Gunnedah rider back on the pedals at 2014 Keepit Real 100

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

MOUNTAIN BIKE:
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It was a 50km baptism by fire for returning mountain bike rider Adam Carlyon on the weekend.

The Gunnedah competitor was one of more than 200 who turned out for the 2014 event held at Lake Keepit.

Work commitments meant competition became a rarity for this local enthusiast but in the last 12 months Carlyon resumed his passion for riding.

Competitors leave the start line at the 2014 Keepit Real 100.

Showing he had lost little of the competitive edge either during his absence, Carlyon finished 44th in a 107-strong field in the 50km distance.

“It was pretty good (result) considering some of the riders I was up against,” Adam said of his two hour, 46 minute time.

Right he was, as former junior national champion and Australian World Championship representative, Billy Sewell, took out first place honours.

The Bonny Hills rider finished in a time of 2.09, barely 20 seconds ahead of next best, Fraser Ashford, from Tamworth.

Adam described conditions as “pretty horrible” after overnight rain plunged the humidity readings into overdrive.

“It was wet and tacky… just real energy sapping,” he said.

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Krazy’s spin on Aussie cricket

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Jason Krejza signs a young fan’s hat during his recent visit to Moree.JASON Krejza rocketed into Australian cricket folklore in his first of two games in the baggy green, astounding everyone by both the amount of wickets he claimed – and the runs he conceded.
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‘Krazy’ took eight scalps in his first innings for an equally remarkable 215 runs to finish the test with figures of 12/358. He was named man-of-the-match despite the team losing the game and series away to India.

While he was in Moree last week the recently retired Krejza spoke to the Champion about the country’s spinning stocks, the upcoming World Cup and the tragic death of Philip Hughes.

Who is going to win the World Cup?

“I’d love to see Australia win it, I really would, and I think they’re definitely going to be up there in the finals. But South Africa are a great team, they’ve got a couple of really good players and I’ve always loved the way they play their cricket, which is pretty similar to Australia. Sri Lanka are a very good one day team, India are fantastic…they’ve got some seriously good players, like Kohli. They’ve got a lot of young talent and play a hell of a lot of one day cricket.

So Australia are going to find it very, very tough, even though its in their own conditions. Someone like South Africa could really excel, as conditions are similar to what they’re used to. I think it’s going to be a hard fought top four and should be great to watch.

What do you make of Australia’s spin stocks at the moment?

Thin. Definitely thin, but I don’t think selectors should be looking anywhere but Nathan Lyon. He’s a great spinner, but sometimes they expect too much of him. Pitches aren’t turning a hell of a lot so his role sometimes is just to bowl tight. He didn’t have a great tour in Abu Dhabi but people have off days, off series. I don’t think he bowled the way he wanted to but it may have been a case of people giving him too many opinions. I think he’s a great bowler with a good cricket brain and I reckon he should just bowl the way he bowls.

After him…Stephen O’Keefe obviously, but then after that it is running a little thin. There’s quite a few who are playing nowhere near enough cricket to have their names floated to be able to play for Australia.

Are there any spinners coming through the ranks to watch out for?

John Holland. He’s played for a bit, he’s someone who I really like. It’s pretty baffling why they’re looking past Fawad Ahmed, after they rushed his visa… Then you’ve got James Muirhead.

What do you think about the death of Philip Hughes?

It was very tragic, it was a horrible time for Australia and world cricket as well. It touched people around the world, Elton John mentioned for example, so it’s incredible how far the reach has been.

He was everything they say he was, a great guy, a little smart alec. In cricket you always have someone who is a great bloke, but you don’t like them on the field. But Hughesy wouldn’t have had a single enemy, he was just a cool little country kid, the guy who everyone loved. It was a tragedy what happened. Now, hopefully cricket can get on with being cricket again.

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Police to get ‘Star Wars-type tech’

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Is this the Queensland police officer of the future? Photo: Supplied Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
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Police Commissioner Ian Stewart sees the future of Queensland policing looking a lot like Robocop.

But only “the good parts”.

Commissioner Stewart likened new police tools, such as the upgraded roll out of QLITE, which gives police access to databases via an iPad, to “Star Wars-type technology” .

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said allowing police officers access to databases without heading back to the station saved “up to 30 minutes per shift”.

Mr Dempsey said the government had committed to a rollout of 1750 smart devices capable of accessing the technology this year, but “we have in fact rolled out 2850 devices”.

Commissioner Stewart said it like the stuff of TV shows.  And movies.  And science-fiction.

“Things we have seen on movie shows in the past – the technology is almost Star Wars-type technology is now in the hands of our front line police,” he said.

“It makes it safer for them. It makes it safer for the frontline community and that has always got to be our primary focus.”

While lightsabers for constables were still a while away, Commissioner Stewart did envision a future where police officers were equipped with Google Glass.

“It is an exciting time for policing and you know, people talk about Robocop, that type of technology, I think the good parts of that are not very far away,” he said.

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Join singers and stars in the candlelight

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

Brittany Ashman, from Whitebridge, with Ruth Clements and Dan Bartel, from Adamstown, at last year’s Newcastle Herald Newcastle Permanent Carols By Candlelight, on December 19 this year.CHRISTMAS cheer will fill King Edward Park when the annual Newcastle Herald Newcastle Permanent Carols By Candlelight gets under way on Friday, December 19.
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Rugs, fold-up chairs and picnic baskets are expected to fill the park’s amphitheatrewell before the sun starts to set.

Early evening entertainment will be provided by Lauren Wheatley with Jump and Shout with the Jolly Jelly Beans.

Musical director and orchestra leader for the carols is Milton Ward, with the angelic Hunter Singers and Amanuael Visser, Susan Jon Rose, Michael Montgomery and Scott Gelzinnis.

There will be free carnival rides from 5.30pm, with a Santa appearance expected.

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Colts winners in a washout

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COLTS opener Matthew “Tink” O’Callaghan prepares to go the tonk against L&D.LDCA A grade cricket
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LSC Colts took first innings points and shared bonus points with L&D CC after the game was washed out at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday.

However, it was the only game that got anything close to substantial play with the rain almost skirting the ground.

Colts set up their win on the first day with a strong effort with the bat and an even better showing with the ball.

Lachlan O’Callaghan (41), Todd Pattison (22), Mark Burns (19) Josh Carn (15) and Sam Cooper (15) produced the bulk of the run in their side’s total of 144.

Jonte Schmetzer was the king with the ball for L&D, taking 5-16.

However, the Colts only needed two bowlers to rout the Ferrets and have them in dire straits on 9-60 at stumps.

Dan Davies scored 13, but it was Kieren O’Callaghn (24no) who was holding the innings together.

Carn had taken an impressive 5-23 off 17, while Burns was the only other bowler used and took 4-35 off 16.

FORM bowler for L&D Ben Elwin.

Resuming day two with just one wicket in hand, L&D knuckled down to hold out the Colts.

Relying solely on their strike weapons, Colts took 10.4 overs and conceded 13 runs before Sam Alampi (2) was bowled by Burns (5-46), stranding O’Callaghan on 37no.

Carn finished with 5-28 and the Colts had first innings points and a 68-run buffer.

By now the rain had caught up with the game, but the Colts set off in their second innings with Burns seemingly in a hurry.

He hit 36 off 21 before Antony Tocin (1-29) had him caught by O’Callaghan with the score on 45.

Jacob Houghton (11) played a support role as Matthew O’Callaghan (23) set about his task before O’Callaghan (2-12) removed the former and then Tocin repaid the bowler by taking the catch that removed his cousin.

Nathan Carn (7no) and Jarryd Day (3no) were at the crease when the rain finally came and the game was washed out.

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Opinion: A snapshot of Newcastle’s economic profile

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THE council is pleased to be able to provide Newcastle businesses, community organisations, schools and other interested people access to the latest economic data for the City of Newcastle.
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The fantastic online tool features information about all facets of our local economy and is accessible from any computer.

The council has subscribed to this product for 12 months and it will be able to use the data to inform potential investors, prospective new residents, researchers, students and media organisations about the economic health, growth and future potential of the city.

The Newcastle economic profile provides data on key economic indicators such as employment, output, wages and salaries, exports, imports and value added.

The profile allows comparison of data for Newcastle with state and national data as well.

It will greatly enhance our capacity to respond to economic development initiatives, grant applications and reporting on economic issues.

Some of the ways the data can be used are to:

■ add weight to funding and grant applications, media releases and feasibility studies;

■ generate detailed local economic data and maps to promote the area;

■ analyse the economic impacts of potential developments or industry closures;

■ identify the economic contribution of existing business and industries;

■ understand the spatial distribution of industries across the area;

■ identify opportunities for import replacement and value adding and;

■ generate economic profiles for sub regions.

Some interesting facts about the community:

■ Estimated resident population of the Newcastle LGA: 158,553

■ Estimated number of people who are employed in Newcastle: 87,849

■ Estimated gross regional product: $13.587 billion.

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Cameras get closer

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

Kiama councillor Dennis Seage moved to give general manager Michael Forsyth authority to award the CCTV camera supply and installation tender. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHANPROGRESS on a network of CCTV cameras for Kiama’s CBD continues, with the council due to award the camera supply and installation tender next month.
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The $280,000 project is being jointly funded by the three levels of government.

The 20-camera network makes use of the National Broadband Network, with the new infrastructure also to be used for a free Wi-Fi service for Kiama’s town centre.

The first stage is the cameras themselves, and the second is the introduction of Wi-Fi.

The cameras will be installed in Terralong Street and Railway Parade while the second stage will loop back to Terralong Street via Bong Bong Street and Manning Street.

The cameras are designed to blend in with the Kiama streetscape, and will have footage broadcast live through to the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command.

At last Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting, councillor Dennis Seage submitted a Notice of Motion that the council delegate authority to general manager Michael Forsyth to award the CCTV camera supply and installation tender, “that is expected to be in the vicinity of $100,000 and certainly less than $150,000”.

Mr Forsyth was given delegated authority to determine the successful tender.

CCTV tenders have been called for and a pre-tender meeting was attended by 32 people.

“Tenders close on December 8,” Mr Forsyth wrote.

“It is not considered to be possible to thoroughly review the tenders in time for a report to the council meeting of December 16.

“The next scheduled meeting of council is on February 10.

“As a matter of practice tenders of this value would normally be reported to council, however the motion proposed by Cr Seage will allow the tender to be determined as soon as possible therefore avoiding any further delay with the project.”

Mr Forsyth said this was necessary to progress the project.

“To make the timeframe, we’ve got a funding agreement with the government, so we’re trying to meet the timetable that we originally set,” he said.

The tender decision was to be made in January.

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New Rockdale pool gets official go-ahead

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Measured win: Residents had mixed emotions after Rockdale Council voted to go ahead with the new Rockdale City Aquatic Centre. Picture: Jane Dyson.ROCKDALE Council has ended the stalemate over the future of Bexley Pool, voting to enter into a $24 million fixed-price contract to build the Rockdale City Aquatic Centre.
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It was a compromise over the initial price of $30 million.

The council also resolved to accept the $48 million offer to sell land in Chapel Street and will use these funds to build the new centre and other community facilities.

Mayor Shane O’Brien said: “As mayor I’m happy because this is something we promised,” he said.

“We’ve ticked off everything we said we would do and I think it’s been a great victory for the community.

“It’s been a humiliating back-down from the Liberals. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the whole project but we’ve come a long way.”

Cr Ron Bezic (Liberal) said he was happy with the result: “If it wasn’t for our actions in pausing the process over the past three months, the council would have embarked on building a $36-$40 million Dubai-type aquatic facility,” he said.

“We’ve copped a lot of flak but our only concern was in getting a better community outcome which was financially sound and balanced.”

‘‘Now there is more money for other areas of the city such as sporting fields and shopping centre upgrades,’’ Cr Bezic said.

Deputy mayor Liz Barlow (independent) said the decision to put a fixed price on the development was a step backwards.

‘‘The Liberals think they saved money but in the long term it will cost us more,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve lost $1 million on technical drawings.

‘‘We’re not getting program pools [often used for learn-to-swim classes]; we’re getting second-best.

‘‘They (Liberal councillors) are taking the credit but it was people-power that forced them to vote for something.’’

Cr Bill Saravinovski (ALP) moved the motion for the $24 million fixed-price contract.

Rockdale Council resolved to accept the $48 million offer for the sale of the Chapel Street site after a split vote.

The four labor councillors joined with independent councillors Mark Hanna, Liz Barlow and James Macdonald to vote for the offer.

The six liberal councillors and independent Michael Nagi voted against the sale.

Labor councillor Bill Saravinovski abstained from the vote.

With a deadlock Mayor Shane O’Brien used his casting vote to proceed with the sale.

Residents’ mixedreaction to funding

ROCKDALE residents had mixed reactions to news that councillors had resolved to go ahead with the new Rockdale City Aquatic Centre, but with a fixed $24million price.

Rockdale Residents Unite conveyer Bernie Sharah is a passionate supporter of the pool but isn’t happy with the council’s decision.

‘‘I’m happy that we’ve made some progress but I do have grave concerns about the type of pool we’re going to get,’’ he said.

‘‘Going for the cheaper option means higher maintenance costs, which will be a drain for ratepayers.

‘‘The whole community has been disappointed with the role of some of the councillors. Because of that we’ve been forced into the position of having a bargain-basement pool.’’

Readers left differing views on the Leader website. Steve Painter said: ‘‘Cr Barlow is correct. This is second-best.

‘‘It will cost money in the long run.

‘‘The original proposal included facilities that would enable the pool to break even financially or make a small profit.

‘‘The scaled-down version will require regular subsidies.’’

Rockdale Local said: ‘‘It is reprehensible that there will be no programming pool, which means that the centre will not be able to cater for baby water-awareness and learn-to-swim classes. Nowadays in Australia, to not provide for such a facility is morally and ethically unsound and will do nothing to help to continue the current downward trend in drowning deaths in children.’’

However, Stop Whinging said: ‘‘Why is everyone whinging? The pool is getting built.’’

Are you pleased with the pool outcome?

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User-pays system to roll out across Lake Macquarie tennis courts

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NEW LEASEE: Whitebridge Tennis Club coach Richard McMurray.WHITEBRIDGE Tennis Club will be one of the first in Lake Macquarie to be part of the council’s new club management system.
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A council report stated the user-pays system was introduced due to fee disputes between club committees and coaches who hired council-owned courts.

Whitebridge Tennis Club coach Richard McMurray will lease the club under the new arrangement in the new year.

As a coach for the past 22 years, he believes the system needed to be introduced due to ageing volunteers on committees.

“There has been a lack of young people putting their hand up for volunteer positions,” he said.

Previously, volunteer committees managed council-owned courts and reported financial and administrative matters to the council.

Under the new system, coaches can take out a five-year lease and bypass the club committee.

They can then set their own fees, which the council expects will align more closely with commercial rates and hopes it will ensure the club’s viability.

Lessees must pay $465 a year for administration and an annual amount towards a facility sinking fund for the club’s upkeep.

This is calculated based on replacement costs for different types of courts, ranging from $2250 to $7200. These amounts are set by Tennis NSW.

Each coach’s contribution to a facility sinking fund also depends on court usage.

Lessees also pay the land, water and electricity rates as well as maintenance.

Mr McMurray said rates were one of the main concerns for coaches, who were considering taking out a lease.

“Some respected coaches are talking about walking away because they are worried that the lease system may not be financially viable and this is a concern for tennis in the region,” he said.

He said there would be minimal fee changes at Whitebridge.

Keith Williams, of the privately owned Lake Macquarie Tennis Centre, believes the new system is fairer.

“[The system] will bring all tennis providers onto a more equal playing field, where all parties compete to provide the best service,” he said.

Eleebana and Croudace Bay tennis clubs will also be part of the new system as of January 1.

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Finance: Have no regrets this Christmas

16/06/2019 Posted by admin

FROM the many festive social events to Christmas presents and even Christmas lunch, it is easy for your finances to run away with you.
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Of course, not everyone wants or can spend big at Christmas time.

According to Mortgage Choice’s Happy As Index, almost 50 per cent of NSW respondents said they plan to “spend less” this Christmas.

Some 32.5 per cent of the state’s respondents said they would spend less on gifts, while a further 11.7 per cent said they planned to spend less on going out and 2.9 per cent indicated they would spend less money on food and beverages.

Australians realise from past experience how easy it is to get carried away during the festive season and ultimately blow the budget.

Thankfully, there are some simple techniques that people can employ to curb their spending without sacrificing the things they enjoy.

Here are my five tips to help locals spend within their means this festive season:

1. Open a festive account: Set yourself a budget for the festive season and then put that money into a separate transaction account.

By separating this money from the rest of your finances, it will stop you from spending more money than you originally planned.

2. Research lender options: Australia’s lenders are keen to attract new business and are offering some significant incentives to new customers – including free usage of any ATM in Australia, and even cash-back incentives to those who open a new account.

Research your options and see if there is a better financial institution out there for you.

3. Prepare yourself: Before you head to the shops and start spending money on presents for your loved ones, it pays to sit down and make a list.

Know exactly what you plan to get each family member and how much that gift is going to cost.

Having a list at the ready will help make sure you don’t spend more than you bargained.

4. Shop around for discounts: There are plenty of discounts to be found provided you have the time, energy and patience to shop around.

Alternatively, you may find ordering online can save you significantly.

5. Don’t spend more than you have: If you’re heading out on the town or heading to the shops to get the Christmas present buying under way, it pays to leave your credit cards at home and only take the money you can afford to spend.

By denying yourself access to additional funds, it will force you to spend within your means.

■ Richard Windeyer is a mortgage broker with Mortgage Choice. His advice is general in nature and readers should seek their own professional advice before making any financial decisions. Phone: Richard Windeyer on 1800 01 LOAN.

Richard Windeyer, Mortgage Choice

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Young Cardiff South student’s book published

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TALENTED: Cardiff South Primary School student Hannah Chandler, 12, author of I Don’t Like Cheese.LIKE most authors, Cardiff South’s Hannah Chandler experiences the occasional bout of writer’s block.
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But there is one thing that sets Hannah apart – she is only 12 years old.

This month she celebrates the release of her first picture book.

I Don’t Like Cheese tells the tale of Mike the mouse.

Mike lives with the Walker family, who feed him exotic cuisines such as Mexican and Italian.

But when the Walkers go on holidays, Mike is left to eat the one thing he hates the most: cheese.

Hannah wrote the book in response to a challenge from her Cardiff South Primary School principal David Holland.

It took her a few months to come up with the idea, but only about 45 minutes to write it.

“The beginning of the story was probably the hardest to write,” she said.

“The rest just flowed.”

News of Hannah’s talent spread fast with an interview on the Kids’ Book Review website and before she knew it, she had been offered a publishing deal.

The book hit the shelves last Monday after a successful stint online.

Hannah said she was grateful for the opportunity.

“I never imagined that when I wrote this book it would be published,” she said.

“I have always wanted to be an author and I think it’s incredible that I have been given this opportunity at such a young age.”

I Don’t Like Cheese is available from idontlikecheese南京夜网 and all good bookshops for $19.99.

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Cubby houses build skills for high school students

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Macintyre High School students in years 9 and 10 are making steady progress on three cubby houses expected to be completed in time for Christmas.
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It is the sixth year groups of industrial arts students have undertaken the construction project and construction teacher Nick McLoughlin said it is a good chance to put classroom skills into action.

Kyle Schuman, Bodie Nicholls, Kyle Smith, James Trevithick, Jordan Henningsen, Bailey Simpkins, Matthew Buchanan, Sam Leggett, Jackson Barling and Nicholas Pearce have been working hard to have their cubbies finished by the end of the year.

“We were looking at doing something a little bit different for (students) who were interested in the industrial arts subjects, but probably had more of building interest,” he said.

“In year 9 we do a few skills exercises, building little tool boxes and mallets and then you do a little model of a house or garage, with studs and wall frames and things and then it is a progression to put some of those skills into practice.”

In 2008, a group of around 10 students undertook the construction of two cubby houses with assistance from a federal Adopt a School grant and Mr McLoughlin said since then, the school has been able to turn out three cubby houses each year.

He said this is year is the first that the project has included a combined class of year 9 and 10 students working to produce cubbies for locations across the region.

In previous years, locally-made cubby houses have been sent as far as Brisbane, with project proving a valuable exercise for students interested in the construction industry.

“It seemed like a good little building project where you’re building something that is a little bit realistic,” Mr McLoughlin said.

“Most of the materials we used you would find on a house. The timber we use is the same timber framing you would use on a house and the cladding is house cladding, the roofing is corrugated iron.”

He said building the miniature houses has proven to be memorable school project for a number of students.

“I’ve had kids who have come up to me years later and said ‘you know it was the greatest thing I did at school’,” Mr McLoughlin said.

“Quite a number of students who have gone through now have building apprenticeships in town, which is always good to see.”

This year, three cubby houses will be sold across the Northern Tablelands, as far west as Warialda, Mr McLoughlin said.

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Suspension of fire permits lifted in Muswellbrook

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THE NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has lifted the suspension of fire permits in the Muswellbrook Local Government Area (LGA) due to recent rain.
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Permits may be obtained from the local RFS Permit Issuing Officer – and are free.

To find the location of your local Permit Issuing Officer, contact the Hunter Valley Fire Control Centre on 6574 5186.

NSW RFS Superintendent Paul Jones said the decision to lift the suspension on issuing fire permits had been made because of recent substantial rains throughout the Hunter Valley.

“Landholders can now get in and burn those piles of fallen timber that has been building up from recent very windy weather,” Supt Jones said.

“Now that fire permits have been reinstated, we encourage residents to undertake other activities to protect their property from fire, such as creating an Asset Protection Zone, clearing leaves from their gutters and removing flammable materials from around their homes.”

Serious penalties, including fines and/or imprisonment, apply for starting a fire without a permit during the Bush Fire Danger Period.

For further information on how you can protect your property, or to download a Bush Fire Survival Plan, visit the NSW RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call the Hunter Valley Fire Control Centre on 6574 5186 or check the Hunter Valley Facebook page.

For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

RELIEF: The NSW Rural Fire Service has lifted the suspension of fire permits in the Muswellbrook Local Government Area due to recent rain.

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