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Australia’s surprising top Green status and why it’s in peril

Monday, 30 July, 2018

London: An analysis of “green jobs” in five advanced economies ranks Australia as number one in terms of opportunity but the same data shows Australia at the bottom when it comes to job-seeker interest.
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The study, which also ranked the top five green jobs in each country over 2016, shows that “Green Army participant” ranked number three in Australia in terms of job postings. And industry sources said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to scrap the Green Army program could undermine Australia’s favourable ranking in terms of green job opportunity.

The Green Army, a pet policy of former prime minister Tony Abbott, will wind up in June after it was scrapped by Mr Abbott’s successor – Malcolm Turnbull – in last year’s budget update.

The research was conducted by global job search company Indeed ahead of Earth Day on Saturday and analysed the market for green jobs in five English-speaking countries: Australia, Britain, the United States, Canada and Ireland.

Australia came up number one when it cames to the concentration of green jobs and opportunity. But job seeker interest in green jobs did not match the opportunity, with Australia coming last.

Green jobs are any that protect or restore the environment and can be found across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, renewable energy and recycling.

Chris McDonald from Indeed said Australia had “led the way” in fostering green jobs but this was not matched by job seeker interest.

“Globally, green jobs are a growing source of opportunity and, of the countries studied, Australia led the way in terms of green job concentration levels.

“There is however an interesting anomaly: when compared to the other markets, Australia appears to face a greater challenge in attracting job seekers to green jobs.

“The study suggests a mismatch in green job opportunities and job seeker interest compared to the likes of Canada and the United States,” he said.

Based on the data, the green job concentration levels suggest that in Australia there are around 6.8 jobs per thousand compared to around four in the US.

However, the research shows that job seekers are 1.7 times more interested in green jobs in the US compared to jobs overall, whereas in Australia job seekers are less likely to seek out green jobs (at a rate of 0.9) compared to regular jobs.

In 2016, “Green Army participant” was the third most common green job posting. Fairfax Media understands job seeker interest effectively halved overnight when it was slated for closure in December 2016. By contrast, searches for green jobs peaked in August 2015.

The Green Army is a taxpayer funded program that paid young Australians aged 17 to 24 up to $996.60 per fortnight based on a 30 hour week. It was hoped up to 15,000 young unemployed people would make use of the scheme where they work in teams for six months on projects such as cleaning up waterways and clearing weeds. But the program was scrapped in the budget update last year to save $350 million, despite the Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg describing the policy as having been “very successful”.

However the Green Army’s website still prominently calls for potential applicants to register their interest and gives no clear indication on the homepage that the program is to be wound down in just a few months.

Green Army vacancies are still being advertised as the government agreed to honour existing project contracts. A current search on Indeed’s Australian site showed 25 job postings for Green Army participants.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott expressed his disappointment at the scrapping of his pet policy at the time.

“I’m dismayed by reports the Green Army may be scrapped,” Mr Abbott wrote on Facebook.

“Not only has it been good for grass roots conservation but it got unemployed people working too.

“It’s a bad principle to axe your own policy for the Greens policy because it means that their priorities are more important than ours.

“That would hardly be a smart move for a centre right government.” Of the savings, $100 million was diverted to Landcare projects as part of a deal the Coalition struck with the Greens. Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz labelled the decision to scrap Green Army projects as “unpalatable”.

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Former Socceroo Jason Culina to flip Putney home

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Former Socceroo Jason Culina sells colonial mansionBryan Rose, the buyer of Mosman’s most expensive $22.5 million houseLiberal MP John Alexander sells his Putney home for $2.7 million
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Former Socceroo Jason Culina and his wife Terri are set to flip another home renovation, cementing the football star’s new career status as a property investor.

The couple have rendered their Putney home almost unrecognisable since they purchased it three years ago for $1.77 million.

Gone is the red brick facade and segregated floor plan and in its place is a Victorian-style, five-bedroom home with a living area that overlooks a swimming pool.

The result is in large part thanks to Terri’s interior styling skills, which are showcased on the Eighty Spaces property staging and styling website the couple founded in late 2013 soon after Culina’s retirement from professional football.

The Mitchell Street property goes to auction on May 13 for $3.2 million through Nicholas McEvoy and Peter Grayson, of Bresic Whitney.

The Culinas’ last home renovation was of their 200-year-old colonial mansion Denham Court, which the couple sold in 2014 for $1,725,000. The Culinas owned the historic mansion only two years, restoring and modernising it after they bought it in 2012 for $1.2 million from Dr Keith Okey.

At the time Culina listed the National trust-listed property he told Title Deeds: “I still get my kicks commentating for SBS but in general I don’t miss football.”

The Culinas are already on the house-hunting trail to upgrade their next home, but meanwhile records suggest they have their next renovation lined up given a recent purchase of a restored farmhouse also in Putney for $2.9 million.

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City need better balance, to stay calm and defend as a team, says Jakobsen

Monday, 30 July, 2018

When Michael Jakobsen finally shrugged off the long-running calf injury that kept him out of the Melbourne City line up for eight weeks, coach Michael Valkanis could hardly disguise his relief.
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In his absence Valkanis had taken every opportunity, when asked about the importance of his Danish centre back, to insist that he was the best defender in the A-League and that he couldn’t wait to rush him back into the starting line-up.

Valkanis’ judgment looked to be spot on when Jakobsen returned to the City rearguard for the penultimate game of the regular season, a 1-0 win over Adelaide United in which City kept an all too rare clean sheet.

Things didn’t quite go to plan in Perth the following week, however, when City shipped five goals in a ludicrous nine-goal thriller.

Jakobsen laughs when asked about that and whether his contribution to City’s defensive set-up might have been over-rated, succinctly pointing out that he was simply one man in a defensive machine that failed to properly function last Sunday evening.

“I don’t think I could make that massive a difference on my own,” he says.

“It’s all about the whole team defending as a unit, not one or two guys at the back. We all have to stick together and work as one, defend and attack with 11 players and concentrate fully from the start.

“We have to be more aware and get more players behind the ball and not get caught out in the way we were, not be so open.”

Jakobsen, in common with his teammates, is expecting a much tighter game this weekend. Last Sunday Perth had to roll the dice and attack to try to win by four goals to force a home final.

This time the season will be over for who loses, so the Dane expected a much more controlled environment and a much more disciplined approach by both teams.

“Last week there was a lot of space out on the pitch. They were attacking, and that meant we could get forward. If we had been better in taking our chances we would not have had the concerns we did.

“They do have some good players going forward and they will try to hit on the break, so we need to have a better balance – and take the chances that we do get.”

This game kicks off at the distinctly un-fan-friendly time of 7pm on a Sunday, but Jakobsen says that City fans should defy the FFA planners and get out in force to support the team as it bids to play its way into the semi-final.

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A $22m new neighbour to interchange

Monday, 30 July, 2018

MOVING IN: An artist’s impression of the $22 million Millhorn apartments. The building will be seven storeys high and house 40 new apartments.
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It’s seven storeys high, worth $22 million and branded‘The Millhorn’.

And it offersa glimpse ofwhat’s nextforWickham,as the suburb undergoes a seismic shiftfrominner city industrial hubto the next frontier of Newcastle’sapartment boom.

At least six new developmentsare either under construction or in the pipeline for the precinct between the Newcastle transport interchange and Throsby Street.

The latest to be unveiled by Colliers International,The Millhorn, includes 40one- and two-bedroomapartments on Wickham Street.

The bottom floor will be devoted to commercial space and Colliers Director Dane Crawford said he expected it would eventually house“bespoke”retailers.

“I see it as likely to be a…small little cafe or a hole-in-the-wall deli,” he said.

Deposits have now been taken on all of the apartments, which are expected to be completed in late 2018. The homes have been designed by renownedarchitectJohn Streeter.

“It’s already been really well received and we haven’t gone to the public market yet,” Mr Crawford said.“We’ve had a couple of hundred pre-registrations.

“It’s got a couple ofopen communal terraces on level five and that’s been a big drawcard.”

He added that it had been“nice to see” that many of the deposits had been put down by first home buyers.

Across the road from the Millhorn will be the WestEnd, a 122-apartment development. On the next block is Bishopsgate, which will bring 37 new apartments online next year. It’s understoodfurther projects will be announced in coming months.

Hunter director of the Property Council Andrew Fletcher said the high rise waspart of a phenomenon known as “transport orientated development”.

“It’s a bit of a global trend and it’s hitting the Hunter,” he said.“People want to live close to transport links.”

But he didn’t expect itto spell the end of light industry in Wickham.

“There’s no reason light industrial and residential can’t be neighbours. Light industrial means very different things now to what it did 20 and even 10 years ago.”

Six of the best Tasmanian day walks

Monday, 30 July, 2018

The Cape Huay Track leads to rugged coastal cliffs. Photo: Getty ImagesORGAN PIPES, MT WELLINGTONThe mountain that towers above Hobart is crisscrossed by trails giving panoramic views out over the city. A four-hour return hike from Fern Tree (accessible by public transport) to pass by the extraordinary rock formation known as the Organ Pipes requires some moderate climbing, from 720 metres to 1000 metres. Once honour has been satisfied, those with cars can drive to the rocky summit, where there are lookouts and an enclosed Visitors Centre from which you can admire the scenery while escaping the biting wind.See梧桐夜网wellingtonpark.org419论坛.
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The gorgeous Russell Falls is very accessible. Russell_Falls Photo: [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

RUSSELL FALLS, MT FIELD NATIONAL PARKThe second oldest national park in Australia (the oldest is the Royal National Park south of Sydney) is Mt Field National Park, established as a nature reserve in 1885 and now less than an hour’s drive from Hobart. It holds the dubious distinction of being the place where the last Tasmanian tiger was captured in 1933. They must have been less strict about taking endangered animals from the wild then. Now it has an easy walking trail (even wheelchair accessible) that takes visitors out to point the backs of their smartphones at the gorgeous Russell Falls. The rainforest below it features wonderful ferns and towering swamp gums, some of the world’s tallest trees. Longer, overnight walks in the park are also possible.See梧桐夜网parks.tas.gov419论坛/?base=3589

TRUGANINI TRACKOne of the most easily-reached trails begins from the Hobart suburb of Mt Nelson. The 2.1km (one way) track climbs gently through bushland and open forest with wildflowers in spring and plenty of birds any time of year. Near the summit the Truganini Memorial celebrates the first Tasmanians and their descendants. A bonus before or after the walk is coffee, lunch or dinner at the lovely restored historic Signal Station, with views across to the Tasman Peninsula – on a fine day.See梧桐夜网signalstation南京夜网419论坛

Picture perfect. The view of Wineglass Bay is worth the climb. Photo: Chris Bray Photography

WINEGLASS BAYIs there a more picture perfect beach anywhere in the world than Wineglass Bay? It’s in Freycinet National Park, a 2.5-hour drive along the East Coast from Hobart. It’s a bit of a steep haul up the mountain from Coles Bay to the lookout on the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson, but the track is well made and it should take only 1-1.5 hours each way. And what a view from the top! If you have time and you’re feeling more adventurous you can climb down the other side to the beach itself, doubling the length of the walk. See梧桐夜网wineglassbay南京夜网

There are lovely short walks at Lake St Clair. Photo: Garry Moore.

CAPE HUAY, TASMAN PENINSULAMost visitors to the Tasman Peninsula, just south east of Hobart, head straight for the notorious Port Arthur penal settlement. But the area also features fine coastal walks, ranging from 15-minute family strolls to tough multi-day treks. The Cape Huay Track, 4.4km each way, leads to the rugged cliffs featuring the dolerite pillars, the Candlestick and the Totem Pole, popular challenges for rock-climbers and abseilers. Climbing them is not an essential part of the walk! Allow 4 hours for the round trip.See梧桐夜网parks.tas.gov419论坛/index.aspx?base=1533

LAKE ST CLAIRFrom the Visitors Centre at Cynthia Bay, about a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart, there are options for lovely short walks along the lakeside or a severe trek up Mt Rufus. There’s a good chance of seeing wallabies and wombats, and possibly even a platypus at dusk or dawn. For a full day excursion, a ferry will take you down the lake to Narcissus Hut, from where it’s a 15-kilometre stroll back along the last section of the famous Overland Track to the Visitors Centre. Allow about 5-7 hours to do it, camera in hand!See梧桐夜网parks.tas.gov419论坛/?base=3462

In fine weather, these walks can be managed in sensible travel shoes, but be assured that it will rain some time while you’re in Tassie. A good rain jacket is essential at any time of year.

The writer was the guest of Tourism Tasmania.

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Friday Furnace: Freo must fire, MCG hoodoo and Bob’s 300th

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Four rounds down and the AFL ladder appears to be taking some shape – albeit a somewhat unusual one.
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Propped up by three-peaters Hawthorn, 2016 finalists North Melbourne and last year’s Grand Final losers Sydney, few would have predicted that trio sitting winless by round five.

So, can the Hawks bounce back over West Coast and continue the Eagles’ MCG hoodoo, will the Swans find their feet in a Sydneyside derby and can Fremantle build on its resurgence to inflict more pain on the Roos?

All this and more as we run the rule over round five, the Anzac Day round.

The Eagles are without Sam Mitchell against his former club. Photo: Getty Images

Stampy:The Sydney derby promises to be a cracker, with pressure on the Swans.

Burning Question: Are the two WA sides the real deal? If they are, then winning this week is non-negotiable.

Headline: Kangaroos catch Dockers on the hop to open account

Tune in: West Coast v Hawthorn – can the Eagles finally beat the Hawks at the ‘G?

Tune out: This is probably the only Friday night game I’m not interested in watching this season. Fortunately I have a friend’s wedding to keep me occupied.

Pick of the Round: Geelong by 1-39 points is paying $2.20. This game has always been a close one, with the Saints winning by three points last time and a draw in the previous outing.

Tips: Power, Dogs, Suns, Giants, Roos, Cats, Eagles, Tigers, Pies

Can the Dockers keep the good form against the Roos. Photo: Darrian Traynor

Burning question: If the Eagles don’t break their MCG hoodoo write off their premiership chances.

Headline you’d like to see: Party with McCarthy: Cam boots five in Dockers third straight win

Tune in: Richmond v Melbourne. Desperate Dees need to overcome Tigers to get their season back on track.

Tune out: Port Adelaide v Carlton. Beware the Friday night stinker.

Pick of the round: A Freo team full of confidence is paying $2.10 to top the Kangaroos by a 1-39 margin. It’s no certainty, but this looms as one of those games where Fyfe drags his side over the line.

Tips: Port, Bulldogs, Adelaide, GWS, Fremantle, Geelong, West Coast, Richmond, Collingwood

Richmond faces a stern test in round five against Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images

Burning question: Already Owen-four, will the challenge of beating little brothers GWS finally get last year’s grand finalists Sydney the four points this season?

Headline you’d like to see: Fierce foes bring back the biff in Anzac Day thriller

Tune in: Bulldogs v Brisbane… the game could be over by half time but the celebrations afterwards for Bob Murphy’s 300th on Saturday (11.45am, Etihad) should be fun.

Tune out: Carlton has a 4-3 record over Port Adelaide in the past five seasons but the Power will shut out the lights early for the Blues on Friday (5.50pm, Adelaide Oval)

Pick of the round: The Swans have some big ins for the GWS clash on Saturday (5.25pm, SCG) and a 1-39 point win at $3 are juicy odds on their home turf, where they’ve never lost to their cross town rivals

Tips: Port Adelaide, Bulldogs, Adelaide, Sydney, Fremantle, Geelong, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Collingwood

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Bridge closures clash with Tocal Field DaysPHOTOS, POLL

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Morpeth BridgeTocal Field Days organisers were astoundedafter finding out Roads and Maritime Services scheduled closures at Morpeth Bridge on the same weekend as the event.
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The bridge willshutfrom 6am on May 5 until 6pm on May 8. Tocal Field Days runs from May 5 to7.

Tocal Field Days manager Wendy Franklin said RMS did not consult with event organisersabout the closure.

She said she found out about the works through community members.

Ms Franklin contacted RMS about moving the bridge work dates but the request was rejected.

“They’ve refused to change it for what is going to be a really large event,” she said. “It’s mind-boggling.”

About 20,000 attendees are expected at Tocal during Field Days.

Ms Franklin said the closure shouldn’t impact access to the eventas the bridge was only a minor route. She said the main roads most people would use were all still open.

Bridge closures clash with Tocal Field Days | PHOTOS, POLL Rosie Spiteri, 1, and Gracie Spiteri, 2, of Aberglasslyn.

Hamish Williams, 4, of Ashtonfield. Photos: Marina Neil.

Action at Tocal Field Days.

Pig races.

Tocal College Students, Georgia Lantry of Hinton and Kee-Anna Patton of the Gold Coast.

Pig races.

harlotte Jones, 4, of Karuah.

Sheep shearing at the Tocal homestead.

Sheep shearing at the Tocal homestead.

Action at the field days.

Rhiannon Jones of Seaham and Montana Cooper of Quorrobolong.

Clare, 2; Cameron and Louise Waters of Branxton.

Jessie Henderson, 2; Nicki Needham and Steve Henderson of Booral.

Isabella Parker, 8, and Steph Parker, of Maryville.

Joan Gordon, of Elermorevale, and Michelle Gordon, of Wallsend.

Shanelle Wenban, of Lambs Valley, and Dylan Linklater, of Gosforth.

Adam, Sapphira, 2; Callan, and Stevie, 11 months, of Tenambit.

Nora Towns 2; Kate Towns and Kezz Catsicas, all of Singleton.

Lucinda Ray, 10, and Faye Ray of Black Hill.

Sisters April Bryson, Emily Bryson and Lusy Bryson, all of Wamberal.

Brendan Wakeman, Stella Wakeman, 4, of Dungog, and Andrew Wakeman and Brock, 5, Wakeman, of Waratah.

DRUMS: Knox Grammar School’s Pipes and Drum band performs at Tocal Field Days.

GREEN MACHINES: Tocal Field Days

GREEN MACHINES: Tocal Field Days

LIVESTOCK: Singleton district Dexter breeder Ron Brown talks about the advantages of the breed.

SMOKING: The billy boiling competition

IN RYTHYM: Knox Grammar’s Pipes and Drum band performs at Tocal Field Days

GOOD FOOD: Jane Purkiss a member of Hunter Slow Food with some freshly picked vegetables the group was selling at Tocal Field Days.

MASCOT: Tocal Field Day manager Wendy Franklin with a field day ‘cow’

TASTY: Apprentice chef Kody Hutchinson, John Clarke and Amorelle Dempster from Hunter Slow Food at Tocal Field Days.

INSTA: @maxxwellaustralia Hamish, the llama, and friend visited our stand at the Lifestyle Marquee to check out our magnetic jewellery. Learnt a lot about llamas. #tocalfielddays #jewelleryforpetlovers #pawprintdesignjewellery #magneticjewellery #MaxxWellAustralia

INSTA: @cee.christo Starting the CC’s @ 10. Another great weekend with the best of mates! ❤️ #tocalfielddays #countrygirls #pub #nightout #cowgirls #bestmates

INSTA: @penevans When you spend all day at #Tocalfielddays and you only take one photo! So many random purchases… Bought the most handsome rooster… #whopaysforarooster #me #farmlife #thisisatractortyre #tractorwewanttobuyoneday

INSTA: @njds263 Little boy on a little digger! #tocalfielddays #catapillar #westtrack #hudsonzion @caitlingracewest

INSTA: @lil_bitty_farm My kind of Sunday! Waking up to glorious rain, went to the Tocal Field Days to research a few ideas we have and then get to come home to goat cuddles! Life is good! Now to make blueberry and White choc scones #tocalfielddays #babygoats #farmlife #lilbittyfarm #lifesgood #blessed #permaculture #sustainableliving #researching #bigdreams #dreambig #love #australia #instagram ❤️✌?️?

INSTA: @maxxwellaustralia Head on over to this photogenic “cow” located at the Information Desk to find out what is happening where, and when, on the last day at Tocal Field Days. And, that’s no bull! Want a free magnetic massage? Head on over to Stand S20 in the Lifestyle Marquee anytime today between 9am and 4pm. #TocalFieldDays #freemagneticmassage #jewellerywithintegratedmagnets #magneticjewellery #MaxxWellAustralia #jewelleryforpetlovers #pawprintdesignjewellery #giftideasfurmumsformothersday

INSTA: @wsatheband Tearing into the breakdown of “Sunday” today at #tocalfielddays Thankyou everyone!

INSTA: @simonmcdowellpt Tocal field days ! Such a great day with @emilykayjean @eddowilko and @lucyelixabeth #huntervalley #tocal #local #localproduct #tocalfielddays #countrylife #farming #alpaca #animals #pettingzoo #fun #goodtimes #vinyards #wine

INSTA: @kirkyman #tocalfielddays

INSTA: @blue.gum Hanging out at Tocal Field Day with the little dude #lovesatractor #farming #agriculture #tocal #tocalfielddays #bluegum #smallbusiness #maitland #huntervalley #landscaping #building #plumbing #fencing #tradies

INSTA: @saravb187 Spending the day with the lovely @kimbokate. Putting up with me even on my shittiest days since 2000 ❤ #besties #tocal #tocalfielddays

INSTA: @saravb187 Just a casual Saturday hanging out with Hamish! #HamishTheLlama #llama #tocal #tocalfielddays #farmlife #selfiesaturday

INSTA: @averil_maree Although I didn’t get a cart ride, got to see my boys again ?? #clydesdales #tocalfielddays #horses #missthem #tocalgrad

INSTA: @monique.suters Yeah, you read that right *squee* #omgomgomg #tocalfielddays #pigletracing #farmlife #pigsforlife #wantafarm #tocal

INSTA: @bethrichens And on today’s agenda – piglet races at the #tocalfielddays

INSTAGRAM: @kerriepaterson Judging the Billy boiling competition at Tocal field days. #maitland #tocalfielddays

INSTA: @maxxwellaustralia Knox Grammar band was awesome. Great to hear the music in the Lifestyle Marquee to liven things up. I was dancing along at Stand S20. #TocalFieldDays #jewellerywithintegratedmagnets #magneticjewellery #freemagneticmassage #MaxxWellAustralia

INSTA: @wilkiedesign No filter today at tocal the sky looks amazing.. #tocalfielddays #wilkiedesign #market #fridaymarkets #dayout #sun #tocal #shopping #ladies #clothing

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Century for digger Alfphotos, video

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Century for digger Alf | photos, video MILESTONE: Alf Carpenter, who fought in several theatres of World War II before fate brought him to Newcastle, turns 100 on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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MILESTONE: Alf Carpenter, who fought in several theatres of World War II before fate brought him to Newcastle, turns 100 on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Alf Carpenter with a downed German troop carrier in Crete, Second World War.

MATES: Alf Carpenter (centre) with fellow diggers Bob Tallon and Earnie Evans.

Alf Carpenter among the Pyramids of Giza during World War II.

TweetFacebook”He said, ‘if we get out of this place alive, we’ll go into business together’.”

Anzac Alf Carpenter, on a fellow digger’s pledge

His longevity can’t have been hurt, he says, by the fact he was a runner, decoratedsurf lifesaver and keen swimmer with cold-water-loving diehards, the Merewether Mackerels.

“I swam last Sunday, but I’m in reverse-thrust now. I think I’m going backwards,” Mr Carpenter said.

“But I used to bethe zone supervisor for Surf Life Saving. I got involved in 1938,got my bronze medallion at Maroubra beach. Anything I’m interested in, I tend to do pretty well at.”

When MrCarpenterenlisted in the second Australian Imperial Force in 1939 and sailed for the Middle East,he had been married his wife Marjorie for a month. He has outlived her, and two sons.

He has been back to Greece 10 times and, inSydney in 2015, was honoured by Greek government officialsin a ceremony for Oxi Day.

“Oxi” is Greek for “No”, and the Greeks proudly celebrate their country’s refusal toMussolini’s requestto grant the Italian forces wartimepassage overland.

This Anzac Day, as he does every year, Mr Carpenter will wear his blazer and his medalsandmarch throughSydneyas a marshall of the2/4th Infantry.

Talk of tightened security atAnzac Day marches around the country doesn’t perturb him, he said.

“They say there’s a greater threat from terrorism, but I don’t give a bugger. If I were to go that way, then that’s what I’lldo.”

Anzac Day Services 2017 across Newcastle & the Hunter

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Anzac Day Services 2017 across Newcastle & the Hunter TweetFacebook Anzac Day 2016 in the HunterPictures by Fairfax Media photographers. Nobbys dawn service, Anzac Day 2017Watch services from around the HunterABERDARE –9.30am: Service at Veterans’ Park, Aberdare Road, Aberdare.
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ABERDEEN – 6am: Dawn service at memorial in Moray Street, followed by breakfast ($5 donation). 8.30am: Marchers assemble near pre-school in Bedford Street. 9am: Band leads parade on to New England Highway then turns into Moray Street. 9.25am: Service then laying of wreaths.10am: National anthem. Official proceedings and brunch in auditorium of Aberdeen RSL and Citizens Club ($12 donation).

ABERMAIN– 8.30am: March moves off from corner of Bathurst Street and Cessnock Road, to service at Jeffries Park Cenotaph.

ADAMSTOWN– 8.30am: Memorial, 252 Brunker Rd, Adamstown. March and service.

BELMONT – 9.30am: March starts from George Street and proceeds along Pacific Highway to the monument in Cullen Park. 10am: Service in the park.

BERESFIELD– 5.30am: Beresfield war memorial, corner Anderson Drive and Allandale Street, Beresfield. March and dawn service.

BOOLAROO– Boolaroo-Speers Point. 5.15am: March to form up in Park Street, Speers Point. March off at 5.25am. Dawn service will start at 6am at Speers Point Cenotaph. After service, light breakfast will be served at the cenotaph compliments of Boolaroo-Speers Point RSL Sub-Branch.

BRANXTON– 5.20am: Dawn service at Branxton rotunda (John Rose Avenue). 11.15am: Main march from corner of New England Highway and Elderslie Street to rotunda.

BROKE – 5.30am: Dawn service at Broke War Memorial, Broke Street, Broke. 10am: Service at war memorial.

CARDIFF – 4.45am: March to form up at the corner of Main and Macquarie roads to step off at 5am. Dawn service at Cardiff RSL Memorial Club at 5.15am.

CASSILIS – 10.45am: Wreath laying at War Memorial Park Gates. Assemble on corner of Branksome and Ancrum streets for march across bridge. Refreshments after at bowling club.

CATHERINE HILL BAY– 6am: Dawn service at the war memorial at Catherine Hill Bay Bowling Club. Breakfast afterat the club.

CESSNOCK – 5.30am: Dawn service at war memorial in Darwin Street (TAFE grounds). 11.15am: Main march from Cessnock Ex-Services Club to memorial for service.

CHARLESTOWN – 11am: Morning service at Lions Park, corner of Dudley Road and Pacific Highway.

DENMAN – 6am: Dawn service at Memorial Park, Paxton Street. Serving, ex-service personnel and public invited. Light breakfast after at RSL club (Thornton Room). 11am: Combined church service at St Matthias Church, Palace Street. 11.40am: Assemble in Palace Street after church service; 11.50am: March steps off – north along Palace Street to Ogilvie Street, thenwest to Paxton Street, through to Memorial Park.

DUDLEY – 6am: Dawn service at war memorial, corner of Ocean Street and Redhead Road.

DUNGOG– 5am: Dawn service at Dungog RSL, Lord Street. 7am: War graves service at Dungog Cemetery. 10am: Assemble for morning march, stepping off at 10.30am along Dowling Street.

EAST MAITLAND – Dawn service, form up at war memorial hall 5.10am for march. Service commences at cenotaph 5.30am.

11am: Assemble for March along High Street. 11.30am: William Street War Memorial.

GRETA – 5.30am: Dawn service at the cenotaph on the New England Highway. 9.30am: Main march from corner of Nelson Street to cenotaph for service.

GUNDY – 8am: Free bus from Scone RSL Club, hotels, and Scone Bowling Club to Gundy, returning after the service; 9am: March from Linga Longa Hotel to service at Gundy RSL Hall.

HAMILTON – 5.15am: March and dawn service, Gregson Park war memorial, Hamilton.

ODE OF REMEMBRANCE: … Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

KEARSLEY– 5am: Assemble for march at tennis courts. March to community hall. 5.15am: Service outside Kearsley Community Hall. Breakfast to follow.

KURRI KURRI – 5am: Dawn service at Rotary Park cenotaph. Breakfast to follow at Kurri Kurri Bowling Club. 9.45am: Main march begins from Mitre 10 to cenotaph.10am: Service in Rotary Park.

LAMBTON – 10am: March from Lambton Memorial Swimming Pool to Lambton Bowls, Sport & Recreation Club, Karoola Road.10.30am Main service.

MAITLAND – 5.30am: Dawn service, WWI Memorial, Maitland Park. 11am: March and main service from corner of Caroline Place and Church Street.

MEREWETHER –6.30am: Dawn service, Mitchell Park (Townson Oval) Memorial Gates.

MERRIWA – 5.40am: Dawn service at Cenotaph.7am: Breakfast at Merriwa RSL.10.30am: March from front of RSL club to cenotaph. 10.45am: Remembrance service at cenotaph.

MILLFIELD – 5.15am: Meet at St Luke’s Anglican Church, march to Millfield Public School for dawn service.

MORISSET – 6am: Dawn service at Morisset Country Club. 10am: March from top commuter car park of Morisset railway station, and proceed along Dora Street towards country club for morning service at 10.40am.

MORPETH – 10.45. Assemble at Campbell’s Store. 11am: March along Swan Street. 11am: Service at cenotaph in Swan Street.

MURRURUNDI – 6am: Dawn service at Memorial Gates – Bowling Club; 10.45am: Assemble at Adelaide Street; 11am: March to Murrurundi Memorial Gates. 11.30am: Remembrance Service at Memorial Gates

MUSWELLBROOK – 6am: Dawn service at cenotaph. 6.20am. Service at war graves. 6.45am: Ceremony at Vietnam memorial. 9.30am: church service St Alban’s. 10am: March, followed by main service at cenotaph.

NEATH – 10am: Service at Neath Hotel, including the lighting of Harry Littlefair’s miner’s lamp.

NEWCASTLE – 5am-6am: Dawn service at Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore. Toilets on-site and at Nobbys surf club. Park and ride services will be operating from 3.30am in the city centre. 9am-10am: March from Hunter Street Mall, then Scott Street, into Darby Street and King Street. 10am-11am: United Commemoration Service, Civic Park.

PAXTON – 5.10am: Meet at corner of McDonald and Anderson avenues, march to Paxton Public School for service. Breakfast to follow at the bowling club.

PELICAN –5.30am: March leaves the corner of Kullala and Piriwal streets, with the dawn service to begin in Pelican RSL Memorial Park after the march.

RATHMINES – 11am: Morning service at Catalina Memorial Park.

REDHEAD – 11am: Morning service at war memorial on Cowlishaw Street.

RYHOPE – 9am: Morning service at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park.

SCONE – 6am: Dawn service at War Memorial Swimming Pool. 10.30am: Assemble at Kelly Street. 10.45am: March. 11am: Fly past of former military aircraft and Remembrance Service – War Memorial at Barwick House, Kelly Street.

SHORTLAND –5.15am: Dawn service,Shortland RSL Sub-Branch Hall, Memorial Grove (cenotaph), 3 Conmurra Circuit, Shortland.

SINGLETON –5.30am: Dawn service, followed by breakfast at Singleton Diggers, York Street. 10.30am: Main march for service, ex-service personnel and senior school students in Hunter Street, and will proceed down John Street into Campbell Street then George Street before finishing in Burdekin Park. 12.30pm: Luncheon at Singleton Diggers.

STOCKTON –5.45am: Dawn service at Rawson Park (cenotaph), Stockton. 8.30am: March and service, forms up at cornerof Mitchell andHunter streets.

SWANSEA –5am: Dawn service at Swansea RSL Club. 11am: March down the main street of Swansea and a service at Swansea RSL Club.

TERALBA – 7.50am: March to form up at Anzac Parade then march to Anzac Park. 8am: Morning service.

TORONTO –6am: Dawn service at Goffet Park, Toronto. March to form up at 10.45am on The Boulevarde and step off at 11.10am to Goffet Park for an 11.30am service.

VALENTINE –10am: Valentine Lions Club march starts for 10.05am service at Allambee Park.

WALLSEND – 5am: Dawn service and march at Federal Park (cenotaph), Wallsend.

WANGI WANGI –10am: March from Puna Roadwill proceed along Dobell Drive into Watkins Road to the Wangi Wangi RSL Memorial where a service will be held at about 10.40am.

WESTON – 9am: March from Weston RSL Sub-Branch hall. March around Cessnock Road, the hall, First Street and Station Street then back to the cenotaph. 9.20am: Service at the cenotaph.

WOLLOMBI – 5.45am: Dawn service at Anzac Reserve, corner of Wollombi Road and Narone Creek Road.

Pearson rival banned for drug offence

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Sally Pearson’s rival and the reigning Olympic gold medallist, Brianna Rollins has been banned for a year for a drug offence.
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The American who beat Pearson to gold at the 2013 world championships and won gold at the Rio Olympics last year, has been banned for missing three drug tests in a year.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Rollins had been banned for the “whereabouts offence” after missing drugs tests on April 27, September 13 and September 27 last year.

Two of those missed tests allegedly occurred when Rollins failed to update details of where she would be when she returned to her hometown for a fete in her honour and another when she went to the White House to meet the president.

The 12-month ban means Rollins will not be in London to compete at this year’s World Championships which shapes as Pearson’s comeback to major international competition after two years of injury.

Pearson, who did not compete in Rio, pointedly remarked after Rollins won gold in the relatively sluggish time of 12.48 seconds that her Olympic record time of 12.35s still stood.

Rollins burst on the scene in 2013 at the Moscow world championships.

Pearson has battled injury for several years – even in Moscow she was recovering from a hamstring injury and just below her peak – but the 30-year-old’s run on 12.53s at the national titles earlier this month suggested she was finally healthy again and set to make a serious push at the worlds this year.

The field now will be without one of her keenest rivals.

Rollins’ accounting blunders appear to be clerical rather than mischievous given that on two of the occasions she was at public functions and for the third she changed plans to catch a flight and did not update her athlete log.

“I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension, and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts program worked,” Rollins said in a statement.

“This is a very unpleasant experience, but I am able to see where errors were made.

“Understanding this will prevent any similar issues in the future. I will accept the sanction and work to prepare myself for my return in 2018.”

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