Month: May 2019

New look for old home as Merewether Specialist Centre unveiled

New look for old home as Merewether Specialist Centre unveiled NEW LIFE: One of Newcastle’s first display homes, standing proudly on one of the city’s busiest corners, has been renovated and is now being used as Merewether Specialist Centre. Picture: Sarah Candlin Photography
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NEW LIFE: One of Newcastle’s first display homes, standing proudly on one of the city’s busiest corners, has been renovated and is now being used as Merewether Specialist Centre. Picture: Sarah Candlin Photography

NEW LIFE: One of Newcastle’s first display homes, standing proudly on one of the city’s busiest corners, has been renovated and is now being used as Merewether Specialist Centre. Picture: Sarah Candlin Photography

NEW LIFE: One of Newcastle’s first display homes, standing proudly on one of the city’s busiest corners, has been renovated and is now being used as Merewether Specialist Centre. Picture: Sarah Candlin Photography

Dr Ken Jaaback bought the heritage-listed home on the corner of Glebe Road and Gordon Avenue and made it the Merewether Specialist Centre. Picture: Sarah Candlin Photography

The home on the corner of Glebe Road and Gordon Avenue when it was bought. Picture: Supplied

TweetFacebookPOPULAR ATRIUMThere appears an insatiable appetite for homes in the second stage of Atrium in Hamilton.

There are four apartments and two townhouses in the second stage of the DJB Developments project at the site of the former Hamilton RSL and Anzac House.

Only one apartment remains in the second stage of development Atrium in Hamilton.

First National’s George Rafty and Luke Murdoch marketed one apartment and one townhouse with both selling at auction on May 5. They then sold the remaining townhouse and two more apartments in the space of four days, with prices ranging from $775,000 to $980,000. The final apartment is now set for auction on June 16.

UNIQUE OFFERING INCOOKS HILLA renovated single-level 1960s home on the corner of Young and Bruce streets in Cooks Hill presents a “rare new-build opportunity”, according to Dalton Partners’ Anthony Merlo.

Mr Merlo will take the two-bedroom brick and tile home on around 200 square metres of land at 42 Young Street to auction on May 26 with a price guide of $860,000.

RARE FIND: This 1960s brick and tile home in Cooks Hill is being marketed with approval to build a new two-storey residence.

“The unique aspect of this property is it comes with DA [Development Application] andCC [Construction Certificate] approval in a Heritage Conservation area, allowing the construction of a luxury two-storey residence approximately 226 square metres in size designed by Jason Topic,” Mr Merlo said.

An artist’s impression of the plans for an approved residence in Cooks Hill.

Walker’s house set for auctionThe former family home of the late Newcastle fraudster accountant Ray Walker will be auctioned today.

The three-bedroom house in Parkway Avenue is owned by Walker’s widow, Jennifer Walker, and was purchased in 2008 for $1.125 million, according to Australian Property Monitors data.

At last count, Mr Walker stole more than $10 million from 70 known creditors.

AUCTIONEER COMPThe Newcastle round of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales Novice Auctioneers Competition is set for May 31at Charlestown Bowling Club.

Last year’s winner was former Screaming Jets drummer-turned-auctioneer Craig Rosevear, who now works for Cooley Auctions.

“Preparing for the comp made me dig deep into what it takes to be a great auctioneer. Winning it gave me great confidence that this was the right career for me,” Rosevear said.

UNDER $500KA three-bedroom home in Maryland’s Balarang Street has been listed with a price guide of $430,000 to $470,000.

A three-bedroom home on close to 300 square metres in Maitland’s Bourke Street is being marketed for $255,000.

And a near-new three-bedroom residence in Wood Street, Gillieston Heights is for sale with a guide of$399,000 to $429,000.

Smith rep retirement means Origin changes

Cameron Smith’s retirement has left many questions for Maroons coach Kevin Walters to answer.Cameron Smith’s representative retirement not only signifies the changing of the guard for Queensland, it heralds a whole new era for State of Origin.
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The Maroons and NSW will both make massive changes to their line ups for next month’s series opener in Melbourne.

With Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston all electing to concentrate on club footy, the Maroons have lost 101 Origin games worth of experience in one fell swoop.

From their side which played game one last year, a further nine players are either injured (Matt Gillett, Josh McGuire), retired (Nate Myles) or have been dropped (Corey Oates, Anthony Milford, Sam Thaiday, Aidan Guerra, Justin O’Neill and Jacob Lillyman).

It’s a similar situation for NSW, with Fittler expected to ring in massive changes as he seeks to wipe away a decade-plus of heartache for the Blues.

It’s believed he’s told those around him he’s looking at the likes of centre Latrell Mitchell, halfback Mitchell Moses and winger Nick Cotric for selection.

Smith’s shock decision to stand down from state and national duties raises numerous questions.

For starters, who will wear the No.9 for Queensland?

It’s a three-horse race with Brisbane’s Andrew McCullough out in front of Jake Friend and Jake Granville.

Friend was part of Australia’s World Cup campaign last year but has struggled with a sternum injury this year.

Granville’s form has mirrored that of struggling North Queensland.

And who will captain the Maroons?

Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott were mentioned as options by coach Kevin Walters.

South Sydney skipper Inglis seems the leading candidate with the club form of Boyd a real concern.

“Greg’s been unbelievable this year with his leadership. He’s grown week-in and week-out,” Inglis’ South Sydney teammate Sam Burgess said.

“They’re big shoes to fill and if anyone could do it, I’d back Greg to be the man.”

With Thurston also bowing out of representative footy, it also leaves the Maroons without an established goal-kicker, the importance of which can’t be overstated.

Over the last 12 years, Queensland have on seven occasions won games by two points or less.

Cameron Munster and Valentine Holmes are both part-time kickers for their clubs.

Daly Cherry-Evans is a reliable kicker, however he is long odds to make the side.

Youngster Kalyn Ponga has kicked for Newcastle this year, though his selection would require Walters to drop one of his outside backs.

“Kalyn’s one who’s well in contention for a position in game one because he’s hard to ignore,” Walters said.

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Council tests market on selling round house, Fred Ash building

Council tests market on selling round house, Fred Ash building NEW FUTURE: Newcastle City Council hopes to find a buyer or long-term lessee for the City Administration Centre and Fred Ash building by the end of the year.
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The administration centre’s motorised revolving door.

A view of Hunter and Burwood streets from 1980 with the City Administration Centre in the background.

An erial view of the City Administration Centre

The Fred Ash building in the 1910s before the Town Hall and administration centre were built.

TweetFacebookHerald reported at the time that the council believed the CAC could become student accommodation and the Fred Ash building a boutique hotel.

Cr Nelmes reiterated this view on Tuesday but said the buildings had also attracted interest from legal and architectural firms.

“It’s been suggested that the Roundhouse building would make ideal student or academic accommodation, which would support the University of Newcastle’s inner-city growth in both the Civic and Honeysuckle precincts,” she said.

“There’s also been interest from the legal community in having more office space close to the Courthouse and from local architects intrigued by the CAC’s brutalist design.

“The fact the two CBD buildings are adjacent, and will soon enjoy a light rail stop in front of them, make them a once-in-a-lifetime real estate opportunity.”

The CAC’s circular shape could make it a tough sell, although the Herald understandsthe expressions-of-interest process in July and August will not stipulate whether the landmark building must be retained.

The Fred Ash building, however, is listed on the state heritage register and must be preserved.

The nine-storey CAC sits on asite of 2500 square metres and has 4375 square metres of floor space. The narrow Fred Ash building occupies 493 square metres of land and has a floor area of 1271 square metres.

It is understood some of the interested partieshave proposed buying both buildings.

The council’s chief executive officer,Jeremy Bath, said developers had expressed interest in the Fred Ash building as a boutique hotel.

“Newcastle is in urgent need of more hotel rooms,”he said.

“I expect the properties will attract the interest of developers not just within Australia but also from overseas.

“The Fred Ash building is perfect for a boutique hotel a la the Ovolo Woolloomooloo at Sydney’s historic Finger Wharf.

“It would make for a fantastic place to stay for those catching a show or exhibition, for travelling legal counsel or even for parents of children studying business or law at NeW Space.”

The council has laid out a timetable for deciding the future of the buildings which includes choosing a real estate agent in June, the EOI phase in July and August, a confidential briefing and report for councillors in October and finalisingthe sale or lease late in the year.

Council staff would move out in late 2019 or early 2020.

Colliers International agent Peter Macadam, asked about the council’s intention to move at a Property Council lunch in March, said it made sense for businesses“from a cash-flow perspective” to get their properties“off their balance sheet and not have to pay for maintenance costs”.

He doubted the CAC would be used for commercial purposes after the council moved out, saying the building was“too inefficient”.

Six highlights in your travel week15 May

Whale-watching season … underway along Australia’s East Coast. With the whale-watching season well underway along Australia’s East Coast, Lake Macquarie Tourism offers tips on some places to watch migrating whales in that part of the world.
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Between May and November, the Pacific Coast migration runs from south to north then back again as whales seek warmer waters to wait out the winter months.

Among the suggestions are the Awabakal Viewpoint, along a walk through the Awabakal Nature Reserve from Dudley, south through coastal heath and forest to Redhead.

The viewpoint itself offers panoramic views to the north and the walk is full of spectacular wildflowers between July and October.

Another highly recommended spot is the picturesque Caves Beach Walk, which traverses the clifftops south from Caves Beach to secluded Pinny Beach in the Wallarah National Park.

It’s an easy walking trail ideal for observing the northern migration between May and July.

The trail features plenty of lookouts where you can enjoy a closer view, while the southern end of the beach is home to a famous group of sea caves which shouldn’t be missed and are perfect for exploring at low tide.

For full details, phone 1800 802 044 or visit www.visitlakemac南京夜网.au

Paperbark Camp on the NSW South Coast — often regarded as Australia’s first ‘glamping’ retreat.

Marshmallows around the campfire, scenic bushwalks and whale watching highlight a winter-weekend and July-school-holiday special at luxurious Paperbark Camp on the NSW South Coast — often regarded as Australia’s first ‘glamping’ retreat.

Available on Friday and Sunday weekend bookings between June 15 and July 3, as well as on bookings during the NSW July school holidays, the winter deal includes two nights accommodation in one of Paperbark’s elevated, luxurious glamping tents, plus dinner and breakfast in The Gunyah Restaurant, nestled amongst the tree tops.

Boasting open camp fires, luxury bedding, contemporary furnishings, free-standing bath tubs and hot showers overlooking the bush, which is home to kangaroos, possums and colourful birdlife, Paperbark Camp is great for a winter getaway.

Located just a five-minute drive from Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp has several scenic walking trails nearby and plenty of opportunities to see whales and dolphins.

Including a saving of 35 per cent, the two-night ‘Winter Woollies’ package is available from $720 per couple in an Original Safari Tent. Exclusive to the July holiday period, kids can share the stay for just $35 per night — a saving of 50 per cent off the normal supplement.

Phone 1300 668 167 or visit www.paperbarkcamp南京夜网.au

Sydney’s Tank Stream Hotel … will celebrate 10 years of Vivid with the property’s first art exhibition.

During Sydney’s Vivid Festival, the Tank Stream Hotel will ‘light’ up the centre of the city with its own Vivid-inspired art show along with special accommodation and dining packages.

To celebrate Vivid’s 10th year anniversary, the Tank Stream Hotel will stage its first-ever art exhibition, Viva la Vivid, from June 2-16, featuring NSW South Coast artist Jenny Asquith.

Her exhibition is inspired by the vibrant array of colours of Vivid Sydney and the rich imagery of the coast.

A masterclass will be held by Jenny during Vivid at the Tank Stream Hotel designed to show how Vivid’s ‘splash’ of colour can be translated to canvas.

All guests booking a Vivid two-night package will receive free breakfast in Le Petit Flot restaurant for two people each morning. The special package applies to stays between 25 May and 16 June.

Visit www.tankstreamhotel南京夜网

The Anakonda … Amazon cruising in 18 suites with private balconies and panoramic windows.

Contours Travel is offering savings of up to $2000 per couple on Amazon River cruises, which take guests into the heart of the world’s biggest rainforest, home to monkeys, pink river dolphins, otters, turtles, and more than 478 bird species.

Bookings made on the river cruises before May 31 will also receive free return flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the edge of the Amazon rainforest, and a cabin upgrade.

The cruises include opportunities to engage with local culture, customs and cuisines as well as journeying into Yasuni, Ecuador’s largest National Park, where guests can explore the region’s unique flora and fauna from on deck or from vantage points at the top of observation towers.

Couples can choose between two vessels — the Manatee Amazon Explorer or the more luxurious Anakonda.

The Anakonda features 18 suites with private balconies and panoramic windows, expansive observation desk, jacuzzi, alfresco lounge, hammocks, canoes, kayaks and the services of naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge.

Four-day cruises cost from $4118, with the cabin upgrade and free-flight offer saving $1000 per person.

Phone 1300 135 391 or visit www.contourstravel南京夜网.au

Bori … a Sulawesi ceremonial ground.

Khiri Travel Indonesia has launched three options for exploring the Sulawesi archipelago in Indonesia based on available time.

There’s a one-week south Sulawesi only. For up to two weeks there’s south Sulawesi with central or northern areas added. And there is a three-week-or-more option exploring all three regions.

Each option can be customized and has been designed for the adventure seeker who wants to get off the beaten track but retain comfortable lodgings and transport, quality meals, and in-depth cultural insights from local Khiri guides.

After exploring the capital Makassar, the one-week south Sulawesi trip, for instance, focuses on the Toraja Highlands with its mythical culture and elaborate funeral ceremonies. The journey includes riverboat trips, forest hiking, and some cycling. On the return leg, the flight between Palopo (near Toraja) and Makassar takes only an hour.

Visit www.khiri南京夜网

The annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival … beating drums and splashing waves.

A thunderous boom of beating drums and splashing waves will take over Hong Kong’s iconic Central Harbourfront and Victoria Harbour from June 22-24 to celebrate the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival.

Organisers will welcome more than 160 teams from around the globe for the ninth festival, including at least five from Australia — Jumbucks from Geelong, Maroochy Sea Serpents from the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne Flames from Melbourne, Swaggies from Port Macquarie, and the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Team.

Admission to the boating is free, and a special feature will be a fancy-dress competition, where paddlers compete in creative and eye-catching outfits.

Onshore entertainment includes a party at the Central Harbourfront, featuring an artificial sand beach, allowing spectators to soak up the excitement with sand between their toes.

Visit www.discoverhongkong南京夜网

Eels hit back at culture concerns

Mitchell Moses denies a cultural problem at the Eels but says they need to prove that on the field.Parramatta players accept it’s fair to question their on-field form but insist their off-field culture is fine despite admissions from club hierarchy it may need to be looked at.
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The Eels, among the premiership front-runners in 2018 before a ball was kicked – have slumped to eight losses from their opening 10 games to leave their season all but over.

Their on-field pain was compounded by more bad news off the field in the past week, after it was revealed back-rower Kenny Edwards had failed to tell the club he’d been charged with driving on a suspended licence last month.

Edwards’ case appeared before Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday, and the troubled 28-year-old has been given time off by the club and was not named for Friday’s clash with the Warriors.

Revelations of Edwards’ behaviour and delay in telling the club prompted Eels chairman Max Donnelly to admit to News Corp Australia the culture of the club has to be questioned.

But Eels five-eighth Mitchell Moses said there were no culture problems at Parramatta while admitting the only way to prove that was with a sudden turnaround in form.

“I think a sign of a good culture is a real good team that works for each other on the field and off the field as well,” Moses said.

“It’s not just things that happen on the field, it’s how you handle things off the field as well.

“In the situation we’re in at the moment it gets past all that yelling and screaming. It hurts.

“The boys are putting in every week. It’s not like we’re throwing in the towel and saying ‘here we go, here’s two easy points’. It’s down to the last minute of every game we’ve been in.”

The problem is with the Eels’ results.

Equal-fourth on the line of premiership betting at the start of the year, Parramatta are now closer to favourites for the wooden spoon and must win 10 of their last 14 to remain in mathematical contention.

They have the worst attack in the competition, and are still without injured stars Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Brown until rounds 12 and 13 respectively.

“We understand where we’re at: We’re last,” forward David Gower said.

“There’s no sugar-coating or hiding that. We need to improve. And that’s our focus.”

But Gower also dismissed a culture issue.

“If we had beat the Sharks – we almost got them late – and if we won on the weekend we’ve won four in a row and all of a sudden these questions are nowhere near being asked by anyone,” Gower said.

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Minister Bishop rejects call for sacking

A former ambassador to China believes Julie Bishop has made a mess of the diplomatic relationship.A former Australian ambassador to China believes Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made a mess of Canberra’s relationship with Beijing and should be sacked.
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Former envoy-turned businessman Geoff Raby has accused the Turnbull government of adopting a policy of “strategic mistrust” towards China.

Ms Bishop has since counter-attacked, describing the commentary as “profoundly misinformed”.

“It is a profoundly ignorant and ill-informed analysis of the China-Australia relationship,” Ms Bishop said.

“Australia’s deep diplomatic engagement with China is continuing at the highest levels.”

Relations with China have soured in the past year and Beijing is especially cranky about Australia’s foreign interference laws.

No Australian government ministers have visited the Chinese mainland this year and none were invited to the Boao Forum, a major conference in April held on the island of Hainan.

Dr Raby said Ms Bishop has angered China by making “the most strident public comments on the South China Sea of any foreign minister” and delivering a “bizarre” speech that claimed China was unfit for regional leadership.

“If the role China is now playing to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula and possibly removing North Korea’s nuclear capability is not leadership, it is difficult to find another word to describe it,” Dr Raby wrote in an opinion piece published in The Australian Financial Review.

He argued the prime minister needed to replace the foreign minister with someone better equipped for the demands of the job, adding Ms Bishop had not visited China in more than two years.

“Australia … needs a foreign minister who is steeped in history and geopolitics, who lives and breathes the issues and who has a grasp of the profound challenges Australia faces in the rapidly evolving new world order being shaped, in large measure by China,” he said.

Dr Raby pointed to Ms Bishop’s cabinet colleagues Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt as alternatives because they both previously worked in former foreign minister Alexander Downer’s office.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended Ms Bishop, saying he was disappointed by the commentary.

“Every time she goes out on the world stage, she makes Australians proud. She’s a formidable foreign minister, a great diplomat, and a great colleague.”

Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong was also sympathetic to Ms Bishop’s plight saying Mr Turnbull had failed to sufficiently support her.

“I think we’ve seen a lengthy period where she has been openly undermined by colleagues,” Senator Wong told Sky News, singling out Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Senator Wong said Ms Bishop needed to focus on Australia’s challenging relations with China.

“The commentary today reflects a building concern about the relationship,” she said.

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