Jun 19

Honeysuckle Hopscotch artwork is up for debate

Treading a fine line over Honeysuckle art project | PHOTOS Show Your Stripes: A yellow, white and pink art installation at Honeysuckle. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

More photos of the artwork by Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers.

A dog goes for a walk over the art project.

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The T-Rex’s from Empire Coffee Co aren’t the biggest fans of the yellow lines.

A section of the artwork, focusing on the yellow stripes.

An aerial plan of the art installation, which the university sent to local businesses as part of “stakeholder notification”.

TweetFacebookDifference of OpinionNicholas said the project was “open to interpretation”.

“When we were installing it and kids went past, they were confronted by these lines. They started to hop over them andthere’s a different level of interaction,” he said.

“They start to interact with it in a way you wouldn’t have intended. It’s open-ended. I’m happy for people to have different opinions about it.”

Glen agreed that art was open to opinion.

“Ifpeople want to disagree with my opinion that’s fine. They can come in and check it out and then we can have a conversation over a coffee in my cafe,” he said.

“They’ll have to pay for their coffee though,” he said, adding that his business was “still struggling” over a car park closure at Honeysuckle and light rail construction.

On the MoneyThe Hopscotch artwork isone of fiveprojects that theSchool of Architecture and Built Environment is doing at Honeysuckle this year. They are part of the “Honeysuckle Placemaking” project along the shore.

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund gave$135,000 forthese five projects, whileHunter Development Corporation (HDC) gave its land owner’s consent for them to occur.

Glen said there were“a few things I could have spent the $135,000 on to activate the precinct”.

He said if proper consultationhad been done with the local businesses“I think it would have had a very different outcome”.

“Maybe the powers that be should have a chat with me sometime,” he said.

We understand that HDC supports the project and considers it an attempt to do something innovative. It hopes the artwork will attract people to the area.

A New WordDr Glenn Albrecht once coined the term“solastalgia”, which referred to distress caused by environmental change and destruction.

Now he’s created the term “alcoalism”.

Glenn, a Hunter resident and honorary associateat the University of Sydney, described it as “a serious addiction afflicting politicians who cannot give up political donations from coal companies”.

His remedy?Alcoalholics Anonymous.

“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop taking money from coal companies,” he said.

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Jun 19

Strike Force Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting at Port Stephens

Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

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“There are members of outlawmotorcycle gangs in the communityusing guns and in this case, which we believe is an internal matter, they’ve used them against their own members.”

Inspector Radmore said there were“definitely persons of interest” that policehad identified.

He said thesearch of the river would continueuntil policeeither found the weapon or cleared the area.

Divers are expected to resume the operationon Wednesday, if conditions allow.

“The community needs to have confidence that police will investigate these matters, whether they’re internal matters amongst outlaw motorcycle gangs or targeted against members of the community who are unrelated to outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Inspector Radmore said.

Read more: Bikie shooting search leads to dirt track

“We will be now pursuing this investigation to finality.”

Strike Force Raptor North is based in the Hunter and was established earlier this year, along with a southern counterpart based in the Illawarra, as offshoots of the elite Strike Force Raptor anti-bikie squad.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the 2016 shooting at Port Stephens to contact Crime Stoppers–where tipscan be given anonymously–on 1800 333 000.

Jun 19

‘Barilaro chose his words carefully’: Nats still eyeing off Wagga

In a clear indication that the NSW Nationals have not given up on contesting Wagga Wagga, the party conducted polling in the seat on Monday night to gaugevoting intentions.

Despite Premier Gladys Berejiklian maintaining on Monday that the Liberals would be the only Coalition party to run in Wagga Wagga, it is understood the Nationals have not ruled it out.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces on Saturday that Daryl Maguire will quit. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

A byelection is expected to be calledonce disgraced MP Daryl Maguire formally writesto the Speaker of NSW Parliament and tenders his resignation from the seat. That is expected this week.

Fairfax understands the firm Telereach, traditionally used by the National Party, conducted the polling to look at voting intentions and “party favourability”.

Telereach asked voters which candidatewould get their vote, including the Labor candidate Dan Hayes, possible Liberal candidateGenevieve Fleming or Kay Hull for the Nationals.

It also asked about voting intentions for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.

Several senior Nationals figures said Ms Hull, the former federal MP for the area, would be “the standout” candidate for the party but she would need to be convinced to run.

“I think if we said to Kay that she is the best person to win Wagga for the Coalition, she would have a very serious think about running,” a Nationals source said.

It is understood that if the polling indicates that the Nationals would have the best chance of winning the seat, the party would use that as leverage to contest it.

Ms Berejiklian returned early from her winter holidays on Saturday to announce that Mr Maguire, whowas heard on secretly recorded phone tapstrying to broker property deals and to seek commission on behalf of a Chinese developer, would quit parliament.

The Nationals leader John Barilaro said on Saturday: “It is a Liberal seat and they have every right to run. The Nationals have no interest in three-cornered contests.”

But senior party sources said Mr Barilaro chose his words carefully.

Daryl Maguire. Photo: AAP Image/Erik Anderson

“What people haven’t picked up on is John rightly said Wagga is a Liberal seat and there wouldn’t be a three-cornered contest,” a party source said.

“But it is only a Liberal seat until Daryl actually resigns and things change once that happens. John has not come out and said that the Nats won’t run.”

Asked on Monday if the Nationals had indicated to her they would not contest the seat, Ms Berejiklian responded “yep”.

A senior Liberal source said that there was “no way” the party would hand Wagga Wagga to the Nationals.

“We have held that seat for 60 years. Daryl was well respected for a long time, so there is no reason to think we won’t win it again. We might take a hit but we would win it again.”


Jun 19

British duo fined for shoving man in dress

Two young British men who followed a man in a dress into a Sydney backpackers while shouting homophobic slurs and shoving him were behaving in a manner that belongs in the past, a NSW magistrate says.

Dale Keenan and Daryl Gaughan, both 24, pleaded guilty in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday to affray and intentionally or recklessly destroying property following the Potts Point incident in the early hours of June 24.

The court heard they are both on working holiday visas and will be leaving Australia in the coming months.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Keenan and Gaughan were walking along Darlinghurst Road about 2am when they saw the male victim “who at the time was wearing women’s clothing, being a dress”.

A “verbal altercation” occurred between the parties which was overheard by the night manager of Jackaroo Hostel Sydney and other residents, who stood between them and helped the man “in retreating” into the foyer.

“The accused and co-accused have followed the victim inside, yelling obscenities at him,” the facts state.

The pair pushed the others out of the way so they could “rush at the victim” and shoved him several times before they were pulled back.

One resident was grabbed by the neck during the two-minute altercation before Keenan and Gaughan were pushed out the foyer door.

They kicked the glass-panelled metal door until it shattered – but denied any involvement when later questioned by investigating police.

“This behaviour is appalling,” magistrate Susan McIntyre said.

“Targeting an innocent person who was just going about their business.

“If you were a citizen here, you would be being assessed for alternatives for jail, I can assure you of that.”

Ms McIntyre said the men’s aggression “towards innocent people who may be somehow different” was unsolicited.

“This sort of violence belongs in another time,” the magistrate said.

“It’s just unadulterated violence for its own sake. Your criminal convictions will follow you.”

Keenan and Gaughan, who currently live in Zetland and Rosebery respectively, were convicted, each fined $2000 and ordered to pay $700 in compensation for damages to the hostel.

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Jun 19

Newcastle City Council votes to move chamber from City Hall to Newcastle West

END OF AN ERA: Newcastle City Council meeting in City Hall on Tuesday night. Councillors voted to move the chambers to its new offices in Newcastle West.Newcastle councillors are spending $12.5 million restoring City Hall. Then they’re moving out.

The councillors voted on Tuesday night to shift their meeting chambers to the council’s new offices under construction in Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West.

The council revealed last year that it would spend $7 million moving more than 400 stafffrom the Civic area into the new offices, but the future of the chambers had been up in the air.

The councillors’ decision on Tuesday to join staff inthe new “Gateway 2” building will come at a cost.

It is understood a confidential report to the council on Tuesday night referred to an $800,000 fit-out of CentralCoast Council as being indicative of costs, although lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it “might not cost that much”.

The council kept the cost confidential on Tuesday, but the debate and the vote were held in open session.

Greens councillor John Mackenzie,Liberal Brad Luke and the four Independentsargued against moving the chamber but were outvoted by the Labor bloc.

Cr Mackenzie described it as “hard to justify”and an“indulgence”and told the Herald before the meeting that the cost was “absurd”.

“City Hall means something symbolically and culturally and historically,” he said. “It’s not just a place where we have meetings.

“When you make a decision to move from a City Hall to an administrative building, you’re saying something very clear about the nature of local government and what you think a council is for in the life a city.If you think it’s an administrative function, then by all means move to an administrative building.”

He said holding meetings and hosting dignitaries at City Hall was an important symbol of the city’s “gravitas”.

Several of the dissenting councillors feared City Hall would become a “glorified function centre”.

Cr Nelmes said the existing council chambers were used only two per cent of the time, but the new chambers would be in a room which the community could use when the council was not meeting.

She said it was more practical for her office and staff to be in the same building asadministration staff.

She agreed with Cr Mackenzie that City Hall’s heritage must be preserved and successfully moved that the council should “start the process to protect City Hall and the council chamber on the State Heritage Register”.

The council spent $5 million restoring City Hall’s clock tower in 2015-16 and by early 2020 will have spent another $7.5 million on its sandstone exterior.

The council has signed a 15-year lease at Gateway 2. Councillors will hold meetings inthe new chambers from February 2020.

Jun 19

Music, movies, art, food and markets: make the most of your weekend with the Herald’s planner.

SATURDAYStreet Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East.

Motown & Soul Night 8pm onwards, Queens Wharf Hotel Skiff Bar. DJs Dan Phelan, Phil Dando and Mark Evans. Free entry.

Claire’s Cupcakes 100% VeganOpen Day 9.30am, 8 Jeffro Place, Elermore Vale. Final day for The Stray Cats Project fundraising raffle.

Newcastle Antique & Collectables Fair Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. Tickets: $12 adults; $10 pensioner/concession; accompanied children under 16 admitted free.

SHINE Presents Christmas in July 11am to 3pm, PCYC Newcastle, corner Melbourne and Young roads, Broadmeadow.Seven NDIS providers present dancing, sports, arts and crafts, drumming and percussion circle, Santa and more.

Toy Run Xmas in July Launch 3pm onwards, Wickham Park Hotel, Islington. Live music, raffles, superhero theme.

Newcastle Cross Country Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland. This is a graded event and the course distances are 2.9km, 5.3km and 7.8km. New runners register 10am; race starts 2pm.

Essential Oil Expo 10am onwards, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club.Education; exhibits; pop-up shop; demonstrations.

Chromotherapy by Liana Art Exhibition 6pm to 8pm, Glazed Bar, Newcastle West.A unique, one-night-only art affair by Newcastle’s Liana Goninon. BYO, $5 corkage.

Bicycle Workshop 9am, Bike Library, University of Newcastle Callaghan campus.Buy, borrow or trade bikes from us. Parts, fixing help and workshops. Students and non-students welcome.

Harry Potter Day Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm, Heroes and More, 89 Nelson Street, Wallsend.

Community Drumming Circle 7.30pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. All welcome, free event.

Hanging Tree Wines Annual Burning of the Canes 5pm to 10pm, Hanging Tree Wines, 294 O’Connors Road, Pokolbin.Bubbles on arrival,live music, sip a cup of soup around the fire then to the cellar door for a wine-matched, sit-down meal. Tickets $120 per person.

Newcastle Foreshore Clean Up 10am,Hessian bags supplied, bring gloves.

The Levee Art Gallery Official Opening Noon to 3pm, 282 High Street, Maitland.RSVP on Facebook event page or by [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

SUNDAYFernleigh 30 Meet at the Fernleigh Track car park entrance behind Liles Oval at 8am. Run, walk or ride the entire track or keep it simple and do 5km, 10km or 20km. Fundraiser for Hands Across The Water. Registration costs $40.

Brass by The Lake2pm to 4pm, Westlakes Music Centre, 3 Stilling Street, Rathmines. Avariety concert hosted by Toronto Brass with ensembles, solos and popular music from different genres. Tickets $10; children 16 and under admitted free. Phone0402 003 214 to book or purchase at the door.

Instameet Newcastle 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Dixon Park Beach. Create artwith plastic debris; sunset photo shoot. All welcome.

Abseiling at Glenrock 9am to noon, Glenrock Conservation Area. All gear provided. Ages eight or older.

Sithmas in July 10am, The Empire Coffee Company, Honeysuckle.Get your Christmas photos early. Supply your own camera and take your own photo or staff can take it for you. Fundraiser for The Black Dog Institute.

National Tree Day Community Planting 9am to 1pm, Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow.To register and for more information visit treeday.planetark.org/site/10018906or phone 4974 2622.

Figure Skating 11am to 7pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay. The Margaret Joynton-Smith Trophycompetition.

Street Eats Noon to 4pm, Queens Wharf, Morpeth. Food trucks.

Hunter Breast Cancer Public Forum 8.30am to 4pm, Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton. A day of information, access to support services and some fun. Admission is free and includes morning tea and lunch. Registration essential through Sticky Tickets.

Mums’ Cottage Variety Concert2pm, Holmesville Community Hall, George Street, Holmesville. Live music, entertainment and dancing.Entry is $10 and includes afternoon tea.

SAVE THE DATEThe Hunter Record Fair returns to Kotara High School on Saturday, August 18.A huge range of new and second-hand vinyl records and CDs.Entry via Lexington Parade, Adamstown. Entry costs $3.

MARKETS** Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Handmade in the Hunter Christmas in JulyMarkets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive,Pokolbin.

The Bumble Flea Market Saturday, 10am onwards.Located in Hamilton, just off Beaumont Street. Go to the event’s Facebook page for further details.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 8am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Whale Watching Market Sunday, 10am, Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

ARTS & CULTURELake Macquarie City Art GalleryYes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s;Moving Histories // Future Directions. Until September 23. Officially opening at 2pm on Sunday with guest speakers, live music and refreshments.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryLuminous Maitland, until August 12; Stuart Scott –Faces of Maitland from the Mrag Collection, until August 12;Wendy Sharpe –Secrets, until August 19; All That Glitters, until September 2.

The Lock UpThe Ghosts of Nothing: In Memory of Johnny B. Goode. Until August 19.

Lovett GalleryThe Children’s Library. Until August 25.

The University Gallery Painting the Song, from the Sims Dickson Collection. Until August 26.

Watt Space GalleryHigh Performing Students Program; The Language of Paint, by Karen Bolden; Gateway: White Mushrooms & Painted Gods, by Maggie Hall; Naturalist, Students of Natural History Illustration. Until August 5.

Patricia Wilson Adams: The smell of peaches always makes me cry (detail) 2009 bronze dimensions variable artist collection.

Newcastle Art GalleryStain Me With The Intensity of Black, byPatricia Wilson-Adams. Until August 26.

Wollombi Cultural CentreHome in the Hunter, by Nancy Gray andAnthony Downes. Until August 12.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryGathering Stories. Until August 12.

Gallery 139Abstracted, byAndrew Shillam, Judy Hill, Belinda Street, Frank Murri, Justin Lees, Ainslie Ivin-Smith.

Science @ The Museum 10am to 3pm, Maitland Regional Museum, Church Street, Maitland. Lego, science oddities, fossils and more.

Newcastle MuseumVoyage to the Deep,about undersea exploration and adventure. Until October 21. Shadows of Sacrifice,Newcastle’s Great War 1914 to 1918. Until December 16.

Art Systems WickhamBetween. Ends Sunday.

Timeless TextilesSubterranean: Australian response withCharlotte Sehmisch. Until August 5.

Newcastle Potters & Back to Back GalleryFLOW, byHelen Jackson, Jenny Bickley, Peter Masters. Until August 5.

Hunter Galleries at Dalwood EstateModern and traditional, with a common theme of country landscapes and native fauna. Until August 31.

The Swansea CentreNewcastle Art Society Exhibition. Until August 5.

Port Stephens Community Art CentreMarine & Industrial Art. Until August 14.

Live Art –A GeneticMash Up With Carla EdwardsSaturday, 10am to noon, Belmont Library. Until August 11.

THEATREThe Girl With The Golden LocksAmusing family show by American playwright Brian D. Taylor, with fairy tale characters as secret service agents and the suspicious characters they are investigating. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 7pm (final show).

PinocchioMusical adaptation by Novocastrians William Ford and Glenda Price of Carlo Collodi’s novel about a wooden puppet. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. 2pm Saturday.

PeepshowThe lives of seven people living in an apartment building, including two pairs of lovers, two female friends seeking relationships, and a lone man, become intertwined in Isabel Wright’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm (final show).

Sarah Gaul – HomecomingNewcastle comedienne Sarah Gaul returns home after a year in New York with an original musical-comedy show; fundraiser for local women’s refuge Jenny’s Place. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

Work in Development –Gurri Thurr-ayePublic reading of a new play by the Hunter’s Ray Kelly looking at an Indigenous grandfather’s memories of life in the bush; audience members invited to comment. Ngarrama Productions, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm.

AnnieA Newcastle Grammar Schoolproduction atGriffin Duncan Theatre, Newcastle, onSaturday at 7pm.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Alessandro.Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Jackson Broadway.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Sami Cooke.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Arley Black.

Battlesticks BarSunday, Little Cents.

Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Anthology,Daniel Arvidson.Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmont HotelSaturday, Purple Hearts.Sunday, Tim Pringle.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Felix Quinn Band.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Amigos.Sunday, Rave On.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Shivoo.

The BradfordSaturday, Viagro.

Cambridge HotelSunday, Sweater Curse, Skivvy Season, Paper Thin, Sam Hollins.

Catho PubSaturday, Angie.Sunday, Overload.

Caves Beachside HotelSaturday, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Bobby C.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, James Naldo.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Club KotaraSaturday,Morning Glory.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Anthony Lee.

Club RedheadSaturday, Melbourne Street.

Colliery InnSunday, Brien McVernon.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Bob Allan.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSunday, Ashley Knight.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Triple Zero.

Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSunday,Phoenix.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, DJ Timmy Coffey,Katie & Dave.

Customs HouseSaturday, Jethro Thorpe.Sunday, Roxy.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Hayden Johns.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Joel Procter.

Denman HotelSunday, Hendo.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Jamie Martens.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Dave Alone.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, 24 Hours.Sunday, Kevin O’Hara.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Matt McLaren.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Exchange HotelSaturday, The Search Party.Sunday,Anthology.

FinnegansSaturday, Luke La Beat.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday Pam, Les &John Bond.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

George TavernSaturday, Mardmax.

Grain StoreSunday, JJ King.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Dan Runchel Band. Sunday, Magpie Diaries.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Sunhill Drive.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Boots Porter,Lachlan X. Morris, Demi Mitchell.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Kellie Cain, Dos Eager. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday, The Years.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Shadowboxer – The Angels show.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Iguana.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Anthems.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Michael Peter.

Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Brien McVernon Band.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,One Day Apart,Bin Lids.Sunday,Tristan Bird.

Lemon Grove HotelSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Ray Beadle. Sunday, Wendy Matthews, Broke House.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Scully.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Mary Ellen HotelSaturday, Mojo Bandits.Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Maryland TavernSaturday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Brendan Murphy.Sunday, Matty G.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Mark Wells.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Full Throttle.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,DV8.Sunday,Chad Shuttleworth.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Murray Byfield.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Greg McKew.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubSaturday, All Access 80s.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday,Josh & Liv. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, James Osborn.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, John Larder,TK.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSLSaturday, Catfish Soup.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Pistol Pete.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Premier HotelSunday, Loose Bazooka.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Hot Fox,Dave Carter.Sunday, Phonic.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Karen O’Shea.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Anyerin.Sunday, Gareth Jay.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Happening Thang.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Tim Broadway.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Kazzie.

Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday, Crawford Brothers.Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Small BallroomSaturday, Kim Moyes,Forbes & Whiteside, Lance & Cadel,Matt Shepherd.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, The Big Band Trio.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Red Runners.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Redline.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Cover 2 Cover.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Kelly Hope.Sunday, Peter Stefanson.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Allan Freihaut.

Toronto HotelSunday, Brendan Murphy.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Mick Jones.Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Warners At The BaySaturday, The Years.

Weston WorkersSaturday, The Flattrakkers.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests NEXSaturday,Uptown Duo.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats.Sunday, Helena,GW Freebird Blues Band.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Marissa.

MOVIES2001: A Space Odyssey –4K Remastered(G)Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest. (Event, Glendale)

Adrift(M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.

André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert: Amore – My Tribute to Love(E)An annual summer concert series in his beautiful Netherlands hometown of Maastricht. (Tower)

Ant-Man and The Wasp(PG)As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission.

The Breaker Upperers(M)Two women cynical in loveset up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.

Early Man(PG)Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. (Event, Glendale)

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation(G)Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom(M) It’s been four years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again(PG)In this sequel to Mamma Mia! Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant.

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games(G)When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.

Mission: Impossible –Fallout(M)Ethan Hunt and his IMF team are in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Ocean’s 8(M)Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. (Lake Cinema)

Show Dogs(PG)A macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Skyscraper(M)On assignment in China, USwar veteran Will Ford,finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze.

Tag(M)A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

The Equalizer 2(MA)A sequel to the the 2014 filmwhich is based on the TV series about a retired agent who’s a hired gun for vengeance.

The Incredibles 2(PG)Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.

The Leisure Seeker(M) Arunaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. (Lake Cinema)

Jun 19

Roughead returns serve over AFL future

Jarryd Roughead fully expects to play on next season for Hawthorn.Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead has returned serve over speculation about his AFL future and is adamant about playing next year.

The four-time premiership player is irritated about addressing his future, given he is contracted for next season.

In a wide-ranging media conference on Tuesday, the star forward also said he is open-minded about staying captain next year.

Roughead fronted the media after several weeks of talk about his AFL future.

He was testy at times, dead-batting the inevitable opening question about his playing future.

“I’m contracted for next year, so I don’t even know why I’m getting asked,” he said.

But he quickly opened up about his circumstances.

“I understand it’s a part of the game – I’m a realist, too,” he said.

“When you get to 30-31, these questions are going to come, no matter who you are.

“I’m not too concerned. As I’ve said … I’m still contracted for next year, I still feel like I have value among this group.”

Asked if he had spoken to Clarkson in the last couple of days about his future, Roughead said there was nothing to discuss.

But Roughead immediately brought up Clarkson’s readiness to make the call on veteran teammates Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge.

“It’s probably a little bit different in our situation with our footy club because in the past, we’ve seen players move on, whether it be Hodge, Lewy, Mitchell who go to other clubs,” he said.

“It’s a question you guys will ask because it’s happened in the past.”

Remarkably, Roughead has not missed a game since he returned from his 2016 cancer battle.

“In footy terms, I’m probably in credit,” he said of his comeback.

Roughead added circumstances will decide if he stays captain next season.

“It’s up to the group, really – if they vote me in, then yeah, I’d be happy to do it,”‘ he said.

“But at the same time, understanding where the club’s at and what may need to happen, we’ll just deal with it when we have to.”

Australian Associated Press

Jun 19

A-League: Jets to look at Argentinean strikers during pre-season trip to Spain

REFRESHED: Dimi Petratos has resumed training after a short break. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE Jets will trial two Argentinian strikers as part of a three-game tour in Spain highlighted by a clash against La Liga club Getafe.

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The Jets left for Spain on Tuesdaynight and will spend a week at a pre-season training complex in Murcia where they will play friendlies against local Segunda B outfits Cartagena and Murcia FC as well as Getafe, who finished eighth in the top tier last season.

The departure of English midfielder Wayne Brown by mutual termination on Tuesday leaves the Jets with two places available for foreigners.

With striker Roy O’Donovan to miss up to a third of the season on suspension, Ernie Merrick intends to bring in more firepower.

“We need to look at two striking roles and this frees up an extra visa spot,” Merrick said. “It gives us more options if we need them … there is nothing close on the horizon.”

O’Donovan, whose 10-match banis limited to A-League and FFA Cup games, will play in Spain.

Joe Champness and Gus Thurgate are also likely to spend time at the point of the attack and Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna confirmed that they will “have a lookat a couple of Argentinian strikers” in Spain.

IN TRAINING: Marquee midfielder Ronny Vargas has been working with his physio in Belgium and will join the Jets in Spain.

“They are both tied to clubs at the minute but there is the potential for them to come and have a hit out,” he said. “We have checked them out. We are playing three games in a short space of time so we will just have a look at them.”

Socceroos attacker Dimi Petratos, who has returned from a three-week breakpost the World Cup, and marquee Ronny Vargas will join the squad in Spain.

EXIT: Wayne Brown will return to England after having the final year of his contract mutually terminated.

Both are expected to be in the strongest XI for the battle with Getafe.

“Dimi has had a few weeks off but he has been doing his own running and is pretty well ready to go,” Merrick said. “It will be interesting to see where Ronny is at. He has been doing a lot of training with his own physio. Game time now is very good, especially for Ronny.”

The Jets will spend 10 days in Spain and on arrival back will fly directly to the Gold Coast for their FFA Cup clash against the Knights.

““It is so much better playing against quality opposition than just playing provincial games or games against A-League teams,” Merrick said.“I can’t think of another A-League side which has played three matches and had a training set-up in Spain.”

Jun 19

Tallis wary of Bennett future at Broncos

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett is the first NRL coach to win 500 games.Everyone in rugby league has a “use-by date”, according to Gorden Tallis – even Wayne Bennett.

Brisbane legend Tallis believes the NRL club should be looking at all their options for when the veteran coach’s contract expires at the end of next season.

Bennett was reportedly knocked back last week after approaching the Broncos board asking for an extension to his current deal, suggesting the 2020 campaign could herald a new era for the team.

Tallis reckons the board was well within their rights to rebuff him.

“You don’t extend coaches that far out,” the three-time Brisbane premiership player said at Fox League’s retro round launch on Tuesday.

“He’s not Payne Haas, he’s not 18.

“Everybody has a use-by date.

“I had it as a player at the age of 30. Some coaches have it earlier, some have it later.

“What he’s achieved has been unbelievable but, like players, you’d rather retire a year early than a year too late.

“And he’s given that advice to a lot of players.”

The Broncos are clearly planning for life without Bennett, who turns 69 next year, having tried and failed earlier this year to lure Craig Bellamy north from the Melbourne Storm.

Other reports indicate CEO Paul White is keen on South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold whose contract, like Bennett’s, expires at the end of 2019.

“It’s going to be tough because of what he’s achieved in the game but if there’s someone better for the job… they’ve got to plan to move forward,” Tallis said.

“Craig Bellamy was better for the job. It’s simple as that.

“If they keep on winning, get to the finals and have a great year and next year (Bennett) coaches exactly the same, they’ve got a decision to make.

“But Wayne will make the right decision – maybe he’ll want to go live in England, he’s coaching their side now, or down in the south of France. Who knows?”

Broncos skipper Darius Boyd, who has played his entire NRL career under Bennett at three different clubs, would prefer to see him keep coaching into his 70s.

“All good things come to an end at some point,” Boyd said.

“I’d love to see him stay on. If he’s got the desire to keep coaching… in my eyes he’s the best to ever do it.”

Australian Associated Press

Jun 19

Death doesn’t have to spell end of a friendshipMID-WEEK MUSINGS

DEEP FEELING: Father Brendan Lee believes that calling out to departed loved ones is “a very natural and human response”.Once upon a time, a man went to hell for following Carlton. I’m only joking of course, and I apologise to all you Carlton supporters.

He actually went to hell for following Essendon.

Anyway, he’s met at the front desk by a little devil who gave him a choice between three rooms.

The little devil opens the first door and inside everyone was shivering in blocks of ice up to their shoulders.

The man shuddered and said “Ah, I might take a look behind door number 2 thanks!”.

Inside the next room, everyone was head down in a blazing furnace.

“Ouch!” said the man, “I might try my luck with door number 3 please”.

The devil opens door number 3 to reveal people standing in sewerage, drinking cups of coffee.

The Essendon supporter says “I’ll take this room, thanks!”

He sticks up a picture of James Hird and pours himself a coffee.

Seconds later Satan himself flies into the room, hovers over the pitand shouts “OK you lot, coffee break is over. Back on your heads!” I know …I’ve heard this one too.

I once went to a seminar on death. As you might expect, it wasn’t very lively.

The facilitator asked the question: “Imagine you were at your own funeral.”

I thought, “I’ve heard this one.” The facilitator continued:“No, really imagine it! Now, as family and friends get up to speak about you, what would you want people to be able to say about you at your funeral?”

So I started thinking, and I decided that what I would really like every person at my funeral to be able to say about me is “gee, that priest owed me a lot of money!”

No, if I was given the above funeral scenario, do you know what I would really love people at my funeral to be able to say about me? I would want them all to be able to say “Look! He’s moving! He’s still alive!”

OK, I’ll be serious now. It is amazing how, as switched on as we are today, we have become a death-denying society, and I do not believe it has done us any favours.

The vast majority of people who have ever lived in history are now dead and, some day, we will join them.

We used to muse about them at Halloween, but Halloween has now become a trick, not a treat.

The day was called “All Hallows” – a saint being“hallowed”, a holy person, and where we got the word “halo” from.

The day before All Hallows Day was “Hallow’s E’en (Evening)”,hence the celebration of Halloween.

Superstitions aside, today even most Christians never pray for the dead, even though the Bible encourages us that we should (2 Maccabees 12:41-45).

Praying for them, with themand through them to God is very therapeutic for those of us who grieve for the dearly departed.

It reminds us that while death radically changes friendships, it does not really end them.

I remember when one of my best friends from school and my favourite nieceboth died only a few months apart.

I never thought I would ever be anything but miserable ever again.

I didn’t want to talk to anybodyabout anything, not even my parents.

What got me back on track was talking to God and to the ones I lost with the firm belief that they were listening.

Some of my Bible Christianfriends disagree with me about doing this.

But when I ask them for Bible passages that say we should not pray for, toor with the dead, they cannot give me one.

And when any of us have lost someone we deeply love, who of us have not at some stage called out to them in our tears?

It just happens naturally because it is actually a very natural and human response.

Imagining ourselves at our own funerals is a useful exercise.

But I doubt anybody will ever actually pull it off, so don’t plan on it – at least until cloning anyway.

However, speaking to those we’ve loved and lost can console us in these brief years of separation before eternity.

Twitter: @frbrendanelee