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OpinionSwimming proposal a winner for Belmont

OpinionSwimming proposal a winner for Belmont

KICKING ALONG: The proposed reconstruction of a lake swimming area at Belmont has created considerable interest.Swimming is a survival skill.
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Swimming in Lake Macquarie, similar to swimming in the ocean is a significantly different experience and skill to swimming in the closed environment of a public pool.

Lake Macquarie City Council is considering the installation of a new finger jetty and an enclosed swimming area with eco shark barrier netting in Belmont.

This issue has been kicked along for many years and I want to see people enjoying a swim in the natural environment with peace of mind in Belmont.

Belmont does not have any public pools, with the nearest council owned and operated pools located in Swansea and Charlestown.

If this infrastructure project is successful, it might provide an opportunity to redirect some funding from public pools towards other similar facilities around Lake Macquarie in the future.

It is important to note the significant costs of building, refurbishing and maintaining public pools, as opposed to providing infrastructure that leverages all that is great about the natural environment like this initiative.

By delivering this type of community infrastructure, it provides swimmers with a unique experience that we as a council have not offered in many decades.

There will be no barriers to entry in terms of swimming fees.

The facility will be easily accessible to people from all walks of life through sufficient access to public transport, with numerous bus stops located in Belmont within close proximity to the foreshore.

Advancements in technology will be utilised by providing eco shark barrier netting, which will ensure that there is no damage to the environment.

By providing this crucial infrastructure, swimmers can enjoy the largest salt-water lake in .

This infrastructure enhances all that is great about the natural environment and encourages swimming with peace of mind.

I envisage that Lake Macquarie Council City Council councillors will accept the recommendation by staff in relation to a swimming facility in Belmont.

This includes a new finger jetty and an enclosed netted swimming area (including the eco shark barrier).

Having served on council only for the past five months, I am incredibly proud to be standing with the Mayor, Kay Fraser, and delivering this core infrastructure together with our councillors.

This is a significant new policy direction that Lake Macquarie City Council is taking and, if patronage is high and the facility is well utilised, it could act as a catalyst to provide similar swimming facilities at other locations in Lake Macquarie in the future.

I look forward to donning my bathers in Belmont and I hope that the community will get behind this initiative and make this unique swimming facility part of the fabric of our area.

Some in our community contend that this facility doesn’t go far enough.

They argue that we need to build the ‘Taj Mahal’ of facilities in order for people to start swimming in the lake.

I say to them, put on your bathers once this unique swimming facility is built and together let’s ensure that patronage is high and it is as popular as we all hope it will be.

Together we will deliver this infrastructure to Belmont and make the area everything that it can be.

Adam Shultz, is a councillor on Lake Macquarie City Council (east ward)

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Man arrested on terror offences after AFP counter-terror operation in Young, NSW

Man arrested on terror offences after AFP counter-terror operation in Young, NSW

One man has been arrested in an n Federal Policecounter-terror operation in the NSW town of Young.
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Haisem Zahab, 42, fromCherry Vale Road,Young, has been arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to terrorism.

Mr Zahab did not apply for bail when he appeared before Young Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, and it was formally refused by magistrate Peter Dare.

Mr Zahab will be held in custody before appearingin the Paramatta Local Court on Wednesday, March 8, via audio-visual link.

Mr Zahab has been charged with giving and receiving goods andservices to promote commission of section 119.1 offence between 12am on December 1, 2014 and and February28, 2017 at Young.

He was also charged with intentionallyperforming services for a body, being Islamic State with the research, design, and modelling of a long-range missile and a guidance system for the missile with the intention of supporting or promoting the commission of an offence against section 119.1 of the criminal code and for the research and design of a laser warning receiving with theintention of supporting or promoting the commission of an offence against section 119.1 of the criminal code.

Magistrate Peter Dare said these charges could carry life sentences.

The Commonwealth prosecutor Ms L Thompson would not confirm if the appearance via audio-visual linkwas for security reasons, only saying it was the instructions she had been given.


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It is alleged the man, a 42-year-old n-born electrician, attempted to research and design a laser warning device and missiles for Islamic State.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin said: “With these offences, we will allege that he has utilised the internet to perform services for ISIL, activities in the Syria and Iraq conflict, from in the following ways.

“Firstly, by researching and designing a laser warning device to help warn against incoming guided munitions used by coalition forces in Syria and Iraq. And secondly, we will also allege that he has been researching, designing and modelling systems to assist ISIL’s efforts to develop their own long-range guided missile capabilities.”

Mr Colvin said the alleged advice provided by the “technically-trained” manwas “fairly sophisticated and well-planned”.

“We will be alleging that the material that he was intending to provide to ISIL, the research he was doing, was credible,” he said.

Dozens of officers descended on a semi-rural property in Cherry Vale Placeearly on Tuesday morning and began a search.

Some were seen to use metal detectors to search the ground, while NSW Police officers from the dog squad stood nearby.

Mr Colvin said it is believed the man acted alone. No further arrests are expected.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the arrest highlighted a need for ns to remain vigilant.

“This highlights thatterrorism, support for terrorist groups, and Islamist extremism is not limited to our major cities,” he told a briefing at Parliament House in Canberra.

“This is yet another example of the excellent work the men and women of the n Federal Police and all our security agencies are doing in identifying and disrupting alleged assistance to ISIL.”

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said Tuesday’s raid, carried out by NSW Police in conjunction with the AFP, came after a year and a half of investigation.

“The arrest today is the result of an 18-month-long operation and it reminds us that whether you are in a capital city planning an attack on home soil or whether you are in a small country town, trying to assist the terrorist state in the Middle East, you will get caught,” he said.

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It’s a first for Paddy

It’s a first for Paddy

Carry on Jake (Jackson Murphy) returns to scale after an easy Armidale win. Picture by Bradley PhotographersGlen Innes trainer Paddy Cunningham will have his first ever runner in the Country Championships at Scone on Sunday.
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The likeable Cunningham will be travelling nearly eight hours return trip with his charge Carry on Jake who is entered for the $150,000 *H&NWRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400m).

“I did have Hula Girl entered for a Country Championships race previously but she was an emergency and didn’t get a run,” Cunningham said. “I’m hoping this bloke gets into the field.”

Cunningham has had Carry on Jake for 13 starts after the galloper did his early racing in Queensland, but has done well with the five-year-old winning three races and being placed twice.

The gelding won two races at Armidale (1900m) during November, the latter by a widening eight lengths after leading the entire journey. Carry on Jake then led but was grabbed late when third (half a length) to Jimmy Hoffa at Grafton (2200m).

Cunningham has had this race in mind since, giving him an 11-week break before starting Carry on Jake at Grafton in a much shorter 1100m race on February 20.

“We bought him to try and win the Guyra Cup (run at Armidale this Saturday) but then realised he was still eligible for the Country Championships, so we thought we’d have a crack at it with $120,000 more prizemoney.

“He was a funny horse when we first got him but as we increased his distances the better he became. He has now got more confidence and has turned into a pretty fair galloper. He blitzed them when he won at Armidale that day.”

Carry on Jake was well back and wide yet caught the eye when he came from last for fourth (beaten a length) to Rothbury starting a $26 chance.

“He has improved since that run and no doubt the step up to 1400m will also be up his alley.”

Tamworth trainer Lesley Jeffriess will rely on Lonely Orphan in the Qualifier. The mare raced with distinction in three city runs at Rosehill Gardens between October and December.

A winner of four races from 17 starts, Lonely Orphan has not been seen since finishing a close second at Armidale (1900m) on December 19.

Scone Race Club was delighted to receive 28 nominations for the Country Championships Qualifier.

*H&NWRA: Hunter & North West Racing Association

This preview of The Championships is brought to you by Racing NSW. Mark Brassel writes for Racing NSW Magazine, racingnsw苏州夜总会招聘.au and thechampionships苏州夜总会招聘.au

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EDITORIAL: Newcastle’s future depends on proper planning, say international experts.

EDITORIAL: Newcastle’s future depends on proper planning, say international experts.

AT a presentation by the University of Newcastle on Monday night, economist Antoine van Agtmael and journalist Fred Bakker – authors of The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation –explained how the city could bestfind its “technological niche” for the future.
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The next morning, at a Department of Planning and Environmentworkshop at Fort Scratchley, NSWchief plannerGary Whiteand London-based cities specialistGreg Clarkwere equally enthusiastic about the opportunities opening up for Newcastle and the broader Hunter Region.

On his first visit to Newcastle, Professor Clark was pleasantly surprised by the amount of progress already under way in the rebuilding of the regional economy. Based on what he heard, he had come to Newcastle expecting some sort of “rustbelt” destination. Instead, as he told his audience, manyof the building blocks of a successfully rejuvenated, post-industrial city were already in place, or on the way there.

This bodes well for the future, but as Professor Clark made clear, there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to decision-making in regional cities.

As this week’s visitors –and others before them –have made abundantly clear, the globalised nature of life in the 21stcentury meansthat Newcastle is one of many cities taking part –consciously or not –in an international struggle to attract people, capital, companies and institutions.

Key to success in this struggle –according to the futurists and planners –is the ability to present a unified voice to the outside world when it comes to telling the decision-makers, the keepers to the treasury keys, what it is we want. Newcastle has long had a reputation for fractious politics, for having an unnecessary number of representative bodies, all claiming to speak for the region:and all guilty, to some degree or other, of failing to co-operate with each other. According to Professor Clark, decision-makers in successful emerging cities have found ways to put aside their internal differences, and to co-operatein ways that benefitthe broader community, and not just their individual bits of it.

The question is, can we do this here? It might be a cliche, but Newcastle has natural assets that cities around the world would kill for. Are we ready to capitalise on them, to work together, and to take that next step?

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TheatreDraculaKen Longworth

TheatreDraculaKen Longworth

STIRRING: Experience the shake & stir treatment of Dracula at the Civic Theatre on March 17. WHEN Brisbane theatre company shake & stir staged a new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel Dracula in 2015 many audience members went online saying they’d had “a bloody good time”.
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While that was intended as a joking response to the show, it also reflected the enthusiasm this Dracula produced among those who saw it. The season quickly sold out.

shake & stir is remounting the show for a seven-month tour that will take it to 44 venues throughout , including Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on March 17.

The company, which specialises in developing stage works from demanding stories, previously brought acclaimed versions of George Orwell’s novels Animal Farm and 1984 to the Civic, with those watching riveted by the onstage action.

The story was adapted by two of the actors, Nick Skubij and Nelle Lee. Skubij plays Count Dracula, a Transylvanian autocrat who buys properties in London and journeys to there in search of new blood. Lee is Mina, a London teacher and the fiancée of Jonathan Harker (Tim Dashwood), a young lawyer who goes to Transylvania to discuss the management of the properties and finds himself as being more than just a guest at dinner. Harker barely escapes with his life.

The other characters include Mina’s friend, Lucy (Ashlee Lollback), who is stalked by Dracula, and John Seward (Ross Balbuziente), a doctor and one of Lucy’s suitors. David Whitney has won praise for the two very different people he plays: Abraham Van Helsing, a doctor, lawyer and professor who joins Seward, one of his former students, in hunting for vampires, and Renfield, a mentally disturbed patient of Seward whose behaviour includes eating insects he captures and who comes under the influence of Dracula. Renfield’s habits contribute dark humour to the story.

Bram Stoker’s novel was written in 1897 and Dracula’s director, Michael Futcher, has retained the late 19th century setting, with the actors wearing the era’s elegant garb and a much-praised set showing how swiftly a performance can move from one venue to another.

And, as Tim Dashwood noted in an interview, the idea of vampires is not common knowledge in this story. “So when peoples’ blood is seemingly sucked, and they are pale and have bite marks on their neck, our characters look to natural causes,” he said. “Part of the play is convincing them that there are darker things in the realms of man.”

Dracula has performances at the Civic Theatre on Friday, March 17, at 11am and 8pm. Tickets: $48, concession $42, subscriber $38, youth (15-21) $30, family (two adults, two children $140. Bookings: 4929 1977.