UFO spotted over the Hunter

UFO spotted over the Hunter A close-up of the UFO captured by Halo Galli
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UFO captured by Halo Galli

Picture: Mitchell Broadstock

TweetFacebookWhat you saidDee Bradley – “They are around over Ashtonfield.. I’ve seen twoon separate occasions… and first one moved up and down slowly and went diagonally.”

Daniel Faulkner –“My kids and wife were letting off Chinese lanterns at Thornton and do so a bit. The wind was sending them extremely high and towards Raymond Terrace. It’s quite possible being sighted in Tarro until it burnt out and disappeared. Itis probably a logical explanation.”

Jess Mills –“The International Space Station flew over on Friday afternoon (I watched it myself) perhaps it was that?”

Rebecca Evans –“I saw something very similar on Saturday morning while on Industrial Drive. However, it looked more like a slow moving comet.”

Craig Lindeman – “It’s superman getting sick of being mistaken for birds and planes. He’s a man with feelings and wants recognition!”

Hunter mysteriesThe Black Panther Is the black panther a marsupial cat?

Black panther sightings in NSW have been happening for decades.

More than 500 accounts had been logged across NSW in more recent times in areas including the western fringes from the Hunter to Sydney.

American soldiers were said to have brought panthers and pumas to Australia as mascots in World War II. Also, American goldminers brought big cats to NSW in the 1850s. And big cats were reportedly available on the black market years ago for $5000. Read on.

Yowie sightings Bigfoot: Rex Gilroy found a suspected yowie footprint at Barrington Tops.

Rex Gilroy and his wife Heatherdo research on yowies, which were said to be bigfoot-type creatures that livedin the Australian wilderness.

Their story beginswhen Heather catchesa glimpse of “a dark shape moving about in the roadside shrubbery just ahead of the car”.

“I had that eerie feeling that I was being observed by unseen eyes in the dense forest growth,” Rex wrote.

“Later I discovered hominin feet impressions, indistinct and embedded in grass amid the shrubbery on the slope above the road where Heather had seen the mysterious dark shape. I had no doubt that she had spotted a yowie.” Read on.

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Amnesty gets bombs away

IF you are a coal miner or farmer –or related to one –now might be the right time to clean out the old sheds.
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A six-month amnesty was formally announced on Tuesdayamid concerns that an unknown amount of old and dangerous explosives have made their way into residential properties.

The Commercial Explosives Amnesty, which ends in September, includes old fireworks and gelignite sticks as well as commercial explosives.

“In recent years we have had an increased number of requests for the destruction of commercial explosives which have been found in the community,’’ counter terrorism and special tactics commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, said.

“In some cases explosives were found in deceased estates or discovered in police operations and there was a need for members of the public to surrender these explosives in a safe and legal manner.

“The amnesty is a way of encouraging community members to contact police for the disposal of explosives in their possession or held on their residential properties.”

“Those in the community we are targeting, as part of the amnesty, may be committing offences by possessing such explosives.

“Apart from being illegal, the explosives can be dangerous as they become older and more unstable.”

Those who have the explosives are urged not to move them but contact police and allow them to decide what to do.

Chief Superintendent John Stapleton, also of the counter terrorism and special tactics command, said the Hunter was one region on the radar for the amnesty.

“People can end up storing all sorts of things in their sheds,’’ Mr Stapleton said.

“They may have been involved in miningand, particularly in the rural areas, some old cockies used to blow up old tree stumps and build fences with these types of things.

“If you find them, don’t move them, let us know and we willtake it from there.’’

The amnesty runs until September 14.

Neverending story of beautiful fractals | PHOTOS

Neverending story of beautiful fractals | PHOTOS TweetFacebookNature as Art Artist Helene Leane with her exhibition, titled Red Gold, at Gallery 139 in Hamilton.
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Speaking of artwork, Herald journalist Ian “Kirky” Kirkwood attended an exhibition at Gallery 139 in Beaumont Street, Hamilton at the weekend.

The exhibition showed the work of artist Helene Leane, who recently moved from Newcastle to a rural idyll in the Hunter Valley.

Helene’sexhibitioncelebrates one of Australia’s most majestic trees – the red cedar, scientific name Toona ciliata.

Along with coal, red cedar’s beautiful red timber was this region’s first export, but the trees have been so heavily logged that very few exist in the wild.

At the exhibition launch, Helene regaled the crowd with her love of the tree, reading a description that she “unashamedly extracted” from one of Don Burke’s Burke’s Backyard books.

She also cited a guide to cedar-spotting that Kirky wrote in 2012, titled Pining for the days of cedar.

In it, Kirky said that “one of the best red cedars I know stands in a car park behind the former NAB bank on the corner of Donald and Beaumont streets, Hamilton”.

“With a straight thick trunk and a magnificent full canopy, it is starting to grow the distinctive buttresses that rainforest trees of this scale often grow to support themselves.”

And six years on,it was still looking good – until very recently.

Kirky was driving along Donald Street and passing the Beaumont Street corner, when hesubliminally realised something was different.

When he pulled into the car park, his worst fears were confirmed. The tree was gone, a covering of fresh mulch in the garden bed the only sign it once existed.

Kirky hopedthat whoever cut down the tree knew its value and didn’t simply stick it into a mulcher.

A tree that size would easily have $5000 or more worth of timber in it. Not to mention the value of the tree to tree-lovers.

Although the tree is gone, Helene’s exhibition is on until Sunday, May 14. More information at gallery139南京夜网419论坛.

Pair add depth to depleted Blues list

RECRUIT: Former Rooster Michael Bru will be added to Charlestown’s PPS.
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Charlestown will look to Michael Bru and Daniel Bartlett to bolster their NPL squad after losing a third of their top roster from the start of the season.

The first window for changes to player points system (PPS) lists closes on Wednesday and the Blues will add at least Bru, who featured in losses to Lambton Jaffas and Edgeworth, and Bartlett.

Charlestown have lost seven of the 21 players on their original PPS list. Josh Swadling, Mitch Harper, Andy Klijn, KyleLawther, Jarrad Ross, Ryan Frame andJarrod Purcell have left the club or have long-term injuries.

Bru, who came from second-tier club Toronto Awaba, has experience in the top division with Lake Macquarie. Bartlett has been one of the best attacking midfielders in the second division in recent years and has come from Belmont Swansea.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce hoped the pair would help “get depth back” in his squad, which also lost Garry McDermott and Sam Bradshaw in pre-season.

Despite the dramas, Charlestown have managed 10 points in eight games, including a 1-0 win over Broadmeadow and 2-1 victory over Hamilton.

Pryce said he would look to his lower grades to fill the other spots in his senior squad.

Frame (ankle),Purcell and Ross (both knee) have dropped out of the squad because of injury.

Getting physical more enticing on the coast

Fitness tracker: Hunter residents living in more affluent areas close to the coast tend to be more active than those living further inland, according to Australian Health Policy Collaboration data.THE closer you live to the water in the Hunter Region, the more active you are likely to be, new data shows.
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Hunter residents living near the coast in suburbs such as Merewether, Newcastle and The Junctionare more physically active than those living in Muswellbrook, Abermain and Kurri Kurri,the latest update of Health Tracker Atlas has revealed.

The study, released by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration on Tuesday, revealed suburbs inthe Hunter Valley had the highest percentage of inactive adults recorded byPopulation Health Area (PHA)in the region, while residents in affluentcoastal suburbs were morephysically active.

The Muswellbrook region had the highest percentage of “insufficiently” active residents, with 77.8 per cent of its adult populationdoing little-to-no exercise, closely followed by 75.3 per cent of people living in the Abermain and Kurri Kurri area.

By contrast, 53.6 per cent of people living in Merewether, The Junction, Newcastleand Cooks Hill were doing little or no exercise, followed by 57.4 per cent of Valentine and Eleebana residents.

The modelled estimates were based ondata for exercise for fitness, sport or recreation in the week prior to participants being interviewed, the study’s notes say.

The Health Tracker Atlas also revealed that Cessnock,Kurri Kurri and Abermainhad the highest rate of obese and overweight children aged two to 17 years old, with27.5 per cent of children considered to be in an unhealthy weight range based on their Body Mass Index (BMI).

The study showed that 27.1 per cent of children in the Mount Hutton and Windale area were overweight and obese.

On the other end of the scale, 21 per cent of children in Merewether, Newcastle, The Junction and Cooks Hillwere overweight and obese, with 21.1 per cent of childrenaged two to 17in Adamstown and Kotara considered to be in the unhealthy weight range.

Professor Rosemary Calder, public health expert and director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, told Fairfax Media that childhood obesity was a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, cancer and depression.

“For obesity to be at such high levels among this young group, something is going very wrong,”Professor Calder said.

“This is a generation that our health system is going to have to manage.”

Denise Wong See, a paediatric dietitian at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, said childhood obesity was a significant problem in region, but healthy eating and exercise programs, such as the Go4Fun initiative, were helping to stabilisethe rates.

Kangaroo gives Thommo jump on his rivalsvideo

Robert ThompsonTHERE is not much Robert Thompson hasn’t seen or achieved on a Cessnock race day, including to ridea winning treble.
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Close call for Skippy in the last at Cessnock. 😂#Strayapic.twitter南京夜网/3L8NGhWGGP

— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 2, 2017

But thebrush with a kangaroo in the last race on Tuesday on his home track wasa first for Australia’s winningest jockey.

Thompson drove the Robert “Pud” Davies-trained Cunning As A Tiger through a small gap to win the seventh event and claim a treble, but not before negotiating a kangaroo down the back straight of the 2125-metre race.

“I’ve run into them before, in the country,especially up at Cairns,but it’s the first time at Cessnock,” Thompson said of the kangaroo, which darted through the field after running with them along the inside rail.“I’ve had them at trackwork but not a raceday.”

Thompson could afford to joke about the lucky escape wherethe kangaroo ran in between the frontrunners and the chasing pack, which includedCunning As A Tiger.

“They were starting to go a bit slow and it stirred the frontrunners up a bit anyway,” he said. “It put a pacemaker in there for a couple of hundred metres.It might have been Puddy’s pet kangaroo that helped us.”

Thompson earlier rode the Allan Denham-trained Commandatore and Jason Deamer’s Lady Evelyn to victory.

“Commandatoredrew a good barrier and had the run of the race and it was a good tough win at the finish,” he said.

“The filly for Jason Deamer, she generally races forward but today she was pretty quiet. They went a bit too hard for her early so I had to ride her back, then back in for luck. I stuck to the rails and it worked out beautiful.”

I am tired of people being scared of my face, which is why I’m putting it on TV

I am tired of people being scared of my face, which is why I’m putting it on TV TweetFacebookCarly Findlay, who grew up ain the Riverina, is a proud disabled woman who doesn’t want to change or hide her face.In December last year, my former house cleaner was so scared by the sight of my face that she walked out of my house – without cleaning it. She didn’t know how to handle my appearance, her supervisor said. The cleaning agency dropped me as a client when I used the ‘D word’ one too many times. But their behaviourwasdiscriminatory. Of course, they didn’t think so.
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It took a couple of months to find a new cleaner, and each one I communicated with, I felt the need to explain my facial difference and apologise for my skin.

Since that incident, I’ve had some awful reactions to my face. Some reactions are more extreme than others, but in some way or another this is what I deal with daily. And I never get used to it.

I’ve had a stranger laugh at my face several times at a music show. Her friend justified the behaviour when I called it out by saying it’s because she hasn’t seen someone like me before.

A young man commenting on a photo of my friend (also with a facial difference) and I via Instagram told her to get plastic surgery and take a more attractive photo next time. He was mortified when I made his (already public) comment into a new post on Instagram, and informed me he’s never said anything like this before. Of course he’s a nice guy – a nice guy who made a conscious choice to tell strangers to change their face.

I’m told it’s understandable people are scared of my face, when they haven’t seen it before. But I’m getting tired of this excuse.

For you, it might be the first time you’ve seen someone with a facial difference. You’re surprised, shocked, disgusted, pitying, curious, scared and even amused.

I see the range of emotions on your face in the first few seconds of our interactions. Your face moves in slow motion. But for me, living with a facial difference, and your reactions – are my every day. And responding to rude, curious, and even sympathetic and concerned questions is tiring.

Strangers who ask me if there’s a cure for my skin condition aren’t coming at it from a medical perspective. They don’t even consider the pain; they just couldn’t imagine what it’s like to look like me, and hope my face can be fixed (and yes, they’ve told me this too).

These questions are like bullets. One after the other. And the people asking them have no idea of how inappropriate they’re being. They feel entitled to an explanation.

I have the type of Ichthyosis that makes my skin fragile – it’s a wonder I’m so resilient.

When I speak of the reactions some people have to my face, my friends are shocked. They don’t believe it. But these things do happen. Some people think it’s their right to know what’s wrong with me, and expect me to be polite when answering them.

So when I was asked to appear in the second season of ABC’sYou Can’t Ask That, I jumped at the chance. I loved the first season, and thought this could be a good way to publicly address the questions and comments I frequently receive from strangers who cannot deal with my facial difference.The questions asked of me onYou Can’t Ask Thatare all questions (or variations of) that I’ve been asked before. I get asked a combination of ridiculous, funny and rude questions most weeks.

Once, a man on the train asked if I’d been licking lollies – “is that how your face got so red?”

Another time, a woman in an African restaurant asked if I wore “traditional African make-up” to dine at the restaurant. I don’t know much about traditional African make-up, but I don’t think it’s anything like my face, and as if I’d appropriate African culture anyway.

I’ve been told my face would be too much for a group of young children to handle, so it was best I didn’t attend a Cubs group meeting. I attended anyway. And the Cubs loved me –one 7-year-old even wrote me a thank you card for teaching him about diversity.

While I knowYou Can’t Ask Thatteaches viewers about our conditions, I also wanted to make the audienceuncomfortable. I wanted to show them how tense, upsetting and shocking it can be when people like me are asked these confronting, intrusive questions. I want them to think twice about the appropriateness of asking.

You Can’t Ask Thatis about marginalised and misunderstood people taking ownership of these questions, and raising the broader communities expectations about us. So many friends have said what an important show this is. We’re being seen, heard and valued –when most times people either want to stare, look away, ridicule us or ask inappropriate questions.

“I’d like to be inconspicuous when I’m going about my day, but instead I am extremely ‘visible’,” my friend, Ellen Fraser-Barbour, told me. She stars in the show too.

“On a daily basis, I’m stared and pointed at because of the way I look; people make blunt and hurtful assumptions about my disability and speak down at me in a patronising and demeaning way”, she said.

For Ellen, going on the show “was my way of having a voice, adding mine to the many valued diverse perspectives about what it is like to live with facial difference and my way of dismantling stigma and discrimination.”

The facial difference episode (I haven’t watched it yet – I’m saving it for the TV screening) shows viewers that these questions and assumptions about us hurt.

And in fact, we do take selfies, and we’re OK with our unique appearances, even when others aren’t –or don’t expect us to be.

Carly Findlay is a proud disabled woman who doesn’t want to change or hide her face. She writes atcarlyfindlay南京夜网419论坛, and [email protected] facial difference episode ofYou Can’t Ask Thatairs on ABC, 9pm Wednesday May 3, and is also on ABC iview.

Centenary of the Great War

Dungog brothers: Douglas and Gregory Page, of the 34th Battalion, who were killed in action 10 weeks apart in early 1917. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.
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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for April 30 to May 6, 1917

LARGE CAPTURE OF PRISONERSField-marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the West Front, reports: “We captured 19,343 prisoners in April, including 393 officers, and 257 guns and howitzers, of which 48 are heavy guns, 227 trench mortars, and 470 machine guns.Our artillery destroyed many other guns.During the air fighting on Monday and last night our aeroplanes brought down eight enemy aeroplanes, and drove down nine uncontrollable. Gunfire shot down another. Nine of ours are missing.We carried out a successful raid northward of Ypres on Monday night.”

HEAVY DEATH TOLLSydney, Thursday. The 291st casualty list, issued today, contains 971 names. It includes 309 killed in action, 35 died of wounds, two accidentally killed, and six died of other causes. There are eight reported missing, 45 ill, and four injured.

JOFFRE ON AUSTRALIANSMarshal Joffre, of the French Mission to the United States, received over 70 journalists and before making a statement shook hands and gave brief greetings to individual members of the party.To the representatives of the Australian Press Association he said: “Ah! The Australians! You have a great army. I have seen them at the west front, where they are doing splendid work. I would like you to tell the Australian and New Zealand people what I think of the soldiers they have sent abroad. I know their work, their initiative, their bravery.They are fine boys! Ils sont tres bons garcons! Tres bons soldats!”

CRICKET AFTER THE WARThere were so many Australian cricketers on active service that it was suggested that instead of England sending a team to Australia after the war, these Australians might engage in a series of matches.

AUSTRALIAN WAR RECORDSMr Andrew Fisher, the High Commissioner for Australia, is establishing an Australian War Records Branch to collect historic events in which Australian troops were concerned, together with a collection of pictures, films, and photographs, and a collection of war relics, illustrating the most recent war devices. He has already made a claim for a tank.

CURRENT NEWSApproval was given yesterday by the State Cabinet for street collections to be taken up throughout NSW on June 1st in aid of the war work of the YMCA Sanction for the appeal had previously been given by the War Council. In consequence of the permission which has now been obtained from the Government the date named, which falls on a Friday, will be known throughout the State as Red Triangle Day, the red triangle being the emblem of the YMCA.

NEWS OF THE DAYEnlistments in NSW during the past five weeks reached a higher average than for any similar period since the present campaign began.

A number of returned soldiers, who were engaged in the Gallipoli campaign, held a preliminary meeting in Sydney, with a view to the formation of an Anzac Association. The movement is an outcome of the disruption in the ranks of the Returned Soldiers Association.

A War Precaution regulation makes it an offence to deface any recruiting poster.

A HINT TO THE SISTERTo the thousands of sisters who have brothers at the front, and whose thoughts are constantly with them, and what can best be sent them to make their lot easier or safeguard their health, it may not be amiss to suggest sending a bottle of Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills. A bottle of pills may seem an amusing or unusual thing to suggest, but seriously, could anything of equal size or cost be sent that will be so necessary or useful? It is a well-known fact that the men require such a remedy. The irregular life causes the system to get out of order, and it is this getting out of order that is responsible for such an enormous loss from sickness. The shot and shell of the enemy are only a part of the danger the soldiers face. To be an effective soldier, good health is far and away the most important single item.Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills are too well known to the public to waste space telling what they will do. The little amber bottle in which they are packed will secure them from all kinds of weather conditions, and they can be carried by the men on their person at all times without inconvenience.

35TH BATTALIONFUND Messrs. D. J. Mitchell and Co. have arranged a weekly cookery competition for the benefit of Battalion street stalls. The first, which closed last Friday, resulted in several creditable specimens of home-made scones being sent in. The first and second prizes fell to Mrs. H. Ford of the Junction and Mrs. A. Ellison of Newcastle, respectively. The scones afterwards sold readily. Next Friday the competition will be repeated. On each successive Friday the special class of cookery to be competed for will be announced. The silver centre-piece donated by a Newcastle resident was won by J. Macleod. The secretary, Miss G. J. Short, appeals for empty glass jars suitable for jam, which may be left at the depot, Messrs. Scott’s, Limited, at any time.

A YEAR’S WORKA distinctly creditable record is disclosed in the report of the committee of the 36th Battalion Comforts Fund presented at the annual meeting held yesterday afternoon at the premises of Messrs. Winn and Company, Ltd. The report, which covered receipts and disbursements from August 1, 1916 to April 24, 1916, was submitted by Mrs. H. H. Clack, the honorary secretary. It stated that the work of the committee was started on March 14th, 1916 and the interest had been well maintained. Special mention was made of the work of the Adamstown Girls’ League; St. Andrew’s Guild, Mayfield; Islington Girls’ League; St. Philip’s Guild, Watt-street; New Lambton Girls’ League; Hamilton Girls’ League and the Mayfield Girls’ League for financial assistance, together with all those who had assisted at the street stall. Thanks were due to Messrs. Winn and Co. for placing a room gratuitously at the committee’s disposal, and for many acts of courtesy. They and their employees had been generous in assisting financially. Flags were presented to the 4th, 5th, and 6th reinforcements, and were the gifts of Messrs. Winn and Co., Scott’s, Ltd., and Mrs. David Mitchell. Cases containing Christmas cheer to the value of £200 were sent to the men and were received by them on Christmas Day. During the year 101 cases had been despatched to the value of £936 15s 9d. These contained 1410 pairs socks, 976 shirts, 428 shorts, 345 balaclavas, 55 dozen handkerchiefs, 105 kneecaps and mittens, 500 tins tobacco and cigarettes, and a large quantity of tinned goods.

PELAW MAIN SPORTSA sports meeting for the purpose of raising funds to erect a Pelaw Main Soldiers’ Roll of Honour was held on the Kurri Kurri Cricket Oval on Saturday afternoon, when there was a large attendance. The programme was a long and varied one, and the nominations for all the events were exceptionally large. In consequence of the big entries a great many of the events were not completed, but the committee will continue the programme on some future date. The all-comers’ 75 yards handicap was the principal event of the day. The bicycle events were carried out on the road outside the sports ground.

PRIVATE TOLL MISSINGAlderman A. F. Toll, of Wickham, yesterday received information that his eldest son, Private Thorold Toll, had been missing since April 11. He left in August, 1915. He was at Gallipoli four months before the evacuation, and proceeded from there to France with a machine gun company.

LONE PINE BANDThe Lone Pine Band visited Newcastle on Saturday, and as all the members are returned soldiers, they received a cordial and hearty welcome. At different points along Hunter-street the band played selections, and the music was thoroughly appreciated. Collections were taken up during the day, a very satisfactory sum being realised.

NEWCASTLE POLICE COURTAlbert Davis, a naval trainee, was ordered into the custody of Commander J. G. Fearnley for 48 hours for having failed to render personal service. The commander remarked that defaulters gave a lot of trouble. They ignored notices served on them. Davis was ordered to pay 3s costs.

BELMONTAnzac Day was celebrated at Belmont school in accordance with the departmental circular. The children and many of the parents assembled at the school in the morning, when Mrs. B. Clift, president of the parents and citizens’ association, addressed the gathering, and unveiled a roll of honour.

ENLISTMENTSJames Ascroft, Newcastle; Reginald James Camps, Cooks Hill; George Herbert Cobb, Belltrees; Horace Corrigan, Newcastle; Arthur Courtney, Cooks Hill; John Crawley, Sawyers Gully; Thomas McKail Dick, Merewether; Ernest Duncan, Tighes Hill; Benjamin Charles Ginman, Newcastle; William George Holland, Newcastle; Alfred George James, Newcastle; Robert Royal Johnston, Lorn; William Henry Johnston, Speers Point; John George Keith, Newcastle; Ernest Lahiff, Linwood; George Keith Lawrie, Hamilton; Roy Edward Martin, Aberdeen; Stanley Francis McCann, Newcastle; Edwin Mittendorf, Warners Bay; Charles Joseph Neller, West Maitland; Selby Morton Ponder, Denman; Walter Edward Robinson, Newcastle; James Lawrence Scrimgeour, Waratah; Edward George Shalala, Kurri Kurri; Alexander Shepherd, Merewether; Jack Stevens, Newcastle; Allan Frederick Tacon, Kurri Kurri.

DEATHSCpl Gilbert Goldie Anschau, Newcastle; 2nd Lieut David Henry Avard, East Maitland; Pte Richard Aynsley, Weston; Pte Thomas Betts, Newcastle; Pte Thomas William Blayden, Scone; Pte Charles Thomas Brown, Denman; Pte John Byrnes, Apple Tree Flat; Pte Sydney Campion, South Singleton; Pte William Carter, Bulga; Pte Herbert Chadban, Stroud; Pte Percy Charlton Cobcroft, St Clair; Gnr Michael George Coghlan, Mayfield; Pte Sidney Collis, Islington; Pte Edward Cox, Toronto; Pte Richard Daniel Cox, Singleton; Pte Henry Crowley, Stanhope; Pte William Atkinson Davidson, Toronto; Pte Daniel Davies, Wallsend; Cpl Arthur Oliver Denton, Adamstown; Pte Herbert Francis Dickinson, Bulga; Pte Robert Fallins, Kahibah; Pte Patrick Leslie Gilligan, Dagworth; Pte Frederick Green, Abermain; Pte Walter James Greenham, Stroud; Pte Cecil Hall, Morisset; L/Cpl Stanley Harold Harris, Copeland North; L/Cpl Horace David Hunter, Raymond Terrace; Pte John Kelly, Scone; Pte Cecil Robert Lawless, Merriwa; Pte William Lewis, Adamstown; Pte William Mitchell, Newcastle; Pte William John Mott, Dartbrook; Pte Peter Hamilton Mulholland, Plattsburg; Pte William Bede Murphy, Hamilton; Pte David Mutton, West Wallsend; Pte Arthur Leslie Nelson, West Maitland; Pte John Parkes, Wallsend; Pte Joseph Robert Pritchard, Killingworth; Sgt William James Patrick Quinn, Singleton; Pte Frank Randle, Boolaroo; Pte Thomas Francis Ravell, Forster; Pte William Henry Rudkin, Berrico Creek; Pte John Slater, Carrington; Pte John Stephen Smith, Bandon Grove; Pte Thorold Toll, Wickham; L/Cpl Clarence John Wellard, Gloucester; Pte Victor Whitehouse, Merewether; Pte Septimus Walter Woodland, Cessnock; Pte David Henry Zerk, Muswellbrook.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. Follow his research at facebook南京夜网/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

Elder star back for Mile shot

Darren Elder and ShannonsablastTHE lure of the Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile has convinced Maitland trainer Darren Elder to bring Shannonsablast home from Queensland early.
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The 2015 Inter Dominion series qualifier was a late addition to Saturday’s group 3 field at Newcastle on Tuesday after nominations were extended a day.

Shannonsablast, which was ninth in last year’s Newcastle Mile, became the fourth locally-trained hope in the $31,800 race, which now has eight runners. The other Hunter chances are Better Than Max (Darren Reay), Ultimate Art (Michael Formosa) and My Chachingchaching (Roy Roots jnr).Nominations were also extended for the $10,000 Newcastle Derby but thatfield remained at eight.

Elder had sent Shannonsablast to the Queensland stables of Mark Dux and theseven-year-old gelding had five starts at Albion Park, starting with two victories.However, he had been unplaced in his last three.Elder planned to bring Shannonsablast home next week but fast-tracked the move after Mile nominations were extended. He now expects to have him back on Wednesday night.

“Mark has got quite a few horses in work up there and we just thought it was time to bring him home,” Elder said. “We’ll put him in that race, give him a bit of a freshen up and see what we do from there.

“I haven’t seen him for a month but he should be competitive.He can run times with them and he has raced against them a fair bit and been competitive. Mark thinks he is going good enough, so we thought, ‘whynot?’”

Meanwhile, Valentine trainer Sam Dimarco’s Black Silhouette drew gate one for Saturday night’s group 1$322,000 Australian Pacing Gold final for two-year-old fillies at Melton.

Rates rise $136 across Hunter for fire services

NSW Rural Fire Service conducting a hazard reduction at Mt Faulk Road Cooranbong. PICTURE: Peter StoopHUNTER property owners will fork out an extra $136 per year on average in council rates to help pay for the state’s fire and emergency services.
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From July 1,property owners across the state will be charged a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy,part of new legislation passed in the NSW parliament in March.

The levy isbased on land value determined by the NSW Valuer-General, and replacesthe previous tax on insurance policies.

In Newcastle,the average residential propertyowner will pay an extra $173 per year,bringing the average residential rateto more than $1500 on the back of another 8per cent year-on-year increase thanks to the 2015 Special Rate Variation.

The annual levy is determined by adding a fixed charge – $100 for residential property – to an additional ad valorem amount based on unimproved land value.

And while some blue-chip areas in Sydney,such as Mosman, will payannual bills exceeding $500, the Hunter’s contribution will be more modest.

In Maitland, an average ratepayer will pay an extra $138 according to the state government’s fee calculator, while in Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens the charge is $158 and $149 respectively.

That’s below the state-wide average increase of$185, and Newcastle City Council believesratepayers will actually be $47 better off “as a result of an average $233 per annum reduction to their insurance costs following the removal of the current emergency services levy from insurance premiums”.

Before the legislation was passed, three-quarters of the annual $950 million cost of funding Fire and Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service was funded via a tax on insurance companies.

The shift to a levy was recommended by a 2013inquiry which found 36 per cent – or 810,000 landowners – who do not have home contents insurance would pay the levy for the first time.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has said the reform is the “fairest way to fund fire and emergency services”.