Let the games begin

FISH OF THE WEEK: Darren Reed wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 60kg black marlin hooked off Port Stephens last Sunday.
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The weather forecast is positive, the fish have been biting and conditions are tipped to be hot on and off the water as we head into the Bigfish Bonanza this weekend.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Darren Reed wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 60kg black marlin hooked off Port Stephens last Sunday.

Hosted by Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club, the event is the first game fishing tournament of the season in Hunter waters.

“Things are looking good,” Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club president Garry Russell said, taking a break from preparations this week.

”We’re looking at 60 or 70 boats competing and over 150 anglers, with lots of cash and prizes on offer for the tournament proper and two bonus events for largest marlin over 200kg and largest shark over 1000lbs.

“We’ve got boats coming up from Botany Bay, and down from Port Macquarie, plus all the local competitors from Newcastle and Port Stephens game fishing clubs flying their colours.

“A lof of boatswill hang around and compete in the Shootout, Interclub and the Bluewater Classic coming up over the next month or so.”

There will be a few new features at this year’s event, including new certified scales and a representative on hand from Fisheries to do research for some university studies.

“We found it hard getting parts for the old scales so we’ve installed new ones this year,” Garry said.

“And DPI researcher Dr Nick Otway will be on handdoing samples on sharks for some university studies and adjudicating on captures.”

Competitors will gather at Belmont Yacht Club on Friday at 7pm for the briefing.

Competition starts Saturdays morning at 6am with the official cut-off each day 5.10pm.

“Saturday night we’ll be holding a spit with plenty of raffles at the yacht club,” Garry said.

“Thefeature meat raffles will be for two half beasts, coming via the good people at Teralba butchery, where two lucky winners will take half a beast each. The raffles are open to all with tickets on sale at the weigh station.”

Although the official cut-off for fishing each day is 5.10pm, members of the public are invited to get down to the weigh station from 4pm to see what’s going on.

“We’ll be processing tag and release cards and some people might come in early if they’ve had any luck.

“As well as that, we’ll be Running updates on Channel 80 and 94, our normal skeds. We’ll also have a progressive scoreboard being updated at the yacht club on Saturday night.”

The official presentation night will be held the following Friday at Swansea RSL

Garry was elected president last September and hiswife Toni is the new secretary.

Gary has been involved with LMGFC since mid 90s and has had his own boat for the last 12 years –Camelot, a 28ft Bertram.

As president, Garry won’t fish the tournament.

“I’ll be down at the weigh station in my capacity as the official tournament weigh master,” he said.

“Neil Grieves is the club’s official weigh master, but he will be busy running the radios, as he does each year.”

A lot of new sponsors have comeon board this year and Garry is keen to work in with them.

“We’ve got a lot of good prizes on offer for small fry and juniors in tag and release and capture -rods, stand up fight gear etc,’’ he said. “Onelucky lady angler will wina pink Penn reel and gear from Tackleworld.

“And the team from Sydney charter boat Lady Audrey are offering a full day charter for one lucky tag and release angler in the tournament, who will go into the barrell for the draw.”

Weather conditions are looking very good for the Saturday and not too bad on Sunday.

“We’ll probably get a bit of a nor-easterly blowing Sunday, but Saturday it will be possibly glassing out and hot,” Garry said.

“We’ve gone out of our way to schedule the tournament this weekend rather than last because we’ll get a mid-tide in the morning and the afternoon, which will assist the bigger boats heading out and coming in over the bar.”

Fishing reports have been promising over the last couple of weeks, with a couple of tiger and mako sharks pushing the 300kg mark, and the odd marlin upwards of 150kg tagged.

”The emphasis is on tag and release and there’sbeen a bit of action lately,” Garry said. “We’ve got warm water out wide and lots of bait. Recent reports from Harrington have seen marlin active in close, so that suggests they’re on their way down. Fingers crossed for the weekend.”

Local effortsWill Hiles, 12, landed an 86cm jew fishing the lake with uncle Deano last Sunday.

David Varley got a 46cm bream in the southern end of Lake Macquarie midweek.

Jack Pepper got a PB 86cm flathead fishing up near Foster.

Denman dynamos Angus Higgins and Jayden Blanch had a hot night fishing on Lake Macquarie last Friday.

Jayden landed a PB 96cm flathead and a maiden 72cm jewie. Angus also got a nice 83cm jew.

Nicholas Henderson hooked an 82cm mullowayon Friday night.

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Plans for Hunter Grange at East Maitland to go before Maitland City Council

Paul Unicomb at the site in March, 2016. Picture: Simone De PeakA proposed 450-lot seniors’village for East Maitland is a step closer to reality, after the NSW Department ofPlanning gave its consent for the major development to go ahead.
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The state authority issued a planning certificate for the $160 million projectdubbed Hunter Grange, which will be built on about 40 hectares nearMount Vincent Road.

Developer Paul Unicomb said his organisation, which has almostcompleted major work on Walka Grange atRutherford, was preparing a development application to submit to Maitland City Council for the first 134 units nearWilton Drive.

He said he hoped to submit the DA “within the next couple of weeks” and ground would be broken as soon as he received council approval.

“Our intention is, to take all our earth moving machinery [from Walka Grange] over to the site at Wilton Drive and getmotivated to start,” Mr Unicomb said.

“We’ve got 125 expressions of interest. We feel as though the site is in a commanding spot there.

“It’s an area where people want to be –we are straight out the door and not far from the new freeway [Hunter Expressway], not far from Green Hills so we’re really excited.

“With the success we’ve had with Walka Grange, we intend to continue that with Hunter Grange.”

Mr Unicomb said the first stage would involve developing the lower part of the site, which did not have any trees or other complicating factors.

“[The application] did take a bit of time and there were various issues that were addressed but we didn’t seem to have any great obstacles,” he said.

Mr Unicomb told Fairfax Media last year that he expected the project would create 150 jobs during construction and 30 ongoing roles once it was complete.

At the time, he described Hunter Grange as “a super senior’s living village” that would include club houses, independent living quarters and a nursing home facility.

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House of the weekMurrays BeachPhotos

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1234567891011121314 – When the first lots of land came up at Murrays Beach, seaside-loving locals Holly and Paul Fox seized the opportunity to build a family home.

“We started building back in 2008,” Holly says.

“We were probably about the fifth house, or the fifth lot of people to move in around here.

“I grew up at Blacksmiths and my husband grew up at Belmont and we were always travelling down this way to go to the beach at Catherine Hill Bay.

“We loved the quietness of it down here.

“When the subdivision came up … we bought our block.”

Despite being first-time builders, the couple had a clear idea of what they wanted from their new home.

“We wanted something that was open-plan but had a real beach house sort of feel to it,” Holly says.

On the must-have list was lots of natural light and functional space for the couple’s two children, now aged 10 and 7.

To achieve this, the house is designed with lots of windows to create “beautiful natural light,” Holly says.

An open staircase with a large void fulfils this purpose too.

The home’s ground floor is all living space, which looks on to the yard.

“So we can see the kids, wherever we are, in the yard,” says Holly.

It’s a real plus for the home’s design.

“That’s probably one of the big things for me,” she says.

Much of the family’s time is spent at ground level.

“It’s all downstairs living,” Holly says.

The interior space at the front of the house is used for the children and is set up with their games and toys.

This second living area has access to a double garage.

At the rear is a combined living, dining and kitchen area, which opens up to an entertainment deck out the back.

The entertainer-style kitchen has a breakfast bar that opens to the living, dining and alfresco areas.

Holly loves this part of the house.

“Probably my favourite space would be the back living area and we’ve got big bi-fold sliders that open up to the deck so we’ve got that inside and outside living,” she says.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms (an ensuite and a family bathroom).

As well as the bedrooms and bathrooms, the upstairs area has a study nook.

The spacious master suite (featuring a walk-in wardrobe) has a deck and a leafy outlook.

“Our bedroom is quite big, quite spacious,” Holly says.

“It has a deck that looks into the trees so it’s quite beautiful.”

The couple embraced the bushland surrounds of Murrays Beach creating gardens and adding greenery to their property.

The colours and materials chosen for the house also reflect the natural surrounds and a relaxed waterside feel.

Different tones of grey are used outside, while inside the colour scheme is beige, with timber floors.

The windows are white.

“We just tried to keep everything very neutral,” Holly says.

The exterior materials are a combination of weatherboards and brickwork (finished with a Taubmans Moroka texture coating), while the interior paint colour is Taubmans Foxtail.

The flooring is an engineered, click together material that can be sanded back, rather than hardwood boards.

“It’s one step up from stock standard laminate,” Holly says.

The flooring was sourced from Independent Carpets at Bennetts Green, as was the carpet upstairs.

Having built a beautifully relaxed and functional family home, the Foxes are ready for their next project.

They have sold their Murrays Beach residence.

The new owners, a retired couple, snapped up the property in its first week on the market.

But the Foxes plan to stay local.

“We won’t be moving far,” Holly says.

They hope to find a “fix-er-upper” house in nearby Caves Beach or Swansea, to be closer to public services.

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The NSW scripture in schools debate is not about religion, it’s about child protection

Concerns: NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes “does not have the power to control the contents of SRE under the current provisions of the Education Act”.Blind faith: the trouble with consentDead animal dissection and scriptureSCRIPTURE in public schools is not an issue about religious views or what you believe about the historical accuracy of the Bible, which is where a lot of the argument seems to settle these days given the heavy involvement of evangelical Christian churches.
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The scripture debate is abouta more basic issue than that – child protection.

For more than three years the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has considered how institutions –churches, schools, sporting organisations, welfare providers, government departments, police, the justice system –have responded to child sexual abuse.

What can be said today, without any doubt, is that an institution with responsibility for children that fails to make child protection the top priority, is an institution where children are potentially at risk.

As a principle, child protection includes protecting children from sexual, physical and emotional harm.

What we also know from the royal commission is that institutions need to be crystal clear about lines of responsibility when it comes to the care of children. In too many cases we’ve heard evidence from people unclear about their responsibilities, unaware of rules and regulations,unable to obtain information and ultimately, unresponsive to the risks faced by children in their care.

The operation of scripture in NSW today ticks just about every box on that list, which is why I keep writing about it. What is the point of campaigning for a royal commission when we appear to be deaf, dumb and blind to the fundamental messages it is telling us about keeping children safe?

How many parents know that the scripture material their children are taught is not investigated, vetted or approved by the Department of Education? How many parents know the Minister for Education Rob Stokes “does not have the power to control the contents of Special Religious Education (scripture) under the current provisions of the Education Act”?

Without knowing the above, how can we say parents signing their children’s enrolment forms –and remember these are Department of Education forms giving parents the sense that everything involved is approved/endorsed by the department –have given informed consent?

Why is that an important issue? Because under current arrangements responsibility for what parents have signed their children up for, is up to parents. It is parents’ responsibility to contact the scripture provider to find out what their children will be taught.

The provider –and finding who or what that is, is an exercise in itself –will point you to a website with a curriculum framework. Go to the Youthworks websiteand see its scripturecurriculum framework. Then read Newcastle Herald articles about what isactually taught to children, and decide for yourself whether parents are actually able to make an informed consent.

The duty of care for children in public schools ultimately rests with principals. Butas has become clearthis week, a disturbing number of principals appear unaware that scripture material is not approved or vetted by the department. And that’s ultimately an issue for the department.

Scripture has been in NSW schools for a long time, but the influence of evangelical Christian groups with a strident reliance on long-ago laws to maintain their “right” to have access to children is, as Anglican priest Rod Bower said, “an echo of a bygone era” that needs to be reconsidered.

It will require legislative change. Ultimately this is a test for the NSW Parliament.

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Tanya Plibersek agrees schools funding is a moral issuepoll, video

Funding: Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek with St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead students and Shortland MP Pat Conroy. Ms Plibersek says schools funding should be looked at as a moral issue. Picture: Marina Neil.SHADOW education minister Tanya Plibersek says schools funding is a moral issue when seen through children’s eyes, in response to questions about Labor’s controversial support for more than $215 million in overfunding to some of Australia’s richest private schools.
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During a visit to St Mary’s Catholic College at Gateshead on Wednesday, Ms Plibersek said children’s perspective of who is valued and not valued under the current system was “a very good way of looking at it” after years of education funding being a political football.

Although initially saying she did not “think kids are paying much attention” to funding impacts, including the $215 million in overfunding to some schools, Ms Plibersek later said she was sure children were aware of the differences between facilities in schools.

“I’m sure children are awareif they go to a school that’snot got a 50 metreswimming pool and the school next door has a 50 metre swimming pool, I’m sure they are aware of those differences,” she said.

St Mary’s school is one of a number of Shortland schools which shared $11 million in additional federal funding under the Gonski agreement. But Shortland MP Pat Conroy said the electorate would miss out on an additional $33 million because of the government’s failure to commit to the largest allocations under the later stages of Gonski funding.

Hunter region schools will miss out on $140 million. One of St Mary’s Gateshead feeder schools is St Pius Primary School at Windale, which has one of the highest rankings for disadvantage in the state. Maitland-Newcastle Diocese provides significant fee subsidies for both schools.

St Mary’s principal Larry Keating said the Gonski funding had been a huge benefit to students, and was allowing the school to expand to include years 11 and 12. In 2016 the school won the science and engineering challenge national championship, after years of dominating the competition.

Ms Plibersek said the $30 billion in cuts because the Gonski model will miss out on the highest funding years to disadvantaged schools would “hurt schools”.

“The whole purpose of these funding arrangements was to bring all schools up to a minimum, and then provide additional funds to disadvantaged schools,” Ms Plibersek said.

Challenged on Labor’s controversial failure to condemn continued overfunding of $215 million to some of the country’s richest private schools, and whether it undermined attacks on the government over the Gonski funding, Ms Plibersek said Labor was happy to reconsider if the government had a proposal to deal with overfunded schools.

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Trundle citizen of the year

Trundle Pony Club 2017: We welcome all to our first rally day which is on Sunday, February 12 at the Trundle Racecourse at 9am with registration.
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Silver: John won a silver medal at Robina in the National Paralympic Triathlon. He swam 750 metres, cycle 23km and run 5km in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Jean Wills has been elected as Trundle Citizen of the Year for 2016.

Jean has been a member of the Trundle Hospital Auxiliary and the CWA for many years.

Bingo Lovers: Put this date in your diaries. Sunshine Club will have their first bingo of the year on Sunday, March 12 at 10am to be held at the Trundle Golf Club.

She has been awarded a Life Member of the Hospital Auxiliary and she is also a member of the Red Cross.

Jean has contributed to the many sections of Trundle show and has also be steward in the jam and cooking sections.

Since 2000 she has been awarded Champion Shield of the pavilion 11 times.

Whenever there is a street stall, Jean’s scones, sponges and banana cakes are always in abundance

Jean can often be seen visiting patients and friends in our hospital and tending to any of their needs. Her knitting is appreciated by babies and young folk and wide and her shawls are feather soft and delicate.

Jean was a committee member and secretary of the P & C and worked as a teacher’s aide with Trundle Central School, spending many years in the sick room tending to the children.

Jean was secretary when the school celebrated it’s centenary which was a very memorable success.

Jean Wills is one of a kind. She has always been and will continue to be an active community member and turning 90 soon and doing all the things she does is truly remarkable.

The Trundle Op Shop will return to normal opening times next week after the school goes back.

Visitors to Pat Bryden at Yarrabandai were Allan Le Breeze and his son, Barry from the Lithgow area.

Old Time Dancing will be heldMarch 5from 2.30pm to 6pm at the Memorial Hall Trundle.

There will a raffle held and afternoon tea will be served.

SilverFurther to our story on John Wheele from last week. John won a silver medal at Robina in the National Paralympic Triathlon.

John has his right hand and part of his forearm missing and is officially classified by Triathlon Australia as PT4.

The winner was Tony Scoleri, also a PT4 the same as John, who spoke to John after the event and told him that John had pushed him hard.

It was John’s first attempt at National Level Paratriathlon and he has got the attention of the AIS.

Although slightly disappointed at a close second, it has just encouraged John to train harder and work towards the gold medal.

John managed to swim 750 metres, cycle 23km and run 5km in 1 hour and 10 minutes. “I have taken 6 minutes off my time, which I am very happy about.

It just brings me so much closer to my International Rivals” said John. Picture shows John proudly wearing his silver medal.

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