I left, all the same vehicles were still there. Please let me know where the other dining room isso I can park all dayif I need to.

Ray Cross,MorpethLOTS ON OFFER, OLD AND NEWPHILIP O’NEILL (“Time to stop our unique towns being ‘malled’, Opinion 19/3) I always read your columns in the Newcastle Herald with interest and recently came across this one.

Maitland has just welcomed Stockland’s $414 million shopping mall development at Greenhills, and we are also a major growth centre in terms of greenfield housing in the Hunter.I would like to think that we are also putting life back into the CBD, the old city, with all those heritage facades along the High Street where the gallery, a happy co-existence of the old and the new, stands proud.We have just completed an $18 million upgrade to the public domain which includes a great piece of contemporary architecture in the Riverlink Building, which will be officially opened this week. It see us embracing the river once again and stands as a signal of new life and optimism.

We have also embarked on laneway upgrades and a dynamic space activation program which is delivering people into public spaces and many arts and creative activities in our streets. This has led to an emerging arts community, which delivers to the CBD apoint of difference to the shopping malls.Whilst the precinct is called the Levee, High Street remains the high street.

Should you ever have the time to visit, I would be happy to show you around and discuss our plans to build on the history which already sits here in a way thatmaximises adaptive reuse of our buildings and invites people to gather, linger and talk on the corner.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Loretta Baker, Maitland mayor

Short Takes: readers have their say on the day’s news

28/04/2019 Posted by admin

EVERYtime a comment is made about Supercars, Mark Creek (Short Takes 19/4)advises them “to stop the ranting” or “move on”. Mark, you have to realise that we live in a democracy and just because you are a Supercars fan you can’t shut down comment even though Supercars would like you to. You have your three days of enjoyment at the expense of major disruption to the East End residents and business. You would get the same enjoyment if the race was run somewhere other than a residential area.

John Hudson,Newcastle EastTHE state government has rejected Google’s plans, for the second time, to create a head office in Sydney (“State government rejects plans for Google HQ in Sydney”, Sydney Morning Herald 17/4). How about our elected local representatives of all levels petition to have the head office built here on the last remaining harbour side lots at Honeysuckle? Estimated to create 10,000 jobs and putting Newcastle on the map, we’d be stupid not to try and insteadwatch Google move to Melbourne.

Greg Fogarty,NewcastleIT will certainly be interesting to see which commentators appear on Fox and Seven next summer during the cricket season. There could be a few surprises.

David Davies,Blackalls ParkI WAS in town,so I had another geek at Shepherds Hill Cottage. Apart from a temporary fence around the perimeter, scaffolding to the roof and a site office, all of which have been there for some months, it seems to me that nothing has been done.Oh, there are a couple of signs inviting expressions of interest for its future occupation. Newcastle Council had better hurry up. The $1.5 million budget may soon be blown paying for the rent of the fence, the scaffolding and the site shed! It might be time to call in a couple of carpenters, a brickie and a plasterer to get the place restored. After all, as I’ve said before, it’s a little weatherboard house, not a giant sandstone post office!

Lee Craddock,Warners BayJANBynon (Letters, 14/4) had a query of why it was not possible to turn left into Parkway Avenuefrom Union Street. I believe you are allowed to turn left into Parkway Avenue from Union Street. The signs you observed are there to inform drivers not to turn left onto the wrong side of the divided road.

Alan Hamilton,Hamilton EastI HAVE just read the article re the record number of cranes in Newcastle and the projected population explosion that’s predicted – my question is how are all these extra people going to get from A to B? Certainly not on our non-existent transport.

Sue Fower,WaratahTUNE in 8pm Friday night for a continuation of the Commonwealth Games 10-metre platform at Suncorp Stadium. Billy Slater, diving for the Storm.

Matt McAlary,WaratahI BELIEVE everyone dealing with the live export trade should be charged with animal cruelty. We all seem to know about the terrible mistreatment of livestock, yet for the sake of money turn a blind eye. Shame.

Jeanette Lambie,Weston

One month to go till the royal wedding

28/04/2019 Posted by admin

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be married in a month’s time at St George’s Chapel.EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE’S UPCOMING WEDDING

* The couple will tie the knot at midday on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It will be 9pm Sydney time

* The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service with The Archbishop of Canterbury set to officiate the couple’s wedding vows

* After the service, the couple will take a carriage procession along the route from St George’s Chapel, through Windsor Town, then returning to Windsor Castle

* A reception at St George’s Hall, hosted by The Queen, will be held after the service with around 600 guests invited

* Later in the evening, Harry’s father, the Prince of ,Wales will host a reception at Frogmore House for the couple and around 200 of their close friends and family

* Regiments and units of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, which hold a special relationship with Prince Harry, will provide the ceremonial support at the wedding and carriage procession

* Included are the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who Harry served with in Afghanistan

* Floral designer Philippa Craddock will create the flower displays for their wedding

* White garden roses, peonies, foxgloves and branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, which will all be in season, are expected to be used

* After the wedding, the couple have arranged for the flowers to be distributed to charities

* Pastry chef Claire Ptak, the owner of London’s Violet bakery, will make the royal wedding cake – a lemon elderflower cake, covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers

* Ms Ptak’s business is focused on using seasonal and organic ingredients, she was previously interviewed by Ms Markle for her former lifestyle website TheTig南京夜网

* Invitations to the wedding followed royal tradition and were made by Barnard & Westwood

* The invitations were issued in the name of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and feature the Three-Feathered badge of the prince printed in gold ink

* Official heads of states have not been included on the guest list.

Australian Associated Press

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Mighty stand of Hunter’s own wins mission impossible in France

28/03/2019 Posted by admin

A hundred years ago, in France, the forces of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm were poised for their last huge effort to win the long war.

With battle-hardened divisions freed from the Eastern Front by the withdrawal of Russia from the war, the Germans planned to smash the Allied lines where troops, demoralised and bled white by the futile mud-soaked battles of late 1917, waited anxiously for the arrival of fresh reinforcements from the United States.

When the German hammer struck in March 1918, the depleted British forces collapsed and fell into a headlong rout and it seemed at first that the Kaiser might have his way at last.

This was the time when the Australians would win their greatest fame on the Western Front, hurled into the breach to hold the seemingly unstoppable German advance.

In early April at Villers-Bretonneux, outside the city of Amiens, the Australians made their stand, marching through a rabble of retreating English troops to establish and hold a new front line. Despite being massively outnumbered, the depleted Australian battalions – notably including the 35th (“Newcastle’s Own) and the 34th (“Maitland’s Own”) – stopped the Germans in their tracks and bought the Allies the time they needed to plug the gaping hole in their defences.

It was a remarkable double victory.

After the Australians – having saved Amiens from German occupation – were withdrawn and replaced by English troops in Villers-Bretonneux, the Germans attacked and took the village after all.

That was on April 24 and the Australians were sent back on the eve of Anzac Day to challenge the Germans once again. Without waiting for dawn, the Australians mounted an extraordinary night attack, driving the Germans out of the village at bayonet-point before they had to time to organise their defence.

This astonishing action was later described by British Brigadier-General George Grogan as “perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war”.

But victory came at a big price for the Australians. According to the Australian War Memorial, “Newcastle’s Own” 35th Battalion suffered 70 per cent casualties in these battles to stem the German advance.

The following excerpts from the book, The Hunter Region in The Great War, by Greg and Sylvia Ray, described how the historic action appeared to some of the men directly involved.

Ben Champion – just about to turn 21 – was at a training school behind the lines when the news broke:

The alarm bugle went and we doubled on to parade wondering what was the matter. The commanding officer was talking to the adjutant and anyone could see they were perturbed about something. He then told us that he had had rather alarming news and that we were to proceed back to our units immediately. Fritz had broken through on the Somme and all schools were to be closed as this looked very serious.

We were packed into fast lorries and rushed back in a couple of hours. Rejoining the Battalion, Colonel Stacey showed us Sir Douglas Haig’s order of the day: “We are again at a crisis in this war. The enemy has collected on this front every available division and is aiming at the complete destruction of the British Army.”

The official news through is that Fritz is right through Dernancourt and Albert. All the country we once took is gone back to his hands; just imagine the loss to us in dumps of material etc, besides men and guns!

On his way up to the line Champion was wounded by a shell and evacuated to hospital where his leg was amputated. For him, the war was over. After the war he settled in Newcastle, becoming well-known as a dentist and a leading figure in the city’s Local History Society.

According to military historian and war correspondent F. M. Cutlack, Australians were pulled from leave and from reserve to be thrown into the breach left by the collapse of the British 5th Army which had, “by the end of March, disappeared as a fighting force”. Cutlack continued:

Battalions coming back before the German divisions were ragged, mixed-up, had lost touch with their divisions, lost most of their officers, a supply of food and ammunition hardly existed, and they had no organised defence lines on which to retreat. The confusion was too vast for description.

The Australians had no illusions about their turn coming. The enemy was massing in front of the 35th for a blow down the main road to Amiens … in what the British openly believed would be a retreat from Villers.

When news of the German breakthrough came, Australian General R. L. Leane told the men: “There is no front line between us and the enemy. His position is not known. We start at midnight on a 20-mile march toward Albert. We do not even know that the road is clear or whether we can beat him to Albert. We must protect our own flanks and be prepared for anything”.

Former Newcastle apprentice Joseph Maxwell – who ended the war as one of Australia’s most highly decorated soldiers – described the critical days:

A wide gap had been blasted in the Allied line and the enemy had bounded forward a number of miles. At a moment’s notice we were bundled into a train and rushed south pell-mell. Four Australian divisions were raced south in a desperate effort to stem the vast grey tide of the enemy which threatened to engulf our armies and our hopes. It was the most dramatic train journey of our lives.

Every road was choked with refugees, villagers plodding south before that ever-advancing grey tide with its prelude of fire and smoke and destruction … At the sight of the returning Australian columns their faces lighted up. We were cheered, welcomed with wild Gallic enthusiasm. A number turned with us and marched back shouting ‘Vive l’Australien’ towards that ominous grey-black smoke cloud that advanced over hill and valley.

Maxwell wrote that the retreating British troops his unit passed were “utterly demoralised”.

Battalions were disorganised, companies were scattered like chaff, and men were wandering about aimlessly. Our orders were to round them up and attach them to our own companies.

There was no front line. All the organisation that had borne the brunt of the battering for four years had cracked up under this terrible blow … The only line we could find was a string of pot-holes that each held three or four men. Rain was lashing the whole countryside and it was pitch-dark.

At Villers-Bretonneux with the 35th Battalion was railway porter Sgt Cecil Wilfred Howard, who wrote:

We proceeded past the town on the outskirts and up a rise until we crossed a road leading to Abincourt from Villers-Bretonneux. We passed an aerodrome and came to a fairly large cemetery where we halted. Lights could be seen in Abincourt of motor vehicles moving about the streets. I was ordered to move forward, skirmish order, just before dawn and see how close I could get to the town. We had only proceeded about a quarter of a mile when in the early light we ran into machine-gun fire and I ordered “dig in as fast as you can”. I had 14 men, two lance corporals and two Lewis guns.

Howard set up posts about 400m apart in a wheat field and waited. Rumours of movement in the German lines added to the tension, which built for a few days before the storm broke over the Australian lines:

I doubled the sentries as it looked as though the big push would be resumed by the German Army, probably at daylight. It was raining lightly for a few days and we were wet, miserable and cold and we did not have any hot food coming up, only cold bully beef and biscuits and not much of that either.

I was not to know that, just after dusk when the mess orderlies went back for our rations and brought them up to us that night, 3rd April 1918, it was to be our last meal until about midday on the 6th.

April 3 and 4 passed, and Sgt Howard told his men to stand to just before dawn:

I had two Lewis light machine guns, one at each end of the trench, and I was in the centre of the post. We were stunned and amazed to see the thousands of German troops go marching into line on the outskirts of the village and they formed into companies of about 30 men in each line and began to advance en masse of about 300 men in each company and of Division strength. Each mass of men was aimed at each of our four outposts.

All we could see was wave after wave of troops marching down that long hill to crush us, and we only a hatful of forward posts with only the 9th Australian Brigade at our backs.

The sight was amazing to us who lived to tell the tale. Indescribable it was and awesome as we could not visualise any chance of survival – and a cemetery of all places behind my post of 17 soldiers.

Howard saw two nearby Australian posts overcome before his own was forced to withdraw, each man covering the other as they zig-zagged back to the cemetery at their rear. They found the newly consolidated Australian front line and joined in the fight to pin down the next German advance:

Soon it became apparent that the seemingly impossible had happened:

We formed a line again and all was quiet for a while. It seemed incredible to us that 3000 men of the 9th Australian Brigade had actually stopped 30,000 German troops in an offensive, but it proved right.

More brigades of our division who had been held in reserve were now coming forward on our left flank and down near the river. We were almost exhausted and starving. No food came up to us and we only had biscuits and very little water left. We were soaking wet and extremely cold. Our overcoats weighed a ton on our backs.

One of the keys to Australian success at Villers-Bretonneux was good leadership, and one of the acknowledged heroes of the action was Newcastle officer Captain Hugh Connell of the 35th Battalion.

A former schoolteacher and member of the pre-war militia, Connell had already won the Military Cross in 1917, and as the German hammer struck in 1918 he was awarded a bar to the medal for playing a key role in ensuring the Australians held, against all expectation.

According to official records, when the Germans threatened to outflank Australian positions, Connell “personally reconnoitred the ground and cleared up the position”.

“In the later attack by the enemy the same afternoon the troops on our right flank gave way, our own flank fell back, and for a time the position was very critical. Captain Connell gathered up what stragglers he could find and with these denied the enemy entrance to the eastern side of the town until counter-attack could be launched. His resolute courage and determination were a magnificent example to the troops and were responsible to a large degree for the successful defence of the town.”

A witness wrote that Connell, on the morning of April 4, went “from end to end of that thin line of men stretched from the aerodrome to the cemetery without any form of natural cover, giving a word of advice here, one of encouragement there, to men who had for hours held back massed formations of the enemy.”

After Villers-Bretonneux, Connell was promoted to major. Later in the war he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and when he returned to Australia he was elected to the NSW Parliament, representing Newcastle.