IN proceeding with its application to landscape the Market Street Lawn on the former heavy rail corridor, the state government’s UrbanGrowth NSW agency is putting forward a proposal that virtually nobody is going to argue with.
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After all, if the rail corridor is no longer needed for public transport – and there is a light rail stop right outside the park on Scott Street – what better way to fulfill the promise of a better-connected city than by creating an attractive vista from the Hunter Street mall northto Queens Wharf?

But the question marks over the corridor remain,at least for some. Even if most people have accepted –or even embraced – the prospectof light rail on the road east of Worth Place, theidea of building on the resultant vacant corridor is another decision altogether in many minds, at least until the light rail system has proved itself.

With the corridor still a political hot potato, it does not take a lot of imagination to realise what would happen if the government announced it was cutting a deal with a major developer to build a commercial/residential high rise on a corridor site.

It would be the Laman Street figs all over again. But it is very difficult to argue against education, so it wasprobably no coincidence that the first bricks and mortar project proposed for the corridor involved a planned extension of the University of Newcastle’sCBD presence.

In a similar light, Newcastle Greens councillor Therese Doyle is in no doubt that the state government intends wedging the council with the next cab off the development rank –an affordable housing project on the corridor west of Merewether Street – which is set to beunveiled in the coming weeks. Cr Doyle and others opposed to the loss of the heavy rail corridor say that Newcastle City Council’s co-operation in rezoning itto allow redevelopment is contingent on the government carrying out a comprehensive public transport study.

From the government’s perspective, the answer to that particular question is a forgone conclusion: the light rail route means that the section of the corridor it is considering for development is redundant, so the call for a study is little more than a delaying tactic. In the meantime, the government’sopening gambit of a park, a university building and an affordable housing project is designed to show that there is more to its plans for the corridor than a profit-driven land-grab.

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Attorney-General George Brandis has warned that the Islamic State group may scatter and form a “diaspora” caliphate around the world after its defeat in the Middle East.
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Senator Brandis has also told Fairfax Media that despite the military losses that have left its territorial control teetering in Iraq and Syria, the group poses no less threat to countries such as Australia, and he expressed concern about IS in the South-East Asian region.

He said he did not believe “anyone ever thought” that breaking up its territory in the Middle East would remove the IS threat.

Speaking as British authorities continued to probe possible IS links to the Westminster terrorist attack, Senator Brandis said that the idea of the caliphate – territory governed by its extreme interpretation of Islam – had been central to the group’s ambitions and its worldwide appeal.

But rather than just dispersing into a shadowy international terror network like al-Qaeda had been, it might cling on to a “diaspora” caliphate, including in parts of South-East Asia.

“The question that now arises is, particularly as west Mosul [in Iraq] falls and as al-Raqqa [in Syria] will undoubtedly fall, what becomes of ISIL?” he said, using an alternative acronym for the group.

“Does it reconceptualise itself as a more traditional or orthodox terrorist organisation, a bit more like al-Qaeda? Or does it displace its territorial ambitions from the Middle East to a diaspora elsewhere in the world?

“I suspect it will be a bit of both, but the latter will continue to be an important part of its conception of itself, which is very, very problematic.”

He said IS had declared what could be translated as “distant caliphates” such as parts of Libya, but had similar ambitions for sub-equatorial Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia.

He said it could also be regarded as a “metastasis” in that it would include returned fighters as well as new local adherents.

“And for us in Australia, of course, the area of greatest concern is South-East Asia,” he said.

Senator Brandis said that despite the military losses that IS is suffering in Iraq and Syria, it had become no less dangerous to the west, including Australia, although its capacity to attract Australians to go to fight in the Middle East had “fallen away somewhat”.

“I specifically do not say that the military defeat of ISIL on the ground in the Middle East has diminished the threat level in western countries for ISIL-inspired or encouraged or directed, localised attacks.”

Asked what the international coalition had, therefore, gained through its military successes in partnership with Iraqi and other local forces, Senator Brandis said: “I don’t think anyone ever thought that breaking up the caliphate would destroy the capacity of individuals now identified with ISIL to encourage terrorism in western countries.”

Senator Brandis said counter-terrorism co-operation with Indonesia was “very good” but the next step was a “regional architecture” to fight terrorism. He said Indonesia and Singapore were enthusiastic and that officials were engaging with Malaysia and the Philippines.

“It’s very important as well to talk about the Philippines because [the area] around Mindanao is basically a terrorist training base of the South-East Asian region.”

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Alex Sean Forth.
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A PROBATIONARY Rural Fire Service member who deliberately lit firesat Lochinvar, Keinbah, Bishops Bridge and Sawyers Gully and made numerous hoax calls to emergency services because he was bored and wanted to be called out to battle the blazes has been jailed for twoyears.

Alex Sean Forth, now 21, of Aberglasslyn, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Friday for sentence after pleading guilty to lighting four fires and making a false call to an emergency service number.

“I’d like to say that I’m sorry for what I did,” Mr Forth said from the witness box.

“My actions were unfair, especially to the RFS, the courts, the police and my family.

“And I’m ashamed of what I’ve done.”

When asked by his barrister, John Booth, why he had lit the fires, Forth replied: “stupidity would be my main answer, but principally it was for the call outs.

“Getting onto the RFS truck and going out on it.”

Forth said he “thoroughly enjoyed” working with the RFS and he set the fires so he could extinguish them.

Forth joined the NSW Rural Fire Service in September, 2015, and was attached to the Lochinvar Brigade as a probationary member.

But not long after he joined, there was a “significant spike in suspicious, deliberate or undetermined” bushfires in the area patrolled by the Lochinvar brigade.

Forth used “molotov cocktails” to start two separate fires in the Werakata National Park at Keinbah on April 15, 2016.

A week later he used the same method to start a scrub fire on Old North Road at Lochinvar.

Typically, after lighting a fire, Forthwould call triple-zero to report it and then drive to the station to prepare to head out with the crew.

But Forth began raising suspicion with his superiors.

On one occasion he called another volunteer and told him about a firebefore it was broadcast to members and another time hewas at the station within two minutes of RFS members being notified of a blaze.

Arson Investigators began physical and electronic surveillance of Forth and watched as he lit a fire in roadside scrub at Lochinvar on April 28. He was arrested when he arrived at the Lochinvar RFS station a short time later.

Judge Roy Ellis sentenced Forth to a maxmum of three-and-a-half years jail.

Forth, who has been in custody since his arrest on April 28, 2016, will be eligible for parole in April, 2018.

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A major Liberal party benefactor will continue to withhold hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cash-strapped party, with Michael Kroger set to remain president of the Victorian branch of the party.
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On April Fools’ Day the party holds its state conference, where Mr Kroger is set to be re-elected after challenger Peter Reith withdrew after suffering a stroke. He remains in hospital but is making progress in his recovery.

Mr Reith’s pitch to members had to been to clean up the party’s finances and bring major benefactor the Cormack Foundation back to the fold.

Mr Kroger and the foundation have been locked in a stand-off over the financial governance in the wake of the embezzlement of $1.5 million by former party director Damian Mantach.

The foundation, which includes senior business figures Hugh Morgan, John Calvert-Jones and Charles Goode, want Mr Kroger to separate the presidency from the chair of the finance committee.

Mr Kroger has previously told members the party was not set up so donors could tell it what to do and it was his work that uncovered Mr Mantach’s crime.

The refusal to hand over funds needed to run the party comes at a bad time for the state branch, which is struggling to balance the books, with the party taking on at least $1.72 million of debt.

“Cormack is keen to support the Liberal Party but if the governance is not correct, how can we channel the money there? It is as simple as that,” foundation chair Hugh Morgan told The Age.

Mr Kroger is also understood to be furious that the foundation gave money to Family First and the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Morgan did not wish to discuss donations to other conservative parties when asked by The Age.

While Mr Reith is no longer well enough to campaign, there is hope from anti-Kroger forces that people on Mr Reith’s ticket can still win critical positions in the executive and administrative committee of the party.

Former premier Jeff Kennett, who has agitated for a leadership change, has been approached to replace Mr Reith but has declined.

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Recent events concerning the uncertainty of power supply and sub-optimal access to the electricity grid have prompted sharp responses from both state and federal governments seeking to address the perceived and actual shortcomings of this nationally significant infrastructure network.
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Energy security is at the heart of this crucial issue.

The Chamber’s view is that the uninterrupted availability of energy at affordable prices is of paramount importance in building and sustaining strong and diverse economies. Energy security and reliability are fundamental to all businesses and consumers.

Last month we saw interruptions in power supply first-hand in the Hunter as a result of load shedding during heatwave conditions. This is widely regarded as unsatisfactory. When faced with uncertain situations like load shedding, sustainable business growth is hampered and negative impacts are felt by the whole community.

The Federal Government and Snowy Hydro’s announcement to upgrade the electricity generation scheme is an example of government intervention in an issue that affects both regional and national economies. The proposed Snowy Hydro upgrade involves increasing the current 4000 megawatt output of the program by 50 per cent and will “run into the billions of dollars”.

The upgrade plan is a positive step in addressing energy security and preventing power shortages in eastern states. This may ultimately reduce the price of power for the benefit of businesses and communities here and further afield.

But it’s only part of the solution. Improving national energy security needs a comprehensive, long-term strategy incorporating many issues.

Authorities like the Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian Energy Market Operator continue to investigate these issues. We monitor the work of these authorities in earnest.

The NSW Business Chamber is also working with the NSW Department of Industry regarding energy policy, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently delivered their submission about the independent review into the future security of the national electricity market to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy. The Hunter Business Chamber strongly supports our peak state and national business associations in this regard.

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Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew MearesPauline Hanson has compared Islam to a disease Australians need to vaccinate themselves against, a comment described by the Deputy Prime Minister as “bat poo crazy”.
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The Queensland senator, who was forced into a rare apology earlier this month, after recommending parents ask for a non-existent test before vaccinating their children, reiterated her calls for a ban on Islamic immigration in the wake of a terror attack in London, where four people died, as well as the British-born terrorist.

After facing condemnation from both sides of politics for releasing a video just hours after the attack calling for the hashtag #Pray4MuslimBan to be used in place on #PrayForLondon hashtag as a way to “solve the problem”, Senator Hanson remained defiant.

“Let me put it in this analogy – we have a disease, we vaccinate ourselves against it,” she said on Friday.

“Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was quick to denounce the One Nation leader’s latest comments as “bat poo crazy” and said people were not a disease.

“This kind of stuff does not help anybody,” he said.

“It was just stupid, it was plain dumb,” he said.

“I’ll try and put it really simply – I, on behalf of the Australian people, am very proud to be going to this place called Indonesia, the biggest Islamic country on Earth and we export to them massive amounts of wheat and massive amounts of cattle and I get along really well with them. We move a heap of product.

“And statements like that … the worst insults you could ever have in politics – they are not helpful.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said promoting a Muslim ban was playing into the terrorist organisations’ hands.

“Their recruiting message to Muslims and Australian Muslims is to say ‘this country doesn’t really want you, you’re not really Australian, they all hate you’,” he told 3AW radio.

“Inciting hatred against any part of the Australian community is always dangerous. It undermines the mutual respect that we have in our community.”

But Senator Hanson said: “it comes down to immigration”.

“People want answers and that is why I am receiving so much support on my stance on this,” she told a press conference in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.

“I am listening to the Australian people.”

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The owner of The Star casino is trying to hire the former chief executive of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority despite a four-year ban on ex-officials working for gambling businesses.
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Micheil??? Brodie was chief executive of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, which oversees casino regulation and licensing in NSW, until the position was abolished just over a year ago as part of a departmental restructure.

During his tenure, ILGA was involved in regulatory decisions relating to The Star and also rival Crown Resorts’ planned $2 billion hotel and casino resort at Barangaroo.

Mr Brodie has been offered a job as adviser on responsible gambling and compliance for The Star Entertainment Group, which owns The Star in Pyrmont, Treasury casino in Brisbane and Jupiters on the Gold Coast.

The company has applied to the ILGA to have Mr Brodie licensed as a key employee as required by the Casino Control Act.

But the rules governing the post-employment of former ILGA officials prohibit them working for businesses holding a gambling licence for four years after they leave the position.

An ILGA spokesman said the rules are “to ensure the integrity of regulation and to avoid scope for any real or perceived conflicts of interest”.

However, Mr Brodie argues that he was not reclassified as a key official after his former role was abolished and that the new job does not involve advising Star on gambling compliance matters.

“It isn’t about gambling compliance,” he said. “It’s about whole of group compliance. My expertise is in risk and regulation.

“From my point of view, as a person who likes to think he has good integrity, I’ve thought through what they want me to do with great care,” he said.

“At first I was a little reluctant. I wanted to make sure it didn’t leave me in a difficult situation.”

A spokesman for The Star Entertainment Group said it “places a huge focus on compliance, regulatory obligations, responsible gambling and other associated risk areas”.

“To maximise excellence in this part of the business, The Star would welcome the opportunity to provide a broad group role for Mr Brodie, but this would be dependent on further discussions and advice from authorities,” he said.

“He has a deep skills-set and would provide further robustness to a purpose-built team reporting in to our group chief risk officer.”

The ILGA spokesman said that as Mr Brodie’s application is under consideration by the ILGA board “it would be inappropriate to comment”.

In 2015, then NSW Liberal Party president Chris Downy resigned to take up a senior executive role with The Star as its general manager, corporate affairs.

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Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam during a press conference responding to news the AEC have lost 1,375 votes in the WA Senate recount. 31st of October 2013 Photographer: Jacky Ghosseinphoto.JPG Photo: Jacky GhosseinA China-Australia extradition treaty 10 years in the making looks set to be killed off in the Senate next week with Labor, the Greens and the crossbench expected to team up to stop ratification.
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is currently in Australia for discussions on trade, security and the extradition treaty, which was signed by John Howard back in 2007 but has never been ratified.

The move to disallow the treaty, led by Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi, is an embarrassing blow for the Turnbull government, which quietly tabled the treaty for ratification on March 2.

On Thursday, Senator Bernardi announced he would move a motion on March 29 to stop the treaty’s ratification, citing concerns about human rights safeguards, the 99.9 per cent conviction rate in Chinese courts in 2015 and the fact Australia would be the first of the “five eyes” nations to sign a bilateral extradition treaty with China.

Australia, the US, Britain, New Zealand and Canada comprise the “five eyes” intelligence alliance.

Fairfax Media understands Labor’s 26 senators, the Nick Xenophon Team’s three senators and the nine Australian Greens are all-but certain to team up to block ratification of the treaty, which means it will not come into effect.

Labor flagged concerns about the treaty in a report released in December but it will not formally decide to back the disallowance motion until caucus discusses it next Tuesday.

Senator Bernardi told Fairfax Media: “Clearly there were very good reasons why this extradition treaty wasn’t ratified for over 10 years. I’ve heard no good reason to justify the change in position”.

Greens foreign affairs spokesman Scott Ludlam said his party had not formally adopted a position yet but “my inclination is that clearly, there are some serious issues with this treaty”.

Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod said her organisation had consistently advised against ratifying the treaty because “suspects cannot be assured a fair trial given the inadequate separation between Chinese courts and the Chinese government”.

“The Law Council notes that international extradition is important in ensuring that criminals are not able to evade justice, however, Australia must also ensure that treaties accord with fundamental rule-of-law principles and human rights obligations,” she said.

The federal government argues sufficient safeguards are in place and that the treaty would allow Australia to refuse extradition where a person could face the death penalty, torture, cruel treatment, or face political charges.

“All extradition requests are considered by the relevant minister on a case-by-case basis. The safeguards in this treaty, combined with the Extradition Act, enable the minister to consider all relevant humanitarian considerations,” a spokeswoman for Justice Minister Michael Keenan said earlier this week.

The extradition treaty facilitates each of the two nations being able to return an accused criminal to the other country to face trial but it can be disallowed by a majority of MPs in either the House or the Senate.

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SATURDAYThe Spirit of Anzac Experience10am to noon until April 4, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Brings to life an infant Australia still finding its feet on the eve of war through interactive environments and special effects.Itfollows in the footsteps of Australia’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses throughout the campaign, including a commemoration of Australia’s century of service. Entry is free.
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Season of Sailing Until April 12, Port Stephens. It is the 10th anniversary of Sail Port Stephens and the largest ever fleet of Grand Prix and performance yachts are anticipated to make the pilgrimage to take part. There will be a raft of exhilarating races and family-friendly fringe events off and on shore, go to portstephens.org419论坛/seasonofsailingfor details.Women Who Sail Gathering on the Bay: Saturday and Sunday. Newcastle to Port Stephens Race: Sunday.

A Day On The Green 2.30pm to 10pm, Bimbadgen Estate.Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Clouds, Alex Lahey, Montaigne.

Cyndi Lauper.

2017 OC6 Outrigging State Titles Saturday and Sunday, Port Stephens. On Saturday more than 300 paddlers from across the state will compete in the 18km or 12km course from Shoal Bay beach out around the islands off Port Stephens. On Sunday morning the OC1 (single paddler) and OC2 (dual paddlers) will compete in a 12km race around the islands followed by a novelty race off Shoal Bay beach.

Wallalong Preschool Family Fun Day & Preschool Open Day 1pm to 4pm, Morpeth Street, Wallalong. Face painting, craft, market stalls.

Super Heroes 4 a Cure4pm,Smurfs, at Event Cinemas in Glendale. Fund-raiser for the Cancer Council.

Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney WanderersA-League match 5.30pm,McDonald Jones Stadium, Turton Road, Broadmeadow.

Masquerade Ball6pm to 11pm,Town Hall, Newcastle. Fund-raiser for Surgicure, a not-for-profit Newcastle-based charity supporting gastrointestinal Cancer Research at John Hunter Hospital.

Daylight savings ends on Sunday Turn your clocks back an hour before going to sleep.

SUNDAYKurri Coal Face Pedal2017 –Charity Mountain Bike Ride The ride will start and finish at Pelaw Main School from 8am and caters for families as well asthose looking for a challenge.

We All Need A Little TherapyDog Walk 10am, Croudace Bay Park. Market stalls, food and drinks, novelty dog competitions, agility dog demonstrations, Newcastle PCYC Brass Band will be performing. All funds raised on the day will help fund new Therapy Dog Teams visiting local hospitals, aged care facilities, libraries and schools.You can register your dog online at stickytickets南京夜网419论坛 or on the day from 9am. One dog $10; two dogs $15; three or more dogs $20.

NewRun –Newcastle’s Festival of Running 2017 Half marathon, 5km, 10km Hill to Harbour,Hunter Orthodontics 2K4Kids. For details go tonewrun南京夜网419论坛.

Menulog’s Taste of the Town Cook-Off 9.30am to 1pm, Queens Wharf Brewery. Download the Menulog app, try all of the dishes on the day and vote for your favourite. Also, a chef’s cook-off.

Crobat Crazy About ChromeCharity Motor Show 9am to 2.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Hosted by the 48 to 78 Holden CarClub, all proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Little Wings and Variety. All makes of classic andcollectable cars, bikes, hot rods, commercials and vans, vehicle displays, car balance ramp, trade stalls, food stalls, rides and a rock’n’roll dance display. Entry $5 per person, children under 12 free.

TYCA Snak & RapYouth Event 9am to 1pm, Fly Point Skate Park, Nelson Bay. Scooter and skateboard competition, food, music art demonstrations, market stalls.

Book launch 2pm, the Resistance Centre, 472 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Alan Broughton will launch his book Sustainable Agriculture Versus Corporate Greed.

SAVE THE DATEHunter Wetlands Centre in Shortland will celebrate Easter on April 15. From 9.30am to 1pm there will be face painting, a jumping castle, craft, dip-netting and a reptile encounter. Meet the Easter Bunny at 10.30am or 11.30am.MARKETSThe Olive Tree MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 2pm,James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Handmade in theHunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner ofBroke and Halls roads, Pokolbin.

Genuine Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to Anzac Park, Marine Drive, Tea Gardens.

Hunter Street Organic Food MarketsSaturday, 8am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Adamstown Lions Club MarketsSunday,7am to 1pm,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm,Maitland Showground.

Art Bazaar Warners Bay Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Warner Park, cornerThe Esplanade and Lake Street, Warners Bay.Sixty art stalls to browse, plus food and music. Grab a unique, handmade Mother’s Day gift.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

ARTS & CULTUREThe Art and Stories of Rex Granites Japanangka & Ida Granites Nangala Saturday, 2pm, Adamstown Uniting Church.

Orchestra Nova presents The Art of The ScherzoSunday, 2pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake Street, Warners Bay.Light-hearted works of Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and more.

Hunter Singers presents Sacred Rites Sunday, 2pm, Adamstown Uniting Church. Sacred music from around the world including works by JS Bach, John Rutter and John Leavitt, as well as Australian composers. Special guests Quintus:singers Paul Bevan, Paul Morris, Paul Tenorio, Chris Allan and Peter Guy. Tickets $25 (adult), $20 (concession), $10 (school aged children).

Newcastle MuseumPerseverance, featuring Japanese tattoos.Also, A Ticket to Paradise? Shadows Of Sacrifice and Emporium.

Art Systems WickhamSecond Nature, byKelly Lees and Anna Scobie of Urban Hum. Until April 9.

The Lock UpKnow Your Neighbour. Until April 23.

Timeless TextilesAftermath, by Glenese Keavney, Meri Peach and Flora Friedmann. Until April 9.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryFirst Class 16; Fiona Hall: A Case Study. Until April 30.

Watt Space Gallery at Universityof NewcastleBends, bySilje Buxton Soldal;Scale, by John Morris;Scott Probst; student exhibition. End Sunday.

Newcastle City LibraryEmblem of a City Exhibition –Local History Lounge. Until April 29.

CStudios Art GalleryIllume, by Stephen McDonald. Ends Saturday.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre44thMuswellbrook Open Art Prize; Heth: Norman Hetherington –Artist at war. Until May 7.

John Earle Gallery, MerewetherNew paintings of Newcastle.

Old Fire Shed Gallery, WollombiPaintings and drawings by Valley New Art Group. Until December 18.

Wallsend District LibraryOn The Beach Exhibition. Until March 31.

Newcastle Art GalleryAlex Seton: The Island. Until April 30. Magic Mike. Until May 28.

Gallery 139Studio Life, by Dino Consalvo, Peter Lankas, Helene Leane, Paul Maher, Olivia Parsonage. Until April 9.

Acrux Art GalleryAnimalia.

Maitland Regional Art GallerySusan and Peter O’Doherty: Moving House; The Year of the Rooster: Chinese Scrolls from the MRAG Collection. End Sunday. David Capra: Teena’s Bathtime; Vanessa Turton: Welcome to WOOF WOOF. Until May 28. Wendy Stokes: Walking Through The Space Of Landscape; Catherine Rogers: Pictures For Waiting Rooms. Until April30.

Port Stephens Community Art CentreCulture. Until May 2.

University of Newcastle GalleryThe art of collecting. Until April 8.

Back To Back GalleryAre We There Yet?An Athena Group exhibition. Until April 9.

Curious Studios Saturday, 10am to 1pm, The Edwards. This week: Sewing it together.

THEATREDreamtimeTwo male teenagers find their dreams of adventure are different to reality whenthey try to steal a couple’s money; drama by Maura Campbell, based on real events. ReamusYouth Theatre, at Maitland Repertory Theatre. Saturday at 8pm.

Newcastle Comedy Showcase HourTen Newcastle comedians showcase their skills in thisfund-raiser for the new University of Newcastle Comedy Club; with Jarrod Moore as MC.Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Queen of MarsA young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director JohnWood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Saturday,dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.

Soul & CirqueA band of musicians recreate the classic Motown sound, while internationalaerial and ground acrobats perform amazing routines. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Saturday, dinnerand show from 6pm, show only at 8.30pm.

The BusinessA woman who helped to make a family company an Australian success findsherself in conflict with her children when her husband is dying; comedy-drama by JonathanGavin. Valley Artists, at Laguna Hall, Laguna. Saturday, at 8pm.

The World of MusicalsA large international cast in numbers from 18 musicals, includingLes Miserables, Cats, Jersey Boys and Singing in the Rain. R.K.T.Z Group and MayoEntertainment. Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Saturday, at 8pm. Cessnock Performing ArtsCentre, Monday, at 8pm.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, Devultra.

Adamstown Uniting ChurchSunday, Hunter Singers –Sacred Rites.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, The Remedy.Sunday, Kim.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Open Fire.

Bar Petite Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, Jerome.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Nicko.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky.

Belmont 16s Saturday, DV8, All Access 80s,Anthology. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmont HotelSaturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Blues Bombers.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Pelican Romance.

BimbadgenSaturday,Blondie (US), Cyndi Lauper (US), Montaigne, Alex Lahey.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, Jacinta.

Broughtons at The BaySunday, Mick Jones.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Pap’N’That.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, Client Liaison (Glass House),Gooch Palms, Vacations (Warehouse). Sunday, Kill The Noise, Blanke.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Carrington Place Saturday, Joe Cox.

Catho PubSaturday, Shawn Lidster.Sunday, The Search Party.

CentralSunday, Thirsty Merc.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Matt Semmens.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, The Milestones.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Counterpart.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Mardy Leith.

Club KotaraSaturday, Bobby C.

Club LemonTree Saturday, Big Pete.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, Dola.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSaturday, Peach Studio 54.

Crown & Anchor HotelSunday, Kylie Jane.

Customs House Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Mick Jones.

Denman HotelSunday, James Naldo.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Redline.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Purple Hearts.Sunday, Lennie Live.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Tori Foryth & Carl TheBartender. Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus& Her Bluegrass Playboys.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Yes Commissioner.

George Tavern Saturday,The De Lisle Project.

Grain StoreSunday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Neil Murray, William Crighton.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday, Kaylah Anne.

​Hamilton StationHotel Sunday,Laura Mardon,Nothing Rhymes with David,Spencer Scott,Jack Lundie&JimDusty.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, McKenzie. Sunday, Jerome, Banddits.

Hotel Delany Saturday, The Urge.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Jungle Duo.

Jewells TavernSaturday, R nR.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

King Street HotelSaturday, Scndl.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts CentreSunday,Orchestra Novapresents TheArtof theScherzo.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, The V Dubs.

The Landing Saturday, Tim Harding.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,Unfit For Human Consumption,Flight to Dubai,Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents.

Lizotte’sSaturday,Soul & Cirque. Sunday,The Grigoryan Brothers.

Mark HotelSaturday, Mark Wells Duo.Sunday, Hornet.

Mary EllenSaturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Full Throttle.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jackson Halliday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday,Cruzers.Sunday,Blues Bombers.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Hayden Johns.

Neath HotelSaturday, Flatline.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Frick-n-Orson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Bobby C.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Phoenix Pritchard.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSL ClubSaturday, Smokin Rosie.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Troy Kemp. Sunday, Max Jackson.

The PourhouseSaturday, James Osborn.

Premier HotelSaturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, Busta Thong.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Nicko.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, The Sue & Mikey Show, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, The Years.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Roxy.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Royal HotelSingletonSunday, Zac And Ben.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Pistol Pete.

Seabreeze HotelSaturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Shamrock HotelSaturday,Duplexity.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Brenton Williams.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Dreams.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Bad Luck Kitty.

Star Hotel Saturday, Phonic Duo.Sunday, Steve Cowley & Friends.

Stockton Bowling ClubSaturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Witchery.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, The Rattlesnakes.

Sunnyside TavernSaturday, Phil McKnight.

Swansea HotelSunday, Damien.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, KaDenCe.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, Outerphase.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Sarah Christine.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Wicked. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Sunday,Hinterlandt.

Wangi HotelSunday, Wesleys Edge.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Zane Penn.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Beth Gleeson.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Wayne and the Wanderers.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Dr Zoom. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday,Jye Sharp,The Years. Sunday,Codi Kaye,Blues Exile.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Pete Hibbert.

MOVIESA Street Cat Named Bob(PG) Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. (Regal)

A United Kingdom(PG)Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. (Lake Cinema)

Beauty and the Beast(PG)An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

Ghost In The Shell(M) Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybridleads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Hidden Figures(PG)A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Kong: Skull Island(M)A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Life(MA)Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

Lion(PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home. (Regal)

Logan(MA)In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Manchester By The Sea(M)A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (Regal)

Moonlight(M)The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience(G)On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a barbecue, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and see the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine.

Power Rangers(M)A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

The Boss Baby(G)A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Coming War On China(CTC) John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the United States and the world’s second economic power, China are on the road to war.

The Edge of Seventeen(M)Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian starts dating her best friend. (Regal)

The LEGO Batman Movie(PG)Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

The Light Between Oceans(M)A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. (Regal)

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ULTIMATE MAN CAVE: Mark Tinson at work in his Adamstown Heights garage that has been converted into a home music recording studio. Picture: Max Mason-HubersMARK Tinson is living the work-life balance most of us only dream about. There’s no long commutes or car park dilemmas, he simply walks through a door and clocks on.
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Better still, work revolves around recording, playing and mixing music.

For the past decade Newcastle’s “godfather of rock’n’roll”has operated his music studio out of his Adamstown Heights home. With views from the studio’s window over the leafy Fernleigh Track, it provides an idyllic location for creativity.

“It’s pretty comfortable and best part is I have a whole wall of guitars to give me the sounds I need,” Tinson says.“Some of the acts who come here to record do because they don’t have to bring any guitars. There’s a whole stack of them here.”

Tinson has been entrenched in the Newcastle music scene for more than four decades. His bands Rabbit and The Heroes, were leaders in the ‘70s pub rock scene.The latter mythologisedfor their closing set on the night of the1979 Star Hotel riot.

Later Tinson became aTAFE teacher and producer,workingwith some of Newcastle’smost popularacts inThe Screaming Jets,Silverchair and DV8.

“I’ve had a home studio for almost forever,” he says.“The first studio was just a four-track set up in the bedroom in Cooks Hill when I was with Rabbit. We needed to be able to record demos for our record company CBS. If we didn’t have demos we couldn’t play them the songs.

“Basically I just started fooling around on that, and it’s really good and I enjoyed it. It’s always been a parallel career for me almost, with playing music and teaching. When I was teaching at TAFE Iwas teaching recording. So two parallel streamsintertwinedwith each other.

“Every now and again if live work is at a low, the studio seems to cover it, so it’s been a good featherin the quiver.”

Some studios are considered holy ground in the music world. Think London’s Abbey Road orLos Angeles’ Sunset SoundRecorders.

Tinson’s studio is a far more humble affair. Theconverted garage is soundproofed by gyprock and Wavebar, a noise deduction material made from vinyl, to enable recording at all hours.

The studio is fully digitalised with Pro Tools software after Tinson was “dragged kicking and screaming” away from analog recording. This freedup space forTinson’s treasuredguitar collection. Digital recording also allows for unlimited tracks to be used in songs.

“The old 24-track and two-inch tape recorders are as big as two washing machines, so I don’t have to put that in there anymore or the Hammond organ because there’s a bit of software that sounds close enough,” he says.

“I used to say if you have more than 24 tracks you’ve gone too far. Now having that facility, you go ‘what was Ithinking?’ It can be a nightmare later to mix, but it gives you a lot of flexibility.”

The studio is in operation most days and recently recorded and mixed DV8’s Like It On Top and Tony Johns’Natural. During his interview with Weekender, Tinson was recording Hornet frontmanTy Penshorn’s next album.

“Working with bands, soloists, songwriters, composers it covers all angles,” Tinson says.“I’ve got a client base built up over 35 years and they keep coming back.”

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