Why batting records are tumbling in the WBBL

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Cricket superstar Meg Lanning says conditions, tactics and the professionalisation of women’s cricket are leading to record breaking scores on the opening weekend of the WBBL.
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The Sydney Sixers, who scored 242, set a record on Saturday for the highest score in a BBL or WBBL match.

The Sydney Thunder also set a previously unmatched WBBL team total of 200 on Saturday, while the Melbourne Renegades (189) and the Perth Scorchers (188) – who were missing Lanning through injury – posted the fourth and fifth highest WBBL totals respectively.

The Adelaide Strikers’ 183 against the Hobart Hurricanes in South Australia on Saturday was the sixth highest score in the competition’s history. Their 176 against the same team on Sunday was the seventh highest score.

The Sixers’ total included the highest and quickest ever WBBL century, a brutal 114 off 52 balls smashed by Ashleigh Gardner. Susie Bates made 102 off 65 balls for the Hurricanes on Sunday.

Before Bates and Gardner smashed centuries on consecutive days only two centuries had been made in two whole seasons of the WBBL.

The previous highest team score of the competition was Brisbane Heat’s 190 in 2015.

Lanning, who said she was frustrated having to watch others make runs on the pristine North Sydney Oval deck, believed the trend toward high scores would continue through the season.

“We have got a great ground to play at, the wicket has been really good,” Lanning said. “I think the other thing is more batters are able to utilise only having four fielders out, so I think in the first couple of WBBLs you could have your cover fielder up a lot more and you’d probably get away with it.

“Now a lot of players can hit both sides of the wicket and once play gets going I think it’s pretty impossible to stop so hopefully the scores continue throughout the WBBL and it’ll be an exciting tournament that’s for sure.”

The ropes at North Sydney Oval were only very slightly in from the men’s rope outline which was still visible. The outfield was quick too, however given how hard many of the batters were striking the ball it would be hard to argue that it was too much of an aid.

With Australian contracted players being paid more, NSW contracted players taking home full-time wages and players who play WBBL and domestic one-day cricket getting close to, if not, a full-time wage, Lanning said Cricket Australia’s investment in the women’s game was reaping rewards.

“No doubt, I think that [the professionalisation of women’s cricket] makes a massive difference,” she said. “Not only training more for skills but you’ve also got your strength and your fitness ability as well that’s able to go along with that so we’ve had a good week and a half together as a team which helps so I think we will only see that continue to grow.

“It’s a combination of all those things and I think teams are going harder early, we’re not waiting for the last five overs to start taking on the bowlers so obviously that gives you a better chance to get a higher score so look, 242 last night, that’s just a bit ridiculous really, but it was a great spectacle to watch.”

Sixers and Australia star Ellyse Perry, who smashed 91 off 49 deliveries against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, agreed with Lanning.

“We are another year into the development of women’s cricket,” Perry said. “Most of the women have been full-time elite cricketers for the past 12 months so that’s always going to lead to development.

“The girls are fitter, they’re stronger and have more time to work on their technique and get to know their game so it’s probably not surprising.”

Meanwhile, the boy in the crowd who was hit in the head by a Perry six during her stunning innings is OK. Perry rushed off the pitch after hitting the ball to check if the boy was well.

He did not spend the night in hospital and is at home under the supervision of his parents. Perry phoned the boy on Sunday morning to check in after she gave him her hat during the innings break on Saturday.

Other big, quick-fire scores from the weekend’s games included Natalie Sciver (84 runs off 46 balls), Delissa Kimmince (87 off 54), Jess Duffin (81 off 47) and Nicola Carey (47 off 17).

The match at North Sydney Oval attracted 3914 fans for Saturday’s WBBL double-header. 4812 turned up for Sunday’s double-header at the same venue. A lot of those fans were families, with many young children in attendance across the weekend.

The Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars match on the Saturday was the most watched regular-season WBBL match in the competition’s history, attracting an average national audience of 422,500 viewers with a peak of 629,000, a 59 per cent increase on last season’s WBBL average ratings.

The other match televised on Saturday, Sydney Thunder vs the Melbourne Renegades, attracted an average national audience of 278,500 peaking at 426,000.

The first day average audience of 350,000 was a 46 per cent increase on last season.

Sixers wicketkeeper-opening batter Alyssa Healy lauded the success of the opening WBBL weekend.

“It’s amazing to see just how far this competition has come and what it’s done for cricket in general and women’s cricket more specifically,” she said. “I think it’s been exciting to be a part of and hopefully it just keeps growing the game and we see more people coming.”

Lanning also revealed she was aiming to return to cricket in early 2018, after the WBBL finishes on February 4.

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Lehmann keeps straight face as England become laughing stock

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann is not taking any pleasure from England’s self-destruction as the visitors’ Ashes defence plummeted into further disarray after another alcohol-related episode.
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The Australian team arrived in Perth on Sunday with the English camp in damage control over the behaviour of a player not even in their main touring party.

Batsman Ben Duckett became the latest English player to find himself in hot water, after tipping a beer over James Anderson’s head at a Perth bar last Thursday night.

The latest drama happened after England team management lifted a midnight curfew that had been imposed following the Brisbane Test.

That the incident took place at The Avenue, the same establishment where Jonny Bairstow greeted Cameron Bancroft with a headbutt at the start of the tour, has only added to England’s already considerable embarrassment.

There are already comparisons being made to England’s shambolic tour of 2013/14 despite this series still being alive, albeit with Australia up 2-0.

But with England lurching from crisis to crisis they face a mammoth task to turn the tables on a red-hot Australian team.

England coach Trevor Bayliss must now be wishing the curfew had remained as his players clearly cannot be trusted to behave responsibly.

What started as a quiz night for England will end with several players having to answer stern questions from team management.

There are reports suggesting Bayliss is set to axe several players in a bid to regain control over a squad that has lurched from one off-field drama to another in recent months.

Nathan Lyon’s pre-series barb about Ashes failures bringing the end of careers now seems extremely prescient despite the furore it created among former players.

This drama came after the midnight curfew was lifted to allow players to socialise outside of the team hotel. England’s senior squad had reportedly held a quiz night at their hotel before several players joined a group of Lions team members at The Avenue.

According to reports, the team’s security officers who had accompanied the players had been told to report any poor behaviour to team management.

Duckett’s conduct, along with Bairstow’s, may have been overlooked at any other time but the side is battling an image problem with alcohol after Ben Stokes’ wild brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said he was not laughing at England’s predicament. Lehmann’s reign started amid the fallout of David Warner’s punch on Joe Root in the weeks leading into the 2013 Ashes.

“I’ve been through all that, so no, I don’t have a chuckle at that,” Lehmann said in Perth on Sunday.

“You have those situations at various stages throughout your career. It’s not funny.

“It’s a case of actually making sure you’re trying the best you can to get your side prepared.

“For me, I don’t have a chuckle at any of that.”

Bayliss hinted that players would pay by being dumped.

“I’m spending too much of my time in front of the cameras trying to explain behaviour the boys have been warned about,” Bayliss said.

“I’m not sure what more I can say but I’m sure there will be some stern words.

“We might have to review who’s in the team because we can’t keep on making the same mistakes. Most of the guys are fine but somewhere along the line some guys have got to pull their head in.

“To be honest it’s fairly trivial but in the current climate it’s just not acceptable. Everybody has been warned about how small things can be blown out of all proportion. It’s just not right that this has happened again.”

Former England players reacted savagely to England’s latest off-field indiscretion.

“What the hell is happening in English Cricket?!?!” Kevin Pietersen said on Twitter. “Strauss????? It’s becoming a f*****g embarrassment!”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan described the players’ decision to return to the same bar where Bairstow had been accused of headbutting Bancroft as “bloody stupid” while Chris Tremlett, who played on the team that was beaten 5-0 Australia in 2013/14, said England’s visit was “turning into a shambles like the last tour”.

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Import’s first-half hat-trick silences Roar

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ON FIRE: The Jets congratulate Arin Gilliland after one of her goals on Sunday. Picture: AAP Image/Albert Perez Import’s first-half hat-trick silences Roar TweetFacebook W-League: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane RoarAAP Image/Albert Perez photosAfirst-half treblefrom Arin Gilliland has helped Newcastle to a 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar and second place on the W-League ladder at the halfway point of the season.
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The 24-year-old American, in her second season with the Jets, scored in the 15th, 31stand 39thminutes to put the visitors in control of the round seven game at AJ Kelly Park, Brisbane.

A wide defender with the Chicago Red Stars in the US National Women’s Soccer League, Gilliland has been used as an attacking midfield weapon at the Jets and scored a hat-trick against Sydney last season.

Another American, Britt Eckerstrom, starred for the Jets in goal on Sunday, making several saves against a Roar starting side featuring six Matildas.

Jets coach Craig Deans said he was “very happy to get the threepoints especially away from home”.

“It was a very disciplined performance defensively to keep a clean sheet and we were very effective in the front third, which is particularly pleasing. Particularly up against a team like Brisbane with the amount of national team and experienced players they have.”

Newcastle’s only current Matilda, skipper Emily Van Egmond, overcame a back problem to return to the Jets’ starting side following Australia’s two friendlies against China. Van Egmondlasted until the 57thminute, when she was replaced by livewireCortnee Vine.

The Jets jumped from fifth spot to join Perth and the Roar on 12 points at the top of the table. Newcastle sit above Brisbane on a goal difference of plus three, but trail the Glory’s plus six.

The win sets up a top-of-the-table clash with Sam Kerr’s Perth side at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.

The 8.15pm match isone of five double-headers with Newcastle’s A-League side this season andwill be played after the men’s game for the first time.

The Jets are on track to make the W-League finals for just the second time. Their only appearance was in the inaugural season of 2008-09.

In other round-seven games, Victory defeated Adelaide 4-0, Western Sydney lost 3-1 to Sydney and City beat Canberra 2-1.

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Australian troops to stay in Iraq despite victory over ISIS

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Australia will maintain a military presence in Iraq well into 2018 as local security forces continue their fight against Islamic State insurgents who have escaped capture.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the extremist group at the weekend, three years after IS first stormed the country and seized a third of its territory.

The declaration came after Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under IS control along the border with Syria. But while the territorial battle is over, coalition security forces now expect the group’s remnants to engage in a new phase of deadly guerilla warfare.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulated the people of Iraq and their security forces for their “courage and determination”.

“The liberation of Iraqi cities and towns from ISIS control has saved countless lives and ended a pattern of terror, anguish and murder,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Their bravery in the face of unimaginable brutality has made the region and the world a safer place by robbing terrorists of their narrative of invincibility.”

Australia has made a significant contribution to the fight, deploying hundreds of troops who have been focused primarily on training local troops and police. The Australian Defence Force has also contributed to air strikes against IS targets in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

Australia’s sixth rotation of about 300 troops – along with 100 New Zealand troops – deployed to Iraq in recent weeks and are scheduled to remain there until the middle of 2018.

There are no plans to cut short Task Group Taji 6’s deployment but Australia will now enter talks with Iraq and coalition partners about the road ahead.

“While today’s announcement by the Iraqi government is an historic moment, Iraq’s liberation does not mean the fight against terrorism and ISIS in Iraq is over,” Mr Turnbull said.

“ISIS fighters who escaped capture will seek to conduct an insurgency to continue their legacy of death and destruction. The biggest challenge is to bring security, peace and unity to all Iraqis through inclusive, representative democracy and political equality.”

Mosul, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq, fell in July after a gruelling nine-month campaign backed by a US-led coalition that saw much of the northern Iraqi city destroyed. Islamic State’s Syrian capital Raqqa also fell to a US-backed Kurdish-led coalition in September.

The group was then squeezed into an ever-shrinking pocket of the desert along the border.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio recording on September 28 that indicated he was alive, after several reports he had been killed.

His followers imposed a reign of terrorism on the populations they controlled, alienating even many of those Sunni Muslims who had originally supported the group. They took thousands of women from the Yazidi minority as sex slaves and killed the men.

The war has had a devastating impact on the areas previously controlled by the militants, with more than 3 million people still displaced, according to the United Nations.

Iraq’s announcement comes two days after the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighbouring Syria, where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces.

With Reuters

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Robert Dillon: Why Christmas has come early for Newcastle football fans

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SELF-BELIEF: The Jets have won a number of games this season after trailing early.CHRISTMAS has come early for Newcastlefootball fans.
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Just a few months ago, the Novocastrian faithful werewallowing in self-pity afterthe Knights collected their third consecutive wooden spoon, an embarrassment that immediately followed the Jets finishinglast in the A-League for the second time in three seasons.

It’s not as if such humiliation was unprecedented.

As recently as2015, our two footballing flagships were simultaneously cellar dwellers in their respective competitions.

Yet suddenly supporters of both clubs are entitled to be brimming with hope and excitement.

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The Jets, after seven years as play-off spectators, are second on the A-League points table and shaping up as perhaps the team most capable of challenging defending champions Sydney FC.

The Knights, meanwhile, won’t make a tackle in anger until March, but already their fans are counting down the days to watch Nathan Brown’s new-look squad in action.

The recent acquisition of Mitchell Pearce, who has joined the likes of Kalyn Ponga, Connor Watson, Tautau Moga, Herman Ese’ese, Chris Heighington, Jacob Lillyman and Slade Griffin, might not be the last recruitment coup before Newcastle’s 2018 campaign kicks off.

For the first time in too long, the Knights have a squad, that on paper at least, appears capable of making rapid progress.

Obviously nothing is guaranteed and plenty of rival clubs appear to have strengthened their rosters as well.

But as the Jets have shown, a few strategic signings and a little bit of self-belief goes a long way.

With six wins in 10 games, the Jets have already surpassed last season’stally of victories.

CLASS: Knights fans are eager to see Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga in action.

Saturday night’s great escape in Perth was a reward for never-say-die spirit.

Trailing 1-0 with only a few minutes to play, it appeared as if Newcastle would be facing another long, forlorn flight home across the Nullabor.

In the circumstances, most teams would have been delighted to salvage a draw.

To then grab an injury-time winner added weight to the theory that the footballing gods are finally smiling on this long-suffering club.

Jets coach Ernie Merrick joked that he was worried he would be charged with theft, but the time-honoured sporting adage decrees that good teams make their own luck.

To keep fighting back from early deficits, as Newcastle have done consistently this season, is a trait that augurs well for the big games ahead.

The Jets have shown they not only possess firepower, as evidenced by their league-best 23 goals, but also the mental toughness to keep backing themselves until the final whistle.

Moreover, it seems reasonable to assume Newcastle can continue to improve.

Roy O’Donovan is back from injury, although he played only a cameo role against Perth.

Ronny Vargas should return at least a month before the finals.

There’s still a long way to go for the Jets, let alone the Knights.

But at least their fans are finallyable to write out a wish list.

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How a deal with Murdoch could make or break media’s most famous empire

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A blockbuster, $US60 billion deal that could dramatically reshape the global entertainment business – with major implications for Australia’s media landscape – could be announced this week.
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Disney, the storied media and theme parks giant, was last week widely believed to be closing in on a deal to acquire assets from 21st Century Fox, the TV and entertainment conglomerate controlled by Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch.

That’s according to myriad well sourced reports emanating from the US business and trade press (including the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal).

Of course, in these situations, there is no guarantee a deal will be agreed and announced, let alone approved by regulators and shareholders. And other parties such as Comcast and Verizon have also been linked with the process.

Disney did not respond to an emailed request for comment for this article, while a spokesperson for Fox declined to comment.

Here in Australia, most of the discussion about this tantalizing, potential transaction has centred on what it means for the Murdochs.

That is understandable, since Rupert is one of the most successful and powerful business figures this nation has produced, and what his sons and heirs end up doing (one of them might join Disney now) has been a topic of conjecture for years

Yet there is another aspect to this strongly rumoured transaction that is getting less attention – and it might ultimately be much more significant.

It would finally put a company, and not just any company – one of the most iconic media and entertainment companies in history – in a position to take on Netflix, and maybe even win.

“This would lay down the gauntlet for the rest of the industry… with basically all smaller players looking much more exposed,” Macquarie analysts wrote last week.


Disney, made famous by a cartoon mouse and its epynomous theme parks, probably controls the greatest collection of media assets in the world.

But like almost everyone else in media, it is facing stiff challenges from changes in consumer behaviour, as the internet destroys legacy business models.

Consumers are quitting pay TV (or not subscribing in the first place), and a slump at the box office suggests they aren’t keen on going to cinemas as much as they used to either.

“Disney is not moving quickly and decisively,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, a critic of the company, wrote last week.

“Most of Disney’s content creation is tied to legacy, inflexible business models. Disney movies go to theaters exclusively, 90 days later they enter home entertainment and several months later end up on Netflix.”

Over the past two years, Disney shares have gone slightly backwards, while Netflix shares have gained 60 per cent.

Earlier this year, Disney announced plans to fight back. It said it will pull its content from Netflix in 2019, and launch a direct to consumer streaming service of its own.

It has already made one significant acquisition to further that aim.

Earlier this year, it paid $US1.6 billion to lift its stake in BAMtech, the backend streaming provider for (Disney controlled) 24-hour sports network ESPN, pro-wrestling company WWE, Major League Baseball and many others, to 75 per cent.

As things stand, Disney has signalled it wants to position its streaming service as a cheaper alternative to Netflix.

Greenfield thinks that is a mistake.

He thinks it should fully embrace the internet, and include all of its best brands and content on the service, including ESPN, the dominant sports channel in the US.

“Disney needs to swing big if it hopes to reposition its business model to align with where the consumer is going” he says.

A mega-deal with Fox, which would leave Disney with a truly ridiculous portfolio of content, might give the company reason to rethink its approach.

As US pop culure website the The Ringer last week pointed out, through a deal with Fox, Disney would re-unite two of Hollywood’smost popular and lucrative entertainment franchises (Marvel’s action heroes, and Star Wars) under one roof.

The streaming landscape, which in Australia includes Netflix, Stan (part owned by Fairfax Media, which publishes this column) and Amazon, is starting to look crowded.

With the infrastucure and content in place, Disney has the chance to build something very compelling.

Going all out would be a bold and risky move – destroying (declining) pay TV revenue – but it might be necessary.

In any case, all of this may be trivial in comparison to the bigger picture.

Disney has an enviable track record with big deals. But so would the people sitting on the other side of the table.

Without knowing the (potential) deal structure, it is too early to know whether this really does signal the Murdoch family’s retreat from the entertainment business – possibly due to family dynamics, possibly due to concerns about the internet.

But it would definitely illustrate Disney’s desire to double down on it.

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Owner sought for World War I medals found in box in street

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Police are hoping the owners of a set of World War I medals can be found so they can be reunited with the prized collection.
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A man from Seven Hills saw a brown wooden box on the road at the intersection of Caroline Chisholm Drive and Langdon Road at Winston Hills in Sydney’s west about 1pm on Saturday.

He handed the box to police from the Quakers Hill Local Area Command.

Inside the box were original World War I medals in good condition, police said.

“While the recipient of these medals may have passed away, we believe there are family members out there who would really appreciate having them returned home,” Duty Officer Chief Inspector Garry Sims said.

“They would be of high sentimental value to the family of the soldier who fought and served his country valiantly to earn these medals.”

Among the collection is the 1914-15 Star, which was awarded to those who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War, including the Gallipoli campaign.

Also in the collection is a British War Medal, awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served during World War I, as well as the Victory Medal, awarded to those who entered a theatre of war during the Great War.

The box also contains a Silver War Badge, given to service personnel who were honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness.

There is also a Returned Sailor’s & Soldier’s Imperial League of Australia Badge.

Police will liaise with the NSW RSL sub-branch in an attempt to locate the owners.

Anyone with information about the medals is urged to contact Riverstone police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Brumbies find calm waters for $14,000 profit at AGM

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Assistant coach Dan McKellar will be named as the Brumbies Head coach for the 2018 season. Photo by karleen Minney. Assistant coach Dan McKellar will be named as the Brumbies Head coach for the 2018 season. Photo by karleen Minney.
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The ACT Brumbies hope to bury the turmoil of recent years when they announce a modest profit at the Super Rugby club’s annual general meeting on Wednesday night.

Brumbies officials are expecting minimal disruptions at the meeting and will delay the appointment of two board members until next year to meet the selection criteria.

The club is also close to implementing a new strategic plan to secure their long-term future after the ARU consider axing them from Super Rugby earlier this year.

The Brumbies will pocket $14,000 and record a profit for the first time in six years when the figures are expected to the ACT Rugby Union’s key stakeholders.

There has been angst in the Brumbies’ board room in recent years and the club has lost more than $3 million in the past three seasons.

But it is hoped the lingering pain of chief executive changes and power struggles will be forgotten when chairman Robert Kennedy and boss Michael Thomson detail their vision for the future.

The changing of the guard for the Brumbies will be on the field next year when coach Dan McKellar takes the reins for the first time.

McKellar has appointed Peter Hewat and Laurie Fisher as his assistants to join returning coaches Dan Palmer and Peter Ryan.

The Brumbies has also recruited a handful of Western Force players, including Chance Peni, Isi Naisarani and Richie Arnold, after the Perth club was cut from Super Rugby.

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Sydney is a city fatigued by record development

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building Perth 061025 AFR pic by Erin Jonasson. the construction boom in Perth. a New housing estate in the southern suburbs of Perth, Roof plumbers, residential property, trades, tradesman, building of new homes, house. skilled labour shortage in WA, generic hold for files, first use AFR please. SPECIALX 00057683The NSW government is on track to double the supply of homes achieved through the rezoning of state land, but the community is now fatigued at the frenetic pace of development, a senior Planning Department official has acknowledged.
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NSW continued its streak of record housing approvals for the 45th consecutive month, as ABS data showed about 69,700 dwellings were approved in the year to October.

But Planning Department deputy secretary Brendan Nelson said a new challenge had emerged in allaying community concerns that Sydney had reached capacity.

“The community are feeling the pressure. They’re feeling the fatigue of a city that is going through a fundamental transformation,” Mr Nelson said in a recent address to a property industry function.

“Collectively we need to be thinking about how we take the community with us on this journey.”

His comments reflect a growing awareness within government of wilting community support for more development, after a recent Fairfax ReachTell poll found an astonishing two-thirds of NSW residents believed Sydney was “full”.

Mr Nelson also attributed the current backlog in Sydney’s housing supply to a declaration by former Labor premier Bob Carr in 2000 that Sydney was full.

The comments, he said, led to an “almost grinding halt” in supply as housing completions plummeted to their lowest in more than 60 years.

“What we saw after that announcement was made was a decline infrastructure spending, and a decline in a whole range of investment.

“It is only in the last few years where the government has reinvested back into infrastructure and [with] better confidence in the market that we found that things have been changing.”

This rationale has been prosecuted repeatedly by the Berejiklian government in its attempts to explain its aggressive housing boost to an electorate increasingly sceptical of overdevelopment.

Mr Nelson said the Planning Department was on track to add an extra 20,000 dwellings in 2017-18 through state-led rezonings. In July, Premier Gladys Berejiklian assigned the department a target of 10,000 additional dwellings a year to 2021.

About 8400 new homes will be delivered in Bella Vista and Kellyville, in north-west Sydney, after rezonings were finalised in November.

A further 15,000 homes are expected through state-led rezonings expected to be finalised by mid-2018, including Showground (5000 homes), Vineyard (2300), Sydney Olympic Park (4700), and Wilton South East (3000).

In total, the Greater Sydney Commission has estimated Sydney will need an extra 725,000 new homes over the next 20 years to accommodate an extra 2 million people.

According to the latest housing completion data, the majority of new homes are currently being built in western Sydney.

In the year to September 2017, 4877 new homes were built in Parramatta, 2997 in Blacktown, 2749 in Canterbury-Bankstown, 2521 in Camden, and 2386 in the City of Sydney.

In a bid to address bubbling concern over the rapid pace of development, the government has renamed its core planning process for boosting housing from “priority precincts” to “planned precincts”.

Under the priority precinct scheme, the Planning Department identified areas as a priority for more density (often around a train station) and accelerated the rezoning process.

The Labor opposition slammed the process as “cheap and nasty mass rezoning” and has promised to scrap the scheme if elected in March 2019.

Explaining the name change, Mr Nelson said “there was a presumption in the community that priority precincts was all about supply, supply, supply”.

“The focus now around planned precincts is starting to articulate the difference. Planning for schools, planning for open space, planning for homes, planning for active and passive recreation.”

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‘Beauty often has a dark side’: The truth behind one of Sydney’s most scenic spots

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It is one of Sydney’s most scenic spots. Towering sandstone cliffs topped with endangered banksia scrub guard the entrance to Sydney Harbour, providing sanctuary to a rich array of native animals, including an endangered community of long-nosed bandicoots and penguins.
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But North Head was also a place of disease and death for Indigenous people as well as convicts and migrants making the arduous and often lengthy journey from their homelands.

More than 500 people were laid to rest in the three burial grounds at North Head, although artist Susan Milne said: “I imagine there were many more deaths.”

Milne was one of 10 artists who were invited by Manly Art Gallery & Museum to explore the site’s Aboriginal heritage, environmental significance, military history and migration stories after camping at North Head earlier this year.

Thier artworks will be exhibited in The North Head Project at the gallery until February 18.

Made of gauze and bearing crosses, Milne’s artwork, Souls on Board, represents the 572 recorded deaths at the Quarantine Station, which opened in the 1830s and operated for more than 150 years.

“As part of the disembarkation method for a yellow-flagged ship moored in the waters off the station, the travellers were protected and isolated, incubated and infected, sealed and preserved,” she said. “Each soul was in limbo, in a hospital where fumigation, steam and lime were the salving agents.”

More than 13,000 people passed through the station from ships suspected of transporting people infected with contagious diseases, such as typhus, smallpox, Spanish influenza and bubonic plague.

“Some of the staff working at the Quarantine Station also died,” Milne said. “It was the arrival of the Europeans and disease, which had a devastating impact on the Aboriginal people in this region. Beauty often has a dark side.”

Milne’s thoughts were echoed by photographer Tamara Dean, who said she kept “straying back” to the Quarantine Station.

“In particular the evocative stories of people being placed outside and treated with the fresh air to try to heal them, as well as imagining the discomfort of being sick in the hospital beds in the heat we had experienced ourselves,” she said.

The North Head Project features landscape paintings, photography, porcelain, botanical watercolours and Karla Dickens’ Unwelcome, an upturned boat with oars bearing cruel messages aimed at Aboriginal people and refugees.

Dickens said North Head was a site of death and destruction for Indigenous people: “The foreigners were quarantined to heal and deal with infectious diseases at the same time as the First Australians were poisoned, murdered and raped.”

Curator Katherine Roberts described the site as “an amalgam of Australian history” for its overlapping Indigenous, social, environmental and military stories.

Rich in flora and fauna, North Head was crucial to Sydney’s coastal defences, laced with tunnels, equipped with artillery and home to soldiers. It was also colonised by the Catholic church, which built a seminary and Bishop’s palace on the slopes above Manly.

“I can see North Head from my office window; ever-present, monumental and rich in natural and social history,” she said. “This charged site is relevant, thought-provoking and especially ripe for artists’ interpretations.”

The North Head Project is at Manly Art Gallery & Museum until February 18, 2018.

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