December 12th, 2018

Olympic shooting gold-medallist Michael Diamond given AVO to protect wife

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Michael Diamond outside Raymond Terrace Courthouse in a file photo. Photo: Simone De PeakPolice have taken out an interim apprehended domestic violence order against former Olympic champion Michael Diamond to protect his wife, Cathy.

Diamond, 45, a trap gold medallist at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, was ruled ineligible for the n team for last year’s Rio Olympics after he was charged with firearms and drink-driving offences.

He haschallenged a subsequent 10-year ban on having a gun licencein an effort to return to the international shooting circuit.

However, his latest brush with the law threatens to leave his career in tatters once and for all.

In May, he was found guilty of several offences including being in possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

The magistrate, Caleb Franklin, then issued Diamond with a good behaviour bond and warned him that, if he reoffended, he could be sent to jail.

Michael Diamond in action. Photo: Pat Scala

Under the AVO application, Diamond has been ordered not to assault, threaten, stalk, harass or intimidate his wife nor intentionally or recklessly destroy or damage any of her property.

He was also ordered not to approach her for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

Diamond was not in court on Monday when the order was made and the matter is listed again for Raymond Terrace Local Court near Newcastle on Tuesday.

Asked whether he would contest the AVO, Diamond said on Monday: “None of your business, mate.”

Diamond, the sport’s most decorated performer, hadfronted the board of the n Olympic Committee last yearin an ultimately unsuccessful bid to be cleared for Rio and become only the second n to compete in seven Olympics.

His sport’s governing body, Shooting , decided not to nominate him but, in May, vowed to stand by him after his conviction.

“We will not turn our backs on someone who has been such a great servant of our sport and our country in the past,” a Shooting spokesman said at the time.

December 12th, 2018

REVIEW: Japandroids, Small Ballroom, Saturday July 15

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When Japandroids attacked TweetFacebookCelebration Rock, knows Japandroids are a sonic assault. A sledgehammer of force to your ear drums and heart. Nothing is done half-arsed.

For those unfamiliar with their style, imagine what Bruce Springsteen might have sounded like if he’d grown up in the same neighbourhood asCBGBs, rather than across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

The good news is Japandroids lived up to their lofty reputation when guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse made their Newcastle debut on Saturday night at Islington’s Small Ballroom.

While Japandroids deserved far better than a three-quarter full Small Ballroom, the venue did provide an in-your-faceintimacy forthe mostly male audience.

In a week when unsubstantiated claims have been made on blogs about bands avoiding Newcastle due to violentcrowds, Japandroids’ fans were nothing but respectful.

There was little banter or small talk. These Vancouver lads were about business.

King dressed in tight black jeans and a 7thSt Entry t-shirt quickly whipped himself into a sweaty mess of intensity as he belted out the openerNear to the Wild Heart of Life, the title track of their latest album.

Other new songs like the terrificNorth East South West, Arc Of Bar and I’m Sorry(For Not Finding You Sooner) showed off Japandroids’ latest exploration inAmericana and synths, but predominantly the performance stayed anchored in the realm of hard and gritty garage rock.

Neither King orProwse attempted to wow their audience with acts of virtuosity. Their currency of tradeis intensity.

Kingstrangled the neck of his guitar and thrashed away in a distorted fuzz of power chords. Riffs and solos were not required.

King also spat out the lyrics like he believed every word. When he sang lines like “Whoring my heart/On the wings of a western night/Busting my guts/On a riot dose of paradise” onAdrenaline Nightshiftyou believed it too.

Prowse’s drumming was simplistic, but effective. It was fast, frenetic and served the needs of the songs. He even took vocal duties on several tracks, including Midnight To Moving.

Long-term fans of Japandroids weren’t left disappointed. King and Prowse dusted off frantic renditions of Heart Sweats and Young Hearts Spark Fire.

What everyone wanted, however, was the anthemicThe House That Heaven Built, a song which basically serves as a Japandroids’ mission statement. The song was the 17thand final song of the evening and worth the wait.

The crowd sang in unison through the chorus of “If they try to slow you down/tell them all to go to hell.”

Hopefully Japandroids don’t slow down because this band has all the elements of great rock’n’roll –passion, intensity, and most importantly, terrific tunes.

December 12th, 2018

The Adventures of Bella and Cliffy. the Mudgee version of Milo and Otis

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Bella and Cliffy weren’t friends before the adventure, but now they are always together.Most dogs have heard the call to the wild a few times in their life, darting off down the road, or out the front gate, to chase cars or simply just see what’s out in the world beyond the fence.

Not many decide that they want to spend their day long journey with a lamb.

In an adventure that conjures thoughts of the 1989 movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Susan Lampough’s kelpie dog decided that a stroll with her lamb companion would be the best way to spend an afternoon.

Susan, who lives in Turill, was going about her daily routine of feeding the horses and making sure that everything on the farm was fine when Bella and the newest member of the farm, the little lamb Cliffy, disappeared.

At first Susan suspected that Bella had “gone to play with the boys”, meaning that she had wandered over to her neighbour’s house to play with the other dogs that were living there.

When time stretched on however, she began to believe that they had run away.

“Normally what happens is that we have a little routine and Bella the dog and the little lamb would go out with me and we would go out to the feed shed and we’d get a few biscuits of hay and feed the horses,” Susan explained.

“Normally the lamb sits in the sun on the verandah and Bella will sit somewhere else – they’ve never really been buddies, but I went outside and they weren’t there.”

Bella the dog and Cliffy the lamb went on a day long adventure in the outback.

“I went and fed the horses and came back expecting to see them sitting there and they still weren’t there, so instantly I was concerned.”

It was a farm-wide man-hunt after Susan realised that the dog and the lamb weren’t at her neighbour’s house, and between Susan and her helpful neighbours they covered almost five hundred acres looking for the escapist duo.

“Bella goes and visits my neighbours’ dogs – “Bella’s gone to hang out with the boys again” – and so I rang Janet, my neighbour, and left a message to say I was going to have a look for them.

“I had a look across the last 25 acres of my property but they weren’t there, so it occurred to me that Bella might actually be missing,” Susan said.

“When she leaves she wanders back normally, so we rang the radio station and started searching wider and searching down roads.

After five hours, Susan turned to social media, where she posted a missing notice on the Mudgee community page.

“They’d been gone for five hours, but when I came back to the house my daughter called me all the way from Bathurst and told me that a lady on the page had found them together,” Susan said.

The adventurous pair were found out on Cliffdale Road, nearly three kilometers as the crow flies, Susan explained.

“I’m one kilometer off the road, and Cliffdale is another two kilometers away so they had to travel all that distance to end up where they did,” she said.

After having both of the animals for just under a year, Susan was so relieved to have them back home with her.

The lamb had joined her in her family just a month before, adopted from Wellington, while Bella had been adopted a year before.

“I know it sounds really cliche, but I really think it’s a miracle. It’s a miracle that they stayed together and that they were found – unhurt – by really lovely people,” Susan said.

“I don’t understand why Bella ended up where they were, so whether it was the dog leading the lamb or the lamb leading the dog, we may never know.”

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June 13th, 2019

My Friend the Chocolate Cake are back on the road

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THE CAKE FAMILY: Andrew Richardson, Greg Patten, David Bridie, Dean Addison, Helen Mountfort and Hope Csutoros.There is a line in JeffreySmart (Silver City), a new My Friend the Chocolate Cake single, that goes: “Sometimes the only way to make it all spark is see the world through the eyes of Jeffrey Smart.”
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The n artist was renowned for seeing beauty in the ordinary. Similarly,My Friend the Chocolate Cake has been painting lush musical compositionsof this wide, brown land and its urban landscapes for more than 28 years.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake, or just ‘Cake’ as musician Helen Mountfort calls it, are touring their new albumThe Revival Meeting. It’s been more than five years since Cake’s last work, but Mountfort, who started the group with David Bridie, says it doesn’t feel that long.

ORDINARY BEAUTY: Mountfort and Bridie have a Jeffrey Smart moment.

“People always say it’s good that we have come back, but it is just the cycle that Chocolate Cake has had really. It’s just that the gaps have gotten longer as we have grown older,” she says.

Mountfort, a classically trained cellist, and Bridie have worked together for years, including in the band Not Drowning, Waving.

Mountfort and Bridie, along with other Cake members Hope Csutoros, Greg Patten,Dean Addison and Andrew Richardson,have all worked together and apart on film and TV soundtracks.So when they meet up, it’s akin to a family reunion,but without the fights.

“David and I work together quite a bit,” Mountfort says.

“He gets me to help out with film soundtracks, Hope and I play together . . . so it doesn’t feel to us that we stop.

“We’ve always had a cycle where we put out a record and then we have a couple of years when we do lots of shows on tour, then we slow down for a bit and, after a few years of that, David and I look at each other and say “Have we got another album in us?”

“Then he and I start mucking around with a few tracks and we say ‘It sounds really good, so let’s do it’.”

To record The Revival Meeting,the group retired to a shackin regional Victoria.Mountfort says it was all “gum trees and mud” but the ideas brought to the kitchen table were as exciting as ever.

“Often, Chocolate Cake tracks evolve from something that starts life in a documentary or film. It might be a good tune, so it goes on to have a whole other life. So there is a nice relationship between writing for film and TV and what we put out for Cake.”

The long pauses between Cake collaborations are also healthy, she says.

“It is just something that we do, but it’s not our whole life,” she says.“We don’t play too much together so, when we do, we are genuinely having a good time. I don’t know how bands play every night, for years on end. You’d go a bit bonkers.”

Bridie has said the new songs “seek out the beauty in the simple . . .wisdom in the plain, sparkle in the ordinary”.There is a definite ‘stop and smell the roses’ vibe about the album, which opens with Poke Along Slowly followed by Jeffrey Smart.

Smart’s estate loved the song and gave the group permission to use archival footage and all of Smart’s paintings in the accompanying film clip.

Mountfort says Bridie sees the world in much the same way as the artist.

“Jeffrey Smart has a way of looking at the world in which he paints very ordinary things, like motorways and really suburban scenes. But he has a way of painting the lightthat makes it really beautiful. He is all about seeing the beauty in ordinary things, which I think is very much how David has been writing for Cake all this time,” she says.

ARTFUL: The group’s eighth studio album, The Revival Meeting.

The entire new album as well as“some old favourites” will be performed during this tour, Mountfort says.

“Because Cake has a range of material, we try to create a bit of journey at our shows,” she says.“We also like to give it a bit of theatre.”

So, when will the next album be?

“Well …we’ll take it one day at a time,” Mountfort says.

I guess we’ll all just poke along nicely until then.

Cake performs at Lizotte’s onFriday.

June 13th, 2019

‘Name and shame’ register reveals poor food safety standards in NSW businesses

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Chicken that was intended for sale at Bill’s Chicken in Moorebank, in rusty and corroded bins. Photo: NSW Food AuthorityBlacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta councils were home to the greatest number of NSW food safety law breaches in the past month.
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From failing to prevent pests, leaving food open to contamination and neglecting to adequately clean and maintain equipment; a combination of bakeries, seafood stores and restaurants found themselves on the NSW Food Authority “Name and Shame” register, now in its ninth year.

In the 30-day period, 22 businesses were the subject of 35 food safety offences in the three council areas.

A further 54 businesses were the subject of 82 offences in council areas including Mosman, Liverpool, Fairfield, Central Coast and Willoughby.

While the majority of the list included lesser known, independent operators, it also featured big name proprietors like Dominos Pizza in Mosman, Bakers Delight in Artarmon, and Gloria Jeans in Strathfield.

Dominos Pizza in Mosman have found themselves on the NSW Food Authority “Name and Shame” register. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta are some of the three biggest local government areas in NSW, with more than 4200 food business,” said Ben Lees, NSW Food Authority food regulation executive officer.

Mr Lees said differences in the level of enforcement action across NSW did not necessarily reflect different compliance standards at any given time, as councils scheduled inspections at different times of the year.

Cockroaches, rats and flies are the most common pests to attract attention from food inspectors, he said.

Last month a Sydney chicken producer was ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines and professional costs, after it was found to be transporting chicken meat intended for sale on rusted and corroded trolleys and benches.

Inspectors prosecuted 12 charges after visiting Bill’s Chicken in Moorebank, where they found unclean equipment and utensils, staff change rooms without soap, and rubbish and cigarette butts on site.

It is one of the latest businesses to be prosecuted on the NSW Food Authority’s “Name and Shame” register.

Shu Yu Yun, trading as Bill’s Chicken, pleaded guilty to all 12 charges and was handed a total fine of $34,000 and an order to pay more than $6000 in professional costs for the offences.

“This was one of the worst cases we have seen. Poor handling of meat can cause people to become very sick,” said Mr Lees.

Chief executive officer of the NSW Food Authority Dr Lisa Szabo said food businesses were “obliged to keep their premises clean and properly maintained and ensure their food is safe and suitable for human consumption and comply with the standards in the NSW Food Act.”

The most common food safety breaches in the past financial year related to cleanliness of food premises (21 per cent), storage and temperature control (16 per cent), pest control (13 per cent), hygiene of food handlers (13 per cent) and cleanliness of fixtures, fittings and equipment (12 per cent).

At its peak in 2009/10, 3.4 per cent of food businesses appeared on the “Name and Shame” register. However In the past three years the figure has fallen to less than 2 per cent, with an average of 1567 penalties consistently issued each year.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the register gave consumers confidence and certainty when choosing where to dine.

“Just as consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the provenance of their food, they are also demanding to know that this food is being safely prepared and served,” he said.

NSW councils carry out more than 61,000 inspections at 40,000 retail food businesses each year.


June 13th, 2019

Anthony Dent was proud of being a violent man, and lost a murder appeal because of it

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Murderer: Anthony Dent, whose appeal against his conviction for killing a man at Wickham Park in 2014 failed.
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KILLER Anthony Dent’s boast in 2016 of being a violent man who couldn’t be dominated has come back to haunt him.

The three-time murderersavagely beat Anthony O’Grady on March 25, 2014 and left him to die at Wickham Park before sending a text message to a woman saying: “I’m feeling so good I might belt another maggot as its addictive feeling like this”.

But a NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday rejected Dent’s appeal against his conviction, and the boasts before a jury at his 2016 Newcastle trial were brought up against him.

Dent, 56, argued he was convicted and sentenced to jail for 42 years after a miscarriage of justice during the trial, linked to how the Crown described one of his co-accused.

Five people planned to rob Mr O’Grady that night because he was known to carry a large amount of cash and the five, including Dent, needed money to buy drugs including ice.

The jury was told it was Dent who savagely struck Mr O’Grady to the head, stripped his shorts and underpants which were placed in his mouth as a gag, and hog-tied him. Mr O’Grady’s body was found the next morning.

Dent argued in court that a co-accused, RC, kicked Mr O’Grady in the head and it was the kicks that caused Mr O’Grady to die.

In his appeal Dent argued a Crown address in which RC was described as “not a violent man” would have left the jury with the impression RC was unlikely to have been violent with Mr O’Grady, as Dent had described.

Three judges of the Court of Criminal Appeal rejected the argument after considering Dent’s evidence at the trial.

Dent rejected a Crown proposition that RC was “not a violent man” but conceded RC was “not as violent as me, no”.

Questioned about the text message he sent on the morning after Mr O’Grady was killed, Dent agreed that “knocking people out is pretty addictive”.

“Oh well, I have done it a number of times, yes. I believe it can be addictive, yes,” Dent said in front of the jury.

The Court of Criminal Appeal judges rejected the appeal after finding the Crown was “doing no more than directing the jury’s attention to the uncontroversial proposition that on his own evidence the appellant not only made it clear that he was a violent man, but that he was proud of it”.

Dent was a teenager when he murdered two men at Passmore Oval in 1977, only 100 metres from where Mr O’Grady’s body was found.

His earliest release date from jail is 2048.

June 13th, 2019

Maitland’s population is on target to hit more than 104,000 in 2036

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Maitland City Council’s Development and Environment Manager David Simm said there has been significant residential growth over the past 10 years If you think housing development in Maitland is going gangbusters, think again.
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The city’s population is set to explode even further with 14,000 new home lots approved and a 20-year supply of land identified for future residential purposes.

Maitland’s population has almost doubled in the past 24 years, atrend set to continue with a population of more than 104,000 forecast by2036.

Maitland City Council’s Development and Environment Manager David Simm said there has been significant residential growth over the past 10 years with statistics indicating the city is continuing to grow above pace compared to other Hunter local government areas.

Maitland’s housing going gangbusters THEN: The intersection of High and Elgin Streets in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: The intersection of High St and Elgin Street. Picture: Fairfax Media

THEN: The intersection of High and Elgin Streets in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: The intersection of High St and Elgin Street. Picture: Fairfax Media

THEN: Bulwer Street and High Street in 2010. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Bulwer Street and High Street. Picture: Fairfax Media

THEN: New England Highway at Rutherford in 2008.Picture: Google Maps

NOW: New England Highway at Rutherford. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Anambah Road intersection with the New England Highway in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Anambah Road intersection with the New England Highway. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Les Darcy Drive in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Les Darcy Drive. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Les Darcy Drive in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Les Darcy Drive. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Cessnock Road at the Church Street roundabout in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Cessnock Road at the Church Street roundabout. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Looking towards Church Street, 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Looking towards Church Street. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Molly Morgan Drive in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Molly Morgan Drive. Picture: Fairfax Media.

THEN: Molly Morgan Drive in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Molly Morgan Drive. Picture: Fairfax Media.

THEN: No 1 Sportsground before the refurbishment.

NOW: No 1 Sportsground after the refurbishment.

THEN: Mitchell Drive in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Mitchell Drive. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Stockland Green Hills in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Stockland Green Hills. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: The George Tavern in 2008

NOW: The George Tavern

THEN: Maitland Private Hospital in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Maitland Private Hospital. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Maitland Hospital in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Not much has changed at Maitland Hospital since 2008. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: High Street Maitland in 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: High Street Maitland. Picture: Google Maps

THEN: Weakleys Drive, Thornton 2008. Picture: Google Maps

NOW: Weakleys Drive, Thornton. Picture: Google


June 13th, 2019

Two-year UTS study reveals Port Stephens fishing, seafood industry important to economy, culture and community well-being

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IT’S BACK: The Love Seafood festival, which celebrates the Port’s seafood industry, runs throughout August.As Port Stephens settles into the month-long Love Seafood festival, new research has made it crystal clear just how important the seafood and fishingindustry is to the area.
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Two University of Technology Sydney-led studies, released earlier in 2017,found that the commercialfishing industry is significant to the area’s economy, cultural heritage, community life and overall well-being.

UTS associate professorKate Barclay led the two year study.

Ms Barclay saidthe study, called Valuing Coastal Fisheries,was conducted in many towns, including Nelson Bay,to understand the diverse ways fishing contributed to their local communities.

“The findings show professional fishing is an essential part of the fabric of communities,” she said.

“It supports, and is in turn supported by, an intertwining range of community life and work-related activities.

“It generates vital income and jobs in rural towns.

“It is also very much interdependent with other businesses including gear suppliers, mechanics, fuel providers, freight and helps support tourism and hospitality with sought-after fresh locally caught seafood.”

Kate Barclay and Michelle Voyer at the Nelson Bay Fisherman’s Co-Op in September 2014 when they were conducting research for the UTS study Valuing Coastal Fisheries. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Nelson Bay is one of ’s many coastal towns that was built up off the back of the fishing industry.

As the nation’s fishing industry grew in the 1800’s,so too did the population and township of Nelson Bayand with it the Port Stephens identity was born.

Fingal Bay fisherman John “Stinker” Clarke, who has written four books charting the history of fishing in the area, said the Port’s handful of first European inhabitants almost solely relied on fishing when they first settled.

“When Port Stephens was first inhabited in the early 1800’s there wasn’t much here,” he said.

“There was only about 30 residents in Nelson Bay for a long time.

“As the fishing industry grew, so did Nelson Bay.

“We relied very heavily on fishing, now not so much.”

An image John “Stinker” Clarke collected for his book Old Salt. In the latter part of the 1800’s the fishermen, photographed on Nelson Bay Beach, sold their catch locally or to the Chinese merchants who salted and sun dried the fish.

Tourism has overtaken fishing as an economic driver in Port Stephens.

An average 1.3 million people visit Port Stephens each year, generating more than $335 million.

Tourism is also one of the Port’s key employment sectors. According to Port Stephens Council figures (2014), tourism employs 1669 people.

The UTS study found that the professional fishing industry withinthe Hunter-Great Lakes area, of which Port Stephens is part of, generates $83 million per year and creates 727 full-time jobs.

According to the study,90 per cent of Hunter-Great Lakes residents believe that the fishing industry is important totheir area.

It also found that 87 per cent of residents feel thefishing industry is also good for tourism.

Mr Clarke agreed, but argued that the recreational fishing industry played a bigger part in drawing tourism to Port Stephens

Recreational fishing is arguably ’s biggest leisure sporting activity.

It isestimated five million ns spend $10 billion each year to take part in it.

Jessica Hay and Natalie Hay from Nelson Bay try their hand at fishing at Taylors Beach.

The research also revealed a number of hidden or unrecognised relationships.

In particular it found that in NSW coastal communities, professional fishing and tourism support and sustain each other.

In particular, professional fishing and tourism was found to support and sustain each other in NSW coastal communities.

A survey found that89 per cent of NSW residents expect to eat local seafood when they visit coastal communities.

Meanwhile, 64 per cent of people surveyed saidthey would be interested in watching professional fishers at work while on holidays.

Grahame Lewis, manager at Nelson Bay Fisherman’s Co-Op, told UTS researchers that “people love watching” fishermen work.

“They come down and watch the boats unload, they see what sort of fish are coming in, they see it getting wheeled over to the shops and they know there’s stuff going in there from the local fishermen,” he said.

“It’s a drawcard really.

“People love going to seaside ports and just watching – not only here but everywhere along the coast.”

Aside from the benefits to tourism and the economy, the UTS study found the fishing industry in the Hunter-Great Lakes is an important part of the region’s history, cultural identity and community life.

A second study was run alongsideValuing Coastal Fisheries.

CalledSocial and Economic Evaluation of NSW Coastal Aquaculture, this study looked at how communities benefit from aquaculture such as oyster and prawn farming.

According to research published in the paper, aquaculture also plays asignificant role inproviding employment and contributing to regional economies across NSW.

“The economic output for aquaculture and the flow-on effect to seafood processing and retail businesses was $226 million in 2013-14,”Dr Geoff Allan, the Department of Primary Industries’ deputy director of general fisheries, said.

“Aquaculture contributes to community well-being through local employment, environmental stewardship including the protection of water quality, and provision of sustainable seafood.”

Port Stephens has a long history in oyster farming, stretching back to the 1940s.

The Port is also home to two fish farms –the land-based Tailor Made Fish Farmand the newly established sea pen aquaculture farm in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.

Tailor Made Fish Farm managing director, Nick Arena. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

The NSW Governmentpartnered with Tasmania-based Huon Aquaculture to establish the fish farm, which is located about4km south of Broughton Island.

Tens of thousands of yellowtail kingfish fingerlings were released into the pens late last year. They will be monitored during a five-year research lease.

Seafood, commercial fishing and the Port’s fishing families will be celebrated during the second-annual Love Seafood festival.

Running throughout August, the festival program is peppered with a series of events thatpay tribute to the fruits of Port Stephens’ pristine waters.

This year’s festival received a $20,000 boost from the NSW Government in the form of anIncubator Event Fund grant.

Destination Port Stephens has worked with industry partners to serve up the festivaland please the growing number of visitorskeen to samplecuisine from the very region they’ve come to see.

“Locals are absolutely passionate about their seafood,”Danny Eather, the destination marketing manager from Destination Port Stephens, said.

“It’s been in the blood of our oyster growing and fishing families for generations and a vibrant restaurant culture has built up around it.

“The producers all rally together to ‘share the love’ at Love Seafood, making this the best possible time to come and experience the premium local product.”

Activities in the festival include an expo weekend,cooking demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs andseafood lunch and dinner specials at participating eateries.

2017 Love Seafood Festival ProgramMonday to Friday throughout AugustSelect Port Stephens restaurants and eateries

Fish to Dish: Local restaurants and cafes will have lunch and dinner seafood specials. Whether it is freshly shucked Oysters, a King Prawn Salad or local market fresh fish, our local restaurants and cafes will not let you down when it comes to fresh and local Port Stephens seafood.

See the participating Fish to Dish eateries here.

Saturday, August 12d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay, 10am to 2pm

Farmers of the Sea:Oysters have been farmed within the pristine waterways of Port Stephens for many years by generations of families. Meet the Port’s Farmers of the Sea to learn about the local oyster industry, what is the difference in how the oysters taste based on locations and the all-important secrets to shucking.

Stephen Cole, from Cole Bros Oysters in Karuah. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Friday, August 25, Saturday, August 19 and August 26Trawler to Table: Enjoy a delicious seafood-inspired meal over lunch or dinner with our local producers as you learn about the local industry and hear tales of the past.

Participating restaurants(bookings essential)

Lunch on August 25:Little Nel and Galley Kitchen

Dinner August 19 and 26:Wharf Restaurant and The Greenhouse Eatery

Friday, August 25Broughtons at the Bay, d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay, 6.30pm

Gala dinner: Afour-course seafood inspired dinner, prepared and introduced to you by Ludovic Poyer from Poyer’s, Ben Way from Little Beach Boat House and Matt Keyes from Little Nel. Guests will be treated to freshly shucked oysters and champagne on arrival. Each course will be served with selected paired wines.

Tickets cost $120 per person, available here.

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay

Fish and Fun: This will be the signature weekend with a program of activities from celebrity and local chefs providing cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, seafood tastings, kid’s fun zone of interactive displays, touch tanks and fish feeding.

See the full 2017 Love Seafood festival program hereHear from more fishermen and families involved in the Port Stephens fishing industry here

May 13th, 2019

WineJapanese wine maker’s unique impactJohn Lewis

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FATE: Atsuko Radcliffe, in her Small Forest winery at Denman, is a passionate advocate of Upper Hunter wines.ATSUKORadcliffe is one of the legion of women adding lustre to the wine scene – having her own Denman-based Small Forest brand and being unique as the onlyJapanese winemaker in and an international sake judge.
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A passionate advocate of Upper Hunter wines, Atsuko in 2009 and 2010 went back to Japan to learn sake making, and since 2012 has been a judge of the sake section of the annual International Wine Challenge in London.

Born in Japan and trained in biochemistry and microbiology, she initially worked in quality control at a big chemical company, then moved into winemaking with a Japanese wine group.

Atsuko later became a wine and viticulture consultant – leading to stints in France and California and in 1999 to new wine horizons in . Other visits to work in Mildura, Coonawarra, Yarra Valley and Western n wineries came in 1996 and 1997.

In 1999 she settled in the Upper Hunter as a winemaker at Rosemount’s Denman winery and in 2002 married Rosemount electrician Andrew Radcliffe.

Atsuko fondly remembers Rosemount in its glory days under Oatley family ownership and the inspired mentoring of Philip Shaw.

After the Foster’s beer and wine group in 2010 shut the Denman winery and sold off its equipment and surrounding land, curious twists of fate led Atsuko into Small Forest – a name derived from her maiden name of Kobayashi.

Sydney management consultant John Cruikshank had founded Callatoota vineyard and winery at Wybong in 1972 and in 2008 his land was compulsorily acquired for the Xstrata AnvilHill open cut mine. He then bought the Spur Hill vineyard at Denman to relocate his brand, build a winery and employ Atsuko as winemaker.

Soon, however, mining for a second time cruelled Cruikshank plans, with the Malabar Coal group acquiring the Denman site for a future underground mine.

That’s where Small Forest and Atsuko Radcliffe came in. Malabar Coal wanted to keep the 24 hectares of chardonnay, verdelho and shiraz vines and asked Atsuko in 2013 if she wanted to buy its grapes, lease the winery, cellar door and homestead, and set up a wine brand.

The answer was “Yes” and the first Small Forest wine, a 2014 shiraz, came from Orange grapes because the Hunter fruit was spoiled by bushfire smoke taint. Hunter-sourced vintages have followed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The wines are onsmallforest苏州夜总会招聘.auand at the 5052 Jerrys Plains Rd, Denman, cellar door on weekends, when visitors can enjoy sake tastings.

May 13th, 2019

Singleton sisters gear up for University of Newcastle Larapinta challenge

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It’s a gruelling 65km trail. With the heat of the central n desert, the steep red slopes of the West MacDonnell Ranges and the rugged landscapes of the Red Centre, it’s challenging for even the most capable trekker.
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But the Larapinta trail is also renowned for its incredible beauty and strong connection to indigenous culture, making every exhausting step well worth it. And three Singleton sisters are soon to discover just how valuable the experience can be.

Annie, Lucy and Sophie Nichols are set to conquer the trail as a part of the University of Newcastle (UON) initiative to support young indigenous students.

TREKKING TRIO: Annie, Sophie and Lucy Nichols are ready to conquer the Larapinta Trail. Photo supplied.

Along with 27 other trekkers, the trio will hike the Larapinta trail from August 15 to 19 in an attempt to raise more than $100,000 for equity and social justice for Indigenous ns.

“In my first year of study at the University of Newcastle I was awarded two scholarships – the Godfrey Tanner Scholarship and The Shaping Futures Scholarship,” the eldest of the three, Annie said.

“Without these scholarships, university would not have been possible without enormous financial strain.

“I will be forever grateful for the financial support that transformed my university studies. I want to see others have this same opportunity, especially those whom are disadvantaged and those who want to improve the quality of life of others.”

Currently, indigenous ns have a significantly shorter life expectancy, are around five times more likely to die from diabetes and alcohol-related illnesses, and are severely under-represented in n universities. Working as a qualified physiotherapist in Walgett, Annie understands the difficulties of living in an area with limited access to services and believes raising funds for university scholarships can help to bridge the gap.

“It’s a tough gig living in parts of that don’t have access to the same standard of health care, education or career opportunities compared to those living in metropolitan areas,” she said.

“The funds raised through this challenge will support those entering into study at university, future indigenous leaders undertaking research and community health research projects.

“As a health professional I want to close the gap in health care and lower the rates of chronic disease, substance misuse and obesity amongst indigenous communities. I believe funding to support current and future indigenous health research projects is of utmost importance.”

FUNDING: UON’s funding scheme.

With just over three weeks until the challenge commences, the three sisters have raised close to $4000 and are hoping to reach their personal target of $10,000.

“Overall, I hope we can reach the total fundraising goal of $100,000,” Annie said.

“Personally, I’m hoping to conquer the physical challenge of walking 65km, learn more about the indigenous culture – be able to connect with their culture, and be inspired by the beautiful scenery of the n Outback.

“Oh and survive five days without arguing with the twins.”

To find out more about Annie, Lucy and Sophie’s adventure or to donate totheir cause, visit https://larapintatrail.everydayhero苏州夜总会招聘/au/annie-sophie-lucy-nichols.

May 13th, 2019

Centenary of the Great War

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TOUGH: Although short in stature, men such as Corporal Ralph Jury were no less braver. This soldier was wounded five times. Photo: The Digger’s View, Juan Mahony
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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for 16-22 July, 1917.

THE LATE CAPTAIN JARRETTGeneral regret was expressed in Lambton when it became known that Captain Frank Jarrett, who was severely wounded in action, had succumbed on the 5th July.

The late Captain Jarrett was a son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Jarratt, of Albert-street, North Lambton, and although of recent years he was a resident of New Lambton, where he married Miss M’Vitty, he was more widely known in his native town of Lambton. He was attached to “Newcastle’s Own” Battalion, and left Newcastle in May last as a lieutenant. He, however, made application some time prior to that to be allowed to go to the front, but was prevented by the authorities on the grounds that his services were required here as an instructor in the training camps, and in that capacity he spent a considerable time in the camp at Broadmeadow. He was highly spoken of by the rank and file, and on his promotion as captain (which he gained soon after leaving England), he was congratulated by the officers and men under his charge. He was engaged in many of the battles recently fought, and in writing to his wife and friends he expressed full confidence that the war would result in an undoubted victory for the Allies. He also looked forward for a speedy return to his family and friends. Prior to enlistment, Captain Jarrett was employed as a mercer the Messrs. Elliott and Cowman, Newcastle, and at one time by Messrs. Winn and Company. He always took a keen interest in friendly societies, and was regarded as a valuable member of the Hand of Friendship Lodge, in which society he was a past officer. The news of his death was conveyed to his wife and parents by the Rev. D. Weatherall, the receipt of which came as a shock, especially to his mother, who for some time past has been in delicate health.

FRANCE’S DAYIt would be the merest guess work to attempt to estimate the returns from Newcastle’s effort on behalf of France Day, but members of the committee were very sanguine on Saturday that £5000 would be reached, and there were some who thought that the total would not be far short of £6000. The sum, as banked up to Saturday, reached £4000. The total from last year’s effort was £4100.

NSW FIELD FORCE FUNDThe committee appeal for assistance in making up 1000 handkerchiefs for the Christmas boxes for the troops. Workers are asked to call at the depot on Tuesday, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Gifts of khaki handkerchiefs will be appreciated. Donations of socks have been received from the Muswellbrook War Chest branch (72 pairs), Toronto Sock Fund (30 pairs). The proceeds of the street stall on Saturday mornings will be devoted to Christmas cheer. Donations of produce, flowers, cakes, etc., may be left at the stall or sent to the depot.

HONOURS FOR AUSTRALIANSThe Defence Department, at the order of the Minister, has compiled a list of the honours awarded to n soldiers on active service to April 20th.The total number was nearly 4000, including 16 Victoria Crosses, 159 Distinguished Service Orders, 415 Military Crosses, and 1189 Military Medals.

BELMONTThe Belmont Red Cross branch recently forwarded to headquarters, Sydney, a report of the work done for the year ending 30th June. The report showed there had been sent to Newcastle depot for despatch to the front 20 sheets, 108 pillow slips, 74 shirts, 12 suits pyjamas. 71 washers, 80 pairs socks, 25 balaclava caps, 12 pairs mittens, 11 pairs knee pads, 51 eye bandages, 20 mufflers, 14 pairs bed socks. Fruit and vegetables were donated by members and forwarded to Sydney Red Cross food depot. Cash was raised to the amount of £89 19s 10d, and the society had a credit balance of £49 0s 3d. The members had raised £16 13s 9d for the soldiers’ comforts fund, which has been spent in purchasing warm clothing for the men in the trenches, to whom many parcels and Christmas cheer had been sent during the year.

ABERMAINMr J. Jeffries, Superintendent of the Abermain Collieries, has been advised that his son, Lieutenant Clarrie Jefferies, has been promoted to the rank of captain.

WELCOME HOMEAt St. Philips Presbyterian Church, Newcastle, on Monday evening, a welcome social was tendered by the young ladies of the congregation to Petty Officer D. B. Fraser, youngest son of Rev. A. Fraser. Petty Officer Fraser has been on military duty since the day war was declared. For a time he was signalman on the Government steamer Captain Cook at Sydney. He enlisted in the Naval Bridging Train when he was 19 years of age. He went through the Gallipoli campaign and after the evacuation was with the Bridging Train in Egypt until the disbandment on the completion of their work. He has returned to join the n Navy. There was a large and representative gathering of the congregation.

P.O. Fraser thanked all who had arranged the gathering. He was pleased to be amongst them again. Many had but a vague idea of the work of the Naval Bridging Train. Their work was not in the limelight, but it was nevertheless arduous, and at times very dangerous. He protested against the idea that the men in Egypt had little to do. While in the desert theirs was hard work, and the conditions were anything but pleasant. He regretted to see so many able-bodied men on the streets when the need on the other side was clamant. At the close of an interesting account of the work of the bridging train, he stated that it was still his intention to serve in the war.

KING GEORGEThe King has adopted the family name of Windsor.The attendance at the meeting of the Privy Council held at Buckingham Palace was the largest since the accession of King George. It included Royalties, members of the Cabinet, the Primate, Mr. Andrew Fisher, High Commissioner for , and General Smuts (South Africa).The King signed the proclamation adopting the family name of Windsor, and relinquishing all German titles and dignities.The King’s decree creates a separate Royal House, instead of the most exalted branch of the house of Saxe Coburg Gotha, and also makes the family surname Windsor. It is noteworthy that the great-great-grandson will be plain Mr. Windsor. The newspapers applaud the choice of name as entirely English, in historical association.Members of both Houses have expressed the greatest satisfaction at the adoption of the name of Windsor. They are convinced it will give gratification throughout the Empire and the East.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERS Private Sam White, formerly of Newcastle, in a letter to Mr. J. Grisdale, writes as follows, under date June 6:- “Just a note letting you know how things are over this side. You will wonder who the note is from; it is from Sam, who was well known at A. Robinson’s. We had quite an enjoyable run across, but it was not without interest, and we called at seven ports. We left with a good escort, for there were seven transports together, and to bring them safely home was an anxious time. No doubt you heard about the torpedoing of the Ballarat, and it will live with you out there for some time; but once you have been through your lifeboat drill on board, you become acquainted with what you have to do in case of getting a tin fish at you. (That is what we call the submarine.) I can tell you we used to do a lot of grumbling when we had to carry our lifebelts with us night and day. There is no doubt on board the transports they have everything that is useful in time of need, and before the Germans can get any of our boats they will get some back in return. After an anxious time of it coming down the Channel we arrived at our port. We have been to several camps since arriving, for we have marched from one end of the plain to the other. I have met several Newcastle boys. I dare say you are all looking for an early finish of the war, but I am afraid that it will be some time yet, as you have no idea of what it is like until you are here yourself. You people in are in a land of paradise to what we have here. You can get what you want out there, while we have to be content with anything, as there is a great shortage of everything here, and I dare say you know the reason why, for the Germans have started their unrestricted submarine warfare. They do a lot of damage, but I dare say the day is not far off when we will be able to defeat them; but they will make things mighty uncomfortable while they keep going. The last few weeks has not seen much fighting; but with fine and good weather there will be something doing shortly, and when it does start you can rest assured that the Germans will get a hiding, although they will die hard. I have been told that when they are driven out of Lens it will not last too long, for they say it will be open fighting and the Germans don’t like that kind of fighting for theirs is mostly dig in, and as Haig has wrested some impregnable places from them they have not had time to prepare new ones. I will be in the big push if it comes off, as we are in a new division, and it has been formed over here. The ns are still doing good work, and I daresay you have read about Bapaume, for they did splendidly there.”

35TH BATTALION FUNDThe secretary writes: “The 35th Battalion committee received word this week that eight cases of clothing for the men at the front were on board the ill-fated steamer Cumberland, which was wrecked off Gabo Island on July 6. This consignment consisted of 446 pairs of socks, 144 pairs of flannel underpants, and 84 flannel shirts, valued at £188 12s. Owing to the unexpected demands thus made open the funds and without any desire to curtail our regular supply of clothing, which has, up to the present, been sufficient for the battalion’s needs, the comforts fund committee is faced with the serious problem of making good its loss. “Newcastle’s Own” has many warm-hearted friends in the district, and we ask them now to do whatever lies in their power to help out the committee with funds, or with special efforts to raise funds.”

ENLISTMENTSCharles Cook, Kearsley; Walter Gerard Derkenne, Hamilton; John Beeston Donald, Hamilton; John James Evans, Carrington; Frederick Vincent Gilmore, Kurri Kurri; Bert John Hughes, Singleton; Sidney Benjamin Jones, West Maitland; William Manwarring, Singleton; John Morrison, Hamilton; Christian Bernstein Norman, Scone; James Galbert Olsen, Cessnock; George William Parramore, Singleton; Henry Evan Rae, Wallsend; Alec Crawford Rodger, Wickham; Kenneth Robert Stretch, Newcastle;Alfred Rosser Tapp, Adamstown.

DEATHSPte James Barker, Abermain; Pte Peter James Blanch, Karuah; Pte Burnie Clapham, West Wallsend; Cpl Josiah Doyle, Weston; Pte John Gregory Doyle, Newcastle; Pte Matthew Farley, Wickham; Pte Francis Patrick Greene, Aberdeen; Pte William Richard Hoffman, Tighes Hill; Pte William Howlett, Cessnock; Pte John Jamieson, Islington; Pte John Drummond Johnston, Wallsend; Sgt Stephen Kelly, Hamilton West; Pte William John Kembrey, Weston; Pte James Oliver Kemp, Plattsburg; Pte James Lee, Wakefield; Pte James Joseph McCannon, Singleton; Capt Donald Gordon McHattie, Newcastle; Pte John McInnes, Abermain; Pte Roy George Moore, Branxton; Cpl Robert Hamden Murray, Swansea; Pte Dudley Parker, Neath; L/Cpl James Geoffrey Parker, Kurri Kurri; L/Cpl William Andrew Parsons, West Maitland; Pte Lea Roy Paul, Gouldsville; Pte Henry Gault Phee, Cessnock; Pte Frederick Michael Preston, Tighes Hill; Pte John Joseph Roberts, Newcastle; Pte William Russell, Cessnock; Pte Charles Sinclair, Minmi; Pte David Smith, Estelville; CSM Walter Charles Stacker, East Maitland; Pte Anthony Stephenson, Islington.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter Valley-based military historian. Follow David’s research at facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

May 13th, 2019

Dog groomer Hannah Grice takes prize at Pup Cupphotos

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IN CHARGE: New Lambton dog groomer Hannah Grice and her miniature poodle Ivy were successful at the Pup Cup challenge in Coffs Harbour last weekend. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers A HUNTER dog groomer has clinched two prizes at the Pup Cup, a national competition for canine clipping experts.
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Groomer cleans up at the Pup Cup The Pup Cup. Picture: Hannah Grice

Ivy at the Pup Cup. Picture: Hannah Grice

Ivy at the Pup Cup. Picture: Hannah Grice

Lucy at the Pup Cup. Picture: Hannah Grice

TweetFacebookNew Lambton’s Hannah Grice was one of several Hunter competitors testing their skills against the nation’s best. She took her poodle Ivy and a client, schnauzer Lucy, to Coffs Harbour to compete on the big stage against almost 60 dogs and dozens of groomersfrom around .

“There were even a couple of girls from Singapore,” Ms Grice said.

Ms Grice, who operates Dog House Newcastle in New Lambton, took placings in both the novice terrier and novice poodle classes.

“When you compete you have got to look at a lot of things like coat, texture andtemperament,” she said.

“I’ve never competed with my poodle before, so it is special –but you know just how naughty she is, too.”

The two-day event was billed as run for groomers by groomers, with rules tweaked from events in capital cities to better suit competitors.

Coffs Harbour groomer Jazz Fitzgerald started the event to offer a chance for groomers to gather and show under conditionsdesigned to showcase their craft at its peak. In its first year, the Pup Cup is the country’s biggest independent grooming show and the only one of its kind outside a metropolitan area.

Ms Fitzgerald said the level of difficulty groomers faced was something the event wanted to reveal to the general public.

“Basically you’re moulding these big fluffy dogs into something that’s a proper breed cut … there’s a lot of skill involved, you’ve got a moving subject and you’re holding sharp objects,” she said.

Many groomers useclients’ pets to showcase their skills, a negotiation Ms Fitzgerald saidcompared to asking to borrow someone’s child.

“We’ll pluck up the courage and say‘I really love your dog , can I take it away for a weekend?,” she said. “There can be a sour face after a ribbon isn’t awarded but I think that’s across the board, it’s about sportsmanship.”

May 13th, 2019

A Newcastle man jailed for a bag-snatching was up against it before he was even born.

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ZACHARY Buxton was up against it before he was even born.
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His mother was a heavy drug and alcohol user during her pregnancy in1988.

His father introduced him to cannabis when he was five, and the boy was a daily user by the age of 10. He started using amphetamines daily when he was 11, and was a daily heroin user when he hit adolescence at 13.

At 5.30pm on Anzac Day, 2014 when Buxton confronted two women on Beaumont Street, Hamilton, produced a knife and said “Bags, ladies, please”, the 25-year-old had been in and out of jail and juvenile detention for a decade, and had an appalling criminal record.

But the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday quashed a Newcastle District Court judge’s maximum jail sentence of nine years and five monthsfor the crime and imposed a maximum sentence of six years and five months jail term, after ruling the original sentence was manifestly excessive.

Two of the three appeal court judges found the District Court judge’s sentence overstated the seriousness of the Hamilton offence and gave insufficient regard to Buxton’s background, including that his adult illicit drug use stemmed from being given cannabis by his father at just five, and more serious drugs from 11.

The nine year and five month sentence was generally reserved for more serious offences armed robbery offences by people with criminal backgrounds similar to Buxton’s, Court of Criminal Appeal Justices Tom Bathurst and Michael Walton found.

Buxtonwas wearing a black hooded jumper when he approached the women, and produced a 15-20cm long knife when he was about a metre from them.

One of the women ran across the road screaming “Help” whilethe other threw her bag at Buxtonbefore she also ran across the road.

Three men chased Buxton who dropped the woman’s bag and ran off. He was later picked up by police and charged. He was on parole when he attempted the bag-snatching, after three years’ jail for an aggravated robbery on a train in which a man was stabbed in the stomach.

The court heard Buxton started offending when he was 15, and had three armed robbery convictions on his record.

He also had serious drug-related mental health issues and posed a “significant risk to the community” because of an inability to understand his hopes of living a “lawful lifestyle” was not possible because of a cycle of illicit drug use and criminal offences.

During sentencing in 2015 Newcastle District Court Judge Peter Berman said both Buxton and the community would benefit if he gave up his “life of drugs”.

Justices Bathurst and Walton said it was significant that Buxton was introduced to drugs at just five years of age andexperienced significant emotional neglect as a child.

Buxton’s earliest release date is April, 2018.