Monthly Archives: December 2018

Wannon MP Dan Tehan says continuing to build and expand regional tertiary education will be a high priority

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan. Picture: Rob GunstoneWannon MP Dan Tehan says he will have a strong focus on regional tertiary education in his new role as education minister.

Mr Tehan worked along side south-west business and education advocates to save Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus from closing in 2016.

Thecampus is slowly regaining students after it came close to shutting in 2016dueto declining enrolments.

2018 enrolment figures revealed more students were choosing to study nursing, while teaching is less popular than in previous years.

“One of the key focuses that I want to bring in this role in the higher education space is about what we need to do in rural and regional areas to make sure we have tertiary institutions,” Mr Tehansaid.

“It is something I have learnt from the ground up from what happened to the Deakin campus in Warrnambool and the fight save it, which was incredibly important for our local area.”

Mr Tehan said lessons could be learnt from the tertiary system abroad.

“I do see an identifiable need for us to look at this area,” he said.

“If you look at other areas such as the United Kingdom or the United States they have tertiary institutionsspreadright across their nations, not just focused in their capital cities. This is something I want to look at and something that I will be very passionate about in this new role.”

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said Mr Tehan was a “good friend”to the university’scommunity.

“Mr Tehan noted in his maiden Parliamentary speech in 2010 that ‘education is a key reason I am standing here today’,” Professor den Hollander said.

The Standard, Warrnambool

Chinan Instagram model Sinead McNamara dies in Greece

n Instagram model and former Port Macquarie local Sinead McNamara has died in Greece. Photo: FacebookFORMER Port Macquarie woman and n Instagram model Sinead McNamara, 20, who died on a boat in Greece this week, has been remembered as a “beautiful soul”.

“My camping buddy and twin! I’ll always treasure growing up with you. Rest in peace beautiful girl,” one person wrote on her Instagram page.

“Beautiful kind happy soul,sending love and strength to her family,” said another.

“A beautiful life taken way too soon. Rest In Peace gorgeous.”

Ms McNamara is believed to have been working on superyacht Mayan Queen IV, owned by Mexican mining magnateAlberto Baillères, in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia at the time of her death.

The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

She was found in a critical condition on the boat and transferred to a local hospital but later died on the way to Hygeia hospital in Athens, local media is reporting.

Greek authorities are currently investigating her death.

Ms McNamara’s mother is reportedly travelling to Greece and a spokeswoman for the n Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to Ms McNamara’s family.

Ms McNamara, who was born and raised in Port Macquarie and lived in Sydney, arrived in Greece in mid-June this year after travelling to Bali, Alaska and the Whitsundays.

Ms McNamara graduated from Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus in 2016 and turned 20 about four weeks before her death.

Her last Instagram post was from the Greek island of Kefalonia and has since been inundated with tributes from her friends and followers.


Birdsville Races puts on the style

Birdsville races puts on the style Nick and Blake from Brisbane at Birdsville Races 2018.

Shoey from Mount Isa with Pauline and Peter from Yeppoon.

Sandra Johns (Texas, Qld) and Angela Doran (Warwick, Qld) step out in park style at the Birdsville Races along with 5000 others. Photos: Derek Barry

The 12 jockeys line up before the Birdsville Cup but only one of them can win the big race.

Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta.

Mayor Geoff Morton and wife Bev watch the Calcutta.

The Melbourne Cup went on tour to Birdsville.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

The Adelaide mob were on hand.

As was this colourful crew from Melbourne.

Mary, Nat and Darlene get ready to enter the racecourse.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The Sydney mob went all flowery.

Judith and Lee from Wollongong and Sydney.

They hailed from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra but got together to make a bright impression.

Simon, Carsten, Di and Laura all the way from Tassie.

The Scoop wins race 1 for trainer Craig Smith.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The flamingo suit crew from Adelaide.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Gretta Allen (Winton), Sophie Stringer (Longreach), Russell Bennett (Melbourne).

B1 and B2 from Bananaland. Actually Emerald, Qld.

Afdiato holds off Safdie to win Race 2.

Dylan, Greta and Sophie.

Slug, Ton and Dazza from Brisbane.

Colleen, Ernie and Shannon study the form guide.

Curtis Corneliusen and Alec Dyball (Brisbane).

Satan Da wins Race 3.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion winner.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Fashion judges at work.

Ladies millinery.

Ladies millinery winner.

16-month old Ivey Ison stole the show in the best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Jayeffkay wins Race 4.

Jayeffkay’s owners celebrate the win.

Kerry Espin and Tracy Igglesden from Gympie.

Some of the large Rockhampton crew.

Interviews with the ladies fashions runner-up and winner.

Race 5 goes to Mount Isa and Damgoodchoice.

Trying out the Birdsville Cup for size.

All the jockeys in the big race with the Birdsville Cup.

Gary Brook, Vice President, Birdsville Race Club.

Crowd lines every vantage point to watch the big race.

Blue Jest wins a thrilling finish.

Blue Jest and jockey Adin Thompson.

Trainer Bevan Johnson is a happy man.

Celebrating Blue Jest’s win in the Cup.

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— Racing Queensland (@racing_qld) September 1, 2018

Outside of the race track,Fashion on the Fields was a final day highlight, with classic, contemporary and novelty divisions for men, women, couples and families.

As in previous years, entertainment and trackside hospitality were also key draw-cards, while live music, pub festivities and Fred Brophy’s famous Boxing troupe kept crowds bustling in the township of Birdsville itself.

North West Star

Holmes up there with Slater: NRL coach

Valentine Holmes will enter the finals as arguably the hottest player in the NRL after spearheading Cronulla to a 30-18 win over Canterbury in their NRL season finale.

Holmes scored a try and set up three others on Sunday afternoon in a performance that even had Bulldogs coach Dean Pay comparing him to retiring champion Billy Slater.

“Billy’s retiring and someone’s got to take that mantle. These sort of players, for what he has done, he’s up there with the top players in the competition,” Pay said after the match.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan stopped short of crowning Holmes the game’s form player but admitted needing his star fullback to continue his purple patch in the finals.

“He’s definitely in form in our team. Not quite sure about the whole competition, there’s some good players going around at the moment,” Flanagan said.

“(But) we need him in form. You need players like that if you’re going to go along in the semi-finals to rely on to score those tries, make a break, do something special.”

Holmes’ performances – he also had two line break assists and ran for more than 100m – has coincided with the Sharks ending the regular season with a four-game winning streak.

No other finals contenders have more confidence than the 2016 champions, who will face minor premiers the Sydney Roosters in next week’s qualifying final.

The Bulldogs showed plenty of bite to stay within striking distance for most of the contest at ANZ Stadium, led by Will Hopoate’s 218m, 12 tackle busts and try.

But Holmes had an answer for every Bulldogs attack.

The Queensland State of Origin representative set up the opener for Luke Capewell, and replied to back-to-back Bulldogs tries by sending Sosaia Feki over just before halftime.

Holmes did it himself moments after the break to score his 21st try of the season – a career-high – and pull within one of the league’s top tryscorer David Fusitu’a.

And when the Bulldogs threatened again by pulling within six, this time through Brett Morris’ 53rd-minute posting, it was none other than Holmes to keep the hosts at bay.

On play one off a scrum, the 23-year-old put Feki on the outside of his man and ensure the Sharks finished the season in fourth spot.

It initially looked as though the Bulldogs were in for a long day when Capewell, Andrew Fifita and Josh Dugan crossed during the opening 22 minutes.

Fifita crashed over despite appearing to be advantaged by a hole created by Luke Lewis running into Lachlan Lewis.

The Bulldogs showed plenty of ticker to respond with the next two tries to Will Hopoate and Michael Lichaa but, led by Holmes, the Sharks held firm at every turn.

The defeat means the Bulldogs finish 12th in their first season under rookie coach Dean Pay – one spot below their 11th-placed ending under Des Hasler last year.

Newcastle Knights veteran Chris Heighington remained a warrior, and a team man, until full-time in his last-ever NRL game.

FINAL FLING: Chris Heighington’s teammates provide a guard of honour before kick-off. Picture: Darren PatemanRIGHT to the end, Chris Heighington remained a warrior, and a team man.

With just seconds remaining in the 338th, and last, game of his 16-season NR career, the veteran Newcastle forward took exception to a tackle that left rookie Knights teammate Tom Starling injured.

Instantly Heighington was at loggerheads with the St George Illawarra players he felt was responsible, in particular NSW Origin lock Jack de Belin.

Then the full-time siren sounded and 36-year-old “Heighno”, a premiership winner with Wests Tigers in 2005 and Cronulla in 2016, was officially an ex-player.

He spent only one season with Newcastle, making 21 appearances off the bench, but few players in the club’s history will be more warmly remembered by their teammates.

“He’s been huge for the club,” Knights captain Mitchell Pearce said of Heighington.

“Obviously every club he’s been to, no one ever has a bad word to say about him.

“He’s done a hell of a lot off the field here, and he’s a real goer. A guy who’s played as many games as he has, obviously he’s built his game on being a competitor and a goer. He’s achieved a hell of a lot in the game, and he’s brought a positive attitude every day to training.

“He’ll be a mate of the boys for a long time …unfortunately we couldn’t get a win for him.”

Heighington bowed out with a 25-minute stint off the bench, a cameo appearance made necessary because he carried a knee injury into his last-ever game.

“It’s probably sinking in a little bit now,” he said after the game.

“Seeing all my family and friends after the game, and going around the crowd, thanking everyone, it gets a bit emotional, but you’ve got to retire at some stage.”

Heighington saida pre-match pep talk from Knights legend Robbie O’Davis was a touching gesture.

“Robbie was someone I used to watch play when I was a kid, and he said a few words that I’ll probably remember for a long time,” he said.

“He was really passionate, and then walking out through the Old Boys, that was an unreal feeling.”

Newcastle take one last climb up Queens Wharf Tower

Newcastle takes one last climb up Queens Wharf Tower Ian Nesbitt with granddaughters Laila, 5, and Marli, 7, after climbing the tower on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook Queens Wharf Tower closes to the public Pictures: Simone De PeakIan Nesbitt spent Father’s Day upholding a family tradition by taking his granddaughtersMarli, 7, and Laila, 5, up Queens Wharf Tower, just as he once didwith their mum, Jodie.

“They’ve never been up before, and I wanted them to have the memory of going up a big tower,” Mr Nesbitt said.

“I don’t know if there’s many other places in Newcastle to go up this high.The kids put importance in it and were asking to come.”

The Nesbitts were amonga steady stream of people who climbedthe 180 steps to the top on the tower’sfinal weekend of being open to the public before a demolition team moves in on Monday.

Newcastle City Council voted last year to remove the 30-year-old structure, which will be dismantled over four days from September 17.

Jodie Nesbitt said her daughters had ridden their bikes regularlypast the 40-metre tower and been talking about it at school, but she hadalways been too nervous to take them up.

“I’ve never seen it as busy as it is today,”she said.“It’s been unappreciated.I think it’s a bit sad.

“It’s an icon of Newcastle, and the thing that replaces it has to be just as cool.”

But her father disagreed.

“I commend council for building it, but it’s not an important part of Newcastle for me,”he said.

“I know there’s some stigma with the shape of it, and it’s not one of our iconic buildings.

“But we need to make sure we don’t only have bars and restaurants, but also something for kids along the foreshore,and this has been something for them to do.”

Marli said it was “fun”and scaled the stairs for a second time on her own, while Laila said she would one day tell her own children about the tower.

“It gives you a different look.I don’t want it to be pulled down,”she said.


The architect’s view

Off to the scrap heap

Landmark or eyesore?

Council turns on tower

Turn it into a ute

The Herald’s opinion

Tower immortalised in bottle opener

Grant Fayle, of Belmont North, said he was feeling a “little bit nostalgic and sad”about taking his 3½-year-old son Thomas up for what would be his first – and final – visit.

“I went up there as a child, and I’d never taken Thomas up there, so this was the last chance to do it,”Mr Fayle said.

“We’d been thinking about it for the last couple of months and were coming in for Father’s Day anyway, but it was Thomas who asked today out of the blue, ‘Can we climb the tower?’”

Mr Fayle said he would not miss the structure, but he would miss the vantage point it offered.

“It’s the only thing we’ve got here that gives you that kind of view,”he said.“It would be nice tohave something put in its place to give us the same view.”

Thomas said reaching the top was “exciting”.

“I saw everything. The light rail station was so tiny,”he said.“I saw Nobbys, boats, the beach, clouds, the blue sky, the sunand that church.”

Hunter businesses join forces to deliver precious hay for our farmers in need

Hunter businesses join forces to deliver precious hay for our farmers in need Teamwork: Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder, McDonald Jones Hunter General Manager Matthew Edwards and Knights/Wests CEO Phillip Gardener. Picture: Marina Neil

Valuable: Rural Aid said $9500 pays for a semi-trailer load of hay and the cost to take it to an affected area. The hay was delivered from Queensland on Friday night.

TweetFacebookHUNTER businesses have banded together to send nine semi trailers of Queensland hay – valued at a combined $85,500 –to farmers in the Upper Hunter and Northern NSW.

McDonald Jones Homes Hunter Region General ManagerMatthew Edwards said his organisation had organised through Rural Aid’s Buy aBale campaign to send three semi trailers to Scone and surrounds.

The McCloy Group has organised three semi trailersfor the Tamworth area and Wests and the Knights have combined to send three semi trailers to locations across the two regions.

“We want to give back to the Upper Hunter and the areas that have supported us as a builder over the years,” Mr Edwards said.

“We have sub contractors and clients in that area who have families and communities around them that have been going through major difficulties because of the drought and lack of rain.

“They’re struggling to ensuretheir income and livelihood under these kinds of conditions.”

The Scone-bound trucks left on Saturday and the others will depart in the coming week.

The organisations paid $9500 for each of the semi trailer’s loads and transport costs.

Rural Aid volunteers also collected cash donations for farmers at the Knights last home game.

Five bales each worth $20 feed one cow for one week, $52.50 buys a supermarket hamper and $250 delivers 11,500 litres of water to a farm within 100 kilometres of the collection point.

Oates propels Brisbane to home NRL final

What was billed as Sam Thaiday’s farewell became The Corey Oates Show as the off-contract winger crossed for a record-equalling four tries to help Brisbane seal a home final with a 48-16 NRL win over Manly.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett admitted Oates had added some “more zeroes” to his next deal after becoming only the seventh Bronco to score four times in a match, cementing sixth spot and a home elimination final against St George Illawarra on Sunday.

All the pre-game hype centred on retirement-bound Thaiday in what was promoted as the ex-Test prop’s final home game but he will return to Suncorp Stadium again next week after Oates’ heroics sparked the eight tries to three romp.

“He has put some more zeros on the end of it (next contract) after tonight – I am not sure if we can pay them,” Bennett laughed.

Broncos talks had stalled with Oates as the Queensland winger went through a change in management mid-season.

Oates’ insistence on moving into the back row had also been a sticking point.

In what loomed as Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett’s final game, Brisbane showed no mercy as Oates got off the mark in just the second minute thanks to an Anthony Milford grubber.

His second was arguably the most memorable, flying high in the 26th minute to intercept a Daly Cherry-Evans kick near his own line before galloping almost 100m to score.

He grabbed a hat-trick by the 50th after five-eighth Milford – in a stellar 100th game for Brisbane – collected a Manly kick near his own line and booted ahead for Oates to score in another near length-of-the-field effort.

When Oates crashed over again in the 58th minute, he joined Steve Renouf, Wendell Sailor, Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, Denan Kemp and Israel Folau as the only Broncos to have bagged four in a game.

And he thought he had a record fifth in the 79th minute but it was disallowed for offside.

Oates wasn’t the only one keeping the Broncos statisticians honest on Sunday.

Brisbane had to win by 24 to seal sixth but could have moved to fifth with a victory by 33 or more.

Bennett denied that his side were crunching the numbers to work out their finals fate.

“They would have known what was going on … but no one talked about it,” Bennett said.

Manly’s woeful season is finally over, finishing second last with seven wins.

And it appears Barrett’s time at the helm is also at an end after a very public fallout with management.

Not much had gone right for the hapless Sea Eagles this year and the script didn’t change on Sunday when fullback Tom Trbojevic left the field concussed in the 30th minute.

Brisbane led 20-10 at halftime.

Meanwhile, Bennett expected back-rower Alex Glenn and hooker Andrew McCullough (concussion) to return against the Dragons.

PM responds to Turnbull’s Labor campaign

Malcolm Turnbull’s son is soliciting donations for the Labor Party in the Sydney by-election to replace his father, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it’s all part of democracy.

Alex Turnbull has taken to Twitter to encourage people to donate to the Labor Party ahead of the Wentworth by-election, saying it’s the best “bang for the buck” they’ll get.

He is also sharing campaign material from Labor’s candidate Tim Murray via social media.

Asked on Sunday if it struck him as odd the son of a retiring Liberal MP was campaigning for Labor, Mr Morrison turned the other cheek saying: “it strikes me as a democracy”.

Responding to online criticism over his new found support for Labor, Alex said: “If you want blind unthinking faith you can go to a place of worship”.

“If all you are is barracking for a football team in politics you’re just a useful idiot foot soldier for the vested interests that run the place. Wake up.”

The Liberals are facing a tough fight in Wentworth, with a recent poll placing them even with Labor on a two party preferred basis.

There is concern within the party that a strong independent candidate could also do some damage, with local GP and marriage equality campaigner Kerryn Phelps likely to throw her hat in the ring.

While Mr Turnbull’s resignation has prompted several high profile names to push for Liberal pre-selection, AAP understands his close friend and former Business Council of executive director Andrew Bragg is shaping as favourite.

Former n ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma also in the gunning for the Liberal ticket, but senior moderates are pushing for Mr Bragg to be the consensus candidate.

The former prime minister and his wife Lucy on Sunday flew out of for a holiday in New York.

Mr Turnbull formally resigned from parliament last Friday, a week after Mr Morrison defeated Peter Dutton in a leadership spill.

Newcastle Rugby League: Souths power past Central in qualifying semi-finalphotos

Lions roar beyond Central KICK: Ryan Glanville (centre) and Lachlan Walsmley (right) combined for three of Souths’ seven tries against Central at St John Oval on Sunday. Pictures: Simone De Peak

TOUGH: Second-rower Jake Lawrence takes the ball up for the Lions during their emphatic 46-12 qualifying semi-final victory over the Butcher Boys.

PASS: Central’s Callan Richardson, who shifted from fullback to five-eighth for the fixture, gets the ball away during the second half.

TweetFacebook Newcastle RL: Central v SouthsPictures by Simone De PeakRyan Glanville and Lachlan Walmsley combined to produce a Newcastle Rugby League masterclass on Sunday as Souths moved within one win of the club’s second grand final appearance in three seasons.

The five-eighth and fullback, like most in the young Lions squad weren’t part of the 2016 premiership,teamed up on three occasions to score tries from short kicks as part of the visitors’ 46-12 victory against Central at St John Oval.

Two of those came in quick succession with Walmsley crossing in the 19thand 21stminutes, first from a chip and the second from a grubber, to put Souths ahead before Glanville dribbled through for himself for an 18-4 lead in the 25thminute.

It was a definitive six-minute period and later the same pair put icing on the cake with the Lions’ seventh and final four pointer, arguably their best, with four minutes left on the clock.

Walsmley’s hat-trick means he has now scoredin nine straight matches. The 20-year-old custodian has 20 tries in 2018, featuring 18 in the most recent period since July 1.

“They’ve got a good little combination going there,” Souths coach Ben Cross said.

“It’s not by accident, they practice it at training and that’s why it comes off in a game.”

Souths travel to Cahill Oval this Sunday to meet minor premiers Lakes in the major semi-final with Cross hopeful he will have the services ofwinger Harry Van Dartel, who left the field with a nose injury late in the game following a tackle by Central centre Steve Gordon.

“I don’t know whether thatwas put on report or not, if it wasn’t I’ll probably be looking at it,” Cross said.

“He [Van Dartel] is in a bit of a bad way with his nose, but hopefully he will be right for next week.”

Lions prop Luke Higgins (cork)was the other minor concern.

Central halfback Brad Murray failed to finish the game and spent the second half icing hishamstring on the bench. The hosts trailed 24-4 at the main break.

The Butcher Boys playmaker indicated after full-time that he’d be right to play against the in-form Bulldogs at Kurri Sportsground in Saturday’s minor semi-final.

Marcel Ikinofo opened Central’s account with a try in the fourth minute while skipper Ethan Cook and Dom Murphy crossed in the 44thand 57thminutes.

Tom Cronan nabbed a double for Souths. Jason Keelan kicked nine goals from as many attempts, including two penalties.

FIXTURES: Kurri v Central at Kurrion Saturday (minor semi-final); Lakes v Souths at Cahill Oval on Sunday (major semi-final).