WARNING: The Grenfell Tower in Londong … the NSW opposition has called on the government to identify at-risk buildings in Newcastle.Tenants NSW says the government could establish a public register of unit towersclad in flammable material in a similar way to how it treats buildings with asbestos.
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The NSW opposition said on Monday that the government hadnot done enough to protect unit dwellers from the risk of flammable cladding since London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June.

A state audit found 1047 high-rises may contain the non-compliant cladding. The government vowed in July to contact the buildings’ owners and ask them to conduct inspections,but it has not publicly identified the apartments involved.

Swansea MP and shadow better regulation minister Yasmin Catley said on Monday that the government had put the onus on building owners to inform residents about potential risks.

“If you are a renter inthose buildings, you quite well may not know that the building you are in potentially could be dangerous,” she said.“If I was a renter in NSW, I would be really, really concerned.”

Newcastle is in the midst of anapartment construction boom, and Ms Catley said it was the government’s “responsibility to tell us”if any of the 1000 identified buildings were in the city.

Mr Keanaccused Labor of“scaremongering” andsaid the 1047 identified buildings did not necessarily have dangerous cladding.

His office issued a statement saying building owners and strata managers weremore likely to have the authority to conduct testing. Notifyingindividual tenants andowners would have“extended the process by several weeks, if not longer”.

It said local councils and Fire and Rescue NSW had received the list of identifiedbuildingsin their area.

Lake Macquarie council voted in June to audit its high-rise buildings, and Newcastle is considering similar action.

“We have utilised the most comprehensive information available to conduct a swift audit of NSW buildings, and in turn contact relevant owners, possibly affected by cladding, as efficiently as possible,” Mr Kean said.

“It’s important to remember that cladding can be perfectly safe. If you have cladding on your building it does not automatically mean it will need to be rectified.”

The senior policy officer for Tenants NSW,Ned Cutcher, said the government could pursue a “middle-ground option”.

“There’s value in people knowing. Maybe there’s an option that provides strong and clear guidance to owners as to how they should notify occupants,” he said.“It’s an interesting one for people who rent in strata. The owner might have information that isn’t then passed on.”

Bad publicity and the time and cost of repairs could deter some owners from telling residents about the presence of flammable cladding.

The loose-fill asbestos register shows affected buildings in NSW, although it does not allow tenants to break their lease if they find out their building is on the list.

“There’s aspects of our law that could be brought into play here and they could be strengthened, and as the government did with their asbestos register, they could be brought directly to mind for tenants at the point of start-up,” Mr Cutcher said.

“The problem is it’s not enforceable.There’s no way they can actually end their tenancy. Those are the kinds of things that need to be strengthened and tidied up.

“We could make some direct reference to the presence of flammable cladding on a particular unit or building and then give those provisions some teeth, so the tenants can say, if they find out after the fact, and the landlord did know about it at the time, that’s actually grounds for the tenant to pull the pin.”

The n east coast is inthe grip of rising property prices, forcing people to rent longer. Tenants NSW estimates that half of all strata units in NSW are rentals.

“Thiskind of question about how we notify tenants and what this means for tenancy agreements is not an afterthought,” Mr Cutcher said.

“I guess that’s why you need to be pretty clear and direct about what are the processes that people would need to follow if they want to take some action, having been given a piece of information that may not be in the property owner’s interests to disclose.

“Investing is a risky business. We shouldn’t assume that just because we’re investing in property the risk should all be passed on to others.

“It would be nice to think we can resolve some of these issues before the fact, but I daresay this issue wouldn’t have been on most people’s radar beforethe Grenfell disaster in London, and now it’s front of mind, and you can understand why people are concerned.”

The Grenfell fire killed an estimated 80 people and injured 70.

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AREN’T the people around a mine subjected to enough all ready, eg state government changing laws, legislation, rules to get around high court discussions, EPA ignoring dust and noise complaints and then of course mines saying they are all compliant, and now here we are hearing they want to lift noise allowed from mines. When will this all end? Residents have a right to a peaceful quiet life, after all we are or were rural, the mines are encroaching on communities, not the other way round.
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Paul Harris, BulgaHOW “bloody” disgusting is this Manus Island balls up.

Ken Harvey, Warners BayTHERE are rumours that some authoritarian governments have used police raids to harass their political opponents. Let us hope that we never live in such a country.

Peter Moylan, GlendaleIN reply to Barry Reed (Short Takes, 25/10): I live on the racetrack. Hoons have been doing burnouts on Wharf Road every night for four years. Nothing todo with the new track. I live here, I should know, my friend.

Tony Padgett, Newcastle EastJUST a thought but after the Supercars event, maybe the track could be used to host other events, such as monster truck racing. It would be a shame not to utilise the track and facilities to their full potential.

Brad Hill, SingletonIF there was only ‘one part of the reports to council which was commercial-in-confidence and that was the licence fee’ (‘Are we paying a secret fee for Supercars’, NewcastleHerald,24/10), will the Lord Mayor please release details of the other reports? Ratepayers would particularly like to see the business case that was presented to council, and the anticipated costs and benefits of the Supercars event to Newcastle. All we have been given so far is Supercars own promotional material.

Christine Everingham, Newcastle EastMATT Kelaher (Short Takes, 25/10):at least cats don’t hurt and even kill humans.

Mario Municchi,Tighes HillWHERE have you been Rocco De Grandis (Short Takes, 25/10)? Your humour has been missed. Mate, it’s not just the Jets who are cursed. Ronny at least got to play a couple of games. The Knights Rory Kostjasyn didn’t even manage that. As I’ve told you in the past, anything the Jets do the Knights do better.

Dave McTaggart, EdgeworthI WONDER whether the state government has any more power stations to sell as I would like to get a consortium together and buy one. Going on your story yesterday in regards to Vales Point, it would be a pretty profitable adventure especially at the price. This state must have the biggest dill brains running it when they sell infrastructure off for a song and see a private company take over without doing anything to it and who will make a fortune out of it for probably the next 10 years.

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Pool’s submerged spa surely sub-par | PHOTOS Ridiculous: A weird submerged spa in a Mantra resort pool at Port Douglas. Picture: Newcastle Herald.
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Pics from Reddit.

A very small window.

TweetFacebookHave A SeatStrolling along the main drag of Port Douglas towards the beach, we came across this pink bench.

A caution sign on a pink bench in Port Douglas.

A sign in the middle of the bench said “Caution: Please do not sit in the middle of this bench. Feel free to use either side.”

Hmmm. Not quite as bad as the submerged spa, but still a tad strange.

Toilet TrainingSpeaking of seats, we couldn’t help but notice this sign on the back of a dunny door at Cairns Airport.

A sign on the back of a dunny door at Cairns.

As we always obey the rules,we quickly stepped down off the porcelain throne and followed the directions. Thisfelt much more comfortable.

How RudeWe werewaiting for a flight to Cairns at Sydney Airport in the seating area ofour gate, gazing happily at the planes, when we heard someone having a loud conversation.

We turned around to see a woman talking to a person on her mobile phone…on speaker-phone!

Send your stories of public rudeness to [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Paying RespectTopics felt queasy when we saw the tackle that caused the injury to Newcastle Jets playerRonny Vargas in the match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Fox Sports didn’t replay the incident on live TV, but they showed it online.

Herald journoJames Gardiner posted a videoof Jets coach Ernie Merrick’s reactionat a press conference after the match.

The video shows Merrick close to tears and clearly devastated about the injury to his player.

“Well, the win means nothing,” Merrick said, before pausing with his head down for more than 10 seconds.

In the ruthless, super-competitive world of professional sport, Topics thought it was nice to see a coach reacting in such a respectful way.

Jets boss Lawrie McKinna told the ABC on Monday that he had neverseen such a big outpouring of emotion for any injured player since he came to .

Topics wishes Ronny a good recovery.

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I WONDER how long it will take after the event is finished before the car hoons start trying to emulate the feats of the Supercar drivers maybe then people might start to think this race track wasn’t such a good idea.
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Barry Reed,IslingtonI MUST admit, when it comes to highly flammable asbestos riddled through Hamilton South housing estate, or as I prefer to call it “The Estate at South Hamilton” my concerns fall on deaf ears! A car is burned out in Fowler Street at 3am last night, and by 5.20am it’s gone.

Mark Sheerin,Hamilton SouthI AM impressed with Judith Galvin’s historical analysis of the preservation of the East End heritage buildings (Letters, 24/10). Like Sydney’s Rocks area, if the community had not have opposed its development, then it would have been lost forever. Newcastle needs to safeguard its heritage from the ever present threat of development.

Kim Cross,MetfordWE the people of the Hunter are so happy to hear calls for Andrew Constance to stand down. Michael Cassel should go too. They come up here and ruin Newcastle. We do not need his input. We all know Scott Street is too narrow, an absolute bottleneck. Alan Squire and Therese Doyle spoke sense at the meeting in the Town Hall. We can have the light rail and buildings on the corridor where they belong. Weneed to compromise.

George Tattersell, New LambtonIT’S time for John Safran to return to Africa to a voodoo chief and rid the curse of the Jets marquee signings. Wishing Ronny Vargas a speedy and healthy recovery.

Rocco De Grandis, Cameron ParkWHY do people allow there cats to roam around? They mess my yard up and kill natives. Cat owners are irresponsible.

Matt Kelaher,MayfieldWORKING in the food industry health standards are a must. So why, day in, day out, do I see restaurant and other food workers taking smoke breaks and returning to work without following safe food regulations. It is illegal to smoke while wearing aprons, chefs coats or any food preparation clothing. You are also required to wash your hands when returning from a break. We don’t have smokers at work and I bet if you own a restaurant employing non smokers is a lot more profitable than workers who smoke. The sight of food handlers smoking outside a business will never win me over as a potential customer.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayI TOTALLY agree our coastguard belongs close to shore, ie Nobbys. I think Newcastle council are more about cash ‘n’ grab so it would be perfect place for… wait for it… NCC coffee hub. Fit six cars so a permanent parking ranger sits under a No Stopping sign, eating cake. Lol.

Michael Casey,MerewetherTHE POLLSHOW often do you visit your local bank branch?

Every day 5.74%, Once a week 12.3%,Once a month 24.59%,Almost never 57.38%WHAT attraction is Newcastle missing?

A big thing 7.69%,An opera house 11.54%,An exhibition centre 52.56%,More luxury accommodation 6.41%,A big annual event – like Supercars 21.79%Read More →

Linked in: A paramedic and a police officer demonstrate how they use telehealth technology to assess people with mental health concerns. Picture: Supplied.AN initiative that usestechnology to link mental health professionals to assesspotential patientsin Port Stephens has reduced the number of unnecessary transfers to hospital.
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Hunter New England Health’s mental health service joined forces with NSW Police and NSW Ambulance in April to improve the assessment of people experiencing a mental health concern in the Port Stephens area.

Trial looks to help, not hinder It has meant paramedics and policeconsidering transferring a person to hospital have had the opportunity to get them triaged with a Newcastle-based mental health clinician viatelehealth technology first.

Since the initiative began,33patients hadbeen triaged, with 26of those able to avoid being transferred to hospital.

“Previously someone would be automatically transferred to hospital for assessment, even if it was unnecessary, so this is saving lot of distress for the person and their families,” general manager of Hunter New England Mental Health Service Leanne Johnson said.

PortStephens has been the trial site for the initiative,known asPolice Ambulance Early Access to Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth (PAEAMHATH), but if it proves successful, it may be rolled out to other areas.

Ms Johnson said the initiative was reducing unnecessary transfers to hospitals.

“As well as providing a better outcome for the patient, the initiative is also freeing up valuable time for police and ambulance who aren’t required totransfer the patient to hospital,” she said.

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James Packer is clearly not the Hero Mariah Carey was after.
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The n billionaire, 50, described his 18-month relationship with the superstar singer, 47, as a “mistake” he entered into during a “low point” in his “personal life”.

In an interview with the Weekend n from Ellerstina, his polo ranch outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he acknowledged he has been living as a recluse, he said the reason why they started dating “is complicated”.

“She was kind, exciting and fun,” Packer said of Carey, who he was introduced to by their mutual friend, producer Brett Ratner.

“Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

Packer proposed to Carey with a $10 million engagement ring in January 2016. When they broke up in October 2016, it is believed Carey got a $50 million pay out. She also kept the ring.

But there is no love lost when it comes to Carey either, recently referring to Packer as a “motherf—er” when asked about his whereabouts during an interview in June in Israel, where the casino mogul was sought for information about his relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

During the revealing, wide-ranging sit-down Packer also spoke about his second wife, Erica Packer (nee Baxter), the mother of his three children, whom he split from in September 2013 after six years together.

“It is my biggest regret that I let my marriage to Erica fail. It is what it is and she is doing an incredible job with the kids and we are in a great place,” he said.

Erica and the children now live in Los Angeles. He added: “LA is a really terrific place for them to be. There is a lot of positive energy, a lot of positive affirmation there. And there is not the Packer ??fishbowl that there would have been in Sydney. They have anonymity there that they don’t have in Sydney. That is really healthy for them.”

He also discussed having more than $5 billion of debt in his two biggest companies – at Crown and Consolidated Press Holdings.

“I was terrified,” he said.

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A QUESTION regarding the citizenship drama: How did the first few federal Parliaments get on? Surely most, if not all, the membersthen would have had parents or would themselves have been born overseas?Is it right that until early in the 20th century, n-born ns were considered (or were) British subjects? If so when did it change?
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Fred Saunders,Waratah WestMALCOLM Turnbull has now blamed Labor for everything except Tony Abbott’s bald spot. Give him time though.

Mac Maguire, CharlestownNEWY, Newie, Novocastria (Letters, 27/10)? Of course Newcastle (by any other name) is just Newcastle. But I wonder why no one has ever called it Newc’sle, you know, like fo’c’sle, where the hard working crew tries to sleep during the thrashing of the storm while the captain and officers swan it up in the relative comfort of amidships. Perhaps Sydney could be renamed Amidships.

Peter Ronne,WoodberryWHENEVERI have out-of-town visitors I take them on a tour of the city, beaches, etc. During the last three months, it has been so simple, just follow the detour signs, but point out that there are many places where we just cannot drive. Thankfully, we still have the Anzac Memorial Walk.

Joan Lambert, AdamstownWITH all the discussions about assisted dying, a thought occurred to me that if a person really wanted to die they would find a way. The proposed assisted method suggests anuncertainty by the person where, in reality another person, doctor or whatever is involved in making the decision for them (and possibly blamed).

Robyn Burtinshaw, Nambucca HeadsTENS of thousands got into Nobbys without fuss on Anzac Day. Supercars will be fine. Do people forget a city can handle events and thousands of people?

Name supplied, RedheadTO Alan Kendall (Letters, 26/10): It’s hard-working ns who donate to church-administered charities that deserve thanks. To see money given in good faith being used to cover up and defend paedophiles is appalling. You failed to mention the Catholic and Anglican churches in your letter. The Salvos are fantastic but it’s us sinners who put cash in the box on a Friday when the Salvos come to the clubs and pubs, it’s the gamblers and boozers who won’t be going to heaven you should be thanking.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayLOOK out, we may have a plebiscite on our hands on when we may celebrate Day. I wonder if it’s going to be ns who only vote?

Ross Jurd, EdgeworthTHE POLLSSHOULD the Knights re-sign Sione Mata’utia after 2018?

Yes 79.84%,No 20.16%IS Pearce within reach for the Knights?

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that, in hindsight, the National Broadband Network project was a mistake and blamed the former Labor government for setting up a new government company to deliver the mammoth infrastructure project.
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And Mr Turnbull, who was previously the Communications Minister in the Abbott government, admitted the giant project might never make back the money invested by taxpayers.

Despite this, the Prime Minister said his government had no plans to impose a levy or penalty on people who connect to the internet using mobile data connections, rather than the fixed line network.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced a barrage of questions about the NBN on a visit to the CSR Viridian glass facility in Canberra on Monday Photo: Andrew Meares

Customers who connect to the internet via a fixed-line connection that is a competitor to the NBN network will soon have to pay a levy of $7.09 a month to help subsidise the NBN, which is required to offer connections to hard-to-reach customers.

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says a similar levy may need to be applied to mobile connections for the NBN to make a profit – or the government may need to consider new regulation to protect the approximately $49 billion network, so that it can receive a return on its investment.

Complaints about the NBN increased by 160 per cent in the last year, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, with more and more users revealing they are not getting the speeds they have paid for and, in some cases, are receiving slower speeds than those they achieved on older ADSL connections, which are being phased out.

NBN Co has blamed retail service providers, who sell connections to the network to the public, for the slower than expected speeds and argued retailers have not purchased enough bandwidth to deliver promised speeds.

On Monday, ahead of a Four Corners report into the delivery of the network, Mr Turnbull was asked at a press conference in Canberra if “in hindsight, the project was a mistake” and a “massive waste of money”.

“Yes,” Mr Turnbull responded.

“Well, it was a mistake to go about it the way they [Labor] did; setting up a new government company to do it was a big mistake. If you want to look at a country that did this exercise better, it’s New Zealand, and what they did there was ensure the incumbent telco, the Telstra equivalent, split network operations from retail operations and that network company became, in effect, the NBN,” he said. 96NormalfalsefalseEN-GBX-NONEX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}96NormalfalsefalseEN-GBX-NONEX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow:yes;mso-style-priority:99;mso-style-parent:””;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;mso-pagination:widow-orphan;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}

The Prime Minister said there were question marks over whether the network would ever make money, and rubbished claims by former prime minister Kevin Rudd that the project would have attracted private investors.

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When he became communications minister, Mr Turnbull helped lead the switch away from the faster but more expensive Labor plan to roll out fibre to the home. Instead, the company switched to fibre to node, which leaves users relying on old copper wires for the final connection to their home – which has the effect of slowing the speeds available.

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Professor Gordon Wallace is getting used to winningawards for his innovative scientific research projects.
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Butbeing named 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year, was ‘’extra special’’ for the University of Wollongong researcher.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) director at UOW, will receive the honour during the 2017 Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering, at Government House on Monday night.

Professor Wallace,who will receive a prize of $60,000, is beinghonoured in part for his groundbreaking work, which could pave the way for implantable 3D-printed structures containing living cells to regenerate damaged cartilage, bone and even organs.

This fusing of human biology with engineering and robotics has the potential to fix a patient’s specific medical condition – from cancer to diabetes and neural diseases – by printing a functional 3D structure containing living cells and inserting it into their body via surgery.

Professor Gordon WallaceRead more:Award nod for handheld 3D device which will repair cartilage

Prof Wallace welcomed the latest award, adding the prize was a tribute to the work of his hard-working team.

‘’It is a great honour to have a fantastic team to captain and for our research to be recognised in this way,’’ he said.

‘’We will continue to strive to ensure that our most fundamental discoveries are translated into real applications to the benefit of our communities in the most effective way possible.’’

Professor Wallace is among 10 leading researchers, innovators and educators who will be honoured at the 2017 Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Prizes recognise the contribution scientists and engineers make to our everyday lives.

‘’This year’s Prizes again demonstrate NSW has some of the world’s best and brightest scientists and technologists across a diverse range of disciplines right here in our own backyard,’’Premier Berejiklian said.

‘’Through their inspiring ingenuity and innovation this year’s winners have delivered economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for the global community.’’

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FINESSE: Signora’s linguini with Cloudy Bay clams, tomato, chilli and garlic. The Italian restaurant has just opened at The Landing Bar & Kitchen. Picture: Dominique Cherry
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Signora at The Landing Bar & Kitchen is now open and serving contemporary Italian cuisine. The dining area is stunning and head chef Paul Thornton was thinking outside the square when he designed the menu.

Entrees include the Sloppy Guiseppe Panino with bolognese, pickled chillies, rocket and mozzarella; and the charred asparagus with whipped ricotta and walnuts. As for mains, think roast pumpkin ravioli with goat’s cheese and sage butter or linguini with Cloudy Bay clams, tomato, chilli and garlic. There’s pizza and dessert, too.

Murder mysteryBonta Vera at Minmi are getting into the Halloween spirit with a “murder mystery” party on October 31, 6pm to 9pm. Tickets cost $30 which includes games, food and your chance to win prizes.

Prawn auctionMake a bid on the season’s first box of Hunter River prawns and you will be helping a worthy cause. The Commercial Fishermen’s Co-operative Ltd at Wickham is hosting the inaugural prawn auction on November 1 and donating proceedsto the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The event starts at 7am with bidding on the trawler-fresh box of prawns expected to take place from 8am. There will be a live video-conferencing link to the Sydney Fish Market, too.

“This is our way of giving back to a local community whose love of fresh seafood has supported local fishing families for generations. Hunter River prawns are arguably the most highly prized of the fresh seafood that the co-op is famous for – even more so than the local lobster,” co-op general manager Rob Gauta said.

About half the size of a tiger prawn, the Hunter River variety are renowned for their concentrated flavour and can be enjoyed witha squeeze of lemon and some crusty bread.

Baking queenCake Craze owner Michelle Smith has just returned from another baking adventure in the US. She flew a four-tier competition cake and box full of sugar flowers to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) and took home bronze for her cake. She taught cakeclasses in California,New Jersey andThe Americas Cake Fair in Orlando, Florida, and will return toMiami inApril for the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo where she will be be teaching, demonstrating and judging.

Michelle Smith

Also, a Halloween Cupcake class is being held at Cake Craze’s Warners Bay headquarters on Monday, October 30, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Big brunchResidents of Carrington, Islington, Maryville, Tighes Hill and Wickham: get to know your neighbour at the Throsby Big Brunch this Sunday, October 29, under the fig trees at Islington Park. It’s a casual community gathering where residents share a plate and a story or two.The event, which kicks off at 10am,is hosted by the Throsby Villages Alliance. To reserve your seat at the long tableregister atthrosbybigbrunch苏州模特佳丽招聘.

Super banquetBocados Spanish Kitchen is taking advantage of its Watt Street position and offering a “V8 Supercar Banquet” over that weekend.Tickets for a window seat in the upstairs banquet room cost $170, all other seats are $130 per person. Don’t take too long to think about it or you might miss out.

Noodle barSusuro, Newcastle’s first ramen and gyoza bar, is set to open next Tuesday, October 31, at 140 King Street. Lovers of Japanese noodles and wontons have Taiyo Namba, owner of Nagisa,to thank for the newest addition to the city’s culinary map. Head chef Chris Schofield has mastered a fine art.

Family takeawayDid you know Winnies Jamaican now offers a family takeaway pack? It comes with a large whole jerk chicken, sweet potato fries, jerk corn, soft bread rolls and slaw. An added bonus is a bottle of Yardies hot sauce.

Burgersto goSpeaking of takeaway, Mister P’s Burger Bar at Charlestown is now open on Sunday nights for takeaway and Uber Eats orders only.

Change of dateNewcastle Food & Wine Weekend has been pushedback to March next year and a new venue is being sought. Organiser Jessica Eckford-Aguilera saidsupport forthe event had been “overwhelming”and “everyone is still on board despite the change of date”.

Chips pleaseThe chunky haloumi chips at the Greek Taverna Newcastle look seriously yummy. Make a booking on a Friday or Saturday night.

Beach feastThe next travelling Street Feast event is on this Saturday, October 28, at Dixon Park Beach. Be there from 4pm and 8pm to sample all kinds of food truck fare. Don’t forget your picnic rug.

French flairNic Poelaert’s eclairs really are a work of art. They look almost too good to eat. Almost. Employers, if you want to impress your colleagueson Melbourne Cup day, pre-order Choux Patisserie eclairs now on0478 198 689.

Summer lovin’Bistro Lowlands is known for its burgers but has added a healthy, on-trend option to its summer menu –poke bowls. Take away or eat in, the choice is yours. Vegan options are alsoavailable.

United for lifeNatalia from United Speed Cafe at Georgetown and Jane from Let’s Do Lifeare organisinga fund-raiser for TheBlack Dog Institute and Lifeline on November 18. It begins with a bootcamp session followed by yoga and a talk about depression and suicide prevention.

WIN: launch party ticketsThis summer The Landing Bar & Kitchen is expanding its craft beer selection and launching a timely collaboration with Newtown-based brewerYoung Henry’s. Also, Hunter Valley nativeOllie Margan has re-worked the cocktail and bar list to champion fresh, local and seasonal offerings. To celebrate, The Landing is hosting a Summer Party on November 3 at 1 Honeysuckle Drive. Kicking off at 7pm, there will be live music, bar snacks and Newcastle artistMarcus Dixon will create a permanent mural inside the venue.Food & Wine has a double pass to give away to the Young Henry’s launch at The Landing Bar & Kitchen, valued at $100. To enter, send the words “The Landing” with your name, address and number [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au. Entries close on Monday, October 30, at 9am.

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