$16m plan to protect Lake Macquarie coast from storms, erosion

A $16 million plan for the Lake Macquarie coast aims to protect it from hazards such as storms, sea level rise and erosion.
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The city council wants the coast’s health to be ‘‘central to everyone’s lives’’.

It has called for comment on its draft Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan.

The primary goal of the plan was to develop ‘‘resilient coastal landscapes and communities’’.

With sandstone and conglomerate cliffs, sea caves and long beaches, the Lake Macquarie coast is a diverse landscape.

It was considered a ‘‘high-energy coast’’, with the biggest waves emerging in east coast low storms, the plan said.

Beaches were uncrowded compared with those in cities and the coastline was mostly undeveloped, creating a ‘‘more natural recreational experience’’.

However, threats were on the horizon, with the council to ramp up efforts to protect the coast and heighten preparations for sea level rise.

Blacksmiths was a ‘‘key coastal risk area’’ with potential for ‘‘erosion, recession and lake inundation over the next century’’.

Preparation for ‘‘coastal recession’’ would be made with community adaptation plans at Blacksmiths, Redhead and Catherine Hill Bay beaches.

The council promised to work with affected communities on ‘‘changing levels of hazard and risk’’.

Council sustainability manager Alice Howe said the coastal zone was ‘‘central to the lifestyle of Lake Macquarie residents, particularly the lake and beaches’’.

“It is important that council hears from people about their priorities for managing the coastal zone and that we discuss how we can work together to maintain and improve the coastal zone,” Dr Howe said.

Dr Howe said the plan included actions, plans and hazard assessments for the coastline, lake, catchment and Swansea Channel.

Councillor Chad Griffith said most Lake Macquarie residents lived ‘‘within a stone’s throw of the lake or ocean’’.

‘‘It’s vital we maintain the health of beaches and the lake – they’re important assets to the community,’’ said Cr Griffith, chairman of the council’s estuary and coastal management committee.

The council said its commitment under the plan amounted to about $2 million over the next four years, but other money would be sought from state and federal governments.


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Theatre: A town shares its stories in Singleton Tales

TIME OUT: Some of the young cast members of Singleton Tales, which looks at community issues and what makes the town special.WHEN a young dog escapes from a residential yard in a country town like Singleton, you never know where it will end up.
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That is something Emerson Avery learnt when a new family pet, Nipper, a miniature fox terrier-chihuahua cross, ran into the street a few years ago.

Emerson chased the dog, Nipper, through the town and into a cow paddock, where the bovines were far from impressed.

Emerson reveals what happened next in Singleton Tales, a theatrical work that offers a collection of stories about young people’s lives in the town.

Suffice to say that the story had a happy ending. The dog, Nipper, is now nine, and Emerson, 17, is pleased to still have her in the family home.

Singleton Tales, which will be staged at Singleton Youth Venue on November 14 and 15, features 11 young people aged 11 to 17.

Each will tell a story about something that happened to them in Singleton, plus getting together for group segments where they will look at issues that affect townspeople generally.

Singleton Tales has been developed by Tantrum Youth Arts and young people from Broken Leg Theatre Company, a group based at Singleton Youth Venue, with support from Arts Upper Hunter and ABC Open. Singleton Council and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund financed the project.

Mark Reedman, Arts Upper Hunter’s development officer, approached Newcastle-based Tantrum Youth Arts last year about helping to stage a show that would enable members of Broken Leg Theatre to develop skills in putting works together, as well as performing them.

Reedman was associate director of 2 Til 5, the original name of Tantrum, from 1993 until 1999, becoming artistic director in that year and continuing with the company until 2003. He wrote acclaimed plays about youth issues, with three of them winning CONDA Awards for the best new play of their years.

TRACK RECORD: Director Tamara Gazzard is a member of The Paper Cut Collective.

The present Tantrum management had no hesitation in becoming involved in the project, with one of its acting teachers and directors, Tamara Gazzard, taking on the role of director. Gazzard had worked with young people at Singleton as a high school drama teacher and, having grown up near Maitland, had her own youthful experiences in a rural community.

She is also a member of The Paper Cut Collective, a group which puts together plays drawn from verbatim comments. Its first major work, The Past is a Foreign Country, which looked at the very different memories of a family fishing trip, won last year’s best new play CONDA.

Broken Leg Theatre’s artistic director, Dan Stranger, is Gazzard’s assistant director on the Singleton Tales project. Huw Jones, who put together an engaging music soundtrack for Spent, a Paper Cut Collective show staged this year, has developed a score to accompany the various tales.

Development of the show began in June, with Gazzard’s discussions with the cast members leading them to go out and interview people in the Singleton community about their views on the town. Mining invariably came up, with differing opinions and feelings voiced on the matter.

ABC Open’s Anthony Scully interviewed the young cast members during that early stage, and the videoed interviews will go online after the show is staged. Gazzard is looking at putting together a montage taken from those interviews that audience members will be able to see before the performance.

She notes that the participants talk in the show about what they like best about Singleton, community issues, special things about the town that outsiders aren’t aware of, and their dreams for the future.

“There is a lot about family and friendship, with the support, for example, that the community gives to soccer,” she said.

Friendship is the keynote of 14-year-old Tom Hull’s story.

He went into a forest near his home and was whittling a piece of wood into a sword when another teenager he’d never met before appeared and asked him what he was doing.

The newcomer’s response was, “I like swords, too.”

So the pair had a sword fight and became friends.

Tom’s story incorporates a choreographed sword fight with another actor.

The tale by Kristen Bintley grew from a problem she experienced because of Singleton’s hot summers.

Bintley, who is now 16, was walking home from school on a hot afternoon at age eight when the heat caused her nose to start bleeding. She stood outside the family house for a long time trying to stop the bleeding.

Memories of that incident come back to her when hot days occur.

The other cast members in Singleton Tales are Olivia Anderson, Ares Caballero, Olivia Cronin, Kanyan Evans, Adam Humphrys, Liam Pile, Anthony Andrews and Zack Kupelian.

Singleton Tales can be seen at Singleton Youth Venue, Pitt St, Singleton, on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, at 7pm. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door.

For more information, contact Singleton Youth Venue, 65714687.


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Steve Thomson to vye for Liberal Party endorsement in Maitland

From left, Steve Thomson, Philip Penfold and Lisa Tierney.FORMER Maitland Business Chamber president Steve Thomson is firming as the front-runner for endorsement as the Liberal Party candidate for the state seat of Maitland.
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Liberal Party sources have told the Newcastle Herald that Mr Thomson approached Maitland MP Robyn Parker to discuss his political ambitions after she announced last month that she would retire from politics at the next election.

Mr Thomson stepped down as chamber president last month to be the voice for small business chambers across the district on the Hunter Business Chamber board.

He has previously denied he would nominate for Liberal Party preselection and was unavailable for comment on Sunday.

However, a source said the party was keen to see Mr Thomson endorsed because he had the “unknown factor”, had done a lot for Maitland, knew how to get publicity and already had a public profile.

Newcastle councillor and Maitland Liberal Party branch treasurer Lisa Tierney has publicly confirmed her nomination for preselection and the Herald understands there is another prospective candidate in the wings.

Ms Tierney, who works and lives in Newcastle, has come under fire from Maitland councillor and independent candidate for the state seat Philip Penfold – who says Ms Tierney could not give Maitland her full attention.

The pair were close friends during their time on Maitland City Council between 2008 and 2012, and according to Mr Penfold they remain friends.

He believes he has the upper hand as he has already been elected to serve the people of Maitland as a councillor.

The state electoral boundaries are the same as for the Maitland local government area.

He will run for mayor in 2016 if he is not elected as the state MP.

But fellow Maitland councillor and East Maitland Liberal Party branch president Bob Geoghegan said Cr Penfold was taking advantage of electoral funding laws, which reimburse candidates for campaign costs to a certain extent if they receive more than 4per cent of first preference votes.

Cr Geoghegan questioned Mr Penfold’s motives for running for the state election when he had publicly maintained his eyes were firmly on becoming mayor.

Mr Penfold rejected the accusations, saying he “was one of the most proactive councillors” and funding laws were not designed to allow candidates to make money.

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HUNTER BUSINESS: Belmont dynamo Barbara Davis retires

WINDING DOWN: Barbara Davis is looking forward to taking a cruise now that she has the time. Picture: Phil HearneBELMONT has bid farewell to a stalwart of its community.
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After 20 years managing Belmont’s shopping hub, Barbara Davis, now in her 70s, has retired.

Before leaving Newcastle for Coffs Harbour, where she will join her family, the property and senior manager at Belmont Citi Centre and Belmont Central said she had mixed emotions.

‘‘I don’t know how I will do it, but I will,’’ Ms Davis said.

She’s been a flag bearer for Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle Knights.

A community leader since driving the Aussie’s for ARL campaign against the Murdoch-backed Super League, her boundless energy, huge heart and unforgettable voice will be sorely missed in Belmont.

Ms Davis was the first woman to be elected to the board of the Newcastle Knights, and she’s been an executive member of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce for 20 years.

She succeeded in stopping graffiti after controversially banning hoodies in the shopping malls.

Former Belmont Chamber of Commerce town planner Jenny Barrie said she had never met anyone with Ms Davis’ energy.

‘‘She has done so much for Belmont and she has been an inspiration for so many women leaders,’’ Ms Barrie said.

Labor councillor Kay Fraser said she would be ‘‘sadly missed because she is a fighter’’.

‘‘She is one of the leaders of the community and has been instrumental behind most community projects,’’ Ms Fraser said.

With the backing of the centre’s Perth-based owners, Ms Davis has organised sponsorship for causes large and small.

‘‘I couldn’t have done the things I’ve done if it wasn’t for them,’’ Ms Davis said.

‘‘Any time anyone is doing anything they come to me and they have never knocked anyone back,’’ she said.

Although it feels like ‘‘there’s been a death in the family’’ to be leaving her post, Ms Davis said she was looking forward to spending Christmas with her grandchildren for the first time they could remember.

‘‘My daughter said to me, ‘Mum, we haven’t had a Christmas together for 20 years. Our kids always considered Boxing Day to be Christmas because you couldn’t come. Do you think we could have a couple of them before you leave this world altogether?’,’’ Ms Davis said.

‘‘That’s when it really hit me. I thought you’ve got to get your priorities in order.’’

NEWCASTLE-based CVG Finance is hosting a free LinkedIn seminar for local businesses.

The firm credits its recent boom to stepping up its social media presence.

‘‘In the space of six months we have doubled our business,’’ said the LinkedIn event organiser and executive assistant Sophie McIntosh.

‘‘I just don’t think that is a coincidence.’’

With the help of Brisbane company The Social Advisor, CVG have concentrated on creating content that added value rather than pushing product. Now the firm wants to share the strategy with other Newcastle businesses.

Social Advisor’s Baz Gardner will run two workshops which will be followed by networking drinks.

The first workshop will examine the functionality of LinkedIn and the second will cover strategy.

CVG Finance director Paul Lambess was recently voted one of the top 25 Plan Australia Brokers in Australia. See diary for event details. RSVP to [email protected]杭州龙凤论坛m.au by November 7.

BENGALLA mine employee Jo Corliss has been recognised as manager of the year for front-line leadership in mining at this year’s Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

Ms Corliss, a front-line supervisor at Bengalla’s open cut coal operations near Muswellbrook, says it was humbling to receive the award.

‘‘If someone had told me five years ago that I would be a front-line supervisor in coal mining and win manager of the year I would have said you’ve got to be joking,’’ she said. Ms Corliss joined the company as a technician five years ago and has been in a leadership position since in 2012.

A START-UP recruitment company that describes itself as online dating for job seekers is launching a regional pilot in Port Stephens this week.

Recruitment app Workible matches candidates who upload professional profiles with employers.

Companies can either connect with the best-matched candidates when they post a job or trawl through the profiles of jobseekers who post their skills and availability in categories.

From Thursday a Port Stephens community category will be included.

Employers will be able to post jobs targeting local applicants, and anyone looking to work in the Port Stephens area can upload a profile.

Newcastle and the rest of the Hunter will follow the Port Stephens pilot.


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10,000 take part in 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride

Thousands ride in Sydney to the Gong: photos The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
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The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Brad McGee at the finsh area after he completed the Sydney to the Gong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Lachlan Stephenson at the finsh area after he completed his 19th Sydney to the Gong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Mark Bruce at the finish line in Fairy Meadow after the Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The 33rd annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

TweetFacebookThieves mar bike rideTherewere no major medical emergencies or injuries resulting from Sunday’s Sydney to Gong ride, with all of the 10,000-strong pack arriving at the finish line in one piece, albeit a little sore and thirsty.

Eight riders were treated for minor injuries at the end of the ride but none required hospital treatment.

A large police presence along the course, and particularly at the intersection of Elliotts Road and Carters Lane near the Thomas Dalton Park entrance, helped maintain a flow of both car and cycle traffic.

Although crowds on the day were extremely well behaved, an incident overnight put a dampener on the event for a small number of riders.

Thieves reportedly broke into the ride camp in the early hours of Sunday morning, making off with cans of coke and alcohol stolen from at least four corporate tents.

Wollongong police are now investigating the matter and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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