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Jul 19

Property of the Week903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Ocean views in Essington penthouse | Property of the week Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle
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Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle

TweetFacebook Property of the Week | 903/26 Pacific Street, NewcastleThere is plenty of apartment movement in Newcastlewith multiple projects under construction throughout the city.

But a penthouse on the top floor of Essington Apartments overlooking Pacific Park and Newcastle beach has generated plenty of interest of its own since hitting the market this month.

Ben Robinson, of Robinson Property,is marketing the three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with a price guide of $1.4 million to $1.5 million.

It is one of five penthouses occupying the top floor of the building. The last one to be sold was in 2015 for $1.3 million and this apartment has not been on the market since 2007, according to Australian Property Monitors data.

“Those apartments are quite big and they’retightly held,” Mr Robinson said.

“There’s not a lot of movement in that building and hardly anyone ever moves up there in Essington on the top floor.

“There’s a bit of history being the old nurses’ quarters and itis nice and quiet because you’re on the park.

“There are always people who have been looking around for a while that are waiting for homes like this to come up, so I think it’s one of those rare opportunities when they do come up.”

The property will be positioned close to the light rail when it is completed and walking distance to the beach, ocean bathsand harbour.

There are ocean views from the open plan kitchen and living plus each of the three bedrooms.

It is located at 903/26 Pacific Street, Newcastle and open for inspection on Saturday at 11am.

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15
Jul 19

Griffin opts for Peachey as NRL fullback

Penrith’s coach has chosen to put Tyrone Peachey at fullback in a bid to spark his team.The versatility of Penrith star Tyrone Peachey will be put to the test after being named at fullback in a bid to arrest the Panthers’ alarming drop in form.
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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was expected to return from a hamstring injury and assume his spot as custodian for Saturday’s crucial NRL clash against Manly.

But he was instead named on the wing in place of Christian Crichton, with Peachey set to start in the No.1 jersey for the first time in his career.

Veteran forward Trent Merrin has also lost his spot in the starting line-up, with James Fisher-Harris moving into the front-row and Isaah Yeo posted at lock.

The Panthers are in danger of slipping below sixth spot for the first time this season after losing four of their past five games, including a 32-point hiding in Brisbane last week.

Merrin on Tuesday admitted the team had shown signs of complacency during their losing run, as well as being affected by their State of Origin representation.

“It’s been a tough period. Getting the Origin boys back into the team, and trying to build that consistency again, it’s always tough,” Merrin said.

“I think we can take some good things out of the last few games we’ve played.

“We just haven’t been getting the results.”

In other team news, Cronulla second-rower Luke Lewis is set to return from a calf injury for their crunch match against Brisbane.

The Broncos, who are two points below the Sharks in seventh spot, have retained Jamayne Isaako at fullback and captain Darius Boyd in the centres for the second week in a row.

North Queensland big man Jordan McLean could play his first match since breaking his foot in March after being included in an extended squad to take on Newcastle.

The match marks Kalyn Ponga’s first return to Townsville since switching camps over the summer, however he failed to finish Tuesday’s training session due to an ankle injury.

Dylan Walker and Jorge Taufua return from injury for the Sea Eagles against the Panthers, while Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne moves to the wing for their match against South Sydney.

Defending premiers and ladder leaders Melbourne also get Dale Finucane back in their starting line-up against a Canberra side boosted by the return of Joseph Tapine.

For the Warriors, Blake Green and Tohu Harris have been included but they lose suspended prop Adam Blair for their game against Gold Coast.

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15
Jul 19

Slater won’t leave NRL’s Storm hanging

Billy Slater expects to decide whether he’ll play on next year before the finals get in full swing.Melbourne Storm superstar Billy Slater is yet to decide on his NRL future but says this time he won’t leave his club hanging until after grand final day.
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The 35-year-old is weighing up whether to extend his decorated career into a 17th season, having made his final representative appearance during this year’s State of Origin series.

Slater last year helped the Storm to the premiership but waited until their end of season awards night to announce that he would play on in 2018.

The Storm are top of the ladder with six rounds remaining and eyeing off back-to-back titles but Slater says that won’t factor into his decision-making.

“I would have thought that I’d make the decision before we get to that,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“I’ve been fortunate to play in many grand finals, I’ve won four. That’s not going to determine whether I go on next year.

“It’ll be everything. It’ll be my body, it’ll be my mind and whether I feel I can give 100 per cent next year.”

The Storm have enjoyed enviable depth this season with Jahrome Hughes impressing while filling in for Slater at fullback during the State of Origin window.

“It doesn’t impact on my decision but it is great for the club,” Slater said.

“We’ve had guys come through in the past, Cameron Munster, Brodie Croft, young Brandon Smith. The club’s in good hands, obviously doing a great job at recruitment and bringing these young guys in and turning them into consistent first-grade footballers.

“With Craig (Bellamy) at the helm for another three years, it’s in a good position moving forward. It certainly gives you comfort that the club’s going to be competitive.”

Melbourne host 10th-placed Canberra at AAMI Park on Saturday night and Slater said the Storm were well-placed to extend their seven-game winning streak.

“This time of the year, you want to be playing good football,” he said.

“There’s only six games to go until the finals and for us, we’re all back together now.

“Origin’s over, we’ve got a few guys back from injury. It’s about the time that we need to start building on our performances.”

Australian Associated Press


15
Jul 19

Canberra must move on Williamtown PFAS contamination

Tuesday’s Williamtown hearingIT will be three years in September since the residents of Williamtown’s“red zone” were propelled into the centre ofone of the worst contamination problems that this country has seen.
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Over this time, the controversy over the potentially carcinogenicper- and polyfluoroalkyl substances used for decades in firefighting foams has grown, both in its physical scope and its implications.

It is now officially accepted thatPFAS chemical contamination can be found at virtually every airbase in the nation. And not only airbases. Just this week, the Department of Defence announced that an environmental review would be needed at the Singleton army base, with a community information session to be held in Singleton on Friday. Indeed, the deploymentof these chemicals has been so widespread for a range of reasonsthat experts now say that PFAS exposure, if only at very low levels, is almost endemic.

But even if PFAS contamination has become an issue in a range of locations, Williamtown remains the epicentre of a situation that has trapped its victims on a range of levels.

At a public hearing on Tuesday at Williamtown, federal parliamentarians saw and heard the human impact close-up.

With Defence acknowledging that PFAS chemicals were still leaching from the base, residents lined up to tell the MPs on the Defence joint standing committee that they felt betrayed, abandoned, frightened and fed up. With their health under a cloud, and their financial situations ruined thanks to the PFAS-created collapse in property prices, few of those involved are able to leave what has effectively become an unwalled prison.

The federal government is clinging to a report that says there is very little if any evidence to link PFAS exposure to human disease, but this is no assurance for those who are trapped in the red zone through no fault of their own.

No one can change what has happened but we can impact on the future. The only decent thing that Defence and the Commonwealth can do is to buy out those who want to leave at pre-PFAS market rates –at least –and to remediate the area as best as possible. As a nation we are spending tens of billions of dollars on new planes and warships. The least we can do is spend a fraction of this amount toalleviate the impact on the defence department’s accidental victims.

ISSUE: 38,960.


15
Jul 19

Alleged Qld murderer ‘played the victim’

Lindy Yvonne Williams portrayed herself as a victim of George Gerbic’s violence to cover up her intention to kill him, the prosecution in her murder trial alleges.
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Williams, 60, has admitted dumping Mr Gerbic’s torso on the side of a road and setting it alight 80km from their Sunshine Coast home in September 2013.

But she has denied deliberately killing him and cutting off his head, hands and legs.

Williams has claimed Mr Gerbic hit his head on a kitchen benchtop after slipping on blood from a cut on her arm he had inflicted as she tried to defend herself during a fight.

“‘George attacked me.’ He might have ended up with his head cut off, his hands removed, the lower half of his body removed … but ‘I’m the victim in all of this’,” crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC said.

“George Gerbic was the victim.”

Determining the cause of Mr Gerbic’s death has been impossible given only his charred torso had been located.

The removal of his body parts indicated there was an attempt to cover up his murder, Mr Fuller said.

“The means by which his body was disposed of can lead to only one conclusion – that he suffered a violent death,” Mr Fuller said in his closing submission.

“That his death was done with intention to cause it or cause him a serious injury.

“She can’t explain the way George was dismembered because … she was involved in his death.”

Williams told police after seeing Mr Gerbic slip, she locked herself in a bedroom, emerging the next day to see him on the kitchen floor.

She said she left and returned two days later to find his body missing its head, legs and hands wrapped in plastic in a bathroom – a claim Mr Fuller described as a “most outrageous lie”.

She has denied cutting up his body and said she did not know who did.

The court has heard throughout the trial Williams attempted to cover up her partner’s death by telling friends and relatives he was overseas.

Emails and texts were sent from Mr Gerbic’s accounts after he died to give false updates of his well-being and whereabouts, which Mr Fuller argues were sent by Williams.

“This woman here for 10 months was manipulative, calculating and engaged in a whole episode, with family, with friends, with acquaintances, all to carry out the subterfuge because of what she did,” Mr Fuller said.

Mr Fuller said her claim to friends and police about Mr Gerbic being bisexual, which could not be verified by investigators, was to portray him as “driven to violence”.

Defence lawyer Simon Lewis will give his closing statement on Wednesday.

Australian Associated Press


15
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
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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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15
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
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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.


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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.
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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.”

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15
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.
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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.

Australian Associated Press


15
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.
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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.