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Fury at million-dollar ‘soul crime’

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

The Werri headland development. A “huge mansion” development on North Werri Headland has been lambasted as a“soul crime”.
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The development, near the Kiama-Gerringong Coastal Track, wasapprovedby council staff in 2010 andis currently being built, albeit in a modified form to what was originally proposed.

Development applications were lodged in 2010,2015 and2016. The first DA considered wasfor a development described as “construction of single dwelling plus access driveway”.

The secondwas for development described as “new dwelling house, garage and swimming pool”to be erected generally in the same location as the structures proposed by the 2010 DA.

The last application wasfor a “secondary dwelling and pool”in a site removed a short distance from the primary dwelling house.

The property was soldin 2015 for $4.7 million.

The 2015 DA was lodgedon behalf of the new owner of the land, Jeffrey William Simpson.

The three DAs were determined by staff delegation.

In December, Kiama council resolved to employ an environmental solicitor to conduct a forensic review of the process and legal compliance for these DAs.

“The review has shown all the processes and procedures have been followed,” council’s environmental services director Phil Costellosaid.

However, Werri Beach artist George Gittoes calledthe “huge mansion for the super rich”a “soul crime”.

“This area in Gerringong was enjoyed by visitors and sacred to local Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years,” he wrote on Facebook.

He also queried why residentsweren’t more extensively consulted.

“It ruins the area…it’s an eyesore.Locals were told it was going to be a small family home worth $262,000. (Instead) it’s gigantic, with an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

Indigenous AustralianUncle Bruce Shillingsworth of Sydneyis one of Mr Gittoes’ artistic collaborators. He questioned whether the indigenous community had been sufficientlyconsulted.

“If this was a spiritual Bora ground, the building on top of the hill shouldnot be here,” he said. “This is a place very special tothe Wodi Wodi people and the Aboriginal people that lived in this particular region.”

NOT PLEASED: Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth and artist George Gittoes have expressed their anger regarding the approval of the residential development on Werri Headland. Picture: Robert Peet

Paul Knight,Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council’s interim CEO said, “most headland areas along the coast are likely to have greater cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities, as these areas, were usually gathering places”.

“The Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council strongly encourages any developer and certifying authority for developments, where the breaking of ground is likely to occur, to undertake an appropriate Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment,” he said.

COUNCILLOR EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENTKiama councillor NeilReilly said he was“disappointed to have found out about this development by seeing it go up on the headland”.

Cr Reilly also saidstaff having delegated authority “and not realisingit was of such significance to the community” was concerning.

“The DP number, which is how we identity lots was also incorrect, so it was absolutely impossible for anybody, let alone a councilor to see this (was the site),” he said.

“I’m concerned that this should never happen again. We have cut back the delegated authority to staff to reduce the chances of this happening again.

“I don’t think there’s anything we can do to knock the thing down or getit moved…The proponentreally hasn’tdone anything wrong. All they’ve done is submit a development application and the development application was approved to proceed.”

Last December, Kiama councillors resolved that council limit the delegated authority of council officers, and that any development more than $2M or with more than three submissions come before council.

Kiama council’s environmental services director Phil Costellosaid, “that land has had a similar zoning and land use for decades, if not tens of decades”.

“It’s always had a dwelling entitlement –that’s not something that’s just popped up recently,” he said.

“I think some of the statements made about the indigenous interest in the land, I think they’rea little bit off the mark. We’ve engaged the indigenous community throughout all these planning reviews and the like, they’ve been part of the general community (consultation). There’s also an Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System database which registers sites of significance, and it’s not registered on that database.”

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Anglicans to hold hearing about priest

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Bishop Peter Stuart.
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NEWCASTLE Anglican Diocese will hold a two day professional standards board hearing into the fitness for ministry of Reverend Drew Hanlon.

Ina short statement the diocese did not reveal any details about the reason for the hearing on April 27 and 28, but confirmed it is open to the public. Venue is level 1, 19 Darby Street, Newcastle.

Reverend Hanlon became an Anglican priest in December, 1993 and started work with Newcastle diocese in January, 2011. Reverend Hanlon concluded ministry at Samaritans in April, 2013 and has recently been living in South Australia.

The board hearing will be presided over by former NSW local court magistrate Colin Elliott after he accepted reappointment as president of the professional standards board in October.

Mr Elliott resigned as president in 2012 after expressing serious concerns about former Newcastle Bishop Brian Farran’s lengthy delay in enacting professional standards boardrecommendations. This followedhearings into sexual abuse allegations against former Newcastle Dean Graeme Lawrence, his partner Greg Goyette and priests Graeme Sturt, Andrew Duncan and Bruce Hoare.

Acting Bishop Peter Stuart said the diocese was unable to make any comment about the hearing into matters involving Reverend Hanlon until after it is finalised.

In a Facebook postReverend Hanlon said the Anglican Church in Australia had “made major stuff ups” and “we have to confess our sins”.

“I wonder .. if the climate of protectionism of people who consistently violated others in the past has led to a culture of boring clergy, administrative bishops and a culture of survival,” he wrote in 2013.

No sense of stage fright after harsh lesson in Sydney’s darkest moment

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

It was the darkest moment of an otherwise stellar season that provided Sydney FC’s greatest lesson going into the sudden-death finals series.
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There didn’t seem to be much positive about their FFA Cup final defeat at the time, but the Sky Blues’ loss to Melbourne City is now regarded as a blessing in disguise after teaching some of their younger players how to stave-off jitters and remain composed in high-pressure matches.

If everything goes according to Sydney’s plan, the November 30 cup final was a dress rehearsal for what they hope will be their second grand final appearance in three seasons and an early lesson on how to keep calm when so much is on the line.

Midfielder Brandon O’Neill, 23, admitted he had to overcome initial stage fright in the decider at AAMI Park in what was until now, the most cut-throat match of his career.

While a Tim Cahill header ended Sydney’s hopes of clinching an unprecedented domestic treble, the Sky Blues regained their composure and felt they were unfortunate not to have equalised to send the match into extra-time. Knowing how to get back to their game plan amid such desperation has created a sense of calm and confidence for O’Neill heading into next weekend’s sudden-death finals match at Allianz Stadium.

“I learnt about where I’m at as a player both mentally and physically,” O’Neill said. “That was my first ever final and it was a real test of our character. We went one goal behind and looking back at it, we didn’t stop fighting in that game. As a young player you go to Melbourne, you have a different scenario and it tests your nerve.

“Now I know what it’s going to be like in this final stage. We’re thankful now we have two home games, we have our crowd, our people cheering us on. It all boils down to doing what we’ve done in the last 27 weeks.”

It was one of only two defeats in all competitions for Sydney FC this season and served as lingering motivation for the remainder of their campaign, one that finished with the premiers’ plate and a flurry of records.

“It was a great stepping stone to what actually made us champions this season. That was the fire in the belly that spurred us on during the year. Preparing for that game mentally has prepared us to be where we are today, just two massive games left,” O’Neill said. “Anything [we learnt] from that FFA Cup game was never to rest, never to be happy with a performance and always want three or four goals instead of one or two. It was about putting away teams early.”

The players don’t believe they’ve been hampered by the week’s rest and quashed any suggestions of the break disrupting their momentum heading into next week’s game. Sydney practiced with an intra-club, in-house match played behind closed doors at their training base on Friday and O’Neill is raring to go.

“Heading into the finals, the lads couldn’t be any more positive and any more confident,” O’Neill said. “It was great to have a taste of it in the FFA Cup final and I have an expectation now and I know what to expect in finals football. It’s a bit different to league football. It’s more cut-throat and there is a lot more on the line.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Going global from the Hunter

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

There have been plenty of books, blogs and articles recently explaining how technology allows people today to work and live anywhere, to become “digital nomads” travelling the world and working from an exotic beach with their laptops.
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In short, if you offer the right product of service you can theoretically work anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet.But an inverse benefit of this phenomenon is how small companies can now do business anywhere.

When I started my agency 12 years ago its reach was really just the local area -Newcastle and the Hunter Region.Sure, we could travel to Sydney and try to do business there, but it wasn’t easy.

New technology, and an acceptance by many businesses that they can look beyond their local area, means that today the world is my oyster and a small team in Newcastle can have global reach.

A team meeting can involve a few of us in our Wickham office talking with an employee in Auckland and freelancers in Brisbane and Sydney. Our “extended team” includes tech and marketing specialists in Canada, India and the US.

At the moment, a typical week can include client Skype calls to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Estonia, Latvia and Thailand, while the team doing all the work might never actually all meet face to face.

It is all made possible via easy-to-use web-based tools such as Slack and Google Docs for team work and collaboration, Basecamp for project management and Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting for communication.

We rarely make phone calls and successfully work with many clients who we never meet in person.

Of course, there is one other vital ingredient that allows you to have national or global reach, and that’s inbound marketing.

Being found in search and on social networks, plus a healthy stream of referrals, can deliver a world of business to your company.

Craig Wilsonis managing director of digital agency Sticky and co-founder of DiG Festival.