July, 2019

Robert Dillon: Seven days in rugby league

BUM RAP: Manly’s Tom Trbojevic makes the break that leads to a try against Newcastle on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images
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ThursdayControversy erupts when a League HQ tipping panelist who must remain nameless contacts the convenor (ie yours truly) to inquire why Tegan Martin has been elevated to top of the table.

“What happened to tradition?’’ I am asked. “When people are on the same points, it has always goneon alphabetical order.’’

It’s true that for 25 years this has been the accepted protocol.This season, for instance, we have a three-way tie for first place and the leaderboard has been reading Dillon, CraigHamilton and then our Tegan.

But when the former Miss Universe Australia texts in her weekly predictions and adds a “PS, I think it’s my turn to be at the front”, complete with a smiley face, I make an executive decision.

Why does it have to be alphabetical order? Whynot ladies before gentlemen?

The disgruntled panelistreckons I’m going soft and accuses me of playing favourites.

But maybe there is method in my madness. Now Tegan is in the hot seat and will have to deal with the pressure of 11 rivals looming up in her rear-view mirror.

Hopefully this will be a strategic masterstroke on my behalf, proving once and for allthat I’m not just a pretty face.

Meanwhile, Wayne Bennettwill need to start living up to his supercoach reputationafter Brisbane’s 32-16 loss to the Chooks, their seventh in the space of nine games.

At a point when the gun teams are timing their run into the finals, Benny’s boys are going like busteds.

FridaySpare a thought for Tariq Sims after the Oust Doust Dragoons’ 13-10 loss tothe Dogs.

The big back-rower was flying high with the Cows in 2014, playing in an all-star side.Then he joined the Knights, with whom he won five of 27 games. And since switching to the Goons, they’re one and four.

That’s six wins from his past 32 games.

Meanwhile, his former teammates up in Cowsville have won a comp and are making a pretty fair effort ofdefending their crown.

The highlight of a lacklustre FNF game is a sideline interview with former Goons centre Matt Cooper.

I’ve noticed in the past that Coops is the king of the“youknow”. Sometimes he’ll toss a couple of “youknows” into the same sentence.

In this case I count eight in the space of about 30 seconds, which must be a world record.

SaturdayWhoever decided that it would be a good idea toinstallTV cameras in rugby leaguedressing rooms obviously didn’t think through the logistics.

Dressing rooms, from my experience, are not a nice place, given that they are oftenfull of naked or partially clad blokes who are covered in mud and reek of sweat.

The pre-game vision of coaches giving players their last-minute instructions routinely reveals unhygienic habits, such as blokes spitting on the floor.

One Melbourne player catches my eye before their clash with the Cows, as he nonchalantly picks a winner, rolls it up, and flicks it on the ground.Suddenly I lose my appetite and push the Chinese takeaway to one side.

Later I cheer for Kurt Gidley as Warrington book a trip to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final.

Nobody will begrudge Kurt collecting a piece of silverware. Sure beats thewooden spoon.

SundayMylong drive to Brookvale is punctuated by two unlikely sights.

The first is a car with a Knights flag displayed proudly in the back window. A travelling Newcastle fan –who’d have thought?I didn’t realise they still existed.

Soon after I pull up alongside a VW Kombi van with a “for sale” sign in the window.The asking price? Just $29,500.Is this a gee-up?

Maybe they’re trying to capitalise ontheNRL’s Retro Round and have added an extra zero on the end.

Brooky has rarely been a happy hunting ground for the Knights, who give Manly a 36-0 head start before finishing all over them with the last three tries of the game.

The star of the show is Manly’s teenage fullback Tom Trbojevic, who is subsequently declared off-limits after Eagles coach Trent Barrett stresses the need to “protect’’ him from media hype.In protest,I select a picture of young Tommy with his backside hanging out for all the world to see.When will they learn that you can’t censor the press?

MondayGold Coast and Cronulla battleout a golden-point draw, during which two Titans players capture my attention.

The first is Chris McQueen, whose moustache rekindles memories of the great Ziggy Niszczot back in his heyday.

Then I can’t help but applaud as Titans halfback Tyrone Roberts –who is still on Newcastle’s pay roll –throws a classic delayed short ball to set up a try for fullback David Mead.

There’s a touch of Peter Sterling about the pass. Absolute quality.Five minutes later,Roberts kicks in general playand hoofs it 10 metres over the sideline on the full.That’s Tyrone. Rocks or diamonds, and not much in between.

TuesdaySharks forward Wade Graham is accused of pulling a swifty during the coin toss before last night’s golden-point kick-off.

Replays indicate Graham initially called “heads”, only to insist with a straight face he called “tails”, prompting a re-toss, which landed in his favour.

Titans skipper Ryan James and coach Neil Henry are blowing up, but for some reason Graham escapes censure.

Surely the match-review committeeshould have charged him with a grade-three porky pie.

Unintentionally, Graham appears to have secured a career pathfor himself once he hangs up the boots.

He’s got future politician stamped all over him.

WednesdayIt’s a quiet end to another slow-news week in rugby league. Not much doing today other than the Titans signing some bloke called Jarryd Hayne.

Mental illness affects one in five Australians and warrants compassion and understanding

FOR some time after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I went through a grieving process for the person I thought I was and for the loss of my identity. I was in denial and felt angry, shocked and saddened by my diagnosis, and it has taken a very long time to find peace with myself and an acceptance of my condition.
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Mental illness affects one in five Australians, meaning most people will know at least one person with a mental health issue during their lifetime. Even with this incredibly high statistic, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness, as opposed to physical illness, and the old images of asylums and straightjackets still arouse fear and suspicion in people where there should be compassion and understanding.

The main reason I’ve been so willing to openly tell my story is to try to help break down that stigma.

I decided very early on that as someone working in the media and the public eye (as an 1233 ABCNewcastleradio broadcaster),I was in a position to share my story to help others and therefore become part of the solution.

In the years since my initial manic episode, for the majority of the time I’ve been very well, which isn’t to say there hasn’t been some very difficult periods for me and my family.

I’ve learnt that it is important to see stress for what it actually is – a “fight or flight”instinct that we humans have which was useful when we had to spear animals for food or run from woolly mammoths.

However, this chemical reaction to what we now consider as being a stressful situation is not useful. Stressing out in the queue at the post office because you’re running late just isn’t useful – it is not a life or death situation.

I ask people to observe how they react in stressful situations and whether or not the emotional energy is necessary. I try not to let my emotions overwhelm me and look at just how important the situation is in the grand scheme of things. It’s important for me, and for everyone really, to consider our responses and whether it’s worth getting stressed about something outside of our control.

I think what many people worry about once they’ve had a mental illness diagnosis is, will I be able to function in normal life?

The answer, of course, is yes but not only that – you can live a great life.

I think it’s especially important for young people to be informed about mental health issues and know that the stigma associated with mental illness is becoming less prevalent every day and rightly so.

There are many children living with depression or mental illness at home and by “normalising”it, it breaks the stigma, removes the fear and equips young people with the tools to know how to help themselves and others.

I can’t just talk the talk; I have to walk the walk so I try hard to keep my balance between work and home a priority. I enjoy work but I also include relaxing and energising activities into my week.

I want to keep spreading the message that you must not be embarrassed or ashamed about having a mental health issue.

As a community, I believe we all need to take responsibility for breaking down the barriers that prevent people from taking action before it’s too late.

Craig Hamilton will be speaking at the Being Well community forum in Belmont on Tuesday, August 9, alongside Jaelea Skehan, Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. For information and to purchase tickets visit stickytickets南京桑拿南京夜生活/37354 HONEST: Craig Hamilton asks people to observe how they react in stressful situations and whether or not the emotional energy is necessary.

Throwback Thursday: Peter Lewis cartoons give lighter side to newsphotos

Throwback Thursday: Peter Lewis’ view | photos The Greek economy faces collapse when it’s unable to meet its debt payments.
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As 2014 draws to a close and Christmas is upon us, polls show Joe Hockey isAustralia’s most unpopular treasurer. December 23, 2014.

Karen Howard becomes the next Liberal candidate for the state seat of Newcastle. December 20, 2014

Supporters of the heavy rail to Newcastle continue their fight despite the government’s completed termination plans. December 19, 2014

The business community object to Newcastle Council’s plan to resurrect the show public holiday. December 18, 2014.

Anxious students find out their HSC results only to face uncertainty over the cost of tertiary education. December 16, 2014.

Pasminco solved the Boolaroo pollution problem by building a vast underground containment for all the lethal toxins. December 15, 2014

It’s that time of year when political luminaries celebrate Christmas. December 13, 2014

Pasminco’s clean-up of its Boolaroo site now appears completely inadequate. December 12, 2014

Liberal MP Craig Baumann decides to leave politics after an adverse ICAC finding. December 11, 2014.

Tony Abbott’s broken promises cause him to lose face. December 10.

Newcastle is considering the sale of several parks. December 9, 2014

Mike Baird visits Newcastle to announce his rail plans. December 8, 2014

There have been several confirmed sightings of a great white shark in Lake Macquarie.

NSW Premier Mike Baird visits Newcastle to promote his transport infrastructure changes. December 5, 2014

Premier Baird gives Newcastle Council final authority over any developments on the city’s heavy rail land. December 4, 2014

Politicians, full of hot air like the Skywhale, have limited success in getting some of their plans off the ground. December 1 2014.

Secret light rail plans for Newcastle. November 29, 2014.

Memorial to Australian Test Cricketer Phil Hughes. November 28, 2014

Newly elected Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes faces criticism after making the casting vote to raise rates by almost 50%. November 27, 2014.

Most of the $20 billion from the sale of NSW poles and wires will go to Sydney infrastructure projects with very little for the Newcastle area.

Favourite Newcastle radio host Carol Duncan is one of 9 local people axed in the ABC ‘efficiency dividend’ measure. November 25, 2014

Lead pollution around the old Pasminco site is found to be still above acceptable limits.

Eddie Obeid, Ian McDonald and John Maitland have to face court after ICAC findings of corruption.

A pig’s head was thrown at Newcastle’s Mosque in Wallsend.

The Roads and Maritime Service criticise Newcastle University’s lack of parking for the inner city Campus.

China and Australia sign a free trade deal which will have a massive effect on the dairy industry. November 18, 2014

Nuatali Nelmes becomes Newcastle’s Lord Mayor. November 17, 2014.

Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian says the Wickham Interchange design will be improved. November 15, 2014

The new state members for Newcastle and Charlestown begin their parliamentary careers. November 14, 2014.

Large numbers of Chinese university students have been cheating on their assignments.

NSW law 10/50 has resulted in thousands of trees being felled on Lake Macquarie private properties. November 12, 2014

The coal industry introduces driverless trucks while the coal-wagon dust study is disputed. November 11, 2014.

Peter Lewis is on holidays.

Clive Palmer changes his position on climate action. November 1, 2014

The NSW government is accused of unfairly favouring Port Botany against the Port of Newcastle when selling off its container terminal assets. October 31, 2014

The landmark windmill is removed from Kooragang to make way for future coal-loader expansion. October 30, 2014.

The Property Council’s submission to the Nile inquiry says it does not favour any commercial development on the heavy rail corridor. October 29, 2014

After voting in the NSW by-election, Newcastle faces more local and state ballots. October 28, 2014

ALP candidates Tim Crakanthorp and Jodie Harrison win the Newcastle and Charlestown seats in the byelection. October 25, 2014

Hunter coal mines waste 25% of the coal they dig up. October 24, 2014

Hundreds of hairdressers are being investigated by the tax office. October 23, 2014

Gough Whitlam dies at 98 as his reforms are systematically eroded. October 22, 2014

Fracking begins at Gloucester. October 21, 2014

The Australian Government refuses to send medical or military staff to Africa in the fight against ebola. October 20, 2014.

Pacific Climate Warriors attempting to block Newcastle’s port have been warned about an exclusion zone around the coal ships.

Tony Abbott has threatened to ‘shirt-front’ Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit. October 15, 2014

The NSW ALP make a series of expensive election promises and confirm they want to keep the heavy rail line. October 14, 2014

The Liberal Party sits out the latest Byelection for Newcastle and Charlestown. October 13, 2014.

Newcastle house prices are predicted to rise much higher. October 11, 2014

Doctors continue their desperate fight to contain the spread of ebola. October 10, 2014

Forgacs struggles to maintain its shipbuilding program. October 9, 2014

The ALP promises to build a convention centre and skyway on Newcastle’s harbour… if they win the election. October 7, 2014

Port Stephens can’t rectify its environmental problems because government departments won’t agree on solutions. Oct 7, 2014

China makes ominous moves to quell the democracy protests in Hong Kong. October 6

As anti-terror squads raid more premises, politicians discuss bans on the burka.

The government’s cheaper fibre-to-the-node version of the NBN is to be tested in the Hunter Valley.

The State Government’s dredging of Swansea Channel leaves a huge pile of sand on one of the islands.

Gloucester citizens remain concerned about the long term effects of CSG mining. September 30, 2014.

Tony Abbott answers America’s call for support in the Middle East with a large contingent of Super Hornets.

The CSG mining in Gloucester turns neighbours against each other. September 27, 2014.

The Islamic State’s terror spreads to Australia.

Newcastle’s CBD is about to get 50 new security cameras in a crackdown on unruly behaviour.

America and a coalition of Arab countries unleash a major aerial attack on the Islamic State. September 24.

The NSW Government again refuses to put a container terminal in Newcastle despite major distribution problems with Port Botany. September 23, 2014

The ebola virus spreads rapidly in West Africa.

Despite a wave of nationalism, Scotland votes against independence from Great Britain.

Eight hundred heavily armed police launch simultaneous raids on Australian terror suspects. September 19, 2014.

Despite the 4335 students and 300 staff expected at the new city campus, Newcastle University is refusing to pay Newcastle Council for any extra parking. September 18, 2104.

Fear levels rise in Australia when Abbott announces the terror alert is now on ‘High’. September 15, 2014.

Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann follows nine other Liberals to the cross bench after more disclosures at the ICAC hearings. September 13, 2014.

Alternative ways of powering cars as fuel prices soar. September 11, 2014

With more people swimming during winter months there have been demands for year round council lifeguards on all Newcastle area beaches.

A final tribute to sharp-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers. September 8, 2014.

Newcastle petrol prices continue to be among the highest in the state. September 6, 2014

Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian announces preliminary work on the rail line will commence this weekend. September 5, 2014.

Warren Smith, legendary council lifeguard, retires after almost 40 years of keeping our beaches safe.

23 traffic black spots have been identified in a Newcastle area study. September 3, 2014

A large company relocates from Warners Bay because its broadband speed is too slow. September 2, 2014

Vladimir Putin releases the dogs of war. September 1, 2014

The Cycleways Movement calls on the State Government to use $75 million of the port sale money to complete the cycling network.

Qantas shares rise despite a $2.8 billion net loss. August 29, 2014.

Camberwell loses its appeal against Ashton Coal’s expansion. August 28, 2014

The police turn their attention to the Anglican Church with Strike Force Arinya-2. August 27, 2014

Arthur Wade, labour stalwart, dies aged 95. August 27, 2014.

A BHP steelworker receives a record $2.2 million for poisoning by asbestos dust. August 1, 2014

Newcastle Council employees protest recent workplace changes by refusing to issue parking fines or tip fees on the 8th and 9th of August.

A design for the Wickham Interchange design has been presented. July 30, 2014.

ORICA’s Kooragang Island plant is given a large fine by the EPA. July 29, 2014

Joko Widodo becomes Indonesia’s new president despite rival Prabowo Subianto’s protests. July 28, 2014.

Jonathan Moylan avoids jail despite receiving a 20 month jail sentence. July 25, 2014.

Newcastle visitors are disappointed by the poor tourism information services. July 25, 2014.

Newcastle City Council leases its pools. July 24, 2014.

Newcastle City Council finds an extra $8.6 million after correcting an accounting error.

Coach Wayne Bennett organises his transfer to the Broncos as the Knights’ form slumps even further. July 22, 2014

July 21 2014: Newcastle rises for seriously injured Knight’s player Alex McKinnon.

Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 is shot down by Ukraine separatists with the loss of 298 lives. Saturday July 18 2014

The Carbon Tax is removed by the senate. Friday, July 18, 2014

English billionaire Marwan Koukash is believed to be interested in buying the Newcastle Knights.

July 16, 2014: Australian scientists are developing robots that can empathise with humans.

Tuesday July 15: Olympian Ian Thorpe announces he is gay after years of denial and severe depression.

Monday July 14: Israel and Hamas pour more fuel on the fires of hatred.

Jonathon Moylan apologises in court to people who were hurt by his Whitehaven shares manipulation. July 12 2014

Wayne Bennett announces he will be leaving the Knights at the end of the season. July 11 2014

Varley Engineering secures a $40 million contract to help build army vehicles after Rheinmetall is forced to honour its Australian component agreement. July 10, 2014

Immigration minister Scott Morrison claims the latest Sri Lankan refugees were detained beyond Australia’s borders and therefore outside the High Court’s jurisdiction. Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The $4.8 billion T4 coal-loader will pay far less than the usual 1% section 94 council contribution.

Job losses in the mining sector cause even more job losses in other industries. July 6

The NSW government announces the closure of Newcastle heavy rail will happen on Boxing 2014. July 3, 2014

Rolf Harris is found guilty on all 12 charges and is facing a long prison sentence. July 2, 2014.

The Annual Council Performance Report finds a few local councils wanting. July 1

Clive clowns it up as his Palmer United Party enter the senate. June 30, 2014.

Tinder becomes the latest social media to intrude into people’s lives. June 28, 2014

PUP party leader Clive Palmer announces his environment policy as he leads the way into the new senate. June 27, 2014

Rio Tinto mining’s request to be ‘trusted’ is rejected by Bulga’s ‘Lock the Gate’ group. June 26, 2014

The mining industry enjoys fuel subsidies while normal motorists pick up the slack. June 24, 2014.

Tim Cahill kicks the Socceroo’s first goal off his left foot. June 23, 2014.

Nathan Tinkler is believed to be trying to sell the Jets soccer team. June 21

The EPA finds itself under scrutiny by a parliamentary inquiry after allegations that it was covering up the degree of coal dust pollution in the Hunter. June 20

Barry O’Farrell criticises Catholic Church leaders for failing to act on findings from his Special Inquiry.

The NSW Budget proves to be the exact opposite of the Federal Budget. June 18, 2014.

The NSW Budget promises to be generous to Novocastrians. June 17, 2014

Vale Gary Gilmour, world class Newcastle cricketer. June 16, 2014

Iraq becomes destabilised as Islamist forces take over entire regions. June 14, 2014

After 50 years of planning the Inner-city bypass is about to become a reality. June 13, 2014

The state government announces more than $20 million will be spent rebuilding Hunter Sports High School. June 12, 2014.

The NSW government announces a $20 billion electricity infrastructure sales plan. June 11, 2014.

NSW is on the verge of privatising the power grid, a move which could bring more price rises. June 10, 2014.

A tribute to Doc Neeson, lead singer of the legendary Angels. June 9, 2014

70 years after D-Day and the Australian Government is in the wars.June 7, 2014.

The Awabakal Council has won its legal bid to take over the historic Newcastle Post Office building. June 6, 2014.

Sydney to receive a large infrastructure expenditure while Newcastle has to make do with a small light rail system. May 5, 2014

Pru Goward admits in an ABC interview that the NSW government may sell off some of the heavy rail land. June 4, 2014.

The CSIRO makes a breakthrough in solar power research while the government announces major budget cuts. June 3, 2014

A memorial to Sonia Walkom, popular real estate matriarch, who has succumbed to illness after a long battle. June 1, 2014.

Special Commissioner of Inquiry Margaret Cunneen finds that senior Catholic Clergy covered up child abuse within the church.

The Hunter Stadium will get resurfaced ready for the 2015 Asian Cup Games. May 30, 2014.

The Federal budget leaves a big hole to fill as it faces rejection in the Senate and public opinion. May 29, 2014

The Empire Hotel site will no longer be an eyesore. May 28, 2014

Senator Bill Heffernan smuggled a pipe bomb into parliament to test security, but it remains to be seen if Hockey can get his explosive budget through the senate with the same ease. May 27 2014

World Champion Jack Brabham crosses the finish line. 26 May 2014

Nathan Tinkler walks away from the Newcastle Knights. May 24, 2014

The light rail route has been chosen by the State Government – and includes the heavy rail line as well as Hunter and Scott Streets. May 23, 2014.

The Budget creates a fiery reaction. Thursday, May 22, 2014

Smoking is more on the nose than ever with calls to police it in public spaces. May 20, 2014

Joe Hockey’s budget backfire. May 19, 2014

Nathan Tinkler makes his first visit to the ICAC. May 16, 2014.

Ambulance officers deal with increasing violence armed only with 20 minutes video training.

Australia chokes on Treasurer Hockey’s budget medicine. May 14 2014

State member for Newcastle Tim Owen announces he won’t contest the 2015 election. May 13, 2014

The Treasurer and Prime Minister plan to make drastic cuts to balance the budget. May 12, 2014

Tim Owens, the state Liberal member for Newcastle, has been hard to find during the ICAC hearings into the 2011 election. May 9, 2014

The NSW Government announces new trains will be purchased ‘off the shelf’ which means Hunter manufacturers will miss out. May 9, 2014.

Inspired by evidence before the ICAC regarding Jodi McKay. May 6, 2014

Billionaire James Packer and Channel 9 boss David Gyngell had a public punchup, a perfect metaphor for the other fights being waged in Australia. May 6, 2014

Neville Wran, Premier of NSW from 1976 to 1986, was a towering figure on the political stage.

Newcastle Council plans a large rates rise while leaving parking fees unchanged.

Anzac Day. April 25 2014

The Joint Strike Fighter will bring millions into Williamtown. April 24, 2014

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian becomes the Minister for the Hunter even though she is based in Sydney. April 23, 2014

New Premier Mike Baird cleans up after Barry O’Farrell’s political fall. April 21, 2014

Mike Baird becomes the new premier of NSW. 18 April, 2014.

Barry O’Farrell retires as NSW Premier after having misled the Independent Commission Against Corruption. April 17, 2014.

The elderly Rolling Stones announce they’re coming to the Hunter Valley. April 16, 2014

Bob Carr publishes his foreign policy memoirs. April 14 2014.

Port Stephens Councillor Chris Doohan prevents a robbery by throwing a stool at armed thieves. April 12, 2014

Doctors criticise fad diets at the same time as Bob Carr publishes his foreign policy diary. April 11, 2014

The light rail route continues to be debated while no progress is made. April 10, 2014

Major horse racing identities join forces in a campaign against the mining industry. April 9, 2014

The Supreme Court rejects Rio Tinto’s appeal to expand its Warkworth mine so the company hopes to get its way with new Government legislation. April 8, 2014.

A tribute to Alex McKinnon, the promising Knights player with serious spinal injuries from a heavy tackle. April 7, 2014.

After damaging the Sugarloaf area, Glencore seeks government approval to expand its mine toward Ryhope instead. April 5, 2014.

The Sugarloaf area is now so damaged that its become too dangerous for visitors and may have to be fenced off for a decade. April 4, 2014.

The Hunter Area has some of the highest fuel prices in NSW. April 3, 2014

With the rising possibility of drought and with Tillegra dam cancelled, the NSW government expands its ‘Water Wise’ program to the Hunter. April 2, 2014

Tony Abbott claims success when no boat people have arrived on Australian soil for 100 days. April 1, 2014.

Quentin Bryce completes her term as Governor General and becomes a Dame of the realm. March 31, 2014.

Turning off the lights for Earth Hour. March 29, 2014.

The NSW Government admits it should have been more open to the public about damage to Sugarloaf. March 28, 2014.

Tony Abbott takes Australia back to an earlier time by reintroducing Knighthoods and Dames. March 27, 2014.

Craig Thomson is found guilty and sentenced to jail but continues to plead his innocence. Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Professor Lisa Wood and Dr Katherine Baines of the HMRI test the effectiveness of the ‘fruit and vegetable’ capsule. Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Australian Water Holding investigation engulfs Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos. March 24, 2014.

The Hunter Expressway opens to much fanfare, bringing a large volume of traffic through Newcastle’s western suburbs. March 22, 2014

Abbott fails to get his carbon tax repeal through the senate and has to wait until the new senate starts in July 2014. March 21, 2014.

Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos removes himself from office while the ICAC is investigating Australian Water Holdings. March 20, 2014.

The state government still hasn’t released a report on the Sugarloaf mine subsidence 6 months after it was promised by Barry O’Farrell. March 19, 2014.

The federal government rejects Senator Conroy’s call for support for the Australian shipbuilding industry. March 18, 2014.

The ALP loses Tasmania and possibly South Australia, which would leave the party in opposition in every state. March 17, 2014.

Struggling penshioners are used by drug dealers to obtain opiate-based medication. March 15, 2014.

Hunter Diving Academy fears an unaffordable fee increase at Lambton Pool if the Council sells it to a private owner. March 14, 2014

The highly contemporary ‘NeW Space’ building design is unveiled. March 13, 2014

Newcastle Council sacks the Art Gallery director and his departmental director over the Brett Whiteley egg sculpture furore. March 12, 2014

The tragedy of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people on board. March 11, 2014.

Vladimir Putin reverts to old-style Soviet Bear use of force when dealing with the Ukraine. March 10, 2014.

Barry O’Farrell leaves his mark on Newcastle while bringing in stringent new rules for Tattoo Shops. March 8, 2014

“The Planning Assessment Commission’s public hearings could be used to approve controversial mines.” March 7, 2014.

“New height codes are announced by the NSW Government, allowing several large building plans to proceed.” March 6, 2014.

Barry O’Farrell is shocked to find his electricity sale was rejected by the ACCC. March 5, 2014.

“When a Holden 4WD was abandoned in the surf of Stockton Beach it was a good thing the vehicle rescue wasn’t left up to Tony Abbott.” March, 4, 2014

Shelley Youman, a former Matilda’s player, becomes the first female General Manager of the NHRU. March 3, 2014.

Mayor of Port Stephens Bruce Mackenzie rejects criticism of his “like-minded” council. March 1, 2014.

The Annual Newcastle Show wouldn’t be the same without its showbags. February 28, 2014.

Newcastle’s Light Rail still being discussed while Sydney’s Light Rail gets a $176 million expansion. February 27, 2014.

The Brett Whitely sculpture leaves egg on Newcastle Council’s face. February 26, 2014.

Ukrainian president Yanukovych flees Kiev with the collapse of his government. February 25, 2014.

Conditions at Manus Island under the spotlight, drawing comparisons to instablity in Kiev. February 24, 2014.

Merewether Mackerels become fish out of water with the closure of their pool. February 22,, 2014

The closure of Alcoa is the latest in a series of major industrial shutdowns while Treasurer Joe Hockey refuses to help. February 20, 2014.

Former HSU boss Craig Thomson is found guilty of fraud. February 19, 2014.

Hunter families mourn the loss of loved ones after several tragic wet weather accidents. February 18, 2014

Tony Abbott promises drought assistance for Aussie farmers. February 17, 2014

4WD enthusiasts rally against NSW government locking up national parks. February 15, 2014

The mining industry’s Valentine’s Day pressie to the Hunter Valley. February 14, 2014.

The NSW government wants to sell its major power producer Macquarie Generation to energy retailing giant AGL. February 13, 2014

Toyota announces its Aussie operation will cease in 2017 bringing our motor vehicle industry to an end. February 12, 2014

Russell Packer is sentenced to jail by a judge angry with people commiting random acts of street violence. February 11, 2014

Schappelle Corby’s release triggers a media frenzy that ends in disappointment when she exits with her face covered and refusing interviews. February 11, 2014

Schappelle Corby is released on parole, limiting her personal and media behaviour for several years. February 10, 2014

Hunter Water wants to charge wealthy residents of Hickson St $75,000 each to connect them to the sewage system. February 8, 2014

Newcastle’s Lord Mayor gives his endorsement for the T4 coal-loader, bringing criticism from Greens councillor Michael Osborne. February 7, 2014

Barry O’Farrell plans tough minimum punishments for violence that limit the discretionary power of judges. February 6, 2014.

Major General Cosgrove becomes the model of a modern Governor General. February, 3, 2014

The ID system to control drinker behaviour at clubs and bars in Newcastle. February 1, 2014

The government announces a tough new scheme to control dog-breeders. January 31, 2014

The NSW Government cancels the Bylong Valley coal licences after ICAC finds they were sold corruptly, leaving the coal companies millions of dollars out of pocket. January 31, 2014.

Tony Abbott attacks the ABC as biased, leaving many to believe he wants to control it via budget cuts. January 30, 2014

Newcastle Council begins charging military service groups for use of its facilities. January 29, 2014.

Police crack down on people speeding in school zones. January 28, 2014

Barry O’Farrell calls time on late night drinking in NSW. January 27, 2014

Turning the boats back on Australia Day. January 25, 2014

Bluetongue Brewery is closed by its parent company Carlton, leaving many Warnervale employees out of work. January 24, 2014

The ‘Newcastle Solution’ is applied across NSW by the state government. January 23, 2014

Barry O’Farrell announces tough new one-punch rules to counter street violence. January 22, 2014

Coach Gary Van Egmond is dismissed by the Newcastle Jets. January 21, 2014

The Australian Navy starts sending boat people back to Indonesia the hard way. January 20, 2014

Newcastle council cracks down on angle-parking near Mater Hospital despite many of the vehicle-owners being cancer-sufferers. January 18, 2014

Plans to cull large sharks creates controversy. January 18, 2014

Marine specialists research a large great white shark nursery off the Hunter coast. January 17, 2014

The Sandgate and New England bypasses are about to be completed, leaving another potential bottleneck at the Jesmond roundabout. January 16, 2014

Hunter Water faces big repair bills to its leaking infrastructure. January 15, 2014

The Knights finally sack Russell Packer after club supporters call for his removal. January 14, 2014

The Federal Government whines about drought assistance but only agrees to observe the problem. January 13, 2014

Despite the threat of sea level rise, several seaside suburbs register big price rises. January 11, 2014

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The coal industry releases figures showing how much the Hunter Valley depends on it. January 8, 2014

The Salvation Army complain about rubbish dumping outside their shops while Governments dump their responsibilities on councils. January 7, 2014

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Flashback Friday: Hunter weddings and anniversariesphotos

Flashback Friday: Hunter weddings and anniversaries | photos 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Childhood sweethearts Denis and Judy Crutcher were surprised when a stretch limousine turned up at their Swansea home the day before their 50th wedding anniversary. It took them to the Lantern Palace Restaurant in Wamberal where they celebrated with family members. Denis and Judy (nee Taunton) met at the age of 15 at the Parramatta Reuben F Scarf store, where they both worked. They married when she was 17 and he was 18 on February 29, 1964, at All Saints Church, Parramatta. They lived in the Blacktown area for 39 years before moving to Swansea in 2001. The Crutchers have four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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YOUNG–MOWBRAY: Grant Mowbray and Rochelle Young were married at Woodville Chapel on October 18, 2014. Rochelle is the youngest daughter of Kathy and Paul Young, of Barnsley. Grant is the only son of Alison and John Mowbray, of Hillsborough.

YOUNG–JOHNS:Angela Young and Nathan Johns were married at Tocal on November 2, 2013. Angela is the eldest daughter of Kathy and Paul Young, of Barnsley. Nathan is the only son of Lyn and Peter Johns, of Metford.

POWER–SINCLAIR:Lisa Power and Jeremy Sinclair, who were married at Corpus Christi Church, Waratah, on October 18, 2014, held their reception at Hunter Stadium. Lisa is the youngest daughter of Ann and Neil Power, of Warabrook. Jeremy is the only son of Norma and John Sinclair, of Wallsend.

NELSON–CLIFTON-SMITH:Rebecca Nelson and Matthew Clifton-Smith were married at Crowne Plaza Newcastle on December 14, 2014. Rebecca is the daughter of Jan Nelson, of Hamilton East, and John Nelson, of Mudgee. Matthew is the son of Christine and Kerry Clifton-Smith, of Garden Suburb.

Caitlin Caesar and Reuben Malan were married at Blackbutt Reserve on December 13. Caitlin is the only daughter of Vicki and Michael Caesar, of Merewether. Reuben is the eldest son of Raul and Benitta Malan, of Darwin. Picture: Rob Eyre

Kate Lamont and Chris Edden were married at Shepherds Hill on November 1, and held their reception at Merewether Surfhouse. Kate is the daughter of Julie and Scott Lamont, of Terrigal. Chris is the son of Denise and Wayne Edden, of Belmont.

BUNN-BENDER: Kathryn and Reggie Bender were married at Outrigger on the Lagoon, Sigatoka, Fiji, on September 30, 2014. Kathryn is the daughter of Rosalie and Gil Bunn, of Holmesville. Reggie is the son of Reg and Maria Bender, of Lambton.

MADDEN-BUNN: Kristy and Douglas Bunn were married at Outrigger on the Lagoon, Sigatoka, Fiji, on September 30, 2014. Doug is the son of Rosalie and Gil Bunn, of Holmesville. Kristy is the daughter of Rod Madden, of Canberra.

GRAY–NUNN: Craig and Amelia Gray married onSeptember 13, 2014 at Swansea. Amelia is the daughter of Ray and Sue Nunn. Craig is the son of Amelia Gray, of Swansea, and Greg White, of Windale.

RUSE–FULLER: Maree and Murray, who were married at Peppers Creek, Pokolbin. Maree is the daughter of Sue and Glenn and Murray is the eldest son of Phil and Joan.

YOUNG–BEASLEY:Sally and Stuart Beasley, who were married on October 18 at the Anchorage Port Stephens, Corlette. Stuart is the son of Stephen and Vicki Beasley. Sally is the daughter of Brendon and Margaret Young. The newlyweds enjoyed their honeymoon in the US and the Caribbean. Picture: Sweet Photography

BOYD–WILDSCHUT:Emma Boyd and Jake Wildschut, who were married at Lovedale Chapel on December 6, and enjoyed their reception at Leaves and Fishes. Emma is the daughter of Peter and Pamela Boyd, of Kariong. Jake is the son of Burt and Wendy Wildschut, of Empire Bay. The couple honeymooned in Thailand.

60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Max and Merle Lane, of Toormina, formerly of Carrington, who were married at Maitland on December 18, 1954.

60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Max and Merle Lane, of Toormina, formerly of Carrington, who were married at Maitland on December 18, 1954.

HANSEN–ASLIN Jenna Hansen and Michael Aslin, who were married at St Patrick’s, Nulkaba, on November 1. Jenna is the daughter of Ross and Sue-ellen Hansen, of Maryland. Michael is the son of Beverly Aslin, of Tamworth.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Brian and Ann Helmers (nee Moor), of Bombala, who were married in Newcastle on December 12, 1964, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this week.

McCLELLAND–HILLARD: Kara McClelland and Benjamin Hillard, who were married at St John’s Anglican Church, Cooks Hill, on September 20. Their beloved chocolate Labrador, Miles, joined them for a very personal ceremony. Kara is the daughter of Tony and Vickie McClelland, of Macquarie Hills. Ben is the son of Alan and Sandra Hillard, of Bolton Point.

PAPWORTH: Jannah and Jason Papworth, who were married at Saint Lukes, Wallsend on October 25.

LASEUR–BAILEY:Hilary LaSeur and Michael Bailey, who were married in Cazevonia Park, Buffalo, New York, on October 11. Hilary is the daughter of Sherry Schug and James LaSeur, of Millport, New York. Michael is the son of Jennifer and Mark Bailey, of Hamilton South. Michael set up a live webcast on YouTube so that family and friends in other parts of the world were able to watch the wedding.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Bob and Pam McCrindle were married on November 20, 1954, at Wesley Church in Hamilton. They built a home in Kahibah and have lived there all their married life. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their two sons, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

BAKER–LEAKE:Julie Baker and Jason Leake, who were married at Pelican foreshore on May 10, and enjoyed a reception at Brown Sugar, Warners Bay.

CAPPER – DREWERY Jessica Capper and Michael Drewery, who were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Newcastle, on September 13, 2014. Jessica is the daughter of Rick and Debbie Capper of Adamstown. Michael is the son of Robert and Christine Drewery of Eleebana.

RYMAN–PAPWORTH: Jannah and Jason Papworth, who were married at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Wallsend, on October 25. Picture: Bella Rouge Photography

HIBBERT–PRENDERGAST: Kasey Hibbert and Michael Prendergast, who were married at Wapiti Park, Wollombi, on October 18. Kasey is the daughter of David and Susan Hibbert. Michael is the son of Denis and Annette Prendergast.

ELLEM–HUBERS: Jessica Ellem and Mitchell Hubers, who were married at Newcastle Museum on April 25. Jessica is the daughter of Cindy and Robert Ellem, of Georgetown. Mitchell is the son of Robyn and Steven Huber, of Newcomb in Geelong.

40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: John and Noelene Deas (nee Jones) met at the YWCA dance at Mayfield in 1971. They married November 2, 1974, at the Uniting Church in Wallsend. The newlyweds called New Lambton home, building at Glendale, where they are still living today and where they have raised their five children. John and Noelene have five grandchildren (one grandson deceased).

40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: John and Noelene Deas (nee Jones) met at the YWCA dance at Mayfield in 1971. They married November 2, 1974, at the Uniting Church in Wallsend. The newlyweds called New Lambton home, building at Glendale, where they are still living today and where they have raised their five children. John and Noelene have five grandchildren (one grandson deceased).

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: David and Joyce Atkinson were married on November 6, 1954, at Gateshead in England. They emigrated to Australia in 1965 with their three young children and settled in Mayfield. They went on to have two more children. David and Joyce recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their five children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: David and Joyce Atkinson were married on November 6, 1954, at Gateshead in England. They emigrated to Australia in 1965 with their three young children and settled in Mayfield. They went on to have two more children. David and Joyce recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their five children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

AUTENZIO–GEARON: Erin Autenzio and David Gearon, who were married at St Paul’s, Gateshead, on September 26. Erin is the daughter of Megan Autenzio, of Belmont North, and Tony Autenzio, of Gateshead. David is the son of Gail and Bernie Gearon, of Oberon. Picture: Living Light Photography

ABERCROMBIE–NEWELL: Jessica Abercrombie and Jarrod Newell, who were married at Iron Bark Hill Vineyard, Pokolbin, on October 18. Jessica is the daughter of Steve and Kim Abercrombie, of Valentine. Jarrod is the son of Grahame and Lynn Newell, of Cardiff.

FIDLER–BODE:Kristy Fidler and Andrew Bode, who were married at St John’s Anglican Church, Cooks Hill, on October 11. Andrew is the son of Ken and Heather Bode. Kristy is the daughter of Steve and Louise Fidler.

SULLIVAN–BERIC:Emily Sullivan and Mitchell Beric, who were married at Merewether Golf Club, on October 11.

MARSHALL–COTTRILL: Nicole Marshall and Garth Cottrill, who were married at St John’s Anglican Church, Cooks Hill, on September 27. Garth is the son of Phillip and Kerri Cottrill. Nicole is the daughter of Dallas Marshall and Charelle and Gary Peacock. Picture: Little Black Bow Photography

PARKER–MICHALAK: Briony and Tim Michalak, who were married at St Augustine’s Church, Merewether, on September 20. Briony is the daughter of Jennifer Parker, of Valentine and Ross Parker, of Raymond Terrace. Tim is the son of Linda and Paul Michalak, of Caves Beach. Picture: Nicole Butler Photography

PARMETER – ROSSITER: Jodi Parmeter and Will Rossiter, who were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Newcastle, on September 20. Jodi is the daughter of Karen and Jeff Parmeter, of Dudley. Will is the son of Rahn and Steven Rossiter, of Sydney. They are honeymooning in Vietnam. Picture: Little Black Bow Photography

65TH ANNIVERSARY: Jack and Peg Latham met at the Swansea skating rink just after Peg turned 18. They were married at the Swansea Methodist Church on October 8, 1949. They lived most of their life at Charlestown, raising their four children. They have a love of travel and spent their retirement caravaning around Australia. They have 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They now live at Belmont and continue to help out family, friends and neighbours whenever they can.

65TH ANNIVERSARY: Jack and Peg Latham on their wedding day.

Amalina Zainudin, of Singapore, and Robert Johnston, of Stockton, married at Mamanda Heritage Restaurant in Singapore on August 3, 2014, in a traditional Malay ceremony.

PARKER–KARBOWIAK:Amy Parker and Andrew Karbowiak, who were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Newcastle, on August 23. Picture: April Werz Photography

Betty and Vince Power celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 13, 2014.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Richard and Wendy Green (nee Cunynghame), of Raymond Terrace, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. Richard was living in Wallsend and Wendy in Edgeworth when they first met. They were married at Metcalfe Street, Wallsend, on August 1, 1964.

PRYJMA–PEACOCK: Jacey Pryjma and Clinton Peacock, who were married at Mindaribba House, Tocal, on April 26. Jacey wore an elegant soft peach gown with hand-dyed lace designed and made by Melanie Ford of Newcastle. Picture: James Billing Photography

McKINNON–GREAY: Lauren McKinnon and Lee Greay, who were married on June 21 at Flames of the Forest in Port Douglas, Queensland, in the company of family and friends.

THAW – WALLER: Jade and Andrew Waller, who were married at Cooks Hill Surf Club on May 3. Jade is the daughter of Vicki and John Thaw, of Merewether. Andrew is the son of Sally and John Waller, of Bar Beach. Picture: Nicole Butler

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Ray Garnham and Bessie Sanderson were married at St Peter’s Church, Hamilton, on July 3, 1954. They originally made their home at Hamilton North but moved to Belmont North 34years ago. They have four children, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Ray and Bessie are celebrating their anniversary on an Alaska cruise and a tour of the Canadian Rockies.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Ray Garnham and Bessie Sanderson were married at St Peter’s Church, Hamilton, on July 3, 1954. They originally made their home at Hamilton North but moved to Belmont North 34years ago. They have four children, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Ray and Bessie are celebrating their anniversary on an Alaska cruise and a tour of the Canadian Rockies.

ROLLS–ROSE:Lauren Rolls and Dane Rose, who were married at Peterson House, Pokolbin, on March 14, 2014. Picture: Michelle–Leigh Photography

Bobbie and Joe Bellamy of Belmont age 88 and 89, celebrating their 70 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday July 1 – on their wedding day in 1944.

Bobbie and Joe Bellamy of Belmont age 88 and 89, celebrating their 70 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday July 1, 2014.

LOCKWOOD–SHORT: Elise Lockwood and Robert Short, who were married on April 12, at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Picture: Michelle-Leigh Photography

70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:(From left) Peter, Jack and Thora Ireland with Alison Nicolson in 1944.

Jack Ireland and Thora Macpherson met over the tennis net as teenagers. As she watched Jack tie the laces on his tennis shoes, Thora thought ‘‘I’m going to marry that boy!’’ And she did. On June 10, 1944, Jack, while home on brief leave from the war in the Pacific, married his sweetheart, Thora, at the Methodist church in Bulahdelah. The couple were attended on the day by Jack’s brother, Peter, and Thora’s sister, Alison. Seventy years later, earlier this month, the foursome met to celebrate Jack and Thora’s 70th anniversary. Thora and Jack have eight children, 23 grandchildren 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Thora loves to play golf and Jack still runs a beef cattle property.

CROPPER–LEWIS:Griff Cropper and John Lewis, who were married at Tramway Reserve, Newcastle, on April 26, 2014. A reception with family and friends followed at Customs House Newcastle. John and Griff honeymooned in the Whitsundays.

GIBBINS–GRANT:Amber Gibbins and Steve Grant, who were married at Riverwood Downs, Monkerai, on May 10, 2014. Picture: Michelle-Leigh Photography

TWYFORD–McINTYRE:Angela Twyford and Scott McIntyre, who were married at East Maitland Golf Club on May 24, 2014. Picture: Tainted Photography

JENNINGS–MOZEJKO:Louise Jennings and Eugene Mozejko, who were married at The Newcastle Club, Newcastle, on March 22, 2014. Louise is the eldest daughter of Richard and Lorraine Jennings, of Whitebridge, and formerly of Singleton. Eugene is the son of Annette Wilson and Richard Mozejko, of Taree. Picture: Cassi Kennedy Photography

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Doug and Kay Wilson married at St Francis Xavier Church, Ashbury, on June 20, 1964. They had met on a blind date the previous year. They raised two daughters at Colyton before retiring to Blacksmiths in 1995. Doug and Kay enjoy spending time with their children and three grand-daughters.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Doug and Kay Wilson married at St Francis Xavier Church, Ashbury, on June 20, 1964. They had met on a blind date the previous year. They raised two daughters at Colyton before retiring to Blacksmiths in 1995. Doug and Kay enjoy spending time with their children and three grand-daughters.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Barry and Josie Rutherford were married at Adamstown Methodist Church on June 11, 1954. Both grew up in Adamstown and called the suburb home until they built a house together at Charlestown, where they lived for 40years. They moved to Belmont when their house unfortunately burned down. Barry and Josie have five children – Kim, Mark, Trish, Helen and Ann Marie – 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. They have been celebrating their 60th year together by travelling around Australia – a trip that began in April.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Barry and Josie Rutherford were married at Adamstown Methodist Church on June 11, 1954. Both grew up in Adamstown and called the suburb home until they built a house together at Charlestown, where they lived for 40years. They moved to Belmont when their house unfortunately burned down. Barry and Josie have five children – Kim, Mark, Trish, Helen and Ann Marie – 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. They have been celebrating their 60th year together by travelling around Australia – a trip that began in April.

LINDECKER–STEWART:Lily and Michael Stewart were married at the Mirage, Newport, on May 24, 2014. Pictures: Sproule Wedding Photography

LINDECKER–STEWART:Lily and Michael Stewart were married at the Mirage, Newport, on May 24, 2014. Pictures: Sproule Wedding Photography

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Antonio Santarelli and Gilda Conicella married in Taranta Peligna, Abruzzo, in Italy on June 5, 1954. Two months later, Antonio migrated to Australia and settled in Cooks Hill. Gilda and their one-year-old son travelled aboard the Fairsea from Italy to Australia to join Antonio in March, 1956. This was the only time Gilda and Antonio have ever been apart during their 60 years of marriage. They have three children and six grandchildren, and are still very much in love.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Antonio Santarelli and Gilda Conicella married in Taranta Peligna, Abruzzo, in Italy on June 5, 1954. Two months later, Antonio migrated to Australia and settled in Cooks Hill. Gilda and their one-year-old son travelled aboard the Fairsea from Italy to Australia to join Antonio in March, 1956. This was the only time Gilda and Antonio have ever been apart during their 60 years of marriage. They have three children and six grandchildren, and are still very much in love.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:George and Joy Pinkerton were married on June 5, 1954, at Wesley Church, Hamilton. A reception followed at Merewether School of Arts, catered by Princehorns Caterers. Born, bred and wed in Merewether, George was the local milko for many years. The couple have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:George and Joy Pinkerton were married on June 5, 1954, at Wesley Church, Hamilton. A reception followed at Merewether School of Arts, catered by Princehorns Caterers. Born, bred and wed in Merewether, George was the local milko for many years. The couple have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

WILSON-SMITH–TINNEY:Nikki Wilson-Smith and Matt Tinney, who were married at Wandin Valley Estate in Lovedale on March 22, 2014. They spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. Picture: Living Light Photography

MURPHY–WINCHESTER: Sarah Murphy and Reece Winchester, who were married at Adams Peak, Broke, on May 3, 2014. Picture: Precious Memories

BRENNAN–URQUHART:Anne Brennan and Samuel Urquhart, who were married at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Newcastle, on February 1, 2014. They held their reception at Fort Scratchley. Picture: Tainted Photography

WILKES–LANE:Amy Wilkes and Craig Lane, who were married at King Edward Park in Newcastle on January 18, 2014. Craig is the eldest son of Keith and Kim Lane, of Caves Beach. Amy is the only daughter of Greg and Christine Wilkes, of Rockhampton. Craig and Amy celebrated their wedding with a reception at Merewether Surf House.

50TH ANNIVERSARY:Gary and Lorraine Lavis (nee Jacobs) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Terrigal’s Crowne Plaza on May 8, where they spent their wedding night in 1964 when it was called the Florida Hotel. They met at Newcastle Teachers College (then in Union Street) in 1961 and three years later married at the Methodist Church in Adamstown. During their many years together, the adventurous couple have walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, travelled to the base camp at Mt Everest in Tibet and, last year at age 70, Gary hiked the Kokoda track in New Guinea. The avid Newcastle Herald readers have four children and seven grandchildren.

50TH ANNIVERSARY:Gary and Lorraine Lavis (nee Jacobs) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Terrigal’s Crowne Plaza on May 8, where they spent their wedding night in 1964 when it was called the Florida Hotel. They met at Newcastle Teachers College (then in Union Street) in 1961 and three years later married at the Methodist Church in Adamstown. During their many years together, the adventurous couple have walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, travelled to the base camp at Mt Everest in Tibet and, last year at age 70, Gary hiked the Kokoda track in New Guinea. The avid Newcastle Herald readers have four children and seven grandchildren.

CLUTTON–BULLIVANT:Tracy and Roderick Clutton, who were married at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, on February 7, 2014. They enjoyed a reception at The Grand Hotel’s function room and travelled to Hamilton Island for their honeymoon.

BUCKTON–SIMPSON:Shylie Buckton and Doug Simpson, who were married at Singleton Showground on March 1, 2014, where they also enjoyed a reception with family and friends. Picture: 3L Photography

EAGLES–REED:Melissa and Bryce Reed, who were married at Quay West Resort, Magenta Shores, on February 8, 2014. Melissa is the daughter of Monica and Phil Eagles, of Cardiff. Bryce is the son of Sheryl Reed, of Islington, and Christopher Ritter, of Mayfield.

50th ANNIVERSARY:Olga and Victor Bazalej celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary on Saturday with a Matrimonial Blessing in St Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church at Adamstown followed by a dinner with family and friends. Olga and Victor first met at the Anzac House in Tudor St, Hamilton in 1962. Victor was quite taken with young Olga Tarnawskyj and asked her to dance. Obviously Olga was equally impressed and two years later on May 9, 1964 they were married in the Ukrainian rite at the St Lawrence Catholic Church at Broadmeadow. Olga and Victor continue to be active members of the Newcastle Ukrainian community. They made their home in Cardiff and their raised three children – Michael, Tanya and Sonya – and now have five wonderful grandchildren they adore, Alison, Laura, Peter, Matthew and Kirrily.

50th ANNIVERSARY:Olga and Victor Bazalej celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary on Saturday with a Matrimonial Blessing in St Marys Ukrainian Catholic Church at Adamstown followed by a dinner with family and friends. Olga and Victor first met at the Anzac House in Tudor St, Hamilton in 1962. Victor was quite taken with young Olga Tarnawskyj and asked her to dance. Obviously Olga was equally impressed and two years later on May 9, 1964 they were married in the Ukrainian rite at the St Lawrence Catholic Church at Broadmeadow. Olga and Victor continue to be active members of the Newcastle Ukrainian community. They made their home in Cardiff and their raised three children – Michael, Tanya and Sonya – and now have five wonderful grandchildren they adore, Alison, Laura, Peter, Matthew and Kirrily.

Jamie Werner and Vakaba Kone were married at Stockade Hill Park East Maitland on 22 March a reception was held at the Hunter River Hotel. Jamie is the daughter of Stan and Billie Ann Werner of Aberglasslyn and Kone is the son of Fanta and the late Iber Kone Of Kenya.

Antonio & Norma Rendina married in Pescara del Tronto, Le Marche, Italy on 29 April 1954 and will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on 27 April 2014 at Verde Luna Restaurant, Hamilton.

Antonio & Norma Rendina married in Pescara del Tronto, Le Marche, Italy on 29 April 1954 and will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on 27 April 2014 at Verde Luna Restaurant, Hamilton.

Sarah Campbell and Adam Gallagher of Stanford Merthyr were maried on February 28 at St Johns Anglican Church, with a reception at Noahs On The Beach.

HUGHES–MOATE:Carla Hughes and Matthew Moate, who were married at Wandin Valley, Pokolbin, on February 22, 2014. Picture: 3L Photography

BARTUSH–BUZZO:Meagan Bartush and David Buzzo, who were married at Fort Scratchley, Newcastle, on February 21, 2014. Picture: 3L Photography

BOSWORTH–EDWARDS:Nicole Bosworth and Lee Edwards, who were married at All Saints Chapel, Woodville on March 1, 2014. Lee is the son of Brenda and John Edwards, of Maryland. Nicole is the eldest daughter of Donna and Phillip Bosworth, of Rutherford, and formerly of Dungog. Picture: Live Love Life Photography

HUGHES–GRANT:Caitlin and Andrew Grant, who were married at St Patrick’s of Nulkaba on January 11, 2014. Caitlin is the daughter of Debbie and Chris Hughes, of Chittaway Bay. Andrew is the son of Margaret and Greg Grant, of New Lambton Heights.

BONOMINI–KING:Nicolette and Murray King, who were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, on March 22, 2014. Nicolette is the daughter of Dennis and Deborah Bonomini, of Toronto. Murray is the son of Cliff and Robin King, of Tauranga, New Zealand. Picture: Chris Elfes Photography On Hermitage

HOPKINS–DINNEN:Nikki Hopkins and Matthew Dinnen, who were married at Rafferty’s Resort, Cams Wharf, on February 21, 2014. Picture: 3L Photography

HARDY–TEMOANANUI:Jessica Hardy and Tahi Temoananui, who were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea on February 8, 2014. Their reception was at Merewether Surf House. Picture: 3L Photography

BLOEMERS–LAIRD:Natasha Bloemers and Kori Laird, who were married at Customs House Plaza, Newcastle, on November 30, 2013. They celebrated with family and friends at a reception at Customs House. Picture: Expressive Moments

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Childhood sweethearts Denis and Judy Crutcher were surprised when a stretch limousine turned up at their Swansea home the day before their 50th wedding anniversary. It took them to the Lantern Palace Restaurant in Wamberal where they celebrated with family members. Denis and Judy (nee Taunton) met at the age of 15 at the Parramatta Reuben F Scarf store, where they both worked. They married when she was 17 and he was 18 on February 29, 1964, at All Saints Church, Parramatta. They lived in the Blacktown area for 39 years before moving to Swansea in 2001. The Crutchers have four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Terry and Elske Hopwood (nee Bull) were married at the Congregational Church, Campsie, on February 1, 1964. They lived in Camden for five years, Melbourne for three years, before returning to Sydney to live and retiring to Tingira Heights in 2003. They have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Terry and Elske Hopwood (nee Bull) were married at the Congregational Church, Campsie, on February 1, 1964. They lived in Camden for five years, Melbourne for three years, before returning to Sydney to live and retiring to Tingira Heights in 2003. They have a son, a daughter and six grandchildren.

Amelia Coates and Brendon Bourke, who were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, on February 7, 2014. They celebrated their union with family and friends at a reception at City Hall, Newcastle. Pic: 3L Photography

HILL–MINETT:Natasha Hill and Jason Minett, who were married at Bella Vista, Mayfield, on January 25, 2014. Natasha is the daughter of Michael Hill and Pam Allen, of Cooks Hill. Jason is the son of Cheryl Minett, of Stockton.

Aubrey and Peggy Brooks (nee O’Brien) celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Saturday. They were married at Holy Family Church, Merewether, on March 29, 1969. They have a son, a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Perth.

Katie Jolliffe and Noel Carmona, who were married on March 3 2014, at Milano’s on the Lake, Pelican. Katie is the daughter of Gail and Ray Jolliffe, or Kotara. Noel is the son of Lolita and Martin Carmona, of Waratah West. Pic: Curly Tree Photography

STEPHENS–McTAGGART:Alana Stephens and Mark McTaggart, who were married at Hunter Valley Gardens on September 20, 2013. Alana is the daughter of Mark and Joanne Stephens, of Muswellbrook. Mark is the son of David and Sue McTaggart, also of Muswellbrook.

STOJANOVSKI–RUSEV:Rebecca and Michael Rusev, who were married at St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Broadmeadow, on March 1, 2014. Michael is the son of Anton and Josie Rusev, of Elermore Vale. Rebecca is the daughter of Branko and Gina Stojanovski, of Lambton Gardens. Picture: XSiGHT Photography Sydney

WHITE–POWER:Chloe and Daniel Power, who were married at St Columban’s Catholic Church, Mayfield, on February 2, 2014. Chloe is the daughter of Glen and Maria White, of Tighes Hill. Daniel is the son of Stephen and Karen Power, of Waratah West. Picture: Dean Osland Photography

REIDER–WARREN:Kathleen and Lee Warren, who were married at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Newcastle on August 17, 2013, and celebrated with family and friends at a reception at Caves Beachside Hotel. Picture: Michelle-Leigh Photography

MARTINS–LYALL:Jakeline Martins and Todd Lyall, who were married at King Edward Park, Newcastle, on December 8, 2013, followed by a reception at Noahs on the Beach. Pictures: PhotoAction

MacLAURIN–RIGBY:Kate MacLaurin and Matt Rigby, who were married at Albion Farm, Woodville, on October 11, 2013. Pictures: Michelle-Leigh Photography

WOODS–DOYLE:Jennifer Woods and Justin Doyle, who were married at St John’s Anglican Church, Raymond Terrace, on October 19, 2013. Their reception was at Peppers Anchorage Corlette. Picture: Michelle-Leigh Photography

ROBSON–MERRICK:Jessica Robson and Alix Merrick, who were married at Lovedale Chapel on January 25, 2014, followed by a reception at Pokolbin Hall. Pictures: PhotoAction

LANG–CAIRNS:Kylie and John Cairns, who were married at Bella Vista, Mayfield, on February 1, 2014. Picture: Living Light Photography

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Barrie and Janice Wrightson (nee Mayo) celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 8. They were married at the Broadmeadow Methodist (Uniting) Church in 1964. Barrie and Janice have been blessed with a son, a daughter and a grandson.

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Barrie and Janice Wrightson (nee Mayo) celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on February 8. They were married at the Broadmeadow Methodist (Uniting) Church in 1964. Barrie and Janice have been blessed with a son, a daughter and a grandson.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Adelle and Alf Hart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 1. The couple were married at St Mary’s Church, Maitland, in 1964.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Adelle and Alf Hart celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, February 1. The couple were married at St Mary’s Church, Maitland, in 1964.

Natasha Hill and Jason Minett married at Bella Vista Mayfield 25 January 2014 in front of their family and friends. Natasha is the daughter of Michael Hill and Pam Allen of Cooks Hill. Jason is the Son of Cheryl Minett of Stockton.

60TH ANNIVERSARY: Anne and Victor Monaghan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family on January 12 at Central Leagues Club.

60TH ANNIVERSARY: Anne and Victor Monaghan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family on January 12 at Central Leagues Club.

Rachael Wischer & Simon Bertaglia, from Lakeland Warners Bay. They were married at Cave Beach Resort on 10th January, 2014.

WELLHAM–JENKINS:Michelle and Philip Wellham, who were married on January 4, 2014, at Awaba House, Booragul.

WELLHAM – JENKINS: On the Saturday 4th of January at Awaba House Lake Macquarie, Philip Jenkins and Michelle Wellham made their vows and became husband and wife. Picture: KMcKay Photography

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Jean and Harry Prince, of Merewether Heights, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 18, 2013. They were married at St Stephen’s Church, Adamstown, and have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY:Jean and Harry Prince, of Merewether Heights, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on December 18, 2013. They were married at St Stephen’s Church, Adamstown, and have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

McLELLAN–EDWARDS:Rachel and Luke Edwards married and had their reception at El Keziah, Blackalls Park on December 13, 2013. Rachel is the daughter of Peter and Barbara McLellan, of Wallsend, and Luke is the son of parents are Neil and Julie Edwards, of Wallsend.

DI CLAUDIO – TREMENHEERE: Andrew and Maria Tremenheere, who were married on December 12, 2013, at Shepherd’s Hill, Newcastle.Maria is the daughter of the late Rosa Di Claudio, and Amedeo and Helen Di Claudio. Andrew is the son of David and Gail Tremenheere.

NASH–SMITH: Sarah and Matthew Smith, who were married on December 7, 2013, at Peterson House, Pokolbin. Sarah is the daughter of Steve and Kim Nash, of Raymond Terrace. Matt is the son of Carolyn Smith, of Tanilba Bay.

NGUYEN –MAVRATZAKIS: Thinh Nguyen, of Vietnam, and Art Mavratzakis, who were married on November 30, 2013, in New Lambton.

MANTLE–O’DANIEL:Garilee Mantle, of Dudley, married Nigel O’Daniel, of Adelaide, at All Saints Chapel, Hamilton Island, on November 11, 2013. A reception for family and friends was held at Dent Island Clubhouse.

WARD–GARNER: Brittny and Daniel Garner, who were married on November 9, 2013, at St Michael’s Church, Nelson Bay. Brittny is the daughter of Sue and Howard Ward, of Lambton, and Daniel is the son of Jennifer and Max Garner, of Merewether Heights. Picture: Waterfield Photography

WEIGHMAN–YALINKAYA:Sarah and Salim Yalinkaya, who were married at Peppers Convent, Pokolbin, on November 3, 2013. Picture: Michelle-Leigh Photography

THAW–NIKOLIC:Carly and Andrew Nikolic, who were married at The Monastery Chapel, Mayfield, on May 4, 2013. Carly is the daughter of Vicki and John Thaw, of Merewether. Andrew is the son of Anna and Peter Nikolic, of New Lambton Heights. Picture: Nicole Butler

KOVACS – McCAFFREY: Bridget and Mark McCaffrey, who were married at Szentivanyi Francis Roman Catholic Church, Slovakia, on July 27, 2013. Bridget is the daughter of Bernadett and Ferdinand Kovacs, of Hungary. Mark is the youngest son of Maureen and Kim McCaffrey, of Valentine.

CUMMINS–FOLLINGTON: Lee and Brooke Follington, who were married on October 26, 2013, at The Newcastle Club.

BADGER – CHEYNE: Zoe Badger and Rob Cheyne, who were married at Mosman on November 29, 2013. Zoe is the daughter of Margaret and Geoff Badger, of Nelsons Plains, and granddaughter of the late former lord mayor Joy Cummings. Rob is the son of Sandra and Barry Cheyne, of Swindon, UK. Photo: atdusk南京桑拿南京夜生活

NESTLER – CATTO: Sarah Nestler and Colin Catto, who were married on November 28, 2013, at Barry Park and celebrated in Fingal Bay Surf Club. Sarah is the daughter of Gail Nestler, and the late William Nestler jr, of Lavallette, New Jersey USA. Colin is the son of Kirsty and Graham Catto from Port Macquarie, NSW. Picture: Dean Osland

BUCKINGHAM–GRIDLEY: Lauren and Anthony Gridley, who were married at Longworth House, Newcastle, on November 23, 2013. Lauren is the daughter of Steve and Janelle Buckingham, of Macquarie Hills. Anthony is the son of Bill and Vivienne Gridley, of London.

LEES–SUTTON: Jenna and Benn Sutton, who were married on November 16, 2013, at Brookland Estate Winery, Margaret River. Benn, formerly of Tingira Heights, is the youngest son of Kaaren and Mark Sutton, of Tasmania. Jenna is the daughter of Margaret and Jim Lees, of Western Australia. Benn was attended by his best friends, Aymen Ibrahim and Grant Baker, both of Cardiff South.

JANSSON – PICKERING: Elizabeth and Samuel Pickering, who were married on November 2, 2013, at Stockton. Elle is the daughter of Karen and Paul Jansson. Sam is the son of Lou-Anne and Ben Pickering.

TweetFacebook The Hunter’s weddings and anniversaries Hundreds of couples will flock to Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Sunday, August 14 for this year’s bridal expo.

The expo, hosted by Hunter Wedding Expos willfeature the Hunter Valley’s leading wedding professionals all on one level.

While wedding fever is in the air, we take a look back at the happy snaps from the many weddings and anniversaries celebrated in the Hunter.

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