What’s on this weekend in Newcastle & the HunterJuly 15-16 2017

SATURDAYThe Human Whale Registrations open at 10am at Fingal Beach in preparation for everyone taking their place on the whale outline by 11.45am to have the feat captured by a drone. After, enjoy a barbecue lunch thanks to Fingal Beach Surf Club, with live entertainment andeducational displays.This year, Port Stephens Coaches will provide a free shuttle from D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay CBD and ShoalBay. Shuttles depart every 30 minutes 9am to 11am.
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The Human Whale marks the end of Port Stephens’ annual NatureFest which celebrates the region’s many spectacular natural assets.

Grease – The Arena Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Starssome of ’s biggest names alongside an amateur mass ensemble of more than 800 performers from across the Hunter.

Orchestra Nova presents An Afternoon with Fred and George2pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. A program of French and English composersfeaturing Elise Kearney playing Borne’s famous tour de force flute solo from Carmen’s Fantasia. $20 adults, $15 concession.

Snow Time in the Garden Final weekend, 10am to 9pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.

NRLNewcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 1pm, main game kick-off 5.30pm.

150 Years Under Lock & Key Tour 11am, Maitland Gaol, East Maitland.Discover the stories of heroes and villains. Cost $22.

Detonation Nine Boxing6.15pm, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, 309 King Street, Newcastle West. Features Kyron Dryden, Darkon Drydon, Richard Smith, Blake Minto, Michael Upton, Daniel Ammann and Joel Griffiths. General admission $45.

Park Run Raymond Terrace: 8am,Riverside Park, Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace. Newcastle:8am, starting near 1 Arnold Street, Carrington.

n Invitational Youth Games –SoftballSaturday and Sunday,Stevenson Park, Stevenson Avenue, Mayfield West.

NAIDOC Youth Corroboree 5pm, Belmont Wetlands State Park. Traditional dance workshop. There will be markers/signs to indicate the walking track to the dance circle as well as people giving directions. Parking at the entrance to the wetlands.

SUNDAYVintage Games on The Lawn 11am to 4pm, Market Street Lawn, Newcastle. Anafternoon of vintage games including croquet, quoits and bocce; food and drink; music fromDemi Mitchell andDeanna Rose Music. A selection of decorated rugs and a scattering of tables and chairs will be provided for BYO picnics.

Winery Running Festival 2017 8am to 7pm, The Vintage Golf Resort and Spa, Vintage Drive, Rothbury.Main races are a Winery Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km Vineyard Run, 6km Winery Wander and 2km Kids Marathon.

Escapes Tour at Maitland Gaol 11am, Maitland Gaol, East Maitland.Explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from ’s longest continuously operating correctional facility. Cost $22.

Pet Cuddling DayTimezone, Charlestown Square. Cuddle some gorgeous animals thanks to Hunter Animal Rescue.

SplashDance Let’s Bop 1.30pm, Charlestown Bowling Club. Interactive show suitable for children up to age 7.

Honda Race Pace School 9am, Cessnock MX Track. All bike sizes, and riders of all ages, welcome.

Fire & Wine Noon to 5pm, Bimbadgen, 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin.Wine, food and live music by the fire.

Metro Muso Muster 2pm, Metropolitan Hotel, Maitland. Jam session for musicians of all ages and abilities.

MARKETSHandmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, cornerof Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Tea Gardens Village Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm,Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

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

Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,8am to noon,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

The Sunday Muster Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels, Thornton.

ARTSCessnock Regional Art GalleryNgani Barray This Country: Wonnarua artist Lesley Salem; works by CatholicCare’s Indigenous Art and Culture Program for Teens and Parents of Teens.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryDiane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryDerek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3.Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10.Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018. Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition.Until July 23.

Newcastle MuseumOne Million Stars To End Violence;RAD Exhibition; n of the Year Awards 2017; Shadows of Sacrifice.

Reader’s Cafe and LarderExhibitionby Joanne Conder. Until July 28.

The University GalleryBalnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression. Ends Saturday.

Newcastle Art GalleryAbstraction: Celebrating n Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23. The Phantom Show. Until August 20.

Old Fire Shed GalleryIt’s New Art 2017. Until December 18.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts CentreContemporising the Modern: nmodern and contemporary photography;Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.

The Lock-UpStitched Up. Until August 6.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back GalleriesTerra Obscura:Three Dungog artists explore obscure terrains. Until July 23.

Cooks Hill GalleriesWhat Lies Beneath. Until July 17.

Acrux Art GalleryWarm & Cosy.

Timeless TextilesThe Map Project: Where I Live. Until July 16.

Art Systems Wickham Matchbox Horse by John Turier. Until July 23.

THEATRECats (abridged)Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bright musical about cats meeting and talkingabout their lives as they compete for a special prize.

Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamiltontheatre. Saturday2pm and 7pm.

Disney Is A Wish Your Heart MakesA lively look at Disney musicals, with 28 songs fromfilms including Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The LionKing and Frozen. Maitland Musical Society, at Soldiers Point Bowling Club. Saturday5pm, and Sunday11am.

GreaseRock’n’rollmusical about two high school students who romance when they meet on aholiday, then find themselves at the same school; professional leads and an ensemble of 800Hunter school students.

Harvest Rain, at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday1pm.

Peter PanThree children fly with the title character to Neverland, where they encounter lostboys, fairies, Viking women warriors and pirates; adapted by Craig Sodaro from J.M.Barrie’s novel. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Rockstar CondabaloozaFund-raising show for Newcastle’s CONDA theatre awardswith performances, many amusing, by Newcastle actors, singers, dancers and comedians, andaudience-involving competitions built around the theme Rockstar. Lizotte’s, New Lambton.Saturday6pm.

The Age of ConsentA teenage boy jailed for a murder and a young mother pushing herdaughter to have a theatre career talk about their lives; gripping comedy-drama by PeterMorris. Two Tall Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly at 8pm until July 22.

The SeaA fierce storm hits an English coastal town, affecting the people’s lives in manyways, with one believing aliens were involved; engaging comedy-drama by Edward Bond.Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

MUSICAnna Bay TavernSaturday, The Way.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Jay Z 4:44 album party.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Pana,Elisa Kate.

Bay HotelSaturday,Spank n the Monkey.

Belmont 16sSaturday, The Years, Max Jackson. Sunday, Norm Bakker.

Belmont HotelSaturday, The Levymen.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Defaced. Sunday, Red Dirt Country.

The BradfordSaturday, All Access 80s.

Burwood InnSaturday,DJ Timmy Coffey.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Just A Gent, Moza (Glasshouse),Rapaport,Mac Da Villain,Talakai,Verbal Mechanics,Hypenotic,Kale (Warehouse). Sunday, Steel City of Origin ft.White Blanks,Vacations,Jacob,Paul Watters.

George TavernSaturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grain StoreSaturday,LoganMOVIESA Dog’s Purpose(PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. (Regal)

Baby Driver(MA)A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, hesees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.

Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Churchill(M)A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. (Lake Cinema)

Despicable Me 3(PG)Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul(PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday, so he canattend a nearby gamer convention.

My Cousin Rachel(PG)A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. (Regal)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales(M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowingwhen deadly ghost sailors led by the evil Capt. Salazarescape from the Devil’s Triangle.

Spider-Man: Homecoming(M) Ayoung Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

The House(MA)A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter’s college fund.

The Met Opera: Eugene Onegin(E)Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. (Tower)

The Sense Of An Ending(M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. (Regal)

The Zookeeper’s Wife(PG)The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (Regal)

Their Finest(M) A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London bombings. (Regal)

Transformers: The Last Knight(M)Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Viceroy’s House(PG)Lord Mountbattenis tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. (Lake Cinema)

Welcome To The Sticks(M)A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back. (Regal)

Wonder Woman(M)An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.

Concern over healthcare workers’ conditions at new Maitland Hospital

Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes.The Health Services Union has accused the state government of“a camouflaged attempt to slash staff conditions and job security” inplans for the new Maitland Hospital.
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It comes after the government announced on Wednesday it had abandoned a public-private partnership in favour of a deal with a not-for-profit organisation. Unions say they have serious concerns about wages, staffing, job security and resource levels at the new hospital.

The government will preserve sick leave, long service leave, redundancyand parental leave entitlements for healthcare workers who take on a role at the new hospital, if they decide to return to a government-run hospital within the first year.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said employeesat the new Maitland Hospital would have their existing conditions carried over for two years–then they would have to negotiate with the new provider.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the union was “deeply concerned that the state government is using the cover of a not-for-profit provider to slash wages, conditions and job security”.

“At this stage there are no guarantees of staffing levels or conditions,” he said.

“We also have no assurance the new provider will maintain the current level of resourcing.”

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association said the decision was “as bad as what we’d feared from a public-private partnership”.

“There will be no guarantees on staff-to-patient ratios after two years,” NSW general secretary Brett Holmes said.

“Staff wishing to move back into the public system will have to find an available position at Kurri Kurri, Cessnock or John Hunter themselves within the 12 month time-frame.”

New Maitland Hospital not-for-profit plan ‘not good enough’: Health Services Union

Questions: Labor Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison at the existing Maitland Hospital, which will close when the new Maitland Hospital opens. Picture: Simone De PeakEnlisting the not-for-profit sector to build and run the new Maitland Hospitalstill means the Hunterwill lose a public hospital, Labor and healthcare workers’ unions say.
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Fairfax Media reported on Wednesday that the state government hadabandoned its plan for a public-private partnership for the health facility, which will replace the existing Maitland Hospital.

Instead, the governmentwill seek a not-for-profit organisation as a partner.

While the n Medical Association welcomed the news, Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison, the Health Services Union and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association labelledthe decision“privatisation”.

Ms Aitchison said she had several questions aboutgovernance, reporting,decision-making and the capacity for expansion.

“I think it’s important to note that this is stillprivatisation, as not-for-profits take on these hospitals to make a surplus,” she said.

“Calvary Mater [Hospital, Newcastle] is a legacy model. This will be a unique model,so it’s very important to make sure there is enormous clarity around the terms.

“The government still has to go through an expressions of interest process and so we don’t even know which operators will put their hand up.

“Why doesn’t Maitland, and indeed the Lower Hunter, deserve a public hospital when we are the fastest growing local government area outside Sydney at 15.5 per cent, according to the Census?”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, under the new plan, the hospital would “absolutely” be held to Hunter New England Heath policy and guidelines.

“What is being delivered is a first class hospital delivering public services free to public patients, that is the bottom line,” hesaid.

“Whatever not-for-profit provider joins with the government will be required by their contractual terms to operate within a strict clinical and non-clinical performance regime.

“The history of not-for-profit operators is they generally do an extraordinary job for the public, they have a non-profit motive that is wanting to do good.”

Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the union viewed the government’s decision with“a very healthy dose of scepticism”.

“While this may be better than a multinational corporation running the hospital, it is not good enough,” he said.

“The state government needs to explain why it’s conducting a not-for-profit privatisation in Maitland while allowing for full public investment at Wyong and Tweed.”

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association said it was concerned the new model would not meet the needs of the community or staff.

Top 10 Chinan junk foods

You’d be forgiven for thinking has been taken over by a bunch of healthy eating food bloggers, with the amount of kale seen on cafe plates all over the country. Which is why we thought we’d balance the scales, and celebrate our best-ever junk foods.
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Vanilla sliceDon’t be fooled, a mille-feuille this ain’t. Proudly less refined than other incarnations, the Aussie version touts a characteristic slab of gelatine-set vanilla custard, sandwiched between two pieces of flaky pastry, and topped with icing that varies in flavour and consistency between states. The slightly tart NSW version, spiked with passionfruit, ticks all boxes. For those keen to take their enthusiasm for vanilla slice to the next level, join thousands of pilgrims as they embark upon on Mildura this August for the annual Great n Vanilla Slice Triumph. Why not hark back to 2015 when Ballarat’sGolden Nugget Bakery won the title?

The great vanilla slice. Photo supplied

Golden GaytimeStreets launched the first Gaytime in 1959 and it wasn’t golden. In fact, Streets flirted with a variety of flavour incarnations including Strawberry Shortcake, Raspberry Rough, Cassata Roma and Turkish Delight, before the golden icon that we know and love today prevailed in 1970. A toffee-vanilla ice cream centre, dipped in chocolate and coated in the signature honeycomb biscuit crumb. Perfect for an Aussie summer’s arvo at the beach or in the ‘burbs.

A Golden Gaytime. Photo supplied.

Sausage sizzleStaple of the family barbecue, the voting booth, the local footy field and the Bunnings carpark, the humble snag sanga is undoubtedly ‘s most iconic lunchtime snack. Simplicity is the key here and fancy flourishes are unwelcome. The sausages should be cheap, plain and made from beef. Comes nto its own during election days when it is known as the “democracy sausage”.They should be served on a single slice of highly processed white bread (no rolls allowed). Acceptable accompaniments include tomato sauce and onion at a pinch. The best part, they’re designed to be consumed with one hand so you can bowl a couple of spinners between bites.

The ubiquitous sausage sizzle always delivers on the satisfying front. Photo: Darren Pateman

ShapesFirst produced in Victoria in the 1950s, over 53 million packets of Shapes are sold in every year. Their popularity is justified. The ideal salty snack for social gatherings or lonely Netflix binge watching sessions. Also, a conveniently boxed, sub-$3 meal for teenagers and University students. Clearly, Arnott’s are on to a good thing. If it isn’t broken, why fix it, right? Alas, in 2016, to widespread public backlash, Arnott’s decided to introduce “new and improved” flavours. Fortunately, this mistake was swiftly rectified.

Don’t mess with the recipe.

Meat PieBizarrely referred to as a ‘hand pie’ in the US, what we ns embrace as a logical attempt to unite one’s meal with a pastry receptacle, still seems somewhat of a novelty in other parts of the world. The classic Aussie pie should be a simple affair with a rich, ground beef and gravy interior, encased in pastry and served with tomato sauce. Despite good intentions, the pastry shell rarely succeeds in living up to its structural duties, resulting in the ubiquitous hot pie juggle, followed by furious steam panting and third degree burns for both mouth and hands. Smarter folk penetrate its pastry lid to inject the tomato sauce – an ingenious way to cool a scolding interior.

A national staple. Photo: iStock

Neenish tartThe ludicrously sweet, two-toned bakery icon. Although colour combinations vary (always riffs on the classic brown, pink and white) and the inclusion of jam might ruffle the feathers of a few purists, a foundation of sweet pastry with a faux cream interior and hardened icing top make these little gems the favourite sweet treat of children and dentists across the country. The Neenish tart’s origins are particularly illusive, enshrouded in the lies and scandal surrounding the fabled Ruby Neenish of Gong Gong, which turned out to be a prank staged by a disgruntled Gong Gong expat. The first known recipe was published in the Sydney Mail in 1901 and was simply credited to “the housewife”.

Neenish tarts. Photo: iStock

MiloMilo first launched at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1934 as a nutritional (seriously) beverage for children. Enjoyed hot or cold, and always with milk, this choc-malt powder is the teenage after-school snack of choice. The n recipe is charmingly flawed in its inability to dissolve adequately when mixed, resulting in a truly unique sludgy, crunchy, meal/beverage hybrid that necessitates the use of a spoon. The challenge is to push the Milo to milk ratio to its utmost limit of dryness, especially when mum isn’t looking.

Thankfully, the n recipe for Milo will remain unchanged.

PassionaThe familiar favourite most ns have been pronouncing incorrectly for the last 90 years. The recommended pronunciation, “Pash-ona”, was published on a 1927 advertisement which also boasted a flattering testimonial from Lady de Chair, wife of the Governor of NSW. Originally developed by Spencer Cottee in the 1920s as a cordial designed to use up extra passionfruit on his Lismore farm, Passiona became the foundation of the Cottee’s empire.

Those familiar colours …

Chiko RollWith a history as complex and mysterious as its filling, this distant ocker cousin of the spring roll was first sold at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Show in 1951 and has been gracing the deep fryers of your local fish-n-chipper ever since. Of course, it’s never that simple and “ownership’of the chiko roll’s birthplace is ongoing.It’s innards of cabbage, barley, carrot, beef, fat and other goodies could be described as gluey and comforting – and a possible hard-sell for the uninitiated. The Chiko’s crowning glory is its tough outer crust, making it the kind of no-nonsense, one-handed meal deal ns like best.

“Goodness” in one hand.

CheezlesTwisties or Cheezles? The secret to claiming the title of ‘King of the corn based cheese flavoured mystery crisps’ lies in interactivity. Not only does the mighty Cheezle deliver on the flavour front but their round shape makes them a down-right novelty to consume. Line them up on each finger and don’t forget to lick off all the orange-cheesy powdered goodness. Or, bring a little bit of sophistication to your next social get-together by serving them on twiggy stick skewers. What’s not to like?

Crispy, crunchy, salty…addctive. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Premier faces howls over Adani mine at town hall meeting

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was interrupted by protesters who chanted and later broke into song. Photo: Tammy LawOpponents of Adani’s vast new Queensland mine have howled at the premier after she told them they would not stop coal mining in the state.
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Protesters interrupted Annastacia Palaszczuk’s town hall meeting in Cairns on Tuesday night, chanting “no, no, no” in opposition to the mine.

But the Premier told them jobs were vital and coal mining would not cease in Queensland: “Coal is going to be a part of our energy mix for many years to come,” she said.

“Rubbish!” the protesters howled in reply.

They later interrupted the meeting by bursting into song.

The Premier’s comments came on the same day her government announced a plan to fight climate change and help protect the Great Barrier Reefby cutting Queensland’s carbon emissions.

The plan includes aims to “de-carbonise” the state’s emissions-intensive energy sector.

But while that plan is being executed in Queensland, Adani will be allowed to mine and export the state’s coal so it can be burned in India’s power stations, with India to account for those emissions.

Mine opponents, climate activists and reef scientists say new coal mines like Adani’s simply could not be allowed to proceed when the dire state of coral reefs worldwide was already well documented.

This week,former US vice-president and climate action campaigner Al Goreimplored not to build the mine, saying there was a choice to make between a huge new coal mine and the Great Barrier Reef.

Last month, former n Institute of Marine Science chief scientist Charlie Veron, credited with discovering 20 per cent of all coral species, said federal approvals for the Adani mine must be overturned.

“Coal mining is the number one danger to coral reefs now in the whole world. If we wipe out coral reefs, we are going to crash the ecologies of the oceans,” he told the ABC.


Melburnians waste enough food to feed extra 2 million people

The average Melburnian generates about 207 kilograms of food waste a year. Photo: Craig SillitoeMelburnians waste enough food to feed an extra 2 million people.
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And feeding the average Melburnian generates about 207 kilograms of food waste a year –meaning close to 1 million tonnes of edible food ends up rotting.

If that wasn’t alarming enough,food waste costs an average householdmore than $2200 a year.

The figures, produced as part of the Foodprint Melbourne project, were the first to quantify the city’s food waste, Melbourne University researcher Seona​ Candy said.

With Melbourne’s population surging and the city tipped to reach 10 million by 2050, food is considered the next big challenge in waste.

The Foodprint​Melbourne project is a collaboration between academics and councils to discover what it takes to feed Melbourne.

It found the water required to produce the city’s food is around 113 litres per person a dayand creates13.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

As the federal government looks to halve food waste by the year 2030,Melbourne this week will host theEcocity World Summit, oneof the biggest urban planning conferences in the world.

Dr Candy will tell attendees that shoppers canreduce food waste by buying odd-looking food, and supporting local processing of food and waste.

“If food is substandard then it can’t besold insupermarkets and there’s no other market for it because those businesses are shutting down,” she told Fairfax Media.

“But there are opportunities to look at waste not as waste but as a resource.

“It could be used to produce energy in the city by converting it to biogas [as in Norway and Switzerland] or to compost community gardens.”

JoePickin​, director of Docklands waste consultancy Blue Environment, said Victoria likely produces more food waste than other states because it has a higher proportion of restaurants and food processors.

Mr Pickin said food waste accountedfor about 40 per cent of household garbage, and fewer than 10 per cent ofns havecomposts.

“All waste is growing faster than population growth and food waste is growing faster than most other streams,” he said.

“The easiest best way to deal with this would be for councils to provide people with a kitchen caddy – a little bin – with little degradable bags that go inside, and people put those full bags into the garden waste bin for composting.

“This would cut down on the organics that make problems in landfill:the methane gas, the smells, the vermin.”

While Melbourne has plenty of work to do to reduce its food waste, some people and organisations are doing their bit.

Northcote couple and self-described “foodies”JohnCamilleriandEmmanuelleDelomenedeare passionate about cutting waste, both on environmental and financial grounds.

They do everything fromdumpster diving to using a compost and worm farm, and making stock out of scraps.

The couple alsopreserve food and eat food that is past its best-before or use-bydates.

“We can’t even remember the last time we threw out for food,” MrCamillerisaid.

Ian Carson isthe co-founder and chair ofcharitySecondBite, which redistributes unsold fresh foodto community food programs across .

He said awareness about food waste is on the rise.

Mr Carson said whenhe started SecondBite 12 years ago, people were “in denial” about the problem but now “more people want to do more about it”.

Demand for SecondBite’s services is also on the rise, he said, likely due to the high cost of housing and rising utility prices.

OpinionIdeology and hope won’t supply reliable electricity

ELECTRIC CARS: How will meet the increase in power demand?Our existence relies on electricity. We flick a switch and a light, stove, TV, computer and other appliances are turned on. We can use domestic solar cells to generate the electricity to turn onappliances. There is great merit in the domestic generation of electricity, and 1.7 million n homes have rooftop solar cells that provide power.
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It is encouraging that 7 per cent of ‘s electricity is generated by renewables. But it is only 7 per cent. Currently 83 per cent of our electricity comes from coal or gas with the remaining 10 per centfrom hydro-generation. In the year 2000, renewables produced 1 per centof our electricity. It has taken 17 years to get from 1 to7 per cent.

One of our major political parties claims that in 13 years, 50 per centof ’s electricity will be generated by renewables. Is this realistic? cannot rely on hope, ideology and future innovations for its reliable electricity supply.

A compelling example of our reliance on electricity is the supply of drinking water. Hunter Water pumps 68 million tonnes of water a year through 5000 kilometres of pipes so that we can ‘turn the tap on’.

Daily, 185,000 tonnes of water are pumped from Chichester and Grahamstown dams to all over the Lower Hunter. The reliability of the source of electricity so Hunter Water’s 98 electric pumping stations can deliver water to homes and businesses every day cannot be compromised. Currently renewable sources of energy do not have the necessary level of reliability to do this.

What of the future? ‘s demand for electricity could easily spiral upwards. Why? Electric cars. By the end of the year, Tesla will launch a five-seater electric car and environmentally conscious ns will buy it. The car will have a range of 350kilometreson a 75 kilowatt hour battery. After travelling that distance, the battery will needto be recharged, which will be the same as turning on 25 kitchen ovens for an hour.

Based on average n car usage, every electric car will consume 3300 kilowatts of electricity a year. If over the next 10 years most of our cars become electric, then our annual per capita consumption of electricity will increase by 25 per centto 12,500 kilowatt hours. This increase in demand is equivalent to the electricity produced by four Bayswater power stations. How are we going meet this demand? It’s taken renewables 17 years to go from 1-7per cent of generation and they produce 700 kilowatt hours a year for each of us. They will not be able to service this massive increase.

We need a bipartisan approach to resolve the issue of electricity generation. Political leaders need to determine a strategy that ensures our current supply of electricity while encouraging and supporting the longtransition to renewable sources.

NSW’s youngest coal-fired power station is 30 years old and was designed using outdated technology. Modern coal-fired power stations are significantly cleaner and more efficient. Some sections of society think it is abhorrent for to consider building new coal-fired power stations. Other countries do not share this view. As a consequence of the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster, Japan is building 45 coal-fired power stations. India, which has 400 million people without access to electricity, is building 250 coal-fired stations. has 24 coal-fired power stations.

It will be a long time before won’t have to rely on coal and gas for its electricity.

Robert Monteath is a registered surveyor and certified practising planner

Freehold on Rebel Fit site at Warners Bay hits the market

LOCATION: The property on Hillsborough Road will go to auction on August 3.WITH three years left on a four-year lease and a major investment by way of a substanial store refit, it’s little wonder that the freehold on the Rebel Fit store in Warners Bay is attracting attention from mum and dad investors as well as commercial buyers.
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Leased to 2020 to Rebel Sport Limited trading as Rebel Fit, with a further four-year option, agent Michael Chapman from Colliers is confident the successful bidder will pay more than $1.5 million for it when it goes under the hammer on August 3.

“We’re confident it will go for somewhere above $1.5 million how high above that we’re not sure, Mr Chapman said.

“The opportunity with this property is the good location. Warners Bay is a well known part of the Hunter region.

“The tenant is heavily invested with a fit-out completed so there’s a lot of value in a tenant like Rebel.”

With a secure lease, a prominent location ina retail complex with other national tenants and a current net income of $103,682 per annum plus GST (approximately), Mr Chapman said strong interest had been shown from a range of investors.

“We started marketing on July 1 so in little over a week we’veprobably had a dozen or so inquiries which is a pretty good response,” he said.

“There has been a lot more of mum and dad investors moving away from the housing market and some self-managed super funds looking as well.”

The total strata area is roughly 471 square metres with on-site parking.

Adjoining tenants include McDonald’s and7-Eleven.

The site is selling via public auction at 10.30am on Thursday,August 3 at Ground Floor, 18 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle.


Carrington saleThe site that houses Kitami’s Japanese Grocery and Catering in Carringtonis being pitched as a versatile investment by selling agent Lee Follington.

Located at 53 Young Street, it’s been listed at $540,000 through Ray White Commercial Newcastle with a 220 square metre building on 278 square metre site.

Zones R2 low density residential it has an existing tenancy at $40,3000 per annumgross.

Florida beachgoers form human chain to rescue family swept away by riptide

The beachgoers formed a human chain to rescue the stricken swimmers. Florida:When Jessica and Derek Simmons first saw the beachgoers pausing to stare toward the water, the young couple just assumed someone had spotted a shark.
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It was the evening of July 8, after all, peak summer season in Panama City Beach for overheated Florida tourists to cross paths with curious marine life. Then they noticed flashing lights by the boardwalk, a police truck on the sand and nearly a dozen bobbing heads about 90 metres beyond the beach, crying desperately for help.

Six members of a single family – four adults and two young boys – and four other swimmers had been swept away by a powerful and deceptive riptide churning below the water’s surface.

“These people are not drowning today,” Jessica Simmons thought, she told thePanama City News Herald. “It’s not happening. We’re going to get them out.”

Jessica and Derek Simmons. Photo: Facebook

She was a strong swimmer and fearless in the face of adversity. But others had tried to reach them and each previous rescue attempt had only stranded more people.

There was no lifeguard on duty, and law enforcement on the scene had opted to wait for a rescue boat. People on the beach had no rescue equipment, only boogie boards, surf boards and their arms and legs.

“Form a human chain!” they started shouting.

Roberta Ursrey was among those caught in the treacherous riptide. From 90 metres away in the Gulf of Mexico, between crashing waves and gulps of salt water, she heard the shouting, she told The Washington Post.

By then, Ursrey and the other eight people stranded with her had already been in the water for nearly 20 minutes, fighting for their lives. Ursrey and the others had ventured into the water to rescue her two sons, Noah, 11, and Stephen, 8, who had gotten separated from their family while chasing waves on their boogie boards.

Tabatha Monroe and her wife Brittany, in Panama City for a birthday getaway, were the first two to hear the boys’ panicked cries for help. The couple had just gone into the water when they saw the boys far from shore. They swam over and grabbed hold of their boogie boards.

But when they tried towing them back to shore, the women couldn’t break free of the current.

They tried to swim straight and they tried to swim sideways, Tabatha Monroe told The Washington Post, but nothing worked. After about 10 minutes, a few young men with a surfboard snagged Brittany and towed her back to shore, just as the number of people who needed rescuing grew.

Soon Ursrey, who had heard her boys cries from the beach, was also caught in the riptide, followed in close succession by her 27-year-old nephew, 67-year-old mother and 31-year-old husband. Another unidentified couple struggled to tread water nearby.

On shore, the human chain began forming, first with just five volunteers, then 15, then dozens more as the rescue mission grew more desperate.

Jessica and Derek Simmons swam past the 80 or so human links, some who couldn’t swim, and headed straight for the Ursreys.

“I got to the end, and I know I’m a really good swimmer,” Jessica Simmons told theNews Herald. “I practically lived in a pool. I knew I could get out there and get to them.”

She and her husband started with the children, passing Noah and Stephen back along the human chain, which passed them all the way to the beach.

By the time Jessica Simmons reached Ursrey, the 34-year-old mother could hardly keep her head above water.

“I’m going to die this way,” Ursrey thought to herself, she toldThe Post. “My family is going to die this way. I just can’t do it.”

Ursrey remembered Simmons coaxing her to carry on.

“I blacked out because I couldn’t do it anymore,” Ursrey said.

She woke up on the sand to the sound of more screams in the water.

Someone yelled that Ursrey’s mother, Barbara Franz, still in the water, was having a heart attack. Simmons told theNews Heraldthat Franz’s eyes were rolling back. At one point, the 67-year-old woman told the rescuers “to just let her go” and save themselves. Instead, Ursrey’s husband and nephew held Franz’s body up as they struggled to keep their own heads above water.

“That’s when the chain got the biggest,” Ursrey said. “They linked up wrists, legs, arms. If they were there, they were helping.”

Nearly an hour after they first started struggling, just as the sun prepared to set, all ten of the stranded swimmers were safely back on shore.

The entire beach began to applaud.

“It was beachgoers and the grace of God’s will,” Ursrey said. “That’s why we’re here today.”

Both Brittany Monroe and Franz were transported to a local hospital. Monroe was later released after being treated for a panic attack and Franz remains hospitalised, her daughter said. She suffered a massive heart attack and an aortic aneurysm in her stomach, but has been taken off the ventilator and is considered to be in stable condition.

The Ursreys plan to meet up with Jessica and Derek Simmons once Franz is released from the hospital, but Roberta said she could give hugs to the dozens of strangers who rescued her family.

“It actually showed me there are good people in this world,” Ursrey toldThe Post.

In aFacebook post, Jessica Simmons expressed a similar sentiment: “To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!! People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them. Pause and just IMAGINE that.”

The whole ordeal has given the Ursreys, who just moved to Florida from Georgia a month ago, a newfound respect for the power of the water.

“She’ll take you with her,” Ursrey said. “She almost took nine of us that day.”

The Washington Post

Disney’s search for a diamond in the rough to play Aladdin hits a snag

Casting the lovers in a live-action Aladdin has proved difficult for Disney. Photo: DisneyWanted: one street urchin, with the profile of a prince, and a physique that matches, beneath the dirt and patches, a diamond in the rough.
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The role? Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa, someone who can make the crowds in Agrabah genuflect, show some respect, down on one knee.

Easy, right? Apparently not. The US studio Disney has, according to reports, hit a snag in its pursuit of a star for the planned live action version ofAladdin.

Released as an animated feature in 1992 and based on the storyAladdin and the Magic LampfromOne Thousand and One Nights,Aladdinis the story of a poor street urchin who finds a magic lamp, releases a genie and is granted three wishes.

According to a report inThe Hollywood Reporter, the studio Disney and director Guy Ritchie have been searching for months for the right actor to play Aladdin but have so far come up empty handed.

Among those considered were actors Riz Ahmed (Rogue One,The Night Of) and Dev Patel (Lion,The Newsroom).

The report states the studio is looking for someone of “Middle-Eastern or Indian descent” to playAladdin and Jasmine (both Ahmed and Patel are British actors – Ahmed’s parents were born in Pakistan while Patel’s parents were born in Kenya and are of Indian descent).

In total more than 2000 actors have now read for Aladdin and Jasmine, the report says.

As a result, filming has been delayed.

A planned start date in July won’t be met, which means production in the film will be pushed in the second half of 2017.

Finding a Jasmine has been slightly easier -The Hollywood Reportersays Naomi Scott (Power Rangers,Terra Nova) and Tara Sutaria (The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir) – are possible contenders, but because of chemistry the two lead roles have to be cast together.

To put some context onto why it’s important to get it right, imagine watching aRaiders of the Lost Arkin which Tom Selleck was playing Indiana Jones?

That very nearly happened, until Harrison Ford was cast in the part; the rest, of course, is cinema history. (And about $US2 billion in box office.)

How about Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly inBack To The Future? Stoltz was cast and filmed about half of the movie until he was replaced with Michael J. Fox.

Or David Schwimmer as Agent J inMen In Black? (The role eventually went to Will Smith.) Leonardo DiCaprio as Patrick Bateman inAmerican Psycho? (That went to Christian Bale.) Or even Dougray Scott asWolverine? (Hugh Jackman eventually got the part.)

So what’s at stake? Money, and lots of it.

Disney dipped its toe in the genre in 2014 with a live action filmMaleficent, based on the 1959 animated filmSleeping Beauty. It pulled $US758 million at the box office.

Then the studio produced a live action remake ofCinderellain 2015, directed by Kenneth Branagh. It pulled $US534 million at the box office.

It might have seemed like an investment of diminishing returns, were it not for the recent animation-to-live-action adaptationBeauty and the Beast, which cost $US120 million to make but has so far pulled in $US1.26 billion at the box office.

That of course, changed everything.

How much of that pivoted on Emma Watson playing Belle and Dan Stevens the prince-turned-beast who is redeemed by winning her unconditional love is anyone’s guess, but in a town like Hollywood casting has always been the key.

Dev Patel was reportedly considered for the role of Aladdin. Photo: Getty Images

Having tapped a new vein of revenue, Disney has plans for almost a dozen animation-to-live-action remakes, with titles such asThe Little Mermaid,The Lion King,Mulanon the list.

Using some loose mathematics, we couldeven build an algorithm that says the live action remakes have about three times the box office potential of their animated forebears.

Beauty and the Beast, for example, pulled $US425 million in animated form and has taken in roughly three times that as a live action feature.

SoAladdin, having pulled around $US504 million the first time around, could be looking at something in the $US1.5 billion range at the live action box office.

Which means there is an even bigger payday on the horizon for Disney, and its name isFrozen.

With the original was worth $US1.3 billion in animated form, could Disney be dreaming of a US$3.6 billion payday?