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Kiama festival gets punters grooving: photos

Kiama festival gets punters grooving: photos Hot Potato at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
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Maddie Wallace at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Hot Potato practicing on Terralong Street. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Carlos Ferrari at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Peta Morris at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama’s Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Hot Potato band member Daniel Moore at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Hot Potato band member James Mackay at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Hot Potato band member Dylan Wright at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Sounds of Koko singer Kachina Lewis at the festival. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Hot Potato at the festival on Sunday. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

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Event to raise funds for New Hope India

Debra and Rachael Mansfield, of Newstead, preparing for the New Hope India fundraising dinner. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS
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THE generosity of the Launceston community is being called on to help support those in need.

A New Hope India fundraising dinner will seek to help create an easier life for people struggling overseas.

Dinner co-ordinator Pete Towns said this year’s event was looking light on numbers.

“I travelled to India early January and saw the impact that money raised has made in those areas,” Mr Towns said.

“Building six old-age cottages is on the wish list this year, they only cost $2350 a unit — anything we raise it just goes such a long way.”

He said the dinner would include a two-course fine cuisine meal and dessert option with a cash bar and live entertainment.

“Dress code is traditional Indian or semi-formal,” Mr Towns said.

“There will also be a silent and live auction.”

Tickets for the event are $75 a person, RSVP must be made by Thursday.

Tickets can be bought from Free Life Church at 4 Invermay Road, Inveresk.

The New Hope India fundraising dinner will be held at the Inveresk Tramsheds on March 21 from 6pm. For more information about the charity, go to www.newhope australia.org, or call Peter Towns on 0476784887.

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Wests claim Maitland T20 title

TOP TITLE: Wests scored 11 to the Lions’ five in the deciding phase of play after the totals were locked at 140 each. Western Suburbs have claimed the inaugural Maitland T20 cricket title in dramatic circumstances yesterday after winning the final in a super oval.
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The Plovers eventually beat Raymond Terrace by six runs after reigning district player Of the year Andrew Trappel hit a six off the last ball of their extra innings.

Wests scored 11 to the Lions’ five in the deciding phase of play after the totals were locked at 140 each.

Wests earlier beat Northern Suburbs in a close semi-final encounter that went down to the last ball and Raymond Terrace accounted for City United in the other top four encounter at Lorn Park. Preliminary games featuring 12 sides had been played on the Sunday if the Australia Day long weekend.

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Council’s sea level rules questioned

RESTRICTIONS: An artist’s impression of a revamped Swansea town centre. The council has released its master plan for the centre. WHAT’S good for the goose is good for the gander.
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Lake Macquarie City Council may have to consider this saying over whether it will apply the same sea level rise and flood standards to itself that it applies to others.

The council has released its draft Swansea Streetscape Master Plan.

The plan proposes new footpaths, lighting, seating, art, bins, bike racks, drinking fountains, bollards, shade structures, banner poles and trees.

The council required new residential developments in the area to raise floor levels by more than two metres to cope with sea level rise and flood projections.

The Newcastle Herald asked the council these questions:

■Does the master plan include options to raise roads and footpaths and other infrastructure to address sea level rise and flood risk?

■If so, can you provide these details?

■How much will this cost?

■If these options aren’t planned, why not?

In response, a council statement said: ‘‘Yes. Asset life and flood risk thresholds will be considered when designs are prepared for the new assets shown in the master plan.’’

The master plan said one of its objectives was to consider the effect of sea level rise on new infrastructure.

Councillor Jason Pauling has been a critic of the council’s tough property restrictions over sea level rise projections.

‘‘If the council’s position is ‘we must be ultra-cautious on sea level rise’, then they’ll have to apply their own principles to their own infrastructure,’’ Cr Pauling said.

Cr Pauling said it would be hypocritical if the council was ‘‘imposing standards on the community that destroys dreams, but not applying them to itself’’.

Last October, councillors overruled council staff in voting 7-3 to approve a contentious dual occupancy at Swansea.

Council staff had recommended refusal over concerns about sea level rise and flood risk.

Sideline Eye: Rochow chats on the couch

ALL WINNERS: Robbie Rochow on the couch with Mercury journalist Josh Callinan at the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards.Many of you would have seen the Newcastle Knights score 18 unanswered points at Hunter Stadium on Saturday to claim a first-round victory against the New Zealand Warriors.
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Many of you would have also seen Knights backrower Robbie Rochow crash over for the last try.

But what many of you did not get to see was Rochow in action on Friday night.

Less than 24 hours out from the 2015 NRL season kick-starting, the East Maitland Griffins junior generously gave up his time to attend the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards – ­presenting prizes and guest speaking on the now infamous red couch.

Love your work Robbie and look ­forward to what the year ahead holds in store – fingers crossed another NSW Country jersey and maybe even a Knights premiership.

Premiership winner

Maitland Magpies signing Matt Thompson also gave up his night to attend the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards on Friday.

The most capped A-League player and Newcastle Jets premiership winner presented awards and spent some time on the red couch – sharing a little-known story.

Thompson almost missed the call up to the Australian team by not answering his phone.

Thompson didn’t recognise the ­number calling him and was gathered with friends at the time.

But after contemplating the old-­fashioned flick, he picked up and the four Test caps are now history.

Price’s dad John delivers

Toby Price may have picked up the top gong at the 2014 Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards, but it was his dad who delivered one of the best lines of the night.

After accepting the prize on Price’s behalf, John took part in an interview with trophies in hand.

When going through Price’s achievements and his comeback from an almost career-ending neck injury, John relayed a story about the ­recovery.

Post surgery, Price’s doctor passed on a piece of advice to lighten the ­serious nature of the situation.

“Well, at least you have your head screwed on,” was the comment, which brought a smile to Price’s dial and got a laugh out of the 150-strong crowd at Club Maitland City on Friday.

On the Lamb

Maitland Junior Sportsperson of the Year Brock Lamb had to make the hot shoe shuffle from training to Club Maitland City to receive his award on Friday night.

The Australian Schoolboys half was taking part in the captain’s run ahead of Saturday’s NRL season kick-off with the Newcastle Knights under 20s before making the dash to be crowned the city’s top junior for 2014.

The two Ricks

It was a case of two Ricks for the price of one at Robins Oval yesterday and not the Astley variety.

Local sports commentator Ricky Bush and local cricket celebrity Ricardo Poli were on the microphone for the Maitland T20 finals.

The pair added quite a bit of colour to the inaugural competition and livened up the atmosphere for all involved – even when the game got down to the final ball!

Congratulations

Congratulations to former Weston Bear and football referee Martin Henry on tying the knot with sweetheart and softballer Corinn Gardiner at Woodville on Saturday.

Condolences

And the thoughts and prayers of the Mercury sports team are with the Holden family following the death of Trevor yesterday – a life member of Northern Suburbs Cricket Club and Maitland Blacks secretary.

Numbers Game: 300 – the number of riders going around yesterday at Hunter Economic Zone for the statewide cycling kermesse event.

Moment That Mattered: Aberglasslyn endurance motorcyclist Toby Price being named the 2014 Maitland Sportsperson of the Year.

Quote: “You can’t teach competitiveness,” Eastern Suburbs skipper Andrew Vickery on retiring three-time Maitland first grade district player of the year Jason Allen.

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Bridges cracks Top 30 on rich list

Michelle Bridges
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PERSONAL trainer Michelle Bridges has exercised her way to a $53million fortune and a place alongside Oscar-winning actresses, corporate high-flyers and a ‘‘mysterious’’ telco founder as Australia’s richest self-made women.

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s $20billion fortune may make her Australia’s richest person but it’s the little-known Vicky Teoh who is queen among women who have created their own personal fortunes.

Ms Teoh, who co-founded telco and internet provider TPG with her husband, has a tight grip on the top spot in the BRW Rich Women list, with a $938million wealth.

BRW deputy editor Caitlin Fitzsimmons described Ms Teoh as one of the more mysterious figures in Australian business, as the Teohs are a fiercely private family.

Super Cheap Auto co-founder Hazel Rowe made her debut at third place on the 2015 list, with a $376million wealth made primarily through the Super Retail Group.

Ms Bridges pushed her way into the top 30 (at 29th spot) thanks to the international expansion of her fitness empire.

Actress Nicole Kidman is worth $331million and Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Cate Blanchett are also on the list, along with four women such as former Westpac CEO Gail Kelly, who made their wealth from high-powered corporate jobs.

Ms Fitzsimmons said the majority (23 of the 30) made their fortunes by founding and building their own businesses.

The combined wealth on the list, published on Sunday, has risen to $5.4billion, up from $4.5billion.

Ms Fitzsimmons said that was thanks largely to the value of shares and property.

Wi-Fi project on target for state

FREE Wi-Fi for Ballarat’s central business district is on track to be switched on by the end of the year, according to the government.
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The free Wi-Fi installation was announced for Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market in March last year by the then Coalition government.

The first hot spots were turned on in October, with free Wi-Fi for a 200-metre radius from Ballarat Town Hall.

The service is planned to expand in Ballarat throughout the CBD, rail-

way station and Bridge Mall and Lake Wendouree, with more than 1000 access points throughout the state.

The pilot is planned to run for five years, will require no passwords and would have no advertising, with a $6.7 million contract with iiNet Limited.

Wendouree MP Sharon Knight said it was a service for both the community and visitors to the region.

Ms Knight said she had been meeting with council, who assured her it was being progressively rolled out.

Small business, innovation and trade minister Adem Somyurek said the project was on track and due for completion in 2015, however, legislative council opposition deputy leader Gordon Rich-Phillips said no new free fast internet Wi-Fi access points had been switched on since the single access point was launched in October last year.

He said by now there should be free Wi-Fi sites spreading across Ballarat, but Premier Daniel Andrews had stalled the project.

“Free Wi-Fi should be pretty simple. It’s hard to believe Daniel Andrews could stuff this up too,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

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Cavaliers’ height is Burnie’s undoing

CAVALIERS opens recorded a solid 56-18 win over a Burnie side missing several key defenders in their state league match at the Silverdome on Saturday.
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Without Nikki Miller and Vanessa Martelletti the Burnie defence struggled to hold out the attacking drives of Cavaliers mid-court of Shelby Miller and Lucy Thannhauser and by quarter time Cavaliers held a 16-3 lead.

At the other end of the court Cavaliers goal defenders Sandra Bennett and Dannie Carstens were too tall for the Burnie goalies and able to repel numerous Burnie offensive drives.

With Cavaliers goal attack Cath van Keulen roaming the Cavaliers offensive zone providing plenty of ball movement Cavaliers continued to build on their half-time lead of 30-7, and ran out with an easy 56-18 win.

Player of the match was Cavaliers defender Sandra Bennett.

Cavaliers proved too strong across the court for Burnie and built up a solid lead at quarter-time (17-4) with the trend continuing for the balance of the game as they piled on the goals to win 57-25.

Cavaliers goal shooter Jordyn Becker was named player of the match.

Northern Hawks opens won 90-25 against bottom of the ladder Devon.

The Hawks defence was on top of Devon’s attack end all game and scored freely across the four quarters.

Hawks were well in control in all areas, which helped them to a high total of 90 goals.

Devon defenders in goal defence Catherine Cochrane and goalkeeper Kelsey Dell provided little resistance for player of the match Hawks goalie Ashlea Mawer shooting at 72 per cent accuracy, 65-90 attempts.

Devon could not keep up with Hawks who had made good use of their depth and skills throughout the match.

Hawks 19 and unders defeated Devon 59-22, player of the match was Hawks centre and captain Jen Guy.

Northern Hawks player Adriana Gough has control of the ball in the match against Devon. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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Vandals still have a smashing good time

DISHEARTENED: Porters Cafe owner Chris Bergen has joined the call for CCTV in the CBD after his store fell victim to a malicious damage attack on Friday night. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 030715pchrisA BATHURST business owner says he’s sick of continual attacks on his William Street cafe and has called on Bathurst Regional Council to take action.
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Porters Cafe owner Chris Bergen says his shop has fallen victim to countless smashed windows in his 12 years of business.

The latest attack was discovered when he arrived at his cafe to open for business on Saturday morning.

Mr Bergen found the cafe’s door destroyed, in what he says is the second smashed window in the last eight months.

“This time it’s the door, we haven’t had the door broken before … it’s low down, so maybe someone’s kicked it in,” he said.

“It happens all the time, that’s the second time in eight months … it’s something you just get sick of. It’s very disheartening, you walk in and think ‘oh god it’s happened again’.”

Mr Bergen has now called on Bathurst Regional Council to pay for in full, or at least contribute to, the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) across the city’s CBD.

Mr Bergen is joined by three other Bathurst business owners who have also had their front windows smashed over the last month.

Harmonikos Music store on Bentinck Street had its windows broken on two consecutive nights in February, while Bathurst Travel Centre and Kelly and Partners Chartered Accountants were earlier this month.

His call for action comes with considerable research into the effectiveness of CCTV in international studies.

From his research, Mr Bergen believes residents in a city the size of Bathurst are more aware of the “consequences” of their actions, as opposed to a metropolitan city like Sydney, and this is why CCTV will work.

“For me it really comes down to a society where people should be held responsible for their own actions,” he said.

Mr Bergen claims it is council that is responsible for the street, not him or his landlord, and as such it should ensure the risk of malicious damage attacks to businesses are reduced.

“Council should certainly contribute, if not pay for the whole thing [installation of CCTV],” he said.

Chifley local area command sergeant Alan Beattie said the malicious damage attack at Porters Cafe was reported via the Police Assistance Line.

“Investigations are continuing, however it appears there is no CCTV [of the shop front] available,” he said.

Sergeant Beattie has called on any witnesses to the overnight damage at Porters Cafe to call Bathurst Police on 6332 8699.

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Question for state candidatesLETTER

We recently enrolled our daughter at Maitland Grossmann High School.
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We were invited to an information session / welcome barbecue for year 7 last week.

While I realise that the high school is one of the older facilities in the area, I was shocked at how run down it was (paint peeling off the exterior of the buildings, hand rails, etc).

The school looks as though it is badly in need of additional funding for facilities maintenance.

My question is for each of the local candidates running for office at the upcoming NSW state election.

Will you commit to increasing funding for local schools to ensure that our schools not only achieve excellent academic results for the region’s children, but also so that the schools facilities are some of the best in the state?

– Evan Roser

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