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From where you’d rather be: see what Picnic Island has to offer

13/04/2019

The buildings on the island appear much smaller than I imagined, as our aqua taxi pulls up to the jetty.
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Four modest rooms sit on the edge of the island, with glass doors facing out towards the water.

There is a shared kitchen and living room next to them, and compost toilets to the side.

I’m in a small group of travel writers and photographers who have been invited to experience Picnic Island, where Melbourne planning consultant and former politicianClem Newton-Brown had been escaping to for the past decade with his family.

He bought the private sandstone island about 10 years ago, and last year, decided to open it up to the public.

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After wandering the carefully laid footpath and settling into the bedrooms, we are invited to enjoy a home cooked meal in the kitchen, overlooking the water and the Tasmanian mainland.

As the light fades in the evening, Carins bids us farewell until the morning, and leaves us with little torches, whichare dimmed and filtered red so as not to disturb the penguins and shearwaters.

He switches off the humming generator on his way out, leaving the island powerless –that way, the birds are not scared by the noise, and can come home for the night.

There is about a half-hour twilight period where it is almost silent, except for the water quietly lapping on the rocks.

But, shortly after dark, the island comes alive, with the sound of squawking and braying filling the air.

We grab out torches and carefully circle the island on the footpath. Seemingly out of nowhere, itis absolutely crawling with native penguins and shearwaters.

It is so loud, you would almost think the Coles Bay township should be able to hear it. We see penguins waddling through the scrub and shallowly burrowing into the earth.

It suddenly becomes clear why BirdLife Tasmania has been concerned about this venture.

PRIVACY: The view from the balcony in front of the guest rooms at Picnic Island. Picture: Carly Dolan

BirdLife Tasmania voiced its opposition to the project back in 2016, withdrawing its support, which it initially granted in relation to the original plans.

The organisation’s convenerDr Eric Woehler said last year that the initial proposal for a standing camp and much smaller construction project on the island was changed, which could impact the habitat of the penguins and shearwaters.

He visited the island in late August this year, with a representative from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

“Based on the visit and on-site discussions, BirdLife Tasmania made 10 recommendations to council and the landowner, and reaffirmed our opposition to a sculpture park on the island,” Mr Woehler said.

“I have no idea as to whether these recommendations have been acted upon by council and/or the island’s owner.”

Newton-Brown said the birds and wildlife were the island’s star attraction.

“We are continually working with BirdLife and other environmental experts to implement recommendations to ensure the seabird colony thrives,” he said.

Carins said he and his wifeSusansaw an opportunity, as locals, to help preserve the colony, which, he said, was “absolutely paramount”.

“We saw this as an opportunity to have a local business involved with the island so we could at least be privy to what was happening out there.

“It means we can be a little bit more involved with how it’s managed and hopefully preserve its beauty and the colony.

“I firmly believe it can be managed in a way that people can visitand stay on the island, but also preserve the colony.”

SKIPPER: Freycinet Adventures’ Nathan Carins in his aqua taxi, which he uses to take clients to Picnic Island and around the peninsula.

Freycinet Adventures, which is run by Nathan and Susan Carins, had always offered a four-day kayaking tour.

“But we saw a bit of a decline in bookings for that style of tour,” he said.

“After a bit of investigation, we came to the conclusion that people were seeking a bit more of a comfortable experience, rather than sort of roughing it in tents for four days.

“So we looked at some of the different options about how we could go about providing that style of tour, and the island was one of those options.”

Carins was already ferrying Newton-Brown’s private clients to the island via the aqua taxi, so he felt it was a “good fit” to go into partnership.

The Examiner, Tasmania

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Governing bodies agree to compromise

13/04/2019

A NEW governance structureto align seniorand juniorcompetitions has been “approved in principle” after the Black Diamond AFL, AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Hunter Coast reached a compromise on Friday.
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Under the existing model, senior football in the region has been run by BDAFL, whileAFL Hunter Coasthas overseen juniors.

CHAMPIONS: Black Diamond title-holders Terrigal Avoca will face five new teams next season.

Under the proposed revamp agreed on Friday, a newseven-man board made up of AFL NSW/ACT representatives and members wouldbe elected by both the senior and junior clubs togovern all football in the region.

Members of both the BDAFL and AFL Hunter Coast will be asked to voteto ratifythe proposal, after whichthe new league wouldbe established.

BDAFL President, Wal Bembic endorsedthe outcome of Friday’s meeting, aftermonths of protracted negotiations that at one point appeared likely to result in a split and the BDAFL relinquishing its affiliation to the AFL.

“The Black Diamond AFL have always stated that a single governance model is important for the continued development of AFL in this region,”Bembic said in a statement.

“In saying that, however, the Black Diamond AFL is very strong and independent in its own right, and the board had a responsibility to its members to ensure that any new model would not negatively affect them or the competitions.

“I would also like to thank the AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Hunter Coast on the manner in which the negotiations were handled and look forward to the commencement of the new league and more importantly being able to focus again on the 2018 football season.”

A new community football manager will be appointed to oversee competition strategy, alignjuniors and seniors, educate clubs and coordinate umpiring and football operations.

The football manager will work in conjunction with two full-time operations assistants, a part-time media manager and the existingAFL NSW/ ACT umpiring and development staff.

The new league will useAFL brandingand will have regional naming, which will apply to both junior and senior competitions, but the senior competition will continue to be known as the Black Diamond Cup.

Member clubs are expected to receive affiliation-fee relief.

In all, 41 teams will compete across the men’s and women’s competitions, with nominations still to be called for the social (over-30) competition.

Five sideswill be added to the Black Diamond Cup first-grade competition, increasing the league to11 teams.

There will be 14 teams in the Black Diamond Plate reserve-grade premiership.

The women’s competition will expand to 16 teams, including two teams fromNewcastle City.

A sustainability programwill be introduced in an attempt to ensure a more even spread of playing talent.

This is expected to entail a points system that will be enforced before each game.

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Hunter take next step at Interbranch

13/04/2019

Co-captain Lisa Wright was the only surviving Hunter squad member to know what it felt like to stand on the podium at the NSW Interbranch surf lifesaving titles before Sunday.
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Hunter take next step at Interbranch CLEAR RUNNING: Hunter youth division star Nicola Owen sprints up Stockton Beach on Saturday during the NSW Interbranch surf lifesaving championships. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

ONE-TWO: Hunter’s Zara Foran, left, and Tiana Sargeant after the under 12s board.

LEADING THE WAY: Hunter co-captain Daniel Collins in the open ironman.

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 1 of the NSW Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships at Stockon Beach, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Day 2 action. Tiana Sargeant. Picture: Bronte Smith

Day 2 action. Lily Costello. Picture: Bronte Smith

Day 2 action. Hayden Copping. Picture: Bronte Smith

TweetFacebookCaptains Daniel Collins & Lisa Wright accept 3rd place plaque as Hunter celebrate their @slsnsw Interbranch breakthrough @newcastleheraldpic.twitter南京夜网/zVgvz6DK8F

— Craig Kerry (@craigkerry77) December 10, 2017Hunter on the podium at @slsnsw Interbranch for 1st time in 14 years @newcastleheraldpic.twitter南京夜网/sDgjtSo09T

— Craig Kerry (@craigkerry77) December 10, 2017

Daniel Collins, 21, missed the event last year while on the Nutri-Grain ironman series and debuted as a captain on the weekend. He said the squad’s depth andstandout performances from Zara Foran (under 12s) and Nicola Owen(under 17) pointed to more success in the future.

“For a lot of the young kids, it won’t really sink in yet,” Collins said of the bronze.

“Especially for those in their second or third years. They’ll think ‘we came fourth last year and now we’re third’, but it’s something that’s been in the making for a long time and it’s really exciting to get third and build into next year.

“I think at one stage we were within reach of second and getting close to Sydney, and that’s good.Depth has always been our problem but across all the age groups, we’ve had some really good results this weekend.”

Head coach Tim Foran said the return of Collins, Wright and Kieran Gordon in the opens and an impressive points haul from the under 12s were factors in Hunter’s rise tothird.

“We just had a really nice team feel about it, which has been a few years in the process,” he said.

“After the first six or seven events today, we hadn’t been worse than second. Then we had some really good results in the rescue tube rescue races, which we didn’t go that well in last year.Our Cameron relays were good and we won just about every board relay going.”

Hundreds ofathletes from the 11 NSW branches competed at Stockton, which proved a suitable venue despite concerns last week aboutbeach erosion.

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Jets ride luck in Perth to steal three points

13/04/2019

SCRAMBLE: Roy O’Donovan (left) and Mitch Nichols battle for possession during the Jets’ come-from-behind 2-1 win at nib Stadium on Saturday. Pictures: AAP Images HAPPY DAYS: John Koutroumbis celebrates after scoring his first A-League goal on Saturday night.
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COACH Ernie Merrick labelled the Jets come-from-behind 2-1 win over Perth as “theft”.

The moment Johnny Koutroumbis found the equaliser, on our way to a come-from-behind win in Perth! pic.twitter南京夜网/9likHBWRBD

— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 10, 2017TweetFacebookNEW 1st goal offside and foul on fullback. Boys on VAR must have clocked off and gone to bar. I think Ray Charles maybe would have picked those TWO things up Looking forward to clarification from gents at FFA. Ref was lovely chap to try and chat to at end of game full of banter😪 pic.twitter南京夜网/gbogp74yhm

— Kenny Lowe (@kennylowe10) December 10, 2017

After a lacklustre opening hour, the introduction of Roy O’Donovan and Koutroumbissprung the Jets to life.

O’Donovan, playing his first game back from a groin injury, was involved in both goals.

It was his header which Koutroumbis put away for the equaliser. The Irishman also got a touch on the Petratos corner whichWalker directed into his own goal.

“Johnny did well,” Boogaard said. “He was in the game from the minute he got on and had an impact.Having Roy in the game drew attention to him and he had a hand in both goals.It’s good to see that we do have that depth and can bring quality off the bench. The first half wasn’t good enough. We were off the pace and they seemed to be winning every second ball.”

Perth coach Kenny Lowe could not believe his side lost and later vented his frustration on social media.

“1st goal offside and foul on fullback” Lowe posted. “Boys on VAR must have clocked off and gone to bar. I think Ray Charles maybe would have picked those TWO things up Looking forward to clarification from gents at FFA.”

The Jets now have back-to-back home games against Adelaide and Western Sydney to close out the year.

“We are in good shape and have a couple of home games to capitalise on the position that we are in,” Boogaard said. “Come the new year, if you can hit the ground running and win some games, it puts you in good stead. Hopefully, we can keep ahead of thechasing pack.”

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Newcastle claim first Regional Bash title

13/04/2019

SHOT: Newcastle Blasters after winning the Regional Bash final at the SCG on Sunday night. Picture: Twitter via @IvanSpyrdzDylan Hunter has produced an excellent all-round performance to help the Newcastle Blasters claim their first Regional Bash title after defeating reigning champions the Orana Outlaws in Sunday night’s final at the SCG.
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Hunter top scored with 54 runs batting at No.4 and then took 2-21 from his four overs of left-arm orthodox spinners as the Novocastrians kept their NSW central west opponents at bay by 16 runs.

Despite losing 5-7 in their last two oversthe Blasters successfully defended169, dismissing the Outlaws for 153 on the third last ball of the T20 tournament decider.

It was the first time Newcastle had made the top-two showdown while Orana had featured in each of the competition’s three maingames.

Hunter’s half-centuryproved pivotal to the outcome –constantly keeping the scoreboard ticking, finding the boundary on either side of the pitchand smashing back-to-back sixes back over the bowler’s head three-quarters of the way through the innings.

The City player then backed it up with the ball, chiming in with two handy wickets.

Blasters skipper Nathan Price (49) contributed again at the top of the order, falling one short of a fifty, while Jonty Durrheim (23) and Jed Dickson (17) bothmade starts.

In the field Dickson took a diving catch over his shoulder from a skied shot and created a run out from the deep with a fine throw to wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb.

NSW Country all-rounder Joe Price, who was cleared to play this week despite a groin injury, took the final wicket.

Earlier in the day Newcastle beat Northern Rivers Rock by 65 runs in asemi-final at the same venue after reaching 7-183. Man-of-the-match Nathan Price got58.

Player of the Match in #[email protected] Conference Final – Nathan Price. pic.twitter南京夜网/3i3g9iLv4h

— Ivan Spyrdz (@IvanSpyrdz) December 10, 2017

The overall result caps off an outstanding representative campaign by Newcastle with the Regional Bash crown now sitting alongside the NSW Country Championships trophy from last month.

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