Border breakfast wrap-up | Monday, October 31, 2016

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Here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.

Fresh five for WodongaFive newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.More here.

Past mayor proves hit for voters at age 80City voters in Wangaratta have turned to an 80-year-old former mayor to help lead the council after three years of administration.More here.

Four new faces voted inBallarat’s new council has been revealed.Previous mayor Des Hudson will retain his seat on south ward, along with fellow incumbent Jim Rinaldi and newcomer Ben Taylor, pushing out Peter Innes.More here.

Contaminants found in railway station soilSections of the Ballarat Railway Station car park have been fenced off amid fears elevated levels of contaminants have been found in the soil.More here.​

New Bendigo council revealedIt hasbeen an exciting weekend for the nine candidates who have been elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council.More here.

Mosquito coil sparks house fire at MandurangPeople have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.More here.

Man dies in HorshamA Horshanman, aged 32, has died after his four-wheel-drive hit a tree due to losing control on the Urquhart Street andKalkee Road overpass. More here.

VOTE HERE: Horsham Cup Best Dressed 2016| PhotosHave your say on who wore it best and you could win! More here.

RACV declares Portland roads the worst in VictoriaEvery few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves –often across double lines –to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims. More here.

Zombies shuffle their way down Port Fairy streetDozens of zombies shuffled their way down the main street of Port Fairy during what is set to become an annual event. More here.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

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Look beyond your comfort zone at work

Options: Federation Training Skills and Jobs Centre project manager Jackson Long said the centre would provide Latrobe Valley residents with ongoing support and skills when finding work. photograph emma watsonA Skills and Jobs Centre has opened at Federation Training’s Morwell campus, available to the young and old seeking a new career path or training option.
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Project manager Jackson Long said the centre was one of many across Gippsland, funded through the State Government to link job seekers to employers.

“We’re about giving people the skills and the ability to look for jobs further afield than what they would normally,” Mr Long said.

“Get them out of the box and let them look beyond what they would normally.”

As part of the centre, two industry engagement coordinators are knocking on industries’ doors to find out what local employers are after.

“They want to know what the employers would like to see come to their door; what sort of skills would you like to see come to your door that could help you improve your company?” Mr Long said.

He said this knowledge could then be transferred into advice for Valley job seekers, who often didn’t realise how employable they were.

“The jobs are pretty thin on the ground here in the Latrobe Valley, but (this is about) the idea of actually giving people the ability to go and get a job when they do find one, or perhaps look further afield than what they have in the past,” Mr Long said.

“They might think their skills are very limited to one job, so (this gives them) the ability to come in and talk to someone who’s got a pretty broad range of skills and knowledge with industry, to actually have a talk with them.

“They might say, ‘well I can only do this or I can only do that’, and after the interview they may think, ‘oh ok, I’ve got all these other skills’.”

FedTraining is holding a series of free workshops at the Morwell campus, covering employability skills, resume writing, where the jobs are and interviews.

For more information or to book your place, phone 1300 133 717, email [email protected]论坛 or visit 梧桐夜网federationtraining.edu419论坛/service/skills_and_jobs_centre

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Kids on the ball

Ball kids: Children from the Latrobe Valley helped out at the Traralgon ATP Challenger Tour. photograph hayley millsThey are often overlooked but it’s hard to imagine a successful tennis tournament without them.
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They are the ball children who spend their time chasing down loose balls to ensure matches run smoothly and with minimal delay.

Last week there were about 50 ball children who volunteered their time at the ATP Traralgon Challenger tournament.

Danielle Healey said she relished the opportunity to see the players up close.

“It’s good to be on court with players that you know are going to make it to the Australian Open or have played at Wimbledon,” Danielle said.

“It helps you know that you can use that (the insight gained watching the players) on court and improve your game and know that’s something that the players do.”

She said it was something she intended to continue in years to come.

Ryan O’Brien, who has been a ball child at the tournament for the past three years, said he enjoyed the banter with the players. He shared an experience with a player from this year’s edition.

“He hit a couple of aces and he wanted the same ball and I gave him the ball and he said ‘how do you know that’s it?’ and I said, ‘it’s dirtier’, Ryan said.

“He said ‘if that’s it it’s good’ and then he hit two aces with it.”

Hunter Eenjes said he joined in because he enjoyed helping the Traralgon Tennis Association and the players.

“(It’s) very entertaining, it can be scary sometimes when they crack it,” Hunter said.

Harriet Luders said she enjoyed it because “you get to know some more people and you get to watch some players and you can learn from them”.

“I didn’t get to do the whole week because mum said ‘you have to go to school’,” Harriet said.

“But I did get to do Monday and I’ve really enjoyed it – I’ve done it for the past four years.”

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Halloween in the Hunter 2016YOUR PHOTOS

Halloween in the Hunter | YOUR PHOTOS Dakota from Largs
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Brad Dixon – Lots of Trick or Treaters in Aberglasslyn

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BOO: This is my daughter dressed as a witch just before going to Cessnock ex services Halloween party

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INSTA @amberhope1 Halloween was pretty fabulous ! #spookyslutz

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BOO: Halloween at Coalfields Horse Riding Club, Stanford Merthyr Kurri Kurri.

BOO: Halloween at Coalfields Horse Riding Club, Stanford Merthyr Kurri Kurri.

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INSTA: @lusciouslib BOO… 👻🕸🎃🔮⚰️ 😍 these kids #halloween

CREEPY: Clover dressed as devil goat on the porch looking out for trick or treaters..Kids that came got to open Clovers haybox and get chocolates plus a special trick or treat. Picture: Shannon

INSTA: @kirbie1408 Bbbbbrrrrrraaaaaiiiiinnnnnsssss. #eodhalloween

INSTA: @beermeetsgirl Maria. #eclipse #twilight #halloween2016 #dressupfun #jaspersmaker #bloodredeyes

INSTA: @nahwan_05 Scary enough ⁉️ . #halloween #nightlife

INSTA: @3li_bigg3rstaff Super smash bros ft Sheremy 😵🔥 #mario #luigi #smashbros #trunkortreat #halloween #caesarcrew #tubby

INSTA: @lil__lil__ this would be how much work we did on Friday night #hollaweenatwork #workinghard #whatevenisdressup #dean #backbaristhebestbar

INSTA: @mystichippiegiftsandhealing Celebrating Halloween – witch readings available today #readings #mediumship #psychic #halloween

Brady & Jess

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Emily Brooker & Hailey from Rutherford

Tyler Reading, Jorja Reading, Jimmy Reading, Zaik Avery, Ziva Avery and Billy Threadgate all of Rutherford

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East Maitland Dance Headquarters kids Trick or Treating through Metford

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INSTA @becdymmakeup 🎃👻💀 #halloweenmakeup #makeupporn #ilovemakeup #skull #skullmakeup #creativemakeup #mua #newcastlensw #lovemymakeup

INSTA @coreygeoghegan Great people, Great costumes

INSTA @phoenix_mustaq Happy Halloween 🎃 #happyhalloween #halloweenVI #vampiresally #sallyfromAHS #sallyfromahshotel

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INSTA @reidyyy_93 Day of the dead celebrations ✨🎃💀🎃💀✨ #barcito #drank @hannahback

INSTA @theluckyhotel Happy Halloween!!! #theluckyhotel #halloween

INSTA @tianebrooks_ The Lucky Hotel Freakshow

INSTA @jessy_kennedy Halloween 2.0 with my husband 🦄

INSTA @georgi_phoenix_taylor When the fire starts to burn 🔥 MUA• @megggde • @southern_deadly_sins

INSTA @lmallder Put a lot of effort into my costume this year👻 #boo #bestdressed #beerpongchamps #happyhalloween

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INSTA @lucinda_victoria_ Halloween at the G, what a night.👻👭 😈 #halloween #kittycat #purr

INSTA @bek_pixie Tonight I got to perform with my soul sister. Happy Halloween round 2! @southern_deadly_sins @southern_fire_entertainment @georgi_phoenix_taylor #performance #thegateway #fire #fireartist #firedancer #poi #dancer #halloween #newcastle #newcastlensw

INSTA @andy.eklund I haven’t worn a Halloween costume in 30 years, but I couldn’t say no to a certain 7-year-old. #halloween #halloweenparty #beard

INSTA @kelssweaver Halloween was lit 💯😈 #hoesbelike #fam

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INSTA @thaladytara Getting Halloween ON with Lil man Jett Tanner #allhallowseve #madsteez

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INSTA @tarleyridgeway A serial killer and sonic walk into a bar…

INSTA @dakotaleew Halloween party with the girls😈 #girlsnightout #girlsnight #halloween #halloweencostume #party #burlesque #vampire #dontbeafraid #justsmile #appreciatethickthighs #thighhighstockings #corset #fangs #truebloodlove #pinup #inked #inkedgirls #girlswithtattoos #girlswholift #crossfitgirls #blood #bunny #queenofhearts #lovemyhashtags

INSTA @chrissor82 Couldn’t not walk out of spotlight without my free face painting…..happy early Halloween. #facepaint #skulls #skullncrossbones #newcastle #earlyhalloween #loveit

INSTA @notskeye ‘Twas a bloody good night

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INSTA @paul_dear All Hallows’ Evening 2016 #nofilter #availablelight #tigheshill #halloween2016

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INSTA @bronx666 “It’s Halloween everyday at our house” costume number 3 my little pumpkin head 🎃

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Lucia Valentina retired after injury setback

Kris Lees and Lucia Valentina. Picture: Getty ImagesUPDATED: Trainer Kris Lees confirmed on Tuesday that connections had decided to retire Lucia Valentina.
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The champion mare will head to Coolmore Stud and be serviced by Fastnet Rock, Lees Racing said via Twitter.

Lees issued a statement saying Lucia Valentina would begin her breedingcareer in the next fortnight.

The Lees stable announced on Monday that Lucia Valentina had inflammation toher off foreleg and she would miss the rest of the spring but the injury was expected to bring forward plans to begin her time as a broodmare.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing, but that’s racing,” Lees said.

“Lucia Valentina has been a wonderful mare to us.

“Whilst the injury is serious enough not to race her again, it won’t affect her career at stud.”

Lucia Valentina’s last race was a seventh to Winx in the Cox Plate and Lees indicated in his release that the injury almost certainly contributed to her below-par performance on October 22.

.Connections have decided to retire #LuciaValentina She will visit @coolmorestud#FastnetRock#ThankyouLucyhttps://t.co/r40KN2yoeM

— Lees Racing (@Leesracing) October 31, 2016

EARLIER: The racing career of Newcastle-trained, three-time group 1-winningmare Lucia Valentina could be over after she was withdrawn from the rest of the spring carnival on Monday because of injury.

Lucia Valentina was set to race in the $2 million Emirates (formerly Mackinnon) Stakes (2000 metres) at Flemington on Saturday ahead of a potential farewell to racing witha second Hong Kong Cup run in December.

However, trainer Kris Lees announced on Monday via Twitter that the six-year-old was out for the remainder of the spring carnival because of an inflammation in heroff-side leg.

Lucia Valentina, winner of the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April at Randwick,wasseventh in the Cox Plate (2040m) behind Winx on October 22 at Moonee Valley.

Lees hassaid he would take Lucia Valentina to Hong Kong only if she was racing in good form, like she was when finishing an impressive fifth in the rich event last year.

Lucia Valentina, a $60,000 yearling buy which has won $4,354,803 in stakes,was set to head to the breeding barn at the end of last autumn, but the stunning 2.3-length victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes convinced connections to race her on for another campaign.

She wasexpected to be one of the leading chances in Saturday’s group 1 Emirates at Flemington.

Meanwhile, Lees has one runner, Onemorezeta, on the Melbourne Cup program. She will race in the last, the group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m). Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has Jeanneau in the sixth, the listedLexus Hybrid Plate (1400m).

House of the Week: 7 Fort Drive, Newcastle East

The grand dame of Fort Drive TweetFacebook Rich history This East End terrace has been the home of an Ecuadorian ambassador, Newcastle MP and the mother of a renowned painter. The four walls of this charming Fort Driveterrace are drenchedin history.
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One of theoriginal owners of “Lynton” was Portia Bohannah Bennett, the mother of a famous painter of the same name.

It was the opulent residence of the ambassador to Ecuador, Manuel Gundelach between 1909 and 1921 before it passed into the hands of Arthur Rowland Gardiner, a former Newcastle MP.

A more colourful clientele moved in as it was advertised as a boarding house for“refined” ladies andgentlemen in the 1930s.

Itsurvived the Japaneseshelling, spent decades blanketed in smog from the ZaaraStreet Power Station, and has watched Newcastle East comefull circle as the working class moved out and the city’s elite returned to live by the ocean.

Beautifully maintained but essentially unrenovated, Vendor Sally Smith–who is relocating to the valley – admits that stepping inside the parlour, you can feel the weight of those that have gone before.

“Sometimes you can walk into an old house and it creeps you. But not this house. The minute I walked in, I felt good.

“It’s a privilege to livehere. You feel more like a custodian than a home owner.”

Pressed metal ceilings, leadlight windows and three fireplacesfeature across three storeys. An upstairs balcony offers views over the beach and harbour.

Ms Smith was wistful for thelocals who had been part of the fabric of the suburb for decades –like the Hays brothers and ‘Snake’ –butwere no longer around.

“They were alcoholics and untidy, but when you saw them you knew you were in the East End,” she said.

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Susan Duncan’s new view of life

Susan Duncan’s new view of life Susan Duncan and her dogs at her Benbulla property, near Wingham. She’s written about building a new home there with her husband Bob, in her latest book, High on the Hill. Picture: Scott Calvin
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Susan Duncan at her Benbulla property, near Wingham. She’s written about building a new home there with her husband Bob, in her latest book, High on the Hill. Picture: Scott Calvin

Susan Duncan’s husband Bob with cattle at their Benbulla property, near Wingham. Duncan’s written a new book about the project and life events: High on the Hill. Picture courtesy Susan Duncan

Susan Duncan with her “boys” at their Benbulla property, near Wingham. Duncan’s written a new book about the project and her life events: High on the Hill. Picture courtesy Susan Duncan

Susan Duncan in a shed on at her and husband Bob’s Benbulla property during construction of their house. Duncan’s written a new book about the project and life events: High on the Hill. Picture courtesy Susan Duncan

Sunrise at Benbulla. Picture courtesy of Susan Duncan

Susan Duncan and one of her dogs on her Benbulla property at Wherrol Flat near Wingham in the Manning Valley. Picture: Scott Calvin

Susan Duncan’s home at Benbulla. She’s written about building the new residence in her latest book, High on the Hill.

TweetFacebook The House on the Hill, Susan Duncan wanted to pack her bags and go.

“I said to my husband Bob ‘We are leaving the country, I don’t want to be around for any of this’,” said the former journalist and author of best-selling memoirSalvation Creek.

“Then I just thought about it, I’m 65, who cares what people think of me? We are all going to be dead one day, it doesn’t matter.”

The House on the Hill book was released, the publicity trail started and Duncan waited for the response.

“It’s quite interesting, I sort of geared myself up and not one person has said anything,” Duncan says. “People have just come up and patted me, which makes me teary when I think of it. There’s just this level of understanding and compassion that is just overwhelming.”

Duncan shared the grief of losing a husband and brother within days of one another in theSalvation Creek book. Shehas battled and survived breast cancer, edited two major women’s magazines and navigated foreign newsrooms – but through all of this, she still had one secret left to share.

For the first time Duncan has written about the sexual assault she experienced as a child at the hands of her grandfather – a secret her mother not only knew, but had experienced too.

Journey of discovery: Susan Duncan at her Benbulla home near Wingham. Picture: Scott Calvin

“I thought ‘I’ll just write it’. I’ll just put it in where it fits. I don’t sign contracts, the deal isn’t done, I don’t have to do this, I can pull it all back.”

“I gave it to Bob to read and I said ‘is this the most insane decision of my life? Or is the greatest error of judgement I’ve ever made?’.

“Part of it all too was all that stuff was going on in Ballarat and Newcastle [investigation of child sexual abuse by clergy]. I kept watching those incredibly brave and damaged adults stand up. Because the omission of something like that, is always conjoined with blame.

“Even though you’re a child, and you’re blameless, and you’re a victim in many ways, you always assume some type of blame. The terror is everyone will look at you as someone who is damaged and in ways you don’t want to be seen.

“The thing about Salvation Creek, is it was a tragedy, through no fault of my own. The thing about this, it’s that minuscule hint of blame, that sits in people’s mind.

“I was three or four years old, it’s just impossible to shake, even now.”

When asked why she ready to share with readers now, Duncan says:“I don’t even know that I was ready. I knew had to explain the chasm, the emotional chasm between my mother and I. When I found out the same thing had happened to her – that was the beginning of unravelling the whole anger between us. Just that underlying rage, just went.

“My mother is a very tough woman, but also extremely vulnerable.She’s one of those personalities, she’s quite narcissistic, in the sense she’s always been extremely beautiful, people have always fallen at her feet. Whatever happens to anyone else, she only sees how it affects her. I remember when I told her I had cancer, she said ‘well you may as well take me with you’, as if me getting cancer had killed her. That huge ego, that low self-esteem, that kind of makes her, her own worst enemy in a lot of ways.

“At the same time I owe her everything, she did what she hoped, and what was the best for me. She made sure I didn’t fall by the wayside. She made sure I had a good education. So she did really well and I’m eternally grateful.

“And I’m really glad we’re not angry at each other anymore.”

Duncanwas far from telling the story of what happened to her and her mother;The House on the Hill was going to be about just that -building a house.

“I thought I’d write a short book on what’s it like taking on a project that’s bigger than you think you should,” Duncan says. “The first draft was a total Pollyanna look at building a house. I didn’t put in any of the downsides, which I think is a natural instinct with most writers. When I read it back and I thought, this isabsolute shite.

“Anyone reading this would know it’s full of either glaring omissions about the stuff that goes wrong or just someone who hasn’t understood the whole process.

“So I went back and started again, around that time my mother had a triple bypass.

“I was starting to understand ageing from my own perspective, and also from hers.

“I thought nobody writes about ageing, and being a journalist I thought there’s a reason for that – it’s because no one wants to read about ageing, because none of us want to admit it.

“But I thought I don’t care, somebody needs to write about ageing and I needed to write about ageing.

“Because in the process of writing, you understand more, it forces you to think things through, not just roll over the surface of things, so I started to understand more.”

What no one could understand was why Susan wanted to leave her beloved Pittwater.

Leaving Pittwater“Everyone at Pittwater was saying “Are you cracked? Why would you leave Pittwater?,” Susan said.

“Even Bob’s children were saying ‘Dad aren’t you a bit old to do this?’.”

At Pittwater, Bob and Susan shared a home called Tarrangaua which was built for poet Dorothea Mackellar in 1925.

Located on the shimmery waters of Lovett Bay, the grand old house and its surrounds, was the setting of Susan’s award-winning memoirs Salvation Creek (2006), The House at Salvation Creek (2008) and A Life on Pittwater (2010).

“The truth is you get older,” she said.

“Travelling home by boat at night, when it’s stormy – it’s quite challenging.

“And if you don’t travel you start to feel imprisoned by your house.

“During those months when it’s cold, when the light drops at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, having somewhere else would be a perfect thing.

“What we did not realise is we would fall totally in love with it and now Pittwater feels like a holiday house – it’s amazing what’s happened.”

Finding WinghamSusan and Bob discovered the charms of country life, when Bob, a civil engineer, was asked to build a kiln for Wingham’s Lincoln Brickworks.

Owned by the Baker family, it was a make-or-break plea to save a long-running family business.

At first Bob said no, which later turned to a yes.

During the project Susan and Bob stayed in BnBs and rented.

On weekends they would travel the countryside, from the sub-tropical rainforests to the coast.

They covered huge ground within the vast Manning Valley and had started to love the place.

“We were really lucky we knew everyone from the brickworks,” Susan said.

“and I mean Wingham, what an exquisite, manageable little town.

“It’s got everything you could possibly want and no traffic jams.

“Whereas Mona Vale in 20 years has become a metropolis of coffee and dress shops, neither of which really interest me.”

The house on the hillSusan and Bob’s initial home ideas were humble.

They wanted a cottage, with power and water, with the ambition of one day going solar.

It would be a small acreage with no hills – they had 88 steps up to their Pittwater home, and it was time for a nice, flat landscape, with a good road.

“We wanted everything good for when we get our slippers out and get into old age, and which I’d have to say we’re there,” she said.

Susan DuncanA domestic lifeLife may be slower in the country, but it’s hard work, something Bob and Susan must tend to every day across their close to 300 acres.

“Here you can’t put off,” Susan said.

“Take fireweed – if you don’t do it before it goes to seed, you’ve got seven years of it.

“You can’t not weed the garden, you can’t not fertilize and get the worm wee and spray it – you’ve got to do it, and you get fitter.

“What is so lovely about this life, is it’s profoundly domestic – which I love.

“It’s a celebration of the domesticity which is so easy to lose because you think I’m tired I’ll just go get a take-a-way.

“If I’ve grown 30 cauliflowers I’m not going to waste one, I’m sorry, I’m just not, so you’re pickling it.

“And if you don’t cook, you don’t eat.”

Second chanceSusan describes the house and their new life in the Manning Valley as a “second chance”.

“When you stay in a place for a long time, like Pittwater, as magical as it is, it’s impossible not to take some of the magic for granted occasionally.

“What having here is, is a whole new magic and when you go back there you see the old magic again more clearly.

“I just think I’m lucky, privileged, I don’t know how, but I’ll take it thanks.”

DedicationThe House on the Hill is dedicated to Susan’s husband Bob.

“If you have a relationship with someone and it’s right, everything’s easy, even the bad parts are easy,” Susan said.

“I’ve thrown everything at Bob to get him to walk away – and he never has.

“He likes the problems, I run from them, he likes the journey, I just want to get there and have it.

“Even when we garden, he plants things so tenderly – I pull out all the weeds

“I’m just very lucky. He came along at a time in life, when everyone said ‘it’s over’, ‘you are too old’, but you are never too old.”

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ACCC keeps eye on Port after sell-off

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. PICTURE: THE head of Australia’s consumer watchdog says he is keeping a “watching brief” over the privatised Newcastle Port.
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Rod Sims, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, told a Senate economic legislation committee earlier in October that the port sale was a “good example” of potential negative consequences of selling a monopoly asset.

“Our first concern with the Port of Newcastle was that it was privatised without what we would see as any effective regulation over price,” Mr Sims said.

“They bought it at $1.75 billion [and]revalued it to $2.4 billion and immediately pushed up the navigation charges by 40 per cent or more.

“So we thought that was, I am afraid, a rather good example of what we were worried about, because they are a complete monopoly.”

Mr Sims, who has been critical of the Newcastle Port privatisation in the past, also confirmed the ACCC had been consulted by the state government on its controversial decision to impose a cap on container ship movements as part of the sale.

“We did have a look at that [the cap] and we did engage with the state government on that,” he said.

“We are still keeping an eye on that.”

A spokeswoman for thePort of Newcastle said its pricing “remains competitive”, noting thatport charges account for“less than onepercentof the free on board cost of coal” which she said was comparable to other east coast ports.

“Port of Newcastle has an obvious commercial imperative to ensure that the port remains competitive and to maximise trade volumes through the port,” she said.

“The success of its business depends on it.”

She said Port pricing had only increased 1.2 per cent while under government ownershipin the 20 years prior to the pricechange introduced last year.

Mr Sims said the lack of pricing regulation was his “dominant concern”.

“We think that if you are actually increasing charges by those amounts and you have the potential to increase charges by that amount then that can have a serious effect on investment plans of the users of the port,” he said.

He said the “competition issue” with the cap was “more complicated” because “you have to think about what could happen if the clause was not there”.

“But it is a hard one because sometimes there is no need for an alternative [container] port for some time,” he said.

“On the other hand, sometimes that area would prefer to have a more local port.

“So we are just keeping an eye on what is going on there.”

The Newcastle Heraldfirst revealed the long-denied cap on container movements through the Port of Newcastle in July.

The agreement with the Port of Newcastledictatesonce a“cross-payment” threshold of 30,000 containers – plus 6 per cent yearly growth – was reached at Newcastle, the operator would have to pay the owners of the Port of Botany $1 million for every ship.

Premier Mike Baird described the cap as “smart”.

Cessnock jail: Residents welcome expected closure of Lindsay Street entrance

LOCK THE GATE: Lindsay Street resident Vicki West is among those who have called for the relocation of the Cessnock jail entrance. THE expected closure of the main entrance to Cessnock jail as part of expansion plans has been welcomed by residents who for years have complained about heavy traffic caused by the prison.
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But the city’s mayor, BobPynsent, is yet to receive a formal guarantee from Corrections Minister David Elliott that the state government will close the gate on Lindsay Street, moving the entrance to Wine Country Drive, ahead of Thursday’s release of the Review of Environmental Factors report.

Cr Pynsent described a meeting with Mr Elliott on Monday as “positive”, despite receiving “no detail” on whether the government would address council’s specific concerns about the impact of the expansion on public infrastructure.

“[Mr Elliott] wasn’t giving away very much at all in regard to detail,but he opened the door to discussing issues raised in the REF with him,” he said. “The minister wanted to hear what our main issues over the expansion were.”

The expansion would make Cessnock home to the state’s largest prison, with a population of 1800 maximum and minimum security inmates.

It has been fiercely opposed by the community over safety and infrastructure concerns.

But the latest twist, revealed by theNewcastle Heraldon Sunday, is that the government is prepared to make concessions.

Chief among those is the mootedclosure of the Lindsay Street entrance.

Lindsay Street resident Vicki West said the entrance’s closure would be a win for community pressure.

“It’s good news for our street,” she said.

Cessnock prison guards are also supportive of the Lindsay Street entrance being closed.

Thechairman of the guards’union, Paul Jones, said “everyone is in favour” of a new entry point.

“Not only the local residents want it, butit’s better for us because we don’t want trucks going through suburban streets,” he said.

Mr Jones said he believed the state government was now taking a “wider view” on the expansion by taking on board community feedback.

“They’ve listened to the community, which is a good thing, that’s a plus,” he said. “I know our GM is making every effort to consult with the community.”

The government is unlikely to revise its prison population forecasts for Cessnock.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr told theNewcastleHeraldon Sunday he was not channelling his opposition into securing a reduction in the number of new inmates. Likewise, Cr Pynsent said he was focussed on getting the “best possible deal”, and is not totally opposed to the expansion.

NSW Firefighter Championships action at Norah Head, October 27-29photosvideo

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HOST brigade Wyong achieved its goal of a Top 5 finish at theFire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships at Norah Head this week –but it could have been even better.

The event is described as the Olympics of firefighting, and continues a 100-year-old tradition of athletic and technical competition between firefighters.

TAKING AIM: A firefighter hits his target to complete one of 15 events staged at Norah Head as part of the State Firefighter Championships. Pictures: David Stewart

Held over three days at Norah Head Sports Ground, the championships saw brigades from Fire and Rescue NSW, and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) race against the clock, and rival teams, in a number of challenges designed to test their teamwork, speed and efficiency.

Wyong station commander Captain Jamie Loader said competition across all three days was very close.

“If you look at some of the results, there was less than 0.1 seconds between first place and fourth place,” Captain Loader said.

He said Wyong was hoping for a Top 5 finish, and achieved that goal, finishing fifth overall in the pointscore for theAlfred Webb Cup, which was won comfortably by Bega.

Wyong had a string of unfortunate events derail their campaign.

That included experiencing a knot in their hose, an occurrence Captain Loader said was extremely rare for his well-drilled team.

Hosts Wyong unlucky but still hit Top 5 in NSW Firefighter titles | photos | video SPEED MAN: Action from the four-person hose and hydrant event at the Fire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships, at Norah Head Sports Ground, today. Pictures: David Stewart

HOSTS: Members of the Wyong brigade featured in this presentation.

WELL DONE: Wyong brigade captain Jamie Loader, left.

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Spring Racing Fashion 2016: How to make your make-up go the distance on race day

Choosing the right products will help make your race-day make-up last. Photo: Lintao ZhangA day at the races calls for some pretty stealthy make-up. There is sun, rain, drinking, kissing – the real and air varieties – and, let’s be frank, a little sweating.
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Tony Baumann, head of artistry for Mecca, said his ultimate secret weapon is a setting spray, such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, which at $23 is a very affordable armour for your kit.

“It’s important to be confident your make-up will last the distance,” he said. “Once you have applied your make-up, spray [the product] from an arm’s length away, making sure you work your way across for even coverage. Let it dry, then repeat.”

With Cup Day all about the bold lip, it’s important to choose a “punchy” colour that looks great in photos but doesn’t compromise on moisturising power and longevity, says Baumann.

He recommends exfoliating lips before applying a lip balm, which you tissue off for a perfectly primed pout.

Baumann likes lipstick formulations from By Terry and NARS, which has a matte lip pencil that is still moisturising.

“Red and pink are classic racing colours but don’t save plum for the cooler months, it looks incredibly chic trackside,” he says.

Maintaining a smooth, glowing complexion is the cornerstone of long-stay make-up, so a good primer and powder are absolute must-haves.

Baumann likes Hourglass’ Veil Primer with NARS pressed powder. The combination will set you back about $130 but it’s an investment in your best asset – your face. And it will look much better in all those selfies you’ll take on the day.

As far as what to pack for the track, here are Baumann’s top tips:

1. Lipstick

“It goes without saying, always bring your chosen lip colour with you for any touch-ups throughout the day.”

2. Pressed powder 

“Used to take off excessive oil and add some more pigment to keep make-up looking fresh.”

3. Bronzer or blush

“For instant colour lift to take you from the race track to the after-party.”

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Insulin pumps are changing the lives of the Type 1 diabetics who can afford themVIDEOPHOTOS

LIFE CHANGING: Type 1 diabetics David Pike, Annette Parkes-Considine and Gai Hartwell at Hunter Diabetes Centre holding the insulin pumps that have made managing their disease much easier. Picture: Fairfax MediaADVANCES intechnologyhave helped to change the lives of people livingwith Type 1 diabetes, but without government funding, some treatment options remain unaffordable for many patients, a local expert says.
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Dr Claire Morbey, an endocrinologist at the Hunter Diabetes Centre in Merewether, said new technologies such as insulin pumps were making it much easier for people with Type 1 diabetes to manage their disease.

But at $10,000 a pop, and ongoing costs, the new technology was not an option that every patient could afford.

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“It has been left in the shadows for a long time, and where the money for diabetes goes is with the kids. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation gets a lot of money.

“But what happens to people who have had it for 50 or 60 years who do have the complications, who do have trouble managing their diabetes? There is this big black hole.”

Thanks to apatient assistance program being offered by insulin pump company Medtronic,Dr Moreby was able to secure a complimentary“MiniMed” for one of her patients, David Pike.

Dr Morbeysaid many patients, particularly those without private health insurance, could just not afford to buy the pumps that would improve their quality of life.

Mr Pike, and fellow Hunter Diabetes Centre patientGai Hartwell, said the technology had come a long way since they were first diagnosed.

Mrs Hartwell, who has had the disease for almost 60 years, said she had gone from sharpening her needles on an oil stone, testing her sugar levels with test tubes andbunsen burners, and eating the same foods in the same amounts every day, to now having her insulin drip-fed to her consistently throughout the night and day by her new pump.

The technologyhad stopped her lapsing into comas while she slept.

“Having Type 1 diabetes is like jail, you are a slave to it,” Mrs Hartwell said.

“I’m fairly new on the pump, butI can see it’s going to be an absolute dream. I am broke. Absolutely broke. The ongoing costs are unbelievable.

“The healthier we stay without having to have amputations, without going blind, without getting gangrene or having kidney failure – that added expense on the government would be saved if people could have better access to these pumps.”

Dr Morbey said many of her patients closelyguarded their precious pumps.

“Our older patients, who have had to go through all of this in the past,really know and appreciate what a difference this technology makes, and they guard them with their life,” Dr Morbey said.

Golf: Merewether launches junior academy

ROOM TO MOVE: Merewether director and junior co-ordinator Andy Piggott in the new room in the club house dedicated to children. Picture: Simone De PeakMEREWETHER have launched a new junior academy designed to attract players to the game and develop the next batch of stars.
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The brainchildof director and junior co-ordinator Andy Piggott, the academy is for kids aged five to 13. They enter as white-hat beginners, who complete a 10-week introductory program run by club pros Paul Smith and Adam Cecil.From a white hat, they progressto red hat and eventually green hat.

“We are trying to make it more appealing to kids and better value for money overall,” Piggott said. “Kids get rewards with the hat system and feellike they are progressing. Membership is $50 which allows the junior member to play for free year-round. It also allows their parents or grand parents, if they are not members, to play at members rates.”

As well asthe academy, the club has an elite squad and regular tuition for middle-ground juniors.

“We are trying to develop every kid to jump those levels,” Piggott said.

The academy coincides with the opening of a “juniors room” in the club house.

“We found if juniors were at competition level they would go up into the club house and be around adults,” Piggott said. “The room is somewhere they can hang out and has all the technology that they would normally use. It doubles as a kids room when people are having meals at the club.”

* It might not rank as Nathan Green’s biggest win but it is certainly one of his fondest. Green fired a six-under 66 to be joint winner alongside Leigh McKechnie, Andrew Dodt and Taylor Cooper of the Waratah Pro-am on Saturday. Green started as a 10-year-old cadet at Waratah and was a member there until he turned pro.

* The Vintage’s Dylan Perry narrowly missed out on defending his NSW Country Championship crown at Goulburn Golf Club on Sunday.The 21-year-old shot four-under 66 to lead by three after day one but struggled in the wind on Sunday to card a 73 and finish second behind Anthony Brunero (71-66). Perry’s clubmate Joshua Knott (72-73) was 10th.

Perry and Charlestown’s Blake Windred will play in the NSW Open at Stonecutters Ridge next Thursday.

* Troy Brouwer (Belmont), Andrew Lange (Lorn), Mitchell Bodycote (Rothbury), Joshua Crampton (Cessnock), Camran Walton (Kurri Kurri) and Corey Lamb (Branxton) have been invited to play in a junior pro-am at Stonecutters Ridge on Wednesday afternoon.

* Iain Carthew won his third consecutive club championship at Beresfield on Saturday, shooting a course-record five-under 62.

* Newcastle Golf Club will host the Kloster BMW Newcastle Cup over 36 holes on November 12-13.The club is trialling the new two-day format, which this year will include the Autumn Record vardon event, which was postponed in May due to poor weather.