Lake Macquarie council calls for community help establishing heritage master plan for West Wallsend

Carrington Street circa 1920.Before Lake Macquarie City Council begins work revitalising West Wallsend, it wantscommunity help to develop a master plan that focuses onthe town’s historic characteristics.

The council is calling forpublic feedback through its Shape Lake Mac website to develop ideas of what needs to be protected and what can be enhanced and there will be a one-hour community workshop atHolmesville Community Hall from 5.30pm on November 7.

In a statement on Thursday, council called West Wallsend one of Lake Macquarie’s most historically significant suburbs and pointed to its past as a booming town with a population of 6000 and four operationalminesat its peak in the early 1900s.

The master plan will look at streetscape, pedestrian access, mobility issues and focus on the area around Carrington and Withers streets.It will deal with council land and public spaces–not privately-owned property.

Integrated planning manager Wes Hain said theplan would aim to reinforce West Wallsend’s historic character and revitalise the suburb’s retail and commercial precinct.

“We want to make sure any revitalisation ofWestWallsendis sympathetic to its important and fascinating history,” hesaid.

Northumberland Hotel circa 1940.

“WestWallsend’s significant historical value is already recognised by its inclusion as a heritage conservation area in our Local Environment Plan, but a master plan will provide a blueprint for us to follow over the next 10-15 years.

“Recent residential and commercial development aroundWestWallsendhave the potential to affect the viability and long-term conservation of the old commercial precinct.But there is a great opportunity here to capitalise onWestWallsend’s rich history and use it to attract investment and business, and to create a vibrant, contemporary retail and commercial precinct.”

Historian Ed Tonks said West Wallsend was a prime example of how mining drove the Hunter’s early expansion, experiencing significant growth in a 15-year period that sparked the introduction of a steam tram system toNewcastle.

Some of the responses posted on the Shape Lake Mac website as of Thursday afternoon pointed to the cemetery, post office, pubs and butterfly cave as beingamong the historic parts of the suburb considered important.

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Ex-Armstrong manager gets life cycling ban

Lance Armstrong’s former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel was banned from the sport for life on Wednesday after a successful appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The 54-year-old Belgian was initially banned for 10 years in 2014 by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) for helping orchestrate an elaborate doping program that helped Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles.

In its ruling, CAS also said doctor Pedro Celaya was handed a lifetime ban while trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti had his period of ineligibility increased to 15 years from eight.

The trio all worked for Armstrong’s US Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a change of sponsors in 2005, and opted for arbitration when the charges were originally levelled against them in June 2012.

Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban in 2012, finally admitting his use of banned substances in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

The AAA had said the ban given to Bruyneel, who is often described as Armstrong’s right-hand man, was “appropriate” but CAS said he was at the heart of the system and deserved more.

“If a lifetime ban is a possible sanction, as it is, the Panel sees no reason why it should not be imposed in this case for Mr Bruyneel’s active involvement in widespread, systemic doping in the sport of cycling spanning many years,” CAS said in its ruling.

Bruyneel acknowledged in an open letter sent to cycling websites that “mistakes have been made”, but he still felt USADA did not have the jurisdiction to bring charges against him.

“I want to stress that I acknowledge and fully accept that a lot of mistakes have been made in the past,” he wrote on www.cyclingnews苏州美甲. “There are a lot of things I wish I could have done differently, and there are certain actions I now deeply regret.

“The period I lived through, both as a cyclist and as a team director, was very different than it is today.

“I would simply like to observe that we were all children of our era, facing the pitfalls and temptations that were part of the culture at the time.

“We didn’t always make the best choices.”

Celaya was the team’s doctor from 1997 to 1999 and then again from 2004, and CAS said he was a willing and indispensable participant in the system which required medical supervision.

Marti chose not to testify, but CAS said there was no previous evidence from which it could infer contrition or any change of heart by the trainer.

Saints replace Suns in AFL’s China match

St Kilda’s Seb Ross (left) and Port Adelaide’s Ollie Wines are looking ahead to their China venture.Chasing funding and fans, St Kilda has replaced Gold Coast as Port Adelaide’s opponent for the AFL’s annual match in Shanghai.

The Saints have committed to the Chinese venture for the next three years, giving up a home fixture to do so.

The match will be staged later than the previous two iterations, on Sunday June 2 as part of round 11 and preceding both clubs’ byes in order to allow for the travel demands.

Hopes are high that after two dubiously attended fixtures, both won easily by Port Adelaide, the Saints’ involvement can breathe life into the fledging match.

“China is not a short-term strategy … we’re really pleased that St Kilda have made this decision,” AFL executive Travis Auld said.

Neither Auld, Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas or Saints counterpart Finnis could or would give figures as to either their financial underwriting or returns from their involvement in the match.

But Finnis said it was a “significant” injection from the deal, which the Saints would aim to leverage opportunities for its sponsors – and to improve crowds.

“There’s the commercial outcome but it’s also a chance to grow our fanbase,” he said.

“There are so many Chinese international students in Melbourne. Monash University, one of our performance partners, has 10,000 Chinese students in its own right.

“It starts to differentiate our football club in a very competitive market.”

The Saints are no stranger to international AFL fixtures, having played three matches in Wellington for three losses between 2013 and 2015.

The club clarified the China match didn’t mean the end for their aspirations to play matches in New Zealand, which hung on finding “a suitable venue in Auckland”.

Auld said St Kilda were the only Victorian club to signal interest in participating in the fixture.

After a brouhaha between Port and the Suns over Gold Coast’s right to wear its home jumper, Thomas said those issues had already been ironed out with the Saints.

“When we first started thinking about China we were quite unsure about what was important and what wasn’t important. We knew the colour red was very significant in the Chinese culture. But it’s not that significant,” he said.

“We have no issue at all with St Kilda having the home guernsey. We’ll design our own guernsey for the occasion … with just a subtle reference to China.”

A Victorian Government representative also tabled the idea of a women’s match in China, catching Auld on the hop.

“This is the first time I’ve thought about it … but we love the idea of expanding the game,” Auld said.

Fitness guru Kayla Itsines’ fortune swells

Fitness guru Kayla Itsines and partner Tobi Pearce have jumped to No 5 on the AFR’s Young Rich List.Helping people whittle down their waistlines has fattened the fortunes of fitness guru Kayla Itsines, propelling her into the ranks of ‘s richest young business people.

Ms Itsines and her partner Tobi Pearce are the brains behind the Bikini Body Workout program and fitness app Sweat.

With 20 million followers they’ve amassed a combined fortune of $486 million, according to the n Financial Review’s Young Rich List for 2018.

The couple set up their Bikini Body Training business in 2013 and a year later launched a 12-week workout and diet program, which later morphed into their hugely popular fitness app.

The 20-somethings have enjoyed one of the biggest rises on the list this year, leaping from 40th spot in 2017 list into fifth place this year.

Joining them in the top 10 are Collis and Cyan Ta’eed, the husband-and-wife co-founders of online graphic marketplace Envato whose fortune has doubled in the past year to $428 million.

Mrs Ta’eed and Ms Itsines are the only two women to appear in the top 10 of this year’s list of ‘s wealthiest self-made businesspeople aged 40 and under.

Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar came in on top for a record seventh year, with their fortunes more than doubling to $14.2 billion.

The software gurus’ combined wealth is more than 14 times that of the next two on the list, Melbourne luxury property developer Tim Gurner and New York-based Ori Allen, whose real estate tech business Compass has made a big splash in the US.

Gurner, who is worth $631 million, created controversy last year when he warned millennials they would never be able to afford their first home if they don’t give up spending $40 a day on smashed avocados and coffees while not working.

There are 21 newcomers on this year’s list, including former n cricket captain Steve Smith and Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Most of those on the list have made their fortunes in the technology and finance sectors, as well as through sport.

The full list will be published in the AFR on Friday.


1/2. Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, Atlassian founders, $14.2b

3.Tim Gurner, luxury property developer, $631m

4. Ori Allon, real estate technology, $539m

5/6. Kayla Itsines and Tobi Pearce, Sweat founders, $486m

7. Owen Kerr, partner in foreign exchange brokerage Pepperstone, $460m

8/9. Collis & Cyan Ta’eed, online graphic marketplace founders Envato, $428m

10. Peter Greensill, farming and finance capital investor, $412m

Wingard hurt at being labelled a ‘sook’

Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard has rejected claims he had attitude issues at Port Adelaide.Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard has hit out at a “bunch of lies” surrounding his AFL split from Port Adelaide.

Wingard has taken aim at Port greats for saying the Power’s leaders “complained about me being a sook”.

“To read and hear those things hurt a lot,” Wingard wrote in a column published Thursday on the AFL Players’ Association website.

After Wingard was traded to Hawthorn, former Port captain Warren Tredrea said he understood the Power’s “leadership group were sick of him, sick of his attitude”.

And Kane Cornes, a four-time club champion at Port, said Wingard was “feeling not a lot of love at Port Adelaide”, adding the move to Hawthorn was an “easy out for him.”

After hearing those comments, Wingard phoned Port coach Ken Hinkley.

“I rang Ken to see if there was any truth to that and he told me that nothing had come from the club, there was no truth to it, and that’s just how the media want to play things,” Wingard wrote.

“If you have seen the coverage in Adelaide, it has been a bunch of lies and a lack of understanding.

“Just because a deal like this has gone through, it doesn’t mean they have to jump to conclusions and reach for the negative angle.”

Wingard denied his post-season exit meeting with Hinkley was heated.

“I went away from that meeting still thinking I was going to be a Port Adelaide player next season,” he wrote.

“Following on from the discussions and the exit meetings, they let my manager know that they were open to trading me if a suitable offer came forward.

“I was completely taken back and upset with that initially. It rocked me, but the longer I thought about it, the more I began to understand.”

Wingard said even after meeting with rival clubs, he believed he would remain at Port.

“Meeting with other clubs … I actually told Kenny that I felt like I was cheating on a girlfriend,” he wrote.

“It just wasn’t a great feeling and I didn’t enjoy it but things started to move quickly and the opportunity at Hawthorn came up.

“I started to have doubts as to whether I was wanted at Port because, as you can imagine, getting your name thrown up for a trade isn’t exactly the best feeling.”