Month: February 2019

FISHING: Positive angle on predator

THERE is a silver lining to reports of bull sharks in Lake Macquarie this week – it means there’s a lot of fish about.
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Although it is alarming to think there are big predators about, the fact is, they’ve always been present and it’s important we don’t over-react to a few sightings.

With any luck the sharks will leave the humans alone and vice versa.

Having said that, we love this comment that came in on the Herald website this week:

“Bull Sharks? More like Bull-S***. The last time a bull shark tried to bite me, I punched it in the nose, then i rode it to newcastle beach like a mighty stallion of the seas.”

Full to bream

ANGLING reports support the view local estuaries have been fishing well, with bream particularly prolific and impressive.

After days of perseverance, eight-year-old Jaymie Rose Atkinson, from Coffs Harbour, got a 37cm bream off the jetty at Coal Point last Wednesday using 8lb line and mullet gut.

Tom McTaggart, 9, from Fletcher, got a honking 44cm bream near Swansea on a cooked peeled prawn that weighed in at 1.6kg.

“It is the biggest bream I have ever caught and the biggest one my dad has ever seen,” Tom reported.

Mel Murison got a 47cm monster in Newcastle Harbour last week.

“I was ecstatic as it’s the biggest fish I have ever caught,” Mel mused.

Mitch Campbell, aged 11, caught his first ever bream on Lake Macquarie last week and it was a beauty, too, measuring 44cm and weighing in at 1.6kg.

Other local catches included Dane Antunovich, who got his first jew in the lake.

Kaiden Buechner, 4, got his first bass at Lake St Clair, a 32cm fish caught on an RMG deep diver.

And nine-year-old Ariahne Taylor, from Wallsend, caught a 2.3kg salmon in the lake off the Speers Point jetty.

Lizards emerging

PHIL MacDonald, from Toronto Bait and Tackle, reports flathead are starting to move up out of the deeper water into the shallows as the lake warms up.

“They’ve been getting a lot on soft plastics this week,” Phil said.

“Doesn’t seem to matter what size – two-inch grubs up to five-inch stick baits.

“One local, Ron, has been getting into them in his kayak.

“Bream have been schooling up in the channel and there’s been some flounder mixed in with them.

“There’s been a few good-sized tailor getting caught on the troll in the deeper water around Pulbah and Coal Point.

“Whiting have been hooked off the Dropover. And I hear there’s been some kings coming off Texas reef and still plenty of salmon on the beaches.”

Turn up the bass

ANDREW Low, from Freddys Fishing World, got into the bass up at Lake St Clair this week and reports there were heaps of fish getting around the edges.

“I drove up on Tuesday and set up near the boat ramp with spinner baits and jackals and got bites all day,” Andrew said.

“Caught about 15 or 20 fish, some up to 40cm – threw them all back. It was good.”

Andrew said there has been heaps of flathead in the Harbour at the moment and a few soapie jew about.

He also suspects the blue swimmer crabs are on the march as he’s been selling a heap of witches hats.

“They don’t say where they’re getting them, they never do, and I wouldn’t believe them if they did,” he said.

Andrew was surprised to catch a stack of whiting under Stockton Bridge recently while targeting bream and flathead.

“It was a bit odd I thought as the water there is pretty filthy dirty and I’ve never really caught them there before. I got about 10 and they were all legal.”

Rocky road

ROCK mobster Robert “Soft Hands” Gorseski had another “eventful” day on the pebbles last weekend.

He took last week’s Fish of the Week winner, Boby Krstinovski, back to the rocks shelves round Caves Beach to chase kingies, having enjoyed success the weekend before.

They also took a mate, Georgie K, who unfortunately got sick and had to be carted back home by Boby almost as soon as they got there.

This left Rob with the arduous task of dragging two buckets laden with stuff, his packed backpack, three rods, a three-piece gaf and a net for about 10 minutes down to their spot.

His hands weren’t so soft after that.

All this pushed fishing back by 1.5 hours.

They started chasing drummer with live prawns, but that didn’t work out too well as there were too many “pickers”.

So they hooked up a live crab which got smashed as soon as it hit the water.

Rob wasn’t sure what was on it, but it had the line flying off the reel until it busted off.

Unfortunately they ended up missing out on any kingfish but they got a couple of salmon before the arrival of a shark shut that down, too.

BIG ONE: Andrew Griffith wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this mighty 27kg jewfish pulled off the beach at Belmont South last Monday. Call into Tackle Power Sandgate, at 53 Maitland Road, Sandgate, to collect your prize, mate. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the fishing page for verification. To enter Fish of the Week, email [email protected]南京夜网.au, or comment on the fishing blog at theherald南京夜网.au.

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Call for building levy to boost infrastructure

AN infrastructure ‘‘levy’’ of 2.5 per cent should be paid by both developers and mums and dads building new homes to ensure communities have proper services and thrive, an industry conference was told yesterday.
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The levy should apply to developments over $50,000.

The call for reform came from Stephen Albin, chief executive officer of the NSW Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), which organised the conference at Noahs On the Beach yesterday.

Mr Albin told the conference, which was attended by senior executives from developers Mirvac, Stockland and the LWP Property Group, that infrastructure issues that were plaguing western Sydney were starting to ‘‘manifest’’ in Hunter areas including Lake Macquarie and Maitland.

‘‘The pressures that we are experiencing [in Sydney] will over time be felt here and .. we are trying to fix the issues so they don’t get here,’’ Mr Albin said.

The industry conference was given a progress report on the controversial Huntlee housing development near Branxton by Ian Wilks, general manager of the project’s developer LWP.

Mr Wilks said that despite the fact the company had been taken to both the Land and Environment Court and the Supreme Court of NSW over issues relating to the sprawling scheme, which will feature a mix of housing for 21,000 residents, it was pushing on in a bid to provide better housing for the area.

‘‘There has been a perception that Huntlee is controversial, that it’s tainted in some way, not appropriate – I don’t understand the basis of that, I think everyone here would appreciate how difficult it is to attract investment,’’ he said.

‘‘We are all trying to do the best for the people and the place to get housing and services and infrastructure and we are working with a set of constraints and regulations and rules that are constantly there to challenge us and make things better.’’

Mr Wilks said the area where Huntlee was being developed lacked ‘‘a lot of services’’ and infrastructure and the political landscape was ‘‘exceedingly difficult’’ due to often parochial councils and local government organisations. However he said the company had a collaborative approach and had build solid relations with stakeholders.

Speaking before the conference, UDIA Hunter Chapter chair Shane Boslem said the Hunter was ‘‘struggling’’ because a lack of housing, with the problem not being land availability but the fact that developers were struggling to keep land packages affordable due to infrastructure and conservation requirement costs.

He said that under the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy, released in 2006 as a road map for how new housing would be delivered in the region over the next 25 years, only 3500 new homes had so far been built, representing a shortfall of up to 25,000 homes.

REFORM CALL: The Urban Development Institute believes a 2.5 per cent levy to apply to housing to help pay for infrastructure.

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Australia’s 25 most expensive suburbs

The most expensive suburbs around Australia: the top 25 plus the most expensive suburbs in those states and territories not among the top 25.
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Rank – Suburb – State – Council – Median Value – Avg distance to capital city GPO

1 Point Piper NSW Sydney Woollahra $7,381,887 4 km2 Watsons Bay NSW Sydney Woollahra $6,476,767 7 km3 Centennial Park NSW Sydney Randwick $5,217,016 4 km4 Woolwich NSW Sydney Hunters Hill $4,621,152 4 km5 Peppermint Grove WA Perth Peppermint Grove $4,284,941 10 km6 Darling Point NSW Sydney Woollahra $4,235,112 3 km7 Henley NSW Sydney Hunters Hill $3,489,357 7 km8 Vaucluse NSW Sydney Woollahra $3,279,795 7 km9 Bellevue Hill NSW Sydney Woollahra $3,104,186 5 km10 Eagle Bay WA South West Busselton $2,860,776 193 km11 Double Bay NSW Sydney Woollahra $2,833,482 3 km12 Toorak VIC Melbourne Stonnington $2,774,578 5 km13 Tamarama NSW Sydney Waverley $2,737,142 7 km14 Dover Heights NSW Sydney Waverley $2,627,931 7 km15 Dalkeith WA Perth Nedlands $2,561,031 7 km16 Rose Bay NSW Sydney Woollahra $2,379,752 6 km17 Lavender Bay NSW Sydney North Sydney $2,330,499 3 km18 Orange Grove WA Perth Gosnells $2,238,256 17 km19 Palm Beach NSW Sydney Pittwater $2,191,449 31 km20 Cremorne Point NSW Sydney North Sydney $2,183,485 3 km21 Kooyong VIC Melbourne Stonnington $2,105,116 7 km22 Mosman NSW Sydney Mosman $2,075,036 5 km23 Longueville NSW Sydney Lane Cove $2,054,493 6 km24 Linley Point NSW Sydney Lane Cove $2,043,915 7 km25 Bronte NSW Sydney Waverley $2,011,687 6 km

34 Main Beach QLD Gold Coast Gold Coast $1,833,500 69 km36 Springfield SA Adelaide Mitcham $1,797,734 6 km40 Forrest ACT Canberra Unincorporated ACT $1,767,088 5 km196 Bayview NT Darwin Darwin $1,081,238 3 km365 Battery Point TAS Greater Hobart Hobart $861,560 1 km

Source: RP Data

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Bennett backs Bellamy to stick with Storm

Wayne Bennett could not see any reason why Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy would want to leave this year’s NRL premier when his contract was up next year, the seven-time premiership coach said before being inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
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Bellamy’s future has been a hot topic, with the respected coach often linked to any vacant coaching position despite being contracted to the Storm until the end of next season, and he this week turned down a big-money attempt to lure him to the New Zealand Warriors, which are believed to have now appointed Matt Elliott.

Bellamy, who led the Storm to a premiership just two years after the club was busted for salary cap cheating and stripped of two premierships, has maintained that he would remain with the Storm next season, but has been non-committal about his future beyond 2013. He has floated ideas of his next contract being his last as a head coach or possibly even taking a step away even sooner and moving into a consultant role.

Bennett coached the Brisbane Broncos for two decades before taking St George Illawarra to a premiership in 2010 and then moving to Newcastle on a big-money deal.

Bennett, who had Bellamy as an assistant at the Broncos for five seasons, said he did not know why he would want to coach at any other team than the Storm, where he has a close bond with the players, particularly the leadership group in Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman.

“I think Craig is a pretty smart bloke and when he’s got the talented players that he’s got here and the success he’s had here it would be pretty hard to leave,” Bennett said. “I don’t know why he would want to leave here and they would be silly to lose him.”

Bennett was among eight people who this afternoon unveiled the plaques on the honour roll at the National Sports Museum before being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The other inductees are: Adam Gilchrist (cricket); Kathy Watt (cycling); James Tomkins (rowing); Andrew Johns (rugby league); Stephen Larkham (rugby union); Laurie Nash (Australian football and cricket); and sports administrator Malcolm Speed.

At the plaque-unveiling ceremony held at the MCG, Gilchrist said he was honoured to earn a place on the roll.

“In sport no one sets out with an end-goal of being awarded this sort of honour, you set out because you love what you do. You’re passionate about it, everyone was very committed and made a lot of sacrifices but gee, it was a lot of fun along the way too,” Gilchrist said.

“To be given this honour is great and believe me I intend on having a fun night celebrating this tonight.”

Watts had a simple message when asked about the deepening drugs controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong, after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a 1000-page report into the disgraced American cyclist.

“Don’t do drugs. Do sport clean and you’ll be fine,” she said.

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Obesity, asthma link

ASTHMA researchers said there was mounting evidence linking obesity with the condition, not only because of the extra weight but because of the fat cells themselves.
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More than 120 researchers have come from around Australian and overseas to Newcastle this week for what has become one of the premier asthma conferences in the country.

The conference, which ends today, is at the Hunter Medical Research Institute and is this year looking at the role of obesity, infection and immune responses in asthma.

One of this year’s key presenters is University of Vermont Associate Professor Anne Dixon.

Dr Dixon said there was evidence linking late-onset asthma, as opposed to allergic childhood asthma, with obesity and not just because of low lung volumes.

‘‘Fat cells are releasing chemicals that could be having affects on the airway,’’ she said.

‘‘A high-fat diet can increase inflammation in your airway.’’

Dr Dixon said the biggest challenge was ending judgment of obese patients among the medical profession and helping patients lose weight.

‘‘When I bring up obesity [patients] end in up in tears,’’ she said.

‘‘I certainly have patients whose lives have been turned around by bariatric surgery, but it’s not a panacea.’’

The Hunter has elevated asthma rates compared to the rest of the country, particularly among children.

Up to 12 per cent of the region’s adults have asthma and 14 per cent of children.

Conference coordinator University of Newcastle researcher Professor Phil Hansbro said the conference brought researchers and clinicians together to share results.

‘‘Many collaborative links have been generated as a result of the conference,’’ he said.

‘‘They have resulted in many new avenues of research that aim to identify new therapeutic strategies.’

MEDICAL RESEARCH: A conference that ends in Newcastle today has been told of the links between obesity and asthma.

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