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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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Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in . Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .
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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

Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .

Around 200 people from the Sydney fashion and creative industries met at Hyde Park in favour of the YES vote for Same Sex Marraige. Wednesday 27th September 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 170927

Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .

Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .

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Social Seen for Amy Croffey use only: Richard Wilkins and his new girlfriend Virginia?? Burmeister?? on the red carpet for the opening night of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .

Social Seen:?? Sydney , 27 Sept 2017: Over 300 members of the n fashion, media and creative industries staged a photo opportunity in support of the VOTE YES campaign supporting marriage equality in .

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Opening Night Social Seen for Amy Croffey use only: Richard Wilkins and his new girlfriend Virginia?? Burmeister?? on the red carpet for the opening night of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

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Social Seen: Benefit’s brow party at Flamingo Bar on Wednesday September 28, 2017.

Social Seen: Benefit’s brow party at Flamingo Bar on Wednesday September 28, 2017.

Social Seen: Benefit’s brow party at Flamingo Bar on Wednesday September 28, 2017.

I look like a rhinestone cowgirl that escaped the depths of hell and Kyle [Sandilands] looks like he could be hosting an episode of Better Homes and Gardens.

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.

Dungog superstorm inquest findings released TweetFacebookRELATED CONTENT:THE ’55 FLOOD: Dozens of images from the deadly incident of 1955SUPERSTORM 2015: Gridlock on Maitland roads | PHOTOSSUPERSTORM 2015: Premier’s emergency visit | VIDEODungog flood inquest likely

Health and Fitness: Stay motivated when Daylight Savings takes over

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MOTIVATING: Lake Macquarie City Council have unveiled new fitness equipment at Speers Point and is encouraging residents and visitors to the area to get moving and give it a go. For the past couple of weeks I felt like I was finally starting to get my groove on where getting up early to exercise was concerned.
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STEP IT UP: There are six stations on offer with the stunning backdrop of Lake Macquarie. As the weather warms up, what more motivation do you need.

The kids have been waking up earlier and earlier as it’s been getting lighter in the mornings, so there has been no need for an alarm.

And, although I love having the extra hour of light of an evening between the October long weekend and Easter, there is nothing like Daylight Savingstarting to throw the early morning fitness sessions into disarray.

With this in mind I have pencilled in a string of upcoming fitness eventsfor added motivation when the alarm goes off.

See the new six-station fitness trail at Speers Point in action.One of those events is Ultra Trail in the Blue Mountains next May. Entriesare now open and it is a good longer-term challenge if you are looking for one.

For something shorter term or a bit closer to home, the Fernleigh 15 is looming large on October 22 but you still have a few weeks to get some training in or to get a team together for it.

Those living out Lake Macquarie may have some added motivation this spring and summer with council unveiling a new six-station fitness trail along the water at Speers Point.

The stations are spread across a 1.5-kilometre stretch and includestairs, parallel bars, sit-up benches, leg presses and more.

There is signage at all sites with instructions on how to use the equipment.

GET KIDS MOVINGAs we enter the second week of the school holidays parents, like myself, might be looking for ways to get the kids outdoors and burning off some energy to prevent everyone from going stir crazy.

Hitting atrampoline park one day or booking them in for aday of sporting activities are options,but that can get pretty costly pretty quick.

There are also plenty of ways to get the kids active without it costing you a cent.

Take them to the park or beach and set up a circuit. As a guide, trysquats, lunges, jumping jacks, shuffles, high knees then run between the markers (water bottles work). Take a ball or frisbee and make a game out of it. Or set up a ninja warrior obstacle course.

Go for a bike ride, walk orscoot. Hit the baths or pool and do some swimming, running or board paddling for other options.

BREAKKY RECIPEPeter Mullen of Mullen Natural Health Centre, Hamilton has been offering some healthy food tips for spring and this week it is a recipe for scrambled eggs with avocado and almond flakes

He says this breakfast is fullof good fats and bound to keep you you full until lunchtime:

Ingredients: 2 eggs, splash of milk or water, 1/2 teaspoon of butter, 1/4 of an avocado, 2 tablespoons of flaked almonds, pan fried in coconut oil.

Method: Pan fry scrambled eggs and liquid with salt and pepper in butter. Set aside. Using same pan, fry almond flakes, adding some coconut oil.

Serve: the eggs with the avocado and sprinkle almond flakes on top.

Spring loaded week #5With daylight savings here and the weather becoming more agreeable each week, the sand is another option for getting a workout.

Sand can help improve the stability and strength in your joints and offers an alternative to pounding the pavement. You can also enjoy the benefits of a swim in the ocean post-workout.

There are a variety of things you can do on the beach for a good workout and for you that may just be going for a walk.

If you want to work a little harder you could try a fartlek session such as: walk 2minutes, jog 1 minute, sprint 30 seconds. Then repeat in a continuous fashion for 20 minutes.

Upcoming fitness eventsRelay For Life, Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale, November 4:Raisingfunds for the Cancer Council, Relay for Life goes for 12 hours and involves cancer survivors, patients, carersand loved ones. cancercouncil苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Summer Run 10k Series, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens:Athree-race 10km Summer Series will be staged at Morpeth (November 12), Carrington (February 4) and Nelson Bay (March 18). summerrun苏州夜总会招聘.au.

NewRun, Newcastle, April 15:This is over six months away but now is a good time to start planning. There are a range of distances. newrun苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Stolen Porsche nears top speed in chase on the Hume Highway

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Stanley CeissmanA CRIMINAL who skipped rehab led police on a high speed car chase in a white Porsche worth more than $150,000, reaching speeds of 250km/h.
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Stanley Ceissman fronted Albury Local Court this week after the police pursuit on the Hume Highway on August 6.

The 23-year-old was on parole and driving the stolen Boxster when he came to police attention at Woomargama.

He was only travelling at 106km/h when police noticed him at 8.20am, but quickly hit 206km/h when they activated their lights and sirens at Holbrook.

The car continued to travel at more than 200km/h over the next 100 kilometres.

The police at times reached speeds of 230km/h without gaining on the sports car.

The vehicle was travelling so fast, it took less than half-an-hour to drive 100 kilometres.

The incident came to an end near the North Gundagai exit when the car came to a stop facing the wrong way.

A witness spotted the Sydney man getting out of the car and running into farmland, causing police to set up a containment area.

A search dog was brought in and Ceissman was arrested while hiding in water in a creek bed.

“Yeah, it’s a stolen car, big deal,” he told them after being caught.

“How did the dog find me down here?

“I was meant to be in rehab in Victoria until October but I just wanted to get back to Sydney.”

The car had been stolen from the Melbourne suburb of Balaclava during an aggravated break-in earlier that morning, along with a Mercedes and a credit card.

The owner wants Ceissman to pay $43,000 in compensation, which he will fight.

He will return to the Albury court on October 11 for sentencing.

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AFL grand final: No distance too far for Tiger fanatic Emily Dowling

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No distance too far for this Tiger fanatic Albury-born but Belgium-based Richmond supporter Amily Dowling is headed for the MCG. She’s all smiles with Tiger-loving daughter Imogen.
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COMMITTED: Former Albury-residents Imogen Payne, 4, and Emily Dowling flew home from Belgium to support the Tigers in the Grand Final. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Albury-born but Belgium-based Richmond supporter Amily Dowling is headed for the MCG. She’s all smiles with Tiger-loving daughter Imogen.

Albury-born but Belgium-based Richmond supporter Amily Dowling is headed for the MCG. She’s all smiles with Tiger-loving daughter Imogen.

TweetFacebookEmily Dowling, formerly of Albury, might just be the most dedicated Richmond supporter at the 2017 AFL grand final, havingtravelledmore than16,600 kilometres to watch her team.

Three years ago, MsDowling packed up her family and life to move to Belgium for work, but after years of early-morning lonesome footy matches she decided no amount of distance was too far to travel to see her Tiges in the finals.

“When I left for Belgium I actually thought, well there’s no chance we’ll be in a premiership for three years so it’ll be OK,” Ms Dowling said.

“After the Geelong game a mate sent me a video of Swan Street, I saw the atmosphere and decided I couldn’t miss it.”

Thatnight Ms Dowling booked tickets across the world for herself and her daughter Imogen, 4.

While her family understood her split-second decision, her dedication baffledBelgian friends and work colleagues.

“People here know I’m so crazy for the Tigers that they weren’t totally surprised, but they were a bit shocked I went ahead with it,” Ms Dowling said.

“In Belgium no one knows much about football so they don’t understand.

“Usually I watch the games first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, by myself and just decided enough is enough.”

For daughter Imogen, 4, who’s grown up predominately away from ’s football obsession, the grand final will be her‘first big game’.

Ms Dowling booked her flights to attend the preliminary finals, flying back to Belgium a day after the grand final in the hope Richmond would go all the way.

It’s been a long and sometimes difficult road for the lifelong Tigers supporter.

“The last premiership was the year before I was born,” she said.

“I figured I’d waited my whole life I wasn’t going to miss this and I don’t want my daughter Imi to wait another 37 years.

“Growing up as a Tiger supporter you live through years of heartache and when we made it everyone was embracing and crying –it was worth it.”

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Which of these unusual Sydney homes would you choose?

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Sydneysiders, no matter what style of architecture or which design vibes you’re into, we have you covered.
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All three of our favourite properties for sale this week have open homes this Saturday – the hard part is choosing which one to attend. Alexandria

$1.65 million

This uber-cool SJB-designed apartment has an industrial chic vibe with its open spaces, muted grey and white tones and concrete beams making a striped statement across the ceiling.

Every design element in this pad has been carefully considered, from terazzo bathrooms to the marble kitchen.

The auction will kick off on October 7 through Jack Parry and Brad Papaellinas of BresicWhitney Balmain. A wooden deck stretches across the back of the apartment. Photo: Supplied

See more of 101/41 Birmingham Street hereRushcutters Bay

$1.5 million

Two years ago, a top-to-bottom renovation gave this art deco building a new lease on life. Related: This chateau could double as Disney’s CastleRelated: The best gems hiding on Sydney’s coastRelated: How you could rent Nina Proudman’s Offspring house9/80 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay. Photo: Supplied

Original elements at apartment No 9 have been carefully restored, including dark Belgian Sisal flooring and ornate detail on the 3.2-metre-high ceilings.

Contemporary updates include a Jetmaster fireplace and a seriously stylish kitchen.

Richardson & Wrench’sJason Boon and Geoff Cox have set an auction date of October 12. A careful restoration has made this 1920s-era look good as new. Photo: Supplied

See more of 9/80 Bayswater Road hereChatswood

$3.5 million

Richard Cole Architecture clearly had no interest in dark, dingy spaces when he designed this five-bedder.

The home is magnificently open-plan and uses floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls to keep the interiors light and fresh. 19 Haig Street, Chatswood. Photo: Supplied

The location will no doubt keep buyers keen, with Chatswood shops, public transport and quality schools all close by.

Ray White Northbridge agents Rose Farina and Jeff Woo have the listing. The airy, open-plan home is perfect for enjoying the blissful spring weather. Photo: Supplied

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Former CBA manager indicted in US over bribery allegations

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 01: Keith Hunter, a Commonwealth Bank IT Executive on charges for bribery, leaves the Downing Centre Local Court on April 1, 2015 in Sydney, . (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media) Eric Pulier, founder of ServiceMesh
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The US has issued arrest warrants for former Commonwealth Bank IT executive Jon Waldron and a former contractor to the bank over their alleged involvement in a bribery scheme.

A US grand jury indicted Sydney-based Mr Waldron and California technology executive Eric Pulier on Wednesday.

Both Mr Pulier and Mr Waldron have been charged with five counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy. Mr Pulier faces nine additional charges relating to the alleged bribes.

Mr Waldron is already facing charges in over the alleged payments. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

New Zealand-born Mr Waldron is next due to appear in the NSW Local Court on October 9 in relation to the n charges.

Mr Pulier is accused of paying $2.5 million of bribes to two CBA executives, Mr Waldron and former CBA IT general manager Keith Hunter.

It is alleged Mr Waldron received $1.9 million in payments to a New Zealand shell company.

The US Department of Justice alleges that in return for the bribes, Mr Waldron helped to approve a $10.5 million McAfee software contract for the bank.

ServiceMesh was sold to NASDAQ-listed tech giant Computer Sciences Corporation in 2013.

It is alleged the payments relating to CBA’s McAfee contract helped ServiceMesh secure additional payments of $US98 million in the form of an earn-out bonus from CSC in the year after ServiceMesh was acquired. This was on top of the $US282 million CSC had already paid to acquire ServiceMesh.

US Prosecutors said Mr Pulier received about $30 million of the earn-out bonus.

Mr Pulier then allegedly funnelled more than $US2.5 million of that amount in kickbacks to Hunter and Mr Waldron through Mr Pulier’s purported non-profit organisation, according to the Securities Exchange Commission’s court filing.

It is alleged that when CBA Security questioned the payments, Hunter drafted a Statement of Works on his home computer describing management consulting work provided to Mr Pulier’s non-profit organisation.

Hunter, an American who joined the bank in 2011, was sentenced to 3?? years in jail, with a non-parole period of two years and three months in December.

Hunter has also been charged in the US and is expected to be extradited to face those charges once released from prison in .

Los Angeles-based Mr Pulier, 50, is expected to surrender “in the coming days”, according to prosecutors.

Fairfax Media has been unable to contact Mr Waldron.

A spokesman for the Commonwealth Bank said the bank referred the matter to NSW Police in early 2015.

“We considered that the suspicious activity of these individuals was serious, that’s why we took the step of reporting their activity to the NSW Police,” the spokesman said.

“We will continue to cooperate with the police and authorities as the judicial processes continue.”

The bribery allegations come amid a torrid time for CBA, which is facing an inquiry by the banking regulator, the n Prudential Regulation Authority, following scandals in its financial advice and life insurance arm.