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BUILT to capture all-day sun and with plenty of room for a family, this home ticks all the boxes.

Found on a flat, secure block, the home spans two levels.

Upstairs you will find a modern kitchen nestled between two living areas, both offering dining, the larger combining dining with a lounge area, the smaller an ideal sunroom.

Sliding doors off the lounge area lead to a well-placed balcony that enjoys expansive views.

Completing upstairs are three bedrooms, two with built-in wardrobes and a main bathroom with separate toilet.

Downstairs is the large double garage with internal entry, workshop, rumpus room and second bathroom.

The rumpus presenting plenty of options for a growing family.

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Final projects announced for EOI process

CABINS and a dining retreat for guests on four-day walking tours of Maria Island are among the final projects to be waved through to stage two of the government’s expressions of interest process fordevelopment in reserves.

Three modest huts and a separate shareddining space could soon be constructed at the island’s historic French’s Farm.

Proponent John Ellerm, who runs the Maria Island Walking Tours, said guest were increasingly looking for added luxury on their stays.

While basic, Mr Ellerm said, the cabins would be a welcome relief fromthree nights in twin-share tents for some guests.

Projects also ticked off today included:

– A stone pavillion on an East Coast beach in theMayfield Conservation Coastal Reserve

– Helicopter landing sites on the Frecyinet Peninsula and Tasman Island

– A mountain bike trail centre at Eagles Eyrie in Maydena

Twenty-five projects will now proceed to stage two of the EOI process.

The Maria Island cabins are among five proposals on the East Coast.

Two more proposals are in the North-East, with 10 in the West and North-West.

Another10 are in the South and South-West of the state.

While the projects have made it through to the second stage of the process, Parks Minister Matthew Groom insisted this did not amount to final approval.

Stage twoinvolves a more rigorous assessment of each proposal,” Mr Groom said.

”For successful proposals, negotiations will then be entered into for appropriate lease or licence arrangements.”

”Successful proponents will also be required to obtain all other necessary statutory approvals as required under existing State and Commonwealth law,” he said.

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Joe Hockey defamation trial: ‘Crucify’ suggestion ridiculous says Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir

Joe Hockey arrives at the Federal Court on Thursday with his wife Melissa Babbage. Photo: Dan Himbrechts’Nailed to cross’ did not mean ‘crucify’Fairfax dismisses ‘conspiracy theory’Treasurer watches dissection of his own ‘crucifixion’

Fairfax Media editor Darren Goodsir has dismissed as “ridiculous” the suggestion he wanted to “crucify” Joe Hockey because The Sydney Morning Herald  had to print an apology and correction to an earlier article about the Treasurer.

But Goodsir, who is editor-in-chief of the Herald, has conceded a text message that said “f–k him” sent to him by Andrew Holden, his counterpart at The Age, was not an appropriate way to speak about the Treasurer.

Mr Hockey is suing Fairfax Media for defamation over a series of articles, posters and tweets, under the headline “Treasurer for sale” published by the Herald, Age and The Canberra Times on May 5, 2014.

The Treasurer’s case is that the investigation into Liberal party fundraising body the North Sydney Forum (NSF) was motivated by Fairfax editors’ and reporters’ anger at the apology. Fairfax denies the claim.

On day four of the defamation trial in the Federal Court, Goodsir said the purpose of the investigation was to shine a light on the system of political donations, particularly in light of contemporary revelations in the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Under cross-examination by Mr Hockey’s barrister, Bruce McClintock, SC, Goodsir said he thought the Treasurer’s response to a March 21 article written by Canberra-based chief political correspondent Mark Kenny was an “over-reaction”.

The court heard Mr Hockey’s office contacted the paper about an inaccuracy in the story shortly after midnight and Goodsir, Holden and Kenny had conversations in the early hours of the morning about a correction.

In a series of text messages, Goodsir told Holden that he was angry at being contacted at 2.15am.

“They have a f—ing hide,” he said. “I feel pissed off they called me so early.”

Holden replied: “The simplest approach is to dig into NSF… in that story you can run Hockey’s claim he knew nothing … beyond that, f— him.

“Amazing they freeze us out and then think they have the relationship that allows them to call in the middle of the night.”

Later that morning, Mr Hockey rang Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood seeking an apology.

Goodsir told the court he did not think the story, initially suggesting Mr Hockey repaid money to Australian Water Holdings, but changed after Mr Hockey’s intervention to “Libs forced to repay more tainted cash from AWH,” suggested the Treasurer was corrupt.

“If the Treasurer believed the article contained that he was corrupt then he had a right to feel aggrieved but my view was that these articles did not convey that so his reaction was out of kilter,” Goodsir said.

On March 27, Goodsir wrote: “F—ing Brilliant … given what Andrew and I endured last week with Hockey, I want to have this nailed to the cross in more ways than one … keep digging Sean… I have long dreamed (well, only since last Friday), of a headline that screams: Sloppy Joe! I think we are not far off, but perhaps even more serious than that.”

When asked what “nailed to the cross” meant, Goodsir said he wanted his reporters to undertake a detailed, professional investigation of the NSF, including giving Mr Hockey sufficient time to respond.

“You are referring to crucifixion aren’t you,” Mr McClintock said.

“That’s ridiculous,” Goodsir said.

“The person to be nailed to the cross was to be Joseph Benedict Hockey,” Mr McClintock said.

“If I had meant that I would have said I wanted Mr Hockey nailed to the cross.”

Goodsir said he stood by the headline “Treasurer for sale”, which also featured on posters placed outside newsagents and other retailers.

“It is an accurate reflection of the story,” he said. “I think it is a truthful headline.”

Mr McClintock put to him: “Mr Goodsir, you were saying that Mr Hockey could be bought.”

After first disagreeing, Goodsir replied: “You’re right. He can be bought.”

McClintock said: “And in Australia that means corrupt.”

Goodsir replied “No, and there is a big difference… the word bought was not in the poster. There was no intention to convey that.”

McClintock said: ” ‘Treasurer for sale’ means Treasurer can be bought.”

Goodsir: “I do not agree with that.

“I would have put the word corrupt on the poster if that’s what I meant.”

Mr McClintock said the principal reason for the investigation “was to get back at Mr Hockey” and as a “punishment” for the earlier apology and “the lack of access he was giving your newspaper”.

“Totally incorrect,” Goodsir said. Mr McClintock asked Goodsir would it have been fair for the headline “Treasurer for sale” to be run past Mr Hockey before publication.

“I don’t disclose the headlines of the SMH with anyone prior to publication,” Goodsir said. He also said it did not occur to him to put the specific allegation to him.

“That would have been a fair thing to do,” Mr McClintock said.

Goodsir replied: “I think we had been very fair to your client in sending him a detailed list of questions 60 hours before publication.”

On May 6 Fairfax published an article about exclusive access to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten being provided for a price.

Asked if he could give an explanation as to why Mr Shorten was not described as being for sale, Goodsir said: “No I can’t.”

The hearing continues.

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Ryan Kwanten on cutting loose in Amsterdam for crime thriller Kidnapping Mr Heineken

Ryan Kwanten is one of three Australians among the five actors cast to portray the Dutch kidnappers. Photo: Supplied Anthony Hopkins bunks down for the long wait as Freddy Heineken in Kidnapping Mr Heineken.

Jim Sturgess (left) and Sam Worthington throw their weight around in Kidnapping Mr Heineken.

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There are pros and cons to the global-roaming life of the modern Australian actor, says Ryan Kwanten, who is one of the stars of the Amsterdam-set Kidnapping Mr Heineken but generally calls Los Angeles home.

“You don’t really get a chance to absorb the true pulse of a city,” he says. “But you get to see things and do things that the locals would shake their heads at.”

In the case of this film, a based-on-fact story of the plot to kidnap the Dutch brewing billionaire Freddy Heineken in 1983, those things included racing through the canals of Amsterdam in a speedboat while shooting a Sten sub-machinegun (loaded with blanks, naturally) at police. “It was pretty epic,” says Kwanten, who cut his teeth on Home and Away before rising to global fame as the lusty vampire Jason Stackhouse on True Blood.

The Heineken shoot represented a homecoming of sorts for Kwanten; his father was born in Holland, but moved to Australia as a child. Before the film, the younger Kwanten’s only experience of the Dutch capital (pedant’s note: Amsterdam is the constitutional capital, though the government sits in The Hague) came as a backpacker, when “I had a debaucherous three or four days there, like a lot of Aussies do”.

There was no time for such indulgences on this shoot, which ranged across four cities and took the cast from freezing Dutch weather to New Orleans at the height of summer. “We were wearing seven layers in Amsterdam and then we would be forced to wear the same seven layers in New Orleans because it’s the next scene,” Kwanten says. “They’re the blessings and the curses of being an actor.”

His character, Jan Boellard, is one of five Dutch men who hatched a plan to kidnap Heineken and demand 35 million guilders (roughly $A22 million) in ransom. Englishman Jim Sturgess plays the group’s ringleader Cor Van Hout and Anthony Hopkins the brewer, who spent three weeks in captivity, along with his driver. Only one of the kidnappers is played by a Dutchman (Mark Van Eeuwen).

Three of the five kidnappers are Australian (newcomer Tom Cocquerel rounds out the cast with Sam Worthington). That was pure chance, Kwanten insists, but indicative of the esteem in which Australian actors are now held. “I’ve become far more of an Australian supporter and patriot since moving to the US,” he says. “To see Aussies all over the world kicking butt, it makes me so proud.”

He says he and Worthington took Cocquerel under their wing, acting “as mentors of sorts”, and the 25-year-old did them proud. “It’s his first crack at the big time, and he just stood up like a champion,” he says.

The film is based on a 1987 book written by Dutch investigative reporter Peter de Vries (who co-wrote the screenplay), in which the story is told from the perspective of the Sturgess and Worthington characters. Hopkins gives a powerful performance as a man who finds his plight both amusing and infuriating, but there is little doubt where the film’s sympathies lie – with the kidnappers. It’s a slightly unsettling bias, though one Kwanten evidently shares – to a degree at least.

“They weren’t angels growing up, but they were at that precipice in their life,” he muses. “They had such a low standard of living compared to the wealthy – there was no middle class – and really there was no chance for these guys ever to get to that upper level of privilege. This hare-brained plan to kidnap a billionaire beer mogul was their best effort to get there. And you know what? It was a success. But the one thing they wanted [the money] was the thing that tore them apart. So it’s a be-careful-what-you-wish-for kind of story.”

Kwanten wants to make it clear that he’s not “endorsing kidnapping in any way”. But, he adds slyly, “kidnapping a billionaire beer mogul – particularly for a bunch of Aussies – well, it’s far more appealing, you know.”

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Kearnes to play for nation in America

READY FOR BATTLE: Montana Kearnes is one top of the world after landing a place an Australian squad to tour America. Picture: Les Smith

POWER-PACKED: Montana Kearnes sends down a strong pitch during a Wagga Softball Association clash. Kearnes has been selected to represent Australia.

ANY teen’s first overseas adventure marks a significant milestone, however, rarely would they createhistory for their home city.

For Wagga softball superstar Montana Kearnes, her first time out of the country just happens tocoincidewith a major sporting achievement.

Kearnes was recently selected in the Australian under 19 years softball development squad to tour America from July 22 to August 5.

During the tourthe squad will play 10 fixtures against state teams boasting some of thebest young softballers in the world.“This will be the highest standardI have ever played,” she said.

Kearnes was named in the squad after an outstanding performance for the NSW under 17s team at the national tournament.

The tour will be an eye-opening experience for Kearnes, who revealed plans to pursue elite-level softball in the USin coming years.

“In 2018 I have a scholarship to live in California for two years to play with the California Bears,” she said.

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Young poets rewarded

BUSH POETS: Sacred Heart Central School students Charly Thompson and Lilly Deep both did well in the primary category of the poetry competition at the Jugiong Writers’ Festival. Picture: Kelly ManwaringWriters, artists and performers gathered from around the state last weekend for the inaugural Jugiong Writers’ Festival.

The successful three-day event was a unique chance to showcase local talent, and celebrate reading, writing and fun times amongst young and old.

Among the celebrated locals were Sacred Heart Central School students Lilly Deep and Charly Thompson, who both entered the primary category of the poetry competition.

Students from schools around the region were invited to writea poem about a local place.

Lilly Deep’sexciting poem “Coota Beach” was awarded first place, andCharlyThompson received a highly commendedwith his chilling poem “Monte Christo”.

The festival culminated on the final day with a stunning “Under the Windmill”concert performed by local artists of every age, during whichLillyhad the honour of having her poem recitedby the very talented Bob Guy.

Both students were thrilled with their awards andplan to continue with their love of writing.

“The school was extremely proud and supportive of both students,”Sacred Heart stagetwo teacher SiobhanBear said.

“Their success was a testament to their hard work, creative thinking and effort.”

The first day of the festival on Friday was a celebration of small schools as90 students from Bongongo, Brungle, Jugiong, Gundagai South andWee Jasper Public Schools cametogether to celebrate writing.

Students dressed in bush clothes and had the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, appreciate their work and develop skills in communicating their own ideas.

Festival organiser Joy Coggan said the entire long weekend was asuccessful event for the region, most notably with about 100 in attendance on Saturday.

“A writer fromThe Landtold me it’s one of four rural writers’ festivals, and we’re right up the top of the pack in our very first year,” Mrs Coggan said.

She thanked theHarden District Education Fund for their generous support, andindicated the next festival would take place in a separate year to the biennialJugiong Art Exhibition.

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Moruya airport: private investment?

EUROBODALLA Shire Council is preparing an application for funding to redevelop Moruya Airport.

If granted, the NSW Government funding would come from the $110 million regional tourism infrastructure fund.

A council spokeswoman said council regularly sought funding for the airport.

“In 2013, council applied for funding to initiate the redevelopment under the Regional Development Australia round four grants,” she said.

“The application was un-successful.”

The spokeswoman said the funding might be used to upgrade facilities.

“We are currently working on an airport redevelopment project,” she said.

“The project will consider ways to develop the airport site, to increase employment opportunities and ensure its long-term viability.”

Council would not disclose how much money it intended to apply for.

“We are preparing the application now and details will be available when it is completed and submitted,” the spokeswoman said.

The statement followed a call this week from Bega MP and NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance for council to be more aggressive in chasing funding.

“I am worried Eurobodalla are leaving their run for funding too late, in comparison to Bega Valley, who have been far more aggressive in their pursuit for these funds on offer,” Mr Constance said.

“The council has until the end of the month.”

Council has engaged a private firm to prepare a report on the future of the airport.

“Council is currently working on an airport redevelopment project that will consider ways to develop the site to increase employment opportunities and ensure its long-term viability,” the spokeswoman said.

“We are seeking and applying for grant opportunities to fund upgrades.”

She said a master plan was being developed to identify a direction for the airport redevelopment.

“We will consult with the community about the master plan soon to help council decide if it wishes to pursue any of the opportunities,” she said.

Council is also considering potential external investment.

“If the findings are positive, the company may be invited to assist council develop an effective strategy and campaign to attract domestic and international investment and tourism,” the spokeswoman said.

In 2013-14 Moruya Airport cost council about $190,000 (net) to operate.


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Lockhart local loses her locks

Wendy Mulqueeney checking out her new hairstyle which was inspired by her late husband’s battle with cancer. MOST 65-year-old women wouldn’t think about shaving their head to raise money for cancer but Lockhart’s Wendy Mulqueeneyhas done just that.

After losing her husbandAllanto cancer 11 years ago Mrs Mulqueeney has been planning on shaving her headin his honour.

His battle with cancer lastedforthree years and two months and Mrs Mulqueeney was with him every step of the way.

The couple were married for 32 years andfirst met when they were 14-year-olds but they weren’t high school sweet hearts, their romance blossomedsome time later.

Before Allan was diagnosed Mrs Mulqueeneyhad noticed he was losing a lot of weight and was sick all the time.

He was reluctant to see the doctor but Mrs Mulqueeneybooked him an appointment anyway and took him.

It was then they found a 13-centimetretumour on his lung. After 12 weeks of treatment it had shrunk to four centimetres.

He was quite well but a trip to Queensland turned the tides again with him being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The tumour was the size of a 50-cent piece and wasremoved while they were still holidaying in Queensland where they remained while he received treatment.

During this time Allan stayed positive and not once complainedabout being in pain.

This year Mrs Mulqueeney wasdetermined to shave her head and set herself a fundraising goal of $3000.

“I just want to help out and raise some money and do something in memory of my late husband,” Mrs Mulqueeney said.

Locals have been generous in her fundraising efforts with many businesses donating prizes for raffles.

“The town have been wonderful,” Mrs Mulqueeney said.

“Some of the girls have been supplying me with head scarfs.”

To raise money, Mrs Mulqueeney had an ongoing raffle and sausage sizzles.

So far, about$2500 has been raised with donations open online at the worlds greatest shave websiteuntil June.

Around 50 people turned up to the head shave at the Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’sClub.

Her sister Kathleen Madeleybelieves she is very brave for shaving her hair.

“I’m so proud of her, not a lot of people at 65 would do it,” Ms Madeley said.

“She is amazing.”

Mrs Mulqueeney isn’t the only one who has shaved her head in the area for a good cause.

JasonTaklefrom Henty shaved his head to raise money for Beyondblueraising $3500 in total and another Henty resident Kylie Stead will be shaving her head on March 20. She aims to raise $1200.

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Debate over gas station fires up

A map will presented at the meeting indicating how far the noise could move from the proposed gas fired power station.

The public meeting over the proposed Gas Fired Power Station near Wellington will hear claims that the development will torment residents and ratepayers with excessive noise.

The free public meeting to be held at the Wellington Soldiers Club on Thursday will bring a number of speakers from a wide area of NSW .

One of the speakers, Martin Sannika, will showcase how bad offending noise will be to people in the town of Wellington.

The map (pictured right), displays the noise effects Wellington could be hit with.

The meeting is being organised by the NSW Farmers’ District Council and its chairman Peter Carter says many people are concerned about the gas fired power station and all sides of the story should be told.

“There is uncertainty of the effects of this gas fired power station, a loss of property values, the blight on these properties perceived or otherwise and also if approved the noise may prove a disincentive to the town, and we don’t want a noxious industry,” Mr Carter said.

“Very few people would object if was located further away from the town.

“It appears the planning department and proponents have done this to suit themselves because its near the electricity sub station.

“There has been no real debate on this, just a few letters to the Times, that’s why we believe a meeting had to happen,” he said.

It’s understood the Mayor Cr Rod Buhr will talk on behalf of council first. He will be followed by invited members from ERM Power, and then those for and against the proposed extension of ERM’s proposal to build in a gas-fired power station.

ERM always said demand was low and they had no intention of moving ahead with the development unless the situation changes.

“ERM reiterate that the project will proceed only when market conditions improve and note that as the Wellington Power Station uses gas, it would not help the gas shortage,” a spokesperson said recently.

The public meeting will begin at 7pm.

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Stockton Hospital Welfare Association lobbies state government to save Stockton Centre from privatisation

Public meeting at Newcastle Panthers to discuss Stockton Centre privatisation

Stockton Hospital Welfare Association vice president Wendy Cuneo.

A KEY community group has turned to lobbying the state government in a last-ditch attempt to save the Stockton Centre.

On behalf of the Stockton Hospital Welfare Association, vice president Wendy Cuneo will meet with Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka next Wednesdayto discuss an alternative to the disability care group home’s privatisation.

‘‘We hope to convince the government to continue to fund our campus and support our idea for a disability care hub,’’ Mrs Cuneo said.

The Stockton Centre is one of Ageing Disability and Home Care’s (ADHC) six statewide residential homes for people with disabilities.

However, the state government plans to privatise these centres by 2018 under the NSW Enabling Bill 2013, handing over the services to non-government organisations.

The association presented its proposal to keep the centre in public hands at an open forum at Newcastle Panthers on Wednesday.

Under the proposal, the centre and its on-site health services would continue to be operated by Ageing Disability and Home Care.

The centre would also become a ‘‘hub for learning’’ in disability care, with plans to expand training and professional development services.

Mrs Cuneo said at the meeting when called to vote on the proposal, every hand in the audience went up.

About 130 community representatives attended the meeting, hosted by Newcastle Trades Hall Council.

Mrs Cuneo said she hoped it would be clear to Mr Ajaka how many people favoured the proposal.

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