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NSW to push for final of T20 World Cup – with a major upgrade of the SCG to follow

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

The runaway train of the Big Bash League has convinced the NSW government to make a bold play for the men’s final of the World Twenty20 when it’s held in Australia in 2020.
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And should Sydney snatch it out of Melbourne’s grasp, expect the wise souls of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust to push for new Brewongle-Churchill or O’Reilly stands at the beloved ground.

The significance of a full house at the Sixers-Thunders clash on Saturday night should not be overlooked.

For so long, Sydney has been branded “the toughest sporting market in the world”. Those banks of empty seats tell the score, or at least explain how bad the traffic is on the M5.

The Big Bash bucks the trend. All of the Thunder’s four matches at Spotless Stadium have been sold-out. The Sixers have been getting around 30,000 at the SCG.

Real beneficiary: The Sydney Cricket Ground.

So there can be no dispute: Sydneysiders have an insatiable appetite for Big Bash cricket. They’re mad for it. Gagging for it. It’s the Messina of Sydney sport.

Sensing this, the NSW government is eagerly awaiting Cricket Australia to formally start negotiations for World Cup matches. The women’s tournament will be held in February, 2020, with the men’s to be held in September and October. Imagine how popular the game will be by then.

With a capacity of more than 100,000, the MCG is considered an obvious choice for the men’s final.

It has hosted the finals of the last one-day international world cups, in 1992 and 2015, but that shouldn’t mean other states can’t push for the decider in 2020.

The real beneficiary of a Sydney final would be the SCG.

After NSW Premier Mike Baird took the side of NRL clubs and snubbed an upgrade of Allianz Stadium – instead announcing a major upgrade of ANZ Stadium with one at Parramatta already under way – the new focus is the SCG.

An upgrade of the Brewongle-Churchill stands will cost about $250 million. The O’Reilly Stand will cost about $100 million. That will take the capacity of the ground to beyond 54,000.

“We are about to begin our formal engagement with all states and territories,” a CA spokesperson said. “We are determined to take this exciting form of cricket to as many Australians as possible. That means there are many opportunities for stadiums, and their local communities, right around the country to put their hand up to host the world’s best cricketers.”

Come to Sydney, world’s best cricketers! We love our T20. Mad for it. And we have Messina.

Warne’s sledging agenda

Shane Warne’s continued attacks on Steve O’Keefe during the Sydney Test have left the Australian spinner’s family and friends angry and confused.

Under fire: Steve O’Keefe celebrates dismissing Misbah-ul-Haq. Photo: Getty Images

Just what is his problem with the affable and likeable New South Welshman? There seems to be more to it than the Victoria-NSW thing.

Warne wants a leg-spinner sent to India alongside offie Nathan Lyon, but his vicious criticism in the Channel Nine commentary box – as well as outside of it – on the final day was very personal.

“It’s the first one he’s turned all match,” Warne sneered when O’Keefe took one of his three crucial wickets as Australia completed a series whitewash against Pakistan at the SCG.

Warne is apparently on huge money to call cricket for Nine, with chatter at the network suggesting he’s on a day rate of more than five figures.

He’s not being paid to dish up platitudes and niceties. And we shall defer to Warne’s cricket judgment any day of the week.

But the regular sledges directed at O’Keefe before and during the Test suggested there was something more at play. It was reminiscent of his attacks not that long ago on fast bowler Mitchell Starc as “soft”.

We’re told O’Keefe has brushed off Warne’s comments, preferring to concentrate on some red-ball cricket to ensure he’s on the plane to India next month.

He will step out for Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval on Saturday to further his case for the Indian tour.

As a left-arm orthodox spin bowler, who has taken 222 first-class wickets at an average of 23, his selection is surely a no-brainer for the sub-continent … despite Warne’s campaign to ensure he’s not there.

Bring back Vonnie!

It’s the burning question of the rugby league off-season.

No, not which club will sign Ben Hunt, whether Kieran Foran will be cleared to play for the Warriors or if there will be one last off-field incident before the end March.

Most importantly, will the great Yvonne “Vonnie” Sampson be appearing on Fox Sports in round one?

Switch: Yvonne Sampson, pictured here with Wayne Bennett, has made the switch to Fox Sports. Photo: James Brickwood

Sampson made the switch from Nine to Fox Sports during the off-season, but Nine claims there was a six-month non-compete clause in her deal and that threatens to bench her for the season kick-off on March 2.

All parties remain tight-lipped about the issue. It’s in the hands of the lawyers, as they say in the classics.

But our information is a compromise is likely and she will take her place on the Fox Sports panel.

I’m slightly biased but let’s hope so: she makes watching the footy better.

Bad news for “brother” Bell

Celebrity accountant Anthony Bell’s long line of sporting star mates are privately shocked and dismayed about reports this week concerning his marriage with TV presenter Kelly Landry.

Bell did not appear in Waverley Court on Thursday but agreed, through his lawyer Chris Murphy, to the terms of an apprehended violence order preventing him from coming near Landry for 12 hours after he has been drinking alcohol or taking illicit substances.

Murphy said Bell never wanted to see Landry again and wanted to avoid a “nasty court case” that could harm his children if she were cross-examined in a hearing.

It’s no secret that Bell is extremely close to former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who described him in his recently released autobiography as a “brother”.

As many reporters know, Bell is quickly on the phone trying to smooth the waters whenever something critical of Clarke is written.

Clarke wrote in his book: “In tough times, I am always able to rely on him, and he proved that in spades when he smuggled me away from the media’s eyes during my break-up [to fiancee Lara Bingle]. He came to Bondi and parked in the garage. I slipped down through an internal lift and climbed into the boot of his car. He exited into the media circus. With all the cameras and microphones on him, he said, ‘No, Michael’s not in the house’. That’s right – I was in the boot.”

Five cheers for Tomic

They always pick on the fat kid.

Normally dismissive of those heathens of the press, tennis wild child Bernard Tomic was so proud of stripping five kilograms in the space of a week that he actively went about telling reporters in Sydney all about it whenever he spotted them.

Tomic was stung by claims he was unfit at the Brisbane International and turned up in Sydney brandishing a lighter frame. “You can say last week I was fat,” he said.

Maybe he could pass on some tips to one NRL club we’re told is making its cheerleaders weigh-in before they make the cut for the upcoming season.

What next? Skinfolds? Probably.

Believe me because I know it: they always pick on the fat kid.

The quote

“A school teacher who can fight – every delinquent kid in the world will take notice.” – Boxing promoter Bob Arum on Jeff Horn, the Queenslander who will step into the ring with Arum’s superstar fighter Manny Pacquiao in April.

Night to remember: Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Photo: Getty Images

Thumbs up

It was one of the most succinct takedowns we’ve seen of US President-elect Donald Trump. No, it didn’t come from Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes but Nick Kyrgios and the “F— Donald Trump” t-shirt he wore after the Fast4 tournament. New-found respect.

Thumbs down

Regardless of what you think about James Hird, the finger-pointing about who’s to blame for his suspected overdose has been ugly and unnecessary. So, too, the media intrusion since the incident happened. Hird is no saint – as some have painted him – but he deserves some space.

It’s a big weekend for … the 80,000 people who will cram Moore Park for the Big Bash derby between the Sixers and the Thunder, and the A-League derby between Sydney FC and the Wanderers. Suggested transport: helicopter.

It’s an even bigger weekend for … Chris Lynn, who is expected to make his debut for Australia in the ODI match against Pakistan at the Gabba on Friday. To steal a line from Jamiroquai, it will be “Virtual Lynnsanity”. (Sorry, second week back. They’ll get better).

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Anti-terrorism measures may change Anzac Dayphotos

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

Anti-terrorism measures for Anzac Day East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin
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Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Cessnock’s Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

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Warrnambool’s Maremmas have been keeping campers awake at night

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

New maremma puppy at Flagstaff Hill. Pictured: The new 12-week-old female puppy at Flagstaff Hill, who will be named in an upcoming contest. Picture: Amy Paton
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WARRNAMBOOL’S Maremmas may be a tourist drawcard, but they’ve also been a problemfor some visitors this summer.

Incessant barking from the dogs at Flagstaff Hill has been keeping campers awake at night in the nearby Surfside Holiday Park.

Mt Gambier’s Lea Clark, who has been staying at Surfside for 36 years, said the nightly barking “had been going on for three weeks”.

She said the dogs were a great tourist attraction but“enough was enough”.

“Most nights we’d wake with the barking,” Ms Clark said.

“It’s a talking point in the park. Our whole aisle was talking about it, and the people behind us were having a big conversation about ‘those bloody dogs’,that they look good but we’d wish they’d shut up at night.”

On Wednesday night, Surfside Holiday Park campers finally got some sleep after the council responded to complaints.

“It was certainly a good night’s sleep last night,” Ms Clark said.

“It was quite noticeable that the dogs weren’t there.”

The council’s manager of visitor economy David McMahon said the dogs –Amor, Avis, Eudy and Tula – usually stay overnight with a flock of chickens at Flagstaff Hill as part of their training.

But in response to the complaintsmeasures have been put “in place to try and prevent the dogs from disturbing campers in the future”,” Mr McMahon said.

“With the increased activity at Surfside, the dogs have been barking more than usual as a way to protect the chickens,” he explained.

“While we need to make sure that our Maremmas’ guardian instincts remain sharp so they can continue to guard the penguin colony, we also need to respect everyone’s right to be able to get a good night’s sleep.

“When staying overnight at Flagstaff Hill, the dogs are now being kept in their enclosures rather than remaining in the paddock with the chickens.

“There is a farm where Eudy and Tula have previously stayed when not on the island, and they spent Wednesday night there.

“We have had no further complaints since we have put these measures in place.

“The dogs are trained to protect a flock of chickens at Flagstaff Hill. This is a crucial step which has allowed them to successfully protect the penguin colony on Middle Island.”

This article was first published on The Standard

Federal pollies cost Hunter $800k in six months

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

BIG SPENDERS: The Hunter’s federal MPs racked up an $800,00 expenses bill in the first six months of 2016. Retired Paterson MP Bob Baldwin spent $169,000, including three return trips to Perth. PICTURE: Glen McCurtayneBOB Baldwin charged taxpayers thousands of dollars for two trips to Perth in the months before he left parliament to meet with businessmen he now lobbies for.
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The former Paterson MP was a backbencher in the final months of his parliamentary career when he spent almost $7000 on flights to meet with representatives from a company called Bluesightthat he now lists as a client of his new lobbyist firm, Outcomes Strategies Group.

Mr Baldwin said the trips were legitimate parliamentary business, that he had yet to receive any money from Bluesight, and that he had acted within the rules for lobbyists.

However the Australian government’s lobbyist code of conduct states ministers or parliamentary secretaries cannot lobby for activities “relating to any matter that they had official dealings with”in the last 18 months of their parliamentary career for 18 months after leaving office.

Mr Baldwin said the trips – in January and February of last year – related to his previous work as the parliamentary secretary for the environmentand that the then minister, Greg Hunt, had asked him to continue his work in the portfolio after he was demoted in Malcolm Turnbull’s first ministry.

During the trips, Mr Baldwin said he met with representatives from Engas and Bluesight, two sustainable energy firms that share a director – Brian Foster.

Mr Baldwin met with Mr Foster on at least one other occasion while still parliamentary secretary in 2015.

But Mr Baldwin denied the trips were an attempt to drum up work, and said he had “never received any payment from Brian Foster or campaign donations”.

He said he had still not received any payment from Bluesight, and was “doing the work out of personal interest”.

Mr Baldwin was the parliamentary secretary for the environment from December 2014 to September 2015,butsaid he continued to work on the portfolio, maintaining “dialogue with various players in the industry”.

“They were doing work on synthetic greenhouse gases, and I was still doing work with Greg Hunt in relation to the Montreal Protocol on the reduction of synthetic greenhouse gases,” he said.

Mr Hunt’s office provided theNewcastle Heraldwith a letter he sent to Mr Baldwin in which he thanked him for his work in the portfolio, and said that “given your background” he would “welcome your continued engagement and reports on ozone, synthetic greenhouse gas and natural refrigerant issues”.

Hunter federal MPs Pat Conroy, Meryl Swanson, Joel Fitzgibbon and Sharon Claydon. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll

He did not respond to an inquiry about when the letter was sent.

It comes as aHeraldanalysis of politicians expenditurereveals the Hunter’s federal MPs racked up an $860,000 expenses bill in the first six months of 2016.

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, the shadow agriculture minister, was the region’s biggest spender, shelling out $243,000 on travel costs, office expenses and electorate materials.

He said he believed politician’s expenses should be published more often, to increase transparency.

“Atthe moment we table claims every sixmonths so what you end up with is a big wad of paperwork a long time after the event,” he said.

“People see the costs, but what they don’t see is me when I’mup at 5am and awake until midnight travelling around the country,” he said.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s expensesincluded a week-long“overseas study trip” to the United Kingdom in January 2016 that cost taxpayers $8682, which he said was “invaluable”.

The two page “overseas study report” –which isthe only requirement the Finance Department places on MPs who take from taxpayer-funded overseas trips –stated the “main purpose” of hisvisit “was to further my knowledge of recent developments in the politics of the United Kingdom and implications for our own democracy and parliamentary system”.

During the trip he met with Lynton Crosby, top Liberal Party strategist and an adviser to the British Conservative Government, as well as a number of British Labour figures including EdMiliband’s former policy guru Lord Maurice Glasman, a prominent left-wing backer of Brexit.

“As part of my consultations, I attended a Labour conference in Birmingham where I spoke with a range of British Labour Party members about their most recent election outcome and the Party’s subsequent leadership election process and Its consequences for parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom,” he wrote.

Among the Hunter’s other MPs, Newcastle’sSharon Claydon spent $174,000 whileShortland MP Pat Conroy –the shadow assistant minister for climate change and infrastructure – spent $169,500.

Mr Baldwin also spent about $169,000, including onhis two trips to Perth.

A third trip toPerth in April cost $3750 in flights and car hire costs.

Mr Baldwin said that trip was to meet with representatives from Civmec, the company that acquired Forgacs last year to receive a briefing about the company’s intentions for the Tomago shipyard.

It was immediately after his return from the third Perthtrip that Mr Baldwin announced he would not recontest his seat at the 2016 federal election after previously sayinghe would run again.

Anthony Bell never wants to see wife Kelly Landry again, court hears

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell in happier times. Photo: Belinda Rolland Kelly Landry leaving court after her husband accepted terms of the AVO. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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Champion sailor and accountancy chief executive Anthony Bell never wants to see his wife Kelly Landry again, his lawyer told a court during her application for an apprehended violence order.

Ms Landry, a former television presenter and model, sat in Sydney’s Waverley Local Court on Thursday morning as her husband’s solicitor Chris Murphy said his client would seek a divorce.

Mr Bell did not appear but a spokesman later said he had filed divorce papers with the Family Court during the morning.

Mr Murphy said the claims behind Ms Landry’s AVO application were “fallacious” and made by someone “perhaps suffering a little bit of celebrity deprivation”.

But he told the court Mr Bell would accept the terms of a modified AVO, which prevented him from attending the couple’s home, while continuing to support Ms Landry and their children.

“The defendant is not going back to the house,” Mr Murphy said. “He doesn’t want to see her again.”

An original order sought by Ms Landry would have prevented Mr Bell from seeing her for 12 hours after he had been drinking or taking illicit substances but that provision was deleted on Thursday, Mr Bell’s lawyers said.

Mr Murphy said his client had never used drugs.

“He doesn’t have the drinking problem in this household,” he said.

The pair, who married in 2011, were photographed warmly embracing after Mr Bell skippered his supermaxi Perpetual Loyal to claim line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on December 28.

Mr Murphy said Mr Bell and Ms Landry had a “peaceful” dinner that night but that Ms Landry had reported feeling “barely acknowledged” after the win.

Despite accepting the 12-month interim AVO order, Mr Murphy said his client wanted to avoid a “nasty court case” that could harm his children.

“My client’s fear is that the necessity of cross-examination of the children’s mother that this prosecution would entail would create a public record that would always be there,” he said.

According to Mr Murphy, Ms Landry told her husband she had asked police to withdraw the AVO application. But the police prosecutor persisted with it on Thursday.

In an email to clients on Monday, Mr Bell said he abhorred violence and had never taken a drug.

“By now you may have seen a most distressing piece of news about my family involving some allegations my wife has made about me,” he wrote. “There is an allegation that I pushed her in November … I did not push her.

“There is an allegation I spoke loudly and embarrassed her in front of friends. It did not happen.”

Mr Bell, the founder and chief executive of the accountancy firm Bell Partners, works for celebrity clients including former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, Channel Nine personality Karl Stefanovic and TV host Larry Edmur.

The AVO matter has been set to return to court on February 17.

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