James Warburton in Newcastle on Tuesday with Supercars drivers James Courtney and Scott McLaughlin. Picture: Michael ParrisSupercars supremo James Warburton says lack of detail about the November race in Newcastle has led to鈥渟caremongering鈥?in the community.
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Mr Warburton was in Newcastle on Tuesday with Supercars drivers James Courtney and Scott McLaughlin to inspect the layout for the track, which will host the final round of the series for the next five years.

Supercars boss laments 鈥榮caremongering鈥?| map,聽photos, video STREET PLAN: An artist’s impression based on a Supercars preliminary design for the track.

Adelaide resident Amanda, right, and friends outside her house during the Clipsal 500.

Ear protection for a youngster in Adelaide.

Barbecue at a food tent in Adelaide.

A bar inside the Adelaide track.

The Adelaide track cuts off several east-west and north-south arterial roads.

Race teams pack up after the Clipsal 500 on Sunday.

Crowd scene from Adelaide last weekend.

Merchandise in Adelaide.

An Aston Martin Vulcan on display in Adelaide.

Children’s rides in Adelaide.

Simulated driving in Adelaide.

A food tent in Adelaide.

Supercars will use the temporary Gold Coast 600 pit building, above, in Newcastle.

Supercars defending champion Shane van Gisbergen races in front of historic houses along East Terrace in Adelaide on Saturday.

The 12,000-seat temporary grandstand and three-storey pit building along the main straight in Adelaide at the opening Supercars round last weekend.

Pit straight in Adelaide.

MAKE SOME NOISE: The Hilltop Hoods perform inside the Adelaide race precinct on Friday night in a concert free for Supercars ticket holders.

DIFFERENT PACE: A historic home hosting a Supercars function beside the track on Dequetteville Terrace in Adelaide on Friday.

The pit building and corporate entertainment building, left, in Adelaide.

The Hilltop Hoods perform inside the race precinct on Friday night in a concert free for Supercars ticket holders.

Merchandise tent inside the Clipsal 500 precinct.

Children playing slot cars at the Clipsal 500.

Fans outside the Adelaide track precinct get creative to watch the race.

Fans outside the Adelaide track precinct get creative to watch the race.

A mechanic works on Jamie Whincup’s car in the Red Bull Racing garage,

The main, 12,000-seat grandstand in Adelaide.

The Adelaide pit building.

The scene in the pit area after race one in Adelaide on Saturday.

Exhibition tents at the Clipsal 500.

On the grid before race one in Adelaide on Saturday.

On the grid before race one in Adelaide on Saturday.

On the grid before race one in Adelaide on Saturday.

On the grid before race one in Adelaide on Saturday.

Race control on the top floor of the pit building on Saturday.

The Hilltop Hoods perform inside the race precinct on Friday night in a concert free for Supercars ticket holders.

Red Bull Racing team merchandise.

Selfies in a bar area beside the track.

Audience participation inside a trackside bar area in Adelaide.

A makeshift grandstand outside the track precinct.

Corporate hospitality along pit straight.

The back of the main grandstand, which is pulled down after the race.

A view of the Adelaide race precinct from the pit building.

The media room in Adelaide.

Mechanics working on Jamie Whincup’s Triple Eight Commodore.

A GT Championship car looking second-hand after a race on Saturday.

The back of two grandstands in Adelaide.

TweetFacebook What will the Supercars weekend be like Photos: Michael ParrisSupercars will hold another round of community consultation next week to discuss a range of issues which have concerned some Newcastle East residents, including access during the track construction and race weekend and the effect of that work on the area鈥檚 heritage.

鈥淲e do everything that we possibly can. We鈥檝e got a great track record in working with local residents,鈥?Mr Warburton said at Fort Scratchley.

鈥淲e have some 9000 [affected] residents in the Gold Coast community that obviously work with the Gold Coast 600 and 500 at Bathurst, so we鈥檙e a very professional organisation in terms of the way we work with residents and look at all of the options for the three-day race weekend.鈥?/p>pic.twitter南京桑拿/0yZt9W20O3

— Michael Parris (@mhparris) March 20, 2017

The council has started utility workson parts of the race routein Shortland Esplanade, but Supercars contractors will not begin building the track until May 1.

That work will include resurfacing the entire 2.6km of roadto be used for the Supercars circuit.

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INTENSE: William Crighton has taken his dark Australiana infusion of folk, rock and country into experimental territory on Hope Recovery. Picture: Kurt H PetersenKOOKABURRA laughter, tribal drums, synths, programmed beats andbanjos –they’re all featured on William Crighton’s boldnew single Hope Recovery. A year after releasing his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album, the eight and a half-minute epicis a radical departure from the Bellbird troubadour’s previous material.
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The first half of the song is a reworked version of Talking To God, a live favourite fromthe past year, complete with new lyrics.The psychedelic folk-rocksong takes a u-turn six minutes in with an explosion of kookaburras and synths leading into experimental new track Hope Recovery.

“Because it’s not a record, it’s a stand-alone piece of music so it’s quite experimental in the approach,” Crighton said.

The single was recorded in December at Laguna and Crighton said he tried to incorporate the natural sounds of the rural setting like rain and the kookaburras.

“They were just recorded with an iPhone and put into the track,” he said. “It was cool because it was as if the kookaburras were responding to the music.”

Hope Recovery will be released on March 31 before Crighton travels to Canada for six shows in Toronto and New Brunswick. Crighton also plans to visit Crowded House drummer and producer Matt Sherrodin Nashville to begin work on his second album.

Novocastrians can catch Crighton when he plays 48 Watt Street during his Hope Recovery tour on May 27.

ROGERS OVERSIGHTTim Rogers – Youth (audio)WE nearly thought Tim Rogers had forgotten about us. When the You Am I leaderinitially announced his upcoming tour to support new solo record An Actor Repairs, Newcastle was left off the list.

How could that be? Arguably one of Australia’s greatest songwriters has dripped countless litres of sweat in this town.

Thankfully the oversight was quickly rectified on Wednesday with a show at The Edwards on May 27 added. Rogers new country-twinged single Youth dropped this week.

PUB ROCK COMBOIT’S a union Australian pub rock fans have been waiting 25 years to see happen again. The Baby Animals are gearing up to hit the road with Newcastle’s legendary Screaming Jets throughout the winter.

The Baby Animals burst onto the scene in 1991 with charismatic frontwomanSuze DeMarchi, producing an array of Australian classics in Rush You, Early Warning and One Word.Around the same time the Jets were breaking out of Newcastle and finding national acclaim with hitsBetter and Helping Hand.

In true co-headlining style, the two bands will alternate closing duties.

Wests City hosts The Baby Animals and The Screaming Jets on June 30. Tickets went on sale on Wednesday.

PREMIER PUSHTAKING to the stage for a paid gig is not easy. Some promoters are hesitant to take a punt on an unknown rookie musician.

Broadmeadow’s Premier Hotel has been attempting to break down the barriers for teenage performers by introducing weekly Friday night sessions for students from Newcastle’sNational Music Academy.

Since last December the likes of Austin Mackay, Sione Puliuvea and Ryan Hemsworth havegained invaluable experience performing to punters.

“We’re trying to bridge that gap, becausethe Premier has been around for so long with live music, so it was something that [owner] Rolly [de With] was really keen to do,” marketing andpromotions manager Louise Kipa said.“It’s taken off really well.”

The performances have been so popular Mackay has been booked to play his full gig at the hotel on April 15.

WISER WAVEVOMWavevom – I Learnt 2 SwimWAVEVOM’S new single is called I Learnt 2 Swim, but a more accurate title may have been, We Learnt2 Record Properly.

For their forthcoming 11-song album Eternal Summer,Jed Kirbyshire (guitar/vocals) and Jack Clark (drums) tracked the songs, rather than recorded themlive, and used a metronome.

“This time we made sure we had the right gear and actually recorded to a metronome,”Kirbyshire said.“It’s a odd thing about us that we’ve never used a metronome up until now on our recordings.”

The results are Wavevom’smost polishedsingle yet.

“We’ve been releasing noisy, low-fidelity music for a long time and this is a cleaner and a more consistent record,”Kirbyshire said.

NEW ROMEO PATHBROTHERS David and Michael Romeo from Newcastle grunge rockers, FACEplant, have taken their music in a heavy direction with their new project A Mournful Path.

The duo’s first single From The Wreckage Of Humiliation,described as atmospheric black metal,has received warm reviews from music blogs. A Mournful Path plan to release their debut album through Finnish heavy metal label Inverse Records later this year.

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ENTRENCHED: Australian troops waiting for their orders while in their trench. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony
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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for 19-25 March 1917

BAPAUME CAPTUREDThe British have captured Bapaume. Field-marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commander, reports: “Bapaume has been captured after stiff fighting with the German rearguards. The town has been systematically pillaged by the enemy, who destroyed private houses and public buildings, and carried off or burnt everything of value. Our advance proceeded rapidly. Astride of the Somme, southwards of the river, we entered the enemy position on a sixteen miles front, and occupied Fresnes, Horgny, Villers, Carbonnel, Barleux, Eterpigny, and La Maisonette. Northwards of the river, in addition to Bapaume, we hold Le Transloy, Biefvillers, Bihucourt, Achiet le Grand, Achiet le Petit, Ablainzeville, Bucquoy, and Essarts, and also Quesnoy Farm, 1500 yards south-westward of the Iastnamed, and gained the western and north-western defences of Monchy au Bois. We carried out successful raids eastward and northward of Arras, reaching the support line. Our aeroplanes encountered sixteen of the enemy, and broke up the hostile formation in twenty minutes. They destroyed two German machines, and drove down two damaged. All ours returned.”

FIRST TO ENTER BAPAUMEA cable message announcing that the Australian troops were the first to enter Bapaume was received in the first instance by the Commonwealth Government, from Mr Long, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, who was requested to send it by Field-marshal, Sir Douglas Haig. It is as follows: March 17th. “This morning the Australian troops fought their way into Bapaume. The casualties were very slight, but in order that the splendid successes already gained by the Australian Forces in the war may be continued right to the end, all ranks hope that a steady flow of reinforcements may be obtained.”

DESTRUCTION IN PERONNEMr Philip Gibbs, the Daily Chroniclecorrespondent, writes:“The enemy is refusing battle, and further retired to the open country east of Bapaume. Our cavalry patrols are in touch with the Uhlans on a line west of Cambrai St. Quentin. The exact location is vague, as the movement continues. Our cavalry is moving cautiously between a large number of villages, which are everywhere burning with widespread destruction. Everything is being done to impede pursuit. Bridges are being destroyed and trees in the streets are being cut down, forming barricades. The houses were wantonly ignited, and were burning fiercely when the British entered Peronne.”

REINFORCEMENTS NEEDEDNews from the western front shows that the Australian divisions are playing a great part in the operations there. It was the Australians who first entered Bapaume, and it is evident that they are being given a big share of the fighting in the forward movement of the Allies. They are given that position because, from the first day they landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula they have proved themselves to be troops of great courage and resource. All sections of the community must feel honoured when the cable messages are read. The best way to reciprocate is for the energy of the nation to be used in securing and equipping reinforcements. It is evident that during the coming European summer the operations of the Allies are to be on a scale of unprecedented magnitude. That means that the physical strain must be greater and the casualties much more numerous than during the comparative quiet of the winter months. Those who read with admiration of the deeds of the Australians on the western front should remember that thousands of the men who bear the burden today, enlisted in the very early days of the war, and that they have been fighting ever since the landing at Gallipoli. To ease the strain there must be reinforcements. The fit and eligible man who refuses to enlist says in effect that he is quite prepared to let these men continue to bear the burden almost to breaking point so that he may enjoy his leisure in Australia. It is impossible to escape from that position. The refusal of the eligible men to go to the assistance of those now at the front vastly increases the burden placed on every officer and man of the Australian divisions. There is a false feeling abroad in the Commonwealth that reinforcements are not needed. Some people actually say that the man who stays behind and produces foodstuffs is rendering a greater service to the Empire than if he went to the front. The place where the fit man can render the best service is where the fighting is to be done. That is where the call comes from, and it is made by Australians who have borne so much.

LIEUTENANT HARRIS, MCLieutenant Harris, MC, a returned officer, is endeavouring to raise a reinforcement company of 150 recruits to take with him to the front, on his return there. The men in this unit will be trained together, will embark together, and will, as far as the exigencies of war will permit, fight together. Lieutenant Harris is a married man, with family responsibilities, and one who has “done his bit,” Yet he is anxious to return to the seat of war as early as possible. He will be in Newcastle on Monday, and will speak at night in front of the post-office. Lieutenant Harris is attached to the 54th Battalion, to which many men of the Newcastle district belong, and it is felt that he can make a strong appeal for recruits at the present juncture.

BRITISH ADVANCEField-marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the west front, reports: “We advanced rapidly south-eastward and eastward of Peronne, reaching points ten miles eastward of the Somme, and occupied another forty villages in this area. The enemy is developing considerable resistance at a number of places between Nurlu and Arras, but the rearguards were steadily expelled from their positions. Our progress continues. We carried out successful raids eastward of Arras, and north-eastward of Nouville St. Vaast, and repulsed a raiding party eastward of the latter. The enemy blew up a mine south-eastward of Ypres, damaging his own trenches.”

THE GERMAN MOVEA special correspondent of the Central News says: “The real nature of the German move in the west is slowly becoming apparent. The first object is a new orientation of the front south of Lille, giving a more southerly aspect. Military experts favour the theory that there will be a still more extensive straightening of the line, with a fresh German effort in Flanders, but they are unlikely to sacrifice the advantages which the possession of the railheads in Laon and Montmedy confer.

LATE SERGT-MAJOR HILLIERThe following is an extract from a letter received by Mr W. Scott, of Scott’s, Ltd, from his brother-in-law, Lieutenant R. P. Walker, serving with the troops in France:“You will have heard by now of Major Sneddon’s serious wounds, and the death of A Company’s Sergeant-major Hillier. He was a well-known Newcastle lad, I believe, and well respected in the battalion. He was an honest, straight, clean living youth, and his loss will be felt very much. I was able to arrange a party to attend his funeral. I had to get special permission, as this is against regulations; but my representations were respected, and I took charge of a party of 20 of his best pals. Will you please convoy to Sergeant-major Hillier’s parents my deepest sympathy. He died as game as any man ever did, and was assisting the sergeant-major who relieved our company much longer than was the usual case. His devotion to duty was the reason of his being cut off so soon.”

NSW FIELD FORCE FUNDThe committee of the NSW Field Force Fund (Newcastle subdivision of the Australian Comforts Fund) makes an urgent appeal for socks, clothing, and handkerchiefs for the troops. Much has been sent from Australia, but, unfortunately, there is not enough to reach every man every time; therefore, united effort is necessary in order to keep the men in good health and spirits. The whole output of the Field Force depot is sent for “general distribution,” and Mr Budden, the ACF Commissioner, says that cases so marked reach the front sooner than cases marked for a special battalion or unit. Though the committee, if so desired, will send eases earmarked for any unit, all those who so contribute are urged to confine such gifts to games, literature, or groceries, and to send socks, etc, for general distribution.

TOBACCO FUND“Something to smoke” is the comfort frequently asked for in letters from the front. The demand of our ever-increasing army and navy for tobacco is enormous; the Australian Imperial Force alone requires £1500 worth daily. The Southern Cross Tobacco Fund, organised by the Overseas Club, is praiseworthily continuing its efforts to meet the needs of soldiers on active service, but these are now so extensive that the management are forced to make a more general appeal to the friends of the nation’s fighting men for the assistance that will enable them to continue forwarding the parcels that are received by those in the trenches and elsewhere with the greatest delight. The fund is as broad as the Empire itself. Wherever a British soldier or sailor is to be found, his heart is gladdened by the kindly thoughts of his friends as he smokes his pipe or cigarette, which helps him to forget his weariness. More than a million and half gift parcels have already been sent to the firing line by the Overseas Club, whose aim is to keep up the supplies during the whole time the war lasts. The destination of all parcels is left entirely to the donor. They can be sent to any British regiment or Australian, New Zealand, or other overseas contingent serving at the front, and for every shilling donation, actually 3s worth of tobacco is sent. The tobacco and cigarettes are manufactured in bond, and admitted everywhere free of duty. Every penny contributed is spent in actually purchasing tobacco, and the entire cost of organisation, postage, correspondence, etc., is borne by the Overseas Club Headquarters’ funds. Although any or all gifts can be ear-marked for Australian or New Zealand troops, this is intended to be an Imperial Fund for the benefit of all men on active service. Citizens can give the name of the unit for whom they desire their gifts, but in any case they should state whether their donations are intended for Imperial, Australian, or New Zealand troops.

ENLISTMENTSHarry Carroll, Glendon Brook; Horace William Clarke, Scone; Geoffrey Edward Clift, East Maitland; Randall Alva Davies, East Kurri Kurri; Leslie George Doran, Maryville; Fred Elliott, Lambton; Samuel John Evill, Merewether; William Lindsay Frances, Singleton; Ernest David Freund, Plattsburg; George William Holstein, Wards River; Hugh Humphreys, Kurri Kurri; Reginald Johns, Cooks Hill; William Edward Johns, Pelaw Main; Richard McDonald Leslie, Newcastle; John Matchett, Carrington; John Fawcett McDonald, Kurri Kurri; Cyril McGann, Cessnock; Montagu Mein Moon, Toronto; Arthur William Myers, Broadmeadow; Thomas Phillip Prince, Mayfield; Thomas Stewart, Newcastle; William John Stratten, Stockton; Peter Traynor, Newcastle; Henry Schofield Verdon, Wickham; Leslie George Walker, Dungog; Joseph Wallace, Adamstown; Charles Keith Wood, Murrurundi; Clive Charles Wynn, East Maitland.

DEATHSPte Wilfred Campbell Bailey, Cardiff; Pte Arthur John Burns, Mayfield; Pte William Henry Greenlands, Waratah; Pte Rufus Charles Lansdown, Teralba; Pte George Edward Richardson, Merewether; Pte Roy Edward Tranter, Glen Oak; Pte George Henry Turner, Singleton; Sgt Arnold Lambert Worboys, Lorn.

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Look ahead: “There’s a lot of optimism, energy and excitement around what’s happening in the innovation space,” Dr Sarah Pearson said. Picture: Murray McKean.NEWCASTLE has the potential to becomea global centre of innovation, if energy is channelled into fostering collaboration across different sectors and helping researchers learnhow to commercialise their findings.
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The University of Newcastle’s (UON) inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor Industry Engagement and Innovation Dr Sarah Pearson said the city was “on the cusp of doing something big”.

“Innovation is not just about techstart ups, it can be about a new business model, a new manufacturing approach, innovation in terms of how a government delivers its services, it can be very broad and touch all parts of the city,” Dr Pearson said.

“If we look at the stats 75 per cent of future high growth jobs are in science, technology, engineering and maths and 65 per cent of high growth jobs don’t exist yet.

“If we’re going to provide future economies we’re going to have to take on those skills and try to build those businesses –that’s the future. We can pretend it’s not going to happen, but we’ll just go backwards.”

Dr Pearson said Newcastle’s climate, lifestyle, affordability and proximity to Sydney made it an ideal centre of innovation.

“The building blocks are here,” she said. “We’ve got investors who are really interested, venture capital in Australia has grown substantially in the past 12 months, there’s a lot more government programs to support investment in start ups, we’ve got innovation hubs [where researchers, students, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, technical specialists and business advisors come together for networking, workshops, presentations and events], so there’s a lot of activity and a lot of what seems to be ‘What do we do with this, how do we make something of this?’ “

UON approached the Surrey-raised former chief executive of the CBR Innovation Network to take the new role, which involves building industry partnerships; acceleratinginnovation and entrepreneurship through innovation hubs; and translating and commercialisingresearch. “There are ideas that currently researchers don’t know could be commercially viable,” she said. “What you do there is help them to see what that means. In Canberra we were running start-up workshops for academics so they could understand who is the consumer or customer; what thebusiness model could be, what’s the market. Part of it is familiarising researchers with the possibilities.”

Dr Pearson said in five years she would like Newcastle to be known at least nationally as an innovation hub and for the physical hubs to have borne some “really big success stories, high growth global companies”.

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NEW CHALLENGE: Andrew Pawiak on the ball in a trial for Maitland ahead of their NPL season opener against the Newcastle Jets Youth on Saturday at Cooks Square Park. Picture: Michael Hartshorn MAITLAND midfielder Andrew Pawiak sometimes sits at home watching youngsters get their chance in the A-League and thinks “it could have been me”.
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The 20-year-old came closer than most, twice sittingon the Newcastle Jetsbench without getting onto the field late in 2015.

He then captained the Jets Youth, who he will face on Saturday in the Magpies’ season opener at Cooks Square Park,through their 2016 Northern NSW National Premier League season before parting ways withthe club.

“I had one summer season left but I was pretty much told I wouldn’t be needed for first grade so I just decided to leave early,” Pawiak said.

But as for wanting to prove a point on Saturday against his former team, Pawiak said: “To behonest, not really.

“I did everythingI could to try and get into the first-grade squad.I was in amongst the training environment and whatnot,so I know what standard is required of players if you want to be in and around the A-League.

“I gave everything I could and it just wasn’t to be, I guess. I don’t feel as though I have a point to prove really. And the coaching staff therehas changed since I was there.”

FRESH START: Maitland recruit Andrew Pawiak is tackled while playing for the Newcastle Jets Youth side in the NNSW NPL against Hamilton Olympic last year. Picture: Marina Neil

The high school PE teaching student conceded it was frustrating to come so close to becoming an A-League player at the Jets, but he was also not giving up on his footballing dream.

“For sure, I would have loved to get on,” he said.

“I watch the A-League at home and see youngsters get given a chance and I think sometimes it could have been me, but I wasn’t given the opportunity, so there’s not really anything I could have done about it and I’m enjoying what I’m doing now.

“We’ll see what happens.Time’s ticking away to become a professional but I feel I have a few years yet to try to pursue it. I’ll give it a good crack and if I get a break then obviously I’d be stoked, but if nothing comes of it, I can say that I gave it my best.”

Pawiak trialled in Norway last December and is set to join Southern New Hampshire University after the NPL season tostudy sports management and play for their NCAA division two team.

In the meantime, theBeresfield, Maitland, Thornton and Hunter Hawks junior is hoping to help the Magpies feature again in the finals.He signed with Maitland, who finished fourth and lost to Edgeworth in the 2016 semis,after exploring his NPL options elsewhere.

“It’s been good,” he said.

“The transition to the team has been pretty easy.

“I looked into Sydney and Melbourne, but they had already filled up most of their rosters, so that was another reason to stay and play here.

“Everything just fell into place with Maitland. They are a good bunch of boys andthey have a handy squad.”

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Supercars chief executive James Warburton with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Fort Scratchley on Tuesday. PICTURE: Marina Neil IT’S too late for Shortland Esplanade.
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That was the message to Newcastle City Council from Supercars chief executive James Warburton during a visiton Tuesday at which he said the race had been victim to “scaremongering” that would subside once East End residents experienced the race.

Supercars Australia were drawn into the increasingly fraught relationship between Newcastle City Council and the state’s tourism body, Destination NSW, last week when the Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said Mr Warburtonhad told her he was open to changing the race circuit as recently as last week.

Cr Nelmes and the council havebecome increasingly frustrated with Destination NSW for what they see as the organisation’s failure to properly coordinate the race and consult with residents who are unhappy that the race runs through residential areas in the East End.

Last Tuesdaycouncillors agreed to a motion that asked for the state government to consider changing the route, with a view to moving it down Shortland Esplanade.

The idea was quickly ruled out by Supercars Australia, who said it was too late in the game to change the route.

But on Wednesday Cr Nelmes doubled down, telling the Herald she had been told via a text from Mr Warburton that the option was still alive.

That’s drawn the ire of Liberal Party Councillor Brad Luke, who called on Cr Nelmes to release the texts.

“She should supply the entire text message conversation with James Warburton,” Cr Luke said.

He ridiculed the idea of taking the track down Shortland Esplanade, saying it was “obviously too dangerous when the surf is up”.

“Does she plan on having a council worker down there with a stop and go sign when the race is on?” he said.

The Newcastle Heraldhas seen one text from Supercars chief executive James Warburton to Cr Nelmes sent the Monday before last week’s meeting in which he says he “can always do everything possible if that is the way you want to go [but] deadlines are extremely tight”.

However the Heraldalso understands Mr Warburton believed a number of text messages sent before then made it clear the route was not feasible.

The Heraldhas also been told that council officers were provided with a report in February that explained why the Shortland route was not possible, including safety concerns and the extra cost of the route.

The council has been asked for comment.

On Tuesday Mr Warburton said the Shortland Esplanade optionhad been ruled out “at the end of last year” after concerns raised by theInternational AutomobileFederation –or FIA –over the safety of the running the race along the road, and the extra cost.

“Our view is we always that we want to provide a service, and what the community wants and in this case what the lord mayor wants, but unfortunately the timing of this, it’s too late, it’s set, and the track we have is the track we’ll have for 2017 and beyond,” Mr Warburton said at a press conference standing next to Cr Nelmes.

“Ultimately with Shortland Esplanade it really comes down to a couple of things [for example] there were concerns around the seawall.

“Obviously we’re aware there’s some community consultation and polling going on at the moment so you can never say never but whether or not that’s an option remains to be seen.”

Cr Nelmes denied that the council’s motion was about moving the track to Shortland Esplanade, saying it merelysought to consult with the community on the route of the track.

“Good community consultation doesn’t pre-empt the outcome,” she said.

“It should have been done at the beginning,that’swhyIhave been frustrated by the management of the race.

“I think the community should be asked [but] it’s been made very clear now that for whatever reason they can’t move the track for 2017.”

However Cr Luke criticised the mayor for not raising the issues earlier, saying she was “in election mode”.

“I hear Labor preselections are open and if you want to know what the real story is that’s what I would be looking at,” he said.

Cr Nelmes dismissed that, pointing to correspondence she sent to former Premier Mike Baird in December calling for more consultation over the race.

Mr Warburton, who was in Newcastle to promote the race on Tuesday, said Supercars was not concerned with the political stoushes and community opposition.

“Ultimately for us we just get on with the job,” he said.

“We’ve been dealing with it for 27 years on the Gold Coast so the reality is that obviously there are always people who either don’t support it or don’t want to see it but I suppose the overall benefit of what this event brings to Newcastle is something that is there for the greater good of the community.”

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EXPERIENCED: Newcastle Jockey Club and NNSWF director Bill Moncrieff.
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NORTHERN NSW Football life member Bill Moncrieff looks set to continueas disciplinary and matchday commissioner after gaining a seat on the federation’s board.

Moncrieff, former Football Mid North Coast director Rick Naylor and ex-North Coast Football general manager Paul Sullivan were elected from four nominations for three positions on Sunday. Christo Patsan was unsuccessful.Phil Holt and Alex McDonald had to retire after two four-year termsand deputy chairmanMichael Gaertnerdid not seek re-election.Bill Walker was returned as chairman andHelene O’Neill was elected deputy.

NNSWF chief David Eland said Moncrieff’s roles were not“disqualifying positions”, meaning he could retain them whilea director.

“We are going to have a discuss with FFA about it just to make sure,” Eland said. “He’s keen to continue but he’s absolutely prioritised his board position.”

He said the departing directorswere integral to the landmark development ofLake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

NNSWF board members with the plaque at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point. Picture: NNSWF

Theboard’s “foresight and commitment” in helping make the Speers Point headquarters a reality was officially recognised with a plaque at the facility.

Of the new directors, Eland saidNaylor was an experienced administrator who had recently moved to Newcastle.

Sullivan, who lives on the North Coast, “has an extensive knowledge in sport and local government” and“worked with local councils and rights-holders to conduct significant sporting events in regional areas” while with Cricket NSW.

​Moncrieff, an A-Leaguematchday commissioner, is a long-time Newcastle Jockey Club director and former vice-chairman. He has served as NNSWF disciplinary commissioner for more than 20 years.

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Search resumes for tragic Mohsin Mohsin Awan was taking photographs at Nobbys when he was swept away.
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The scene on Sunday evening.

TweetFacebook Police searching Nobbys beach for missing man. Pictures: Marina Neil, Supplied Police searching Nobbys beach for missing man. Pictures: Marina Neil, SuppliedAUSTRALIA was meant to be the gift of a lifetime for Mohsin Awan.

The young Pakistani man crossed the world to Newcastle six months ago, embracing all that the region had to offer: he joined a cricket club, knuckled down in his studies at the University of Newcastle and enjoyed day trips in the picturesque Hunter Valley.

The 23-year-old’s Australian adventure turned to tragedy on Sunday night, after he was swept away in rough surf at Nobbys Beach.

Authorities now fear the worst for Mr Awan, who was last seen taking photographs with a friend in the rock-ringed area known as Soldiers Baths, at the southern edge of the beach.

With an extensive search effort between Nobbys and Dudley beaches yet to find Mr Awan on Monday, senior police now describe the operation as a “retrieval”, and have notified the High Commission for Pakistan as the search enters its third day.

A group of Mr Awan’s devastated friends were gathered at Nobbys on Monday afternoon as emergency services desperately scoured the water in front of them.

They said they prayed for their friend to be found safe.

“We still have hope,” said Bilal Akram, who played alongside Mr Awan at the Birmingham Gardens Cricket Club.

“He’s a really lovely, friendly guy – we need to find him and pray that he is found.”

Mudasar Zahid came to admire Mr Awan over a short period of time and said the 23-year-old business student was respected by many for his friendship and intelligence.

HOPE: Bilal Akram, centre, with other friends of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan. Picture: Marina Neil

“He was really talkative, his classmates told me he was always making conversation with them,” he said.

“He was a really, really nice guy. We didn’t know him for long, but still we are missing him.

“It’s tragic.”

Mr Awan’s parents, who live in the Pakistani city of Lahore, were told of their son’s disappearance on Monday.

“They’re in shock,” Mr Akram said.

Lifeguards, Marine Rescue and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter concentrated much of Monday’s search near Newcastle Ocean Baths, but the strength of the current saw sweeps as far as Dudley Beach.

Witnesses said Mr Awan and a friend, also 23, became caught in a rip after being swept from the rocks in large surf.

Holly Davidson, a worker at Swell kiosk at the pavilion, said everyone scrambled to help after the men after they were spotted panicking and fully clothed in the water shortly before 7pm.

Ms Davidson said swimmers and a surfer went to rescue the duo, but were only able to pull one of the men back.

“Those guys were amazing, they put their lives at risk, they jumped out into the rip,” she said.

“They tried to get him but unfortunately he’d been dragged out quite far so they couldn’t get to him.

“A man went out to try and get him but he just couldn’t get there.”

Ms Davidson said the ocean looked deceptively serene on Sunday.

“It was very low tide, lots of rips,” she said.

“It looked quite calm until the big waves came over. It was just a big wave that picked them up and took them out.”

Tony Leacy, an ex-firefighter who was at Nobbys as the emergency unfolded, said he saw the two men taking photographs by the water’s edge before being washed out into the surf.

“They were probably about up to their knees in the water taking selfies and the next thing they were being washed across the beach,” he said.

“One of them, the bigger guy, managed to grab onto the rocks but the other guy couldn’t make it. He was only a few metres away from the rocks but you could tell neither of them could swim.”

Dye released to show how water is moving at Nobbys. It’s clinging tightly to the rockpool at Sth end where man last seen. @newcastleheraldpic.twitter南京桑拿/Tq0Ccjhpfi

— Matt Carr (@MattCarrNH) March 19, 2017

Veteran lifeguard Warren Smith said even strong swimmers could be caught out by Nobbys’ strong rips, undertows and “big horseshoe” of rocks and ledges.

However, the now-retired Mr Smith said it was rare for to be a drowning at the iconic beach despite the challenging conditions.

“When you don’t have lifeguards on duty and people get caught in those situations, it’s terrible,” he said.

“No one would have thought that was going to happen. I feel very sorry for the family.”

Marine Rescue Newcastle Unit Commander Ron Calman said search efforts had so far been hampered by choppy water.

“The vision on the water is pretty limited,” he said. “Where he’s found all depends on the wind and currents.”

The search resumed at 7am on Tuesday.

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Mel B has filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years.
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The Spice Girl married Hollywood producer Stephen Belafonte after a five-month whirlwind romance in 2007. They have one daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte, five.

In papers obtained by People, Melanie “Mel B” Brown, asked for joint legal and physical custody of Madison. The couple’s date of separation is listed as December 28.

She requested the court not award spousal support.

The family lived in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs during Brown’s role as a judge on the X Factor and a co-host of the 2012 season of Dancing with the Stars.

They returned to the US in 2013, with Brown travelling to Australia to act as a judge on The Voice Kids in 2014.

In addition to Madison, Brown has two daughters, nine-year-old Angel Iris Murphy Brown (from her 2006 relationship with actor Eddie Murphy) and Phoenix Chi Gulzar, 17. Belafonte has one daughter, Giselle Belafonte, 12.

Last month, Brown posted a photo of the couple on Instagram, accompanied by a loved-up caption.

“We have been through everything that would normally tear couples apart and we have come out on the other side stronger. You loved me before I even [knew] how to really love myself. You are my world, honey,” she wrote, adding “and let’s not forget you are abit [sic] of a dickhead too.” My baby boo @stephenthinks11 we have been through everything that would normally tear couples apart and we have come out on the other side stronger,you loved me before I even new how to really love myself,you are my world honey and let’s not forget you are abit of a dickhead too xxxx #tenyearsmarried #fightfortheineyoulove #theysaiditwouldntlast #bitcheswishtheyhadthis #nowtalkaboutmeA post shared by Mel B (@officialmelb) on Feb 6, 2017 at 3:55pm PST

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Care campaign: Jennifer Creal with Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen and the new book, Our Stories.HUNTER residents have shared their experiences of palliative care ina bid to put an end to the shortage of specialists services across the state.
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The Cancer Council says NSW needs 10 more full time specialist palliative care physicians, at a minimum, to be brought in line with national palliative care recommendations.

On Tuesday, Cancer Council NSW launched its I Care For Palliative Care campaign along with a book, called Our Stories, which includes thepersonal accounts of Hunter people who used or neededpalliative care services for their loved ones.

Dungog resident Jennifer Creal contributed to the book, after discovering palliative care services were lacking when her late husband Christopher finished his active cancer treatment in 2013.

After surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, his oncologist had suggested they choose quality of life over quantity when the treatment was not working.

“We were referred to the local palliative care team, which was 40 minutes away from the farm where we lived, and unfortunately, even though the will was there, they were so over worked they weren’t able to assess him,” Mrs Creal said.

“At the end of two weeks, I couldn’t control his pain at home anymore and our GP admitted him to the palliative care unit at our wonderful little hospital in Dungog. I basically lived there until he died about seven days after he was admitted.

“If I’d have had access or support from a palliative care team to manage his painI would have been able to have him comfortablyat home, and he could have had his family,his grandchildren, his family, and his dog around him, and we would have all liked that.”

The book waspresented to localMembers of Parliament on Tuesday, andsent to NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.

“We’re a long way behind the other states in palliative care on a populational basis,” MrsCrealsaid.

“We’re wanting another 129 nurses, and another 10 palliative care doctors, to bring us up to the average of all the other states.

“It is a huge gap.”

Mrs Creal said access to specialist palliative care meantpeople with terminal illness could keep doing the things they love for as long as possible, and that families could make the most of the time they hadleft.

The Cancer Council is calling on people to support the I Care for Palliative Care campaign bysigning the pledge for Minister Hazzard to end the palliative care shortage via南京夜网canact南京桑拿南京夜生活/palliative_care_pledge.

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