Heavy industry the winner under new carbon trading proposal

A government proposal to allow international carbon credit trading has buoyed the Australian manufacturing industry, but may have little impact on cutting energy sector emissions.
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The manufacturing, smelting and energy sectors – some of the highest carbon-emitting industries in Australia – could look overseas to buy carbon credits to reduce their comparative emission levels without investing in higher-priced domestic carbon credits or lower-emissions technology under a proposal in the Turnbull government’s latest climate change policy review.

The Australian Industry Group has thrown its weight behind the proposal, saying it is a major advance for industrial emissions reductions policy.

“Ai Group has been arguing the merits of allowing international credits for several years,” its chief executive, Innes Willox, said.

Calling it a victory for common sense over ideology, Mr Willox said: “There is simply no reason to waste efforts on higher-cost domestic abatement options when credible, high-quality and less expensive alternatives are available abroad.”

The Australian Aluminium Council also supported the proposal for international credit trading.

“A tonne of CO??? is a tonne of CO???. It’s a global issue,” the council’s executive director, Miles Prosser, said.

He said this provided another emissions reduction option, which, combined with operational efficiency and low emissions technology, allowed for greater choice in slashing carbon dioxide output.

“We support the flexibility of going internationally for permits to reduce emissions at the lowest cost.” Power and policy

International credit trading could also support the government’s national energy guarantee (NEG), but damage future renewables investment.

“It could help energy retailers meet the emissions standards under the NEG, as it may be cheaper for them to buy these credits rather than supplement their energy mix with new wind or solar,” an industry source said.

One Australian energy retailer believed these credits weren’t needed for the electricity industry.

“While there’s a role for them in trade-exposed industries, in terms of energy we have the means and technology to reduce emissions by replacing coal with gas and renewables,” an energy insider said.

“It sends the wrong investment signals, if you want to encourage investment then international credits are the wrong way to go about it.”

Australian Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said the proposal supported the NEG as a process for energy reliability.

“Our perspective is that these permits can be used as a balancing mechanism,” Mr Warren said.

He said it would be a short-term response, and there remained the need for the replacement of old energy generation.

“We’re struggling to see how you can rebuild the grid without evolving the assets and then buy permits for 50 years. They can help, but they shouldn’t be the cure.”

Concerns have also been raised over their ability to actually play a role in reducing wholesale emissions.

“Given that the rules are still being negotiated for the use of international units, we’d be concerned about the efficacy of their use to meet our Paris Agreement commitments,” Market Forces analyst Daniel Gocher said.

“We’d prefer the government focused on the domestic market, particularly reducing land clearing. Permits can also act to delay more meaningful action, particularly in the electricity sector.”

Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said it would have no impact on the NEG, which operates through existing energy market mechanisms and there are “no subsidies or certificates involved in this guarantee and in this sense it does not involve a price or tax on carbon”. Australia’s credit industry

The policy may also be a double-edged sword for Australian carbon abatement companies, as it widens their potential reach beyond Australia’s smaller domestic market, but could also drive them out of business as buyers look overseas for cheaper credits.

“Pollution is going up, we won’t meet even our paltry Paris targets and the government’s only plan is to make things worse by allowing companies to buy dodgy permits from pig farms in China instead of cutting Australia’s emissions,” Greens climate change and energy spokesman Adam Bandt said.

Carbon Farmers of Australia director Louisa Kiely said the review was a mixed bag, which might put the fledgling carbon credit industry at risk.

“International prices for carbon credits are very cheap, and they may or may not be as rigorously verified as they are in Australia,” Ms Kiely said.

“The threat is that these cheaper credits could damage Australia’s highly-monitored and verified industry, and there’s the risk the market may be flooded with these cheaper carbon credits,” she said.

However, she noted there was also the potential for Australian companies to export their more-verified credits.

The policy would also impact indigenous groups that run native land management carbon businesses, such as those facilitated by the Kimberley Land Council.

Since 2014, four North Kimberley native title groups have run carbon farming operations, generating almost half a million Australian Carbon Credit Units through traditional land management and maintenance, providing these carbon offsets to companies such as Qantas.

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Banks overhaul code of conduct in bid to rebuild trust

Banks have vowed to make it easier for customers to cancel their credit cards, they will stop charging statement fees, and borrowers will be alerted when their interest-free period is about to end, as part of a new code of conduct.
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The Australian Bankers’ Association will on Wednesday unveil a swag of changes intended to put a greater focus on ethical behaviour in an industry that has copped a backlash from government.

Changes in the code include a commitment to allow customers to close a credit card online, rather than needing to do so in a branch or over the phone.

Banks also say they will waive or refund “statement fees” for customers without access to electronic statements, and remind customers when a credit card’s interest-free period is about to end.

With more parents acting as guarantors to help their children enter the housing market, the code also includes changes targeted at people guaranteeing the loans of others.

It says guarantors who have not received legal advice must have a three-day waiting period before signing up. Guarantors will also be informed if the borrower is struggling financially, it says.

Banks decided to revamp the code last year as political pressure on the industry started to mount following a series of scandals.

“Banks are committed to change and the new code is stronger, broader and written in simple to understand language,” ABA chief executive Anna Bligh said.

“It has been completely rewritten to better meet community expectations and service the needs of customers.”

The code includes an already-announced commitment by banks to no longer have tellers selling “add-on insurance” with credit cards, which is intended to cover consumers if they get sick or lose their job. The corporate regulator has said such insurance is problematic, and many customers end up being ineligible when they attempt to make a claim.

In a sign of the finance sector’s problems with add-on insurance, it was announced on Tuesday that Swann Insurance had refunded $39 million in premiums to 67,960 customers. The refunds covered six types of add-on insurance sold by Swann, owned by Insurance Australia Group.

Separately, the federal government has this year cracked down on the banks’ credit card businesses, including new restrictions on how banks can determine customers’ credit limits. Banks are also being banned from making unsolicited credit card offers to customers.

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Smith and Australians in line for $1 million Ashes bonus

Steve Smith’s Ashes-winning Australian team will collect a bonus of nearly $1 million if they can complete a 5-0 whitewash of England in the final two matches of the Test series in Melbourne and Sydney.
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The Australians left Perth on Tuesday glowing after reaching an unassailable 3-0 lead with a comprehensive victory in the third Test, regaining the title they surrendered on their tour of England in 2015.

The result automatically triggered a $432,000 series-win bonus and the members of the squad stand to pocket further financial reward for winning back possession of the urn.

There is an additional pool of $438,000 available to the Australians for match-win bonuses in the Ashes. They have already secured a majority of that by winning three out of the five matches but can grab the lot if they complete victories in the Boxing Day Test and in the first week of January at the SCG.

The bonuses were thrashed out during the long and bitterly fought pay negotiation between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association that was resolved in August.

Under the terms of the new five-year memorandum of understanding, the players retained their guaranteed share of the game’s revenue, which is at its greatest during a home Ashes summer, and also won a new incentive scheme that offered lucrative reward for major series victories.

The richest of the bonuses under the new structure are available against opposition countries ranked in the top four on the International Cricket Council Test rankings, as England were entering this series. And with match-win bonuses built in on top of players’ retainers and match payments, the five-Test Ashes series provides an even greater opportunity to cash in.

The pending windfall provides more motivation for Smith’s side to clean-sweep the tourists in the final two matches.

They will be feeling driven towards repeating the feat of Michael Clarke’s team in 2013-14, with only Smith, David Warner and Nathan Lyon having experienced that famous whitewash.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann said the team would not be taking its foot off the pedal, but could now approach the rest of the series free from much of the pressure that built in the lead-up to the summer.

“It’s a lot more relaxed, which is a good thing,” Lehmann said. “Ashes cricket is high pressure, everybody is nervous every ball, every session.

“It’s been that way for 15 days so far, so they can go and express themselves a little bit more. We’ll be playing the same brand of cricket but obviously with less pressure on us. It will be interesting to see how we respond to that. Boxing Day and SCG are fantastic Test matches to be a part of.”

The Australians will head to Melbourne after two days’ break, aiming for a 5-0 result but not taking it for granted. Lehmann said Joe Root’s tourists had been closer to the hosts than the final margins – the latest an innings and 41-run defeat – suggested.

“It was extremely satisfying for the lads … they’ve worked so hard over the last few months to get the prep right, the way we played,” Lehmann said.

“The planning came together, so all credit to the players and the support staff were fantastic. The work behind the scenes was great. I’ve loved the way we have gone about it in all three Tests.

“It was a lot closer than what the scores relate to. Certainly in Brisbane they had the upper hand at certain stages, but the captain was brilliant there. Obviously the bowlers were great in the second innings to get the job done.

“Adelaide was close and this one – albeit by an innings – it was still close, it come down to magnificent bowling from our quicks on the last day.”

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Australian cricketer’s emotional letter after wife’s cancer shock

Australian cricketer Michael Klinger has penned an emotional letter on the Perth Scorchers website revealing his wife of almost 10 years, Cindy, is battling cancer.
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The 37-year-old, who signed with the WACA in 2014 and became the oldest Australian debutant in a T20 earlier this year, wrote the words on Tuesday night so his teammates and WA cricket fans knew what was going on this summer:

Last week, my wife Cindy had a routine scan on her back, which had been causing her pain and no physiotherapy or anti-inflammatory tablets seemed to help.

The result of that scan completely shocked and devastated us.

Doctors identified three spots on her vertebrae that required further investigation – within hours, we were told she had cancer.

A biopsy was taken of the lesion and determined that my wife of almost 10 years had breast cancer that, based on the information we have so far, has spread to at least those three spots identified on her spine.

I know a lot of people think very highly of their own loved ones and I’m no different – to me, Cindy is the most beautiful person, inside and out.

She is the most considerate and selfless person I know, who is willing to help anyone with anything they need at the drop of a hat.

We have three children: Bailey, 7; Summer, 5; and Easton 1.

We had to tell Bailey and Summer of the fight their mother now faces, which is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

In fact, along with delivering a eulogy at my mother’s funeral, it was the hardest and most terrible thing I’ve had to do in my life.

I have never considered myself to be the most skilled or flashy batsman going around, but every time I step on the field, I do so with a winning and competitive attitude – I’m a fighter.

For the 14 years since I met Cindy, she has been my No.1 supporter, my confidante, my motivator, my carer. My everything.

But our roles reversed from the moment we found out Cindy had cancer.

Cindy must now take the mantle as the ‘fighter’ and bring a positive and winning attitude to every treatment and hurdle she runs into along the way.

I, on the other hand, need to become chief carer, supporter and motivator.

Playing cricket, right at this moment, is secondary.

It still may happen, because Cindy wants me to play and says it will be a good distraction for her and the kids to see me do so, either on TV or at #TheFurnace.

But, by my choice, if playing clashes with any appointments or treatments, or if Cindy or the kids need me, I will be by their side.

I started writing this piece in the middle of the night, when my thoughts and emotions refused to let me sleep, and I began wondering why I was doing so.

Firstly, it’s helping to get some things off my mind, which has been running at 100 miles an hour for the past two days, trying to arrange for Cindy to see the best people in the breast cancer field in Perth.

I also wanted to explain to my teammates, who I adore and admire so much, and to the Perth Scorchers fans, who I have grown to love, what is happening and that I hope they don’t think I’m letting them down.

Finally, I am privileged to work for the best organisation in Australia in the WACA and the Perth Scorchers, an organisation that has the most caring staff and unbelievable group of human beings.

I just want them – from the staff to the players – to know that I’m not letting them down and I’m just doing what I need to do for my wife and children during this totally unexpected and very difficult time.

Cindy will fight and we, as a family, will be right there with her throughout the battle, supporting her in every way we can.

But, particularly at this time of year, that battle has brought us a perspective on life that we never expected.

Leading into the festive season, give your loved ones a big hug and a kiss.

Love, Maxy

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Gig guide December 28

PARTY: Bliss N’Eso will bring in 2018 at the Cambridge Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Block Party on Sunday.MUSIC5 SawyersFriday,Alessandro. Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, AK Morris.
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Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Back 2 Rock.Sunday, The Way.

Australia Hotel CessnockSunday, Green Ginger.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, The Tantrums.

Bar PetiteFriday, Grayson. Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, GW Freebird & Friends.

Battlesticks BarFriday,Audie Franks.

Bay HotelSaturday, Troy Kemp.

Beach Hotel Friday, The Col Tegg Experience.

Bellbird HotelFriday, DJ 88.

Belmont 16sFriday, Hayden Johns, Wayne & The Wanderers. Saturday, Emily Smith, The Years. Sunday, Bobby C, Anthology.

Belmont SportiesSunday, Spank N The Monkey.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Project X.

Beresfield Bowling ClubFriday, Paperboy. Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Tailgate Drive.

Blackbutt HotelFriday, Chris Daniel.Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

DROPPING BEATS: Kilter is part of an electronic heavy Block Party line-up.

The BradfordFriday, Witchery.Saturday, Viagro.

Burwood InnFriday, Jess Holland.

Cambridge HotelSunday, NYE Block Party ft.BlissN’Eso,ElkRoad,Kilter,TouchSensitive,Asta,Kwame,Jayteehazard.

Cardiff Bowling Club Sunday, La Bomba Rock.

Cardiff RSL ClubFriday, Rock Factor. Saturday, Train Wreck. Sunday, DV8.

DARK DELIGHT: William Crighton heads up a big night at the Grand Junction Hotel on Sunday.

Catho PubSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys.Sunday, Rj N K,Sunday,The Search Party.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Mark Wells. Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Cessnock Leagues ClubFriday, Emily Smith. Saturday, The Andy Show. Sunday, Hayden Johns.

Charlestown Bowling ClubFriday, Phil McKnight. Saturday, Kim. Sunday, OZ.

Club LemonTreeFriday, Jackson Halliday.Saturday, Damien.Sunday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Club Maitland CityFriday, Big Pete.Sunday, 24 Hours.

Club Redhead Sunday, Club Esky.

Club Wyong RSLFriday, Whiskey Business Duo.Sunday, Jake Rattle and Roll.Sunday, Romney Watts.

Colliery InnFriday, Roxy.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Angie.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, James Naldo.Saturday,Mardmax.

Criterion Hotel WestonSunday, Ash Mountain.

Crown & Anchor HotelSunday,NYE 80’s Party.

Cypress LakesFriday, Anyerin. Saturday, Jerome. Sunday, The Rumour.

D’Albora MarinaFriday,Max Jackson.Sunday, Karen O’Shea.Monday, Todd Schmoo.

Denman HotelSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Denman RSL ClubSunday,Sami.

Doyalson RSL ClubFriday, Purple Hearts.Saturday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.Sunday, Katie N Feff.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday, Matt Scullion.Saturday,Iguana Duo.Sunday, Jackson Broadway.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSunday, Norm Bakker.

East Maitland Bowling ClubFriday, Jumpin Jukebox.Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Big Night Out.

East’s Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday,Bonny Rai.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Dean Kyrwood, The V-Dubs.

Edgeworth TavernSunday, Barracuda –A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Matt McLaren.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday, Lennie Live.

Fingal Bay Sports ClubSunday, Karen O’Shea.

FinnegansSunday, Kingstone, Sonic, MC Kidd Kaos.

Flow Bar –Old BarSunday, Cover It Up.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSaturday, Marriah, DJ Bubby.

Gateshead TavernFriday,Paparazzi.Sunday,Kevin O’Hara.

George TavernFriday, Joel Oakhill.Saturday, Max Jackson.

Goldfish Bar & Kitchen PokolbinSunday,Paperboy.

Grain StoreSaturday,Matt McLaren.

Grand Junction HotelSunday, Muzzy Pep, William Crighton Band, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Skyscraper Stan, Gogo Sapien, Labia Of Love.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday, Darren.

Greenroof HotelFriday, Todd Schmoo.

Gunyah HotelFriday, Hayden Shepherd.Saturday, Phonic.Sunday, Angel Gear, Zachary Israel.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Pist Idiots,Archy Punker,Viral Eyes,Scumdrops.

Harrigan’s PokolbinFriday, Prestige Inc. Saturday, Kyle Cartner, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Arley Black, Frick N Orson, Dos Eager.

Hawks Nest Golf ClubFriday, Mark Lee.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, 3 Of A Kind.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Soundabout.Monday,Matt McLaren.

Hotel CessnockSunday, Pat Vs Cat.

Hotel DelanyFriday,Dos Eager.Saturday, The Urge.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Bandditts.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, The V-Dubs.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Reg Sinclair. Sunday, Misbehave.

The Junction HotelFriday, Pete McCredie.

Kent HotelFriday, Project X. Saturday, X&Y. Sunday, Rooftop Hip-hop Party, Overload.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubFriday, Cotton Sax & Strings. Sunday, Evergreen.

Lakeside Village TavernSunday, Panic Station.

The LandingSunday, Signora.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,Aqwa.

Lass O’Gowrie Thursday, Strangers With Candy,Yev Kassem.Friday,One Day Apart,Polar Chills,Zampa.Saturday,Nugwardo,Onshore,Daze. Sunday,Red City,Diplazer,dave,E4444e, DJ Jakesy.

Lemon Tree HotelSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’s Friday,Oh Boy The Buddy Holly Show. Saturday,Rumours – A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Sunday, The Beatnix.

Lucky HotelFriday, Lucas Fowler. Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Maitland Leagues ClubSunday, Hard Drive.

Mark HotelFriday, Bobby C. Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Loko.

Marks Point Sports ClubSunday,Viagro.

Mary EllenFriday,Zane Penn.Saturday, Dos Eager.Sunday,The Cassettes.

Maryland TavernFriday, Just Jade. Saturday, Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Sue & Mikey Show.

Mavericks On The BayFriday, Kim. Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mavericks On DarbyFriday, Bonny Rai.Saturday,Zane Penn.Sunday, Max Jackson Duo.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesFriday, The Way. Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Busta Thong.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Loko, DJ Angelo.Saturday,Project X, Alessandro.Sunday,All Access 80’s, Boney Rivers.

Morriset Country ClubFriday, Spank N The Monkey.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Cathy Cannon. Monday, Grayson.

Nag’s Head HotelFriday, Reg Sinclair.Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Sami.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Dr Zoom. Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Hummingbirds.

Nelson Bay Golf Club​Friday,Ryan Daley. Saturday, Gareth Hudson.

Newcastle Airport Friday, Roxy.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubFriday, Michael Muchow. Sunday, The Years.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Josh Callaway.Saturday,Jack Derwin.

Paxton Bowling Club Sunday,Melody Feder.

Pedens CessnockFriday, Tim Broadway.Saturday, Amigos.

Pelican RSL Club Sunday, The Klassics.

Pippis At The PointFriday, Arley Black,Dean Kyrwood.Saturday,Deuce.Sunday, Matt McLaren,Pete McCredie.

Plough InnFriday, Brett O’Malley.

The Poyer’s Lemon Tree PassageSunday, Pete McCredie.

The PourhouseSaturday, James Naldo. Sunday, Driver 8.

Premier HotelSaturday, Evergreen.

Queens Wharf Sunday, Mental As Anything, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs, Venom Lips, Throw Me To The Wolves.

Queens Wharf HotelFriday, Pete Gelzinnis, Big Night Out. Saturday, The Mokos, Uptown. Sunday, Mark Wells, Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel CessnockFriday, Hendo.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Katie N Feff.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Layth Gunn.Sunday,Bob Allan.

Rutherford Hotel​Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Mardy Leith.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Viagro.Sunday, James Naldo. Monday, Kidd Kaos,Kingstone,Extraordinate.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Katie N Feff.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Witchery.Sunday, Rendezvous,Sunday, Soundabout.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubFriday, Emile. Saturday, Blue Suede Boppers. Sunday, Outerphase.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Pistol Pete.Sunday,Todd Schmoo.

Spinning Wheel HotelFriday, Mick Jones.

Stag and Hunter HotelSunday, Chase The Sun, Diplaza, Wysper.

Stockton Bowling ClubFriday, Karen & Milton. Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Alternate Grooves.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Wayne & The Wanderers. Sunday, Echo’s Of The Sixties.

Swansea Workers Club Sunday, Voodoo Punch.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSunday, Loose Bazooka.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL​Friday, Rendezvous.Saturday, Mark Lee.Sunday,Rock Factor.

Toronto DiggersFriday & Sunday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto HotelSunday, Pistol Pete, Jeremy Bilson.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Victoria Hotel HintonFriday,Damien.Saturday, Mick Jones.Sunday, Zane Penn.

The Vintage Golf ResortMonday, Pat Vs Cat.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, The Leadbellies.

Warners At The BayFriday, Matt McLaren.Saturday, Redline.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Triple Zero.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Bobby C. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Rave On. Sunday, Cruzers.

Wests MayfieldSunday, Alias.

Wests New LambtonThursday, Angamus. Friday, Dr Zoom. Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The DuoTones, Rubber Bullet.Tuesday, Angamus.

Wests NEX CitySunday, The Smarts.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,Loose Bazooka.Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band ft. Holly Wilson.Sunday,Ngariki,DJ Pucko.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.

MOVIESBreathe (M)The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Tower)

Coco(PG)Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Daddy’s Home 2(PG)Father and stepfather, Dustyand Bradhave joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.

Downsizing(M)Imagine what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall & propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Ferdinand(G)After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Goodbye Christopher Robin(PG)A behind-the-scenes look at the life of authorA.A. Milneand the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his sonC.R. Milne. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle(PG)Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it.

Paddington 2(G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Pitch Perfect 3(M)Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII:The Last Jedi(M)Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

The Greatest Showman(PG)The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Wonder(PG)A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s an ordinary kid.

THEATREHonk JrLively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. Maitland Pro Cathedral (St John’s Hall): January 5 to 14; Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, Sunday, January 21, at 2pm.

Operation Ouch! Live on StageDr Chris and Dr Xand, the identical twin stars of the popular children’s television series, explore medical science from a kid’s-eye view, creating incredible medical stunts and crazy experiments. Andrew Kay and Associates, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Monday, January 8, at 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Women rule the roost

POETIC: Jen Cloher’s self-titled fourth album was a brilliant expression of jealously, loneliness and anger. Picture: Simon SchluterGIRL power reigned supreme in 2017. In the pop world, Lorde returned with a mature and bold second record Melodrama, while Taylor Swift continued herglobal juggernaut with Reputation. Women were also delivering some of the most compelling indie records in Jen Cloher’s self-titled opus and St Vincent’s Masseduction. The country and roots scene kept the trend firingthrough terrific records from All Our Exes Live In Texas, Valerie June and Kasey Chambers.
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The Newcastle Herald brings you its music awards for 2017.

BEST ALBUMJen Cloher – Forgot MyselfJen Cloher (Jen Cloher): This might have been Cloher’s fourth album, but it was a creative rebirth for the Melbourne indie-rocker. After several years of being overshadowed by her younger partner, Courtney Barnett, Cloherannounced herself in this poetic masterpiece of jealously, loneliness and anger towards same-sex marriage opponents and music critics (who ironically, almost universally adorned the record). The sparse Velvet Underground-stylemusical accompaniment only accentuated Cloher’s lyrical power.

Notable mentions:Masseduction (St Vincent), Who Built The Moon? (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds), The Order Of Time (Valerie June), A Deeper Understanding (The War On Drugs).

BEST SINGLENot Worth Hiding (Alex The Astronaut): Often it’s all about timing. The best songs tap into the zeitgiest and Alex The Astronaut’s folk-pop ditty has become an unofficial anthem for the triumphant same-sex marriage campaign. The track is incredibly simple built around an acoustic chord progression, but by the time the strings kick in it’s soaring. Alex’s casual vocal delivery and personal lyrics, perfectly encapsulatethe experience of growing up for thousands.

Alex The Astronaut – Not Worth HidingNotable mentions:Green Light (Lorde), Wild & Weak (Waax), What Can I Do When The Fire Goes Out? (Gang Of Youths), Feet Don’t Fail Me (Queens Of The Stone Age).

BEST LOCAL ALBUMTeething (Brightness):Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, which quite frankly, drives the majority of the music business. Lake Macquarie’s Alex Knight, aka Brightness, tapped into that feeling beautifully on his debut record filled with driving acoustic guitar, hushed vocals and dreamy production. There is a cinematic quality in Teething’s lead single Oblivion that proves this is a masterful songwriter at work.

Brightness – OblivionNotable mentions:Rainy Day (The Owls),Untidy Lines (Rachel Maria Cox),Ouija Board Heartbreak Tambourine (Lachlan X. Morris). Yoch Bangers, Vol. 1(dave).

BEST LOCAL SINGLEJesus Let Me Fly (The Owls):Newcastle indie band The Owls have been producing wonderful garage and psychedelic tunes for the best part of adecade, but this was a real breakthrough. The song addresses Newcastle’s uneasy relationship with Christianity in this post-Royal Commissioninto Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse world.It begins with a chugging chord progression and psych riff before it explodes into a Britpop-style chorus.Sadly this song wasn’t released in the‘90s because it would have been a hit.

The Owls – Jesus Let Me FlyNotable mentions:Hope Recovery (William Crighton),kbye(Raave Tapes),Angry(Grace Turner),If I’m Smiling (It’s Because I’m Thinking About Zac Efron)(Rachel Maria Cox).

BEST NEW ACTBravo Victor: Part jazz, part pop, part R’n’B. Together the duoofJono Burgess (bass) andSophie Aked (vocals) have provided a sound not heard elsewhere in the Newcastle music scene. Their self-titled debut EP was powered by the singles The Duel and For All His Flaws andintroducedAked as one of Newcastle’s next great vocalists.

2018 PREDICTIONSThere’s plenty to get excited about in the Newcastle music scene in 2018. We can expect those lovable punks The Gooch Palms to drop a follow-up to their excellent 2016 album Introverted Extroverts and Mount Hutton-raised Nashville-based country star Morgan Evans will finally release his debut album for Warner Music Nashville.

Indie band Vacations will continue to build their foreign fan base when they make their maiden voyage to the US in March for the South By South West Festival. The band also plans on releasing their first album.

There will be continued speculation over the state of the Newcastle live music scene, especially with the iconic Cambridge and Lass O’Gowrie Hotels on the market and the loss of The Commons and Black Malabar. However, other venues like the Small Ballroom, Hamilton Station Hotel, Grand Junction Hotel and Lizotte’s will become more important stops of the touring itinerary.

Chic in their armoury

BACK IN BLACK: After the death of their ex-guitarist Rob McAllister, Iron Chic directed their pain into their third album You Can’t Stay Here.ALL bands go through bleak times, be it album failure, crappy tours, personal conflicts or financial woes. But it doesn’t get any worse than the death of a bandmate.
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That tragedy befell US punk band Iron Chic in January 2016 when guitaristRob McAllister unexpectedly died from undisclosed causes. McAllister had left Iron Chic six months prior, but as a founding member and close friend it left the Long Island boys grief stricken.

Yet in the ashes of their despairsprang Iron Chic’s third album, You Can’t Stay Here, released in October.

Frontman Jason Lubrano, battling with his own relationship breakdown along withMcAllister’s death, delivered his darkestlyrics yet like “It’s like driving a runaway hearse/I can’t stop, I just make things worse/Come on and take the wheel from me/Put me outta my misery” from My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist).

However, the darkness wasoffset by the band’s most anthemic-almost pop -collectionof punk rock.The result was Iron Chic’s most accessiblealbum.

“It wasn’t exactly intentional, but we hada little bit of an attempt to go pop here,” Lubrano said from New York.

“I did realise the lyrics were a little more depressing for me and usually I would temperate it with an up note and that wasn’t happening this time.

“Once it came apparent wejust ran with it and realised that’s what we’re doing and the juxtaposition wasinteresting to us.”

Iron Chic – My Best Friend (Is A Nihilist)Since forming in 2008 Iron Chichave been pumping out energetic and emotive punk, made for throwing your arm around a friendand belting out choruses on a boozy night out.

Iron Chic released Not Like This (2010) and The Constant One (2013), the success of the latter bringing the band to Australia in 2015 where they performed alongsideThe Smith Street Band.

Much like The SmithStreet Band there’s an intelligence to Lubrano’s lyrics. It’s not simply punk anger directed at authority. It regularly touches on mortality and morality.

“We’re always tried to do that,” Lubrano said.“These were the kind of things that were on my mind and the lens that I perceive the world through.

“I just try to put it down in a way that hopefully people can relate to.”

It’s often said creativity is fuelled by nature’s hardships and that was Lubrano’s experience while writing You Can’t Stay Here.

“It [pain] is conducive, I think, to creativity and if there’s something really important or particularly hard to go throughit can be acathartic thing and alsohelp bring out the things you want to say,” he said.

“That’s not to say you need it. You can draw those things out of every day life as well, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.”

Iron Chic perform at the Hamilton Station Hotel on February 3.

If you can solve one of these six maths problems, you’ll win a $1.3 million prize

In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced the Millennium Prize problems. These were a collection of seven of the most important maths problems that remain unsolved.
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Reflecting the importance of the problems, the Institute offered a $US1 million ($1.3 million) prize to anyone who could provide a rigorous, peer-reviewed solution to any of the problems.

While one of the problems, the Poincare Conjecture, was famously solved in 2006 (with the mathematician who solved it, Grigori Perelman, equally famously turning down both the million dollar prize and the coveted Fields Medal), the other six problems remain unsolved.

Here are the six maths problems so important that solving any one of them is worth a cool million.P vs NP

Some problems are easy, and some problems are hard.

In the world of maths and computer science, there are a lot of problems that we know how to program a computer to solve “quickly” – basic arithmetic, sorting a list, searching through a data table. These problems can be solved in “polynomial time,” abbreviated as “P.” It means the number of steps it takes to add two numbers, or to sort a list, grows manageably with the size of the numbers or the length of the list.

But there’s another group of problems for which it’s easy to check whether or not a possible solution to the problem is correct, but we don’t know how to efficiently find a solution. Finding the prime factors of a large number is such a problem – if I have a list of possible factors, I can multiply them together and see if I get back my original number. But there is no known way to quickly find the factors of an arbitrary large number. Indeed, the security of the Internet relies on this fact.

For historical and technical reasons, problems where we can quickly check a possible solution are said to be solvable in “nondeterministic polynomial time,” or “NP.”

Any problem in P is automatically in NP – if I can solve a problem quickly, I can just as quickly check a possible solution simply by actually solving the problem and seeing if the answer matches my possible solution. The essence of the P vs NP question is whether or not the reverse is true: If I have an efficient way to check solutions to a problem, is there an efficient way to actually find those solutions?

Most mathematicians and computer scientists believe the answer is no. An algorithm that could solve NP problems in polynomial time would have mind-blowing implications throughout most of maths, science, and technology, and those implications are so out-of-this-world that they suggest reason to doubt that this is possible.

Of course, proving that no such algorithm exists is itself an incredibly daunting task. Being able to definitively make such a statement about these kinds of problems would likely require a much deeper understanding of the nature of information and computation than we currently have, and would almost certainly have profound and far-reaching consequences.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of P vs NP here.The Navier-Stokes equations

It’s surprisingly difficult to explain what happens when you stir cream into your morning coffee.

The Navier-Stokes equations are the fluid-dynamics version of Newton’s three laws of motion. They describe how the flow of a liquid or a gas will evolve under various conditions. Just as Newton’s second law gives a description of how an object’s velocity will change under the influence of an outside force, the Navier-Stokes equations describe how the speed of a fluid’s flow will change under internal forces like pressure and viscosity, as well as outside forces like gravity.

The Navier-Stokes equations are a system of differential equations. Differential equations describe how a particular quantity changes over time, given some initial starting conditions, and they are useful in describing all sorts of physical systems. In the case of the Navier-Stokes equations, we start with some initial fluid flow, and the differential equations describe how that flow evolves.

Solving a differential equation means finding some mathematical formula to determine what your quantity of interest actually will be at any particular time, based on the equations that describe how the quantity changes. Many physical systems described by differential equations, like a vibrating guitar string, or the flow of heat from a hot object to a cold object, have well-known solutions of this type.

The Navier-Stokes equations, however, are harder. Mathematically, the tools used to solve other differential equations have not proven as useful here. Physically, fluids can exhibit chaotic and turbulent behaviour: Smoke coming off a candle or cigarette tends to initially flow smoothly and predictably, but quickly devolves into unpredictable vortices and whorls.

It’s possible that this kind of turbulent and chaotic behaviour means that the Navier-Stokes equations can’t actually be solved exactly in all cases. It might be possible to construct some idealised mathematical fluid that, following the equations, eventually becomes infinitely turbulent.

Anyone who can construct a way to solve the Navier-Stokes equations in all cases, or show an example where the equations cannot be solved, would win the Millennium Prize for this problem.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of the Navier-Stokes equations here.Yang-Mills theory and the quantum mass gap

Maths and physics have always had a mutually beneficial relationship. Developments in mathematics have often opened new approaches to physical theory, and new discoveries in physics spur deeper investigations into their underlying mathematical explanations.

Quantum mechanics has been, arguably, the most successful physical theory in history. Matter and energy behave very differently at the scale of atoms and subatomic particles, and one of the great achievements of the 20th century was developing a theoretical and experimental understanding of that behaviour.

One of the major underpinnings of modern quantum mechanics is Yang-Mills theory, which describes the quantum behaviour of electromagnetism and the weak and strong nuclear forces in terms of mathematical structures that arise in studying geometric symmetries. The predictions of Yang-Mills theory have been verified by countless experiments, and the theory is an important part of our understanding of how atoms are put together.

Despite that physical success, the theoretical mathematical underpinnings of the theory remain unclear. One particular problem of interest is the “mass gap,” which requires that certain subatomic particles that are in some ways analogous to massless photons instead actually have a positive mass. The mass gap is an important part of why nuclear forces are extremely strong relative to electromagnetism and gravity, but have extremely short ranges.

The Millennium Prize problem, then, is to show a general mathematical theory behind the physical Yang-Mills theory, and to have a good mathematical explanation for the mass gap.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of the Yang-Mills theory and mass gap problem here.The Riemann Hypothesis

Going back to ancient times, the prime numbers – numbers divisible only by themselves and 1 – have been an object of fascination to mathematicians. On a fundamental level, the primes are the “building blocks” of the whole numbers, as any whole number can be uniquely broken down into a product of prime numbers.

Given the centrality of the prime numbers to mathematics, questions about how primes are distributed along the number line – that is, how far away prime numbers are from each other – are active areas of interest.

By the 19th century, mathematicians had discovered various formulas that give an approximate idea of the average distance between primes. What remains unknown, however, is how close to that average the true distribution of primes stays – that is, whether there are parts of the number line where there are “too many” or “too few” primes according to those average formulas.

The Riemann Hypothesis limits that possibility by establishing bounds on how far from average the distribution of prime numbers can stray. The hypothesis is equivalent to, and usually stated in terms of, whether or not the solutions to an equation based on a mathematical construct called the “Riemann zeta function” all lie along a particular line in the complex number plane. Indeed, the study of functions like the zeta function has become its own area of mathematical interest, making the Riemann Hypothesis and related problems all the more important.

Like several of the Millennium Prize problems, there is significant evidence suggesting that the Riemann Hypothesis is true, but a rigorous proof remains elusive. To date, computational methods have found that around 10 trillion solutions to the zeta function equation fall along the required line, with no counter-examples found.

Of course, from a mathematical perspective, 10 trillion examples of a hypothesis being true absolutely does not substitute for a full proof of that hypothesis, leaving the Riemann Hypothesis one of the open Millennium Prize problems.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of the Riemann Hypothesis here.The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture

One of the oldest and broadest objects of mathematical study are the diophantine equations, or polynomial equations for which we want to find whole-number solutions. A classic example many might remember from high school geometry are the Pythagorean triples, or sets of three integers that satisfy the Pythagorean theorem x2 + y2 = z2.

In recent years, algebraists have particularly studied elliptic curves, which are defined by a particular type of diophantine equation. These curves have important applications in number theory and cryptography, and finding whole-number or rational solutions to them is a major area of study.

One of the most stunning mathematical developments of the last few decades was Andrew Wiles’ proof of the classic Fermat’s Last Theorem, stating that higher-power versions of Pythagorean triples don’t exist. Wiles’ proof of that theorem was a consequence of a broader development of the theory of elliptic curves.

The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture provides an extra set of analytical tools in understanding the solutions to equations defined by elliptic curves.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture here.The Hodge conjecture

The mathematical discipline of algebraic geometry is, broadly speaking, the study of the higher-dimensional shapes that can be defined algebraically as the solution sets to algebraic equations.

As an extremely simple example, you may recall from high school algebra that the equation y = x2 results in a parabolic curve when the solutions to that equation are drawn out on a piece of graph paper. Algebraic geometry deals with the higher-dimensional analogues of that kind of curve when one considers systems of multiple equations, equations with more variables, and equations over the complex number plane, rather than the real numbers.

The 20th century saw a flourishing of sophisticated techniques to understand the curves, surfaces, and hyper-surfaces that are the subjects of algebraic geometry. The difficult-to-imagine shapes can be made more tractable through complicated computational tools.

The Hodge conjecture suggests that certain types of geometric structures have a particularly useful algebraic counterpart that can be used to better study and classify these shapes.

Read the Clay Mathematics Institute’s official description of the Hodge conjecture here.

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Bath wants name change for Newcastle council

Newcastle City Council interim CEO Jeremy Bath at the Stewart Avenue building where Newcastle City Council administration will be based. Photo: Simon McCarthyNewcastle City Council chief executive officer Jeremy Bath is no fan of the word “council” and wants itscrapped from the local government area’s title.
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Mr Bath, who was appointed last week after acting in an interim capacity since May, told the Newcastle Herald that the council’s planned move to the west end in 2019 could provide an opportunity for a name change.

“I don’t like the word council. I think it’s tired;it’s outdated.I think it stands for a level of bureaucracy and red tape that we’re very much committed to getting away from,” he said.

“I’m far more comfortable in telling people that I’m the CEO of the City of Newcastle rather than I’m the CEO of Newcastle City Council.

“I’m not unique in thinking that way. You’ve only got to look at other major councils, such as the City of Sydney, who came to that realisation 10 years ago.”

Some local government areasin Australia, including City of Melbourne and City of Gold Coast, brand themselves without the word “council” but also refer to themselves as councils.

The City of Perth and City of Sydney generally eschew the term “council”, but Brisbane City Council and Wollongong City Council embraceit.

Jeremy Bath

Newcastle City Council was known as City of Newcastle from 1949 to 1993 before adopting its present official name, although it still uses the former title in its logo.

Mr Bath said the move to a new building in Stewart Avenue was primarily about bringing council employees under one roof in better office accommodation.But he said the location shift anddropping “council” from his organisation’s titlewould reflect its agenda of transforming Newcastle into a more modern city.

“When you survey people, their feelings about council are very tired, they’re very negative,” he said.

“As we change and present aculture of this organisation that’s far more receptive to community needs, and, I guess, that’s far more bold in its thinking and its bravery in its decision making, we need to communicate that change to people.

“My personal view is that the term council is very much a ’70s term.”

The council will have to change its address on digital and printed letterheads when it moves, which could provide an opportunity for rebranding.

“It will, but right now that’s not a focus,” Mr Bath said.

“It’s certainly something I’m thinking about, but I don’t have a timetable, and that’s certainly something I need to have a discussion with the elected councillors about, and I haven’t done that.”

Newcastle City Council’s former titles

Newcastle District Council (1843-1858)

The Municipality of Newcastle (1859-1867)

The Borough of Newcastle (1867-1938)

The City of Greater Newcastle (1938-1949)

City of Newcastle (1949-1993)

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Five first-home buyer suburbs where affordability and lifestyle converge

Good Food. 14th of November 2017. Labld in Marrickville. Photo: Dominic LorrimerFirst-home owners – whether single, a couple, or a young family – don’t necessarily need a property with a SMEG kitchen and marble benchtops; but they do want to get into the market in a location that will see their home grow in value, and offer a good lifestyle.
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For many, even a fixer-upper has been out of reach for the last four years. Fortunately for first home buyers, new developments are springing up everywhere in and around Sydney.

Buyer’s Agent Peter Kelaher, owner of PK properties Sydney, believes the next three years will be an exciting time for first-home buyers. “There’s an oversupply of new units coming onto the market, so developers will be forced by the banks to meet the market price wise ??? it will be very interesting,” says Kelaher.

Even now, first-home buyers can find a sweet deal in Sydney in a great neighbourhood. Here are our top five picks.

1. Waitara

608/39-47 Orara Street, Waitara NSW Price guide: $690,000 to $720,000

Waitara is the most liveable suburb on the leafy green upper north shore, according to the 2016 Domain’s Liveability study, and has plenty to offer first-home buyers. Just over 70 per cent of long-term residents are families, meaning primary schools and even local shops put on regular events, and plenty of community support is on offer for parents.

Peter Kelaher has been selling in the area for 20 years. “Waitara has really good access to all the private schools, great rail access to the north shore, out to Parramatta and up to the central coast, and it’s a five-minute drive to Hornsby Westfield and shopping district. New unit properties offer bushland and district views,” he says.

Kelaher says Waitara is on the verge of big things. Residential development in Waitara is peaking, making it a great spot to invest: “Basically there’s no more land to build units on up there, so once everything is sucked up you are in a position where you can’t have anything else built up against you.”

2. Marrickville

7/7 Henson Street, Marrickville NSW Price guide: $699,500

For those first-home owners who want to be close to the action, Inner West gem Marrickville offers easy access to the city via train, plus loads of action close to home, with its multicultural heritage of Vietnamese and Greek families who still run friendly groceries, and a new wave of hip cafes, wine bars and restaurants.

The Property Sellers’ Kate Webster is a local Marrickville resident and sells a lot of homes to young families. “There are slightly larger blocks and more freestanding homes [than other inner west suburbs], leafy broad streets and wide, stroller friendly footpaths,” she says.

Good Food. 14th of November 2017. Labld in Marrickville. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

“I moved here when I had my first child,” says Webster; “I bought a two bedroom freestanding house for the same price I sold my one bedroom Bondi flat and never looked back. My kids are now 20 and 19, they love the area and they do not want to move.”

3. Botany

27/24 Chelmsford Avenue, Botany NSW Price guide: $635,000

Botany in south eastern Sydney might just be the city’s best kept secret. Adjacent to the two kilometre bayside suburb of Brighton-le-Sands, most of the former industrial suburb is now residential with both older homes and new unit complexes.

Just 10 kilometres from the city, five minutes from Maroubra and nudging the inner west, Botany attracts buyers who want the eastern suburbs lifestyle without the price tag.

Ausin Group’s Natalie Stathis is selling spacious new units in at Pemberton on the park development and feels that the suburb is becoming the next Newtown.

Botany Bay. Photo: Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media.

“When I was a kid growing up in the eastern suburbs, you wouldn’t have thought to move to Botany, but now it’s a no brainer!” she says; “Why not? With the proximity to the CBD and airport and Sydney’s best university [UNSW] plus good high schools like Sydney boys and Sydney girls, Botany is really undervalued.”

“The suburb is changing really quickly” says Stathis “but it’s so friendly, it’s really still like a small town.”

4. North Parramatta

52/34 Albert Street, North Parramatta NSW Price guide: $650,000-$700,000

Parramatta, once a farming settlement and now the geographical heart of Sydney is the cultural centre of the west, with sensational arts and dining, excellent infrastructure including train and ferry access to Sydney and a thriving multicultural community.

Deanna Martinez is a mother of three and finds Parramatta to be a family friendly hub: “We’re half an hour from the city. My family has a farm in Mudgee so we go out there a lot. There’s a lot on for families in our area as well a lot of kid friendly places we go to, with a cr??che where the mums can sit down and have a coffee,” she says.

Across the river, leafier North Parramatta offers first-home buyers the chance to invest in a little more space. “North Parra” is packed with heritage listed buildings, has lovely parks and is connected to Parramatta CBD by Church Street and its eclectic dining scene.

5. Richmond

32 Valder Ave, Richmond NSW Price guide: $665,000 to $695,000

Leafy Richmond on the Hawkesbury River at the foot of the Blue Mountains offers a taste of bush country life, a little more than an hour to Sydney and just under an hour from Parramatta.

Home to an air force base and university campus, buyers’ agent Peter Kelaher says an increasing amount of land is becoming available around Richmond, “The government has been going nuts with regards to land releases and people are able to get themselves a very nice sized block for a reasonable price,” he says.

US immigrant Heather Torrey was living in Pyrmont with water views but when she started a family she decided to move.

“The rent continued to climb while we were spending at least six hours a week driving out to Richmond to ride our horses during the polo season,” says Torrey. “For the same weekly cost, we moved from our 3 bedroom, 175 square-metre apartment rental to a 5 bedroom 315 square-metre Richmond home. Day care went from $120 per day to $84. We were welcomed to the neighbourhood with a fruit basket.”

Torrey says the village of Richmond is just as convenient as Pyrmont: “Shopping, cafes and public transport are still a 10-minute walk. We don’t have bridge views anymore, but we can see the stars at night and have the freedom to make our space our home.”

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Happy 50th birthday Heddon Greta Drive-In

SHOWTIME: Drive-In owner Scott Seddon in a classic 1950 MG, ready for the 50th anniversary screening of To Sir With Love. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.Heddon Greta Drive-In is usually closed for four weeks’ maintenance at this time of year, but will reopen on Wednesday for aspecial event.
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The night will mark 50 years since the drive-in first opened, and it will celebrate with a screening of the film shown on its opening night –the classic British dramaTo Sir, With Love.

Owner Scott Seddon said he wanted to make the night about more than just the drive-in, so he sought a local charity to partner with for the event.

The nightwill benefit Richmond Vale Railway Museum, which wasdevastated by a bushfirein September.

The blazeleft the museum with an estimated $1 million damage bill, withtwo kilometres of track,stainless steel passenger cars,a 100-year-old break van andat least 30 hoppers among the losses.

The Rebuilding Richi appeal was establishedto raise moneyfor therestoration of the site to operation and exhibits for display.

About $26,000 has already been raised through corporate and individual donations, online fundraising, a trivia night and guessing competition.

It’s a small portion of what will be required to get the museum fully operational again –bridge repairs alone are estimated at $50,000.

Museum volunteer Graham Smith said they were thrilled to have the drive-in’s support.

“It’s tremendous –it came to us out of the blue, and we really appreciate Scott’s generosity,” he said.

Coincidentally,Richmond Main mine ceased shipping coal in July 1967, just five months beforethe drive-in opened.

The drive-in closed twice in the 1980s and ‘90s, before MrSeddon bought and re-opened the complex in 1996.

It is now one of only two drive-in movie theatres still operating in NSW–the other is in Blacktown.

Mr Seddon said the drive-in offers a chance for moviegoers to “experience something different”.

He said the opening of the Hunter Expressway has brought a lot more young people to the drive-in.

The 50thanniversary screening ofTo Sir, With Lovewill be held on Wednesday at 8.30pm.

Admission will be $30 per car, with proceeds going to theRebuilding Richi Appeal.

The drive-in will reopenon Boxing Day.

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Hunter mental health hub’s national impact

Professor Trevor Waring with Everymind’s current director Jaelea Skehan.
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I am feeling particularly reflective and grateful this week as Everymind marks its 25th anniversary. I have been privileged to be part of that journey for 16 years, with five years as the director.

Everymind, formerly the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, was established by the Hunter New England Local Health District in 1992 as a solution to the education and training needs of the mental health workforce and the broader community in the Hunter.

Led by well-known psychologist, and my first mentor, Professor Trevor Waring, the institute was self-funding from the first year and broadened its scope to deliver state-wide and national programs within its first five years.

The growth and reputation of the institute expanded under Trevor Hazell’s leadershipbetween 2004 and 2012, as the flagship prevention programs working with the media, universities, schools, families and the community gained traction.In 2017, we have more than 40 staff designing and delivering cutting-edge programs in suicide prevention, innovation in workplace and family mental health, and we are set to co-lead a nationally funded Prevention Hub.

I am really proud of the work we have done, and are doing, at Everymind. This includes two decades of internationally recognised work with media in Australia to improve the reporting and portrayal of suicide and mental illness as part of the Mindframe Initiative.

The institute has pioneered pre-service training approaches for teachers and early childhood workers, and have developed practical community and family programs like Partners in Depression and Conversations Matter.We have also led improvements in workplace mental health approaches, with some of our current priorities focused on the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners, early career teachers, and medical professionals.

Everymind is one of a consortium of services locally that is leading the first state trial of Lifespan – an integrated all of system and all of community approach to suicide prevention. Plus we are working with partners such as Hunter Primary Care to support the development and evaluation of the Way Back Support Service in Newcastle, and a complementary family support program for those impacted by a suicide attempt.

I have often been asked, how easy is it to run a nationally focused institute out of Newcastle? The answer – very easily. Not only does Newcastle have a track record for research and innovation, I believe that it is a unique point of difference that Everymindworks from a regional base.

With a reform agenda that is advocating for national leadership and regional implementation, I believe it is a strength to understand how national or state programs work at the local level, and how prevention-focused work can best support and integrate with the service system. I will often sit in a national meeting when strategies are being discussed and think about whether that would work for Hunter communities.

As part of our 25 year celebrations, I am delighted to announce a new annual event for the region as a legacy to Professor Trevor Waring, the founding director of our institute.Everymind will partner with Hunter New England Health and the University of Newcastle to deliver an Expert in Residence Series and a Trevor Waring Memorial Lecture annually from 2018. The event will acknowledge ProfessorWaring’scontribution, and I couldn’t think of a better way to mark a significant anniversary.

Jaelea Skehan is director of Everymind

Award-winning Australian homes you can rent for the holidays

You may be surprised to discover that many of Australia’s most recognised and awarded homes are available to rent for short-term holidays.
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While you might not be able to afford the hefty mortgage repayments on some of these iconic homes, that’s no excuse for not bedding down in them for a few days. Magney House at Bingie

Homes such as Glenn Murcutt’s landmark Magney House at Bingie, on the NSW south coast, is one example.

Bordered on three sides by Eurobodalla National Park, this deceptively simple home cemented the Pritzker Prize winner’s reputation as the creator of a uniquely Australian “tin sheds” style of architecture.

Arguably one of the most influential Australian homes of the 20th century, Magney House received the nation’s highest residential design honour, the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture, in 1985. Cape Schanck House

Cape Schanck House on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula was created by Paul Morgan Architects. The home is surrounded by a forest of tea trees and features an internal water tank to keep the interior cool in summer. It also won the Robin Boyd Award, in 2007. Related: The humble Beachcomber is Australia’s most iconic homeRelated: Most impressive beach houses around AustraliaRelated: Australia’s best holiday homes revealed in Stayz awardsThe Seidler House

Designed by the great modernist architect Harry Seidler, The Seidler House (previously known as The Berman House) is like a wave of concrete breaking dramatically over a cliff. The views are stupendous, over the Wingecarribee River towards Joadja, Mittagong and Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

Winner of the Blacket Award for regional architecture in 2001. Staying at Toumbaal House

Toumbaal House, winner of the 2003 RAIA Wilkinson Award for Outstanding Residential Architecture, has been featured in almost every major design magazine around the world. For a design geek like myself, it’s absolute heaven. My English wife just can’t wait to get inside and have a cup of tea.

???This was one of the first homes by architect Fergus Scott and it came to typify his response to climate, landscape and shelter. In awarding him the Wilkinson, the jury said: “The Toumbaal House is not so much a ‘home’ but an idea of a ‘camping place’.”

It’s not like any camping we’ve ever done, but we take their point. One of the home’s most distinctive features is its fully exposed central courtyard and hearth, dividing the living quarters from the bedrooms. The house also has a series of sliding skins – glass, insect screen and solid hardwood – that can be opened and closed as the weather demands.

Set on 80 hectares and completely surrounded by the largest coastal National Park in NSW (Yuraygir NP), it feels a lot more remote than it actually is.

One BBC documentary on the house referred to its location as “The Outback”. It isn’t. In fact, it’s only about a five-minute drive to the north coast holiday hamlet of Brooms Head and a twenty-minute drive to the much larger river township of Maclean.

And the judges are correct – staying in the house is a little like camping, in that you never feel out of touch with the natural environment. My city-raised kids experienced many firsts. Seeing the Milky Way in all its celestial glory, going on a nocturnal “critter walk” looking for pythons (we didn’t find any) and steering the car along the private landing strip.

During the cool of the evening, we close the house down, and sit out by the hearth toasting marshmallows over the fire. In bed at night, we slide into dreams to the sounds of the Earth; the lime-green tree frogs, the wind whispering through casuarinas and the distant roar of the ocean.

“Can we live here?” asks my five-year-old. You can’t get a better recommendation that that.

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