Dream theatre

INSPIRED: Rob Mills hopes his latest role in the UK production of Puttin On The Ritz leads to work on London’s West End.HAVING fought for, and successfully achieved, musical credibility, Rob Mills has his sights set on conquering London’s acclaimed West End theatre scene.
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It’s a declaration a decadeago that would have had readers choking on their morning cornflakes in disbelief at its audacity.

This is man who was oncefamous for being the “cheeky bad boy”ofthe inaugural Australian Idol and for having a flingwith Paris Hilton.

In recent years Mills, who turned 35 on Thursday, has matured and channelled his singing, dancing and acting talent into becominga star of Australian musical theatre.

He’s appeared in Grease, Hair, Wicked, Ghost The Musical and in July he will play the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Mills has also began preparing for perhapshis most important role yet,the UK production of Puttin On The Ritz.

Mills will be the only Australian performerin the song and dance production that features predominately stars of the West End and is produced by Englishman David King.

Puttin On The Ritz features the music ofIrving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin and takes the audience to the golden era of Hollywood where swing music and Fred Astaire loomed large.

Securing a role in Puttin On The Ritz, as well as a series of meetings with West End theatre companies, has convinced Mills to follow his dreams and potentially move to London in the near future.

“With touring with this company there might be some work for me in the UK at the end of the year or early next year,” Mills says.“I’m thinking about making the move. It’s all thoughts in my brain at the moment, but maybe. I don’t see why not.

Rob MillsRob Mills Is Surprisingly Good, full self-deprecating humour.

“I’ve tried to be a sponge and maybe it was trying to shakeoff the Idol tag and being a rapscallionboy from the burbs has made me want to work harder and prove people wrong and prove it to myself,” he says.

WILD DAYS: Rob Mills during his brief dalliance with Paris Hilton in 2003.

Mills’ acting career is also flourishing. Earlier this year he debuted on TV soap opera Neighbours as school teacher Finn Kelly. It’s a role Mills has been able to relate to as he regularly conducts workshops in schools, talking to studentsabout theatre.

“I did drama all through high school, but I didn’t do year 12 drama because I was too scared of what other people would think of me,” he says.

“If I could go back and tell that kid, little Rob, ‘everyone is going to have an opinion about you, so just do what you want to do’ and I would have definitely pursued drama through year 12, knowing what I know now.”

Luckily, says Mills, Australia has progressedsince his teenage years and it’s more socially acceptable forboys to study the dramatic arts.

“You learn so many great lessons through acting games and you learn emotional techniques and empathy and things that will make you a better person,” he says.“I know I’ve become a more well-rounded person after doing a lot more acting.”

Puttin On The Ritz comes to Wests New Lambton on September 24.

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery is state of the artPHOTOS

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery is state of the art | PHOTOS Fine Art: Erika Sorby with her portrait of Sonia Hornery and Ollie the greyhound.
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Sonia Hornery with Ollie the greyhound, also known as Knight Sprite.

Erika’s portrait of Sonia Hornery in the making.

Erika’s portrait of Sonia Hornery in the making.

Erika and her injured shoulder.

Erika’s art studio.

Erika Sorby with an art award she won.

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Craig “Rosie” Rosevear was The Screaming Jets’ drummer.

You’re thinking what I’m thinking, aren’t you?That those are classic lyrics from thatclassic Newcastle band,The Screaming Jets.

Craig “Rosie”Rosevear was the band’s drummer from1993 to 2000.

As Craig knows, there’s a bit of pressure when performing at a live gig.

So crossing over from the world of rock to the world of property auctions isn’t an entirelyforeign experience.

There are some differences. For example, girls don’t throw their bras at him during an auction. And the after-parties aren’t as hardcore.

Craig has dubbed his auction style “rocktioneering”.

“The auctioneer is like the orchestrator, extracting bids, drawing the most out of buyers, creating enthusiasm and keeping the energy up around the property,”he said.

“I‘ve always had a love of people and property and was fortunate enough to have invested my Screaming Jets royalties into property.”

Craigwill participate in the Real Estate of NSW’s Novice Auctioneer Competition at Charlestown Bowling Club on July 5.

The auctioneers pick an item of their choice to auction.

Craig will draw on his rockheritage by auctioning a“rock-star experience” with The Screaming Jets and a personal drum lessonwith himself.

Proceeds go tothe McGrath Foundation.

Opportunity grows from city’s ‘starfish’ projects

The Starfish and the Spider is a great book by Ori Bafram. It’s a bit old now but presents a solid argument about the strength of decentralised systems or organisations, led by people we might call catalysts, where the network has strength, small businesses have power, knowledge is shared and everyone wants to contribute.
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SHIFTING SAND: The Hunter is seeing the power of projects where there are many thinking parts, shared roles and regular renewal.

The analogy is that if you cut off a spider’s head, it dies. But a starfish has a ‘distributed neural system’. Ifyou cut off one part, it grows a new one. More importantly, each point of the starfish can take the lead depending on what it needs to do at that time.

OK,it’s a kitsch analogy but in the Hunter we can see the power of ‘starfish’ projects where there are many thinking parts, shared roles and regular change and renewal.

We see it most clearly through the work of the Hunter Innovation Project (HIP), which has been led by committed people in Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Now and Hunter DiGiT and supported by a funding impetus from the State Government. HIP itself is focused on the Newcastle city centre with smart city infrastructure, a planned digital precinct and an innovation hub.

However, HIP has now grown some new ‘legs’, starfish style, with enthusiastic collaboration through the Hunter Innovation Ecosystem Project, the University’s I2N network of innovation hubs and new inner-city campus space. These projects have attracted involvement from over 30 regional organisations and from representatives of national and global corporations.

Another opportunity for collaboration has been announced with the state providing funding to Newcastle Now for a project that aims to install interactive creative features in night-time trouble spots. This project is a collaboration between Newcastle Now, council and Hamilton Chamber with considerable support in its planning by the NSW Police.

Newcastle Now invests in research, attempting to adapt the lessons learned elsewhere to the Newcastle context. We made a three-year investment in a university research project mapping the region’s creative industries. We then began to learn about the global ‘smart cities’ movement and the potential of new technologies to make cities more liveable and sustainable. This led to a pilot project in Darby Street. It provided a network of street sensors that has allowed us to learn about the potential of smart city technologies to help business be more efficient and profitable. It is now being absorbed into the broader smart cities strategy that council is developing.

Through these two projects we came to understand more about how modern cities are changing, and more about how we, as a Business Improvement Association, need to constantly review our priorities to leverage the big projects and their energies for the benefit of our members – as one player within a bigger team.

Like all periods of change there can be conflicting goals, but if we can work together and redirect our long-standing programs to take advantage of opportunities, the city and region can go a long way.

It’s not just that ‘many hands make light work’, it’s also that enthusiasm is greatest when people feel they are making a difference. And that happens best when by helping to meet the goals of the many, they can also achieve their own purpose.

The starfish has more going for it than you see at first glance.

Edward Duc is executive chairperson for Newcastle Now Business Improvement Association

Former Ipswich mayor charged with extortion

Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale is facing three charges, including one count of extortion, after he was arrested by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
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Mr Pisasale, 65, was arrested by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission and taken to the Brisbane watchhouse on Tuesday where he was formally charged.

He willfront the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning after being remanded in custody overnight.

It follows an eventful fortnight for MrPisasale,who resigned as mayor after 13 years ata June 6 press conference held ata local hospital while he was clad in a dressing gown and red-and-white pyjamas.

He willfront the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning after being remanded in custody overnight.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, wearing a hospital gown and pyjamas, announces his resignation. Photo: 7 News

It follows an eventful fortnight for MrPisasale,who resigned as mayor after 13 years ata June 6 press conference held ata local hospital while he was clad in a dressing gown and red-and-white pyjamas.

MrPisasaletold reporters he had succumbed to multiple sclerosis, a disease from which he had suffered since 1998.

The next day it was revealed Mr Pisasalehad been stopped by Australian Federal Police after he was found carrying a suitcase with $50,000 in cash through Melbourne Airport in May.

Mr Pisasale has told associates that he was merely acting as a courier as a favour for his good friend Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo.

He told friends he was in Melbourne visiting a developer when the colourful barrister, a former police officer, asked him to collect a cash payment from a Victorian client as it was needed urgently to settle a law case being run by Mr Di Carlo in Brisbane.

Just why the federal police had Mr Pisasale under surveillance that day is not clear, but they later executed search warrants on his home and office.

The popular mayor, who has run Ipswich council since 2004, denied that the police raid had anything to do with his resignation.

“I would be astonished if it is not legit,” Mr Di Carlo previously told Fairfax Media about the $50,000 in cash.

“I regard him as a very good mayor, a true friend, and honest … the idea that he would take a bribe is ridiculous and I am so sad that he has resigned.”

“Mr Ipswich” Paul Pisasale. Photo: Chris Hyde

Following his arrest, a CCC spokesman said the charges had “nothing to do with the fifty grand” found on MrPisasaleat Melbourne Airport nor OperationBelcarra, the organisation’s investigation into the 2016 local elections.

“The 65-year-old Ipswich man charged today by the CCC has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow [June 21],” a statement from the CCC read.

Asked whether anyone else could become the subject of CCC action, the spokesman said: “I can’t say at this stage. The investigation remains ongoing.”

Ipswich City Council learnt about the arrest on Tuesday afternoon.

Council chief executive Jim Lindsay said the charges related solely to the allegedpersonalmisconduct of Mr Pisasale.

“I’m disappointed to hear through the media of today’s developments,” he said.

“Many council staff have worked closely with Mr Pisasale over a number of years, and I can assure everyone that there are deep feelings of disappointment that their formermayor has been arrested.

“Council business, however, must operate as normal.

“I’m confident the resilience of our dedicated workforce will continue to offer quality service to the people of Ipswich.

“This has always been the case, and has continued to be the case since the resignation of theformermayor on June 6.

“This won’t change tomorrow, nor into the future.”

Mr Pisasale was known as “Mr Ipswich” after becoming one of the city’s most readily identifiable figures.

He was first elected as an Ipswich councillor in 1991 and became Ipswich’s independent mayor in 2004.

Under parliamentary privilege last week, independent state MPRob Pyne levelled serious allegations of corruption and misconductagainst Mr Pisasale and other senior Ipswich council members.

He tabled a four-page unattributed document in Queensland Parliament.

Which 10 consumer brands influence Australians the most?

If you had to list the brands with which you interacted in the past 24 hours, what would appear?
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Google? Probably.

Facebook? Almost definitely.

And you probably used an Apple or Microsoft device to access both of the above, all while hooked up to Telstra broadband.

Sound about right?

It should, considering these brands are five of the 10 most influential in Australia.

And while it might not be sexy, it’s not surprising that Bunnings also makes it into the top 10.

The ranking comes from the Ipsos-led study into the nation’s most influential consumer brands, now in its sixth year.

Polling 2000 Australians, the study measures a brand’s influence according to five factors: leading edge, engagement, trustworthiness, citizenship and presence.

The top 10 were selected from a list of market-leading overseas and local brands.

“In the digital world of today brands have a power to perform a role above and beyond providing just one service or product,” said Gillian O’Sullivan, managing director of Ipsos marketing, Australia & New Zealand.

“Technology-focused companies are rising further and further up the rankings, with eight out of the top 10 brands in Australia being technology-focused companies … of course with a couple of exceptions.”

10: BunningsAmid the tech giants on the list, Bunnings Warehouse sticks out with its bricks and mortar presence and a business model which continues to shun the online marketplace.

“The strength of Bunnings as a brand surprises me every year,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“It’s not a very sexy brand, but it has consistently done the same thing very well year in, year out. One of the questions we ask is, ‘Is there an attribute of this brand I would be willing to defend?’ Bunnings has always done well on that dimension. That’s a great measure of the strength of a brand.”

9: TelstraTelstra has appeared in the top 10 every year for the past four years –and for one reason.

“You can’t escape Telstra. And a brand that has strong presence like Telstra is seen to lead competitors.”

Telstra’s influence has been further cemented with the roll-out of the NBN, for which it is delivering services to around half of all connected homes.

While the telco ranked at No.7 for Gen X and Baby Boomers, it failed to rate for millennials in their own top 10.

8: YouTubeYouTube’s influence is linked to its ability to foster “emotional engagement” among Australians.

Ms O’Sullivan saidthe platform succeeds with its strong branding and dominance as the “go-to place” for everything from hard-hitting news, to entertainment and music.

7: AppleWhile brands have always been influential in their own right, globalisation has blurred the boundaries of who brands influence and how.

“From a consumer perspective we used to only see brands operating in one or two categories. Now we see brands able to extend beyond the category in which they originated,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

Ipsos defined Apple as such a brand, deeming it “the trendsetter brand”.

6: eBayeBay stood out among Australian consumers for “changing behaviour”. As the original one-to-one global trader it was through eBay that many Australians first began shopping online.

MsO’Sullivansaid it was evidence that brands creating new ways of doing things have great influence.

5: ColesOne of the three local brands to make it into the rankings, Coles leads all other Australian supermarkets in understanding consumer needs. Its success comes despite the constant threat from German discount giant Aldi.

However Coles will be keeping a close eye on the US high-end grocer Whole Foods, bought this week by Amazon, which is set to start trading in Australia from next year.

4: PayPalThis year was the first Ipsosincluded PayPal in the survey. So it came as a surprise when it landed at No.4.

“Our hunch was that PayPal was a strong brand. But to land at No.4 was a surprise.”

According to the study, PayPal is the most trusted brand in Australia.

3: MicrosoftMicrosoft has more or less maintained its position in the Ipsosstudy over the past four years.

According to the surveyed Australians, it’s considered to have “unwavering importance” in the lives of consumers.

2: FacebookOne of the biggest changes from 2016 was that Microsoft and Facebook swapped places, which Ms O’Sullivan may reflect “where things are headed”.

“Facebook has definitely moved up the ranks the last few years, that’s no surprise. We see Facebook being a really strong brand among every generation … it’s just as relevant to grandmothers as it is to millennials.”

1: GoogleA brand is surely doing something right when its very name becomes a verb.

And so for the fourth year in a row Google has been declared the most influential brand –in Australia, across the globe and among all generational groups.

According to the survey results, among Australian consumers it leads in innovation, originality and reliability.

Hunter Morning NewsWednesday, June 21, 2017

Hunter Morning News | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.
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This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.

This foggy morning in Maitland was captured on camera by Rick Chapman.

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Regional news

► Illawarra:Taking a leaf from song diva Mariah Carey, Daisy Pring hit all thehigh notes during the official launch of the Southern Stars 2017 Postcards extravaganza.The Kiama High School student belted outCarey’s hit songEmotions,on Tuesday at WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC)Read on.

► Newcastle:THE state government has pledged nearly $2 millionto prepare a business case for the remaining stages of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange.

The project has been lauded by all 13 Hunter councils, and has the support of the region’s Labor MPs. More here.

An artist’s impression of the Pennant Street Bridge.

► Bendigo:A series of weight loss surgeries over four years has seen a Bendigo woman lose nearlyhalf her body weight and reclaim her life.

The 164cm-tall woman lost 49kg, down from 107kgin 2012.More here.

SUCCESS: Jinie Fox lost nearly half her body weight with the assistance of bariatric surgery. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

National news

► The spread of airborne diseases could be reduced through redesigned ventilation ofoffices, schools and hospitals, Queensland researchers hope.

Scientists from the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland have discovered that some bacteria can spread up to four metresand remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes after being coughed or sneezed. Read on.

►KFC Australia will trialhome delivery next month, as the chicken frying giant triesto keep pace with the rapidly changing fast food market.

Direct competitor Red Rooster has been offering home delivery for 2½ years and says the move is behind much of the growth that has its parent company setfor a $250 millionstockmarket float.Full report here.

National weather radar:World news:►Indonesia:Bali police were forced to hold off an investigation to ensure four prison escapees, including Australian Shaun Davidson, were not still trapped inside the escape tunnel after rain made conditions unstable.

The four prisoners have not been sighted since it emerged they had escaped during prison roll call at Kerobokan jail at 8am Monday. Read on.

Shaun Davidson

► London:John Varley, 61, a director of mining giant Rio Tinto, has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by the UK Serious Fraud Office.

He has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and one count of providing unlawful financial assistance.Read on.

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The Australian Football Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees

Super six: the latest inductees to the Australian Football Hall of Fame,Barry HallOne of the best power forwards the game has ever seen, Hall achieved the unique distinction of becoming the only player in VFL/AFL history to kick 100 goals for three different clubs. A nightmare to match up on, Hall’s brute strength saw him dominate the game for over a decade.
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He found himself in hot water on many occasions due to his ill-discipline – most notably in 2008 when he received a seven-match suspension for punching West Coast defender Brent Staker in the face. But while he is remembered by many for his fiery temper, his on-field feats were remarkable.

Hall will forever go down in history as the man who captained Sydney to their drought-breaking 2005 premiership – the club’s first flag in 72 years – which ended the longest barren run the VFL/AFL has ever seen. He is a four-time All-Australian, one-time All-Australian vice-captain, led his club’s goalkicking 11 times, won Sydney’s best-and-fairest in 2004 and claimed the AFL Coaches’ Association Champion Player of the Year award in 2005.

All up, he played 289 games for St Kilda, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs and, with 746 career goals to his credit, sits 15th on the all-time goalkickers’ list. He never managed to kick 10 goals in a game, but with a career-best bag of eight and another six hauls of seven, displayed what an ominous attacking weapon he was. He kicked 80 goals in a year on two occasions.

Barry Hall kicks a goal for the Swans at the SCG in 2005. Photo: Steve Christo

Anthony StevensOne of the best players North Melbourne has ever produced, Stevens epitomised the ‘Shinboner spirit’ over a storied 16-season career with his rugged tenacity.

A supremely gifted midfielder who had blue-and-white blood coursing through his veins, Stevens played in two premierships for the Kangaroos. He was revered for his toughness and the best example of this probably occurred in the 1999 Grand Final when he played with a fractured right heel and ligament damage and had to be piggy-backed off the ground after the match by Cameron Mooney.

His relentless determination was on show again in 2000 when he fought back from severe neck and facial injuries after he was struck by a shard of glass that fell from a hotel window to play the final 11 games of the season. Stevens won a pair of best-and-fairest awards for the Kangas, earned an All-Australian guernsey in 1998 and ended up captaining his beloved club for a few years before retiring in 2004.

Perhaps his greatest individual accolade was being named the ruck rover in North Melbourne’s Team of the Century. With 292 games to his credit, Stevens sits only behind Brent Harvey (432), Drew Petrie (316), Glenn Archer (311), Wayne Schimmelbusch (306), Adam Simpson (306) and Keith Greig (294) for most games played for North Melbourne.

Simon GoodwinAn extremely damaging midfielder with exquisite skills, Goodwin found success very early on and was a two-time premiership player for the Crows by the age of 21. He went on to play 275 games for Adelaide over 14 seasons to be the sixth-most capped player in the club’s history.

Goodwin featured in no fewer than five All-Australian teams, won the Crows’ best-and-fairest award on three occasions and was crowned the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year in 2007.

He captained Adelaide for the final three years of his illustrious career and despite spending most of his time on the ball, Goodwin was capable of being a potent force in attack as evidenced by his memorable seven-goal performance against West Coast early in 2008.

After his playing days ended, Goodwin became an assistant coach at Essendon and is now the Melbourne senior coach.

Melbourne Demons head coach and former Adelaide Crows star Simon Goodwin looks on after the round eight AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Melbourne Demons at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images

John HalbertAn extraordinarily talented centreman and centre-half forward for Sturt, Halbert was one of the SANFL’s brightest stars in the 1950s and 60s. A three-time Magarey Medal runner-up, he finally broke through to win the coveted award in 1961.

Halbert played 244 games for the Double Blues (a then club record) over 14 seasons, including their drought-breaking 1966 premiership, and kicked 253 goals.

His incredible ability was perhaps best summed up by the fact that he defied his small 179cm tall stature to thrive at centre-half forward later in his career.

He captained Sturt for seven years and his exploits earned him membership of both the Sturt Team of the Century and South Australian Football Hall of Fame. Halbert won four best-and-fairest awards and was named an All-Australian in 1961 following the Brisbane carnival that year. He represented South Australia with distinction on 16 occasions and went on to coach both Sturt and Glenelg.

John Halbert, one of the SANFLs brightest stars in the 1950s and 60s. A three-time Magarey Medal runner-up, and Hall of Fame inductee. Photo: Supplied

Ron ToddOne of the most prolific goalkickers the game has ever seen, Todd booted 999 goals in 217 games across 15 seasons with Collingwood (VFL) and Williamstown (VFA) for a mind-boggling career average of 4.6 goals a game.

Todd routinely dazzled crowds with his high-flying antics and possessed blistering pace, making him a drawcard attraction at footy grounds all over Melbourne.

Todd played in the Magpies’ 1936 premiership and was a member of Williamstown’s 1945 and 1949 flag-winning sides. He was Collingwood’s leading goalkicker twice and the Seagulls’ leading goalkicker on four occasions.

Todd won back-to-back VFL leading goalkicker medals in 1938 and 1939 and repeated the feat in the VFA in 1945 and 1946. He captained-coached Williamstown in the final two years of his career, including the 1949 premiership, and was later named as the centre-half forward in the Seagulls’ team of the century.

Ron Todd was known for his high-flying marking and speed. Photo: Photographer Unknown

Brett AllenWith 347 matches under his belt from 1992-2007, Allen is the ninth-most experienced umpire in VFL/AFL history.

Only Jack Elder (10) and Ian Robinson (nine) umpired in more grand finals than Allen (seven) who missed out on one premiership decider between 1999-2006.

All up, Allen oversaw 37 finals, which ranks him equal-third all time. Elder and Hayden Kennedy (39 each) are the only umpires in the history of the league with more finals experience than Allen.

He was named an All-Australian umpire on four occasions in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2006 and also officiated in two State of Origin matches as well as four International Rules tests between Australia and Ireland.

Shane Crawford, then-Hawthorn captain is ordered from the ground by umpire Brett Allen under the blood rule. Photo: Ray Kennedy

Mystery surrounds Bali jailbreak as rain hampers investigation

Bali police were forced to hold off an investigation to ensure four prison escapees, including Australian Shaun Davidson, were not still trapped inside the escape tunnel after rain made conditions unstable.
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The four prisoners have not been sighted since it emerged they had escaped during prison roll call at Kerobokan jail at 8am Monday.

Badung police chief Yudith Satriya Hananta said police tried to investigate the tunnel using scuba gear on Tuesday but rain made it unstable.

“We will try again when the water dries out,” Mr Yudith said.

He said police could not confirm whether the prisoners had left Bali and there was a suspicion they might be still stuck inside the tunnel.

“That’s why we are drying it out to check. It’s still full with water, we will see when it’s dry.”

Police found a small fork inside the narrow tunnel, which was about 13 metres long and led from a hole assumed to be a septic tank near the jail clinic to outside the prison walls.

A head lamp flashlight, sandals and clothes were also found inside the tunnel, including a black shirt recognised as belonging to one of the escapees, Malaysian Tee Kok King, according to a prison official.

Wanted posters urging anyone who sees the prisoners to contact Badung police have been erected throughout Bali.

Mystery surrounds Bali jailbreak as rain hampers investigation Shaun Davidson is still on the run a day after escaping from the a waste tunnel.

Shaun Davidson is still on the run a day after escaping from the a waste tunnel.

The tunnel through which the Kerobokan inmates escaped. Photo: Supplied

Kerobokan jail in Bali. Photo: Amilia Rosa

Sayed Mohammed Said and Tee Kok King. Photo: Amilia Rosa

Pictures of Kerobokan escapees Shaun Davidson and Dimitar Nikolov Iliev. Photo: Amilia Rosa

TweetFacebookMr Yudith said Badung police had coordinated with police throughout Bali and officers at the airport and ports.

“There is the possibility they left Denpasar … we don’t know yet.”

Mr Yudith said police had completed questioning the 10 guards who were on duty when the prisoners disappeared and other prisoners in the block.

Police had also taken a back up of the CCTV footage on the day of the break out.

However, the footage did not cover the location of the tunnel. Police were still investigating whether the tunnel was new or had previously existed.

Davidson had just 10 weeks left to serve after being sentenced to a year’s jail in Bali for using another man’s passport.

But he also faces drug charges back in Australia.

He had been due to face Perth Magistrates Court on January 28, 2015, charged with possessing methamphetamine and cannabis and two other offences, but skipped the country.

Davidson spent a year partying and boxing in Bali before falling foul of immigration authorities for using another man’s passport that had been reported missing by its real owner in 2013.

Prison sources told Fairfax Media Davidson had told prisoners he intended to do something prior to his release to prolong his stay at Hotel K, as the prison is colloquially known.

“Davidson had made no secret of his intention to avoid being sent back to Australia,” a Kerobokan source told Fairfax Media.

A frequent topic behind bars had been how he could be deported to a third country at the end of his sentence that did not have an extradition treaty with Australia.

“He actually likes prison. I can well imagine he escaped with the aim of being caught and extending his sentence in Kerobokan, which is far more comfortable and drugs more easily available than in an Aussie prison,” the source said.

A former prisoner said Davidson wanted to stay longer in “Hotel K”.

“He was asking me what I thought he could do to stay longer to avoid going back to Australia, as a joke I said ‘try escaping’, I guess he took it literally,” the ex-prisoner said on Facebook.

$450M estimate for new hospital

The Lower Hunter will receive a $450 millionnew hospital that couldbe completed within six years, according to information released in Tuesday’s state budget.
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Budget papers estimated the cost of the new facility at $450 million, $5 millionof which was allocated in the 2017/18 budgetfor preparatory work.

A NSW Health spokesperson said it was expected construction would be completeby 2022.

The new information was welcomed byParliamentary secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald.

Mr MacDonald said the hospital was initially earmarked as a $400 million project.He said that his party would have faced criticism if that figure went down.

“I was quite pleased,” he said.“There’s not going to be any skimping.”

Mr MacDonald said while$5 million was not a lot of money, the larger amounts wouldcome as the project progressed.

“People will have to be a bit patient,” he said.

Australian Medical Association president Brad Frankumwas optimistic about the hospital followingthe budget announcement.

“There’s been a significant investment to redevelop Maitland Hospital,” he said. “It’s good to see a commitment to the new hospital being built.

Mr Frankum said Hunter New England Local Health District now needed to work towards a definitive plan for the project.

“The uncertainty around Maitland has gone on too long,” he said.

NSW Health said the government was still considering if the hospital wouldbe funded publicly or through a public-private partnership.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association called on the government to declare its intentions about the funding.

“It’s been six years since a new hospital was earmarked for Maitland,” acting general secretary Judith Kiejda said.

“The local community deserves to know if they will continue to have access to a publicly run new hospital or not.”

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Parr says Smith mare a tough act to follow

Jockey Josh Parr believes Newcastle-trained In Her Time could be the toughest mare he has ridden ahead of their Tattersall’s Tiara (1350 metres) assignment at Doomben on Saturday.
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BACK ON TOP: Josh Parr and In Her Time winning the group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill in February. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网.au

The Sydney hoop travelled to Brisbane on Monday night and rode In Her Time in trackwork on the Doomben course proper on Tuesday morning.

It was the first time Parr had ridden the Ben Smith-trained four-year-old since they were a brave fifth in the group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 13. Parr could not make the weight for In Her Time’s close second in the Stradbroke Handicap two weeks ago, when Dean Yendall was aboard.That run helped In Her Time claim favouritism for the $500,000 Tiara and she was at $3.30 was TAB Fixed Odds on Tuesday.

Parr told Sky Racingwhen he returned to Sydney on Tuesday that he was desperate to get back aboard In Her Time and was pleased he made the trip for the mare’s final serious hit-out.

“She’s in fantastic order,” Parr said.“Ben Smith and his team have done a really good job with her. Her work was fantastic this morning.

“I think her work has progressively got better as her preparation has gone on. It’s just really pleasing to get on her this morning and have her work in that fashion.

“She’s so tough and has got a turn of foot, which helps her. She races up on the speed and then shows that turn of foot which puts a bit of a gap in her rivals.

“I think she could be the toughest mare I’ve ever ridden. She sticks her head out and her determination is something to admire.”

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees also put his Tiara hope, Danish Twist, through a final hit-out on Tuesday.The five-year-old, which was eighth in the race last year, worked on the Newcastle course and will make the trip to Brisbane onThursday night.

Danish Twist has not won since the June Stakes last year but was a close third in the group 1 Coolmore Classic in March. Shewas a $13 hope for the Tiara and Lees said Wednesday’s barrier draw would be vital.

“She rushed through her grades pretty quickly when she put four or five wins together and now she’s racing at the highest level all the time,” he said.

“She’s mixed her form a little and had a couple of hard luck stories here and there but the most important thing is the barrier draw tomorrow.

“That’spretty vital.She needs to be covered up and get the right type of run.”

Lees has Savoureux nominated at Randwick and for the Tiara but he conceded she “probably won’t make the field” at Doomben.

“She’s still up there so she’ll probably run there the week after,” he said.

On Wednesday, Lees’ focus will be on first-starter Sasso Corbaro at Canterbury. The two-year-old filly, a $290,000 China Horse Club buy, was an impressive trial winner at Gosford two weeks ago.

“It’s a really competitive race so it’s a good guide to see where we’re at, but it’s been encouraging what we’ve seen so far.”