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China’s ‘energy crisis’ could hurt regional manufacturing areas like the Hunter most: Business chamber

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Labor Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon (left) and Weston Aluminium managing director Garbis Simonian.’s manufacturing industry will die a“slow death” if the debate about the nation’s energy future doesn’t turn into action soon, a prominent Hunter business owner says.
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Weston Aluminium managing director Garbis Simonian has joined Hunter Business Chamber and federal Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon in calling for the energy debate to make way for action.

They fear ongoing inaction will hurt businesses in regional areas like the Hunter.

“No-one will invest money. You will see a slow death of manufacturing in ,” Mr Simoniansaid.

“A lot of companies, short-term, aren’t closing because they’ve already invested the money. But no-one is investing in new factories or new jobs.”

Mr Simonian’s company,in the Hunter’s coalfields,is a heavy gas and electricity user.He saidhis electricity costs woulddouble from January–whichmeant he’s had tofreezewage increases and stop hiring staff.

Concern: Weston Aluminium managing director Garbis Simonian says ongoing debate about ‘s energy future is causing the “slow death” of manufacturing.

“While this debate is going on and politicians are blaming each other,we are hurting,” he said.

“The federal and state governments have got to get their act together. Labor and Liberal have got to get their act together–sit down and be bipartisan over this.”

Mr Simonian spearheaded a campaign earlier this year for mining company Santos to transport gas viaa proposed pipeline through the Hunter.However, Santos opted to stick with its existing deal to run gas through theWestern Slopes Pipeline.

“Gas ticks all the boxes–you don’t have to invest a huge amount of money, you can place it wherever you need it close to markets, but also you can turn it on and off quickly,” Mr Simoniansaid.

“Gas is the future, so all this debate over Liddell is the wrong debate.”

Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said rising energy prices risked hitting regional areas with manufacturing industries, like the Hunter, the hardest.

Advocate: Labor Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon agrees that debate about ‘s energy future needs to turn into action – and gas is the answer.

He said the issue of ’s energy supply had reached“crisis point” and needed to be addressed.

“The looming energy crisis will significantly impact our region and reverse any progress governments have tried so hard to make in supporting regional growth,” Mr Hawes said.

“The federal government must stayfirm in its commitment to ensure the delivery of affordable gas to businesses even if that means temporarily limiting gas exports.”

Much of the debate in recent weeks has revolved around plans to close the Liddell coal fired power station in the Upper Hunter by2022.

The Turnbull government wants owner AGL to extend the life of the station by five years, but the energy provider does not want tocommitto the extension.

AGL bosses told the company’s annual general meeting on Wednesday that it was considering a mix of gas-fired power, wind, solar and battery storage to make up for a 1000 mega watt shortfall before 2022.

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, who has previously spoken out as an advocate for gas as a transitional energy source, said he welcomed calls for greater urgency in addressing “the energy crisis which is already hurting households and manufacturers alike”.

“Malcolm Turnbull needs to and allow us to progress our plans to get gas to market and to develop new power generation in the Hunter,” he said.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Newcastle City welcome three players into country ahead of round one

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SABRES: Newcastle City trio Kai Appleby, Toby Fynn and Dylan Hunter at Empire Park on Friday afternoon. Picture: Josh CallinanJet-lag will be the biggest battle for Newcastle City trio Dylan Hunter, Kai Appleby and Toby Fynn ahead of Saturday’s first gradeseason opener.
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Fynn, Appleby, Hunter

The Sabres signings all touched down in progressively during thisweek following their respective stints playing in England.

All-rounder Hunter returns to his junior club after a couple of years away,versatile Appleby lines up for his second summer as an overseas player in the Newcastle District Cricket Associationwhile fast bowlerFynn will be on debut Down Under.

The trio will combine forces against Toronto at Ron Hill Oval.Opponents the Kookaburras will wear specially-designed black armbands to honour much-loved clubman Robert “Dutchy” Holland, whose funeral service was attended by hundredsat Christchurch Cathedral on Thursday.

Elsewhere in round one and defending champions Hamilton-Wickham will be without most of last season’s grand final side, including captain Josh Trappel, when they travel to meetCharlestown on Saturday. The Pumas will instead be led by wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb while the Magpies are missing ACT-NSW Country representatives Josh Claridge andGlenn Windsor at the Under-17 National Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

Aiden Bills willdebut for Stockton-Raymond Terrace when they host University, who will have new recruit Sam Reading take the gloves.

Josh Emerton will have his first match in Wests colours when the Rosellas take onlast season’s wooden spoonersCardiff-Boolaroo.

With captain-coach Nathan Price on holidays Wallsend will have former skipper Jake Montgomery in chargefor their home encounter with Merewether, whose captain Simon Moore remains at odds with Tom Locker Cup games recently being cutback to 40 overs.

And at Waratah Oval visitors Belmont will face up against former first-class quick Burt Cockley following his indefinite return to Waratah-Mayfield.

Pink cricket balls are being introduced forone-day fixtures.

Play starts at 11:30am.

2017 AFL grand final paradephotos

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AFL fans turn out to celebrate end of two longest grand final droughts Dustin Martin of the Richmond Tigers. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith
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Adelaide Crows captain Tyler Walker and Richmond captain Trent Cotchin hold the cup. Photo: Jason South

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

AFL grand final parade. Photo: Jason South

The Moschoyannis family doing the Dusty lookalike. Photo: Jason South

Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin (left) and Dustin Martin. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Retired footballer Brent Harvey holds the 2017 AFL Premiership Trophy after the AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Rory Sloane of the Adelaide Crows. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker (left) and Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin hold the 2017 AFL Premiership Trophy after the AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Adelaide’s Eddie Betts. Photo: Eddie Jim

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Tigers fans get a selfie by a mural of Richmond Tigers player and Brownlow medal winner Dustin Martin in Richmond, Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Jason South

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

2017 AFL Grand Final Parade. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Dusty lookalikes Sahne Dale and Brad Wolfe. Photo: Jason South.

The 2017 AFL grand final parade. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

AFL grand final parade. Photo: Jason South

Alex Rance (left) and coach of the of the Richmond Tigers Damien Hardwick. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

AFL Grand Final Parade. Dustin Martin and Richmond coach Damien Hardwick. Photo: Jason South

2017 AFL Grand Final parade. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

he AFL Grand Final parade makes it way down Wellington Parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Fans make their way to the AFL grand final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

Fans celebrate as they make their way to the AFL grand final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

Fans line up to watch the AFL grand final parade. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

Fans line up to watch the AFL grand final parade. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor (Tex) Walker (right) and Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin hold the 2017 AFL Premiership Trophy after the AFL Grand Final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

TweetFacebookLike footy fans needing reminding, but it’s grand final eve – and that means one thing: the AFL grand final parade.

Richmond and Adelaide will face off in the flag decider on Saturday afternoon. Traditionally, the parade marks the beginnings offestivities.

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‘You’ll see police everywhere’: Grand final security heightenedMelbourne was built for a parade. Those streets and boulevards, wide enough to turn a gold coach in the old days; wide enough to accommodate dreams today.

And yes, here at the AFL grand final parade, worthy of a public holiday, were dreams on parade, almost all of them, it seemed at first, tinted yellow and black.

Years of dreams thwarted, decades of dreams dashed.

And there, glory be, focus of desire on Spring Street, sailed the cup, held high by Bob Murphy, whose Bulldogs, in one of those impossibly romantic endings, won it last year.

The cup, catching the sun and trailed by the great Clydesdales of the Carlton Brewery, seemed almost almost within reach of the hordes pressed against the barricades.

Fans line up to watch the AFL grand final parade in Melbourne. Photo: AAP Image/Joe Castro

It was borne away to the strains of brass and pipe bands, down to Wellington Parade and on to Yarra Park, stopping outside the MCG, that great stadium where dreams are won and lost every weekend through winter and where, in the spring, a season’s entire ambitions are decided in an afternoon.

Just beyond, Richmond sat, the old suburb all but emptied, all its attention focussed on the parade. Thirty five years it’s been since the Tigers had roared at a grand final and its army had come across Punt Road, cheering and waiting.

You could feel the yearning in the air, thick as musk. Thousands had got up early to cram Punt Street Oval just to watch the team’s final training run.

And yet, as you plunged into the great crowd along the route of the parade, its numbers futile to guess, the home team did not have the streets to itself.

The scarves made it evident that a South n army had marched across the border. Adelaide’s supporters have endured 19 years since their last grand final. Adelaide and Richmond, thus, share the dubious honour of suffering the two longest grand final droughts in the AFL.

“We flew in last night,” said Greg Graham standing with his wife Rebecca.

“The plane was full. All of us Adelaide supporters. There would have been convoys on the roads.

Graham, a primary school teacher, shares a box for eight at Adelaide Oval, and he and his wife were the only two to get tickets.

Across the way, a hopeful young man waved a sign that shouted his need.

“I want a ticket,” Kane Arundale had scrawled on cardboard. Arundale, a Tigers man from afar, had flown in from Perth, where he works for a mining company.

He’d had no offers, but he was willing to pay $1500, maybe $2000.

It was that sort of day. Hopes and dreams everywhere, and no one quite sure whether they’d be fulfilled.

Social Seen: Fashionistas unite for yes vote; Richard Wilkins steps out with latest lady friend

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Around 200 people from the Sydney fashion and creative industries met at Hyde Park in favour of the YES vote for Same Sex Marraige. LtoR Adam Worling, Jess Scully, Alex Grenwhich, Jess Miller and Marie-Claude Mallet. Wednesday 27th September 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 170927

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Dungog superstorm inquest findings handed down

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Colin Webb, Robin Macdonald and Brian Wilson died during the superstorm that hit Dungog on April 21, 2015. An inquest into their deaths began at Newcastle Courthouse on August 29, 2015.An automated flash-flood warning system should be developed for Dungog and the State Emergency Service should have access to a part-time meteorologist, an inquest intothe 2015 superstorm deaths has found.
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In handing down her findings fromthe inquest into the deaths of Robin Macdonald, 68, Brian Wilson, 72, and Colin Webb, 78, Deputy State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan reiterated that the 1-in-1000-year storm that appeared over Dungog on the morning of April 21, 2015, was unprecedented and unpredictable.

She recommended the SES, Dungog Shire Council, the federal environment minister and the NSW emergency services minister to set up a technical advisory group to consider developing an automated flood warning system for the Myall Creek area –involving rainfall data and riverlevels.

Ms O’Sullivan also recommended the NSW Government give the SES access to a part-time meteorologist for ongoing planning and assistance during weather events.

The inquest found that Ms Macdonald, Mr Wilson and Mr Webb drowned in rapidly rising floodwater –within a street of each other –at their homes between 6.30am and 7am on April 21.

They died in aflash-flood caused by a storm that pummeled the town with166mm of rainin two hours.

Alison Court, the unit complex where Colin Webb died, in the days after the 2015 superstorm.

“This was an event that had a devastating impact on the entire township of Dungog,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“This extraordinary weather event was matched by the extraordinary conduct of the residents of Dungog. In many cases their conduct was nothing short of heroic.”

That morning, three people died, four houses were washed away by floodwater and 46 premises were inundated, the Coronial report noted.

In her findings, Ms O’Sullivan addressed detailed evidence about weather predictions and river heights that were given during the four-day hearing in late August, which showed the severe storm cell was unpredictable.

She also made it clear that Dungog SES local controller Matthew Too and his deputy Clayton Shean were not culpable for the lack of warning that people in thetown received.

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