October, 2018

Whistle-blowing party poopers, devastating Dragons and rank Raiders

Ben Hunt has been in great form for the Dragons. Picture: AAP
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Referees ruining matches;Dragons wrecking their opposition;Raiders imploding …just a sample of the carnage discussed during our Round 4 In The Clear NRL Podcast.

On this week’s podcast,Chris Boulous and Matt Lawrencereflect on the first few weeks of competition, which both agree, has been marred by incessant whistle blowing.

“The penalty counts at the moment are killing the game,” said Lawrence. “I couldn’t wait for the season to start, but watching the games is far from enjoyable at the moment.

“A good referee should be seen but not heard.”

The lads also ponder the tremendous three-on-the-trot start by the Dragons, the terrific round three performance of the Rabbitohs and the constant disappointment that is the Raiders.

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Tinkler business feud that broke the family

GUILTY: Former billionaire Nathan Tinkler pleaded guilty in Port Macquarie Local Court to smashing his sister’s window. Picture: Port Macquarie NewsHE’S lost his business empire and now his family.
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The latestmilestone in formerbillionaire Nathan Tinkler’s fall from grace saw him plead guilty in Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday to property damage following a protracted and bitter family feud with his sister Donna Dennis.

The court heard Tinkler was trying to patch things upwith Ms Dennis when he went to her Kendall home at 8.15pm on December 28 because their mother, Zelda,was dying of cancer.

According to the police facts, Tinkler went to the house just days after Christmas to “repair the relationship so that his mother wouldn’t die knowing that her two children were still not talking to each other”.

Tinkler, who has a prickly reputation for spectacularlyfalling out with people around him,initially spoke to his brother-in-law, Lindsay Dennis, outside the housefor about 10 minutes, until Mr Dennis went inside and locked the door.

Tinkler then yelled out to his sister, but when she did not come outsidehepunched a stained glass window next to the front doorand left.

Solicitor Nick Dore, for Tinkler, said there had been“disharmony” in the family for some time due to“financial situations”.

Ms Dennis, Tinkler’s only sibling, signed on as a director of several companies linked to her brother when his business empire started to collapse in 2014. It was a move that eventually saw her declared bankrupt in July and banned in May by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission from managing companies.

She was banned as a result of information contained in reports provided by the liquidators of the failed companies associated with her brother.

Mr Dore told the courtTinkler punched the window in “frustration”, not malice, and left the property moments later. “The exact opposite of what he wanted to occur, actually occurred,” he said.

Tinkler was later arrested at a Ross Glen property, outside of Port Macquarie, and spent six hours in custody. Mr Dore saidthe court matter meant that Tinklerdid not attend his mother’s funeral when she died a few weeks later.

“Since then there have been attempts by his father and sister to contact him,” hesaid. “He hasn’t returned those calls…There is no need to contact those people anymore.”

Magistrate Price said she accepted punching thewindowwas“borne out of frustration” and there were no threats directed atpeople.

Sheplaced Tinkler on a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered him to pay $594 to repair the window.

Tinkler also agreed to a 12-month apprehended violence order for Mr Dennis requested by the police.

The criminal case came just days after Tinkler’screditors refused to accept a settlement offer of $1 million to have his bankruptcy revoked. InDecember, Tinklerunsuccessfully offeredless than 0.2 cents in the dollar to settle his $553.8 million debt to creditors.It means he is likely tolose hislast substantial asset, a property at Ross Glen worth about $665,000.


Chinese tourism boom for Tasmania

A record 279,000 overseas tourists visited Tasmania last year, according to official visitor data.Overseas tourists are flocking to Tasmania like never before with Chinese visitors behind the surge, according to latest data.
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A record 279,000 international tourists visited the Apple Isle last year, an increase of 18 per cent from 2016, according to figures released as part of the Tasmanian Visitor Survey on Wednesday.

“It’s an indication that Tasmania’s economy continues to lead the pack,” Premier and Tourism Minister Will Hodgman said of the state’s billion dollar tourism industry.

“We are the nation’s best at the business.”

Chinese tourism increased by 60 per cent, but the number of UK visitors has fallen.

Interstate tourism also grew, with Queensland tourist numbers up by 11 per cent.

Visitors to the state spent more than $2.3 billion in 2017.


42,000 – USA

38,500 – China

24,700 – Hong Kong

22,200 – UK

17,700 – New Zealand

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Seismic test concerns

FISH OF THE WEEK: Harley Gibson wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this PB 60cm snapper hooked in Lake Macquarie this week.News that seismic testing for oil and gas off Hunter waters will recommence on April 9 has raised concerns in the recreational fishing community about threats to the local environment and economy.
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In a plan that was approved by the federal regulator (the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority’s) in early January this year, Asset Energy, a subsidiary of Advent Energy, is going to shoot acoustic pulses into the ocean floor over four days to see if there are any evidence of oil or gasreserves.

The last seismic testing was conducted in 2010 amid concerns about the negative impacts on whale migration, wildlife and flow-on effects for fishing, both recreational and commercial, and the local economy. Those concerns remain.

The state Liberal Party and the Greens are opposed to the testing and the idea of establishing an oil or gas industry off the local coast but federal resources minister Matt Canavan says seismic testing could be vital to protecting jobs in manufacturing.

Local recreational fishing identities, like Jason “One For” Nunn, who owns Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, and who has been involved with consultations with Assett Energy over the last two decades,wonders “at what cost those jobs will come to the local environment and economy.

“They’re going to drag a 900m cable behind a boat which has a 2km exclusion zone and send a sonic pulse every three seconds into 120m of water just off the North Farmoff Swansea, one of our richest recreational and commercial fishing areas, and penetrate that into the core of the ocean floor,” Jason said.

“Last time they tested like that there was just no fish in the area after it for months. The whales and dolphins and pelagics, anything that operated sonically, cleared off.

“Other sea life on the bottom that couldn’t move –prawns, lobsters, marine life on the bottom – just got pounded.

“They are saying ‘possibly no environmental threat’ but ‘possibly’ isn’t good enough.

“Last time we met they agreed that before any further testing they would sound the bottom and find out what exactly is down there and the effects that the testing would have on it.

“Then next thing we know I get an email last week not suggesting we talk but rather that the testing is going ahead without the sounding and any further consultation. At a political level, I want to know who approved that, and why, and what our local pollies have got to say about it.”

Jason condemns what he sees as the “divide and conquer” approach of Assett Energy who he alleges are focused on financial gain rather than following correct procedures.

“All they seem to be worried about is the amount of money they’ll make,” he said. “They’re a Perth-based company, if they find gas it will be shipped overseas so the damage will come with no benefit to the locals.When I asked them last time what happens if they find gas, they said ’we’ll be rich’.”

Jason believes the testing is the thin edge of the wedge and was critical of the timing of not only the announcement of the renewed testing but the actual timing of the testing.

“The approval came shortly after new year when everyone was on holiday, and then they say the testing from April 9 won’t be disruptive because it comes after Easter and just before school holidays,” Jason said.

“They say it doesn’t fall on a public holiday, but guess what, fish don’t know when it’s a public holiday.”

Hundreds of people rallied at Nobbys Beach on March 18 to protest the testing and Jason said it was only through unified action that the community could generate the momentum required to get some clear answers on the environmental and procedural concerns.

“The only way we’ll have a voice is if we have unity,” Jason said.

“We need a single person representing everyone – the rec fishos, the commercial fishing industry, Ocean Watch, the Greens, councils, local government.

“Assett Energy are aware that seismic testing had an effect on sea life last time they tested and the anectodal evidence is strong.

“I remember when 3D testing was done back in 2004 from Catho up to Newcastle, during the Lake Mac Big Fish tournament no one caught a fish. I remember seeing a pod of dolphins heading south like it had a rocket up it’s arse. The fact is, acoustic explosions effect mammals.

“Where they are testing, in about 60 fathoms about 12 nautical miles off Swansea, is one of the most important commerical flathead fisheries in the area.

“The flathead feed on a translucent sea life out there that is prevalent in high numbers.

“Last time they tested, the Newcastle commercial fleet reported pulling up nets full of decaying bait fish.

“This testing will again threaten the viability of local commercial fishing.

“If they think its going to create jobs at the expense of the environment that’s poor because they’ll only be temporary jobs and profit but the environmentaldamage will be permanent.”


Teen lives Commonwealth Games dream

A Gold Coast teenager has experienced more of the Commonwealth Games than most – even before the Opening Ceremony lights up on April 4.
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After seven years of unusual interactions with the Gold Coast Games, Eve Lutze is nearing a finish line of her own.

She was the fresh-faced 10-year-old who helped win the bid from the Commonwealth Games Federation in 2011. She ran with the Queen’s Baton in the lead up to the Glasgow Games and will be a baton bearer again when it reaches her home town on April 1.

In between that, she rubbed shoulders with gold medal stars when she competed this year as an up and coming swimmer in the Australian Swimming Championships, from which the Games team was selected.

Though still only 16, this impressive Gold Coast local has amassed a wealth of GC2018 experience.

In 2011, she helped with compelling presentations in Kuala Lumpur and St Kitts as she lobbied alongside then premier Anna Bligh and Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke. Eve was the official face of the bid video: https://youtu.be/d1YJ0wtAjYo

She mingled with politicians and delegates during that bid process and was there for the unveiling of the emblem for GC2018.

“It’s almost like reaching the finish line for me,” says Eve, now a Year 12 student at All Saints Anglican School.

“I’ve been very involved in so many things with the Commonwealth Games; it’s literally been a six-year journey.

“It also marks the beginning of the end goal which was to experience the Games in my home town.”

A top 10 nationally ranked swimmer for her age group, Eve says competing at the Games trials in the 400m and 800m events was another life-changing experience. They were at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at the end of February, as a lead-up event to the April Games.

Not only did she accomplish a personal best in her 400m freestyle heat, she says that competing alongside the top qualifying athletes was inspiring.

“It was so special to see all the swimming legends compete for spots on the Australian team,” says Eve.

“My coach told me to just enjoy myself and soak up the experience, so that’s exactly what I did.”

Eve says this won’t be the last time you see her in the pool. She will continue her training with The Southport School Aquatics team and see where her that takes her.

“This whole experience has definitely had an impact on the person I am today,” says Eve.

“I grew up in the spotlight alongside athletes, politicians and business people all working towards making the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games the best.

“I have learnt so much about working with the media, representing a brand and communicating with people from all over the world.

“I know that I have remained very involved in sports because of the influence many people had on me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.”

Original GC2018 bid Video featuring 10-year-old Eve Lutze:


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