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Fort Scratchley anti-Supercars graffiti a ‘p*** poor effort’photos

Fort Scratchley anti-Supercars graffiti a ‘p*** poor effort’ | photos PROTEST: “NO V8” graffiti on a wall of Fort Scratchley.
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FURIOUS: Forts Scratchley Historical Society members Frank Carter and Graham Postlethwaite at the site of the partially-cleared graffiti on Monday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NOT HERE: East End resident Mark Burslem with his protest banner about the November Supercars race. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SIMILAR: Anti-Supercars graffiti on the facade of the United Service Club.

SIMILAR: Anti-Supercars graffiti on the facade of the United Service Club.

TweetFacebookFURIOUS FortScratchley volunteers have calledanti-V8 Supercarsgraffitisprayedon a wall of the historic structurea “p*** poor effort”.

The yellow painted “NO V8” tag –which appeared on Sunday and was partially cleared by Newcastle council workers byMonday–angered Fort Scratchley Historical Society president Frank Carter.

The graffiti,apparently inprotest ofthe V8 Supercars race to be held inNewcastle Eastin November,was similar to thatspray-paintedonthe United Service Club building in Watt Street on Sunday.

“They’re entitled to their feelings, but when you vandalise places like the fort and the United Service Club,you’re not doing your cause any good,” Mr Carter said.

“You would like to think, whoever it is, they’re in the minority.”

Fortcommittee member Graham Postlethwaite said therace’s opponents had a “democratic right” to protest on their property, but not onthe city’s significant sites.

“It’s a p*** poor bloody effort, and it deserves more expletives than that,” MrPostlethwaite said.

Both Mr Carter and MrPostlethwaite said they personallywelcomedtheNewcastleround of the Supercars Championshipfor the exposure it wouldgivethe city, but that ascaretakers of the fort they had to “walk a fine line”.

Mark Burslem, whose East End terrace will front the V8 circuit, has a banner above his front door that reads “V8 WRONG PLACE”.

He said he didn’t know who vandalisedthe fort or the United ServiceClub, but it didn’t surprise him.

“It’s unfortunateand it’s disappointing, but you can understand when people feel disempowered that something like this might happen,”Mr Burslem said.

The East End local will move his family to Anna Bayfor five weeks either side of the mid-November race weekend, while V8 fanfriends from Dubbostay inthe house.

The street modifications necessary for Newcastle Eastto host therace will permanentlychange the neighbourhood, Mr Burslem said, and make it more suited to being held in Raymond Terrace.

His protesthas been largelysupported by locals and passers-by, but attracted “threatening, and just vile” hate emails from Supercars supporters.

Mr Burslem said he believed the season-ending Supercars race could still be moved, despite theNSW governmentpassinglegislation in February cementing itsmove from Sydney to Newcastle.

“There are people who’ve been here since the ‘70s and stopped the bulldozers then, and now [the East End] isa jewel of the city,” Mr Burslem said.

“We’re not going to give up.”

Vandals spray United Service Club with anti-Supercars graffiti

Newcastle team to save orangutanPHOTOS

Newcastle team to save orangutan | PHOTOS Help Needed: A team is being established in the Hunter to help save the orangutan.
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TweetFacebookHome Sweet HomeWhile we’re in the animal world, take a look at these native bees that have taken up residence in a power pole at Adamstown Heights.

Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers, who has a keen eye for interesting things in the natural world, spotted the bees.

Max pointed out that it was quite unusual to see native bees living in a colony.

There are 1500 native bee species in Australia and most are solitary.

“Solitary bees do not have queens and workers. Instead in most species, just one female bee mates with a male and then builds an individual nest for her eggs, just like a bird does,” aussiebee南京夜网419论坛 said.

The Mining VirusNewcastle writer Barbara Heaton, well known in union and activist circles, is writing a biography of the late, great Hunter resident Jim Comerford.

Jim, who died in 2006 at age 93, was a highly respected union leader who dedicated much of his life to chronicling the region’s mining history.

Barbara found a statement of Jim’s from 1994, which she described as “prescient”.

“Cargo cultism is characteristic of all governments in capitalistic societies. Unbridled mining activity is one aspect of the ‘pennies from heaven’ outlook. Next to war, mining industries are the most wasteful and damaging activities of all. The mining virus is more potent in Australia than anywhere else… and more potent in Queensland, where governments and mining companies have always been close.”

Sounds to Topics like one of those moments where someone leans across and says: “Don’t hold back mate, tell us what you really think”.

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One in 10 new Australian homes could be pre-assembled in a factory by 2027

Prefab creations give conventional homes a run for their moneySix prefab homes shaping the future of construction as building revolution takes offMuji want you to live in their new prefab model home for free
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More than 10 per cent of new Australian homes could be prefabs in 10 years’ time, moved to site after being built and assembled in a factory, says an industry expert.

And the cost-savings for home-buyers could be up to 25 per cent with more manufacturing-type companies moving into construction, and proving as disruptive as Uber was in the transport space.

“It isn’t the complete solution to the problems of housing affordability, but it’s part of the solution,” says Warren McGregor, the CEO of prefabAUS, the industry body whose membership has doubled in the last 12 months to 200 organisations all involved, or interested in, the future of prefabricated housing.

“Obviously there are other issues like the scarcity and price of land in some areas, but even if you just save 10 per cent on the cost of a home, then that can be a wonderful contributor.

“The forecast of a 10 per cent growth in 10 years isn’t outrageous at all, especially when you have more manufacturing companies coming in and changing the kind of business models construction has always worked with.”

Prefab housing – also known as modular or off-site construction – has long been a massive part of the residential market in many regions overseas, accounting for 80 per cent of homes in Sweden and 15 per cent in Japan, with numbers rising rapidly across Europe and Asia.

In Australia, however, it’s been slower to take off, currently accounting for just 3 per cent of homes built, and usually for single custom-built, architecture-designed homes. Yet that’s a figure that’s about to jump exponentially, according to many in the industry.

A major research project is currently being conducted by the University of Melbourne into the practice and economics of prefab construction, there’s a study tour by major players to Sweden in May, state governments are becoming interested as lower-cost solutions to scale housing and big developers are investing a lot more into research and development. In addition, home-buyers themselves are becoming much less sceptical about the quality of pre-made housing.

“I think here we’re used to thinking about prefabs in terms of transportable homes, schools or mining camps,” says Bill McCorkell, an architect by profession and a builder by trade who runs prefab company ArchiBlox. “Australia has been lagging behind other countries in exposure and take-up but now I think we’re becoming early adopters in the industry and so many more people are showing interest.

“From a quality point of view, it’s a method that makes absolute sense. Constructing in our facilities means we have the ability to manage the day-to-day trades – the tilers, plasterers etc – who work on our homes so much more easily and ensure quality work. In the domestic industry, you need a project manager as tradies move from site-to-site and often blame each other for shortcomings in quality.”

Sweden is certainly leading the way, probably because their long, cruel winters and short summers aren’t conducive to building homes on site outdoors. In Australia, with much more clement weather, that hasn’t proved a major driver.

We’ve also become good at building our traditional brick veneer and terracotta-tiled homes pretty cheaply too, says Jan Gyrn, managing director of Modscape. “I think we’ve become accustomed to that as our residential model and they’re building them at a fairly low price point.

“But now in Australia we’re starting to see a lot of cheaper component-part-pre-fabricated companies start to emerge in the residential market. And while at the moment prefab methods have taken off for the bespoke homes built to sit in the landscape, I think we’ll start to see a lot more growth in the project home market as well.

“After all, our homes take 12 weeks to build rather than 12 months, are installed in a day and finished off in two to three weeks. The forecast is that the numbers will grow to 10 per cent in the next 10 years, which is rapid growth.”

As the operations of major Japanese house-builder Sekisui House, which has a large prefab division, increase in Australia after its purchase of A.V. Jenning in 2009 and its partnerships with many of our large developers, such as Frasers Property Australia and Lend Lease, that’s likely to further spur change.

Any worries about longevity of modular housing will also be assuaged, believes Peter Smith, founder and director of Unibuild Technology. “My first prefab building was in Canberra, and it’s still looking good 48 years later,” he says. “We’re now leading a new charge on pre-fab housing and it’s now becoming much more popular.”

Cost considerations could prove another boost, too. Melbourne-based McCorkell estimates overall cost savings could be as high as 25 per cent, taking into account that, with his firm, architecture design costs are included in the building cost, the less money spent on project managing on site, and the ease of using the same trades at the same venue who aren’t as expensive as Sydney tradies.

Most importantly, the time on site is cut enormously, meaning people can live in an old house until the last possible minute when their new home is ready for delivery, and then have it pulled down ready for the next. A house he’s just about to truck to Sydney’s Mosman, for instance, will be put up on site in two to three days, with decking and the veranda taking just a couple of weeks.

“As higher volumes of homes are made this way, you’ll be able to produce them more cheaply with economies of scale,” he says. “The market is growing and I think it’ll grow faster into the future.” This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Rockin’ bowlo ain’t noise pollution, says teacher

Rockin’ bowlo ain’t noise pollution, says teacher WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS: Jane Jelbart (third from left) with members of her ukulele class at Lowlands Bowling Club, where their afternoon rehearsal attracted a noise complaint. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS: Jane Jelbart (third from left) with members of her ukulele class at Lowlands Bowling Club, where their afternoon rehearsal attracted a noise complaint. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

INNER CITY: The greens of Lowlands Bowling Club in Cooks Hill. Picture: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebookA MUSICteacheris considering the future of her ukuleleclass, after a “serial complainer”objected totheir noise at LowlandsBowling Club at 5.30pm on a Monday.

Jane Jelbart and her class of 13 were tuning up with “a 30 centimetre PA, turned way down” bythe greens of the Cooks Hill club when the resident phoned to complain.

“Apparently this woman insisted we couldn’thave amplified music, so we turned it down yet again so the people in the classhad trouble hearing it,” shesaid.

“All my people are baby boomers; they’re not party animals. This wasa baby boomer repertoire.It ain’t punk, or thrash metal. It sort of goes to what’s happening to our inner city.”

At the prompting of the club’s management, with the sun still high in the sky, the classmoved indoors.

Lowlandsboard member Catherine Fidock-Jones said the same complainanthad also rungthe club and stateauthorities about children’snoise, people crossing the parkat night, andbottlesbeing left in the street.

“This person isa serial complainer. Our staff just call her by her first name, now,” Ms Fidock-Jones said.

“Around Christmas time, shemade a complaint to [the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing] about some people being on the swings at 1am. We can’t control that. Don’t buy near a pub or a club if you don’t want any noise.”

When the Office ofLiquor, Gaming and Racing grants liquor licences in NSW, it can impose environmental noise conditions on a venue.

These typically dictate that noise from pubs and clubs shouldn’t be heard inside anyone’s home between midnight and 7am, on any night.

The Newcastle Herald understands that a previous Lowlandsboard agreed with the club’sneighbours not to allow any amplified music.

“But that is not part ofthe club’s licence, and it’s not valid,” Ms Fidock-Jones said.

“We promote our club really well, and we’re a popular club. In this day and age, one person is holding us to ransom.”

The intense scrutiny of the noise produced by its tiny instrumentscould prompttheukuleleclass, with an average age of 65, toseek a new home.

“We might have to move from that club, if this continues,” Ms Jelbart said.

“We’ve got two other clubs that I know would like to have us.”

Kyrgios v Federer ‘best non-slam match ever’

The former coach of Nick Kyrgios has ranked his Miami Open semi-final showdown against Roger Federer as the greatest non-grand slam match ever played.
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Australian coach Todd Larkham described the three-set thriller as the best game of tennis he’s ever seen, outside of the majors.

Federer continued his stunning return to form by out-lasting the 21-year-old Kyrgios in a three-hour epic on Saturday.

The Canberran fell two points short of the most significant scalp of his budding career as the Swiss maestro prevailed 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5).

Larkham, who coached Kyrgios for almost a decade before the pair amicably split in 2014, said the match was played at an “incredibly high level” from start to finish.

“The match with Nick and Federer was possibly one of the greatest matches outside a grand slam that I’ve ever seen,” Larkham said.

“There was nothing in it, only a couple points, and Nick has shown he can match it with anyone now which is awesome.

“They both played an incredibly high level of tennis, Nick is a great competitor but so is Federer and it came down to just a few points in the tiebreak where Fed came up with the shots.”

Larkham said Federer’s return to tennis after a six-month injury layoff has been nothing short of remarkable with the world No.4 dropping just one match this year.

“He’s playing amazing tennis, he finds a way to continue to win these close matches and he’s won a lot of close ones this year,” Larkham said.

“Physically he’s still got a couple more years in him which is incredible, he just plays so efficiently and fluently and doesn’t seem to expend the energy of his opponents.

“We love watching great champions in all sports and it’s awesome to see him keep going and building on his record which is already the best ever.”

Australia face the US in a highly-anticipated quarter-final Davis Cup clash in Brisbane this week, with Lleyton Hewitt leaving controversial world No.43 Bernard Tomic out of the team.

The Aussie skipper named an unchanged quartet in world No.16 Kyrgios, emerging talent Jordan Thompson, big-serving Sam Groth and John Peers to play doubles.

The American team is expected to feature world No.15 Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querry and Steve Johnson.

Larkham believes Kyrgios’ form and his addition to the team which lost against the US at Kooyong last year, will prove the difference.

“Nick is in better form and he didn’t play last time so I think we’ve definitely got a better chance,” Larkham said.

“It was pretty close in Melbourne, Isner played well on the grass and his serve was unbreakable, but I think on the hard court it will be easier to break him, so we’re definitely in a better spot there.

“Based on form Nick would be the slight favourite to win his singles matches, he’s been playing better than the other guys, but Jack Sock has been playing well this year.

“Jordan is definitely the underdog in his singles matches. That probably balances things out then the doubles is a 50-50 but John Peers is a top-five doubles player and him and Grothy have been playing well.”

Australian coach Darren Cahill told Fairfax Media that Kyrgios doesn’t necessarily need a mentor to succeed, and although Larkham chose not to comment, he said there is no denying the coachless Kyrgios is playing world-class tennis.

“He’s in great form and it’s great to have him playing Davis Cup tennis for Australia in Australia,” Larkham said.

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ASX holds onto gains as banks offset miners

AFR. ASX AFR PIC BY NIC WALKER… GENERIC ASX, stockmarket, sharemarket, dive, loss, fall, mortgage crisis, investment, sub-prime loan, interest rates, risk. AFR FIRST USE ONLY PLEASE!!! . Pic by Nic Walker. Date 20th November 2008. SPECIAL 00096260 Photo: Nic WalkerThe ASX recovered early losses to end the day narrowly in the black, holding on to last week’s outsized gains despite disappointing retail figures.
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The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index traded briefly above Friday’s close in the morning, swung sharply lower then regained lost ground just before the close, ending up 0.1 per cent, or 8 points, to 5872.7. The broader All Ordinaries was also up 0.1 per cent, or 6 points, to 5909.7

Australia Bureau of Statistics retail spending figures for February were weaker than economists had been expecting following a strong January. The Australian dollar lost about US0.4?? following the result and briefly dipped below US76?? before recovering to trade slightly above that level in late Monday trade.

Sentiment “definitely shifted after the release of the retail sales numbers,” said Gary Huxtable, client adviser at Atlantic Pacific Securities, with all sectors briefly in the red.

But as trade wound up, surging performance in defensive sectors like healthcare and communications, as well as the big banks, pushed the market higher.

“It is a big data week and it will be interesting how things will unfold after what has been an eerily calm start for global equity markets in 2017,” Mr Huxtable said.

“We’re still trading above previous yearly highs and a sense of profit-taking is to be expected after a solid first quarter.”

The big four banks added between 0.3 to 0.6 per cent, pulling the financials subindex up 0.2 per cent, a performance which on its own almost recouped the losses of all other sectors.

In healthcare, CSL and Cochlear rose strongly, up 0.7 and 0.6 per cent, respectively. Ramsay Health Care moved the other way, down 0.7 per cent, while hospitals operator Healthscope slumped 4 per cent after announcing a new CEO.

Telstra rose 0.9 per cent and Spark New Zealand surged 0.9 per cent.

Weighing on the index was the performance of the materials sector. Weaker metals prices leading into Monday’s open led to Rio Tinto shedding 0.7 per cent, BHP Billiton closing down 0.2 per cent, and Fortescue Metals dropping 0.5 per cent.

Not all miners were in the red. The day’s biggest gainer was Whitehaven Coal, which rose 3.7 per cent. Its rivals in Queensland have been hit by cyclone-related disruptions, making Whitehaven one of the few unaffected coal miners. South32 added 1.1 per cent for the same reason.

Spotless shares fell 0.5 per cent after a major shareholder said it would reject a takeover from Downer EDI. Spotless said it was “exploring alternatives”, having received interest from “several other parties”.

Stock watch: Bega Cheese

Shares in Australian dairy company Bega Cheese lost 1.6 per cent to $6.23 on Monday. But they’re still trading far higher than at the start of the year. In fact, Bega Cheese is the best-performing stock on the ASX 200 so far this year, rising 47 per cent. Key to the rally was its $460 million purchase of the iconic Vegemite spread from Mondelez in late January. That was followed by a sale of one of its plants to Mead Johnson Nutrition for $200 million – an “extraordinary deal” according to brokerage Baillieu Holst. The stock isn’t widely covered, but two out of three analysts listed on Bloomberg as covering it have it as a hold – perhaps unsurprisingly given it’s rapid rise.

Retail sales

Retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in February, surprising economists who had been tipping a 0.3 per cent rise following January’s 0.4 per cent growth. Furniture, floor covering, housewares and textiles sales fell 2.5 per cent in February, while department store sales were up 0.8 per cent. CBA’s Michael Workman said “the main issue preventing firmer retail spending growth is the uncertainty over household income growth. National nominal household earnings (wages plus jobs) growth is running at around the inflation rate of 1.5 per cent. So there is no real growth in spending power for households.”

House prices

Home prices jumped again in March to propel annual growth to the fastest in almost seven years. CoreLogic said its index of home prices for the combined capital cities climbed 1.4 per cent in March, matching the previous month’s gain. Annual growth in overall prices accelerated to 12.9 per cent, from 11.7 per cent, surpassing the previous peak touched in 2015 and the fastest pace since May 2010. Home prices in Sydney kept up their blistering run with a rise of 1.4 per cent in March, taking annual growth to 18.9 per cent.

Manufacturing PMI

Factory activity has enjoyed its sixth month in a row of expansion although the pace of growth eased in March as soaring energy prices added to manufacturers’ costs. The Australian Industry Group’s performance of manufacturing index (PMI) fell by 1.8 points to a still strong 57.5 in March, staying above the level of 50 points which indicates an expansion in activity. The Ai Group says rising sales, production, employment and exports had boosted overall factory activity. The food and beverages, machinery and equipment, metals products, and non- metallic minerals sectors grew strongly.

Equities surge

US stocks enjoyed their strongest start to the year since 2015, but emerging markets have truly outperformed. The MSCI emerging market index rose 11 per cent over the past three months, thanks to powerful performances from sharemarkets in Brazil, India, Taiwan and South Korea. Chinese mainland stocks have done less well, but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is one of the best. Not all bourses rose: Russia’s MICEX is off by more than 10 per cent in 2017. The S&P 500 is up 5.5 per cent while the tech-heavy Nasdaq index jumped 10 per cent.

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Dirty air, denial and damage to our health

EVERY year theNational Pollutant Inventory makes public a breakdown of polluting emissions from Australian industry, including coal mines and power stations in the Hunter.
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Each year the story is the same, sometimes worse, and sometimes alarmingly worse. This year the alarming figure is a 770 per cent increase in coarse particle PM10 emissions from Bayswater power station outside Muswellbrook over the past five years.

A figure so extraordinarily high is almost easy to dismiss. A 70 per cent increase in coarse particle PM10 emissions over five years –and there are no safe limits for PM10 and fine PM2.5 particles, which are linked to cardiovascular and respiratory disease,lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes – would be extremely concerning. Particulate matter is deemed carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation.

But the National Pollutant Inventory, which is managed by the federal government and relies on figures supplied by industry, shows a five-year increase much greater than a troubling 70 per cent increase, by a factor of at least 10. And yet there’s silence from governments and politicians.

There is a serious disconnect between the air emissions from coal-based industries in the Hunter region and the impact of those emissions on public health. One of the problems is that while population health statistics show that the Hunter experiences higher rates of conditions linked to coal particle emissions, it is virtually impossible to say that an individual’s stroke, heart attack or cancer can be attributed to air pollution.

That lack of confirmation supports a form of public denial of the real health impacts of the Hunter’s increasingly dirty air.

The region’s coal, mines and power stations are significant beyond the Hunter. Bayswater and Liddell power stations might be ageing, reliant on technology from the 1980s and officially facing retirement dates –in the case of Liddell, only five years away –but recent shocks in the national energy grid show just how reliant Australia still is on their operation.

The National Environment Protection Council is reviewingthe National Pollutant Inventory after concerns about the accuracy of industry emissions reporting and the need for strengthened compliance and enforcement measures.

For the sake of the Hunter’s health, a final report can’t come soon enough.

ISSUE: 38,466

Federal action on ice misses the mark

Federal action on ice misses the mark TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldreported on Monday thatnew figures show the ice problem is worsening, with offences for the notorious stimulant hitting an all-time highin the Hunter Region.
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Newcastle (25 per cent), Maitland (36 per cent) and Port Stephens (21 per cent) experienced significant rises over the past year in charges for amphetamines use.

In those three areas, along with Lake Macquarie and Singleton, the number of offences have never been higher.

The drug action team for Newcastle is one of 220 such teams to be established across the country over three years.

The announcement revealed that Newcastle will be among the first 40 areas to get a drug action team.

The $19.2 million program is part of the $298 million that the federal government previously announced underthe National Ice Taskforce.

Mr Vumbaca said the $298 million allocated to taskforce initiatives included nomoney for new rehab beds.

Mr Sinodinos said the actions teams would focus on “health promotion, community-led education and mentoring, early intervention and prevention programs”.

Mr Vumbaca said the government should be“investing in treatment beds and services like that”.

“We need money for the pointy end where people have complex problems and severe dependence,” he said.

“Otherwise you’ll pay a lot more for prison beds and even moreif they end up in accident and emergency departments and hospitals. It’ll cost the community a lot more and the governmenta lot more.”

Recovery Plan: Garth Popple says ice users need to go to rehab, “so we can stop the downward spiral and start getting them to deal with underlying issues”.

Garth Popple, executive director of We Help Ourselves Hunter Valley [a Cessnock-based recovery centre], said there were more costs to the taxpayer from failing to properly fund treatment services.

“When they get arrested,there’s all the court time, police have to attend court, there’s parole andprobation officers andsocial security costs,” Mr Popple said.

“Then they’restill using, they might end up having a mental health episode becauseof the ice andthen they have to see a mental health crisis team.”

Mr Popple said it was incredibly frustrating to see the government fail to fund new beds.

“For goodness sake, can’t theyjust make a decision to allowthese people to receive help,” he said.

Severeice users need to go to rehab,“so we can stop the downward spiral and start getting them to deal with underlying issues”.

Mr Vumbaca said the government “needs to match the dollars with what they’re saying”.

“When the governmenttalks about problems with ice, they’re mainly talking about the severe and complex cases. But they are putting their money intomild to moderate cases.”

He said the action teams would have some value, but “you can put a question mark over it”.

“The missing piece is residential [rehab] services for complex clients. That’s what didn’t get funded,” he said.

Mr Sinodinos said the federal government had made “significant investments in policing our borders and our streets to combat the supply of ice”.

“The AFP [Australian Federal Police] has seized over 12 tonnes of methamphetamine since January 2013. This includes over eighttonnes in NSW.

“But we cannot simply arrest our way out of the ice problem – we must also work to reduce the demand for this drug.

“The roll out of local drug action teams was a key action under the National Ice Action Strategy, in response to the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce,to increase community engagement and action to reduce the harms of drugs,” Senator Sinodinos said.

A new web-based information toolkit will also provide communities with information about ice, including the harms associated with useand ways toaccessservices and support.

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Canberra losing grip on public service

Canberra’s status as the undisputed heart of the Australian Public Service has slipped a little more this year with fewer than 38 per cent of Commonwealth bureaucrats now working in the capital.
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While the vast majority of APS leaders, the elite ‘Senior Executive Service’ are still based in the ACT, the proportion of federal public servants working in the territory has shrunk by 7800 since 2013, or about 12 per cent.

In the same period the overall number of public servants has declined by 8.3 per cent

The figures, from the latest statistical bulletin from the Australian Public Service Commission, come as National Party politicians pile on the pressure to move more government workers out of Canberra and move them to Nationals-held seats in rural and regional Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been blunt about “decentralisation” being “core business” of the government and that more of the policy should be expected.

The Nationals Leader is using a parliamentary inquiry, forced by Labor and the Greens, into the controversial move of the pesticides authority from Canberra to northern NSW, to drum up support for moving more departments and agencies to the bush.

But Canberra’s local territory and federal politicians from both major parties are aghast at the plans to move the Australian Veterinary Medicines and Pesticides authority to Armidale, in the heart of Mr Joyce’s New England seat, and at further erosion to numbers in the APS, easily the ACT region’s largest employer.

The ACT Government expressed alarm at the idea of more public servants heading out of the capital, with the territory Labor Chief Minister Andrew Barr saying in his submission to the inquiry that the federal public sector was vital to the economic wellbeing of more than 450,000 people in Canberra and the surrounding region.

The Chief Minister wrote that the ACT region, including with the surrounding local government areas of Yass Valley and Queanbeyan Palerang was home to more than 450,000 with about 20 per cent of workers from the NSW south-east and tablelands relying on job opportunities in the territory itself.

“More than one-third of that workforce is employed in public administration meaning that the direct and indirect implications of Commonwealth job cuts do not only seriously harm the ACT economy, but also the workers and businesses in the surrounding regions that rely on those jobs,” Mr Barr wrote.

He wrote the Armidale move is “another instance of Commonwealth employment decisions made without regard for the consequence of the ACT economy or the workers and businesses in the Canberra region that significantly rely on the economic activity underpinned by public sector employment.”

Liberal Senator Zed Seselja wrote in his submission that he too was worried about the local economy if more public service jobs were lost or forced out of town.

“To move public service agencies out of Canberra will have a far more consequential effect on the local economy than elsewhere in Australia,” Senator Seselja wrote.

“The consequences are far wider than the raw job numbers in the public service, though, with thousands of people working in small businesses around Canberra who assist and serve the public also having their livelihoods threatened by agency moves.”

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Table 1 branches out

SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Jenny Chadwick, front-of-house manager at Table 1 Espresso, Warners Bay. Picture: Simone De PeakGeorge James grew up in cafes run by his mother and father in and around Newcastle. He watched and he learned, helping out where he could.
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His dream? To open and run his own restaurant.Andafter years spent working in hospitality here and overseas, James is tantalisingly close to realising that dream.

James opened Merewether cafe Table 1 Espresso three years ago and has just branched out to Warners Baywhere he is carefully crafting his first dinner menu and wine list.

He is a busy man to catch, having just returned fromthe2017Australian Small Business Champion Awards in Sydney where Table 1 Espresso wasa finalist in the Cafe of the Year category and finished in the top five.

Service at Table 1 Espresso is of an award-winning standard and James wants to keep it that way.

“The best part of being in this business, for me, is when someone comes up to the counter and says to me ‘Your staff are amazing’.That makes me smile.”

James says his father was “a very particular man about customer service andflavour” while his mother was “friendly and professional and never let her standards slide”. His two brothers also own restaurants and cafes.

He personally “taste tests”each potential dish when working on a menu, looking closely at flavour and presentation.And instead of concentrating on one cuisine, he says he has tried to “implement flavours and styles from all over the world”.

“I’m a very fussy person when it comes to eating good food. IfI don’t go ‘Wow, that’s amazing’, it doesn’t make the cut,” he explained.

“There has tobe an explosion of flavours and, as you know,people feast with their eyes first so we need to make each dishawork of art.”

James opened a second Table 1 Espresso because he found he was having to turn customers away, many of whom had travelled from further afield to be there.

AMBITIOUS: George James at Table 1 Espresso, Merewether, in 2015. Picture: Marina Neil

“The Merewether location got us to where we are today but it is very restricted. At Warners Bay we have a liquor license and can run a restaurant after dark,” he said.

“I used to walk past this location and dream of opening here. I was saying it before I started off with the smallest and cheapest thing I could afford at the time, which was a cafe at a car wash. Now I hope to open a third and maybe a fourth Table 1.”

And here’s a tip. The Hunter Valley’s wine country is high on his list.

ACT records biggest drop in new home building approvals

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Residential blocks in new Canberra suburbs of Throsby and Taylor to be auctioned

???The ACT has recorded the biggest drop in new home building approvals in February despite a national rise, ABS data released on Monday shows.

Approvals fell by 15.6 per cent in trend terms in the territory – the lowest result across Australia’s states and territories.

In contrast, the number of new dwellings approved nationally rose by 0.8 per cent, off the back of an eight-month fall.

NSW had the biggest jump in approvals at 2.5 per cent, followed by Victoria with a 1.4 per cent increase, Tasmania at 0.9 per cent and South Australia at 0.5 per cent, in trend terms.

Like Canberra, the Northern Territory recorded a significant drop in approvals with a 12.3 per cent fall in February.

Approvals fell by 0.7 per cent in Queensland and 0.2 per cent in Western Australia.

Master Builders Association ACT executive director Kirk Coningham said the ACT’s approval slump was consistent with residential land releases and sales.

He expected the figure to pick up in light of current and near-future land sales in new suburbs like Taylor and Throsby.

“I think that [figure] might be the residual impact of tight land supply in the ACT, particularly for standalone blocks,” he said.

“We expect that to improve in the next few months as more land has been sold.”

Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said there were 229,091 new dwelling approvals in Australian over the past 12 months, maintaining a pipeline of work for much of 2017.

However, a national downturn in approvals wasn’t unexpected.

“Even though we saw a sharp bounce in new dwelling approvals [across Australia] during February, the overall building approvals profile is consistent with our expectation that new home construction will revert to lower levels over the next few years,” he said.

“The multi-unit side of the market will see the greater share of the reduction in new home building activity.”

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Rogic watches on as Celtic claim Scottish title

He will be a Scottish Premier League champion once more, but it was a bittersweet feeling for Canberra’s Tom Rogic when his side clinched the title.
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Socceroos midfielder Rogic was forced to watch on from the sideline with an ankle injury as his club side Celtic secured a sixth consecutive Scottish Premier League title.

A Scott Sinclair hat-trick fired Celtic to their 48th Scottish title with a 5-0 thrashing of Hearts on Monday morning.

Rogic is on the comeback trail from an ankle injury suffered in December and the former Central Coast Mariner is hopeful of a return before the season ends.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers sees no benefit in rushing the 24-year-old back from injury, given his side has won the title with eight games remaining.

Rodgers says Rogic’s return to the training paddock has added a level of “creativity we haven’t had” to the Celtic squad.

While he missed the game in which the title was wrapped up, Rogic should be back on the park to finish the season and get another medal placed around his neck.

Rogic last played against Dundee on December 17 and played no part in Australia’s two most recent World Cup qualifiers – a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iraq in Tehran and a 2-0 win over UAE in Sydney.

The former ANU and Belconnen FC star will be a welcome return for national coach Ange Postecoglou when qualifying resumes, adding another dimension to the Socceroos squad.

The Socceroos next face Saudi Arabia before a friendly against Brazil in the lead-up to the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Hearts had lost only three matches at home so far this season but were blown away by the runaway leaders, who have only dropped four competition points all year.

Celtic took the lead through Sinclair after 24 minutes when he fired into the roof of the net from an acute angle after fine interplay with Patrick Roberts.

The forward doubled his tally three minutes later with a sharp finish to give Celtic a stranglehold on the match, before Stuart Armstrong and Roberts wrapped up victory with second-half efforts.

SPL top scorer Sinclair completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the 84th minute as Celtic moved up to 86 points after 30 matches, 25 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, and 35 ahead of Glasgow rivals Rangers in third.

Celtic still have plenty to play for with a shot at the treble looming, beginning with a Scottish Cup semi-final against the Rangers coming up later this month. with AAP

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Think big with Brickman

IMAGINATION TAKES OFF: Ryan ‘The Brick Man’ McNaught is the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and is bringing his interactive LEGO® creations to Newcastle for the first time.Brickman Experience –the largest touring exhibiton of its kind in the southern hemisphere – is visiting Newcastle for the first time ever.
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The interactive LEGO® experience – never before seen in the region before – is suitable for little kids and big kids and will be in Newcastle for 22 days only from April 9 to 30 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

Brickman Experience features a collection of individual works by Ryan McNaught –the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world.

The exhibition is made up from more than five million LEGO® bricks and features more than 60 unique LEGO® models, including a two metre long LEGO® Star Wars X-wing, a model Airbus A380, a quarter scale LEGO® Ferrari and the world’s largest LEGO® flower.

For all the budding brickies who are feeling awe-inspired by Ryan’s work, the specially designed interactive master builder zones will give visitors the opportunity to build their own LEGO® creations.

“I am really excited that the Brickman Experience is heading to Newcastle,” Ryan McNaught said.

“This exhibition is very special to me because it’s the original collection of my individual works, brought together in one space, for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve had huge success with the exhibition across Australia and New Zealand so it was only a matter of time before we brought the exhibition to Newcastle!”

Showcasing a collection of LEGO® models that are fun, inspirational and memorable, visitors will enjoy an interactive and hands-on experience, whilst learning about each individual model through their unique behind-the-scenes stories.

“LEGO® brings people together, everyone loves it – kids, parents, grandparents, everyone has a memory of playing with LEGO® and I’m looking forward to sharing my creations with LEGO® fans in Newcastle and meeting all the budding brickies out there,” Ryan said.

“Brickman Experience is a great activity for all the family to enjoy – no matter what age you are. I’ve got a few exciting things for the kids (and big kids!) to participate in, so everyone can enjoy creating brick masterpieces as well as enjoying the exhibition. It’s going to be heaps of fun.”

Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught used to be a slave to the corporate world but back in 2010, he took his love for LEGO® to a whole new level and traded in the boardroom for a LEGO® workshop.

Traditionally, Ryan’s internationally awarded works are the domain of the toy section in department stores but the Brickman Experience allows you to see them all together in the one place.

Based in Melbourne with twin sons, Ryan’s greatest concern is that there’s a whole lot of eight year olds out there who want to bump him off to take his job.

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