Down the Fairway: Charlestown young gun Blake Windred reloads for shot at European Amateur

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IN THE ZONE: Blake Windred has cast aside a horror opening round at the British Amateur Championship and is full of confidence heading into the European Amateur, which starts Wednesday. Picture: David Tease (Golf NSW)BLAKE Windred had trouble sleeping after carding an 81 in the opening round of the British Amateur, but the Charlestown right-hander hasturned a negative into a positive and is full ofconfidenceon the eve of the European Amateur in Holland.
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Windred will take on a similar field when he tees off at Royal Hague Golf Club near Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Conditions in Holland are not expected to be as brutal as the opening day at Royal Aberdeen, where Windred recorded four double-bogeys on the way to a disastrous 11-over.

“It was some of the toughest, windiest conditions I have played in and, unfortunately, I couldn’t get anything going after a couple of lost balls and unplayables in the pot bunkers,” he said.

Placed 230thof 290 players, Windred produced a stunning second round, firing a four-under 67 to move to seven over and a tie for 77th, missing the cut by one stroke.

“It showed me that nothing is impossible, even if you are seven shots off the cut line after the first round,” Windred said. “I just have to hang in there and follow the process. That’s all I did in the second round – followed the process and had a few bounces that bounced my way.It wasn’t easy to go home and sleep on an 81, but I just looked at it asa test of how many birdies I could make the next day.I am feeling good about my swing. To make seven-from-seven up-and-downsat a course like Royal Aberdeen has fired me with more confidenceheading into next week.”

Fellow Hunter product Dylan Perry, who was runner-up last year, had rounds of 75,73 to also finish seven over.

WINNER: Jamie Hook has qualified for the national final of the PGA Professional Championships.

*JamieHook hasmates who haveplayed in national final of the PGA Professional Championships at Hamilton Island.

It was the reasonthe Pacific Dunes club pro contested the NSW-ACT qualifier at Castle Hill last week and why he kept going despite a near two-hour rain-delay.

Hookfired a one-under 71 to finish tied with Jonathan Painter before winning a playoff to book a trip to Hamilton Island in November.

“A couple of mates have been up there previously and said ‘you have to go’,” Hook said. “It should be good fun. Out of that event, the top-two qualify for the Australian PGA.”

The top 14 at Castle Hill qualified for the final.

Mark Gilson, Graeme Stockley and Clayton Bridges shot 76 to finish equal 17th and miss qualification by a stroke.

* Toronto’s David Alexander shot a two-under 70 to claim a second straight Horizons Cup on Saturday. Alexander, who leads the Newcastle order of merit, won by three strokes from Ben Hillard. Todd Hillingworth (Horizons) won the handicap event with a nett 72.

* Former Charlestown club champion Brayden Petersen carded a one-over 71 to win the Asquith trainee event at his home course last week. Toronto’s Jye Forrester was one of six players a stroke back.

* The inaugural Sugar Valley Cup will be held on SaturdayJuly 14. The OOM event was scheduled for March 24 but was washed out.

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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.

The Land

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Grudge against health premiums grows-ACCC

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Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is in the middle of trying to reform the private health sector.Private health insurance premiums are outstripping inflation and wage growth, as Australians find more cause for complaint with their policies.
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A new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report released on Monday found consumers paid $1 billion more in premiums in 2016/17 than the previous year, totalling more than $23 billion.

“Premium increases have been greater than inflation and wage growth in recent years,” the ACCC found.

ACCC acting chair Delia Rickard said it was “very difficult” for consumers to properly compare and choose policies for their needs.

“Many are shocked when presented with expensive bills for medical services and products they thought they were covered for,” she said.

The report shows consumers are shifting towards lower-cost policies with greater exclusions or a higher excess.

“Consumers are increasingly questioning whether the benefits of private health insurance offset the premium increases–a trend that should concern the industry,” Ms Rickard said.

As of June 2017, more than half of all Australians still held hospital or general health insurance cover.

For the fourth year running, complaints to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman also shot up, to the tune of 30 per cent.

Most of the complaints were directed at the benefits paid by insurers to consumers.

“Clear and prominent disclosures are one measure that can rebuild waning trust,” Ms Rickard said.

The report has landed amid ongoing federal government attempts to reform the sector, with Health Minister Greg Hunt announcing a string of measures in October 2017.

He wants to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable, working with medical professionals to improve policy transparency.

The ACCC is calling on the private health insurance sector to make its products more consumer-friendly, with reliability and transparency key to doing so.

Since June 2016, the ACCC has taken action against health insurers Medibank, NIB, Ramsay Health Care and Australian Unity for breaches of Australian consumer law.

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Melb City signs young gun Wales, Caceres

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Central Coast youngster Lachlan Wales (R) has signed an A-League deal with Melbourne City.They might be at risk of losing Daniel Arzani but Melbourne City has stocked up for the new A-League season by signing another young gun in Lachlan Wales.
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Wales, 20, made a number eye-catching cameos last season for Central Coast last season, having grown up in Terrigal and spending four years at the Mariners academy.

But the attacking midfielder has opted to continue his career at City, which is fast becoming the destination club for promising Australian talents.

The club played a major hand in Arzani’s stunning rise from A-League bench weapon into World Cup sensation, with several big European clubs reportedly keen on signing him.

Wales is hopeful of following in his footsteps and using the club as a springboard for bigger and better things.

“I just think the environment City have here with all their facilities… it was just a complete shock to me and made me very excited as a player,” he said.

“I think I’ll bring a lot of energy. I’m very positive on the ball, I love to get at my player and beat them one-on-one and slip in some of the strikers for a few assists.

“They have some very dynamic players which I look forward to linking up with, the likes of Arzani and Fornaroli … it’s going to be very competitive to get a spot each week and I look forward to the challenge.”

Wales is one of three player movements confirmed by City on Monday.

They also announced the return of Anthony Caceres, another former Mariners player, on a loan deal.

Caceres, 25, is owned by parent club Manchester City and spent last season on loan to Al-Wasl in the UAE Pro League.

He has played two previous seasons with Melbourne City, providing coach Warren Joyce with further midfield options after the release of marquee Marcin Budzinski and Oliver Bozanic, who have since signed for Polish side KS Cracovia and Scottish club Hearts respectively.

Defensive utility Osama Malik, meanwhile, has signed on for another season.

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Junior NRL stardom not the only way up

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Being a talented junior rugby league player doesn’t always transfer to elite success in the NRL.Starting young and becoming a junior rugby league star are not the only ways to the top of the NRL, new research has found.
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Nearly half of the National Rugby League’s professionally contracted players were interviewed for the study which found, contrary to popular belief, early representative selection, intensive early age training regimes and specialisation while young are not prerequisites for making it at the elite level.

New Zealand Warriors high-performance coach and former West Tigers’ winger Balin Cupples led the University of Sydney study, which examined the careers of 224 professional NRL players from 11 of the 16 clubs, as part of his PhD thesis.

He found there are multiple pathways to making it in the NRL and that many professional players didn’t start playing until later in their childhood.

“Achievement at junior and youth tiers and representative levels is not a necessity for long-term success,” Mr Cupples told AAP on Monday.

“Nearly 40 per cent of the professional players in our study reported a less intensive and delayed investment path.”

Mr Cupples said for many of these players their younger years were spent playing a variety of sports until the age of 12, with lower levels of training and a reduced involvement in league competitions before the ages of 17 to 20.

“They played a lot less competition, they train a lot less in these developmental years but by late-adolescence, they have a higher efficacy of training,” he said.

Although there are benefits to starting young, Mr Cupples said the findings show aspiring NRL players should keep playing, even if they don’t experience early success straight away.

“Stay in the game (even) if you miss out on those early representative squads, which could be for a number of reasons – physical, emotional, cognitive development,” he said.

“That’s a message for players, it’s a message for junior coaches, talent scouts and obviously parents as well – just keep encouraging these junior players.”

Rugby league is one of the most popular sports in Australia with more than 770,000 participants from recreational to senior levels, the NRL said.

Despite age restrictions on professional contracts, players often focus on rugby league from an early age in the hope of securing a place in an academy squad or a specialised rugby league secondary school, which are often stepping stones to a professional career.

The study was published in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

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‘Ground-breaking’ class action launched against BHP over casuals in mining

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Simon Turner, former Mt Arthur mine worker.Photo: Meredith O’SheaMining giant BHP is facing a class action from up to 400 workers who allege they were left $40 million worse off because they were hired as “casual” workers by labour hire firms and not as permanent staff, despite their rosters being published months in advance.
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The legal action is, effectively, two separate proceedings that form one class action.

Two BHP companies, Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd and Hunter Valley Energy Coal Pty Ltd (HVEC) will be sued in the proceedings, as well as the labour hire firms Chandler Macleod and TESA.​The labour hire firms engaged the workers in question.

The landmark action, to be launched this week by law firm Adero Law, could grow to include between 800 and 1500 people and cover an estimated $40 million to $50 million, according to the lawyer leading the claim, Rory Markham.

“Four hundred people have indicated they wish to join the action,” Mr Markham said, “but we believe the claim will grow to between 800 to 1500”.

“On Monday we’re filing an action that will kick off a series of four to five further actions around casualisation in the mining industry.”

Australia’s black coal mining industry was “the only industry in Australia where a casual will get substantially less than a permanent, on an hour to hour basis,” he said.

“We think this (legal action) is ground-breaking because 15 years ago, casuals were earning more than they do today, and there are now mines that are largely casual-driven. So this industry, as other industries in the resource sector, are becoming increasingly casualised but no-one’s had the resources to really take this legal fight up.

“And we hope that it redraws the definition of what truly is a casual. And either results in casuals getting substantially more money, or alternatively, just returning to a permanent workforce,” he said.

The Mt Arthur mine is a black coal mine in the Hunter Valley. Its workforce includes permanent employees and casual workers.

Adero said the mine is owned by HVEC, which is part of the BHP group, and that the mine is operated by Mt Arthur Coal, a wholly owned subsidiary of HVEC.

The Mt Arthur mine, in the same manner as many other mines in Australian coal mining, has a mix of workers including direct employees, and workers engaged by contractors and labour hire companies. The numbers fluctuate to meet requirements of the operation.

The lead applicant in the class action is former Mt Arthur mine worker Simon Turner. Mr Turner, 47, was a casual who used to drive huge trucks at the mine, but hasn’t been able to work since a workplace injury he suffered at the mine in late 2015.

Mr Turner alleges that in his time at the mine casual workers did “exactly the same work” and were on the same roster as permanent employees, but were paid much less. Casual workers were not paid annual leave, nor were they eligible for paid sick leave, he said.

“I loved my job, I loved working in the mine, mate. It was long and hard work but it was an enjoyable job.

“But it just bears down on you when you have permanents taking holidays, and we basically do the same job but no-one gets holidays,” he said.

“People would go to work while they were sick and they were asked ‘How come you’re here?’ And they’d say, ‘I’ve got to be here, because I don’t get paid otherwise,” he said.

Mr Turner said he was concerned about being a casual at the mine “way before” he was injured and no longer working at the mine.

In response to queries from Fairfax Media about the looming legal action, a spokesman for BHP said: “BHP has not received any formal communications about these matters or the claims being made.”

Chandler Macleod released a short statement which said: “Chandler Macleod has not been notified of any action against us. In the event of any action, we would respond to the court process.”

Fairfax Media also contacted the labour hire firm Programmed about the class action, because Tesa is part of the Skilled Group which was acquired by Programmed in 2015. Programmed said it was unable to comment.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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Petrol spike a headache for school break

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Parents looking forward to a break with their kids as the school holidays approach may have to check their bank balance after a spike in petrol prices.
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Weekly figures from the Australian Institute of Petroleum showed unleaded petrol prices jumped by 10 cents per litre in Sydney and 11 cents in Melbourne, while averaging a four cents a litre increase across the country.

Commonwealth Securities senior economist Ryan Felsman agreed it is not ideal timing as the school holidays approach this weekend.

“Motorists heading to the ski fields will need to budget adequately before they hit the road,” he said on Monday.

“It’s just another out of pocket expense households could do without.”

Little wonder just five per cent of Australians believe they have gained personally from the nation’s record economic expansion, now in its 27th year.

A national poll conducted for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia found 74 per cent of respondents felt the main beneficiaries were larger corporations and senior executives.

“A decade of stagnant incomes and cost of living pressures in areas like health and electricity are contributing to this feeling,” CEDA chief executive Melinda Cilento said on Monday.

“Waning trust in business and politics are also likely factors.”

The release of the report coincided with CEDA’s two-day conference in Canberra.

Ms Cilento said economic development and reform are important for improving Australian’s quality of life but if the community feels removed from the benefits from growth, then gaining traction on economic reform becomes more difficult.

As such, key issues around supporting business competitiveness, from reducing the company tax rate and red tape to supporting new industry ranked as least important by respondents.

The survey comes as the Turnbull government is attempting to secure Senate support for the remainder of its 10-year enterprise tax plan that aims to cut the company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent for all businesses.

Delivering the opening address to the CEDA conference, Treasurer Scott Morrison argued extending the legislated tax cuts for businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million to all companies will benefit nine out of 10 Australian workers in the private sector.

“You want to boost economic growth? Let businesses invest more of their earnings back into their business – buying new machinery, hiring more Australians, taking on new markets and new opportunities and paying their workers more,” Mr Morrison said.

Labor’s finance spokesman Jim Chalmers disagreed, saying it’s about giving tax cuts to the “top end of town”.

“We will take every opportunity on every day that we can to remind the people of Australia that they have in office right now a prime minister who does not make them a priority,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“Bill Shorten and Labor will make middle Australia a priority.”

Australian Associated Press

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‘Ground-breaking’ class action launched against BHP over casuals in mining

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Simon Turner, former Mt Arthur mine worker.Photo: Meredith O’SheaMining giant BHP is facing a class action from up to 400 workers who allege they were left $40 million worse off because they were hired as “casual” workers by labour hire firms and not as permanent staff, despite their rosters being published months in advance.
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The legal action is, effectively, two separate proceedings that form one class action.

Two BHP companies, Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd and Hunter Valley Energy Coal Pty Ltd (HVEC) will be sued in the proceedings, as well as the labour hire firms Chandler Macleod and TESA.​The labour hire firms engaged the workers in question.

The landmark action, to be launched this week by law firm Adero Law, could grow to include between 800 and 1500 people and cover an estimated $40 million to $50 million, according to the lawyer leading the claim, Rory Markham.

“Four hundred people have indicated they wish to join the action,” Mr Markham said, “but we believe the claim will grow to between 800 to 1500”.

“On Monday we’re filing an action that will kick off a series of four to five further actions around casualisation in the mining industry.”

Australia’s black coal mining industry was “the only industry in Australia where a casual will get substantially less than a permanent, on an hour to hour basis,” he said.

READ MORE:BHP’s Mount Arthur in class action over ‘casual’ employment“We think this (legal action) is ground-breaking because 15 years ago, casuals were earning more than they do today, and there are now mines that are largely casual-driven. So this industry, as other industries in the resource sector, are becoming increasingly casualised but no-one’s had the resources to really take this legal fight up.

“And we hope that it redraws the definition of what truly is a casual. And either results in casuals getting substantially more money, or alternatively, just returning to a permanent workforce,” he said.

The Mt Arthur mine is a black coal mine in the Hunter Valley. Its workforce includes permanent employees and casual workers.

Adero said the mine is owned by HVEC, which is part of the BHP group, and that the mine is operated by Mt Arthur Coal, a wholly owned subsidiary of HVEC.

The Mt Arthur mine, in the same manner as many other mines in Australian coal mining, has a mix of workers including direct employees, and workers engaged by contractors and labour hire companies. The numbers fluctuate to meet requirements of the operation.

The lead applicant in the class action is former Mt Arthur mine worker Simon Turner. Mr Turner, 47, was a casual who used to drive huge trucks at the mine, but hasn’t been able to work since a workplace injury he suffered at the mine in late 2015.

Mr Turner alleges that in his time at the mine casual workers did “exactly the same work” and were on the same roster as permanent employees, but were paid much less. Casual workers were not paid annual leave, nor were they eligible for paid sick leave, he said.

“I loved my job, I loved working in the mine, mate. It was long and hard work but it was an enjoyable job.

“But it just bears down on you when you have permanents taking holidays, and we basically do the same job but no-one gets holidays,” he said.

“People would go to work while they were sick and they were asked ‘How come you’re here?’ And they’d say, ‘I’ve got to be here, because I don’t get paid otherwise,” he said.

Mr Turner said he was concerned about being a casual at the mine “way before” he was injured and no longer working at the mine.

In response to queries from Fairfax Media about the looming legal action, a spokesman for BHP said: “BHP has not received any formal communications about these matters or the claims being made.”

Chandler Macleod released a short statement which said: “Chandler Macleod has not been notified of any action against us. In the event of any action, we would respond to the court process.”

Fairfax Media also contacted the labour hire firm Programmed about the class action, because Tesa is part of the Skilled Group which was acquired by Programmed in 2015. Programmed said it was unable to comment.

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Black Diamond AFL searching for clarity and ‘clear explanations’ amidst potential governance handover

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“We want to have a crystal clear idea of what is being proposed and how changes are going to positively benefit AFL in the region.”
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That’s the stance the Black Diamond AFL holds on proposed changes to the league governance model in the area, president Wal Bembic has revealed.

AFL NSW/ACT recently announced they would move to implement a new governance and investment model for the 2019 season, and stated they were looking for expressions of interest for local governing bodies to join a working party.

While the Black Diamond AFL is “more than happy to be party to anything that will improve footy in the region” Bembic said, hestatedthe organisation wants “clear explanations” on how a change to the league’s model would assist the region’s growth.

Bembic outlined a number of factorsthe local organisation had put before AFL NSW/ACT as “key” to any partnership, including clubs retaining control of competition formats, an official statement on the increase or reduction of fees and clear guidelines on how the AFL plans to increase region participation.

Wal Bembic with the Black Diamond Cup.

Bembic also believes AFL should outline how they would contribute to staffing in the region, and how they plan to implement all changes “efficiently”.

“There was a review that was apparently run last year by the AFL, but no one has ever witnessed the results, and has only ever been quoted in parts, when it suits. We long for a bit of transparency,” he said.

“A lot of leagues around Australia have been promised a lot from the AFL, but those leagues have told me ‘we wish we’d never let them in’. We are concerned there will be change in the way footy in the Hunter is run, and not for the better.

“We would be happy if they just left us alone. The Black Diamond AFL wants to improve football in the region, but in the right way, with long-term focus.

“Actions speak louder than words, and their lack of any real plan or planned outcomes should be a concern for anyone who wants to fall in behind them.”

Wallsend-West Newcastle are one of the newest womens senior squads in the Black Diamond AFL competition, and secured their first ever competitive points last weekend.

Bembic believes the Black Diamond AFL’s actions have spoken quite loudly in recent seasons, as the Hunter and Central Coast’s senior competition moves from “strength to strength”.

“In the last five years women’s football has grown from nothing at all to sixteen teams, and we have a social mens competition added to the ranks too, all thanks to the Black Diamond AFL clubs and board,” he said.

“We’ve never had greater numbers of men or women playing the game, and our clubs have never been healthier. Why change from a proven model of success to an unproven model with no defend or measurable outcomes.”

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom film review: A roaring good time

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Famous beast: Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and (Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) face off against Jurassic World’s most fearsome dinosaur – the Tyrannosaurus Rex.There is nothing like the piercing roar of a T-Rex to send audiences flocking to their local cinema.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been a box office smash despite early reviews saying the film lacked the lustre of its 2015 prequel.

The movie directed byJ.A. Bayona felt more like a gothic horror than a dinosaur adventure at times but it still had plenty of action to keep fans of the franchise happy.

Fallen Kingdom picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World with people still reeling from the escape of the Indominus Rex at the tourist destination, Isla Nublar.

However, dinosaurs on theisland face a newthreat as a volatile volcano could erupt at any minute.

Former park operator Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) now leads an animal rights movement to save the dinosaurs from certain death.

She is invited by budding entrepreneur Eli Mills(Rafe Spall) to meet former Jurassic Park co-owner Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) and hear his plan to rescue the endangered dinosaurs and relocate them to a self-contained island paradise.

Of course raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is roped into the scheme because his favourite dinosaur, Blue, is proving difficult to catch.

Things quickly go south on the island with dinosaurs on the rampage, the volcano spewing lava and villains trying to take advantage of the island’s beasts.

But the worst is yet to come because the villainous Dr Wu (B. D. Wong)has developed a new dinosaur –akilling machine that is more intelligent and more efficient than the Indominus Rex.

Fallen Kingdom is much darker than its predecessor with more adult themes and plenty of political commentary.

Jurassic Park was beloved as a ‘family movie’ however this one may not be suitable for children younger than 15.

Visually the movie is stunning –however the writing isn’t all there in some scenes and the plot twist is a little predictable so don’t expect the movie to win any Oscars.

However if it’s a fun night out at the movies you are looking for, check out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom because it will not disappoint.

Rating: 6.5/10

– Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser

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