Population surge in far-flung suburbs shows Sydneysiders desperate for Great Chinan Dream

Unrealistic Great n Dream of a quarter-acre block is over for SydneysiderThe result of Sydney’s property boom: A city of millionaires on the verge of a class dividen housing policy needs to shift away from investors to cater to renters, say experts
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Despite a push from planners for a city of high-rise apartments, new data shows Sydneysiders aren’t willing to give up on the traditional Great n Dream.

The desire for a picket fence and a backyard is so strong in Sydney that residents are heading more than 60 kilometres from the CBD to live in a detached house, n Bureau of Statistics population data revealed.

The fastest growing local government area in Sydney was Camden, 65 kilometres south-west of the city, with 7.5 per cent growth. In this council area, Domain Group data shows the median price for a house was $300,000 cheaper than the Sydney-wide figure.

Camden also came up as one of the top five areas with the largest growth, with more than 5000 people living in the area in the 12 months to the end of June 2016.

The only other LGA to be in the top five of both lists was Sydney’s second CBD – Parramatta.

With houses in the urban areas usually costing home buyers well in excess of $1 million, those with a smaller budget to spend have no choice but to go up into an apartment, or out into a fringe suburb.

On the list of areas with the “largest” growth just one LGA – the City of Sydney – had a median house price above the median for the entire city. Blacktown and Liverpool were the other two council areas taking in the greatest number of people.

Given the largest growth statistic shows which areas are taking the most additional people, while the fastest growth list indicates the area with the biggest proportional jump, the top five largest list points to a clear surge to the outer, more affordable suburbs.

And this has caused significant demand on far-flung suburbs, with substantial development taking place in the south-west corridor, where home buyers are still predominantly buying detached houses with a backyard, Housing Industry Association economist Geordan Murray said.

“South-west Sydney is reflecting the performance of greenfield developments,” Mr Murray said.

“It comes down to the discretion of the home buyer, they’re making the choice between the utility of living in a house with a garden, or living in an apartment with the amenities the city provides.”

He said it was time to look at the middle- and inner-ring areas for medium-density development, such as terraces.

Some inner city areas came up trumps when looking at the fastest growth areas. This included Botany Bay, which is home to the apartment boom suburb of Mascot, and Lane Cove.

In these areas, the population surge was likely from a growing group of renters in apartments rather than home buyers, UNSW housing research and policy professor Hal Pawson said.

“The expansion on the fringe is private sales for owner occupation but [in] the apartment areas it is new construction that’s bought and rented out straight away,” he said.

“This re-enforces the structure of housing markets in areas like Green Square and around the airport. A huge proportion of this is rental.”

Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said its research found 50 per cent of apartments were typically renters – predominantly aged 25 to 35, but including a growing cohort of those over 60.

But he said there had been some buying apartments as well.

“Some people are deciding that rather than spending too much, they’ll buy something smaller closer in … They’ll adapt their lifestyle to be located close to amenities,” Mr Johnson said.

“Two-thirds of new homes are in the apartment world, and one-third are houses,” he said. A decade ago “this would have been the reverse”.

Research shows Sydney’s urban sprawl is reaching its geographical limits.

Last year, across NSW, the LGAs of Wentworth, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollondilly and Sydney took in the most additional people.

When looking at the fastest growing, the Central Coast, Wentworth, Strathfield, Wollondilly and Sydney came up top. The fastest growing Sydney areas (LGAs)


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The real reason why Kesha dropped the dollar sign from her name

It’s no secret that Kesha has had a difficult few years after checking herself into a rehab facility to seek treatment for an eating disorder in 2014 and fighting a high-profile sexual assault case against her former producer, Dr Luke.
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This year is different. Kesha is all about being true to herself, and dropping what she calls, her “facade.”

One notable change the singer made after rehab was dropping the dollar sign from her stage name, returning to just Kesha, something she says is all part of her authentic rebranding.

In an interview with Refinery 29the singer spoke candidly about how the change allowed her to tell the truth about who she is: real, vulnerable, and not always strong.

“My facade was to be strong, and I realised it was total bullshit,” she said at the SXSW Reclaim Your Domain Discussion Panel.

“I took out the $ because I realised that was part of the facade. It was a journey and I’m happy – that was me in that part of my life. But then I turned a corner, but I still have a f–king tattoo of it on my hand. I’ll have to figure that out!”

Kesha has been honest and self-aware about her recovery process and transition back into the public eye after rehab. After turning 30 this month, the star believes the past year has been a powerful time to reflect on and find peace with her self-image.

“I ditched the idea of what my image should or should not be at this point,” she said on the panel.

“I have let go of trying to control things. And the new music is just me speaking honestly about my life for the first time ever without anyone dictating anything. Me speaking truthfully from my guts.”

These refreshingly honest comments followed her discussion on cyber-bullying panel with Refinery29 at the SXSW festival, where the singer discussed the importance of women taking ownership of their lives on social media- and well as opening up about how her past battles are shaping her new-found freedom. what I love most about being in recovery is that my BODY is MY BUSINESS and NO one else’s. And I fucking love it. most days. ((some days I don’t)) BUT THE BEAUTY is that my BODY does not determine my WORTH anymore. I’m a f—- magic force to be reckoned with. period. thank you universe for my recovery today. if any of you out there are suffering, I hope you can hear me recovery is possibleA post shared by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:40pm PDT

Paul ScottHunter enters spin cycle

STILL BACKED UP: There’s $15million in the bank to fix Testers Hollow. THERE it was in black and white. In the Herald onFriday, March 24.Have we in the Hunter become so accustomed to being takenfor mugs that a story about an unnamed state governmentemployee recommending a “spin” strategy to a senior publicservant is relegated to page 11?
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Yep. The story concerned the elimination of flooding on CessnockRoad at Testers Hollow. Testers Hollow? Remember the lastfederal election campaign when would-be PM Bill Shortenpromised federal funds to fix the problem if an ALPgovernment won office?

Bill’s photo opportunity on the roadthat links the electorates of Paterson and Hunter wascrashed by a crash when two cars collided in a head-on whilecameras whirred.

Locals have been seeking the raising of the road afterbecoming isolated four times since the Pasha storm in 2007– including a 17-day closure in 2015. By the way, the 10-yearanniversary of the Pasha is in June and I’m hoping a low-techentrepreneur will produce some commemorative tea towelsand spoons. I hope they’re metal spoons rather than woodenones – we’re right for them in Newcastle.

Last July, a Roads and Maritime staff member recommendedto Roads and Maritime regional manager Anna Zycki that theRMS should buy more time and “spin” the need for furtherinvestigation. Seems that is the outcome, with the RMStelling Fairfax Media that further studies are required. Butthe RMS has secured $15million from the federalgovernment. It’s in the bank.

In other words, file “Testers Hollow fix” with Very Fast Trainon Eastern Seaboard (g’day Albo), Extension to NewcastleLight Rail (“don’t be ungrateful” Andrew Constance hassuggested not to hold our breath), Newcastle ContainerTerminal andWilliamtown Contamination Remedy. The option of spinningfurther investigations while delaying action is a no-brainer.

When public servants fearlessly put in writing to bosses that“spin” is a solution to at least a 10-year campaign toupgrade one of the Hunter’s key link roads, one can onlyimagine what they might prefer to keep in conversationrather than commit to writing.Writing removes the option of uttering the go-to phrase fornumerous persons of interest under examination – “I cannotrecollect”. Writing helps jog the memory, as the formershort-lived Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter CatherineCusack learnt to her peril after an email rant to PremierGee Bee about factional appointments trumping merit in theNSW government.Cusack was rallying against the same kind of factionalappointments that saw the last Labor government in thisstate riddled with corruption and unforgivable self-interest.

NSW ALP leader Luke Foley must be praying that acombination of collective amnesia about how rotten the laststate Labor government was and that the Coalition’s secrecy,unfettered use of commercial-in-confidence excuses andtheir sledge-hammer approach to community consultation –now largely rebranded as community information sessions thereby ending the messybusiness of genuine dialogue – will sweep NSW ALP 2.0 intooffice in just on two years’ time.

While ever politicians and public servants believe it isacceptable to offer “spin” as a solution to a problem, thepublic’s faith in government and the bureaucracy willcontinue to be eroded.And the time frame for an actual Testers Hollow fix? Youknow, the elevation of the road bit?

Well, that remains under investigation.

Weekend Planner, April 8-9, 2017

Weekend Planner, April 8-9, 2017 Kevin Borich
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Steamfest 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A scene from Dance Academy (PG)

Newcastle Writers Festival 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookSATURDAYA Little Bit of Italy in Broke Saturday and Sunday.A weekend program of Italian food, wine, festivities and fun at venues throughout the Broke Fordwich region. Go toitalyinbroke苏州夜总会招聘.au for details.

​Sail Port StephensSaturday and Sunday: Trophy Series;Super 12 NSW Championships;NSW IRC Championships.

NewcastleWriters Festival Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle’s Civic Precinct.The Newcastle Writers Festival celebrates national and regional literary talent each April. More than 100 writers and thinkers participate in panel discussions, readings, book launches and one-on-one interviews. For the full program of 85 events visit newcastlewritersfestival苏州模特佳丽招聘.au.

Newcastle Writers Festival 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tuff Truck Challenge Saturday and Sunday, Welsh’s Road, Milbrodale. Annual off-road 4×4 event.

28thTrackmasters Dirt Track Motorcycle Meeting10am onwards, Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Motor Cycle Club at the Barleigh Ranch track off Italia Road, Eagleton. Some of ‘s best seniors and juniors will be in action in two, threeand fourwheel racing.

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Maitland Station Precinct.Antique machinery and steam trains from across plus live music, kids’ activities, market stalls and more. Visit steamfest苏州夜总会招聘.au for details. Also, Maitland Public School Train Expo in the school hall, plus market and food stalls, a BBQ, cupcake decorating and more.

Steamfest 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle Spinners & Weavers Trading Day9am to 1pm, St Luke’s Uniting Church Hall, Narla Street, Belmont. Purchase fibre for spinning, felting, knitting or weaving, watch demonstrations and enjoy a light lunch.

Newcastle Beer Fest Saturday (NSW Breweries) and Sunday (rest of breweries), noon to 5.30pm, Nobby’s Beach Reserve. Tickets at eventbrite苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Egg-cellent Easter Torchlight Tour6pm to 7.30pm, Newcastle Art Gallery.This family-friendly event includes all art materials and snacks. Bring a torch.Cost: $10 per child (accompanying adults free); suitable for children aged 5 years and up. Payment required at time of booking, phone4974 5100.

SUNDAYDialysis in the Country –A tribute tohaemodialysis patientsSunday, 10am to noon, Little Paddocks Chapel, Glendon. Featuring art by Louise Anderson, music byJade Goodwin, a free grazing table by The Rustic Tuckshop and a glass of sparkling rose from Ascella Organic Wines.Relax on the picnic rugs and cushions or siton hay bales and armchairs enjoying the countryside, fresh air and atmosphere. Artwork available by silent auction.A painting will be raffled off on the day.

Brickman Experience – An InteractiveSpectacular InLEGO Bricks Newcastle Entertainment Centre, daily until April 30. A collection of individual works by Ryan McNaught, the only LEGO certified professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world. The exhibition includes a two-metre-long LEGO Star Wars X-wing, a model Airbus A380, a quarter scale LEGO Ferrari and the world’s largest LEGOflower.

Pastry Cooking Class 10.30am to 2pm, The Essential Ingredient, Junction Fair. Learn the basics of making fine sweet and savoury shortcrust pastries. This class at will take you through making shortcrust, the workhorse of French pastry, sweet pastry and Choux pastry, making either a sweet tart or quiche, plus profiteroles and learn to makea velvety crème patissiere and decadent chocolate ganache. Phone4926 1991.

Miss Porter’s House 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. New exhibition From the beginning: Pictures of the Past draws on photos and documents relating to the lives of the Porter family. Admission: $8 adults, $6 concessions and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five.

The Mailrun Charity Bike Ride 7am, Civic Avenue, Singleton. Offers cyclists 12 years and older, of all abilities, the chance to enjoy a leisurely ride on the picturesque country roads near Singleton around Scotts Flat, Glendon, Glendonbrook and Westbrook. Courses are 100km, 65km, 40km and 20km, and entry fees range from $20 to $60. All money raised will goto Singleton Family Support Service.

SAVE THE DATEMayhem & Madness Ball, a fund-raiser for The Lock-Up, is on Saturday, April 29. The Lock-Up transforms for a gangster-themed extravaganza of music, food and art. There will be a wine bar, live music, an auction and feasting table. Tickets $125 per person.

MARKETSWarners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warner Park, corner of Lake Street and The Esplanade. A new monthly community market run by the Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce. Hand-made products, unique gifts, gourmet delights, artisan wares, recycled products, fashionand accessories.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.

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

Handmade in theHunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner ofBroke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketsSaturday, 8am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

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

Singleton Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, John Street, Singleton.

Adamstown Lions Club MarketsSunday,7am to 1pm,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

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

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm,corner of Wollombi Road and Great North Road, Wollombi.Fresh produce, cheese, salami, trout, jamon, jams and marmalade, organic artisan bread and more.

ARTS & CULTURESing Along to the Shows: Travels around the WorldSongs that mention places includingIpanema, Paris, London, Rome and Rio, plus a celebration of Vera Lynn’s recent 100thbirthday. Adamstown Arts, at The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church. Saturday, at 2pm.

Sinatra at The Sands Saturday, 8.30pm, Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton. Accompanied by his All Star Big Band Tom sings all the wonderful songs from this sensational recording of Sinatra in his prime.

Soul Food Sunday, 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. This month’stheme is The Mountains of Life.

Newcastle MuseumPerseverance, featuring Japanese tattoos.Also, A Ticket to Paradise? Shadows Of Sacrifice, Emporium andThe Great War in Broad Outlines. This is a free exhibitionhonouringthe World War I sacrifice of n soldiers on the Western Front in Belgium and will be on display until April 28.

Art Systems WickhamSecond Nature, byKelly Lees and Anna Scobie of Urban Hum. Ends Sunday.

The Lock UpKnow Your Neighbour. Until April 23.

Timeless TextilesAftermath, by Glenese Keavney, Meri Peach and Flora Friedmann. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryFirst Class 16; Fiona Hall: A Case Study. Until April 30.

Watt Space Gallery at Universityof NewcastleFacets,Momo Hatley-Cooper; A Brush with Eggs,Vanessa Lewis; New Heights, Amy Nash; Lest We Forget, Margaret Kummer.

Newcastle City LibraryEmblem of a City Exhibition –Local History Lounge. Until April 29.

CStudios Art Gallery Space & Dimension, Ros Elkin.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre44thMuswellbrook Open Art Prize; Heth: Norman Hetherington –Artist at war. Until May 7.

John Earle Gallery, MerewetherNew paintings of Newcastle.

Old Fire Shed Gallery, WollombiPaintings and drawings by Valley New Art Group. Until December 18.

Wallsend District LibraryOn The Beach Exhibition. Until March 31.

Newcastle Art GalleryAlex Seton: The Island. Until April 30. Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Gallery 139 Last Words, Simone Paterson.

Acrux Art Gallery

Maitland Regional Art Gallery David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF. Until May 28. Wendy Stokes: Walking Through The Space Of Landscape; Catherine Rogers: Pictures For Waiting Rooms. Until April30.

Port Stephens Community Art CentreCulture. Until May 2.

University of Newcastle GalleryThe art of collecting. Ends Saturday.

Back To Back GalleryAre We There Yet?An Athena Group exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Curious Studios Get to know your chakras. Saturday, 8am to 1pm, The Edwards, Newcastle West.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter.Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, 2 To The Floor.Sunday, Tim Broadway.

Argyle HouseSaturday, DJ Delicious & MC Losty.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Rendezvous.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Obed Macy.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Grant Walmsley Freebird Duo. Sunday,John Larder.

Beach HotelSaturday, Soundabout.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Rumour,Gareth Hudson.Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmont HotelSaturday, The Way.

Belmont SportiesSaturday, Whiskey Business.

Belmore HotelSaturday, StateFX.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Shivoo.

The BradfordSaturday, The Hitpit. Sunday, Dan Killen.

Burwood InnSaturday, Nicholas Connors.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Dan Southward,Andy Golledge,Caitlin Harnett.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, All Access 80s.

Catho PubSaturday, Greg Bryce.Sunday, Shooting Molly.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Steve Boyd.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Layth Gunn.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, The Gaudrys.

Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday, Mick Jones.

Club KotaraSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, Triple Zero.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Roxy. Sunday, Jerome.

Customs HouseSaturday, Dave Owen. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Ryan Daley.

D’Albora MarinaSaturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Denman HotelSunday, Hendo.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Jungle Kings.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Peter Stefanson.

The EdwardsSaturday,Holly Mae.

Family Hotel MaitlandSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

FinnegansSaturday, DJ Luke La Beat.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Jade Holland.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, O’Hara Brothers.

George Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs.

Grain StoreSaturday,TrumanSmith. Sunday,TimRossington.

Great Northern HotelSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Alias. Sunday, The Remedy.

​Hamilton Station HotelSaturday,All In A Year,Speakeasy,Paper Thin,Sleepwell. Sunday, Blake Dantier.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown.Sunday, Chris Ah Gee & Jazzella.Sunday, Crocq.

Hope EstateSaturday, John Farnham, Jon Stevens, Black Sorrows, Shannon Noll.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Project XI.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Marissa.

Jewells TavernSaturday,Counterpart.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Greg Bryce Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Gen-X.

The LandingSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday, The Dirty Earth, Zappo, The Grounds, Daniel Luke. Sunday,SOY,Hostile Little Faces,Tony King.

Lizotte’s Sunday,Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Banddits.

Maitland Train StationSaturday, The Wayward Henrys, Andy Abra, Dan Southward. Sunday, The Toni Swain Band, Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party, Maitland City Brass Band.

Mark HotelSaturday, Phonic.Sunday, Anthology.

Mary EllenSaturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland TavernSaturday, The Sue & Mikey Show.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Ben Travis.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday,Viper Creek Band.Sunday, Roxy.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Cathy Cannon. Sunday, Alex Lewinski.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Loko.Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday,Loko.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The VaultSaturday, Norse,Somnium Nox,The Seer,Enviktas,The Loom of Time.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday,Kenny Jewell.

Paxton Bowling ClubSaturday, Paul Watters.

Pedens Hotel Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dreamcatchers. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

The PourhouseSaturday, Tiali.

Premier HotelSaturday, Soundscape. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Aqwa.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill, Kim & Mik.

Racecourse HotelSaturday, Angie.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Karen O’Shea.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday, Dan Killen.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Maryanne Rex.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Kelly Hope.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Tim Harding.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Brien McVernon.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Outerphase.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Junior and Luana.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, The Remedy.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Pistol Pete.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Wanderers. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Star HotelSaturday, Frick N Orson.Sunday,Steve Cowley & Friends.

Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Rave On.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Swansea HotelSunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Rock Factor.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Misbehave.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Marriah.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Zann Penn. Sunday, Jon Matthews.

Unorthodox Church of GrooveSaturday, Rose River.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys.Sunday, Jacinta.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Solo Bernie.

Warners At The BaySaturday, Michael Peter.

Warners Bay Sports ClubSunday, Rendezvous.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Matt Semmens.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Sinatra at the Sands, Greg Bryce & The Bad Bad Things.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday,Crimson Tide,Jade Lee Wright. Sunday,Ngariki,Kevin Borich.

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Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Tom Christie.

MOVIESA Silent Voice(CTC) Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion.

A Street Cat Named Bob(PG) Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Beauty and the Beast(PG)An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Chips(MA)The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles.

Dance Academy: The Movie(PG)This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

A scene from Dance Academy (PG)

Ghost In The Shell(M) Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybridleads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Hidden Figures(PG)A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. (Lake Cinema)

Kong: Skull Island(M)A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

La La Land(M)Sebastianand Miaare drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair. (Lake Cinema)

Life(MA)Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Logan(MA)In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Manchester By The Sea(M)A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Lake Cinema)

Moonlight(M)The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience(G)On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a barbecue, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and see the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine.

Power Rangers(M)A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Smurfs: The Lost Village(G) Amysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

The Boss Baby(G)A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Eagle Huntress(G)Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress.

The LEGO Batman Movie(PG)Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Scrutiny and awkward questions all part of the coaching challenge

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, it is said.
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No one believes for one moment that Ange Postecoglou, the Socceroos coach, is a scoundrel. But it is beyond doubt that he is a patriot.

However it’s a thin line between being a patriot and using nationalism as part of your argument, as Postecoglou did the other night following ‘s 2-0 defeat of the UAE in a World Cup qualifier.

There were a series of questions about his new tactical set-up employing a back three.

The defence looked shaky in Tehran in a 1-1 draw with the Iraqis, when he first employed the formation a few days earlier, and while it was better in Sydney there were still some concerns.

I wasn’t there, but when I read of Postecoglou’s prickly response – that he would not be subjected to such scrutiny if he was a foreign coach for tinkering with his set-up but instead hailed as an innovator – I winced a little.

Postecoglou is a coach who has won the respect of the n football public over two decades, not just in the past few years.

In the late 1990s he was winning back-to-back National Soccer League titles with South Melbourne, a team with which he also won an NSL title as a player.

He did the same again with Brisbane Roar in the A-League, and then led the Socceroos to that memorable Asian Cup triumph in 2015.

He doesn’t need to appeal to nationalism to make his point.

He has every right to change his tactical set-up and despite a few wobbles I, for one, have no problem with what he is doing: if he thinks that a new structure is the best one to achieve his ends, then he should go for it, and he will, as all coaches are, be judged on results.

But he has to be ready for questions he might not like.

I think his change is a worthwhile innovation and definitely worth trying: if nothing else the famously goal-shy striker Mat Leckie has, since being asked to play as a wing-back, scored twice in two games in the new structure, so it’s clearly working for him.

Being Dutch or German didn’t stop his predecessors Pim Verbeek or Holger Osieck being asked hard questions.

Verbeek had what most would agree was a more talented and experienced squad at his disposal but was roundly castigated, and often, for employing defensive tactics to grind out results. The “doing just enough to win” approach was berated by n critics, who wanted to see the Socceroos reflect the nation’s gung-ho sporting approach.

Osieck, too, was lambasted on several occasions as he relied all too often on the elderly members of the “golden generation” to get the job done, a task that was almost beyond them as they only secured qualification for the 2014 World Cup late in the last game, against Iraq.

The German paid with his job when his inflexibility ended up embarrassing the nation with two 6-0 friendly-match defeats against Brazil and France, presenting Postecoglou with his chance to take the Socceroos job.

Since then he has been the best salesman domestic soccer has had, taking a leading role in the debate about the future of the n game.

He has often gone against his paymasters in the FFA’s head office, arguing for speedy A-League expansion and the development and further professionalisation of the game, this week stoking the fires of A-League reform by calling for the scrapping of the salary cap.

Postecoglou has in the past lamented the lack of an educated debate about soccer in this country, bemoaning the fact that too often the obsession is with the politics of the game or the personalities, the shadow and not the substance of what matters more than anything else – actions on the field.

The fact that such debate is happening now, over his tactics and his personnel choices, is a good thing.

Journalists should be informed and aware. In this country there are numerous high-profile reporters in the print and broadcast media who have spent at least a decade in the media covering soccer here and overseas and have a fair idea of what they are watching and analysing.

If they choose to question the coach’s tactics that is merely their job.

A smart, self-confident, self-aware person like Postecoglou, who is secure in his own opinions, should take it in his stride. He usually does.

He’s not being put under the microscope because he is an n.

He is being grilled because he is the national team coach.

It was ever thus.

Nauseating to see mistress drive car of murdered wife to morgue: daughter

SMH News story by, Melanie Kembrey. Story, Brian Crickitt sentencing hearing at King Street Courts, Sydney. Photo shows, Brian Crickitts wife , Julie Crickitt arrives at the court. Photo by, Peter Rae Friday 31 March, 2017. Photo: Peter RaeThe daughter of a woman murdered by her GP husband in order to be with his secret lover says she was shocked and saddened by his “heartless” behaviour in the days after her mother’s death.

Brian Crickitt, 63, injected his wife Christine Crickitt, 61, with a fatal dose of insulin in their home, in Woodbine, in Sydney’s south-west, between December 31, 2009, and January 1, 2010.

After he “found” the body, Crickitt invited her adult daughter Tracey Wiggins to see him at the home of his lover, Linda Livermore, whom he introduced as a friend.

In a victim impact statement read to the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Ms Wiggins described as callous the way Crickitt bluntly informed her: “I found your mother dead this morning when I got home.”

She said it was a “shock to meet his mistress on the day [my mother’s] body was found”.

Two days later, Ms Livermore drove Crickitt in his late wife’s car to a viewing of her body at Glebe morgue and the pair were seen holding hands.

“It was nauseating to see the mistress driving my mother’s car to the morgue. It was heartless,” she said in the statement read on her behalf by her husband John Wiggins.

Ms Wiggins said the profound grief she experienced following her mother’s unexpected death was compounded by the years of investigations, including two coronial inquests, before Crickitt was finally charged in December 2014.

“My mother’s death broke my heart,” she said.

At the judge-alone trial in October last year, the Crown’s case was that Crickitt drew on his skills as a doctor to kill his wife, knowing that insulin cannot be detected in the body more than 24 hours later and that it would be highly unlikely that an autopsy would be carried out on New Year’s Day.

An autopsy was not carried out until January 2, 2010, and no cause of death could be determined. It was months later that investigators noticed a distinct small red mark on Mrs Crickitt’s bottom in post-mortem photographs.

In his submissions to Justice Clifton Hoeben on Friday, Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, said that, if not for the dogged investigation by detectives, “the offender’s criminal conduct may have gone undetected”.

The trial heard that, in the days before he killed his wife, Crickitt searched “intentional insulin overdose” on Google and wrote a prescription for fast-acting insulin under a patient’s name that he filled himself at a Campbelltown pharmacy.

Crickitt was treating his wife for some of her illnesses and either forcibly injected her with insulin or convinced her it was medication that she needed, the court heard.

In delivering a guilty verdict, Justice Hoeben found that, without an official cause of death, Crickitt’s improper procurement of insulin was the “indispensable fact” that connected the medication to the death of Mrs Crickitt.

Justice Hoeben accepted that the primary motive for the murder was Crickitt’s desire to be with Ms Livermore and his increasing dislike of his wife.

The trial also heard that he would have been eligible to claim more than half a million dollars of his wife’s life insurance.

In an interview with police, Crickitt said that, on the evening of his wife’s death, they had fought and he had packed some clothes, went for a drive and pulled over near a park and fell asleep.

He said he had then called Ms Livermore, his “friend”, but denied that there was an intimate relationship with her.

But in a second interview, Crickitt confessed to police that he had lied about his relationship with Ms Livermore and said that, after the argument with his wife, he had driven straight to her home and spent the night with her.

He said he arrived home on New Year’s Day to find his wife dead on their bedroom floor.

Mr Tedeschi said Crickitt’s “actions in the days after showed a lack of compassion” and forcing his wife’s family to see him with another woman was “highly insensitive and uncaring”.

The murder was “planned with careful and calm deliberation” and committed for financial gain, Mr Tedeschi said, adding that Crickitt had shown no contrition nor remorse.

Defence barrister Tim Gartelmann, SC, asked for a sentence “that would give Crickitt hope of an eventual release”.

Crickitt is now married to another woman, Julie Crickitt.

Crickitt will be sentenced on May 5.

Record figures but CA warned to not forget domestic cricketers

The n Cricketers Association has questioned why Cricket would want to end their successful financial partnership on a day the sport’s governing body hailed a record-breaking summer in attendance and strong broadcast ratings.

Cricket said on Friday a turnout of 1,863,846 people ensured combined figures for international cricket and the men’s and women’s Big Bash Leagues were a record, edging the 1,727,270 set last year.

Broadcast ratings were healthy overall, with an average of 1.05 million tuning in for Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals on Channel Nine.

At a time when CA is preparing to broker new broadcast deals for all of its offerings, the BBL enjoyed an average audience of more than 1 million on Channel Ten, winning 31 of 35 nights in the ratings. An average of 239,000 people also tuned in to the 12 WBBL matches shown on free to air.

The release of the figures also comes at a time when the ACA and CA remain at loggerheads over CA’s plan to cut domestic cricketers from the set-percentage model embraced since 1997. CA’s formal submission to the ACA for a new memorandum of understanding for men and, for the first time, women, has CA-contracted male (up to $16 million) and female players (up to $4 million) sharing in a percentage of revenue.

CA argues that it’s no longer feasible for Shield cricketers to share in these spoils, although they will continue to be paid well.

While welcoming the release of the figures, ACA chief Alistair Nicholson reinforced the importance of first-class players.

“The figures clearly indicate the importance of all formats of the game in growing fan and viewer engagement and is really a testament to how the players at all levels contribute to this,” he said.

“It also highlights that the domestic players, as much as the national players, contribute to cricket’s success in this country. This a point we will continue to reinforce in the current MOU negotiations because we are wondering why CA would seek to break such a successful partnership model given it is clearly working so well.”

CA says it’s the international formats which generate the returns, while richer BBL and WBBL contracts are likely to be handed out as the Twenty20 tournament explodes.

Leading international women players will have the chance to earn more than $200,000 a year should CA’s deal be rubber-stamped.

Negotiations for a new MOU have not resumed since CA made the surprise decision to release its formal submission late in a meeting with the ACA on March 20. The current MOU expires on June 30. If a deal is not in place by then, players will have to determine whether industrial action is required.

CA chief James Sutherland on Friday acknowledged the players’ efforts in helping to generate the strong summer figures in a season where Steve Smith’s Test side rallied from the depths of despair against South Africa to topple Pakistan and fall just short of a series victory in an engrossing tour of India.

“Thanks must go to the players who take part in all of our formats. The BBL and WBBL players, in particular, are helping to inspire the next generation through their ongoing fan engagement and brilliant action on the field,” he said.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the cult of the anti-Islamic smoothie

I don’t know how many people in this country remember Curveball, or even know who he is.

I never forget him, partly because I am of Arab and Muslim background and partly because I work in journalism, where you spend a great deal of time each day working out how it is that we know what we say we know.

Curveball told powerful people in the West a story they wanted to hear about the Middle East. A hair-raising story on which reams of supposedly considered analysis and a clarion call to war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives were built.

A story which his captors warned had holes in it, but which their superiors ran with in the name of a higher cause. A story which turned out to be completely and utterly false.

Curveball is an extreme example, but by no means alone. Those of us who remember him also remember Norma Khouri and Australi Witness and “Gay Girl in Damascus”. We remember how each of these frauds tapped into a desire on the part of audiences to hear certain kinds of stories about Muslims and their world, and how those stories were convincing to the untrained eye but upon close scrutiny held little or no substance.

If people in the West who are not themselves Arab or Muslim want to understand why Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Maajid Nawaz and Irshad Manji cause similar concerns, they need to start with a remark like this: “Violence is inherent in Islam. It’s a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder.”

The idea that more than a billion people around the world might be attached to a faith either despite the fact that it is a “nihilistic cult of death” or because of that fact is not the remark of a heretic; as anyone who has actually met a significant number of believing Muslims must realise, it is the remark of a lunatic – or a very canny self-publicist. It is also, for those keen to condemn Islam and Muslims, as soothing a reductionist fable as Orwell’s “four legs good, two legs bad”.

Above all, it fails any number of empirical tests. We can say with certainty that the violence and conflict racking much of the Muslim world does not happen because its inhabitants are Muslims.

How? Because in recent decades alone we have seen every one of these types of violence replicated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cambodia, in conflicts where next to no Muslims were involved. Contrary to the oft-stated view that religion causes much of the world’s violence, the past century has shown the immense potential for violence of the centralising nation-state. But that’s political science – a subject one almost never hears discussed in connection with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Some people will be quick to say that none of the aforementioned countries has generated global terrorism – that, surely, is “to do with” Islam?

Again, a better explanation is to hand – none of these post-colonial nations was deemed of crucial strategic importance to the West, and so none found itself garrisoned by Western troops; whereas the countries where large numbers of Muslims live happen to lie across the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and a vast reservoir of fossil fuels, as well as the birthplace of the West’s major religion. All those things made the West a participant in the Muslim world’s conflicts and then – eventually, after many decades – a target for them.

But that is geopolitics – again, no business of Hirsi Ali’s.

Rather than having to chew and digest these complex factors, and how different kinds of Muslims have interacted with them, Think Inc gives us Ayaan Hirsi Ali as the NutriBullet of Islam.

Just as the NutriBullet’s infomercials use pseudo-science to turn a glorified blender into a machine that rescues the nutrition “locked” inside the cell walls of fruit and vegetables (“Oh please. That’s what teeth are for,” as one scientist put it), Hirsi Ali serves up pseudo-theology that tells us that if we pulp the nasty, warlike Madinan verses of the Koran and extract the kind and gentle Meccan ones, we’ll have better Islam and better Muslims.

Never mind the fact that every religion and every nation that has ever aspired to create a community has had both martial and pastoral characteristics (is that blood on the wattle?). Never mind that in the past two centuries far more violence has been imported into the Muslim world than it has exported. Just drink up! But if you’re not healthier in the morning, don’t say I didn’t warn you: some things in life are too complicated to fix with a smoothie.

Maher Mughrabi is Foreign Editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Frozen producer says Elsa was originally meant to be ‘evil’

The most successful animated movie of all time might not have been a global success had there not been some last-minute changes to the script.

Frozen roped in more than $US1 billion in box office sales for Disney after its release in 2013, catapulting the animated film into the list of the most successful movies ever made. It also snapped up an Oscar for Best Animated Feature film.

Now, Frozen’s producer has revealed the film’s ending was tweaked in order to make the whole storyline more “satisfying”.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Peter Del Vecho said the original script looked very different to the movie millions of people around the world saw in cinemas.

“When we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters,” he said. “They weren’t even royal. So Anna was not a princess. Elsa was a self-proclaimed Snow Queen, but she was a villain and pure evil – much more like the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

“We started out with an evil female villain and an innocent female heroine and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army.”

But Del Vecho said the team went back to the drawing board as they felt this ending “wasn’t satisfying”.

“The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before,” he said. “We had no emotional connection to Elsa – we didn’t care about her because she had spent the whole movie being the villain. We weren’t drawn in. The characters weren’t relatable.”

As a result, the writers decided to make Elsa and Anna sisters. And instead of making Elsa a cookie-cutter villain, they painted her as someone who was afraid of her powers because she didn’t want to hurt her family.

“Instead of the traditional good versus evil theme, we had one that we felt was more relatable,” he said. “The premise of the movie became that love is stronger than fear.”

Disney is planning a Frozen sequel, but it won’t be released until after 2019.

Black Diamond AFL: New-look Cardiff Hawks tackle defending champions Newcastle City in 2017 season openerphotos

Renewed Hawks back home to play premiers KICK OFF: Cardiff Hawks half-back Zac Metcalfe will be part of the club’s Black Diamond AFL squad again in 2017. Picture: Marina Neil

KICK OFF: Cardiff Hawks player Nicholas Chapman. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook Cardiff HawksPictures from Fairfax Digital CollectionIncoming Cardiff Hawks coach Nathan Harkness is more concerned about reining in the 46 extra majors Newcastle City kicked last year than how the defending champions will react to an off-seasonrecruitment ban.

Harkness wants his new-look squad to start their 2017 campaign on the right foot by stepping up against the Blues, who this weekopted against officially appealing acontroversial Black Diamond AFL decisionbefore the round one encounter.

Instead, the former Geelong-based mentor hopes for an improved showing at temporary home Hillsborough Oval on Saturday with Cardiff having lost their previous three encounters to City by a combined 324 points.

“They [City] are the benchmark, have played in so many grand finals andonly lost one game last year,” Harkness said.

“Regardless [of anything else]they will have a good side, they will be raring to go and they’ll come out as the team to beat.

“This will show wherewe’re at …we were a long way off last year and we’ve got to make up a lot of goals.”

Harkness takes over the role from Adam Dugan and will be without the likes of best and fairest Max Hillier (Wagga Wagga), Michael Norton,Dustin Spriggs (Maitland), Adam Clarke andTim Sheldon (retired).

However, the Hawks have recruited ruckman Tom Yensch, half-back Bryce Graetz and fullback Matthew Cross from the Riverina regionwhile welcoming the return of halfback David O’Donnell, forward Jack Pratt and ruckman Simon O’Brien, who has been named first grade captain.

“We’ve done a fair bit in changing the culture at the footy club,” Harkness said.

“So we’ve lost a few, but we’ve gained a few anda couple of guys have come back. There’s a really good feel about it.”

After sharing No.1 Sportsground with City recently the Hawksjunior ground, Hillsborough Oval, will be used this year until moving into a new facility at Cameron Park in 2018.

City, who have eight players missing from last year’s grand final win, have yet to determine if they will fight a ruling that stops them and runner-up Terrigal-Avoca from signing anyone from rivals clubs or with prior experience in the sport.

Blues juniors Aiden Watling, 16, and Hamish Thompson, 17, will make their debuts from the bench.

“I’m just all about the football on the field,” City co-coach MitchKnight said.

Elsewhere, Nelson Bay host Warners Bay and Terrigal-Avoca are away to Killarney Vale. Kick-off is 2pm.

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Meanwhile, in round one of the Black Diamond AFL Women’s competition on Saturday Cardiff clash with City’s second side Newcastle Nova’s, Lake Macquarie tackle the Blues main squad, new entity Muswellbrook travel to Maitland, reigning premiers Nelson Bay are at home to Warners Bay, Wyong Lakes meet Gosford and Singleton have Killarney Vale.