England players talk up ‘workaholic’ Jones

Eddie Jones was appointed coach of England’s rugby national team in November 2015.England rugby players have spoken of the obsessive habits of “workaholic” coach Eddie Jones ahead of the opening of their Six Nations defence this weekend.
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Former Wallabies boss Jones has steered England to 22 wins in 23 matches since taking over the team in late 2015 – with the only defeat coming against Ireland in last year’s Six Nations when they already had the championship wrapped up.

Jones was said to have mellowed in his ways after suffering a stroke five years ago, which left him temporarily paralysed on one side of his body and changed his perspective on life.

But in a series of interviews with the BBC, England players have painted a picture of an intense rugby fanatic who is utterly relentless in his pursuit of improvement, works around the clock and often sews doubt into the minds of those around him to keep them on edge – even when he is not around.

“If you’re not working hard enough, you’ll get a good kicking,” centre Jonathan Joseph said.

“He calls and texts. When I see his name come up on my phone, I hope it’s a good message.

“Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

“He could be watching you in your club game, and after 72 minutes he’ll spot you doing something he likes or dislikes, and he’ll text you there and then.

“You’ll come into the changing room and see when he’s texted you, and know that he’s definitely been watching.

“He’s pretty invincible. He lives and breathes rugby, and he knows exactly what he wants from his team and his individual players.

“He knows every single bit. And he loves it.”

Jones has steered England to five consecutive wins over Australia and has relished in prevailing in his ongoing mental battle with his ex-Randwick teammate Michael Cheika.

England are second-favourites to win the 2019 World Cup – only behind New Zealand, who they are due to meet for the first time during Jones’s reign later this year.

They open their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Monday morning.

So, you want to get away but not travel overseas?

Photographer Jonathan Carroll captures the people and the spirit of Broughton Island.Marg Moore sits on abed in asparsely furnished hut. Above her on the wall hang two clocks and a barometer. One of the clocks has stopped.
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But that is one reason why Moore travels from Sydney to Broughton Island a few times every year. For on this dramatic lump of land that piercesthe Tasman Seanorth-east of Port Stephens, you can feel as though time doesn’t matter.

“You can lead a very simple life here,” says Moore, who is visiting the island for 10 days.

The connections to contemporary civilisation are tenuous on Broughton Island. The hut Moore occupies is namedBroughton Hall, andit is one of eight strewn along the head of Esmeralda Cove, like debris carried in on the tide.

Mobile phone reception is sporadic, Broughton Hall’s toilet and shower are outside, solar batteries provide the power, and television doesn’t exist in the hut.

“People ask, ‘What do you do all day? Watch the seagulls?’,” Moorehad chuckled a little earlier, as she strolledalong ProvidenceBeach on the island’s north shore.

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But in this moment, as she gazes out the hut’s front window, Moore is silently answering that question. She is absorbing the view. The water in the cove has been polishedby the afternoon sun into something opalescent. Over to the left is the island’s highest point, Pinkatop Head, while straight ahead, beyond the cove’s calming influence, the sea is still heaving from a fierce southerly earlier in the week.

Marg Moore in the hut that four generations of her family have used. Picture: Scott Bevan

The views alone arean indication of why those in the huts have tenaciously held onto them for many years, through generations. Marg’s parentscame here, her siblings come here, her children and grandchildren come here.

“We’re just privileged,” muses Moore. “But it’s not privileged in an elitist sense, it’s just luck; we’re lucky.”

Yet on this island where time can mean nothing, those with the holiday huts wondered for years whether they were living on borrowed time, and they were worried their luck was about to run out.

The string of huts at the head of Esmeralda Cove. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Broughton Island has always demanded effort to reach it.

But the island’s promise of bountiful fishing around its fringes, the natural beauty of its terrain, and the reassurance of protective coves and sandy beaches on which to land has enticed many to put in that effort.

For many generations, the Worimi people paddled over from the mainland, which, at its closest point, is about two and a half kilometres across the water.

From the late 1800s, Italian and Chinese fishermen camped on the island. In the early years of the 20th Century, fishermen put down roots in the sand. On the island’s north side, a group of Greek fishermen established a settlement, which came to be known as Little Salonika, while along the south-eastern shores, in Esmeralda Cove, British-Australians built shacks.

Yet it seems science beat the fishermen to building near the beach.About 1906, a team of biologists searchingfor a way to kill off Australia’s ballooning rabbit problem was conducting experiments on the island, and a laboratory and living quarters were built on a site overlooking Esmeralda Cove.

The experiments didn’t work and the scientists left, but the rabbits didn’t. They flourished on the island, creating a century-long environmental problem until they were eradicated in 2009.

Apart from fishermen, the sea has carried to Broughton Island a range of characters, from sailors seeking shelter and shipwreck survivors to property developers with dreams of creating a tourist resort, and even an alleged Soviet spy.

And like the sea itself, the characters on the island were constantly shifting. While a few hardy souls lived on the island, the huts became rough holiday accommodation.

Broughton Island wasa place of escape, of seclusion, of rest and recreation, where there were plenty of fish and very few rules. And for those reasons, the island has also been a place of tall tales and true.

Author and long-time visitor to Broughton Island, John “Stinker” Clarke, in the water at Esmeralda Cove. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

“Everything around here reeks with history,” declares John “Stinker” Clarke.

A keen angler and Port Stephens Examiner fishing columnist for more than 30 years, Clarke has been beguiled by Broughton Island ever since he first visited in late 1979. And he has shared that fascination, writing a book titled Broughton Islanders.

When we catch up on the island, “Stinker” is holidaying with his family.

“I haven’t been here since 2001, and it hasn’t really changed,” says JodieClarke, “Stinker’s” daughter.Her nine-year-old son, Archie, has just been feeding fish to acouple of stingrays in the shallows and declares, “the animals are so friendly”.

REFRESHING: Author and long-time island visitor John “Stinker” Clarke is given an impromptu shower after a swim. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Yetthe holiday community on Broughton Island has changed through the years. For one thing, “Stinker”says, the island hasn’t always been so family-friendly.

As Clarke’s book vividly details, there was a time when it wasn’t history that reeked around the huts. The buildings were rough and ready, and apparently so was the atmosphere. The odours of fish, rotting bait, rubbish and grog were pervasive.

Broughton Island, “Stinker” says, was “wild” and “blokey”.

“That was the mentality of this place; drink until you drop. If you saw a woman step ashore, you’d think, ‘Here’s trouble’.”

Yet the community gradually changed, and the huts were cleaned up, if not furnished with modern conveniences, whenwomen and children began steppingashore with the men for island holidays.

Marg Moore was first taken to the island as a four-year-old in 1963 by her father, Doctor Gerry Sertori.

The huts at the head of Esmeralda Cove. Picture: Scott Bevan

When the young doctor arrived in Nelson Bay in 1960, he was taken on the 19-kilometre boat ride to Broughton and fell in love with the place, and not just because of the fishing.

“Dad loved getting away to here, because he could get away from the phone,” recalls Marg.

“He loved the detachment, and it’s something I love.”

Not that Dr Sertori could leave the medical work behind.

“Whenever he was here, there’d be a string of patients, people getting cut on the rocks and needing stitches,” she says.

The hut that became the Sertori family’s bolthole was given to them by a fisherman.

“He was walking away – ‘Here, you have it’,” says Marg Moore. “It’s not something we acquired, it’s not about being rich, it’s just rolled over.”

“Broughton Islander” Marg Moore. Picture: Scott Bevan

Yet the ground shifted for the “islanders” after Broughton Island was gazetted as part of Myall Lakes National Park in 1972. In effect, they becameprivate property owners on public land. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service wanted the huts gone, and, in 1984, the plan was to remove them.

But the hut owners and users fought back. To them, it was about more than buildings; it was about preserving a tradition, protecting the island and providing a shelter for mariners. They formed into a group, which eventually became the Broughton Island Conservation Society Incorporated.

“They took their opposition to the politicians,” says Jeff Pettifer, the current president of the Broughton Island Conservation Society Incorporated.“They managed to convince them that they provided a significant and essential service to the island.”

Jeff Pettifer has been coming to Broughton Island for about half a century, since he was a teenager. His father, Noel, had bought a hut from Wally Clayton, the alleged Soviet spy who was caught up in the Petrov affair in the 1950s.

Jeff and his loved ones still use the hut, which is called Esmeralda, although it has been updated and modified. It even has aflushing toilet inside: “Women, they love a flushing toilet.”

Broughton Island Conservation Society Inc President Jeff Pettifer outside the hut his father bought. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Jeff’s father also remains close to the island.

“My Dad’s ashes are out there,” says Jeff, pointing beyond the cove to a bombora.

Noel Pettifer was part of the fight for the Esmeralda Cove settlement. He wasn’t alone then, and his memory isn’t alone now. Attached to the side of one hut are a few memorial plaques for islanders who have died. The plaques praise those departed men for being part of “the struggle” to retain the huts.

After about 10 years of struggle, the huts’ ownersreached an agreement with National Parks in 1994. The buildings could remain, and theowners couldkeep using themfor casual recreational use. Not that they were called hut owners anymore. They weremembers of the Broughton Island Conservation Society Incorporated (BICSI), which owns the huts and has a licence with National Parks for the use of the sites.

The BICSI memberspay about $1500 a quarter for each hut. That money is used by BICSIfor maintaining the island’s essentials, including the sewerage system, and by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to help fund management programs, such as weed eradication.

National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Susanne Callaghan on Pinkatop Head, the highest point on Broughton Island. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Susanne Callaghan is the NPWS ranger who takes care of Broughton Island.

She acknowledges the battle over the huts meant the service and the “islanders” were at loggerheads for many years. But the relationship has improved,and is still improving,as everyone learns how to balance conservation and recreation on the 114-hectare island.

“Currently, it’s fantastic,” Callaghan says of the relationship. “We’re all together in the national park, and we’ve got to learn to live together.

What’s more, the NPWS has become part of the community in a physical sense; the service’s hut was erected just a few years ago at the northern end of the trailof the seven older shacks.

“I think that community feel is there; for instance, helping each other unload boats,” Callaghan says.

“The huts themselves, they do add character to the place – and so do the characters within them. I’m always hearing stories about Broughton I didn’t know, and there’s always someone to have a yarn and laugh with.”

“Broughton Islander” Steve Brown with his grandson, Beau.

Sitting out the front of Esmeralda is Steve Brown, who is a farmer near Tweed Heads. His father and Jeff Pettifer’s dad were best mates. So they shared this hut. And their families still do. The 61-year-old is holidaying in Esmeralda with his wife, Jane, their son, Scott, and grandsons, Beau and Vinny.

“This is like a farming community,” says Steve Brown.“You certainly look out for the other hut people.”

Marg Moore, with a beer in hand, joins us. She and Steve list the huts around the cove, starting from the south: Gull’s Way, Marlin Hut (because it has a marlin sculpture attached to the the front of it), Nevo’s, Westybrook (a combination ofWest Wallsend and Muswellbrook), Esmeralda, Broughton Hall, Snapper Tracker, and the National Parks hut.

Marlin hut and its neighbours along Esmeralda Cove. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

For those who know aBICSI member, it is possible to receive the keys to what feels like the kingdom, at least for a week or two. But advertising the huts as holiday accommodation is not allowed.

“You can’t have random people ina hut,” explains Marg.“You have to be very responsible tenants. You have to be careful and respect the rules.”

Fishing mates Jeff Nevin, Larry Timmins, Steve Nevin and Mick Edwards outside the Snapper Tracker hut. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Staying in Snapper Tracker before Christmas are four blokes who are friends of the hut’s occupant. They sit near a water tank, poetically called the “Tank of Knowledge”, while enjoying a beer and a yarn.

“There’s a lot of big fish caught around that tank, I can tell you,” smilesJeff Nevin, from East Branxton.

Jeff says he and his son, Steve, have been coming out here each year for the best part of two decades. Steve adds that he celebrated his 21st on the island: “We were stranded. Four-metre seas. So a lot of tequilas.”

Island visitor Steve Nevin outside a hut. Picture: Scott Bevan

They come for the fishing.

“And the relaxation,” says their mate, Mick Edwards, from Greta.

“Without women,” nods Jeff, his comment perhaps reflecting that the old days haven’t entirely disappeared.

“You don’t get nagged out here,” offers his son.

“It’s a privilege we’re allowed to come here,” says Jeff Nevin. “We look at ourselves as being very privileged. You’ve got to look after the place.”

The “Tank of Knowledge” outside one of the huts. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Looking after Broughton Island is becoming more complex. For it’s not just the hut users and the National Parks rangers who are on the island. Scientists, volunteers and researchers stay in the National Parks building, and campers pitch tents on specially built platforms overlooking Little Poverty Beach, the next cove around from the huts.

The number of camping visitors is growing, from 844 in 2016 to 1040 last year. But Susanne Callaghan adds that a maximum of 30 campers are allowed on the island at one time, to minimise environmental damage.

Among those camping on a recent weekend were three sea kayakers, who had paddledfrom Jimmy’s Beach at Hawks Nest, pressing against a headwind and riding the swell for five hours.

“By the time we arrived, it was a big relief – ‘We’re here!’,” says Dee Ratcliffe, one of the paddlers.

Sea kayakers paddling into Esmeralda Cove to camp on Broughton Island.

The Sydney-based kayaker says being able to paddle to an offshore island and camp on it makes Broughton an extraordinary destination for anyone.

“It’s within reach of that massive population base; driving up from Sydney that morning, and to be on that beach by 5 o’clock,” she says. “I just find it really special.”

There are also the day trippers who arrive on commercial vessels for a few hours in paradise – or the nearest thing to it. Susanne Callaghan emphasises there are controls on the commercial operators, including visitor numbers.

Thenthere are those who make the journey in their own boatsand,as Callaghan concedes,“we’ve really got no control over the private day use [of the island]”.

So Broughton Island is becoming more prominent on the tourist map, andwith increased popularity comes new pressures.

Passengers arrive and leave the island by boat. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Jeff Pettifer says sometimes older visitors disembark from the tourist boats, look at the rough terrain and don’t move off the beach. A few can’t even get as far as the public toilets a couple of hundred metres away, so the “islanders” allow the visitors to use their toilets.

Marg Moore recounts the time a group of seasick visitors lurched off a commercial vessel, grabbed doonas and blankets off her washing line, and curled up in front of her hut.

Butshe doesn’t see the day trippers as an intrusion.

“I think you could say we all co-exist very nicely,” Marg Moore says.

Yet these are all signs that the tyranny, and the security, of remoteness is shrinking for Broughton Island.

“We’re becoming more and more less remote,” says Jeff Pettifer. “Then the weather turns, and we’re remote again.”

When Mother Nature gets angry, the various communities are pushed together on the island. Occasionally, campers come knocking on the huts’ doors, seeking shelter. Just the week before, Stephen and Jane Brown say, three campers slept in Broughton Hall after their tent was flattened in a storm.

The hut usersalso maintain an emergency radio, they tow stricken boatiesinto the cove, and sailorsknow they can finda havenon the island, if the seas turn wild.

NPWS ranger Susanne Callaghan talks with hut user Marg Moore. Picture: Scott Bevan

Susanne Callaghansays the presence of the huts and their users has benefited both the island, in helping keep an eye on the place, and mariners.

“Everyone knows Broughton Island is a welcoming place,” she says.

Yet while they have a rich tradition and believe they continue to play a vital role in protecting the island and those who visit it, some of the hut users can’t help but wonderabout the future, as their life on Broughton depends on a licence.

“We just live year by year, obey all the rules, and be optimistic,” says Marg Moore.

Jeff Pettifer. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Jeff Pettifer says the current licence should rununtil 2024, and he expects the hut users’ relationship with National Parks will continue beyond then.

“What we’ve tried to do is make sure we’re an asset to the national park,” he says. “It’s a community on the island, and as far as I’m concerned, National Parks are part of that community.”

Susanne Callaghan says the challenge to protect the island’s natural beauty while making it accessible to visitors is ever growing, but she knows that to all who journey to Broughtonview it as a gem: “There’s not many places like it.”

Children rowing on the waters of Esmeralda Cove. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

As for those who identify themselves as Broughton Islanders, they may not always be physically there, but the feel of the place is always with them.

“You’re able to watch the sea,” explains Jeff Pettifer of his unceasing love of Broughton Island.

“You can get back to nature out there, and the community is self supporting.

“And, yes, it’s still an escape.”

Melbourne world’s happiest city: survey

Melbourne has been ranked the happiest city on earth and the fourth most exciting in a survey.Melbourne’s not just the world’s most liveable city. It’s also the happiest, a new survey shows.
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A poll of 15,000 people from 32 cities – including Barcelona, Berlin, Tokyo and New York – showed the Victorian capital outranks its competitors for happiness, a Time Out City Life Index said.

Melbourne was also rated the world’s fourth most exciting city behind New York, Porto and the winner, Chicago.

Meanwhile, Sydney came in at number 28.

The survey looked at anonymous data across seven categories: food and drink, culture, relationships and community, neighbourhoods, affordability, happiness and liveability.

It found 89 per cent of Melburnians enjoyed living in the city, and nine out of 10 reported feeling happy in the previous 24 hours.

But go back a few years and Melbourne didn’t even rate a mention in National Geographic’s happiest cities schedule, with the Thai island of Koh Samui handed the crown.

Melbourne was in 2017 named the world’s most liveable city for the seventh consecutive year by The Economist, while Sydney again finished outside the top 10.

But the NSW capital beat Melbourne as Australia’s best destination in 2017, according to TripAdvisor.

When it came to the world’s top 25 places to go, nowhere in Australia made the cut.

CITY SNAPSHOT ACCORDING TO TIME OUT

* Melbourne – happiest

* Dubai – longest working hours

* Washington – most singles on the dating scene

* New York – best nightlife scene, most stressed

* Paris – most sleep-deprived, most sex

* Chicago – most exciting

Depths of despair as 20,000 ‘ravenous’ kingfish hit marine park

TRIAL SITE: A file photo of the Huon Aquaculture and NSW Department of Primary Industry commercial-size yellowtail kingfish trial site off Port Stephens. Picture: Sam NorrisTHERE are fears thousands of “ravenous” kingfish that escaped a state-government jointly run fish farm off Port Stephens will devastate the marine park’s wild fish population.
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Up to 17,000 predatory yellowtail kingfish, used to being fed automatically, are now hunting in the marine park waters after 20,000 escapedlast week from a fish-farm sea cage, describedas a “fortress pen”, that was destroyed in roughseas. About 3000 fish have beenrecaptured.

The future of the controversial joint NSW government and Tasmania-based Huon Aquaculture project, which is 18 months into a five-year research trial, is under a cloud following the loss of almost half itsstock with aretail value of morethan $2 million.

Conservation groups and local tourism operators described the multi-million dollar project as a “disaster”threateningthe pristine marine park’s delicate ecosystem.

Marine Parks’ Association chairman and whale watching tour operator Frank Future said fisheries staff “repeatedly assured”the community the pens could handlewaves up to 15 metres.

According to Huon, the “fortresspens” were designed to withstand “high energy, exposed sites, frequently receiving storms swells and gale force winds”.

“The pen that had the release was mangled and now we have thousands ofmature kingfish released into the wild, nothing will be safe from them,”Mr Future said.

“They are voracious feeders and from what I understandthey are ravenous. Once they realise they won’t get any food in the form of pellets they’ll be eating anything they can find. I don’t want to think about the impact onwild species.”

The commercial-scale kingfish trial at Providence Bay – the result of an existing offshore research lease being boosted to 62 hectares – includes five pens, each about 60 metres across, two that were stocked with 20,000 fisheach.There is capacity for 12 sea pensin the trial.

Comment: Commercial seafood demand drives the need for developing aquaculture

Word of the bounty spread quickly prior to the long weekend, via social media, pricking the ears ofrecreational and commercial fishers who flocked to the area.

With the kingfish -sellingfor up to $32 per kilogram-churning up the waters seven kilometres off Hawks Nest, fishers set to work scooping them from the sea in any way they could.

Recreational fishermanJeff Thompsonwas on his way to Broughton Island on Saturday, January 20, themorning after the pen was damaged, when kingfish started gathering around his boat.

Mr Thompson said herespectedthe bag limit of five and the fish hecaught were all legal size, between70 and75 centimetres.

Read more: Eyes in the sky watching for illegal fishing in the marine park

“I’ve never seen anything like itin more than 40 years of fishing,” he said.

“I think it was the sound of the motor that attracted them and anything you threw at them they took, even just a bare hook.

“There’s no doubt 20,000 kingfish would have a big impact on the ecology of the area, I think it’s better if people catch them and get them out of the area. The next day there were dozens of boats out there.”

About two tonnes of the restaurant-quality fish made its way through the Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operativebefore authorities closed down the area to fishing. The ban remains in place until February 7.

MANGLED: The Huon Aquaculture “fortress pen”, that used to house 20,000 yellowtail kingfish, that was destroyed in rough seas on January 19.

A spokeswoman for Huon Aquaculture saidthe nearest wave buoy to the farmrecordedwave heights over11 metres whenthepen was damaged, but othersquestioned the accuracy of the recording.

Weatherwatchsenior meteorologistDon White said given the known weather conditions at the time he doubtedthere would have been 11-metre swell in thearea.

Huon’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the pen’s failure before the release of a review into the incident.

She said thefarmed kingfish were of the same genetic stock as wild populationsand the company was “researching the behavioural and feeding responses of the escaped fish” as it continues to try and recapture them.

HAUL: Port Stephens recreational fisherman Jeff Thompson observed the legal bag limit of five kingfish and said they were all legal size between 70 and 75 centimetres. Picture: @team_scratchie, Instagram

“Early indications suggest that equipment design is not the lead cause of equipment failure,” she said.“Whilst we are disappointed with the recent fish escape following a weather incident, it is an important learning experience and we remain committed to ensuring that there isn’t a repeat of the incident.We will continue to be upfront with the community and we will supply the report to stakeholders once completed.”

Dolphin Swim Australia chief executiveAndrew Parker saidBureau of Meteorology data recordedsix-metre swell in the area at the time of the incident.

“There might have been some rogue sets come through, but the swell was consistently about six metres for three days at thattime,” he said.

“It has always been explained to the community that those pens are designed to withstand much bigger swell than what we had. There are serious questions to be answered about what went wrong.”

Fishers reported the kingfish in“plague proportions”off Broughton Island and schooling at Little Beach, Shoal Bay.

“We have the largest seagrass meadows in NSW and very important mangroves in the Port Stephens area,” Mr Parkersaid.

“We are talking about a marine park with sanctuary zones and we’re concerned about a cascade effect. This is not the right place for this business.”

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, said the key concern was the yellowtail kingfish’s predatory nature.

She described the escape as a“natural experiment” and said it was“hard to know” what impact the farmed fishwouldhave onwildstock.

“They haven’t been brought up to feed on wild fish,” she said. “But they are predatory fish and they would normally eat other fish. Whether they have the impact claimed,it’s difficult to tell.”

CASHING IN: A commercial fishing boat near the damaged fish-farm pen before authorities banned fishing in the area.

A spokesmanfor the NSW Department of Primary Industries said 17,000 kingfish was not “significant” in terms of the total wild yellowtail kingfish population in the area.

“Thefarmed yellowtail kingfish are of the same genetic stock as wild populations with broodfish being sourced locally,” he said.

“The farmed fish are from local parent stock and are health checked on a routine basis, so they are not considered a biosecurity risk.”

It is the second large-scale fish farm operation in Port Stephensto suffer huge stock losses due to storm damage.

Read more: In 2016 approval was sought to move a farm near Hawks Nest further off shore

PiscesAquaculture was granted consent in 2001 to operate a commercial fish farm in the Bay, close to Hawks Nest. It folded in 2004 after storms damaged the farm’s pens, snapperescaped and a move to raise funds on the Newcastle Stock Exchanged failed.

The DPI spokesman said “extensive community consultation was undertaken” prior to approval of the kingfish project and environmental monitoring was beingindependently conductedby the University of Newcastle.

“An incident response review is being prepared for the Department of Planning and Environment and a summary of the findings will be made available to stakeholders once finalised,” he said.

“The recommendations arising from the incident review will be integral in amending current management practices.”

Ross Duffy, a recreational angler from Duff’s Salamander Bait and Tackle, said unlike 10 years ago – when thousands of baby snapper escaped theprevious commercial fish-farm trial in the same area – the kingfish put up a good fight.

“They’re a good fighting fish even though they have been farmed and I can tell you they’re a good feed, I can recommend them,”he said.

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Zombies Down Under for Walking Dead events

Hoardes of Walking Dead fans are expected to take over Sydney and Melbourne as part of fan events.Hoardes of ‘undead’ are expected to take over Sydney and Melbourne as enthusiastic fans of The Walking Dead TV series swarm on the cities for The Walker Stalker events.
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The mass zombie events, which run similarly to the Comic Cons with cosplayers and panels featuring performers from the show, will run over the next two weekends marking the popularity of the long-running show.

Actor IronE Singleton, who played T-Dog in the first three seasons, says the show’s popularity came as a surprise to him when it debuted in 2010.

“I don’t think many of my cast mates expected it either; we were thinking ‘OK here’s another job, it’s about zombies. How long can you write about people running from zombies or slaying zombies, probably not more than a season.’ But now it’s going into season eight. That’s pretty phenomenal,” Singleton told AAP on Thursday.

“It’s still my favourite drama on television. The people I started with, there’s about four or five of them still alive, so I especially tune in to see what they’re going to do.”

The actor got his big break playing a drug-dealer in Oscar-winning movie The Blind Side, but gets noticed for his part in The Walking Dead, even though he was killed off five years ago.

“When I first started the show I was told that I would work two, maybe three episodes, so I thought my character would die in the first season but I ended up going into season three,” he said.

“Since then, it’s been a different world. I walk down the street, people recognise me just about wherever I go now. Only a handful of people recognised me from The Blind Side, but after the Walking Dead I could hardly go places without being recognised, which is still happening even to this day, five years later.”

* The Walker Stalker fan events are happening in Sydney this weekend February 3-4 at the Sydney Showgrounds, Olympic Park and in Melbourne next weekend February 10-11 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale. The second half of The Walking Dead season eight will launch on Foxtel from February 26, the same day as the US.

Chronic pain discussion must follow from debate about codeine

If codeine were a newly discovered medication, it would not be registrable in Australia today, given what it is known about its poor profile of benefit and harm.
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Codeine was first isolated from the opium poppy in the 1830s and came into common clinical use before careful scientific analysis of its effectiveness was required.

Readers may not be aware but codeine, as a derivative of opium poppies, is closely related to morphine and this is one reason why the Faculty of Pain Medicine believes it should only be available with a prescription.

Nurofen Plus contains codeine and is only available with a prescription from February 1. Photo: AAP

The faculty is one of many medical specialist groups and professional organisations who support the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision to restrict codeine in the interests of patient safety from February 1.

This approach has already been adopted in more than 25 countries including the United States, Japan, France and Hong Kong.

Like morphine, codeine can cause opioid tolerance, dependence, addiction, poisoning and in high doses, even death. It is estimated that one in 10 people cannot metabolise codeine to morphine while others are rapid metabolisers. This leads to variability in effectiveness and adverse effects. Regular use of medicines containing codeine, for example for chronic pain, has led to some consumers becoming addicted to codeine without realising it.

Codeine products have been estimated to be a factor more than 100 deaths in Australia each year. A 2015 study into codeine deaths, published in theMedical Journal of Australia, found that codeine-related deaths increased from 3.5 per million in 2000 to 8.7 per million in 2009, with 1437 deaths recorded during that time. These deaths came from over-the-counter and medically prescribed codeine.

Unlike codeine, alternatives such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are not opioids and are not addictive. This makes them suitable over-the-counter medicines. The TGA’s decision to restrict access to codeine to medical prescription only is a reasonable measure to protect the safety of our community.

We need a system to effectively monitor codeine use. This is best achieved as part of a robust, national real-time prescription monitoring system that protects people from misusing all opioids, including codeine. A medically based monitoring system would mean requests for codeine prescription could be assessed in the context of the person’s medical history.

There is also a need to provide sufficient resources to treat people who may have developed dependence on medications such as codeine.

The debate around codeine has highlighted the debilitating impact of chronic and acute pain. One in five Australians now live with chronic pain.

Let’s use this debate to start a national conversation around pain management and health policy, to ensure those living with chronic pain are not forgotten.

Medication has only a small part, if any, to play in pain management over the longer term. Simply attempting to relieve pain by medication is not an effective solution.

A national pain strategy that addresses and resources the needs of those with chronic pain through accessible rehabilitation and multi-disciplinary pain management programs will improve our healthcare system, optimise the recovery of individuals and increase the wellbeing of our community.

Dr Chris Hayes is dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

School rang church over David Hogg and ‘violation’ of student: court

SECOND DAY: Lifestyle Solutions founder David Hogg arriving at Downing Centre in Sydney for his District Court trial on Thursday.THE headmaster of Carlingford High School rang the minister of Carlingford Baptist Church to complain about David Hogg and the “violation” of a girl student, Downing Centre District Court heard on Thursday.
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Victor Eldridge, the Carlingford minister at the time, said it was the only time he “had contact” with the principal, named earlier as the late Allan Beggs.

He said the principal had spoken of a “violation” but he did not know what had occurred. He said he initially thought it would be “a great disaster” for the Carlngford church but then he realised Mr Hogg was no longer in his “jurisdiction”, so “the responsibility fell to his new employer”, later revealed to be another arm of the church.

Reverend Eldridge said his memory was poor after heart surgery, but he did not have any recollectionof a letter to him from Mr Beggs, dated February 23, 1989. The letter was tendered in evidence.

Thursday was the second day of a jury trial in which Mr Hogg, the founder and former head of not-for-profit Lifestyle Solutions, is defending one chargeof sexual intercourse without consent, dating to 1988 when he was 32 and a married Baptist minister, and the complainant was a school girl who had recently turned 16.

Mr Hogg’s defence is that the alleged incident did not happen and that he was watching football at the home of another Carlingford student at the time.

Thursday’s hearing began with that person, Carlene Little (then Carlene Fryer), tellingthe court by video link from New Zealand that Mr Hogg was “a great bloke”.

Ms Littlesaid the allegation against himwas “very inconsistent with the person I know”.

She said he’d been a close friend of her family’s since 1986, and they were still in regular touch. He stayed with her family whenever he came to Auckland and she had never had any problem leaving him with her three children, now aged 14, 16 and 19.She could not remember any of the events of that day, including whether Mr Hogg had watched football with her father, although she agreed it was possible as he watched the footy there “occasionally”.

The next witness, Antonia Harmer, was a friend of the complainant at school.

She remembered the complainant being “really upset” at school because she had gone to Mr Hogg for “advice and support and he had made sexual advances towards her”.

Ms Harmer said she believed they spoke a day or so after the alleged incident because “it was very raw for” the complainant.

That was all she remembered, except that she did nothing about it at the time. She thought the complainant was having family problems, including a mother with cancer, and was being counselled by Mr Hogg.

The trial continues.

Push to make Newcastle Australia’s answer to Nashville

ROCK CITY: The Stag and Hunter’s Mick Starkey is working with Newcastle Tourism Industry Group to develop Newcastle as a music mecca in the tradition of Nashville, New Orleans and Austin. Picture: Simone De Peak
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NEWCASTLE could become Australia’s answer to Nashville if Mick Starkey and the city’s tourism chiefs can bring their dream for the city’s nightlife to reality.

Mr Starkey, the operator of the Stag & Hunter in Mayfield, is pushing a bold plan to bring together the pieces of the city’s music scene into a unified attraction that can drive tourism into the city.

Rather than focusing entirely on offering acts places to play, Mr Starkey said he wanted to make the city a place for musicians to develop, live, record and prosper –in turn boosting the economy.His vision has garnered backing from the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group.

Chairman Gus Maher said making the city a cradle of creativity had broad appeal.“Both young and more mature travellers participate in the arts, which live music typifies,” Mr Maher said.

“They will stay overnight, eat, drink and spend in local venues –all of which contributes to economic development and jobs.”

Mr Starkeypointed to storied music cities like the country music capital and New Orleans as examples where “people travel the world to go there”, saying many of the raw materials already exist in the city.

He said he was hopeful the NTIG backing would help the idea spread. “There’s many spokes in this wheel and they can be the group to bring it together,” he said.

“We’ve got some amazing talent that isn’t being seen,” he said. “There’s all these ancillary industries too, we’ve got a number of studios that are doing amazing things.”

“Whilst it currently exists on a smaller scale, I want us to be recognised internationally and not only draw people from Newcastle, Sydney and NSW but from around the world.”

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Mr Starkey said he wanted to form a working group and lobby MPs to create a new story around the city’s nightlife that would attract visitors. “For 10 years it’s been touted as a bloodbath,” he said.“I don’t think it’s necessarily about trading hours, I think it’s about messaging, saying that we are a great and artistic area.”

While he conceded building thereputation would be a “slow-burn”, he said the benefits would branch out far beyond the music scene.

“People talk about how great Newcastle was in the ’80s and fostering these great bands …times have changed but we want to encourage that,” he said.

“If collectively we are marketed in a way for people who come to see live music and original music, there’s going to be benefits to that.”

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School year brings firsts for principals too

Fresh face: Kris Carey said a principal must “have a vision of where you want to lead people and the ability to bring them with you on that journey”. Picture: Jonathan CarrollKRISCarey relishes challenges. After starting her professional life with BHP as an industrial chemist and later becoming a principal metallurgist, Mrs Carey was a mother of two when she enrolledto study teaching.
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“I love working with kids, staff and the community –I love being around people,” Mrs Carey said.

“The more I spend time being a teacher the more I realise it’s very analytical and there’s lots of problem solving, so it ties in with my science and maths background. It’s challenging every day.”

Mrs Carey took up her first principal position last week, as head of Dudley Public School. “It’s been a dream of mine,” she said.

“I feel very very privileged to be in this position I am in and the care I need to take for other people’s children. It’s a huge responsibility, but it also excites me.”

Mrs Carey said Dudley students had a record of –and opportunities to pursue –excellence in academia, sports and creative arts.

“I want us to maintain that level of excellence and ensure we continue to grow and build those new skills of creative and critical thinking, so when they step into high school they’re confident and capable learners.”

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Mrs Carey attended Kotara South Public and Kotara High before studying science at the University of Newcastle.

She was living in South Australia when she decided on hercareer change. She completed the practical component of her degree in Victorian schools, before taking her first teaching position in Albury in 2005.

She moved as assistant principal toWirreanda Public in 2013 and was relieving principal at Swansea Public for most of last year, before accepting the position at Dudley.

“I felt like one of new students starting–I sort of knew what to expect, but there’s so many new faces and names to learn and finding out where everything is,” she said.

“But it’s beena great week. It’s such a beautiful school and the programs and teaching and learning happening in the classrooms is fantastic, plus the kids are so well mannered. It’s such an easy place to be.”

Other first-time principals includeMark Cridland at Hinton Public andStephen Morgan at Cessnock Public.

How to keep the homesick blues at bay

SETTLING IN: Boarders at Knox are advised that the best way to get over homesick nerves is to make friends as fast as possible.
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ADVERTISING FEATUREIt’s only natural for children to experience some degree of homesickness when they first start boarding.

Homesickness tends to come and go for the first couple of terms when children are tired and on their own or when they’ve just spoken to their parents on the phone.

In the Knox Boarding Centre, we encourage boys to tell us and their friends when they’re missing home. It is completely acceptable to admit you’re homesick these days.We encourage our boys to be open about it.

We find that keeping new boarders busy helps to keep their mind off home and we ensure that there is never a situation where they’re left on their own feeling miserable.

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Knox CollegeThe first few terms of boarding school can be an emotional roller-coaster for parents as well as boys. Until the boys are fully settled, we advise parents to try to refrain from speaking to them too often. Yes, some children feel better if they speak to their parents regularly on the phone but it’s not healthyspeaking several times a day.

We teach the boys to mentally divide up the time until they next see their parents into manageable chunks and encourage them to do plenty of exercise, play music and talk to their friends from home on the phone.

The process of overcoming homesickness is one of the most positive aspects of the boarding school experience. It makes you stronger; the boys realise that they can do things on their own. They learn to rely on their peer group and significant other adults, rather than their parents all the time. And, most importantly, they learn to take charge of their emotions.

To book your personal tour of the Knox Boarding Centre, contact Head of Enrolments, Martin Gooding, at [email protected]论坛 or call 02 9473 9768.

Knox Grammar School seeks to be an exemplary School developing, within a caring Christian environment young men of integrity, wisdom, compassion and faith, men with a sure knowledge of who they are and how they should live.

Hunter students’ heartfelt drama performance secures place OnSTAGE

Hunter students’ heartfelt drama performance secures place OnSTAGE Reprise: Isabelle Clements, Nicholas Thoroughgood, Camden Aglio and Maisie Owens, are “excited to perform another six times before we have to say goodbye”.
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Reprise: Isabelle Clements, Nicholas Thoroughgood, Camden Aglio and Maisie Owens, are “excited to perform another six times before we have to say goodbye”.

TweetFacebookLost in Transmission, inspired by each of their family’s experiences with the cruel disease.

“We wanted to create a piece that resonated with us so it could then resonate with the audience,” Ms Owens, 17, said.

“Essentially we wanted to do quite an abstract and symbolic look at how quickly dementia can take away your memory, your identity and your relationships.

“We wanted to show the deterioration not only to a person and their mind, buthow it affects their families and connections.”

Ms Owens said dementia ran in her father’s family. Isabelle and Camden have each lost a grandparent with dementia, while Nick has a grandparent living with dementia.

“It was one of the hardest pieces we’ve had to do,” Ms Owens said.

“Especially for Nick and for our families to see.”

The performance starts with the students watching an old film while Dream A Little Dream Of Me plays.

People are shown looking back on memories they can’t connect to, before the audience is introduced to four characters, a woman who confuses her husband for her son; herreflective son; a woman scared of dementia; and a man who remembers falling in love with his wife, but nother name.

Ms Owens said the idea for the production followed the four collaborating on a piece about dementiabased on the spoken words of real people.

“We want the audience to think about dementia –it can be really confusing, not completely physical and is often not talked about,” she said.

“We want them to consider what it’s like waking up not knowing who you are.”

The groupwill perform their work on February 3and from Monday to Friday next week in the Seymour Centreas part of OnSTAGE, a showcase of outstanding performances by last year’s HSC Drama students.

“We were really stoked to get this opportunity because we love this piece so much and worked so hard on it, rehearsing every lunchtime for months. We took it very seriously but it paid off and we’re so proud of it.”

Truckie in court over NSW pedestrian death

Truckie David Grice has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing a woman’s death in Sydney.The partner of a young woman killed while crossing a Sydney road has revealed he’d purchased a diamond ring and was planning a surprise wedding proposal when she was mowed down by a truck.
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Aaron Roberts instead placed the ring on Danielle McGrath’s finger at her funeral, held two weeks after the 26-year-old was killed on her way to work in November 2016.

He said her death had left a massive hole in his heart that he would carry for the rest of his life.

“I lost the brightest part of my day, my best friend and my future wife,” an emotional Mr Roberts told the NSW District Court on Thursday.

He was reading his victim impact statement at a packed sentence hearing for truck driver David William Edward Grice, who last year pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

Crown prosecutor Georgia Turner said Grice, now 60, struck Ms McGrath after running a red light to turn right at an intersection in Caringbah in Sydney’s south.

Mr Roberts arrived at the scene to see his partner of almost six years covered by a sheet with her handbag and belongings strewn across the road.

Ms McGrath’s father, Bill, said he would never forget his wife’s screams after Mr Roberts called to tell them their daughter was dead.

“Every day since my wife cries herself to sleep and wakes up the same,” Mr McGrath said.

“She sleeps with a piece of Danielle’s clothing under her head for comfort.”

He said it was incredible to witness Mr Roberts putting a ring on his daughter’s finger at her funeral but it was also unbearable to see the young man go through so much pain.

Grice, in an apology letter he read to the court, said he couldn’t change what had happened and he was “terribly, terribly sorry”.

“I am grieved to the depths of my being knowing that I am responsible for taking a precious girl from you,” he said.

“My heart is crushed. I’m devastated that my judgment has done so much damage to so many people and lives.”

Grice, under questioning from his lawyer, on Thursday said he didn’t see the red arrow signal when he turned at the intersection but he accepted after watching dashcam footage that it was clearly visible on the screen.

He said he didn’t check the pedestrian crossing before turning because he was focused on other vehicles on the road.

The hearing continues on Friday.

State may cross-appeal Rayney decision

Lloyd Rayney has filed an appeal seeking to add to his $2.6 million-plus defamation payout (file).The WA Police Force is considering a cross-appeal after barrister Lloyd Rayney lodged his own appeal over his $2.6 million payout for being defamed when he was named the “prime” and “only” suspect in his wife’s murder.
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Mr Rayney was awarded the second-biggest defamation payout in Australian history in December after taking action against the state of WA – surpassed only by actress Rebel Wilson’s $4.6 million payout against Bauer Media.

Despite winning the case, Mr Rayney lodged an appeal late on Wednesday. Mr Rayney had argued at his trial last year that he should receive about $11 million.

A spokeswoman for the police commissioner told AAP on Thursday that the state had seven days to consider a cross appeal.

“In light of the appeal filed by Mr Rayney, the state will consider a cross-appeal and that is currently under consideration,” she said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jack Lee, who is now an inspector, named Mr Rayney in September 2007 as the “prime” and “only” suspect in the murder of his wife Corryn Rayney a month earlier.

His words “in their entirety, bore the imputation that the plaintiff murdered his wife”, Supreme Court Justice John Chaney said in his judgment.

But Justice Chaney said the comments only affected Mr Rayney for three years, from when they were made to when he was charged with his wife’s murder in December 2010.

Justice Chaney ruled any lost income or damage to Mr Rayney’s reputation after he was charged was “attributable entirely to other causes”.

Ms Rayney, a Supreme Court registrar, was last seen at a bootscooting class on August 7, 2007 and was found buried off a bush track at Kings Park nine days later.

After a lengthy judge-alone trial in 2012, dubbed “the trial of the decade”, Mr Rayney was acquitted of murdering the mother-of-two and a subsequent appeal in 2013 was also dismissed.

He separately had phone interception charges thrown out of court in 2015.