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    COVER HOUSE: Bolwarra Space and luxury down to last detail

    2019 - 05.21

    Space and luxury down to last detail 15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights
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    15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights

    15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights

    15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights

    15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights

    15 Gardenia Close Bolwarra Heights


    5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, triple garaging

    Address: 15 Gardenia Close.

    House: Colorbond and Rockcote finished brick on 3038square metres.

    Inspect: By appointment.

    Agent: Rhonda Nyquist, PRDnationwide Hunter Valley.

    ENTERTAINING is a joy in this custom-built prestige home, which boasts a resort-style swimming pool with luxurious cabana, large timber deck, tiled undercover barbecue area and enough off-street parking for 10 vehicles.

    The current owners designed their dream home 11 years ago with the aim of making it a stylish and spacious haven for visitors. Every detail has been considered and all inclusions built to a superior standard.

    Guests enter the single-storey home through double timber and slumped glass doors that are locked using an electronic security system instead of a key.

    The foyer of polished porcelain tiles and a travertine feature also has a maroon wall with a mirror, hiding plumbing that could be used to turn it into a water feature.

    Turn left and guests will come to the first of five bedrooms, with cream-coloured carpet and light fawn walls that are the base for a neutral colour palette that echoes throughout the property.

    The expansive carpeted formal lounge and dining room has chocolate-coloured blockout curtains behind silk drapery and an elephant skin-coloured feature wall, which has a Jetmaster gas fireplace that could be converted to accommodate a wood fire.

    Turn right from the foyer and guests will find another four carpeted bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes and separated by insulated walls.

    The master bedroom has an eggplant-coloured feature wall, superb views over the outdoor entertainment area, blockout curtains and an impressive walk in-wardrobe with a shoe wall.

    Its en suite is larger than most family bathrooms, with floor-to-ceiling tiles, a frameless shower with rainwater-style head, heated towel rails, two stand-alone basins, a bath and a separate toilet.

    The main bathroom further down the hallway has a slump-glass mirror, stand-alone sink atop chocolate-coloured granite, free-standing cabinetry, a deep bath, semi-frameless shower and a separate toilet.

    An open-plan kitchen and dining area is the heart of the home.

    The kitchen has caramel-coloured Caesarstone benchtops and soft-close drawers in shades of mocha and cocoa, as well as a built-in Miele dishwasher.

    It also features a DeLonghi convection microwave oven, a walk-in butler’s pantry and room for a double-door fridge.

    A Smeg recessed stove cooktop and rangehood sits against a glass splashback and mirrored glass tiles and atop a 900mm wide oven.

    This area is just steps away from the laundry, with an indoor clothesline and plenty of storage space, and the three-car garage, which features a workshop.

    An informal living area, also with blockout curtains, opens through sliding doors to the sprawling 12-metre by 10-metre timber deck. From here, guests can move seamlessly to the tiled undercover barbecue area and bathroom.

    Walking up a few stairs covered with travertine tiles and through a frameless glass fence and visitors will reach the salt-chlorinated 12-metre by seven-metre solar-heated swimming pool, surrounded by a border of black marble granite floor tiles.

    The cabana is built using recycled timber from the Lithgow Bridge and beckons guests to recline and while away the afternoon.

    From the pool area guests can move to the large lawn with half-pipe and cubbyhouse, or the concrete pad outside the garage, which is the ideal area to rollerskate, ride bikes or park other vehicles.

    Top-line features throughout the house include solid soundproof timber doors, an in-ground lawn and hedge watering system, ducted airconditioning and Crimsafe security screens on some windows and doors.

    Jeremy Clarkson sacking: Trolls attack Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon

    2019 - 05.21

    Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Photo: Barcroft Media via GC ImagesClarkson a by-product of systemClarkson’s road to ruin
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    The Top Gear producer, who the BBC found was “attacked” by show’s host Jeremy Clarkson, has copped a deluge of abuse online.

    Oisin Tymon was at the centre of the incident which resulted in Clarkson being sacked by the BBC and has been labelled “the most hated man ever” and a “cry baby” by social media trolls.

    Hashtags supporting Clarkson, including #bringbackclarkson and #boycottbbc, have sprung up with some users saying that Oisin “probably deserved it” and should have been the one fired.

    A BBC investigation has found that Tymon was “subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” by Clarkson at the North Yorkshire hotel on March 4.

    The senior producer was “struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip” and drove himself to the emergency department for examination. I hope that prick #OisinTymon is happy getting #JeremyClarkson fired, what’s he going to produce now? Noddy? — Steve Russell (@rudge357) March 25, 2015 To meet Oisin Tymon in person and feed him the very food he denied Clarkson. Then, beat him to a pulp with a rolling pin. #LifeGoals — Pasan Weerasinghe (@PortelloFanatic) March 25, 2015 All could have been avoided if this Oisin Tymon geezer had a pair and just punched him back… #Clarkson#RIPTopGear — Lee (@sutman6) March 25, 2015 Anyone sending vile tweets to #OisinTymon should be utterly ashamed. How has the victim in this debacle become a target?! #Clarkson — Lucy Horobin (@LucyHorobin) March 25, 2015

    Oisin does not appear to have a Twitter account, while Clarkson has changed his bio to “I used to be a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear.”

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    Astronomers witness supermassive black hole eat its own galaxy’s star-forming gas

    2019 - 05.21

    Artist’s impression: red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab Astronomers have seen how supermassive black holes consume their host galaxy’s star-forming gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab
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    Black holes gather matter in a disc (orange), part of which is push away by a wind (blue). This powers a large-scale outflow of gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Artist’s impression: red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Black holes gather matter in a disc (orange), part of which is push away by a wind (blue). This powers a large-scale outflow of gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Astronomers have seen how supermassive black holes consume their host galaxy’s star-forming gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Artist’s impression: red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Astronomers have seen how supermassive black holes consume their host galaxy’s star-forming gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Black holes gather matter in a disc (orange), part of which is push away by a wind (blue). This powers a large-scale outflow of gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Artist’s impression: red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Astronomers have seen how supermassive black holes consume their host galaxy’s star-forming gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    Black holes gather matter in a disc (orange), part of which is push away by a wind (blue). This powers a large-scale outflow of gas. Photo: ESA/ATG medialab

    The three little pigs were rightly outraged when the wolf blew down their houses, but that’s nothing compared to the havoc some supermassive black holes wreak on their host galaxies.

    Astronomers have now discovered how these galactic beasts, found in the heart of most galaxies, huff and puff and blow their host’s raw star-building material away.

    “This is the first time that we have seen a supermassive black hole in action, blowing away the galaxy’s reservoir of star-making gas,” said research leader, Francesco Tombesi, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

    Astronomers first witnessed the enormous power supermassive black holes could wield on their hosts when they spied superwinds ejecting huge amounts of gas from these galaxies – the equivalent of ejecting 1000 Suns every year.

    “The only thing that has the energy to do that is a supermassive black hole,” says Swinburne University of Technology astrophysicist Alan Duffy, who was not involved in the research.

    But until now it has been difficult for astronomers to capture the exact mechanism behind this process because their view was obscured by large amounts of interstellar gas.

    But by combining observations from the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory with data from the Japanese/US X-ray satellite, the international group detected powerful winds close to the centre of a nearby galaxy’s supermassive black hole.

    “In this instance we had a particularly clean line of sight and the X-ray telescope has given us a direct probe right into the heart of this supermassive black hole for the first time,” said Dr Duffy. “You can see the gas being driven out,” he said.

    After witnessing the first part of this process, the group also captured the finale event – a large-scale flow of gas out of the galaxy.

    These observations, published in scientific journal Nature, provide significant support to one of two theories on the way supermassive black holes keep galaxies in check, without which galaxies would be much larger than they are.

    In the quasar mode theory astronomers postulated that the disc of material that swirls around the black hole gets so hot that it heats the star-forming gas around it, pushing it out in front like a rocket.

    “This work is absolutely nailing it as the quasar mode,” says Dr Duffy.

    The alternative theory, radio mode, suggests giant jets of plasma blast their way through a galaxy frying the star-forming gas.

    While this this method of clearing a galaxy’s of their star-forming material may still be important, Dr Duffy said it’s more likely “a secondary maintenance mode”.

    “These supermassive black hole have two cleaners, one full-time and one part-time.”  

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    Lovisa buys into South African market

    2019 - 04.21

    Lovisa boss Shane Fallscheer says the deal will make the company the biggest fashion jewellery chain in South Africa. Photo: Anu KumarBrett Blundy’s recently listed fashion jewellery retailer Lovisa Holdings has made its first offshore acquisition, buying a chain of 21 fashion accessory stores in South Africa for $2.2 million.
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    The acquisition, due to be completed on April 1, subject to approval by the Reserve Bank of South Africa, steps up Lovisa’s growth strategy of opening new stores in overseas markets.

    The deal will boost the number of Lovisa stores open by June 2015 to 244, compared with prospectus forecasts of 225 and 220 at the time of the company’s $210 million initial public offer in December.

    The South African stores sell a range of fashion accessories and are similar in size to Lovisa’s existing 50-square metre stores in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.

    “We are very excited by this transaction as it quickly takes us beyond 30 stores in South Africa, positioning us as the largest fashion jewellery retailer in South Africa and giving us a national footprint of stores in what is one of our most successful markets,” said Lovisa chief executive Shane Fallscheer.

    “This places Lovisa well ahead of our growth forecasts and enables us to continue to look for opportunities in South Africa whilst moving our focus to other growth markets, both company-owned and franchised,” he said.

    South Africa has been a happy hunting ground for several Australian clothing and accessories retailers, including Country Road and the Cotton On Group.

    The new stores are expected to contribute earnings before interest and tax of $1.75 million in 2016 and there will be no tax payable on these earnings due to accumulated tax losses of $850,000.

    Most of the new stores will be rebranded and refitted soon after the acquisition, but about five stores that cross over Lovisa’s existing stores will be closed.

    Lovisa will pay $2 million upfront and another $250,000 in 12 months, funded from loan facilities.

    The company, which raised $110 million in the IPO, reaffirmed its full-year prospectus forecasts last month after stronger-than-expected trading in the December half.

    Net profit for the six months ending December jumped 66.2 per cent to $12.3 million, representing 75 per cent of the full-year forecast compared with guidance of 73.2 per cent for the half year. Sales rose 33.3 per cent to $73.3 million, representing 54.4 per cent of full-year forecasts, compared with guidance of 54.1 per cent.

    Lovisa designs, develops, sources and sells all of its Lovisa branded products.

    The shares were trading at $2.40 on Thursday morning, ahead of their $2 issue price.

    Mr Blundy’s BB Retail Capital has retained a 41 per cent stake in Lovisa after the IPO.

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    Abbott government rising star Josh Frydenberg reveals switch on gay marriage position

    2019 - 04.21

    Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Photo: Andrew MearesSame-sex marriage debate to reigniteNumbers shift towards gay marriage 
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    One of the Abbott government’s rising stars has thrown his support behind the campaign to legalise gay marriage, declaring it will “become part of the Australian way of life” because community attitudes are shifting.

    Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is often touted as a future Liberal Party leader, said his views had “evolved” over time. He is now openly calling for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a free vote on the issue.

    “I think if you look at the history of movements such as this, I think one thing is certain that over time, gay marriage will become part of the Australian way of life,” he said.

    He cited the significant movement internationally, with 17 countries legalising same sex marriage over recent years including comparable nations such as Canada, New Zealand and Britain.

    “Therefore I think it’s appropriate that when this issue comes before the Liberal party room that we do have a conscience vote.”

    Mr Frydenberg said he had been moved by personal stories he had encountered, including one female couple who lobbied him for change.

    “The meeting ended in tears and that did have an effect on me,” he said.

    Mr Frydenberg’s intervention is significant given his seniority. In December, he moved from a parliamentary secretary position into the junior ministry.

    Ministers are not allowed to break party lines even though a Liberal MP is technically free to vote however they choose on any issue. A conscience vote would free ministers, including Mr Frydenberg and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, from that obligation.

    Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has a bill to legislate same-sex marriage in the Senate and this week brought forward debate because he was given an undertaking that Liberal MPs would raise it in Tuesday’s party room meeting. The meeting passed with no debate.

    Senator Leyonhjelm will not bring on a vote until he believes there is enough support in Parliament to pass the legislation.

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    Australia’s self belief shines through in Germany draw

    2019 - 04.21

    As it happenedSocceroos draw 2-2
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    Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success – as the Socceroos continue to show.

    Twelve months ago Ange Postecoglou’s team was losing pre-World Cup friendlies in London to the likes of Ecuador.

    Now, having put up a strong performance in Brazil and won the Asian Cup on home soil, they are capable of going to the home of the world champions, Germany, and taking it right up to the best team on the planet, as they did early on Thursday morning when they came from behind to lead, and then draw, with the Germans.

    There was nothing fluky about this 2-2 result and in truth with better finishing the Socceroos could have put the game to bed some time before Lukas Podolksi spared Germany’s blushes with an 81st minute leveller.

    Australia almost always (save for those horrific displays against Brazil and France that resulted in 6-0 losses 18 months ago) plays with character and commitment.

    It showed its traditional virtues once more this morning  by shrugging off the concession of an early goal to regroup, take the game to the world champions and, for much of this fixture, look the likely winners.

    Of course Germany have been going through a rocky period since their stunning success in Brazil and their form in European championship qualifiers has not been what might be expected, with draws against Ireland and a loss to Poland amongst recent results.

    And Jogi Low picked an experimental side for this game with a number of fresh faces as he seeks to refine his squad for the Euros next year and the World Cup in 2018.

    But that takes nothing away from the merit of Australia’s performance. Whichever side Germany puts out is strong. It is a powerhouse of world football precisely because it has such strength in depth with a number of players who would be starters in many other international teams.

    And Postecoglou’s hand was not completely full either. Talisman Tim Cahill was a late withdrawal, while regulars Massimo Luongo and Trent Sainsbury were not in the starting line up either.

    Postecoglou received any number of plaudits – justifiably – when he guided the Socceroos to that Asian Cup triumph in Sydney six weeks ago.

    His aim was not just to win, but to develop an Australian style; one based on pace, power, pressing, passing and, crucially, self belief. Postecoglou wants to develop a squad where the parts are interchangeable; where any one player can come in and do the job of another without the collective losing any quality or efficiency.

    He encourages his teams to compete, but also to play football and back themselves, to go into any match believing that they can win even if they are up against the world champions, as they working this morning.

    It’s a template that is working, but one that will require continual refinement as new players come in and old stars depart.

    Postecoglou and all those within the camp have been reluctant to rest on their laurels since the Asian Cup, which is now seen as the starting point for what the coach and the country hopes will be a new era of success for a new golden generation.

    With the World Cup qualifiers now on the horizon the signsare good. But Postecoglou, more than anyone, will not be content unless there is continuous improvement. He has certainly created the mindset within the squad for Australia to believe it can compete against anyone, including the very best.

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    Matthew Wade shows off arm tattoo of Phillip Hughes

    2019 - 04.21

    Matthew Wade has paid tribute to his late friend and teammate Phillip Hughes with a tattoo of the Australian batsman on his right forearm.
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    The Victorian wicket-keeper, who in his last Test match played alongside Hughes in India 2013, showed off his new ink after Victoria’s Sheffield Shield victory at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday.

    Hughes passed away in November two days after being a struck by a short-pitched delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

    His death shocked the cricketing world, as hundreds of current and former players paid their respect at Hughes’ funeral in his hometown of Macksville.

    Wade showed his tattoo to Fairfax Media reporter Jesse Hogan, who then tweeted the image which garnered a positive response on social media.

    The main part of Wade’s tattoo is of Hughes’ face, but the wicketkeeper’s newest body artwork also features the SCG clock face.

    In a fitting tribute to his close friend, the time on the clock reads 4:08 – the same as Hughes’ Test playing number.

    Wade, who has played 12 Tests and 47 one-day internationals for Australia, was close by Hughes’ side at St Vincent’s hospital in the days after he was felled by a bouncer.

    Hogan’s tweet was shared around the Twittersphere, with Brian Lara adding that if Australia were able to defeat India at the SCG on Thursday and then New Zealand on Sunday, it would be a fitting tribute to their fallen teammate.  Triumphant #[email protected] capt, @MatthewWade13, shows off his latest tattoo: tribute to the late Phillip Hughes pic.twitter南京夜网/WBpS4Usu4f — Jesse Hogan (@Jesse_Hogan) March 25, 2015

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    Greg Norman starts $96m Great White Shark Investment Fund

    2019 - 04.21

    Keeping the ball rolling: Former champion golfer Greg Norman has started his own investment fund. Photo: Anthony Johnson Golfing great Greg Norman is branching out from golf course design and wine to start his own asset-based debt-lending fund with $US75 million ($96 million) in capital for business investments.
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    Great White Shark Opportunity Fund is part of Norman’s Great White Shark Enterprises, which includes a variety of businesses, including eyewear, clothing, premium beef, event management, and real estate development.

    60-year old Norman, a World Golf Hall of Fame member with 91 worldwide victories, has been dubbed “The Great White Shark” for his blond hair and aggressive golf style.

    He will lead the investment fund with three employees of his company – David Chessler, Jack Schneider and President Bart Collins, Norman’s long-time business manager and agent.

    Chessler, who will serve as the fund’s chief investment officer and managing director, has teamed with Norman on investments in recent years and managed a $US100 million portfolio of senior secured loans as managing director of Sarasota, Florida-based DC Leasing and Jordyn Holdings.

    Norman’s new fund will invest in public and private US-based and foreign businesses. The fund will target companies with less than $US25 million in revenues that are profitable, and with a good management track record, investing between $US1 million to $US10 million, according to the fund’s website.

    Greg Norman is also on the advisory board of Evans & Partners, manager of the NRL’s $50 million sustainability/future fund.


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    Ravi Bopara: English cricket must stop being so … English

    2019 - 03.21

    Ravi Bopara believes England can only catch up with the rest of the world in one-day cricket by developing a new carefree attitude and stop being so “English”.
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    Bopara gave the most honest assessment yet by a player involved in England’s World Cup squad when he admitted they were haunted by a fear of failure and unsettled by the changes to the team on the eve of the tournament which saw him dropped once more by the selectors.

    “We need to change the culture. We need to change it quickly,” he said. “We need to be a bit more free as players and stop worrying about the consequences and at times stop being so English. We are very, very English and it feels quite institutionalised at times. If you look at other countries they are more open about things and more honest about things.

    “You had India eating McDonalds on the outfield here last summer [during a net session at Headingley] – does it matter? What’s wrong with that? They were hungry! They are not worried about how they look – they were hungry they want to eat.

    “For too long we have been worried about what people think of us sometimes that media has influenced the way we do things. We should be honest with everyone – say it straight up. We weren’t good enough in the World Cup – our skills weren’t good enough. Other teams have developed their skills a lot faster than we have because they were honest enough to say it earlier.

    “We can’t be 200 after 40 overs and then try and slap the last 10 and end up with 300 – we lose games when we get 300 on the board. I don’t think it is enough for us – we need to get 350 on the board and we now need to develop our games to that level where we are taking those high risks to get those scores like other teams.

    “They are scoring six an over and then crashing it at the end. We need to start doing that and we need to stop limiting ourselves. I think we do limit ourselves as English cricketers – I think the system limits us. We always focused on building a foundation – let the engine room at 5,6,7 do the hard yards and that’s not the way the game is going.”

    Bopara is off to the IPL next week to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad determined to rediscover the free-spirited way he played the game when he broke through with Essex. After being dropped “at least a dozen” times by England he admitted he feels the pressure after just a couple of low scores but has learnt to be magnanimous about the whims of selectors.

    “When I’m playing for Essex I know I’m not going to be dropped – I can get six noughts and I just play my shots. You know you’re not going to get dropped and it’s funny as that’s the best way to play as you score runs like that and put fear in bowlers like that. I have to start playing like that when I go out and put an England shirt on. That’s what I have told myself and promised myself I will do from now on. The IPL is the perfect place to start.”

    Bopara says he was dropped for the match in Australia because England were not going to use his bowling and it is no wonder he is confused because when he was left out of the side last summer he was told it was because he lacked urgency in his batting. “I got angry – very angry. It was with myself, the guys that made the decision and I said: ‘Right, from now on I’m going to move ahead and be better than the rest now. Now I am focusing that anger and using it as a positive.”

    The Telegraph, London

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    The week in pictures across regional Australia Photos

    2019 - 03.21

    The week in pictures across regional Australia | Photos ALBURY-WONDONGA: William Oupatham, 6, and his mother Jinyapa shared Thai food. Picture: KYLIE ESLER The Border Mail
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    BENDIGO: For 12 years bookshop owner Ben Kemp has been collecting stuff that falls out of secondhand books, including photos of weddings, families and even a man pointing a gun. Photo: Simon Schluter The Bendigo Advertiser

    LAUNCESTON: Red Bull Racing’s Craig Lowndes signs the V8 Lowndes Commodore of Melbourne’s Carolyn Weston. Her special edition Lowndes commodore has less than 1000km on the clock, and was brought over from her home in Victoria on the Spirit of Tasmania just for the occasion. Photo Scott Gelston – The Examiner

    TAMWORTH David Peachey taps the ball up to gift a try to the NSW League Legends at Jack Woolaston Oval on Saturday night. Photo: Barry Smith – The Northern Daily Leader

    TAMWORTH: Kindy kid sisters Makayla Clark, pictured left, and Ashley, right, had a run through of a special story with Year 6 student Jackson Grainger to get into the spirit. of Anzac Day Photo:The Northern Daily Leader

    BULADELAH: Four boys burnt in an accident with nitro boat fuel at Nerong. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers. The Newcastle Herald.

    SINGLETON: All the colour and action from the Newcastle Knights Community Open Day at Pirtek Park, Singleton. Picture: Jonathan Carroll The Newcastle Herald.

    BALLARAT: Special showing: Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary director Martin Scuffins with Kevy the nankeen kestrel. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER The Ballarat Courier

    BALLARAT: Daylesford Secondary School student Jacki Lipplegoes with her school SHE believes to be airbrushed photo. PICTURE: JULIE HOUGH Photo: The Ballarat Courier

    BALLARAT: Loud and clear: DBS’ Phil, karaoke regular Leanne Musgrove and Ondine Zvirbulis test their vocal cords. PICTURE: KATE HEALY The Ballarat Courier

    NEWCASTLE: Nitro Circus live at at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers The Newcastle Herald.

    MAITLAND: Lucie Bruvel (front) with Shepherds Ground residents Marco Forman and Nels Bjarke. Picture: The Maitland Mercury

    MAITLAND GOING: Kurri Kurri students will step back into the 1950s for Nostalgia Festival celebrations. The Maitland Mercury

    MAITLAND Rachael Clements is deperately looking for the right donor to help daughter Addalyn, who has two rare cancers. Picture by CATH BOWEN The Maitland Mercury

    ALBURY-WODONGA: Corowa’s Nancy Smith has led a team of knitters in stitching together more than 4000 poppies to be displayed on Anzac Day. Picture: DAVID THORPE The Border Mail

    ALBURY-WODONGA: Things can get fiery in the kitchen when celebrity chef Manu Feildel is around and yesterday was no exception at Wodonga TAFE. The Border Mail But Feildel quickly threw a fire blanket on the stove-top blaze and soon after was joking with Wodonga firefighters David Brown, Mathew Johnson and Alan Foster.Then it was down to business with master class participants enjoying the chance to cook and enjoy a meal with Feildel.Full story, another KYLIE ESLER picture, page 10

    BENDIGO: Abe Sheahan had his head shaved by Dimity McCann from Bendigo Beauty and Hair Care as team-mates from the AFL Central Victoria Academy’s under-13 squad looked on. Picture: BILL CONROY

    BENDIGO: Sharon Hickey with staff from Bendigo Health’s Wound Clinic. She has made progress in addressing a wound she has carried on her ankle for 18 years. The Bendigo Advertiser

    WAGGA WAGGA: Country High Tea House waitresses Louise Roy and Mia Glasson switch off their phones to enjoy a cuppa. Picture: Les Smith The Daily Advertiser

    WAGGA WAGGA: Katie Burgess and daughter Chloe, 7, are left without a water connection after Riverina Water decided to cut them off. Picture: Les Smith The Daily Advertiser

    BATHURST: Melaine Settree tends to one of the lots which went under the hammer at Sunday’s Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale. This particular yearling, a Roll With Joe El Ess Ee colt, was purchased for $25,000. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA The Western Advocate

    FORBES: Council’s director of engineering and technical services Ray Graham and mayor Phyllis Miller stand beside The Escort Way, where 100 trees will soon be planted to mark the Anzac centenary on April 25. The Forbes Advocate

    COWRA: Cowra’s Mae Eldridge with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and fellow Australian volunteer Nina Kerridge. Mae and Nina were rescued from Ambae Island following Cyclone Pam. Photo: ANDREW MEARES

    ORANGE: Councils from throughout the state will vie for the bragging rights to having the best tasting water in the state at today’s NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition. The Central Western Daily

    COWRA: An Essential Energy crew was called in when a cat got stuck up a power pole in Carleton Street on Tuesday. The Cowra Guardian

    DUNEDOO: It was a day of celebration in Dunedoo on Saturday, as the farming community celebrated the centenary of the local show.

    BURNIE: Ella Mackrell, 9, has been doing the Relay For Life since 2010, this year her great-aunt, Sharon Mullins, and other family members have raised $1000 for the charity. Picture: Jason Hollister. The Burnie Advocate

    BURNIE: Launch of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre featuring award-winning ensemble, Circa with their production, Beyond. Pictures: Stuart Wilson. The Burnie Advocate

    LAUNCESTON: Launceston runner Josh Harris with some of the 21 state titles he has collected. Photo Scott Gelston. Photo: The Examiner

    LAUNCESTON: Glass blower James Dodson. Photo by Geoff Robson – The Examiner

    LAUNCESTON: George Town four year old Caleb Baker tears through the corridoor in ward 4K at the LGH as Clown Doctors Dr Do Little (Peter Dowling) and Dr Sox (Meredith Cole) play along. Photo Scott Gelston The Examiner

    PORT PIRIE: .Wandearah A grade premiers, back row, Nelson Ferme, left, Scott Gray, Dave Clark, Greg Carmody, Rhys Gillett, James Ganley, middle row, Matt Bessen, left, Steve Athanasos, Marcus Ganley, Will McCourt, Marc Congdon, Matt O’Shaughnessy, and front row, Jordan Ganley, left, Alyssa Ganley, Lucas Congdon, Tyron Congdon, Liam O’Shaughnessy, Ashton Gray. The Port PIrie Recorder

    BUNBURY: A crew from the Dolphin Discovery Centre worked tirelessly to save a pod of pilot whales which were stranded at Bunbury’s McKenna Point on March 23. Photo: Justin Rake/Bunbury Mail.

    FAIRBRIDGE: Ruby Liddlelow will be hosting body art workshops at this year’s Fairbridge Festival. Photo: Amy Martin/Mandurah Mail.

    DUNSBOROUGH: Yobs took out the final glory against Dunsborough in the Busselton-Margaret River Cricket Association A-grade grand final. Photo: Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

    WARRNAMBOOL: Teenager Jack Hutt is throwing himself into TAC Cup football with the North Ballarat Rebels but won’t be disappointed if he doesn’t progress beyond Cobden. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE The Warrnambool Standard.

    WARRNAMBOOL: Deakin’s football training at the Pond. Picture: AARON SAWALL The Warrnambool Standard

    WARRNAMBOOL: The 14,500 acre Mount Fyans property, near Darlington, is coming on to the market, as the Earl and Countess of Stradbroke have decided to sell. Henham Rous, one of the Earl’s children, is the current property manager. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE The Warrnambool Standard

    REDLANDS: Redlands College dance students Lara Addley, year 5, and Elle Wood, year 8, have been enjoying the school s new dance program. Photo by Chris McCormack The Bayside Bulletin

    NEWCASTLE:Charlestown Public School: Jayne Thompson gets the sausages, eggs and BBQ going. on Election Day Picture: Phil Hearne The Newcastle Herald.