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.