A-League: Moss plays for keeps as Jets take off

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GREAT SHAPE: Jets keeper Glen Moss has worked hard in the preason and is feeling as strong as any time in his career. Picture: Jonathan CarrollGLEN Moss has achieved just about everything in football.
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The veteran gloveman hasplayedmore than200 A-League games, has 29 caps for New Zealand and hasbeen to a World Cup.

But there is one glaring hole in his resume –a championship.

The 35-year-old went close to ticking the box last season, withthe Jets falling1-0 to Victory in the grand final.

They begin a new campaign against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadiumon Sunday and the hunger remains as strong as ever.

“We won’t be satisfied with anything less than a win,” Moss said on Friday before departing for New Zealand. “I’mat that stage of my career where it is all about winning. When I started out it was about getting game time, getting minutes. Then I wanted to be the No.1. Next was the Kiwi squad. Now it is just about winning. Win every game, get to a final, win that.For me it is aboutwinning a grand final. I haven’t won one yet. I feel I am in the best shape to do that and the squad is in the best shape to do that.”

Eight players that started in the 1-0 loss to Victory inMay will start against Phoenix. Brazilian Jair comes in for Riley McGree, Lachy Jackson has replaced Johnny Koutroumbis, who was this week diagnosed with phyroid cancer, and Matthew Ridenton is in for Ben Kantarovski (hamstring).

The attacking front-foot football remains.

“We didn’t win last year so we still have the hunger to go a step further,” Moss said. “The guys we have brought in are going to fill any holes created by the guys who have left. Matthew Ridenton, Jair .. these guys have come in and lit the place up.”

The Jets face aPhoenix siderebuilding after a disastrous 2017-18 season. Mark Rudan has taken over as coach. Mitch Nicols, Nathan Burns, David Williams and former Premier League defender Steve Taylor head the list of arrivals.

“I learnt long ago not to underestimate anybody, especially in the A-League,” Moss said.

Despite the influx of attackers, Phoenix will take a cautious approach with three at the back and two wingbacks, and look to hit on the counter.

“They can definitely hurt us in transition,” Moss said. “But that is something we have been working on in the pre-season because we know our style. We like to go forward in numbers quickly. When we do lose the ball, wehave to recover and win the ball back quickly.”

Moss is an example of how quicklythings can change. Although he started in the grand final, he was No.2 for much of lastcampaign. However, the departure of Jack Duncan to Saudi Arabia opened the door.

“I put my head down and worked hard and would like to think I have earned the No.1 spot,” he said. “People keep saying that goalkeepersdon’t peak until the later stages of their career. I kept thinking when is that coming. Fingers crossed, we are on the money. The longeryou go on you are a bit more proactive than reactive. I’m feeling great. Ifeel like a kid on Christmas eve.”

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Aloisi expects Roar to be entertainers

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Brisbane coach John Aloisi hopes for more razzle dazzle from his Roar outfit this season.Fit, focused and ready to entertain, John Aloisi is talking big when it comes to Brisbane’s upcoming A-League campaign.
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The ex-Socceroo believes the additions of Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk alongside existing talent such as Henrique and Eric Bautheac has given him a license to make the Roar an attacking force.

Add in Danish international Tobias Mikkelsen and Spanish midfielder Alex Lopez and Aloisi is promising his team will be one of the most eye-pleasing in the competition.

“The way we’re going to play our football will be exciting to watch and I’m sure they’ll be happy when they see us on Sunday,” Aloisi told reporters on Friday.

“What everyone’s going to be excited about is our front four … I know it takes a while for chemistry to build but our players have been here from very early on.

“You can really see the last two or three weeks the understanding’s really grown and they’re enjoying playing with each other.”

The Roar begin their campaign at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday against Central Coast.

The Mariners will be led by former Roar coach Mike Mulvey and, while the attention in Gosford has largely been focused with on-trial ex-sprinter Usain Bolt, it’s another Mariners recruit that has Aloisi concerned.

“We’ve got to make sure that we stop their crosses because they’ve got players like Tommy Oar who will cross the ball,” Aloisi said about the ex-Roar winger.

“We know him very well because he was here with us.

“I’m pretty sure that people recognise he’s a top player and we just have to make sure we’re ready for him.”

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ODIs or Shield for under-fire Shaun Marsh?

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Of the many conundrums confronting national selectors, what to do with Shaun Marsh looms as perhaps the most challenging.
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Marsh has reclaimed his title as the whipping boy of n cricket, producing scores of seven, zero, three and four during the Test series in the UAE.

It has led to calls for the 35-year-old to be axed for the final time in a stop-start international career, which appeared to be over prior to last year’s Ashes call-up.

The silent minority point to Marsh’s previous summer in , when he struck career-best form, a man-of-the-match century that delivered a 2-0 series lead, and more Ashes runs than any batsman bar Steve Smith.

Whether the left-hander can recreate that form in the four-Test series against India that starts on December 6 is the question Trevor Hohns’ panel will wrestle with.

Test vice-captain Josh Hazlewood has backed Marsh to return to his best, suggesting the veteran’s experience will be required this summer.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get going on this tour but I think he’ll definitely get a chance in ,” Hazlewood told AAP.

The cramped schedule adds a degree of complexity to the conversation between Hohns and coach Justin Langer, who lobbied for Marsh’s Test call-up while coaching Western last year.

Marsh is the form batsman in ‘s ODI side, having peeled off two centuries during a 5-0 series loss in England this year.

But playing the ODI series against South Africa next month will come at the cost of valuable red-ball practice with WA’s Sheffield Shield team.

“They’re going to have to weigh that up with a lot of different players and make some decisions,” Hazlewood said.

“You always want to play for but sometimes it might be a case where a batter has to play some Shield games, put some runs on the board and prepare the best they can for a big Test series.”

Skipper Tim Paine said Marsh would be disappointed with his performance in the UAE.

“He would like to score more runs, like the rest of us,” Paine said after ‘s crushing defeat in Abu Dhabi.

“But we get to go home now. I think there’s four rounds of Shield cricket for all of us to go back to and hopefully score a lot of runs to put our name up for the next Test.

“Clearly it’d be a pretty exciting time to be a batsman around Shield cricket at the moment if you’re scoring hundreds, there’s no doubt about that.

“There’s opportunity for everyone and the batting group that are here are also a part of that.”

Matthew Renshaw, overlooked throughout the Test series in the UAE, headlines the list of contenders to take Marsh’s spot in the XI.

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Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr returns to Lake stage

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SQUAD GOALS: Members of a high school cheer squad, who also go to university together, in Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.THE characters inLegally Blonde: The Musical Jr are mainly young people who have just finished high school and are enrolled in a law school at a prominent university.
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While that might seem to be an unusual staging choice for a cast involving actors as young as 10, it has been very popular with junior performers who have been in two Newcastle productions – and audience members of all ages have found it to be a lot of fun.

Pantseat Performing Arts staged the show in 2017, and Bling Productions is rehearsing it with a 28-member cast aged 10 to 18 for shows at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre on November 7 and 8.

One of the Bling cast, Maia Diaz, 17, was also in the Pantseat show, and enjoyed it so much that she auditioned for the new production. She is playing a very different role this time, as Vivienne, a law student who is chosen by Professor Callahan, the most feared teacher at the law school, to be hisassistant. Initially supporting the professor, she becomes a friend of Elle Woods, who has managed to get herself into the law school to try to persuade her former high school boyfriend, Warner, who has just started the law course, to come back to her.

Maia says Viviennesees herself as better than everyone else. But she warms to Elle.

The full-length Legally Blonde, a stage musical adaptation of a 2001 film comedy of the same name, has been a hit with audiences since it premiered on Broadway in 2007. And the young actors in the Bling production, directed by Jody Hooker, are certainly enjoying it. The unsmiling Professor Callahan is played by Javaan Amato, a very short 10-year-old. He laughingly says: “It’s really my character. He’s very evil. But, seriously, portraying him is fun and very exciting.”

The show’s Elle, Katie Collins, 18, finds her very bubbly. “She’s not a dumb blonde – and she’s not mean. She tries not to hurt other people’s feelings, and always has a positive outlook.” And Kartya Bailey, 18, sees her character – Paulette, a hairdresser – as providing comic relief. “She’s very down-to-earth in the way she talks to Elle and other people.”

Legally Blonde: The Musical JR, which runs for 75 minutes, plus an interval, retains most of the songs from the full-length show, many of which, such as Bend and Snap, which amusingly has a woman showing others how to do exercises that will attract male attention, have been hits.

The show can be seen at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake Street, Warners Bay, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8. Tickets: $25; student, pensioner $20; child, 12 and under, $15. trybooking苏州夜总会招聘/XREY

MOONEY DOES MALCOMEDIAN Lawrence Mooney has been having fun with Malcolm Turnbull since last year’s Melbourne Festival – not that Turnbull would appreciate it – so it’s appropriate, given the former prime minister’s departure from politics, that he is on a regional tour with his show,Lawrence Mooney: An Evening with Malcolm, that will be staged at Wyong’s The Art House on Friday, November 2, at 8pm, and Newcastle City Hall on Saturday, November 3, at 8pm. All tickets are $44.90, with Newcastle bookings available through the Civic Theatre box office.

The 80-minute, interval-free performance, has Turnbull trying to get his own TV tonight show off the ground, and he has a high-profile political guest at each show. Mooney got the idea for the show when he became fascinated by Turnbull’s appearances onQ&Ain 2014. He admits that he actually likes Turnbull and was surprised when he approached him after seeing his performance one night.

STAR PSYCHICNew York’s John Edward, who has won popularity as a television personality, author and allegedpsychicmedium, has also included Newcastle in his latest n tour, with a two-hour show at the Civic on Tuesday, October 30, at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $73.55 to $135, with the highest-paying audience members getting VIP treatment. Over the past 25 years he has actually managed to predict future events and, in his down-to-earth shows and best-selling books, has shown an ability to communicate with those who have passed to the other side.

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Toivonen under injury cloud for A-L derby

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Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat won’t rule him out but star striker Ola Toivonen faces a battle to make his A-League debut in Saturday night’s derby after missing training on Friday.
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The giant Swede is one several in doubt for the showpiece match, including club captain Carl Valeri.

There’s no doubt over Keisuke Honda, a confirmed starter at Marvel Stadium where 40,000 people are expected to welcome the champions back into action.

Georg Neidermeier and Corey Brown are also certain to debut, as is returning defender Nick Ansell.

Muscat said Valeri was “in a good place” even though the 34-year-old didn’t play in two recent friendlies.

Ever the optimist, Muscat was putting a positive spin on Valeri’s fitness issue, pointing to new-found depth following a strong summer of recruitment.

“He’s missed a couple of weeks through a little bit of a knock,” he said.

“We’ve got quite a few players that can play in that role.

“Keisuke has played the majority of his football in midfield, Raul (Baena), Leigh Broxham.”

Toivonen, 32, started behind the eight-ball as the last arrival into Victory’s camp and looks likely to start on the bench, if at all.

“Today was the first session he missed. We’ll wait and see in the morning,” Muscat said.

“He obviously wants to play.

“The exciting part of all this is possibly six or seven new faces in the 11.”

Should Toivonen miss, Kenjok Athiu could play in his first derby.

“And what a great opportunity for Kenny,” Muscat said. “He’s been working tirelessly. So there’s positives.”

Victory’s final selection issue is at right-back, where returning Socceroo Thomas Deng will be considered against Storm Roux.

“We were immensely proud of him. It’s a wonderful story isn’t it,” Muscat said of Deng.

“His family coming across to as refugees and getting the opportunity to represent your country was enormous … we certainly made a fuss when he got back.

“Whilst Tommy has been away and done remarkably well for himself Storm has been here working … there’s merits in both of them.”

Opponents Melbourne City aren’t without their selection issues, with eight youth internationals away, Osama Malik (calf), Michael O’Halloran (hamstring) injured and Curtis Good unfit.

“It’s great for the club and the kids but more difficult in training,” coach Warren Joyce said of his missing youngsters.

“It makes selection problems easy,” he laughed.

Ritchie De Laet and Florin Berenguer should start for their A-League debuts.

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Invincible Gem tipped to come back to best

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Kris Lees believes Invincible Gem is back to her best for Saturday’s group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400 metres) at Caulfielda year after a life-threatening bowel obstruction.
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FIRING: The Kris Lees-trained Invincible Gem winning the group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick in August 2017. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir

The marewas on track for a maiden Melbourne spring campaign last year after winning the group 2 Missile Stakes on resumption and backing up with third in the Tramway Stakes at Randwick in September.

However, colic surgery ended her preparation and she recovered to return with a third in the group 1 Canterbury Stakes in March. She was unplaced four times in group 1 company after that but was also third in the listed Luskin Star Stakes at Scone.

Lees believed the now five-year-old was primed to reproduce her best after an encouraging start to this campaign. Invincible Gemwas sixth in the group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) three weeks ago, butshe was only a half-length away from Redzel and Trapeze Artist, which ran one-two in the $13 million Everest (1200m) last Saturday.

“She had colic and it put her out for the spring,” Lees said Friday.“She’s had one prep back that was OK without winning, but her return run the other day would suggest she’s back to her best for mine. But she’ll need to be, it’s a tough race tomorrow.”

Invincible Gem rose quickly through the ranks as a three-year-old, winning four times, including in the group 3 Spring Stakes before a closesecondin the group 1 Randwick Guineas.

Lees said she would have likely raced in the Tristarc Stakes last year if fit.

“It’s a good lead in to the Myer Classic all being well,” he said.

From barrier eight with James McDonald aboard, she was a $9.50 chance with TAB Fixed Odds.

Lees was set to also racePrized Icon in the group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) at Caulfield but he was scratched on Friday and will likely next figure in theCrystal Mile next week or Kennedy Mile in two.

“He’s just got a bit of mucus in his airwaves,” Lees said.“It’s nothing significant but enough to save him for another day.”

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has Perast from gate 10 in the group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).

At Randwick, Lees will chase black-type for colt The Tenor, a last-start winner at Gosford,in the Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).

“It’s a very good race this year, but he’s a smart horse,” he said. “He was very tough in winning against moderate opposition, so we’ll see where he is at.”

Meanwhile, he said Le Romain would likely head tothe group 1 Kennedy Mile on November 3 following his fourth in the Everest.

“It’s three weeks into the mile, I think we’ll be able to prepare him for it,” he said.“I think it’s probably a better option than staying at 1200. I think the Darley Stakes is going to be a really hot race.”

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Hunter surfer Joel Pilgrim hugs it out with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Hunter surfer Joel Pilgrim hugs it out with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle All together now: A Fluro Fridays attendee, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Joel Pilgrim. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett
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All together now: Joel Pilgrim, in the white hat and standing to the right of Prince Harry, said the royal couple were “so happy to talk about mental health, come down and be part of the good vibes” with about 40 Fluro Friday attendees. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

All together now: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a laugh with Joel Pilgrim (back to camera). Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth

All together now: Sienna Studholme, 12, and Joel Pilgrim (middle) with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Louise Kennerley

All together now: A Fluro Fridays attendee, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Joel Pilgrim and Sienna Studholme. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

All together now: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a laugh with Joel Pilgrim (back to camera). Picture: Photo by Louise Kennerley

All together now: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a laugh with Joel Pilgrim (back to camera). Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

TweetFacebookWHEN Hunter-raised mental health advocate Joel Pilgrim shared with Prince Harry an easy way to boost wellbeing,he wasn’t expecting the tactile response.

“I said, ‘The best way to talk about mental health is by hugging it out,” Mr Pilgrim said.

“He said ‘Absolutely’ and it was a long embrace, it lasted about five seconds.

“He’s a bloody good hugger! It was a nice solid embrace. He’s a genuinely good guy.”

Related:Waves of Wellness founder Joel Pilgrim says surf therapy has ‘saved lives’

Mr Pilgrim, who studied occupational therapy at the University of Newcastle, embraced both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Bondi Beach on Friday.

The Duke andDuchess of Sussex were meeting with about 40 people affiliated with One Wave, which holds weekly Fluro Friday sessions at beaches around the world to raise awareness for mental health.

Participants dress up in bright colours to “bring mental health from the invisible to visible”and either surf, swim or do yoga together.

Mr Pilgrim is One Wave’s former mental health manager and has since started his own complementary charity, Waves of Wellness.

“It was so special to have Harry and Meghan down on the beach,” Mr Pilgrim said.

“They’re just like any other people, so the conversations were so real and so normal.

“They were saying how mental health is something close to their hearts, thatthey’re passionate about supporting it and they’re stoked we share that passion with them.

“Harry said‘We’ve all been through ups and downs and it’s so important to have conversations and normalise it’ andMeghan actually said‘We’ve seen what you guys have been doing for so long and we really wanted to be here–we had a say in this’.

“We were chatting about how it’s really important to come together and if something’s not okay, talk about it.”

Mr Pilgrim said the organisation had been discussing with Kensington Palace for a few months the logistics of staging the visit.

The Royal couple kicked off their shoes, were given floral leis and joined an “anti-bad vibe circle”.

Their 30 minute visit also includedspeakingto a surfing group and a yoga group.

“We struggled to get them off the sand, but we weren’t allowed to go into the surf and give them some surf therapy,” Mr Pilgrim said.

“They were just having arelaxed yarn with everyone.”

Mr Pilgrim was standing next toFluro Friday participant Sienna Studholme, 12,when she presented the couple with a surfboard the 40 attendees had signed.

“Meghan shook my hand and I said ‘At Fluro Fridays we don’t shake hands, we hug’,” hesaid.

“She said ‘Alright’ and put her arms out.”

Mr Pilgrim said one quarter of the population experiencechallenges withmental health sometime in their life, and the Royals shining a spotlight on One Wave would “spread the message of hope and that it’s okay to talk about it if things are not going so well”.

“Mental health awareness will go so far with these guys’support,” he said.

“This shows regardless of class and social status, these issues can impact everyone.

“It’sa pretty powerful way to communicate the message that it’s okay to not be okay.

“They’re playing a role in reducing the stigma.”

Mr Pilgrim will return to the Hunter next weekend for a mental health event, The Elephant in the Castle Gala.

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Hunter students praised HSC English Paper 2 as “fair and kind to us”

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Consistency is key: Rex Greaves and Sophia Derkenne have been balancing their daily study with exercise and preparing for a play, respectively. Rex wants to study economics and Sophia will audition for NIDA. Picture: Marina NeilHUNTER students have described their second Higher School Certificate paper as “fair and kind to us”, despite requiring a deepunderstanding ofa broad range of texts including books, speeches, poems and films.
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All Saints College St Mary’s Campus students Sophia Derkenne and Rex Greaves, both 18, were among the 57,396 NSW students who sat the English Standard or Advanced Paper 2 – Modules on Friday morning.

“I’m exhausted, I think it’s just something that happens when you have a lot of adrenaline before an academic performance –you then feel a physical and mental dullness afterwards,” Sophia said.

“It was alright and overall a pretty good paper.”

Related:Hunter students sprint to finish after Personal Development, Health and Physical Education examRelated:Hunter Higher School Certificate students say maths exam adds upRelated:Hunter students relegate content heavy exam paper to ancient historyRelated:Hunter Higher School Certificate students share verdict on English Paper 1Related:Hunter students out of the blocks for first Higher School Certificate examRelated:Higher School Certificate students urged to keep calm and try their bestCollege leader Rex said he was feeling “relieved”.

“It’s a pretty stressful period,” he said.

“There’s so much content you need to learn and you don’t know what questions they’re going to ask.

“It was a mid range exam and not as tough as other papers I’d seen, but still made you think hard about what you needed to write.

“Some of the questions were hard to interpret.

“But it was fair and kind to us.”

The students were given 125 minutes and required to write three essays.

For the first section about comparative study of texts and context, St Mary’s studied Intertextual Perspectives and focused on prose fiction and poetry:The Great Gatsbyand Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems.

They were given an extract fromThe Great Gatsbyto use as a “starting point” for an essay.

“In the past when they’ve included a quote they’ve said we had to make definite reference to it, but this time we could focus on the ideas, themes and concepts without having to analyse the quote,” Sophia said.

“This was the hardest question,” Rex said. “But you could provide more variety and depth.”

For the second section about critical study of texts, their school studied a series of speeches.

They were asked to what extent a provided statement applied to their texts.

“In the past it named specific speeches and so you had to know every speech,” Rex said.

“I was glad they didn’t this year, becausesome I had studied more than others.

“The question was nice and broad.”

Sophia chose to focus on two favourites, from Paul Keating and Noel Pearson.

“I had a really clear link that allowed me to write in depth, detail and with confidence.”

For the third section about representation and text, their school studied representing people and landscapes and focused on Rolf de Heer andPeter Djigirr’s filmTen Canoes.

They were asked to “evaluate” a provided statement.

“It gives you more scope than having to explicitly agree with it,” Sophia said.

“It helped it was the last modulewe studied before exams, not a year ago,” Rex said.

“The HSC is a big stepping stone to my future.”

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Commercial in confidence excuse deserves city’s deep disdain

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DARK DAYS: “Commercial in confidence has become the go-to obfuscation curtain for those wishing to avoid scrutinisation of the planning decisions of the NSW government and its development arms.” Picture: Max Mason-HubersIN NEWCASTLE, the information age should be renamed the non-information age. The golden year era of the non-information age in the future jewel of the Asia Pacific started with UrbanGrowth NSW, its secret deals with the GPT Group and the spot rezoning of sites around the Hunter Street mall.
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Basic details about the sale price of the mall were regarded as commercial in confidence. Yet the sale of the Port of Newcastle by the government for $1.75 billion was trumpeted far and wide. Commercial in confidence has become the go-to obfuscation curtain for those wishing to avoid scrutinisation of the planning decisions of the NSW government and its development arms. There’s a resignation from community groups and journalists to expect that response when inquiring about even seemingly bland planning decisions.

Revitalising Newcastle refused a Herald request to name the successful tenderer of a narrow strip of corridor land marketed as Merewether Street East and an adjoining block on Hunter Street called Darby Plaza.This is despite a spokesperson for Revitalising Newcastle sayinglast May that the “EOI (expressions of interest) process for both sites has now closed and we look forward to announcing the successful tenderer or tenderers in the near future”.

Almost six months after that undertaking, a spokesperson for Revitalising Newcastle – now controlled by the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation – said the successful tenderer would remain commercial in confidence. It did not say when an announcement would be made regarding the buyer’s identity.

Why can’t the people of Newcastle be told who has bought a part of the former rail corridor and adjoining land? Could it be a new car park company headed up by developer, car parking enthusiast and former lord mayor Jeff McCloy? Could it have been bought by a multinational conglomerate aiming to vertically integrate Newcastle’s boom industries of coffee shops, Thai massage parlours and bespoke markets? Or is it an organisation that Coalition advisors reckon will make a terrific announcement closer to the March election?

Regardless, this keeping people in the dark about the owner of this site deserves deep disdain. The government’s development arm in Newcastle does itself no favours by failing to live up to a previousundertaking and wheeling out the commercial in confidence excuse for non-disclosure.

The cost to taxpayers of the Hunter Development Corporation has skyrocketed since the NSW Coalition were elected. NSW parliamentary papers show thatwhen the Coalition won the 2011 election, the HDC had 20 employees and total wages were $2,408,000. In 2018, there are 22 employees and the projected wagesbill is set to hit $3,447,000. That’s a 43 per cent increase for two additional employees in seven years.

At NSW budget estimates in August, planning minister Anthony Roberts gave an undertaking to shadow local government minister Peter Primrose that he was “quite happy” to give a breakdown of the remuneration or salary provided to Michael Cassel, then chief executive of the HDC, the Central Coast Development Corporation and the project director for Revitalising Newcastle. Such information might have helped better understand the rocketing costs of HDC wages.But Roberts, despite that unconditional undertaking in the parliament, did not provide a breakdown of Cassel’s salary. His response was that Cassel was remunerated in accordance with the NSW Public Service Senior Executive Remuneration Management Framework. Hardly a breakdown.

Not long after questions regarding Cassel’s remuneration were asked in the parliament, the NSW government amalgamated the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporations. Two CEO jobs held by Cassel became one. Cassel remains the project director at Revitalising Newcastle.

Public access to government information is essential to maintaining faith in democratic governance, even in the absence of corruption. The free flow of information to interested members of the public is essential for their participation in the deliberative process and to hold elected representatives and appointees accountable.

Public disclosure of government information is not the only ingredient needed to sustain a healthy democracy, and disclosure has rarely been free from national security, privacy, and other considerations. But the commercial in confidence excuse depriving the NSW public of information on questions such as “who has bought this land?” has exceeded its use-by date. Challenging its use by government is costly and time consuming. Unwarranted reliance on it does not serve the public well and results in the exercise of authority being insulated from public oversight.

Its use needs an urgent overhaul. But Newcastle, don’t hold your breath.

Paul Scott is a lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle. In 2016, Herald readers voted him the Hunter’s most miserable man.

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Winning isn’t everything at Invictus Games

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n Invictus athlete Jamie Tanner will compete in his third and final Games in Sydney.Prince Harry’s Invictus Games unite thousands of wounded veterans from around the world through sport, but unlike most sporting contests this event isn’t about winning medals.
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For the 500 competitors from 18 countries competing at the week-long Games in Sydney this month, just being there is victory enough.

While they have gone through rounds of qualifications to secure a spot on their country’s team, selectors have also given huge consideration to who will benefit the most from the Games in terms of their rehabilitation.

For corporal Taryn Barbara, being part of this year’s Games has helped her deal with the mental and physical demons she faces on a daily basis because of hip and back injuries she suffered during an army physical training course.

The Brisbane-based army physical training instructor will compete in swimming events at the Sydney Games, which run from October 20-27.

“Being in the military, you are always trying to push through and hope things will get better but you end up making it worse. I was in denial about how bad it was,” the 32-year-old mum of two said.

“Invictus has been one of the best things I’ve done, just with helping my mental space.

“I think sometimes you become jaded and look at all the negatives but Invictus highlights the positive things.”

Sydney is the fourth city to host the Invictus Games since the inaugural event in London in 2014.

will field its biggest team yet, with 72 athletes competing in 11 adaptive sports including athletics, archery, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

Prince Harry’s inspiration to create an annual sporting event for wounded and ill veterans and serving military personnel came from his decade-long service with the British Army.

He was convinced sport could play a key role in helping wounded veterans “fix their lives” and raise awareness about the role they can play in the community.

Last year Harry cheekily summed up the ethos of the Games, telling British team members preparing to compete in Toronto: “Whether you are blowing smoke out of your arse as you cross the line makes no difference. It is what you are achieving, what you have achieved to get there.”

For Invictus Games Sydney chief executive Patrick Kidd, the event is all about celebrating the abilities of wounded veterans.

“It’s not about the person who’s best in their class at a particular activity. Medals are not what the driving force is,” he said.

“The Games are used as a platform for them to aim towards, to help stimulate their recovery and rehabilitation but also to help them get on and do something afterwards.”

Former soldier Ben Webb was part of the first n team that competed in London and describes his involvement as life changing.

Mr Webb, 35, joined the army straight after high school in 2001 but during his 12 years of service developed chronic pain syndrome as the result of several joint injuries.

He tried to hide the pain, a mistake that led to an emotional breakdown.

After receiving a medical discharge in 2013, he began volunteer work as a personal trainer with Solider On in Adelaide, where he heard about the London Invictus Games and soon found himself part of the n swim squad.

Mr Webb credits the Games as being a major turning point in his life as they shattered his feelings of loneliness and gave him the chance to make new networks, which ultimately led him to a job running the Veterans’ Centre at Dee Why RSL on Sydney’s northern beaches.

“I usually describe to people going to compete for the first time that Invictus is probably the most challenging and most exhausting experience they are going to have, but also the most rewarding,” he said.

While plenty of attention will be on Harry and his new bride Meghan when they attend the Sydney Games, organisers are determined that family and supporters of the veterans get their share of the spotlight.

Leesa Kwok will be one of them.

Her husband Jamie Tanner, 35, is competing at his third and final Invictus Games, with their children Danyan, 13, and Isobelle, 15 cheering him on in wheelchair tennis and rugby.

Mr Tanner developed several musculoskeletal injuries, PTSD, depression and adjustment disorder during his decade-long army career, which ended in 2011.

Ms Kwok says Invictus plays an invaluable role in recognising the “good, the bad and really ugly” the families of veterans go through while they are on the rehabilitation journey.

“Invictus is the one event that really honours and recognises that the recovery and rehabilitation of the wounded and ill serviceman or woman is not an individual journey, it’s a journey that the whole family has to traverse,” she said.

For her family, their greatest joy is the fact that Mr Tanner has gone from not being able to leave the house to competing at his third Games and qualifying for ‘s wheelchair tennis circuit.

“It would be awesome if he walks away with a medal but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter because what Invictus did was bring this man out for us,” she said.

“We don’t need a medal for that, and he doesn’t need a medal. We’ve got something a hell of a lot better.”

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