Corridor changes get back on track

In Progress: The Newcastle Interchange construction site at Wickham. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers. The rail corridor rezoning planmade progress on Tuesday night, after NSW government officials revealed details of 10- and 40-year transport plans for Newcastle.
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The officials briefed Newcastle City Councilon these plans, whichconvinced lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes that therail corridorrezoning planshould be releasedfor community consultation.

The councilhaddelayedthe rezoning plan, while calling for thegovernment to meet several conditions.

Thisincluded a requirement thatthe governmentdevelop a“comprehensive, evidence-based plan for public transport” in the Lower Hunter.

Transport for NSW executive director for future transport Tim Raimond told the council that a draft of the 40-year “Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan” would be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

Mr Raimond said a final plan was due forreleasein the first quarter of next year.

He also spoke about the 10-year “Newcastle Transit Network Plan”, which he hoped would be released “by the end of the year”.

Thistransit plan will covercorridors for light rail, buses andferries, along with cost estimates and economic analysis.

Cr Nelmes pressed Mr Raimond about including within this plan,options to extend light rail beyond Hunter Street to other areas including the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Airport, John Hunter Hospital, Merewether and Glendale.

Mr Raimond confirmed that route options would be “considered in the transit plan”, to which the mayor replied “that’s wonderful to hear”.

After the briefing, the mayor said the council would proceed with a report for the corridor rezoning plans to be released for community consultation.

She was happy for this to occur “now that the transport officials have confirmed that an integrated transport master plan for the Lower Hunter is under way”.

She expectsthe report to be put before councillors before the end of the council term in August, after which the election will occur.

The mayor said the lack of an integrated transport plan had held back the growth of the greater Newcastle area.

The next elected council mustcontinue to press the government to ensure the transport plans become reality, before the corridor rezoning is considered for approval, the mayor said.

The rezoning plan, which the state government instigated, includes options for open space, development, tourism, affordable housing and an education precinct for the university.

Hamptons on the lake

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.A BRIGHTWATERS property boasting 270-degree views of Lake Macquarie has attracted plenty of attention from Sydney-siders, who are making up to 70 per cent of the market for properties on the western side of the lake.
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Agent Brad Nicholson, of McGrath Charlestown, said the bright and airystyle of thisButtaba Road property – last sold in 1992 – was reminiscent of the Hamptons.

“It’s an amazing location, and the property has a real ‘wow factor’ about it,” Mr Robinson said. “It isabsolute waterfront, on a huge block on the point.”

The property has three bedrooms, one bathroom, andis set on 1648 square metres of level, private grounds. It has a private jetty and boat shed.

Mr Nicholson expects it will fetch between$1.4 and $1.5 million.

Since being listed earlier this month, it had mainly attracted interest from Sydney buyers lured by the appeal of the lake lifestyle.

About70 per cent of Mr Nicholson’s customers were now coming from the city.

“The feedback I’m getting is that you are paying $4 million for a waterfront in Sydney, and you can buy one for $1.5 or $2 million here,” he said. “The area around the lake is a bit of a secret for people in Sydney at the moment, and I think in the next few years it will become even more popular.”

New DestinationIRIS Capital is set to launch a $60 million master-plan estate in the Hunter Valley next month.

On the rise: Construction of stage one of Wyndham Ridge Estate, located minutes from Greta and Huntlee, has begun, with 248 lots to be launched this week.

Construction has begun on the Wyndham Ridge Estate near Greta.

The development willconsistof 248 subdivided lots ranging from 600-to-2000 square metres, priced from $190,000 to $280,000.

Plans for the estate, which will goon display at 85 New England Highway, Greta, show mature trees, gentle slopes and parks.

It isdue to be completed byFebruary, 2018.

Iris Capital is behind the planned $400 million development of Hunter Street Mall, where ithopes to introduce newresidential, retail, commercial and dining spaces to the inner city.

Hamptons on the lake Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

Hamptons chic: This three-bedroom waterfront property at Brightwaters has a large covered deck that overlooks the lake, private jetty, and landscaped garden. It is set on 1648 square metres of level grounds.

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Centenary of the Great War

TOUGH GOING: Australian machine gunners firing at an enemy aircraft above the Western Front. Photo courtesy of Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for June 18-24, 1917.
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SOLDIERS’ LETTERS:WITH THE LIGHT HORSETrooper Niau, of the Light Horse, writing to his mother from Gaza, says: “I think I told you we went into action on the 19th of April. We left here at 8pm, and travelled till midnight, had three hours’ sleep, and travelled some more. All next day we were practically in the saddle. We watered our horses and grazed them on the wheat and barley. The whole country round about here is under wheat or barley. I think it was done to provide German cavalry with fodder. Anyway, it won’t be harvested, as most of it is ripe now. The following evening we went to within a few hundred yards of the Turks, and relieved one lot that had been in position all day. That night we were mostly occupied in digging trenches, our horses being looked after by the horse-holders, i.e., one man out of every section of four. We got a few hours’ sleep, and the following day did a little bit of mounted patrol work, getting sniped at occasionally by the Turks, who were entrenched. On the night of the 18th we had one and a half hour’s sleep. All this time our horses were kept ready saddled, and at 1.30 a.m. on the 19th we moved into position for the main attack. Before daylight, our horses were sent to the rear, and we advanced on foot in extended order. The Camel Corps and Tommies, who were advancing abreast of us, on our left, got slops, and we got into a pretty hot quarter after we had advanced nearly a mile. Our artillery had shifted the Turks back a bit, but as the attack on our front for three miles or so was supposed to be only a demonstration, we were satisfied to just keep the Turks from sending reinforcement to where the main attack was to be made, i.e., Gaza. However, the Turks thought we were pushing them a bit too much, so called up reinforcements from Jerusalem, and really our centre bore the brunt of the scrap. We got properly peppered, as we were out in the open all the time, running forward in short dashes, then lying down to fire at the Turks in their redoubts. One of the British tanks got to work. It was the first one I had seen in action, and we couldn’t help laughing. It reminded me of an old hen with a batch of chickens following it, as the Tommies were advancing with it in hundreds. It drew a lot of artillery fire, and the Tommies lost a lot of men. Finally it struck a mine near a Turkish redoubt, and got put out of action. I was in the front line, and behind us were the other squadrons, yet our troop only lost one man. The others at the rear lost up to 10 each. Taking it all through our losses were pretty heavy, 33 per cent of the regiment. Our colonel died from effects of wounds. I can’t make out how so many of us missed getting hit, as the shrapnel was pretty thick, and fired at point blank range at that, besides rifle and machine gun fire. Anyway, we were going all day; had one water bottle full, 1 tin of bully, a bit of bread, and a few biscuits. That night we retired to a commanding position half a mile back, and dug ourselves in. I was dead sleepy, but we had to take our shift at standing patrols. Next day we dug trenches, and had things pretty easy for another couple of days, and when relieved, came back here, where we are out of artillery fire. But it is a rotten hole, too far to water, and heaps of dust. We just dig a hole in the ground and get inside. Our blankets on top make a bit of shade. We expect to move off any minute. Can’t get tobacco high or low, and a Y.M.C.A. canteen, which is five miles away, has run out. Of course, we get a small military issue once a week; we still get bread; it comes out by train from Kantara. I wash with about half an egg-cup full of water every day. Our horses take up most of our time. It’s a wonderful country, in a way, yet I don’t like it, from a soldier’s point of view; no firewood and no water.”

ARMY MEDICAL CORPS IN FRANCEPrivate Garnet Wilton J. Dart, writing to his father, Mr James Dart of Newcastle: “I am penning this letter in one of the small triangular shaped wooden huts that dot the country within the war zone. They resemble much in appearance large sized dog kennels. The first night in them was somewhat cool, but now that a nice fire radiates its warmth, comfort is again with us. The hut I am in now possesses a nice improvised small table that affords me ease and pleasure as I write this letter. By my side is a hut mate committing his thoughts to paper, and gathered around the cheerful fire are four chaps getting things ready to have something good for supper. Although we do little physical work, the eating powers have not decreased correspondingly. I hear the familiar noise of a primus stove in use by one of the four chaps to prepare the supper. It awakens memories of the past. It is a very useful asset to the hut, and I can just picture myself when I did make use of a similar stove in the old home, well over a year ago. I cannot hear the noise of war without, but if I were to go out I could see the lightning-like flashes of the artillery guns in action. The weather during the fortnight has been generally mild and cloudy, but I cannot say that the spring conditions are with us. Yesterday we had several falls of snow, covering the ground about an inch thick. A frost set in during the night, so the snow still lies on the ground. It looked a pretty sight yesterday afternoon. It reminded me much of what I first saw when Salisbury Plain was covered with the great ‘white cloak.’ Since writing last I have travelled into some strange land, but where I cannot relate. In one place war has done its work too well. In another place the entrance of the warm season will supply a most picturesque change. During this week the motor ambulance has carried me over some miles of this country. Every appearance of the sun witnessed the big birds out on the wing. Last Sunday many of them could be seen carrying on the work required of them – one never tires watching them. No air duels, or bagging them by anti-aircraft guns, has yet been witnessed; the guns always have a hard try to wreak destruction on the intruding machines, but I have not seen them successful yet. Last Wednesday night I witnessed a most entertaining show given by one of the divisional theatre parties. It put in the shade the previous ones I have seen given by the “Coo-ee Pierrots.” The entertainment was very bright and cheerful, and was thoroughly appreciated by those present. The orchestra – well, when I heard it strike up, I thought I was attending some large theatre at London or Sydney. The music rendered was, indeed, a pleasure to walk miles to hear. Some 20 to 30 persons playing instruments, from flutes to big bass fiddles, gave forth music that I never thought I would hear so close to the real thing. It was simply delightful to be one of those present at the show. I guess I will be there again at the change of programme. One of the performers masqueraded as a girl, and he takes the part almost perfectly. To express the performance in French, it is ‘tres bon.’ The other lads who attended from this unit thoroughly enjoyed the show. The two page letter limit is nearing so I guess I had better call a halt. I am enjoying the best of health, and still manage to eat three meals a day and sleep in a comfortable bed. Kindly remember me to all good friends who may be inquiring as to my welfare.”

NO USE GRUMBLINGPrivate Sid Scowcroft, who left Newcastle in October, 1914, and was at the landing in Gallipoli, and who is now in France, writes to his mother in New Lambton:“I fully expected when I came out this time that there would be a lot of letters waiting for me as it is a long time since I received any mail. Needless to say I was very disappointed on arriving here to find there was only one from Dick (Private Aynsley). I suppose you read in the papers every day about big advances that are being made on this front. It is of no use me trying to describe things to you, sufficient for me to say is that the Australians are taking a good hand in the game. The Australians have kept continually on the Hun’s heels ever since he started to retreat. Some of the villages we had to fight for, but at others all we had to do was to walk into them. But it’s practically all the same. We always get the villages, that’s the main thing. We had a big stunt yesterday morning, and gave Fritz one of the biggest knocks he has ever had. You will read about it all in the papers long before you receive this letter. I just got a very pleasant surprise. The mail boy came in with five letters for me. I don’t think I will be able to answer them today as we are expecting to move at any minute. The weather here is not too good, and as I have only a few bags and a sheet of iron for a shelter one cannot get at all comfortable. It is a very funny sort of a day. The sun is shining brightly one minute and the next minute it is snowing, and to make things worse a bitterly cold wind is blowing. My right hand is almost frozen. The reason this letter has such a smudgy appearance is that the snow is blowing all over the paper, and I am trying to write over the top of it. I don’t suppose it’s any use grumbling – grumbling won’t win the war, and that’s what we are here for – to win. I was very pleased to hear that Mr. and Mrs. Bleazard had been kind enough to call on you and give you those photos. I will be able to give you the details of each one when I return. I have been where all the photos were taken. I often wish it were permissible to carry a camera here in France. I could have got some “bonser” snaps on the Somme, and now that we are advancing through all the deserted and devastated villages I could get some very interesting snaps to show you what German “Kultur” means. The cold has made my hand numb, so l will have to draw to a close. Remember me to all my friends. I am keeping in the very best of health and spirits, and living in expectations of being home this year.”

ENLISTMENTSArthur Stewart Cobcroft, St Clair; Norman Davidson, Wallsend; Kenneth Albert Farley, Stroud; Leonard Spencer Gluyas, Waratah; David Shiach Gregory, Bellbird; Thomas Innes, Hamilton; William John Jenkins, Newcastle; Archibald Johnston, Boolambyte; John Joseph Kavanagh, West Maitland; John Broughton Keightley, Newcastle; Edward Charles Kent, Newcastle; Felix Charles McDermott, East Maitland; Allen Robertson Miller, East Maitland; Norman Edgar Phillips, Cooks Hill; George Baden Powell Pike, Waratah; Percy Thomas Sheffield, Newcastle; Henry James Shoesmith, Newcastle; Gordon Smith, Boolaroo; Phillip Stapleton, Oakhampton; David Robert Stewart, Boolaroo; Arthur Edward Young, Adamstown.

DEATHSPte Samuel Campbell, Kurri Kurri; Pte Joseph Jenkins, Adamstown; Sgt Arthur William Mounter, Hamilton.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. facebook南京夜网/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

NSW Budget 2017: Where’s the money going?

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has unveiled budget surpluses worth almost $12 billion, underpinned by stamp duty from a booming property market and asset privatisations as well as $23 billion worth of cost cuts.
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Describing his first state budget as “the envy of the western world”, Mr Perrottet outlined measures squarely focused on the provision of “social infrastructure”. Read more

Winners and losers in the NSW budget:In summary: Koalas and kids win, baddies and foreigners lose. Read on

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet

‘Nurses and teachers’ budget delivers investment to regions “largest in modern history”: A $1.3 billion regional fund to turbocharge the regions leads a large infrastructure spend on roads, water, schools and hospitals in the NSW budget. Read more

What’s in it for the Illawarra, South Coast?The 2017 NSW budget had plenty of cash to continue the region’s work-in-progress projects – on the roads and at our hospitals – but little to satisfy those looking for a new, big ticket item. Read more

Hunter misses out on big infrastructure spend: The Hunter has missed out on any major new spending commitments in Tuesday’s state budget, despite the government boasting of record infrastructure spending and surpluses as far as the eye can see. Read more

$65 million super-school to be built in Armidale: Duval and Armidale High Schools will be demolished and replaced with brand new, state-of-the-art high school for 1500 students. Read more

Farm sector bags $12m tax cuts:From January 1, 2018, duties on crop and livestock insurance will be abolished which will save farmers $12 million over the next four years. Read more

Pacific, Princes highways funds boost and $500m to fix country roads in transport budget:A bypass for Scone and the continued upgrade of the Pacific Highway feature in the NSW Government’s road spend including $500m promised to fix country roads.The big ticket items include the completion of the Berry bypass and the Bomaderry-Berry upgrade on the Princes Highway ($137m) and completing all projects on the Pacific Highway between Port Macquarie and Glenugie near Grafton, and the planning of a Coffs Harbour bypass. Read more

State government pledges $5 million for Maitland Hospital site preparation:Despite the state government’s claim of enabling “the biggest ever capital investment in our healthcare system”, only $5 million has been announced for the new Maitland Hospital. Read more

PRE-BUDGET COVERAGEBerejiklian unveils record school infrastructure spendThe Premier and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the new funding in the lead up to Tuesday’s budget, calling it the“biggest NSW government investment in education infrastructure in history”.

The funding will help to pay for120 new and upgraded schools that the government says willcreate 32,000 more student places and 1500 new classrooms across the state,and brings total spending on new and upgraded schools to $4.2 billion to 2020-21.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes unveiled $2.2 billion in new funding for school infrastructure projects in the lead up to Tuesday’s state budget. Picture: Edwina Pickles

New hall plus expanded schools: In the Hunter the funding would go to five schools: Rutherford Public School, Belmont High School,Newcastle East Public,Nulkaba Public School and Callaghan College Jesmond Campus. Read more

Newcastle light rail funding continues: TheBerejiklian government will allocate $206 million to revitalising Newcastle’s city-centrein Tuesday’s budget. Read more

Millions for Berry-Bomaderry highway upgrade:The NSW government will spend about $400 million over the next four yearsto upgrade thePrinces Highway between Berry and Bomaderry –bringing what was a planned, yet unfundedroad project to life. Read more

An artist’s impression of the Meroo and Pestells lanes overpass (looking south towards Bomaderry) – to be built as part of the Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade. Picture: RMS

Maitland waits for NSW budget over new hospital funding: When the state government hands down its budget on Tuesday night there will beone question on the city’s mind –where is the money to build the new Maitland hospital? Read more

Werris Creek water treatment plant funding expected in NSW budget:The Liverpool Plains mayor is quietly confident the state government will put up $10m for the much-needed upgrade of the Werris Creek water treatment plant in the upcoming budget. Read more

Hopes for funds to start mental health unit construction:Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams says she ishopeful that the Budget will include funding for the start of construction on the new mental health unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Read more

NSW Budget to contain money for new Bathurst ambulance station:Though he couldn’t confirm the location for the new station, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole could confirm that budget fundswould be allocated to the project and a development application for it was likely “in the coming months”. Read more

Inverell Hospital redevelopment will be revealed: The green light for Inverell Hospital’s $30 million redevelopment depends on theState Budget. Read more

A decade in the making: The fight to redevelop Inverell Hospital could see victory in the NSW Budget 2017. Photo: Heidi Gibson

Channel Ten: is network  about to be switched off

TEN STABLE: What’s the prognosis for favourite shows such as Offspring.As news that Channel Ten is to be put into voluntary administration echoes around Australia, many are asking what this really means for the network. Concern is rife also for some favourite shows, including Offspring, Neighbours, Masterchef and The Project.
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What happened?

Channel Ten’s billionaire shareholders decided they would no longer guarantee a key loan, which put the Network Ten business at risk of insolvency. Channel Ten has since appointed voluntary administrators. The corporation owes a large debt to Commonwealth Bank and at a meeting of the shareholders, it was agreed that the network’s financial backers were unwilling to absorb this $200 million cost.

What does it mean for a company to go into voluntary administration?

When a company goes into voluntary administration, it has determined that it is no longer financially sustainable in its current form and sought the protections available under the Corporations Act to explore a formal restructuring. An independent, third party is appointed to assess all options available and find the best outcome for all those affected.The administrators will undertake a financial and operational assessment of the business while business, as far as possible, continues as normal. In their assessment, they will be analysing all the data they can in order to draw a conclusion about the best way forward for the network. The objective of a voluntary administration is to save the company so it can continue to operate. This could mean a potential sale or recapitalisation of the business.

Who will be affected?

In the challenging situation of a voluntary administration or insolvency, there are many affected parties, including the creditors of the business. One of the key creditors in this situation will be employees. Network Ten’s employees and their families will be facing a stressful and uncertain period with many wanting answers over job security and assurance they will continue to be paid. Suppliers, content partners and financiers of the business will also have concerns about outstanding invoices, payment for services and ongoing commitments to repay loans. While Channel Ten continues to operate, suppliers and employees will no doubt be seeking assurances that they will continue to be paid. But until the voluntary administrators have finished initial assessments, there will be limits to the assurance they can offer.

An industry threatened?

Some commentators are seeing the demise of Channel Ten as a sign of the times as more and more people (especially Millennials) are ‘switching off’ free-to-air TV in favour of digital options. TV streaming sites like Netflix have stolen a big chunk of the market and, when looking at today’s children, they are turning to user-generated content streamed online, such as YouTube. With Channel Ten seen as targeting the younger demographic they could be facing an up-hill battle and may need to change direction to see success.

What next?

Early speculation suggests that the inherent value of a television licence will see the network continue to trade and the business ultimately sold. As viewers, it’s doubtful we’ll see any major changes to broadcasting and scheduling, so popular Channel Ten shows will continue to air. In the meantime we wait for more news and for the voluntary administrators to draw their conclusions in order to find the best way forward.

Brad Tonksis a partner, business recovery andinsolvency atPKF