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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.

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

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

COLTS opener Matthew “Tink” O’Callaghan prepares to go the tonk against L&D.LDCA A grade cricket

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

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

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.

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.

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

17/07/2019 Posted by admin

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.

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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