Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery to present a list of solutions to help improve Newcastle public transport patronage

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SOLUTIONS: Sonia Hornery has garnered a a list of transport suggestions. Picture: Dean OslandWALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery will outline a range of solutions to help improve public transport patronage in parliament this week after garnering hundreds ofconstituent suggestions.

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Hornery called onNewcastleTransport operatorKeolis Downerlast week to listen to commuters’concerns in order to increase the use of public transport.

As part of the push she asked Wallsend voters what it would take to get them using the region’sbus network.

It came after theHeraldrevealeda 4 per cent fall in patronageacross July, August and September compared to the same quarter in2017.

“Since December 2016, we have heard how the government and Keolis Downer have listened to what the people of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie wanted and the changes made to our transport system have made it world class,” Ms Hornery said.

“Well the numbers paint a very different picture.

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Keolis Downer says new bus network big step ahead for NewcastleLabor says Keolis Downer contract encourages shorter bus routesOpal data shows seniors dropping off Newcastle busesas overall numbers fall“When I have brought forward complaints about bus services in Wallsend they have been largely ignored.

“Now, furnished with specifics and hard comparisons, I ask the Minister to engage with these issues.”

Ms Hornery plans to submit her constituents’comments and suggestions to both Keolis Downer and the Minister for Transport, who she says she has peppered“all year” with concerns.

“Wallsend residents and commuters deserve better,” shesaid.“My Hunter colleagues and I have presented two petitions carrying 10,000 signatures for debate.

“I have given Notices of Motion, Questions on Notice and Private Members Statements on the matter.

“There were someminor changes to the network in July, and I happily admit that some of the alterations have been positive, but the horror stories from my constituents keep coming in.”

Kotara takes out champion fours final

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The final of the Champion of Champion Fours was played on Saturday, October 20, at Alder Park. Congratulations to Gerry Gairns, Scott Farley, Steve Kerby, Keiran Lott (Kotara) who defeated (Brad Dawson sub for PaulJoyce), Jaime Lee, Chris Holstein, Ryan Steel (Lambton) 15-14.

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In the semi-finals, Lambton narrowly defeatedRaymond Terrace 19-18 while Kotara overcame East Maitland 23-13.

SERIES WRAPS UPThe 2018 Threes competition is almost over for 2018.

The competition recommenced on Wednesday, October 17, after rainthe week earlier.

Warners Bay (62) were defeated by Raymond Terrace (69) in a do-or-die game, with the only No.1grade unbeaten side left, Beresfield, getting the bye. Beresfield travels to Raymond Terrace on Wednesday, with Raymond Terrace needing to win to send the series into a decider.

The No.2 grade is also down to the final two sides, with Nelson Bay taking on Stockton at Nelson Bay for the Championship. No.3 grade still has 10 sides remaining.

FIRST COMPOn October 25 and 26 the inaugural Seniors Over-70s Interzone will be played at Club Grandviews Bowling Club in a round robin format.

Zone 2 (Newcastle) will compete against zones 9,10,13 and 15.

XMAS FUNCTIONThe association’s annual Executive, Sub-Committee and Delegates Christmas Night will be held at Wallsend Diggers onThursday, December 13.

The Newcastle Bowler of the Year, Encouragement Award, Coach of theYear, Senior Bowler of Year and Junior Bowler of the Year Award and Representative Player of the Year Award winnerswill be announced at the function.

EXEC FIXTUREThe annual NDBA v RNSWBA Executive and Sub-Committees fixture will be played on Sunday, November 25, atDora Creek Bowling Club.Any delegates or members of the executive or sub-committee who would like to play in the fixture are requested to contact the association office.

CITY DOMINANTCity has continued its winning ways in the City v Country series with a last-bowl win at Cabramatta Bowling Club.

Newcastle was well represented in the City v Country Under-18 series held at Cabramatta on October 20 and 21 by Connor Freeman and Zac Nicholls from Raymond Terrace in the (Under-18 Boys Gold), ZoeNicholls from Raymond Terrace (Under-18 Girls Gold), Caleb Mcdermott from Marks Point (Under-18 Boys Blue).

TheGold Girls side dominated, beating the Blue Girls 3-0, while the Blue Boys Side enjoyed a 2-1 seriesadvantage.The overall Under-18 Series was taken out by the Gold Side, two tests to one.

Bowls NSW thanks CabramattaBowling Club for hosting of the City v Country Series and for their support of the NSW Under-18 State Side.

Mumford AFL return doubt amid powder probe

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Grainy three-year-old footage has cast doubt on former premiership star Shane Mumford’s prospects of making an AFL comeback.

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The AFL is investigating vision of the ex-GWS, Sydney and Geelong ruckman appearing to snort a white powder while encouraged by chanting on-lookers.

The Giants, his current employer, confirmed the shirtless man in the video was Mumford and said the 172-gamer has expressed deep remorse, embarrassment and distress over his actions.

“The club understands the incident took place in 2015 shortly after Shane had suffered a season-ending injury in round 11 that year,” a GWS statement read.

“The club is extremely distressed by the footage and views Shane’s actions as completely counter to the club’s values.”

The AFL is likely to punish Mumford, given what happened after similar incidents involving St Kilda defender Jake Carlisle and Fremantle player Harley Bennell.

If Mumford decides to attempt a comeback, the league could hand him a suspension of around two or three games.

News broke of the video on Tuesday morning and Mumford’s name was made public just as the AFLW draft was starting in Melbourne.

AFL executives, including chief executive Gillon McLachlan, quickly left the draft function without comment after the first round of selections.

Mumford, who won a premiership with Sydney in 2012, worked as a part-time ruck coach for GWS this season after being forced into retirement at the end of 2017 due to a serious navicular injury.

Outside of football, Mumford made his professional boxing debut this year under the management of former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon.

But the 32-year-old, whose foot has reportedly healed, was in-line for a possible shock AFL return next season to bolster the Giants’ ruck stocks following the loss of versatile tall Rory Lobb.

Giants football manager Wayne Campbell told The Age earlier this month Mumford’s potential second-coming was dependent on his fitness and desire.

GWS has indicated it intends to stick by Mumford but it’s unclear whether the revelation has sunk his push for a second stint in the AFL.

“The club is disappointed in Shane’s choice of actions at this time and also understands that Shane requires a level of medical support with his health and well-being in mind,” the statement said.

“The club will be working with Shane to ensure he engages in a rehabilitation program along with a range of other measures.”

Carlisle was banned for two matches after a Snapchat video of the defender filming himself snorting a substance was aired following his trade from Essendon to St Kilda in 2015.

Bennell, then at Gold Coast, was stood down for two games in 2015 after images were published of him with an illicit substance from two years earlier.

4 Janet Street, Merewether on large landholding close to the beach for sale

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‘Once in a lifetime’ Merewether property hits the market RARE OFFERING: This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

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This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

This tightly held Merewether home sits on around 1400 square metres of land within 250 metres of the beach and ocean baths.

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123456 – A house which is positioned on two titles of land in a premier beachside location could result in the biggest sale for Merewether this year.

Mike Flook, of Robinson Property, has listed 4 Janet Street and will take the property to auction on site on December 1.

It has its first inspection scheduled for 1pm today and interest for the “once in a lifetime property” is expected to be strong.

A price guide has not yet been disclosed but the property offers a range of options for various types of buyers.

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“It’s one of those homes that never comes on the market,” Mr Flook said.

“It has a brilliant beachside position in Merewether’s golden triangle and is set over two separate lots, both being some 700 square metres in area.”

He said the property presented an opportunity to build a trophy residence, development of two separate luxury homes or up to eight townhouses, subject to council approval.

Last year Mr Flook sold107 Frederick Street, locatedclose by and featuring a house on 957 square metres of land overlooking the ocean, for $5.05 million.

This year he sold a near-new “high-end” residence at 30 Curry Street for $4 million, which has been the highest sale price for the suburb this year.

The home at 4 Janet Street was bought by the late Alan and Norma Taggart in 1969.

They were only the second owners of the property which was originally set up as the residence and surgery of a doctor.

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$1.895M auction result in Mitchell StreetThere were nine registered bidders and 13 bids before a home on the corner of Mitchell and Janet streets in Merewether sold under the hammer for $1.895 million on October 20.

The house at 111 Mitchell Street wasset on 579 square metres of land with a frontage of around 15 metres and hadan R2 Medium Density Residential zoning. Itattracted interest from owner-occupiers and developers.

It was marketed by Mike Flook with a price guide of $1.7 million.

HOT AUCTION: This home on a corner block in Merewether sold at auction for $1.895 million after 13 bids.

Sauna, ocean views in Rowan CrescentA guide of $2.6 million to $2.8 million has been added to a residence with ocean views in Merewether’s sought-after Rowan Crescent.

The property at 26A Rowan Crescent is being marketed by Robinson Property.

It is set on around 1000 square metres of land with uninterrupted city and coastal views.

This home in Rowan Crescent is set on around 1000 square metres of land with uninterrupted city and coastal views.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was designed in the 1970s by John Sara and was extensively renovated in 2009.

The property enjoys an elevated position, set back from the road, which loops around Gibbs Brothers Oval.

This home in Rowan Crescent was designed by John Sara in the 1970s and renovated in recent years.

There are vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, swimming pool, pool house and sauna plus a loft retreat.

PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie sold a renovated five-bedroom home at57Curry Street in Merewetheron October 17 for $2.6 million.

This home in Rowan Crescent comes with pool, pool house and its own sauna.

Weekend Planner: October 27-28, 2018

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SATURDAYReal Film Festival Saturday and Sunday. A celebration of film with workshops, films, panels, international industry experts, a creative hub and more.Tickets to all events are limited. For the entire program, including movie screenings, go to realfilmfestival苏州桑拿.au. Films screening include Roll With It, Sharkwater Extinction, the n premiere of Badass Beauty Queen, Angels Gather Here, One Less God and Power Meri.

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Open Air Cinema 4pm to 10pm, Speers Point Park. Bring a picnic blanket for a fun family night of entertainment, a jumping castle, food stalls, a petting zoo and the screening of comedy classic Cool Runnings. Part of the 2018 Real Film Festival and a fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Street Feast 4pm to 8pm, The Station, Newcastle. Food, entertainment, music and more.

Pugoween 11am to 1pm, The Empire Coffee Co, Honeysuckle. Pug owners, bring your pugs in costume.

Kurri Kurri Community Festival 2018 10am to 9pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri. Watch The Greatest Showman on the big screen, plus enjoyentertainment, rides, food and market stalls, live music.

Clarence Town River Community Hoe Down Noon to 11pm, cornerDurham and Queen streets, Clarence Town. A family-friendly outdoor country music festival starring Sara Storer, The Adam Eckerlsey Band and Kirsty Lee Akers, plus markets and rides.

Wallsend Public School Fete10am to 2pm,26 Martindale Street, Wallsend.Entertainment, food and market stalls, raffles and rides.

The Hunter DisabilityExpo9am to 3pm,Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow.More than 100exhibiting service andproduct providers; presentations and speakers from government agencies and disability organisations; children’s entertainment and more.

Gravel Grit Laguna 8.30amstart at Great Northern Trading Post Laguna.70km gravel ride.

Pass The Hat 6pm to 10m, Singleton Civic Centre Front Lawn.Food trucks, market stalls, beer and wine tasting, live music and more to support farmers doing it tough. Representatives from Rural Aid, Hunter Local Land Services and the Rural Resilience Program will also be on hand to connect our farmers with the support services available to them.

October Poetry 3.30pm to 5.30pm,The Press Book House, 462 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Featuring poetsAli Whitelock, Jenny Blackford, Magdalena Ball and Georgina Woods.

Samhaim Festival 4pm to 10pm, Croatian Wickham Sports Club. A fundraising event to help dancers attend the Irish Open and World Championship Irish Dancing competitions. The evening will feature Irish music, dance and food. Tickets at stickyticket苏州桑拿.au.

Central Hunter Business and Community Expo 9am to 3pm,Miller Park, 6 Maitland Street, Branxton.An event showcasing 105 local business and community services; there will also be food trucks, live music and a freeKids Zone.

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 10am to 2pm, Heroes and More, Wallsend.

FibreFest 2018 Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton. Workshops, knitting demonstrations, food and music.

Junior Bands in the Park9.30am to 11am, Warners Bay Foreshore Rotunda. The Newcastle PCYC Brass Band (Junior Band) and Catalina Brass will perform.

Mosque Open Day 10am to 4pm, Sultan Faith Mosque, Mayfield. Part of National Unity Week. Food, entertainment and children’s activities.

Newcastle Pro Wrestling –7thAnniversary 7.30pm, Charlestown Bowling Club.

Open Gardens & Art Trail Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Visit 10 Lake Macquarie gardens over two days for $35, or $5 per garden. Organised by Lake Macquarie Garden Club to raise money for Hunter Medical Research Institute. All open gardens are located on both eastern and western sides of Lake Macquarie, from Marks Point to Jewells, Mt Hutton, Speers Point, Bolton Point, Toronto and Coal Point.

SUNDAYNewcastle Budgerigar Club Annual Bird Show and Sales 9.15am to 1pm, Wallsend Pioneer Hall, Cowper Street, Wallsend.

Tea4TROG High Tea 1pm to 3pm, Mercure Hotel, Charlestown. A fundraiser for TROG Cancer Research. Tickets$60 per person.

Lemon Jam Noon to 4pm,Henderson Park, on the waterfront, Lemon Tree Passage,free, all ages, monthly music event.

Newcastle Walk 4 Brain Cancer 9.30am to 12.30pm, The Gardens Greyhound and Sporting Complex. Fundraiser forCure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Seasons Plate at Dalwood Estate 12.30pm to 4pm, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood. Go tostickytickets苏州桑拿.au to book.

All Breeds Dog Rescue Trivia Afternoon 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Jacaranda Avenue, Raymond Terrace. Tickets $20 per person at stickytickets苏州桑拿.au.

Maitland City Choir Annual Concert 2pm, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Brunswick Street, East Maitland.Cost $15; includes afternoon tea.

SportsFest 10am to 2pm, Speers Point Park. Hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport, this free eventgives children the chance totry various drills, skill development, inflatable batting cages and hitting bays. There will also be a rock climbing wall andthe opportunity to have a kick with theNewcastle Jets W-league squad.

Kids Halloween & Baby Animals Party 3pm to 5pm, The Family Hotel, Maitland.Baby animals, face painting and balloon animals, games and prizes, a dress-up parade plus a spooky themedlunch and snacks.

SAVE THE DATEThe inaugural Newcastle International Short Film Festival is on November 16 and 17 at theRoyal Exchange Hybrid Theatre complex in Bolton Street, Newcastle. Details on the event’s Facebook page.

MARKETSSubject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

Handmade in the Hunter “Halloween Hijinks” MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington. New stall sites available. Phone Pat Burke 0413 333 165 for information.

Hope Estate Markets 9am to 2pm, Hope Estate, Pokolbin.

My Kids Market NSW Sunday, 9am to noon,Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Cnr Young and Curley Rds, Broadmeadow.

ARTS & CULTUREThe Creator Incubator Open Day, Saturday, 4pm to 8pm, Shed 15A, 50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North.

The Lock-Up The Sea, by Luke Cornish, until December 2. Tracks the artist’s journey and experiences during multiple trips to war-torn Syria.

Maitland Regional Museum’s exhibitionJourneys: Maitland is My Homeis on display Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 3pm, at Brough House, Maitland, until the end of October.

Finite GalleryFound Horizons, by Painters Ink, ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries CHG Artists & Guest Mandy Bell, until November 26.

Watt Space GalleryLearning From Alice Springs, byUniversity of Newcastlearchitecture students and staff andTangentyere Design; The Mid Century Project Newcastle, byTim Ross and Kit Warhurst, until November 30.

Gallery 139Anzac Walk, by Paul Maher, until November 4.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryRetroactive, by James Wittington, ends Sunday.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryPeace, Place, Prizes & Pictures In Between.Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial;Nicola Bolton’s The Garden Palette, ends Sunday. Concerning Peace,until November 25. Finding Country, until February 17.

Newcastle Art GalleryThe !818 Project, until November 4.

Lake Macquarie City Art GallerySTEEL:artdesign architecture; Your Collection: Hunter Steel, until December 2.

Art Systems WickhamDrawn Together,by Susan Hall-Thompson and Ruth Chapman, ends Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleryHarmony, by Anne Gazzard and Erica Sayers, until November 4.

Timeless TextilesCrossing Borders, ends Sunday.

Port Stephens Community Art CentreOur Wild World; Mosaics, until November 8.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Urby.Sunday, The New Cool.

Adamstown Uniting ChurchSunday, Adam Swanson & The Dizzy Fingers Ragtime Band.

Anchorage Port StephensSunday, Lachlan Edwards.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Wicked.Sunday, Mick Jones.

Argenton HotelSaturday, Katie & Feff.Sunday, Zane Penn Duo.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Halloween Party –Do Or Die.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, Steel City.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,KJ & Dave.Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Bellbird HotelSunday, Tailgate Drive.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Peter Helliar & Tom Gleeson,Hummingbirds,Daniel Arvidson.Sunday, Scratch.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Alias.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Shooting Molly.Sunday, The Rattlesnakes.

The Bradford Saturday, Magic Carpet.

Bulahdelah Bowling ClubSaturday, Shivoo.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Velvet Elevator,Maple Moths,William John Jr,Fungas.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday,Damien.

Catho PubSaturday, John Larder.Sunday,Darren Rolling Keys Band.

Caves Beach Surf ClubSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Secret Society.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Club KotaraSaturday, Early Daze.

Club LemonTree Saturday, Mick Jones.

Colliery Inn Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Allan Freihaut.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Just Jade,DJ Z4KLND.

Customs House Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Zane Penn.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Michael Bryers.

Dora Creek Workers ClubSunday, Justin Banks.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Redline.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Cotton.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday,Voodoo Punch.Sunday,John Noble.

Eatons HotelSaturday, Emily Smith.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Roxy.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Bad Paris.

Exchange HotelSaturday, Saving June.Sunday, Anthology.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday,2GoodReasons.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Paparazzi.

George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.

Grain StoreSunday, J.J King

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Rocket.

Hamilton Station HotelSaturday,Perpetrators, The Meantime, Punctured. Sunday,Boots Porter,Lachlan X. Morris,Good Grief.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, Iguana.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Trio.

Hunter River HotelSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Loko.

Jewells TavernSaturday, The Search Party.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,The Havelocks,Lachlan X. Morris,Bad Time Boys.Sunday,Sunday Rave.

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Lizotte’s Saturday, Bondi Cigars. Sunday,Joseph and James Tawadros (lunch), Steve Balbi (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bobby C. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Marks Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Catfish Soup.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.Sunday, Ben Travis.

Maryland TavernSaturday, Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters Tribute.

Mattara HotelSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, The DuoTones.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Years.Sunday,Ashley Knight.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Layth Gunn.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Craig Thomson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.Sunday, Anyerin.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Matt Semmens.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Love That Hat.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Rooney West.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, MardMax Trio.

Pippis At The PointSunday, Jordan Fleming.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Love That Hat,Ryan Daley.Sunday,Loko,Wharf Life.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Jamie Martens Duo.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kristy James.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Rebecca Johnson Band.

Settlers Arms HotelSunday, Sami Cooke.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Madelyn,NewBlackShades.Sunday,Holly Mae.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Brien McVernon.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Robbie Lowe.Sunday, No Fun At All (SWE),Wolfpack, Hack the Mainframe,No Quarter.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, James Van Cooper, Axle Whitehead. Sunday, Pop Standen.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Karen & Milton.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Summerland Kings.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Sangue. Sunday, Crawfish Stew.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Kylie Jane Duo.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Craig Thommo.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Siren.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Louis Burt.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, The Smarts.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Steve Werren.Sunday, Big Pete.

Wangi HotelSunday, Angie.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Saturday,2GoodReasons.

Wests NEX Saturday, Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Thy Art Is Murder; Phonic Trio.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Pat Eyre Trio.Sunday, John Larder,Ride for Scotty – Raising Funds for HunterMelanoma Foundation,Steve Edmonds.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Tom Christie.

THEATREDeanna The MusicalPremiere of a comedy musical by former Novocastrian Dee GatgensJohnson in which Deanna, Princess of NSW, tours in a song and dance act aimed atpromoting her royal family; cast includes Newcastle actors. Dee Johnson Entertainment &The Really Thoughtful Company, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at8pm (final show).

Elf The Musical JrA young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and istreated as an elf at the North Pole, then promotes Christmas when he goes to New York; amusical for all ages. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Sunday at 2pm.

Life + Love: An Evening of SondheimSongs by composer and writer Stephen Sondheimfrom nine shows, includingInto the Woods,GypsyandWest Side Story, and performed byadult, high school and young singers. Young People’s Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre,Hamilton. Sunday at 6pm.

A Night with Gilbert &SullivanMaitland Musical Society presents classic songs from thebright and lively comic operas by the title pair. Hawks Nest Community Centre, Saturday, at7.30pm, Sunday, at 2pm.

MOVIES1%(MA)Set within the world of n motorcycle gangs,this modern day Macbeth follows Paddo, heir to the throne of the Copperheads MC who must assume the mantle whilst club leader Knuck does time in jail. (Tower)

A Simple Favour(M)A mummy blogger in a small town discovers her best friend has vanished.

A Star Is Born(M)A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

An Interview With God(CTC)A journalist (Brendon Thwaites, The Giver) must interview a man claiming to be God (Oscar nominee David Strathairn) in this indie drama.

Back To Burgundy(M)Jean left his hometown 10 years ago. When his father falls ill, he comes back and reunites with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie. As seasons go by around their vineyard, they’ll have to trust each other again. (Lake Cinema)

Backtrack Boys(MA) In this Aussie doco, three boys are on a rocky path towards jail until they meet a rule-breaking jackaroo and join his legendary dog jumping team.

Bad Times at the El Royale(MA)Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past.

Beautiful Boy(MA) Steve Carell is a father who watches his son (Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name) struggle with meth addiction.

Christopher Robin(G)A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Ghost Stories(CTC)In this British horror, a renowned sceptic investigates three ghostly supernatural incidents.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween(PG)Halloween comes to life in a brand-new, family adventure comedy based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

Halloween(MA)Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the final confrontation with Michael Myers in the sequel to the classic horror, set 40 years after the first movie.

Hercules –Disney Villains Film Festival Saturday and Sunday, 10am, Event Cinemas Kotara.

First Man(M)A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

In Like Flynn(MA)The biopic depicts Errol Flynn’s roust-about early life in .

Johnny English Strikes Again(PG)After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. (Lake Cinema)

Ladies In Black(PG)Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change forever, a shy schoolgirl takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s.

Night School(M)A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

On Chesil Beach(M)In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.(Lake Cinema)

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups(G)When their latest scheme goes awry, Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold accidentally divert a meteor towards Adventure Bay.

Smallfoot(G)A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans”really do exist.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls(PG)Lewis, an orphan, is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan in a creaky old house.

The Nun(MA)A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania.

The Seagull(M)A heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person.

The Wife(M)A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Twilight –10thAnniversary Special 4pm, Event Cinemas Kotara.

Fletcher home at 26 Tallowwood Crescent listed with $1.1 million price guide

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Fletcher property with $1.1m guide set to raise the roof WOW FACTOR: This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

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LUXURY: Open plan living extends effortlessly to outdoor entertaining and the house comes complete with its own four-person sauna.

TRANQUIL: There is an inground swimming pool and bushland surrounds. The property in total is over 800 square metres of land.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

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1234567891011121314151617 – Theresa Day believes a home with “wow factor” in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent will take the suburb past the million-dollar mark.

The principalof Day by Day Property Solutions raised the suburb ceiling in July when she sold 5 Sabre Close for $977,000.

This week she listed a residence at 26 Tallowwood Crescent with a guide of $1.1 million.

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“It’s a blue-ribbon street which backs onto bushland reserve and it’s on a large corner block of 824 square metres,” Ms Day said.

“It has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, three living areas, a nice pool area, a guest room downstairs, study, a four-person infrared sauna on the alfresco area anda master retreat with a spa bath which opens to a private balcony overlooking the pool and bush.”

Theresa Day

According to n Property Monitors data, the median house price for Fletcher was $623,500 for 126sales last year.

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Ms Day said the Fletcher market had “cooled slightly”.

“There’s the most amount of houses for sale in the Fletcher area that I’ve ever seen, so the urgency to purchase something isn’t there and time on market is a little bit longer now,” she said.

“But you can’t put it into the same category as other houses on the market.This will probably sell quicker than something that’s in the $600,000s because it’s unique and it will be the benchmark.”

Inspections are by appointment only.

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Harris Farm Markets plan to make its new Cooks Hill site the biggest of all its stores

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Brother act: Luke Harris, left, with brothers Angus and Tristan at the new Harris Farm Market in Cooks Hill. Picture: Simone De PeakHARRIS Farm Markets splashed more than $5 million on its new Cooks Hill store, with its co-chief executive officer Luke Harris labelling it the “biggest, most impressive” food market in the Southern Hemisphere.

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On site at the 227 Darby Street store, Sydney-based Mr Harris said HFM had opted to move from Glendale for more space at Cooks Hill.

At 1200sqm, the Darby Streetsite is three times bigger, and when a second building is refurbished for more retail it will become HFM’s largest store.

The refurbishment of the first building, which in the past houseda restaurant and various businesses, encountered delays including a mining tunnel foundbeneath the car park.But it was rewarding.

“It’s such a big, old, amazing building. We pulled down the roof and it was like a cathedral, the timber is beautiful,” Mr Harris said, adding that the original, early 1900s building was amachinery shed for nearby wool stores.

Mr Harris said the Cooks Hill store features its “world class” fruit and vegetables and other market “experiences” including a full-scale butcher, a fish shop with fish cafe, a giant cheese selection, a milk bar featuring ‘pour your own’ milk and a global food arcade.

There is also what he’s referred to as the “Willy Wonka bakery” –in fact, Maryville’s Uprising bakery, which has a retail shop and baking facilities that are literally “in the sky”, on a mezzanine level.

“It’s a ‘breadfall’ –we are baking it, pulling it out of the oven and it goes on to a bread fall [conveyer belt- and the customer pulls a rope and it dispenses in front of them and they put it in a bag,” said Uprising’s Alice Lees.

The bakery stocks a similar range to Uprising’s Maryville location but also has new frozen products:uncooked pizza dough bases and uncooked croissants for people to cook at home.

There’s also espresso bar Cadre Coffee, byEast End cafe and roastery Moor.

Despite its proximity to Marketown and Aldi, Mr Harris says the area was “crying out” for HFM.

“This is our flagship and our store of the future,” he said of the site, for which HFM has a 20-year lease.

Cats take Morrison with AFLW top pick

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Nina Morrison is the No.1 pick in the AFLW draft, just two years after the Geelong recruit’s Dad encouraged her to take up the sport.

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There were no surprises in the top picks, with the Cats also taking Sophie Van De Heuvel at No.2 and Maddie Prespakis going to Carlton with the No.3 selection.

Morrison, a hard-running outside midfielder, was widely-tipped to go to the Cats in the expansion club’s first draft.

But the 17-year-old from the Geelong Falcons said she did not know until her name was called.

“It’s a pretty weird thing to consider – two years ago, even at the start of this year, I never thought I would be in the sort of position I am,” Morrison said.

“It’s a big thing to wrap my head around, but I’m sure I will get there.

“I’m super-excited and can’t wait to get into pre-season … just get stuck into it.”

After growing up with sports such as swimming and soccer, Morrison was encouraged by her father to go to an AFLW tryout day two years ago at Deakin University.

She was soon playing for the Geelong Falcons.

There had been speculation for months that Morrison, an under-18 star, would be a high draft pick.

“You just have to put it to the side a llittle bit, not take it too seriously,” she said of the attention.,

“Especially earlier in the year, I just focussed on playing some good footy, working hard on my game – not read too much into it.”

Under the state-based draft, Victorian players could also nominated whether they wanted to go to Geelong, metro or anywhere in the state.

Prespakis and Morrison were rated the two biggest talents in the draft.

Prespakis chose metro and that opened the way for the Blues to snare her ahead of Geelong.

Morrison and Prespakis were joint-winners of the TAC Cup’s best and fairest award this season and also named the top two players of the national under-18 premiership.

It was a big day in more ways than one for GWS recruit Alyce Parker, who was taken at the end of round one with the No.12 selection.

The recruit from Thurgoona, near Albury, went from the draft to a three-hour agriculture exam for her HSC.

Adelaide recruited Danielle Ponter, the niece of Essendon great Michael Long, with pick No.48.

Carlton took Abbie Mckay at pick No.16 with the AFLW’s first father-daughter selection.

Her Dad is Blues great Andrew McKay.

AFLW DRAFT FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS

1. Geelong: Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons, VIC)

2. Geelong: Sophie Van De Huevel (GWV Rebels, VIC)

3. Carlton: Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons, VIC)

4. Fremantle: Jasmin Stewart (Claremont, WA)

5. Collingwood: Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays, VIC)

6. Melbourne: Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power, VIC)

7. Geelong: Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers, VIC)

8. Adelaide: Nikki Gore (South Adelaide, SA)

9. Brisbane: Paige Parker (Coorparoo, QLD)

10. Western Bulldogs: Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons, VIC)

11. Collingwood: Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers, VIC)

12 . Greater Western Sydney: Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs, NSW)

Trump rallies with former rival Ted Cruz

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Old foes Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz greet each other at a midterm campaign rally in Houston.US President Donald Trump has set aside his old feud with Senator Ted Cruz and headlined a packed rally to help the fellow Republican in his tight race in Texas with rising Democratic star Beto O’Rourke just two weeks before the November 6 elections.

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During the 2016 campaign when both were competing for the Republican presidential nomination, the race grew bitter at times, with Trump dubbing Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and Cruz calling Trump a “snivelling coward.”

Monday’s rally in Houston was the first time Trump threw himself at helping Cruz fend off O’Rourke, even though Cruz has opened a lead in opinion polls on O’Rourke.

“God bless Texas, and God bless President Donald Trump,” Cruz said in opening remarks on Monday.

Having given Cruz a new nickname, “Beautiful Ted,” Trump reviewed their 2016 battle when he took the podium after the two men embraced.

“You know we had our little difficulties,” he said. “I tell you what, nobody has helped me more … than Senator Ted Cruz.”

Trump quickly turned his attention to O’Rourke, who is running strong in a Republican state and giving Democrats hope they can break their opponents’ longtime stranglehold on Texas.

Trump called O’Rourke “a stone-cold phoney” and a “radical, open borders left winger.”

Trump is campaigning to stave off a Democratic push to take control of the US House of Representatives and possibly the Senate, when they could derail or stall much of his agenda and increase congressional oversight and investigation of his administration.

Democrats have seemed poised for months to capture the House, but many races have tightened in recent weeks to the point that some analysts think it is conceivable Republicans could hang on to control.

“About a month ago, they were talking about this ‘blue wave.'” Trump said of Democrats’ anticipated gains. “We’re not hearing that anymore. The blue wave is being dissipated a little.”

Buoyed by a recent uptick in his job approval ratings to the high 40s in opinion polls, Trump is hammering away at two major themes: illegal immigration and the brutal Senate confirmation battle over US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He is also promoting a plan for middle-class tax cuts.

Super Rugby’s Reds ‘forced’ me out: Cooper

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Quade Cooper could be back in contention for a Wallabies’ recall in time for the 2019 World Cup after being thrown a Super Rugby lifeline by the Melbourne Rebels.

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After falling out with Queensland coach Brad Thorn and not playing a single minute of Super Rugby in 2018, the 30-year-old Cooper has signed a one-year deal with the Rebels.

“I want to do whatever I can on and off the field to help grow the rugby community in Melbourne,” Cooper said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I’m keen to work hard and make the entire Rebels organisation and their fans proud.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Cooper said in a not-so-cryptic social media post that the Reds had “forced” him out of the Super Rugby team he loves but “but thank God there’s more than one place that loves me”.

Cooper was frozen out by Thorn from the outset this season and settled for playing club rugby and representing Brisbane City in the NRC, while on a Reds salary in excess of $600,000.

Thorn said in February he “wanted to have a change of where we’re going” when addressing Cooper’s omission.

The 70-Test veteran hadn’t commented publicly on his attitude towards Thorn and the Reds until the provocative Instagram post.

The post was accompanied by an image of Cooper fending a grasping Thorn during the trans-Tasman semi-final of the 2011 World Cup at Eden Park.

Cooper hasn’t played a Test for 16 months but good form at five-eighth in Super Rugby next year alongside former Reds halves partner Will Genia could see him force a place in the World Cup squad.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said he will look closely at Cooper if he can get regular top rugby as a starting playmaker.

Rebels coach David Wessels was looking forward to Cooper joining the club.

“I’ve obviously chatted to Quade a lot over the last few months and I’ve been impressed by his love of the game, and his willingness to reflect on his journey,” said Wessels.

“He’s been pretty selfless in his commitment to club rugby in Brisbane and has shown patience and maturity.

“He knows that he has some hard work ahead of him, but he has the potential to be a really important spark for us over the next few months.”