Tapas comes to Belmont, Mawson opens in Caves Beach and Ready Spaghetti launchesFood Bites

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FRESH START: Chef Aaron Stobbs has closed Te Aroha Place at Blacksmiths and opened Islas Canaries Cafe Tapas Bar in Belmont with his partner, Romy. Picture: Lisa Rockman
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Chef Aaron Stobbs has closed Te Aroha Place at Blacksmiths and opened Islas Canaries Cafe Tapas Bar in Belmont with his partner, Ramona Barboza, who is also a chef.

You can find it underneath the Belle Apartment building in Memorial Mall, opposite the post office.

Southern Spanish tapas is on the menu which is designed to be shared over conversation. Dishes include fish ceviche, truffle carpaccio, paella and croquettes, all made by hand in store.You can also buy home-made ice-cream, gelato and sorbet.

Stobbs is a Belmont boy who started his career as a kitchenhand at Madison Motor Inn Newcastle at the age of 17. He completed his apprenticeship in Cairns, specialising in French Polynesian cuisine, and went on to work at Wandin Valley Estate and Chateau Elan in the Hunter Valley.Keen to broaden his culinary horizons, Stobbs accepted an executive chef role on the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco at Santa Catalina Gran Canaria. It was here he met Ramona, who was working there as a chef and had years of experience working with Spanish cuisine.

To book, phone 0412 429 615 or 0481 994 875 and leave a message.

New food marketNewcastle Flower Markets at Sandgate already have a small kiosk on-sitebut are looking to expand with a larger, indoor dining venture. They are also hoping to host a new foodie market later in the year. Newcastle Food Markets looks like kicking off in November. If you have a product you would like to sell, [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

All-day brunchHeritage Gardens Nursery Cafe at Ashtonfield has introduced a new all-day brunch menu which looks the goods. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options, too.

Truffle timeBocados Spanish Kitchen is hosting a Truffle Degustation Dinner next Tuesday, July 3. Tickets cost$110, whichincludes a glass of cava on arrival, $150 with matching Spanish and South American wines.

Chefs cook offFour Hunter Region teams will cook-off at Ryde TAFE next week in the annual ClubsNSW Chef’s Table competition: Toronto Workers Club – Dean Jackson and Cameron Sanders;Charlestown Bowling Club –Greg Hake and Damien McInnes;Club Maitland City –Glenn Dodgson andShannon Murphy; andMuswellbrook Golf Club –Shane Butler and Tegan Swinbourne.

Competing chefs will have to use ingredients provided in a “mystery box”, the contents of which will be only be revealed prior to the start of the cook-off. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner onJuly 30 at Doltone House.

Last year, Lesley Taylor andDaniel Wijekoon, representing Hobarts by Lesley Taylor at Wests New Lambton, placed third in the final.

Italy beckonsTerra Madre is a worldwide network launched by Slow Food in 2004 that unites people and organisations involved in sustainable food production and linked by a geographic area. Slow Food Hunter Valley is building a local Terra Madre network and recently announced the winners of the 2018 Terra Madre scholarships who will travel to the Slow Food International convention in Turin, Italy, this September.

The winners are: Leisha Parkinson, of Bean Cycled in Charlestown; Margan Restaurant head chef Thomas Boyd; and apprentice farmer at MC & SL Dennis Farms inEast Maitland, Liam Dennis.

Parkinson co-owns the Bean Cycled mushroom farm at Charlestown Square. She and her brother started the farm in 2017 by growing oyster mushrooms on discarded coffee grounds collected from the shopping centre’s cafes. They use the mall’s storage rooms and loading dock for production.

Meals deliveredReady Spaghetti is a new meal delivery service in Newcastle. Meals are prepared fresh daily by qualified chef Tory Peters who has a passion for wholesome, locally sourced ingredients, anddelivered to the customer’s door in reusable cooler bags. There are two options and a side to choose from Monday to Friday.For more information go online to readyspaghetti.net419论坛.

Winter dinnerBolton Street Pantry is open for dinner this Saturday, June 30. The cost is $49 for three courses –book by phoning4048 1344.

Unicorn cakesParents, if you’re already dreading the whining of bored kids you could book them into a unicorn cupcake-making class at Cake Craze in Warners Bay. The cost is $69 and the class is suitable for children aged seven and up. It’s on July 12, 4pm to 6pm. Book at cakecraze.net419论坛.

Mawson opensCaves Beach welcomed a new restaurant last week –Mawson. The breakfast menu is huge and initial reports suggest the coffee is worth checking out. The kids are taken care of with milkshakes, smoothies and a dedicated $10 breakfast and lunch menu. There is also a daily seafood menu.

Farewell FrensVoting is now open for this year’s TV Week Logie Awards at TVWeekLogieAwards南京夜网419论坛. Travel Guides, starring Newcastle’s Fren family,has been nominated in the Most Popular Reality Program category. The Logies are on this Sunday, July 1. The frens are hosting a red carpet dinner event on Friday, June 29, at Oma’s Kitchen on Watt Street and a few seats are still available. It will be the restaurant’s last trading day for several months.

Wine festivalDon’t forget: the Hunter Valley Wine Festival is on this Saturday, June 30, at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale. There will belots of fun activities to keep the kids entertained, including a carousel and a petting zoo.

crossheadThe Central Coast’s ownGlee Coffee Roasters have opened a new store –their third –in Brisbane.

From a humble beginnings in a factory bay in Tuggerah, brothers Ben and Chris Gleesonhave built a strongfamily business. The duo used to roast,bag, source and deliver their beans themselves but, fast forward 10 years, they now have a dedicated team helping them and their first capital city store.

The Glees are excited to join Brisbane’s vibrant specialty coffeescene and hope to injectsome of their “coastie” flavours to the Queensland market. The newspace isjust a 600-metre walk to Southbank and will house a 24-kilogram roasterand specialty cafe.

The company’s Darby Street store closed in 2016 but made a lasting impact on Newcastle’s coffee scene.

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New wild dog tech: Real-time, solar-powered, species-specific alerts

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An in-built camera, recognition software and satellite communication are combined to automate wild dog detection and send an alert. Picture by DPI. Wild dogs are about to get the Big Brother treatment with facialrecognition software central to a new real-time monitoring system for farmers.
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It’s hoped thenew Wild Dog Alert system will betterprotect livestock by sending real-time messages about wild dog presence on properties. An in-built camera, recognition software and satellite communication are combined to automate wild dog detection and send an alert.

The new techcomes after southern landholders along the area from Nimmitabel up to Braidwood reported many wild dogs attacks, which Forestry Corporation has blamedon the drought forcing dogs further afield into grazing land.

Led by Dr Greg Falzon, DPI researches and the University of New England have partnered with Australian Wool Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, to deliver the new tool.

The Department of Primary Industriessays the Wild Dog Alert early warning technology offers producers the ability to detect dogs before they attack, at any time of the day and in remote locations.

“Wild Dog Alert is a one-stop, solar powered shop, which detects wild dogs in a 360 degree zone using a tri-sensor system,” DPI invasive species officer Paul Meek said.

“Landholders can take instant action and work with neighboring properties and wild dog management groups to immediately address issues, not days after wild dogs cause carnage.”

Wild dogs are expected to feature heavily across the 11 LLS RegionalPest Plans that will be launched in July 1.

Mr Meek said the aim was to cut the emotional and financial toll caused by wild dog predation.

The repercussions from wild dogs killing and injuring stock can go on for weeks or months to take a heavy toll on business, families and communities.

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Farmers attack Forestry Corp’s go it alone policy on wild dogsDeer, dogs the ‘big two’ in pest feedback“Too often farmers spend sleepless nights not knowing if wild dogs have entered properties, putting livestock at risk – it’s all too late to act when they wake to paddocks of dead animals,” Dr Meek said.

Led by Dr Greg Falzon, DPI researchesand the University of New England have partnered with Australian Wool Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, to deliver thenew tool.

Dr Meek said Wild Dog Alert aims to help land managers boost the effectiveness of baiting campaigns and other wild dog control options.

“We are currently testing the components to ensure our device is robust and fit-for-purpose,” he said.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure this cutting edge technology is able to deliver on-farm for livestock producers.”

Researchers propose to have a working prototype Wild Dog Alert system by June 2019.

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Newcastle light rail construction knocks out Tuff’N Up boxing gym

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Newcastle light rail construction knocks out Tuff’N Up boxing gym ON THE ROPES: Peter Hallett at Tuff’N Up Boxing gym on Monday. He will close down on Saturday after struggling for revenue since light rail works began last year. Picture: Simone De Peak
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TweetFacebookTuff’N Up Boxing gym owner Peter Hallett is the latest to close his business due to light rail construction in Newcastle. pic.twitter南京夜网/tc7ReT1mwh

— Michael Parris (@mhparris) June 25, 2018Newcastle Heraldreported last weekend that Frontline Hobbies owner Colin Scott was joining a Sydney-based class action against the state government over light rail construction.

Last month, Hunter Development Corporation provided the Herald with a list of 35 businesses it said had opened from Newcastle East to Newcastle West and in Darby Street since light rail work began.

Business advocacy group Newcastle Now said it knew of 15 businesses which had closed and seven which had moved in since September, although not all the closures were necessarily due to rail construction.

The government has said the pain of light rail disruptions in Newcastle will be more than worth the gain when the tram opens to the public early next year.

But Mr Hallett believed his parking problems would have continued if he had stayed open.

“Business is hard, anyhow. My lease is up. I can’t see me surviving another five years. Even if they put the road back, there’s still going to be parking shortages,” he said.

“Any money I had put aside for survival has been gone in the last year trying to survive.

“I realise we’re coming out of it not good, but I’m sure there’s a lot of other businesses in Newcastle who’ve done worse than us. It’s just been horrible.”

He said would have to sell most of his equipment to pay the rest of his rent and was unsure if he would reopen in another location.


Punching on with the SnowdensLight rail depot on the way

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Andrew White says the loss of six partners in the law firm – two of them in Newcastle – was far from a shock and was all about mobility and adapting to change

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Forward thinking: “Our firm continues to look for opportunities to grow,” says Sparke Helmore chairman Andrew White. Where were you raised?
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In the Upper Hunter—my family has lived in the region for many generations now.

Which areas of law are your specialties?

I lead Sparke Helmore’s Mining & Resources practice out of our Upper Hunter office in Muswellbrook and my focus is on helping mining companies achieve operable, workable and defendable mining approvals platforms. We offer clients specialised services including advocacy, approvals platforms, commercial agreements, compensation arrangements, ecology obligations and offsets, exploration licences and much more.I also the lead the firm’s Hunter Commercial Group, which focuses on meeting the needs of all businesses in the Hunter.

How is mining faring?

The mining industry isbuoyant at the moment. There is a lot of investment and production of large volumes of products. The need for energy continues to be a significant challenge, however there is an increasing number of major alternate energy projects occurring, which promise to bring a lot of investment and jobs to the region.

Current conditions for Newcastle business?

Newcastle is undergoing something of a rebirth thanks to the vast investment being made into the city and its 2036 strategy. The city has been through massive change in the last 20 to 30 years and the same can be said of Sparke Helmore. We expect this trend to continue into the next 10 years, so it’s important for us, as a business operating in Newcastle, to focus our core capabilities on adaptability to change as well as evolution. This is a booming region with fantastic opportunities for those who live, work, and visit here.

You’ve recently been appointed chairman of Sparke Helmore after the former chairman and five other partners left to establish a Hunter office forBritish law firm DWF. Was their departure a shock and does the new firm represent a direct threat?

Partner (and team) mobility in our industry is a just a fact of life and something we are prepared for, and indeed benefit from. The recent departure of six partners was not a shock and something the firm did incredibly well was to carry on, business as usual.

As an integrated, independent Australian partnership, with a 136 year history of strong growth, we are committed to our client-first principles and to serving our clients across the needs of the insurance, government, financial services, technology, mining, construction and property sectors.

Our firm continues to look for opportunities to grow in line with our clients’ needs, as evidenced by our merger with Jarman McKenna in Perth and the imminent arrival of four new partners.

As the new chairman, what plans do you have?

Our 2020 strategy is well underway and sees us operating with a vision to be a market-leading Australian professional services business that our clients choose for outstanding people, legal expertise and our ability to connect. As Chairman, I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of this strategy and leading a culture that is authentic, client-focused, innovative, agile and collaborative (with our clients and internally). We believe our national footprint and current structure is the best model to deliver value and innovation for our clients, smart and sustainable growth for our firm, and to foster a values-driven culture for our people.

The firm’score Hunter clients?

We have an array of clients from the commercial, property, mining, construction, projects and infrastructure, planning and environment, and local, state and Commonwealth government sectors. Our main clients in the Hunter represent the mining industry, utilities, infrastructure and property and development. The latter being one of the most exciting and busy due to the vast rate of growth and expansion happening in Newcastle. For example, the airport and light rail are significant projects that we’re delighted to be involved in.

The key challenges to the legal sector at present?

The need to continually innovate the way in which we undertake legal services and collaborate with clients to make the delivery of our services more and more efficient and effective. Also, the need to be agile and responsive to changes in client needs and demands, as well as to opportunities for improvement.

What is Sparke doing on the innovation front?

The legal industry has undergone and continues to undergo waves of change. Sparke Helmore is thinking differently about the way we work with our clients by taking on business partner and strategic advisor roles to help solve critical legal and business issues. The firm established an Innovation Committee in 2017, which focuses on developing more sustainable, time and cost-efficient solutions for clients;working with other partners and advisors to unlock value from clients’ businesses, customer bases and relationships;andleveraging networksto remain at the forefront of innovation. We are leveraging technology and knowledge management to re-engineer our service offering so we can lead transformational change within our firm, and for our clients.We drive improvements with client relationships by analysing quantitative data.

Andrew White

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Hayne hits back at Bankwest criticisms

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The banks royal commission has rejected criticism of its Bankwest hearings.The banking royal commissioner has hit back at claims his inquiry devoted insufficient time to the controversy over the Commonwealth Bank’s treatment of Bankwest customers.
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Kenneth Hayne QC took the unusual step of rejecting criticisms from some former Bankwest business customers, who want the commission to devote more attention to CBA’s 2008 takeover of Bankwest.

Mr Hayne said a number of people wrote to the commission saying insufficient time was devoted to the matter at its last public hearing and more case studies should have been examined.

He said a very considerable amount of research and analysis was devoted to the Bankwest takeover by lawyers assisting the commission, and the intensive work went beyond the circumstances of the four consumers who gave evidence.

Mr Hayne said some of the criticism proceeded from the premise that it was the commission’s role to advance the interests of those who describe themselves as Bankwest’s victims.

“That, of course, misunderstands the role and the duty of a royal commissioner, which is to inquire, without fear or favour, into matters falling within the terms of reference.

“Neither I, nor counsel assisting or the solicitors assisting the commission, carry any brief for those who assert a grievance arising from the takeover of Bankwest, or indeed, of any other issue. We are here to inquire.”

Counsel assisting the commission concluded Australia’s largest bank did not deliberately set out to force Bankwest business customers into default and had no ulterior motive to do so.

They backed CBA’s controversial actions after it bought Bankwest for $2.1 billion a decade ago, at the height of the global financial crisis.

Mr Hayne on Monday stressed he had not yet made any findings, despite counsel assisting’s submissions.

The former Bankwest customers who recently wrote to the commission were told they should raise any further issues, but Mr Hayne said it should not be mere assertions and conjecture.

Mr Hayne addressed misconceptions about the commission’s procedures amid claims consumers were not allowed to cross-examine bank witnesses, which he said was incorrect.

He also rejected claims consumers were not given enough time to prepare to appear and brief lawyers, saying each witness had the opportunity to be represented and cross-examine witnesses.

Mr Hayne’s remarks came as the commission’s latest hearing began in Brisbane, when he again explained the inquiry could not publicly examine every case.

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Commercial Property: Investment opportunity in former Maitland Squash Courts

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WELL-KNOWN: The former Maitland Squash Courts building in Bulwer Street is on the market and will be sold through a tender process.They may not have been used as squash courts for a number of years now, but the Maitland building is still well-known with locals.
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It has been listed for sale through Ray White Commercial Newcastle and agent Kyle Cable said there was plenty of scope in the three-storey brick building which retains the word “Squash” on its facade.

The building is located at 5 Bulwer Street and has two squash courts, viewing gallery and office spaces.

The first-floor tenancy is Central Maitland Dentistry, whichhas been in operation for more than 30 years. The lease isreturning around $65,000 net per annum in the second year of a five-year term with two five-year options.

“The key selling factors are location, the size and and at the moment a fairly secure tenant in there,” Mr Cable said. “It’s location is prime because you’re right next to the new Levee precinct. The building is an old building but there is a lot of space in the building and a lot of potential to redevelop. At the moment it has a tenant in place and there’s potential to get an eight per cent return on that investment while that lease is in place.”

It is for sale by tender closingAugust 1. A price range was not disclosed.


INDUSTRIAL UNIT IN REDHEADEasy access off Kalaroo Road and a lack of supply should make a unit in Redhead’s industrial estate appealing in the marketplace, according to Plumb Realty Commercial’s Warren Plumb. Hehas listed unit 1 at 15 Seasands Drive, whichis set for a auction on August 9.

“The Redhead industrial estate is zoned IN2 Industrial land, which has a variety of end usages, and with the absence of available units to lease should attract the interest of savvy owner-occupiers and investors looking to secure a property within a well sought-after area,” Mr Plumb said.

The property has 4.8-metre high clearance roller doors, new colorbond roof, 540 square metres of warehouse, showroom, offices and mezzanine levels and has “an anticipated lease return of $65,000 per annum net plusGST and outgoings”.

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Suburb profile: Black Hill

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Rural living: Black Hill features homes of commanding presence, with residents enjoying a life of tranquility and space.Suburb SnapshotBlack Hill is part of theCity of NewcastleandCity of Cessnocklocal government areas and has a population of approximately 560, according to the Census 2016.
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It is located 25kilometres from Newcastle’s Central Business Districtand, with easy access to the New England Highway, connections to the city or the HunterValley are inside a 40-minute drive.

Stockland Green Hills shopping centre isclosebyand Maitland and East Maitland are within easy reach, making the suburb sought after by families.

LifestyleBlack Hill offers the best of rural living, boasting premium homes of grand proportionsset on tranquil acreages.

This is the best it can get when it comes to offering scale and privacy without losing the connection to everyday amenities such as schools, shopping and access to the city.

From the expert- Presented by Rhonda Nyquist, PRD Hunter Valley

Black Hill is one of the region’s best kept secrets. Its prestige semi-rural estates set in leafy surrounds just 25km from Newcastle’s CBD offer an enviable lifestyle.

It has easy access to all Newcastle and Maitland schools, the expandedGreen Hills shopping centre has major outlets including David Jonesand the M1 expressway to Sydney is at your doorstep.

Sydney’s CBD is around 90 minutes away, the Hunter Valley vineyards 35 minutes, Port Stephens 45 minutes and Newcastle beaches 25 minutes.

The Old Black Hill region was previously well known for fruit orchards, many which have givenway to grazing land. Propertyis tightly held and popular when it comes to market.

PRDnationwide Hunter Valleyhave sold many benchmark homes and enjoya long, proud relationship with the area.

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Blue-collar mids lead AFL Brownlow chase

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Shaun Higgins is being talked up as one of the surprise Brownlow Medal contenders in 2018.Forget show stoppers Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield – this year’s Brownlow Medal winner is just as likely to be an old-fashioned blue-collar battler.
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With nine rounds remaining, Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell, Carlton’s Patrick Cripps and North Melbourne bolter Shaun Higgins have emerged as leading contenders for the AFL’s most prestigious individual honour.

Each would be a worthy winner but would also be the least glamorous recipient since West Coast prime mover Matt Priddis’s surprise victory in 2014.

The three most recent Brownlow Medallists – Martin, Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe – are poster boys for the modern AFL: explosive, dynamic midfielders with stacked highlight reels and the ability to play in multiple positions.

Mitchell and Cripps, in contrast, are hard-nosed contested beasts whose best work is done at the bottom of packs rather than in open play.

Higgins is a more versatile player but would be one of the most low-profile Brownlow winners in recent memory.

Mitchell is the bookmakers’ favourite, followed by Cripps and Martin, while Higgins has surged into contention along with West Coast free agent Andrew Gaff and Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn.

The 25-year-old Mitchell started his season with a bang, breaking the VFL/AFL disposals record with 54 touches during Hawthorn’s win over Collingwood.

An extraordinarily prolific ball-winner, Mitchell has gathered 40 or more disposals in six of 13 games.

But he can consider himself lucky to remain in contention, having controversially escaped suspension for elbowing North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein off the ball.

Fyfe was less fortunate.

The Fremantle skipper has been in sensational form but hopes of backing up his 2015 triumph were dashed when he was suspended for striking Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood.

Nine rounds is plenty of time for the two biggest names in the game to mount a late Brownlow push but neither Martin nor Dangerfield have quite reached their best.

Tigers superstar Martin is likely to bleed votes to Trent Cotchin, while Geelong’s Dangerfield has spent more time forward this season to accommodate prodigal son Gary Ablett.

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FFA hope World Cup cures A-League woes

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FFA CEO David Gallop (scarf) was in attendance for the Socceroos’ World Cup opener against France.Football Federation Australia (FFA) expects interest in the A-League to bounce after the Socceroos’ participation in the World Cup, along with participation at junior levels.
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Millions of Australians have tuned in to the Socceroos’ exploits in Russia, as Mile Jedinak attempts to lead the team into the knockout phase for the first time since 2006.

A do-or-die group stage finale with Peru on Tuesday (Wednesday 12am AEST) will decide their fate in the tournament.

It’s been the best month for the sport since the 2015 Asian Cup, hosted and won on home soil.

FFA chief David Gallop is eager for that momentum to roll onto the domestic league.

The A-League endured a downturn in interest during the 2017/18 campaign, with fewer eyeballs watching the competition and a slump in fans through the turnstiles.

The competition has provided two of Australia’s star players – Daniel Arzani and Josh Risdon – with every member of Bert van Marwijk’s starting XI having once called the league home.

Despite that, Mat Leckie, one of the best-performing Socceroos in Russia, issued a gloomy forecast on the sport’s future, saying he “can’t see a huge amount changing in terms of people getting on board with the A-League”.

Gallop disagrees.

“I am sure people will be inspired to go and watch people like Josh and Daniel in the A-League,” he told AAP.

“With the prospect of two new clubs joining in the season after next, I think football has a lot of momentum coming out of this World Cup.”

Football has traditionally enjoyed spikes in grassroots participation following the World Cup every four years.

Gallop said he hoped it would lead to another edition of the global tournament heading to Australia.

“We expect to see an increase in participation,” Gallop continued.

“We’ve been delighted with the support the Socceroos have received at home from millions of fans and the massive media coverage will help to attract new fans who are stoked to see our guys competing with the best in the world.

“The global coverage also lifts our thoughts to the chance to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023. That could be sensational for football and Australia.”

The Socceroos’ campaign will end in Russia unless they beat Peru and France defeat Denmark with a goal difference swing of three.

Gallop admitted the odds were against Australia continuing their run but said anything was possible should those events conspire.

“Everyone can see how tough this tournament is but we are playing well and confidence is high within the team,” he said.

“Should we get there anything can happen. The prospect is very exciting for everyone.”

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Big Mount Arthur coal mine class action launched at Beresfield on Tuesday

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Big Mount Arthur coal mine class action launched at Beresfield on Tuesday LONG WAIT: Former Mount Arthur casual Simon Turner, who will help launch the class action at Beresfield Bowling Club, says a court case that will shine a light on industry employment practices is ‘long overdue’.
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Mount Arthur mine

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald wrote a series of articles in 2016 about Mr Turner’s efforts to highlight the plight of casual mineworkers. He says that while much of the industry –employers, regulators and the mineworkers’ union –has been ignoring or disputing what he was saying, the Canberra law firm has not.

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After looking at Mr Turner’s claims, lawyer Rory Markham says a substantial proportion of the NSW and Queensland coalmining workforce are employed under conditions that are at odds with the Black Coal Industry Mining Award 2010andThe Fair Work Act 2009.

Although numerous enterprise agreements have been registered allowing casual employment in the mines, the award says mineworkers must be employed “full-time” or “part-time”, with staff positions such as supervisors,surveyors, chemists and technicians the only ones to be employed as “casuals”.

“The action we are launching is the first of several in the pipeline and it will reveal an industry-wide problem,” Mr Markham said.

He said the conditions at Mount Arthur were far from unique in the coal industry and Adero was looking at legal action against another big miner, Glencore, and its contractors,Programmed and Skilled, and at Coal& Alliedand its recruitment company SubZero.

He said some mines had as many as 40 per cent of their workforce classed as casuals.

“This is yet another chapter in the increasing loss of job security for Australian workers and the loss of all the benefits that permanent classification affords,” Mr Markham said.

Adero has been advertising throughout the coalfields and holding public information sessions searching for mineworkers to sign up to the legal action. Mr Markham says 400 people have said they wished to join on, and he expected that number could hit 800 or 1500.

The companies Adero says are targeted in the class action have previously said they had not been formally notified of any legal proceedings.

The mineworkers’ union declined to comment.

BHP is also facing a class action from another specialist law firm,Phi Finney McDonald, which argues investors were misled over the 2015 collapse of a dam at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil.

Read more:How the Herald revealed the class action in February

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Labor moves to save worker penalty rates

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The federal opposition wants parliament to restore Sunday penalty rates for up to 700,000 Australians.
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Labor leader Bill Shorten introduced legislation to the lower house on Monday that he says could protect incomes from July 1.

“We know that penalty rates are not a little bit extra, not just the cream on the cake – penalty rates help people put food on the table and petrol in the car,” Mr Shorten said.

If Australia wants to have a seven day a week 24-hour economy there’s always a worker making that happen, he said.

Mr Shorten said with this legislation before parliament at the same time as the government’s company tax bill it was a critically important week in the life of this parliament, calling the bills the starkest test of the government and opposition’s priorities.

“This week the Australian people will find out if its parliament is prepared to back in legislation giving $80 billion away, principally to the top end of town, whilst at the same time refusing to protect the penalty rates of hundreds of thousands of Australian workers,” he said.

The Fair Work Commission cut Sunday penalty rates for hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food employees from July 1 last year.

The decision was backed by the Federal Court after a union challenge, but a Senate inquiry report last October called for it to be overturned.

The Turnbull government rejected the proposal, accepting the independent umpire’s call.

Workplace Minister Craig Laundy took aim at Mr Shorten over his time as national secretary of the Australian Workers Union, saying he’d stripped a group of workers of penalty rates in 2006.

“Labor now pretends to be outraged when the independent umpire, which it set up, is making it fairer for small business by reducing Sunday penalty rates in just four awards,” he said.

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Roads department questions ‘safety’ of Lake interchange bridge over rail lines

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Why the government said safety was one reason to drop the Lake interchange bridge CONTESTED GROUND: Lake Macquarie City Council says a road bridge over the railway line, linking the new Stockland Drive with Pennant Street, Cardiff, is the key to the Glendale interchange. The state disputes the benefits.
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TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald revealed last week, the government has had second thoughts about the bridge, which has been at the heart of the interchange –along with a new Glendale rail station nearby –for more than 25 years.

Read more:Shock as state government says ‘no’ to railway bridge

In a statement to the Herald, the Roads and Maritime Services agency said the bridge “would not be a high priority”.

“Initial investigations have found that connecting an industrial area with a retail precinct with high pedestrian activity does not support good safety and public amenity outcomes,” RMS said.

RMS said it and Transport for NSW were working with Lake Macquarie City Council to review the project and to develop a “Glendale to Cardiff emerging strategic centre” business case.

“The business case will investigate traffic efficiency options and opportunities for increased walking, cycling and public transport,” RMS said.

“The proposal will draw from work and consultation being carried out on improvements to the Newcastle public transport network, and be aligned with planned population growth and development.”

A Lake council spokesperson said it and the state government viewed Glendale/Cardiff as an economic growth area and the bridge was consistent with various government objectives.

”Council believes the Pennant Street bridge is the missing link that will best meet the public transport and traffic flow challenges of a fast-growing residential and economic hub,” the council said.

“The council has conducted detailed analysis of the area to reach its preferred solution. However, we are open to working with the government if it can produce a viable alternative.”

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery said the Glendale and Cardiff had “connectivity issues” that needed fixing and the government had moved the goalposts to suit itself.

Lake Macquarie MP and former Lake mayor Greg Piper said the bridge would prevail in the long term.

”I don’t thinkthat we shouldn’t panic or get too upset as the logic behind the big picture project has been looked at time and again and always stacked up,” Mr Piper said. “I think that an outcome similar to what’sproposed will eventually occur though it may need a different political environment.”

Further commentsGreg Piper: “The arguments from RMS appear pretty flimsy, particularly arguing that the Pennant Street Bridge would be directing traffic from the industrial precinct into a retail and commercial area heightening amenity and safety risks for pedestrians.

ROADWORKS: Lake council plan showing the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange roadworks, with the railway lines and the proposed Tennant Street bridge to the left of the image.

“Rather, the bridge would allow for heavy vehicles to exit or enter the Cardiff Industrial Estate via the new intersection on Main Road taking a huge load off the poorly performing Munibung and Main Road intersection.

“Using the new Stockland Drive/Main Road intersection would reduce amenity and safety impacts through the busy Cardiff corridor.

“Council’s big picture planning is also strong with a more effective road network and most importantly, a major public transport hub supporting residential growth and private investment in the area.

“Unfortunately the state government has been blinkered on the needed investment for areas other than the Newcastle CBD when growing areas such as the greater Glendale area would be good for the region including Newcastle.

“Let’s not panic as we wait for the work on the business case to be completed. Hopefully it will come up with something that will work and can be funded; something that will get ahead of the game in providing needed and sensible infrastructure for the significant and growing population of Lake Macquarie and the region.

“Something that looks like the planned Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange!”

Sonia Hornery: “It seems that the Government is moving the goal posts on this project to suit themselves.

“This plan has been on the drawing board for decades. Why has the Government suddenly identified this as a potential problem?

“There is no question that there are connectivity issues between Cardiff and Glendale. We need them to be addressed to unlock commercial and residential growth in the area.

“The Government has identified improving public transport in the area as part of their plan moving forward. This is good, since public transport in the western suburbs has been in chaos for the last 12 months.”

Lake Macquarie City Council: “Council and the NSW government have viewed the Glendale/Cardiff area as a future economic powerhouse for the Hunter – a catalyst area for jobs, housing and population growth, with modern infrastructure to match.

“Council believes the delivery of the Pennant Street bridge is the missing link that will best meet the public transport and traffic flow challenges of a fast-growing residential and economic hub.

“It is consistent with the NSW government’s Movement and Place framework, which provides for pedestrian-based movement around the Glendale retail precinct and vehicle-based movement to the east that connects Cardiff industrial area to the wider arterial road network via the Pennant Street Bridge.

“Council has conducted detailed analysis of the area to reach its preferred solution. However, we are open to working with the government if it can produce a viable alternative.”

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