Monthly Archives: January 2019

Rezone plan for rail corridor open for comment

A rezoning proposal for Newcastle’s former rail corridor which, if approved, will see a mix of public recreation, tourism, residential and commercial buildings developed along the 2km stretch of the old heavy rail line.
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The proposal covers the corridorbetween Worth Place and Watt Street.

The public can view and comment on land-use zones proposed by council in the corridor, which is in response to the 2016 rezoning request by theHunter Development Corporation (HDC).

“The public exhibition period is an important part of ensuring a balance of open space, tourism facilities, and residential and commercial development along the corridor,” Newcastle City Council interim CEO Jeremy Bath said.

“I invite members of the public to have their say by submitting a formal submission through our engagement site, via email or post, or even register to address Council at a public voice session later in the year.

A range of documents will be available for review including a development control plan and draft planning agreement, which complement the planning proposal.

The development control plan details requirements for building design and public domain areas, while the planning agreement contains HDC’s contributions to help create parks, affordable housing, transport and other infrastructure.

The documents can be read online, at the King St city administration centre or Newcastle Library.

Community drop-in sessions will be held on Monday 18 September from 6pm to 8pm and the following day from 10am to noon at City Hall.

Council officers will incorporate feedback from the public exhibition period into another report to Council before the end of 2017.

It will address the issues raised and whether amendments should be made.

If approved by council, a request will be made to the Department of Planning to finalise the planning proposal to amend the Local Environment Plan by which Council determines future development applications.


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Angelina Jolie brings grown-up brood to premiere

“Hey, uh, I know this is the Toronto International Film Festival and the guest list is tight and everything, but… could I have a ‘plus six’?”
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Angelina Jolie has attended the premiere of her new film joined by all six of her children.

The actor, who separated from husband Brad Pitt in September 2016, turned up to the premiere of First They Killed My Father at the Toronto International Film Festival with her sizeable brood in tow.

Joined by Maddox, 16, and Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, both nine, Jolie swept her children up the red carpet posing for photos on Monday.

Maddox was arguably attending the event in a professional capacity: the teenager is as a producer on the film, which is based on the 2000 book of the same name, written by Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, based on her experience of life under the rise of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Born in the south-east Asian nation, Maddox was adopted as a baby by Jolie in 2002.

Although the Jolie-Pitt crew have often joined their parents at red carpet events, it has historically been quite rare for this many of the children to be in the one (public) place at the one time. However, family red carpet time is something Jolie has recently favoured: all six of the children attended the First They Killed My Father world premiere in Cambodia in February.

The sextet also tagged along for the film’s US premiere in Colorado earlier this month.

On Sunday, the four youngest children accompanied their mother to the premiere of her film, The Breadwinner.

After a period of silence, Jolie has started to speak publicly about her separation from Pitt, telling Vanity Fair in July that her children have been “very brave”.

“We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing … They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some… from life, from things in life.”

Shortly after the couple’s divorce, Pitt was investigated and cleared of possible child abuse after allegedly losing his temper in front of some of the couple’s children during a flight.

Speaking to the UK Telegraph earlier this month, Jolie said being single was “not something [she] wanted”.

“There’s nothing nice about it, it’s just hard,” she said.

“Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days.”

She added that she was trying to protect her children from any stress she was experiencing.

“I feel sometimes that my body has taken a hit, but I try to laugh as much as possible,” she said. “We tend to get so stressed that our children feel our stress when they need to feel our joy.”

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Newcastle rail corridor development control plan on exhibition

PLANS to rezone the former heavy rail line’s path are open for public comment.
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Newcastle City Council is exhibiting the plan, which outlines a mix of uses including public recreation, residential and commercial precincts along the two-kilometre stretch between Worth Place and Watt Street.

“The public exhibition period is an important part of ensuring a balance of open space, tourism facilities, and residential and commercial development along the corridor,” Newcastle City Council interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said.

“This is a one-off chance to get the next exciting stage of the city’s development right after a record $1 billion worth of building approvals over the past 12 months.”

The Newcastle Herald reported in May that the the plan would, if approved, create several new precincts where the trains once ran.Darby Street would poolinto a plaza opposite where it strikes Hunter Streetto create a link through to Argyle Street.

Nearby, sitting at the top of Crown Street, a small scattering ofshop-top housing similar to thatin the Hunter Street mall could be built bordering onto green space running east towards the Market Street lawn.

The plan’spublic exhibition period was pushed back after Greens and Labor councillors decided to seek more information about traffic and public transport in the CBD first.

Documents now on exhibition include the development control plan, which details requirements for building design and public areas, while a planning agreement shows the Hunter Development Corporation’s commitments to parks, affordable housing and infrastructure.

The documents can be read online, at the King St city administration centre or Newcastle Library.

Feedback will be incorporated into another report to the new elected council before the end of the year, and will address issues raised and potentially propose amendments.

The Department of Planning will be asked to finalise the proposal if the council supports it.

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Short Takes September 13 2017

With so many things, timing is important. So I suppose it was just a coincidence that the report on noise levels made by the Supercars was released a day after the council elections?
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Ross Edmonds,WaratahIn regard to Saturday’s story (“Sinking feeling, Herald 9/9):Masterton Homes have aseven-year warranty on their buildings.Are they fair dinkum?

Ken Harvey,Warners BayThey say you get the government you deserve, I guess that goes for local governments too.The people of Port Stephens had the chance to vote for change but instead opted for more of the same (“Port’s chains claimed as Maitland races on”, Herald 11/9). You asked for it, now stop whinging and live with it.After all, you deserve it.

Brian Crooks,SconeWell surprise, surprise:the Supercars noise report gets released two days after the council elections (“Lipstick on a pig’: East End takes aim at Supercars noise plan, Herald 12/9). I can only imagine the meetingwith all the bigwigs in furious agreement that the report be kept top secret until after the election. A scene that’s surely inspiration for the next series of Utopia, called Newtopia.

Andrew Myors,Newcastle EastThe High Court’s green light for the marriage plebiscite prompts a spray from Les Hutchinson (Letters 9/9), dumping many or most of us into his ‘basket of deplorables’: under-educated, unread, multi-ignorant, multi-prejudiced and stupidly racist.As one who would qualify, I suspect, as one of Les’deplorablessimply because I disagree with same-sex ‘marriage’.I acknowledge the effectiveness of his comments.Les’letter, in my opinion, will gain more supporters for the nocase than any piece of reasoned argument that I have read recently.Well done Les! Keep up the good work!

Peter Dolan,LambtonThe other day I came across a copy of the Newcastle Morning Herald dated May 91945. On the front page was a picture of Novocastrians celebrating the cease-fire of the War in Europe. Reading through I saw many items which are featured in today’s issues.One piece was a movie from the Victoria Theatre which today is experiencing a resurgence.Last but not leastletters to the editor, which I’m sure has never lost its popularity.

Daphne Hughes,KahibahI would like to know how much money was wasted on the phone calls we received on Friday for the local election. How did they get hold of phone numbers that are silent numbers? It is enough that you have to run the gauntlet before going to vote but to be rung at home and pestered by them. Money wasted and I hope it was not Newcastle people that had to pay for it.

Marilyn Frost,Hamilton NorthNRL boss Todd Greenberg said no team missed out on the finals because of refereeing decisions.Apparently he didn’t watch any football at the weekend.

John Keen,Gateshead

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Free Fluffy: Baby great white shark to be released into ocean

Early this afternoon, a juvenile shark got itself in trouble, managaing to get washed up into the rocks along Manly beach. Staff from Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary eventually trasnported the shark to a nearby rock pool along Fairy Bower. The shark seemed to be ill and as of 2pm, staff were still unsure of what species the shark was. Photographed Monday 11th September 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 170911 The baby great white shark found washed up on a Sydney beach has undergone a health assessment and is likely to be released into the ocean on Tuesday.
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The 1.5-metre shark, nicknamed “Fluffy”, was spotted flailing in the surf at Shelly Beach near Manly about midday on Monday.

Attempts to drag the injured shark back into the sea failed, so rescuers moved it to a stretcher and transferred it the Fairy Bower ocean pool, where it attracted a crowd of onlookers.

The shark, which appears to have injuries to its mouth and tail, was later put in a truck and taken to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, where it was transferred to an isolation tank and assessed overnight.

The sanctuary’s senior aquarist Robbie McCracken said the shark had made a dramatic recovery and was expected to be released into the ocean once it has approval from NSW Fisheries.

“He has had a chance to rest and recoup and hopefully we will be able to release him a bit later today,” he told Nine News.

“This animal is better suited to recovery out in its environment.”

It is not known how the juvenile shark ended up beaching itself at Shelly Beach, which is adjacent to the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Mr McCracken said it was “extremely rare” for a shark to end up on the beach.

“We are hoping that it sort of mistakenly found its way into an area it didn’t intend to be and got a bit tired and exhausted and then stressed with the waves and all the people around it.

“Hopefully when we let it back out quite a way offshore in much deeper water it will be able to recover.

“These great white sharks usually are animals that would tend to be offshore a bit, out in the deeper more unrestricted waters.

“This one for whatever reason found its way up into the beaches of Manly and then into the surf zone where it came into a bit of grief. That is where we were able to step in and sort of intervene.” #shark in the #bower pool #manlypic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/DIH8ylWMlz??? jomorgan (@hijomorgan) September 11, 2017Beachgoers in Manly were given a shock, with the dramatic rescue of a “washed up” great white shark. @Gabrielle_Boyle is LIVE #9Newspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/m2wQCcDh1L??? Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) September 11, 2017

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