A $22m new neighbour to interchange

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

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苏州美甲学校网wellingtonpark.org苏州美甲学校网.

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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苏州美甲学校网parks.tas.gov苏州美甲学校网/?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苏州美甲学校网signalstation苏州美甲学校苏州美甲学校网

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苏州美甲学校网wineglassbay苏州美甲学校

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苏州美甲学校网parks.tas.gov苏州美甲学校网/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苏州美甲学校网parks.tas.gov苏州美甲学校网/?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.

This article originally appeared on Traveller

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

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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Hunter’s surviving Anzac Alf Carpenter turns 100

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.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsALF Carpenter remembers swimminginthe warmSouth Pacific, kickingaway fromthe wreckof a bullet-riddenbarge, filling his lungsandnot giving a thoughtto his chances ofever being old.

Hismind was on what he’d do next, if he happened to survive.

Mr Carpenter and a fellow digger floatedin the narrow Buka Passage, east of present-day Papua New Guineain the aftermath of a Japanese attack on their flotilla, and struck up a conversation.

He’dbeen in command of six barges of troops, which intelligence services had decidedcould make “a soft landing” in a small bay lined with pontoons.

Mr Carpenter’stroop bargeshad been guiding a supply barge into thebeach.

“That’s when all Hell broke loose. We got shot up, I finished up in the water, and I swam out to sea,” Mr Carpenter, of Georgetown,said.

“Another chap was with me,we started chatting.He said, ‘if we get out of this place alive, we’ll go into business together’.”

The other digger, it turned out,was a retailer worker from Wallsend. A year after theconversation in the water under fire as they waited to be rescued,heurged Mr Carpenter by telegramto move up from Wagga Wagga andhelp set up a general store in Warners Bay.

“We ran the business there for quite a long time. And that’s how I came to be in Newcastle.”

TheBuka Passage joined a growinglistof places that could have killed Mr Carpenter duringWorld War II.

Since the warbegan he’d beenstationed in Libya,Egypt, and Syria’smodernwarzonesof Damascus and Aleppo, where“boy, did the wind blow through”.

He’d foughtamong thousands ofAustralians atthe Battle of Crete,Germany’s biggest airborne operation, whereNazi troop carriers dronedinacross the Mediterraneanto dropterrifying cascades ofparatroopers.

On Crete, in the city ofHeraklion, he took a piece of metal to thehead.

“We’d been mortar bombed, and I was hit by shrapnel. In latter years I lost the sight in my right eye,” Mr Carpentersaid.

“But acornea implant has given me back 25 per cent of the sight in the eye. I’ve still got my licence.”

Having fought in Europe and the Middle East, Mr Carpenter was sent to the Pacific towardsthe end of the war to help fight the Japanese invasion force.

And on Saturday, withfriends and familyat South NewcastleLeagues Club andat least a schooner of his favourite, Tooheys Old, one of the Hunter’s last Anzacswill celebrate turning 100.

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.”

Morpeth Bridge closed for work on same weekend as Tocal Field Days

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

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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

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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

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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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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappBut she said she couldn’t believe there was no consultation or consideration of the event.“We’re at a loss to explain it,” she said.

Morpeth businesses also expect to take a hit from the bridge closure.

Savannah on Swan barista Melanie Bailey said the bridge closures hadaffectedbusiness in the past.

She said sheexpectedpeople wouldbypass Morpethwhile the bridge was closed.

“It will cut down business but we’re powerless to do anything about it,” she said.

The situation won’t be so dire for Le Beau Cafe, which will be closed for renovations.Le Beau Cafe owner Nadine Monaghan said the timingworked out well for her business, but not for others.“I would be annoyed if I was open,” she said.

The May bridgeclosure is the third and finalas part ofmajor upgrades of the structure.

An RMS spokesperson said business owners had been included in discussions about closure dates, to reduce an impact on customers and motorists.

“No significant traffic impact is expected as motorists will be detoured via Harry Boyle Bridge at Pitnacree, which adds about seven minutes to the journey.”

Anzac Day services 2017 – Newcastle and the Hunter Region

Anzac Day Services 2017 across Newcastle & the Hunter TweetFacebook Anzac Day 2016 in the Hunter Pictures by Fairfax Media photographers. +103Pictures by Fairfax Media photographers. MORE GALLERIES

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsNobbys dawn service, Anzac Day 2017Watch services from around the HunterABERDARE –9.30am: Service at Veterans’ Park, Aberdare Road, Aberdare.

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.

PNG officials dispute Dutton’s account of Manus Island violence

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is facing claims he has spread “children overboard” style misinformation by appearing to blame asylum seekers for last week’s violent outburst at the Manus Island detention centre.

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Mr Dutton on Thursday raised the possibility that fears over a five-year-old local boy who was allegedly led into the Australian-run facility sparked the fighting, which resulted in PNG soldiers and police firing up to 100 gunshots.

Without specifying the timing of the alleged incident, Mr Dutton said there was “a lot of angst” in the community about why three asylum seekers had brought a child into the centre – especially in light of two sexual assault charges earlier this year.

But officials in PNG disputed that account on Friday. Manus Province police commander David Yapu confirmed a child had been brought into the facility but said it took place “about one week” before the Good Friday brawl, and had nothing to do with the later outbreak of violence.

“A child about 10 years old was taken into the centre and then was given some fruit,” Mr Yapu told Fairfax Media by telephone.

“Then Wilson Security had to intervene and get him out from the centre. That had nothing to do with the latest incident involving soldiers.”

The child was returned to his parents unharmed, Mr Yapu confirmed. He said the police investigation into Friday’s incident was ongoing but stressed: “The child issue is unrelated – unrelated.”

“That’s a total different issue altogether,” he said.

Fairfax Media did not receive a response from Mr Dutton’s office before deadline.

PNG Defence Force chief of staff Raymond Numa, whose soldiers were accused by police of drunken violence in the Good Friday brawl, told Fairfax Media he was not aware of the involvement of a child.

“On the preliminary investigation, there’s no mention about a young boy being led into the detention centre,” he said Friday.

Refugees at the Manus Island facility have also vehemently denied any link between the fight and the incident involving the child.

Benham Satah said on Facebook that two weeks ago a boy who was asking for money or food was brought to the centre and given fruit, before being escorted away by Wilson Security.

Australia-based refugee advocate Ian Rintoul, who has visited the Manus Island facility, said it was “farcical” to suggest refugees could “lead” a child into the detention centre without being noticed by authorities.

“There’s a constant movement of staff up and down that road,” he said. “The idea that anyone could lead a boy away from the soccer field back to the detention centre, unimpeded or unquestioned or unobserved, is absurd. It just wouldn’t happen.”

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim seized on the discrepancies and called on Mr Dutton to resign or be sacked.

“It’s bloody outrageous. He’s been caught out lying and he’s got to go,” Senator McKim told Fairfax Media.

He said the apparent conflation of two separate events by Mr Dutton “smacks of children overboard” – a reference to false claims from the Howard government that asylum seekers threw their children off leaky boats to prompt a rescue.

Meanwhile, a long-running Senate inquiry into alleged incidents of self-harm and abuse on Manus Island and Nauru handed down a report that fell along party lines.

Labor and Greens senators recommended an independent audit and investigation of incidents at both islands, including responses by contractor Broadspectrum.

As part of the inquiry, the Immigration Department on Friday confirmed 41 people at the Nauru regional processing centre had been diagnosed with Dengue fever.

Coalition senators dismissed the entire inquiry as “a politically motivated public-relations stunt” designed to tarnish Operation Sovereign Borders by “interference and hearsay”.

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Pearson rival banned for drug offence

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.”

‘It’s like The Castle’: Swedish-Aussie couple caught in citizenship crackdown

She’s 20 weeks’ pregnant and her father is 15,000km away, battling cancer.

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And now the future of a young couple is in limbo because of Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton’s citizenship changes.

Nina and Perrin Wilkins, a Swede and an Aussie who married in Australia in 2013, say they’ve been carefully planning their lives together for seven years.

The university-educated professionals have long dreamed of Nina gaining her Australian citizenship.

She has spent more than three years on temporary and permanent partner visas. Australian citizenship beckoned in just 12 more months.

But now they are looking at a four-year wait, while Nina completes her permanent residence requirements under the new citizenship rules unveiled by Mr Turnbull and Mr Dutton on Thursday.

Nina and Perrin say the Turnbull government’s announcement has up-ended their plan to move to Sweden in a few years time – after Nina gained her Australian citizenship – so their unborn child could grow up in both countries, and learn both languages from a young age.

The couple also recently learned that Nina’s father’s throat cancer has returned and he is facing a 20-week course of chemotherapy; adding urgency to their plans to temporarily move to Sweden.

“Now that my father has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s more important than ever for us to have the opportunity to return Sweden for a period of time,” Nina says.

“This is emotionally distressing for us, especially as we look forward to the birth of our child. With my father’s ill health, it’s not possible for us to stay in Australia for another three years. We don’t know how much longer he’s got and I want to be with my family throughout this time.”

If they move to Sweden within the next four years, thousands of dollars in visa applications and hundreds of hours of paperwork will have been mostly wasted.

Fairfax Media has confirmed that couples on permanent partner (801) visas will now have to be permanent residents for four years, up from one, as will people on other types of visas, such as the new medium-term temporary work visa, under tough new citizenship rules unveiled this week.

“I want my father to get to know his grandchild, without compromising my ability to return to Australia,” she says.

Perrin says the couple’s plans were made with the current visa arrangements in mind. “The retrospective impact has shattered the foundation of the life we were building together. They have left us in a state of limbo.

“These changes aren’t just about us. They affect thousands of Australians, their spouses, their families, and their futures. By applying these changes to current permanent residents, these reforms are manifestly unfair.”

And their message to the government?

“It’s like The Castle, the government can’t just buy a person’s house, they have to do it on just terms.

“Where are our just terms?”

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Treechange offers buyers a breath of fresh air from Sydney prices

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Sydney median house price hits $1.15 million

Why treechange destination Orange has almost got it all

Here’s what it’s like to live in Wagga Wagga, NSW’s biggest inland city

Purchasing a home is fast becoming a receding dream for many Sydneysiders. The bleak prospect of escalating house prices is a depressing state of affairs pushing the first home deposit goal further out of reach.

There is a silver lining if you cast your search further and consider greener pastures.

An increasing number of young city professionals are thinking outside the box – by that I mean further than greater Sydney – and purchasing in regional NSW rather than being pushed to the city fringes.

Rural life doesn’t mean a village in the middle of nowhere. The flourishing population in certain towns of regional NSW illustrates a diversifying, dynamic economy that will continue to gentrify as the area grows. To be honest many resemble a Sydney suburb – yes, they have cafes.

The dismal uptake of the now-scrapped NSW regional relocation home buyers grant introduced in 2011 illustrates the difficulties of creating a policy designed to relieve prices in metropolitan areas.

At the end of 2011, the median house price in Sydney was a mere $634,786. Home values have almost doubled since, with a median of $1,128,759 at the end of 2016. We are all waiting with bated breath for Sydney house prices to cool but this hasn’t happened despite regulatory measures in place to help contain risks.

A social engineering scheme, like the 2011 policy, would probably be grasped with both hands by struggling first home buyers today. Realistically, under the current market conditions, housing affordability is no doubt the biggest forced incentive encouraging city tenants to purchase in the bush.

The median price of a home in Sydney could purchase at least two homes in certain parts of regional NSW. The large price differential between metropolitan and regional areas is encouraging enough.

One million dollars could purchase a rural family home and a regional coastal home with money to spare for an overseas holiday every year.

Let’s put this into perspective, the median house price in Dubbo is $360,000, in Coffs Harbour $456,000 and Albury a mere snippet of Sydney’s at $331,000. It is no doubt regional area home values are at a far more palatable price point.

Purse strings may become looser from a regional property purchase but there are other added benefits to rural living. Many families choose to move out of the rat race to take advantage of the more relaxed lifestyles on offer.

A close friend recently fled the city to Bowral for a “remote lifestyle”.

The family adjusted from a daily two-hour round trip commute to 20 minutes that included a drop-off at daycare. A predicament we all wish we had. As prices steam ahead in Sydney, it is likely more residents will decide to embrace regional life.