Santa goes solar for Christmas

SANTA’S SHIP: Passengers for the SolarSailor waiting to board for a cruise as the vessel arrives at the Speers Point Park jetty on Thursday evening. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS SANTA’S SHIP: Passengers for the SolarSailor waiting to board for a cruise as the vessel arrives at the Speers Point Park jetty on Thursday evening. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS

SANTA’S SHIP: Entertainers on the SolarSailor Ninan Matthew, aka Santa’s chief safety officer Sparkey Opensleigh, with singers Chloe Jeffery-Williams and Emma Sutton. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS

A SOLAR- and wind-powered vessel will do this year’s traditional Christmas Eve cruise around Lake Macquarie.

The word is that Santa is happy about that because he’s a bit of a greenie.

Decked out in solar Christmas lights and spreading festive cheer, the SolarSailor will have Santa and his elves aboard to give out bags of lollies at stops on the shore.

The vessel will wind its way around the lake from Warners Bay to Rathmines, with each stop to last about 20 minutes and musicians playing Christmas songs onboard.

The iconic Wangi Queen had traditionally done the Christmas cruise for many years, but it left the lake in September.

Up to 25,000 people usually gather on the shore to see the vessel’s Christmas lights and wave to those onboard.

SolarSailor owner Robert Dane said he felt privileged to take over from the Wangi Queen.

‘‘It’s been great working with Santa on this project,’’ Dr Dane said, adding Santa loved coming to Lake Macquarie.

‘‘He liked the old boat, but he’s really excited about using the SolarSailor because he believes in renewable energy.’’

Santa and the elves will be wearing life jackets to send a safety message to the community.


SolarSailor Christmas Eve cruise stops on Lake Macquarie

4.25pm to 4.45pm Warners Bay

4.55pm to 5.15pm Eleebana

5.30pm to 5.55pm Valentine

6.15pm to 6.35pm Toronto

6.35pm to 7pm Coal Point

7.20pm to 7.40pm Kilaben Park

7.45pm to 8.05pm Rathmines

Ready to run and win at Bendigo Bank Stadium

LONDON Olympic 4x400m team member Ben Offereins will be running in the $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift to be held at Bendigo Bank Stadium on January 5 next year.

Sanctioned by WA Athletics the event will also feature the 550m Peel Health Campus Classic, Australia’s richest 550m race with $3000 to the winner.

2012 WA State Open 800m champion and AFL boundary umpire Jace Collingridge will contest in this event.

The event is made possible by funding through the PHC Community Fund and the Peel Thunder Football Club.

The City of Mandurah has also contributed funding for the event.

Offereins grew up running for the Rockingham Little Athletics Club and ran in a 2010 Commonwealth Games 4x400m heat.

The eventual final was won by the Australians without Offereins, but he received a gold medal for his efforts in the heat.

West Coast Athletics League (WCAL) chairman Paul Edmiston said the event was a “huge bonus” for WA athletics.

“With a Premier Gift race in WA absent from the athletics calendar for almost a decade, the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift and Classic is now the major professional event in Western Australia giving our local athletes a major goal in the WA Athletics season calendar,” he said.

Mr Edminston said the timing of the race could not be more appropriate with a new WCAL board formed earlier this year to promote the professional side of athletics.

The Peel Health Campus Peel Gift will be a headline event on the WA Pro calendar.

“We look forward to expanding the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift into Australia’s Premier Professional footrace carnival,” Edmiston said.

Event organiser Peel Thunder Football Club chief executive Russ Clark thanked PHC for the support of the initiative.

“The Peel Health Campus Board were very positive in their support of this community event from the start,” Clark said.

“The event is based at encouraging a healthy lifestyle of exercise, athletics, outdoor activities and family entertainment and is something both Peel Health Campus and Peel Thunder have a strong connection to.”

There will be a free bouncy castle, face painting, a footballer’s race and a mascot race to keep families entertained throughout the afternoon.

The community event has already attracted some of the best sprinters and 550m runners in Australia with the names growing by the day including 2012 Queanbeyan Gift winner Dean Scarff.

Scarff will join Offereins in the main 120m race for the $10,000 prize.

Also entering the competition is local Mandurah resident Brett Blanco – Master’s Record holder in 60m, 100m and 200m, Dylan Panizza – 2011/12 Sprint Athlete of the Year, Tenneille Trigwell –2011/12 Female Athlete of the Year, Adam Moore – $3000 Mullewa Gift 2011 winner, Cole Unasa, Alex Glorie, Chad Perris, Aldis Jaunzems and Sophie Watts.

A full form guide with heat draws will also be released in the week leading up to the race.

Gates will open at 2pm at Bendigo Bank Stadium with a gold coin donation entry fee.

For more information and times go to wcal苏州美睫培训.au or peelthunder苏州美睫培训.au

Former Rockingham local Ben Offereins will take part in January’s $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift. Picture by Getty Images.

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LIZ LOVE: The Bistro

Where: 102 Darby Street, Cooks Hill.

Prices: To start, $2.50 to $12.50; entrees, $18 to $23; beef, $34 to $38; mains, $34 to $36; sides, $8.50; desserts, $16, cheese, $12 for one, $28 for three.

Chefs: Thomas Green and Dylan Evans.

Wines: Well chosen and eclectic list of Australian, French, Italian, German and Spanish wines; 19 by glass.

Hours: Lunch, Friday; dinner, Tuesday to Saturday.

Vegetarian: Three snacks, one entree.

Bookings: 49294854.

Bottom line: Entrée, main, dessert about $150 for two.

Wheelchair access: Good.

Website: thebistrorestaurant苏州美睫培训.au

Last time we were at The Bistro there was a fresh breeze blowing through this popular Darby Street institution. We are back and the vibes are as invigorating as ever, but there’s now a settled, established air.

They are busy tonight with a large function in the next room. Linen-covered tables keep the noise level under control and the service in the main area is not suffering although it might have been a good idea if the waiter had not relied on memory and written our order down. Two dishes are mixed up; one was confirmed before it was served, but the prawn beignets didn’t arrive.

Fortunately the sweet corn and mushroom fritters with parmesan cream which came instead provide four scrumptious mouthfuls, so I don’t complain.

Warm, marinated olives – large fleshy Spanish, bright green Sicilians and tiny Niçoise – are an ideal choice to span the gap between ordering and the first course.

An entree of sauteed spanner crab ticks all the right boxes. Plenty of sweet crab meat, tiny crisp young artichokes, finely sliced fennel and basil providing a refreshing aniseed note.

A previous starter of crunchy pork-cheek kromesky shows up as a perfect partner to pinkly moist pork loin. You have to love the texture and flavour contrast from roasted almond pieces, sweet and creamy butternut pumpkin puree, tiny peas and double-peeled broad beans.

But the go-to dishes are all about beef. Tonight there’s a 250 gram sirloin, 200 gram eye fillet and 350 gram Scotch fillet, all carefully sourced from producers around Australia. Eye fillet can be disappointing but this one is bursting with flavour and cuts to reveal perfectly rested flesh, cooked medium rare. Caramelised roast onions and garlic puree come with all the steaks. Red wine sauce, my preference, is rich and unctuous and waiting in a tiny jug.

The non-beef mains really don’t need any extras but you might like some kipfler potatoes roasted in beef fat, garlic and rosemary or a dish of buttered green beans and asparagus to have with the steak. This kitchen knows how to cook greens – not too crisp, but still keeping the vibrancy.

I like that the number of wines by the glass has increased. A bottle is not always a good idea when there are just two diners. I’d just like my glass poured at the table so I can see the bottle.

The dessert list hasn’t changed much. There’s no panna cotta but the dark chocolate mousse is still there. There’s caramelised-banana tart with almond crumble, and passionfruit pavlova with in-season mango and berries appeals.

I just have to see if the raspberry soufflé is as good as I can remember and am not disappointed. It’s a texturally perfect, airy delight, rising well above the dish. The already intense raspberry flavour gets a boost from the raspberry coulis in a jug on the side.

There’s a confidence about this place that gives the impression they are here for the long haul. This is a worthy update to the already impressive Newcastle restaurant portfolio.

DELIGHTFUL: The revamped Bistro is a worthy addition to the Newcastle restaurant portfolio.PICTURE: MAX MASON-HUBERS

CYMS eye off semi berth

A WIN for CYMS in today’s Orange District Cricket Association match would mean more than five-straight Saturday victories for the side.

CYMS vice-captain Dave Neil says a win would help them take a step closer to cementing a semi-final berth.

CYMS will take on Kinross in today’s one-day match at Kinross, the last round before the holiday break.

Neil said the CYMS players had no shortage of motivation.

“If we win it’s five straight in Saturday cricket,” Neil explained.

“While it’s too early to look ahead to semi-finals, it’s clearly important to try to cement a place in the top three as early as possible. We’re on our way to doing that but there’s some good teams chasing us.

CYMS had a bye last weekend but didn’t lose any momentum as they enjoyed a Royal Hotel Cup win over Centrals on the Friday night.

CYMS might be in good form but Neil said there was plenty of pressure from the club’s second grade players for spots in the top side.

This competition from within was pushing the first grade side to perform well.

“There’s some boys in second grade – Tommy Evans, Michael Campbell, Grant Koch – who have been playing well, so there’s a healthy amount of pressure coming from beneath,” Neil said.

“Jake Sands, who captained first grade until three years ago, is also back in town, so the competition for first grade places will intensify, and that can only help us.”

Kinross are yet to win a Saturday game but they’re still not a side to be taken lightly.

The students will be without player-coach Andrew Litchfield as well as Charlie Litchfield and Louis Kostoglou.

They will be ably replaced by Stuart Crisp, Peter Crisp and Angus Gilmore.

For Peter Crisp and Gilmore, it will be their first grade debuts.

Both boys have shown they’re ready to step up to the top grade.

Gilmore has been a consistent performer for Kinross in the ODCA second grade competition, with 213 runs from six matches this season, including an unbeaten 62.

He is also still young enough to play in the Orange District Junior Cricket Association’s under 16 competition, where he regularly scores runs.

Peter Crisp could be an all-round threat like his father, having shown ability with bat and ball in second grade and under 16s.

Andrew Litchfield said senior players Stuart Crisp and Chris Gavin, along with captain Tom Bristow, would keep the Kinross players on track today.

“The boys have just got to put their best foot forward and try to do everything as well as possible,” Litchfield said.

“The talent and ability is there, we’ve just got to have it fire for 80 overs.”

Today’s game at Kinross Oval will start at 1pm.

ON THE RUN: Kinross captain Tom Bristow will try to steer his side to a first grade win today. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1124sgcrick5

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Transplant saves PNG doctor’s life

LIFESAVERS: The team, from left, Dr John Ferguson, Steven Kendaura, Dr Kapiro Kendaura and transplant unit director Dr Paul Trevillian. Picture: RYAN OSLANDGAINING access to health care in Papua New Guinea is difficult but becomes even more so when the doctor delivering the services gets sick too.

That is what happened at Goroka Hospital in Papua New Guinea’s highlands, when acting medical services director Dr Kapiro Kendaura suffered kidney failure.

Despite receiving regular dialysis treatment he was only months from death before the intervention of Hunter New England health infection prevention and control director John Ferguson.

Dr Ferguson travels to the country each year to teach and heard of his colleague’s plight.

Some months and a massive community and logistical effort later, Dr Kendaura was flown to John Hunter Hospital to receive a kidney transplant from his brother Steven, a high school teacher.

Dr Kendaura was released from hospital a week after his surgery on December 3 and will soon return to the country where his 100-bed hospital serves some of the 300,000 people who live in the highlands.

‘‘I’m so lucky. I owe the hospital a lot. They spent a lot of time and resources helping me,’’ Dr Kendaura said.

‘‘I don’t know how to thank these people.’’

The surgery was made possible after the health care service offered its services pro bono and hospital staff raised $15,000 for travel, accommodation and medication costs.

The hospital has done work for Papua New Guinea previously, but nothing as major as a transplant.

The staff also had to conquer challenges such as cross-matching blood across international borders.

‘‘Chronic renal failure is a death sentence in Papua New Guinea,’’ Dr Ferguson said.

The hospital is also part of the Hunter Transplant Research Foundation, a subsidiary of the Hunter Medical Research Foundation, that works to improve outcomes in transplant patients.

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School bell tolls for retiring teachers

EDUCATORS: Jan Milliss, left, and Janelle Smith have spent a combined 86 years teaching. Picture: Brock PerksMOST students can’t wait to put school behind them.

But for Janelle Smith, 62, and Jan Milliss, 64, it’s taken 86 years between the two of them to finally say enough is enough.

The pair, who began as primary school teachers at Merewether Heights Public in the 1970s and 1980s, are this week celebrating their retirement from the school, a decision that did not come easy.

‘‘It was hard for me to acknowledge that it was my time to leave, as I have built some amazing friendships and memories over the years,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘However, when you know, you know. It was my time to leave.’’

During their time, the two have seen drastic changes to the education system, including the introduction of smartboards and iPad as tools for teaching children.

Mrs Smith said amid change, many things stayed the same.

‘‘The foundations of the education system that I started out in are the same: supporting our children to be the best that they can be.

‘‘As a teacher, there is nothing better than watching that lightbulb moment with children, where they work something out for themselves.’’

The pair don’t anticipate leaving the school completely.

‘‘I would love to come back one day and do a bit of volunteer work, help out with a reading group or wherever I can,’’ Mrs Milliss said.

‘‘If the school is ever in need of some extra helping hands, I’ll be there,’’ Mrs Smith agreed.

■ A NEW principal has been appointed to St Philip’s Christian College Port Stephens Campus.

Dr Timothy Petterson will take over the 750-student school in 2013 following the unexpected passing of founding principal Chris Walkling from a heart attack in July.

Dr Petterson is year 7 housemaster at The King’s School, Parramatta and teaches business studies and commerce.

Celebrate the New Year!

PARRAMATTA will welcome the new year with a bang.

Residents and visitors to this year’s fireworks display will welcome 2013 with an action-packed New Year’s Eve party on the Parramatta River foreshore.

Last year up to 20,000 people turned up to cheer in 2012, and the lord mayor of Parramatta, John Chedid, said this year they were expecting up to 25,000 people to attend the night.

“Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event is perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of travelling into Sydney,” Cr Chedid said.

“There will be loads of family-friendly entertainment with activities for children, early fireworks, a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and an easier journey home.”

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including roaming street performers, rides and a variety of delicious foods.

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch jet- skis and skiers in a choreographed performance on the river featuring fireworks and flares.

Cr Chedid said the fireworks display for Parramatta’s New Year’s Eve event is always unique and impressive.

“This year we’ve got an incredible show featuring fireworks right along the river as well as fireworks mounted on the jet-skis, which will be synchronised with music and lighting,” he said.

“The high aerial fireworks combined with the

fireworks shot from the jet-skis lets you be very close to the action and see the whole sky

come alive with colour all at the same time –

an exciting way to celebrate New Year’s the Parramatta way.”

There will be entertainment throughout the evening, with live music from cover bands Phonic and Superstitious.

The children won’t be forgotten: The Amazing Drumming Monkeys show will ensure kids can party as well.

Bring your picnic basket and blanket and arrive early to ensure you get a good spot for live entertainment and fireworks watching.

The celebrations will start at 6pm on Monday, December 31.

Details: Parramatta City Council, phone: 8839 3311, website:

CELEBRATE the end of 2012 and welcome in 2013 in style.

Here are a few suggestions as to how you may wish to spend the evening:

■ Wentworthville Leagues Club

Welcome in the new year at a dinner at the Starlight Room at Wenty Leagues with a sumptuous three-course meal and dance the night away with the tribute band Abbalanche.

Details: 8868 9200.

■ Club Merrylands

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Club Merrylands with Groovology.

The band plays a variety of music including top 40 hits, pop, blues, jazz, R’n’B, disco, funk and rock’n’roll.

Prices start at $25 for members and $30 for guests.

Prices includes a meal.

Details: 9637 9099.

■ Guildford Rugby League Football Club

Sing in the new year with karaoke at Guildford Leagues.

Karaoke is from 9pm to 1am.

Details: 9780 1333.

■ Merrylands RSL

Dance in the new year with tribute band, ABBAs Back.

Hear all your favourite ABBA songs.

Tickets cost $22 for members and $27 for guests.

Details: 8868 7777.

■ Parramatta Leagues Club

Celebrate the new year at the NYE Party at the Firehouse in Parramatta Leagues Club.

Free entry and live entertainment on the night.

Details: 8833 0702.

■ Smithfield RSL

The band the Rhythm Cats will bring in the new year with their catchy beats.

They will perform from 8.30pm for a free show.

Details: 9604 4411.

■ Blacktown Workers Club

See in 2013 with Jade Hurley performing the classics from Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash and more.

Tickets cost $45 for members and $50 for visitors.

Details: 9830 0600.

New Years celebrations planned for Parramatta CBD

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New Karnup station plan unveiled

A TRAIN station will be built at Paganoni Road in Karnup if the Labor Party wins the State election next year.

As part of Labor’s recently announced Metronet rail service, the proposed Karnup station will service the northern suburbs of Mandurah including Lakelands and Madora Bay.

The station is designed to lure traffic from the over-crowded Mandurah station from suburbs such as Singleton, Golden Bay and Secret Harbour.

With Paganoni Road already an established road connecting the northern Mandurah suburbs to the Kwinana Freeway, the move is the right one according to Member for Warnbro Paul Papalia.

“For us the State must move forward,” he said.

Opposition Transport Minister Ken Travers said the Metronet announcement highlighted Labor’s commitment to public transport and the Peel region.

“With the amount of people using public transport, trains are the backbone of the network; not light rail,” he said.

“Corridors with increased activity will be serviced by the train system.”

With developments across Singleton, Golden Bay and Secret Harbour, plus extra housing areas in Madora Bay and Lakelands, the northern corridor of Mandurah is only expected to increase in size; which Mr Papalia said was why this station was essential.

Mr Travers said the network would not be an overnight job and expected the project would take two terms of government to really make progress.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman welcomed the rail plan as a “huge boost” to the region.

“We finally get a new station north of Mandurah which will take the parking pressure off our only station at the Mandurah terminus,” he said.

Mr Templeman also praised the proposed extension of the Armadale line through to Pinjarra.

“The proposal to extend the rail line through to Pinjarra in the Murray Shire is outstanding,” he said.

Mr Travers said given Mandurah and the southern suburbs of Perth were major growth areas the Kwinana Freeway could only be expanded so far to cater for the growing demand.

Mr Travers said recent figures showed by 2026, 2.3million people will call WA home, up from 1.7million now.

Plans had been originally drawn up in May 2009 to build a station at Karnup to keep up with the population demand but nothing eventuated from there.

Minister for Transport Troy Buswell was contacted for comment.

Member for Warnbro Paul Papalia and Opposition Transport Minister Ken Travers at the proposed Karnup train station site.

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First fatality of holiday driving season

POLICE are investigating the circumstances of the crash that killed an 82-year-old woman at Brandy Hill, near Seaham, yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Clarence Town Road about 1.30pm following reports a car had struck a power pole.

The woman died at the scene, making her the state’s first holiday fatality this Christmas.

A report will be prepared for the coroner and anyone with information is urged to contact Raymond Terrace police on 1800333000.

The tragic accident marks the beginning of the busy period on the Hunter’s roads, with traffic expected to ramp up with last-minute shoppers and travellers in the coming days.

Bottlenecks at Kempsey and Macksville flared early yesterday, with police patrols beginning in earnest as part of Operation Safe Arrival.

Double demerit points will be enforced for speeding, restraint and helmet offences until January 2.

Among the first charged in the lead-up to Christmas was a Tighes Hill woman, 40, who police allege blew six times the legal limit in a breath test.

Police said the woman was stopped on Sunnyside Street at Mayfield about 7pm Thursday where she returned a positive breath test.

She was arrested and taken to Waratah police station, where a breath analysis recorded a 0.303 reading.

The woman’s licence was cancelled and she will face court on high-range drink-driving charges in January.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Inspector Phil Brooks said the woman’s alleged actions put every road user at risk.

“This woman allegedly told the officer she’d consumed two bottles of red wine and three schooners of beer during celebrations for a friend’s birthday,” Inspector Brooks said.

“To get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol – let alone the large amount of wine and beer this woman had allegedly consumed – is extremely dangerous.’’

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC: Drivers are urged to allow plenty of time to get to their destination, and to drive with care. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

HOME: Good vibes in Eleebana

Tucked deep into Eleebana’s horsey haven is a delightful little slice of Australia, where a creek forms a natural boundary and a rooster crows out the back.

A huge old coral tree spreads its shady limbs around the eastern side of a verandah that stretches from the front to the back of Jeff and Jan Marshall’s house.

To step inside the front door instantly evokes feelings of warmth.

And the owners know it.

‘‘If people keep their houses nice generally, if they care about their yard, then they care about themselves and if they’ve got horses, well they are very special!’’ says Jeff.

A former milko and a compositor for the Newcastle Herald, Jeff dabbled in training and breeding racehorses for a while, among other equine pursuits.

Nowadays the septuagenarian is still very active – kicking up dust daily out the back astride a pure bred Connemara mare, who is ‘‘coming along nicely’’.

Another passion is his chooks.

‘‘We’ve had chooks and a dog ever since we’ve been married,’’ Jan Marshall says.

The beautiful gardens that surround the house are her domain.

The centrepiece is that coral tree with its huge girth and long green beans that prove irresistible to the lorikeets.

The verandah it protects is one of the few things the Marshalls have added to the Federation-era house in their 44 years of ownership.

Like many homes of its time, regrettably its original history has been lost.

What is known about the house is that it started life in New Lambton and that it may have been built for a cordial manufacturer.

The signature sunrise emblem on the front dates its construction at around or just after Federation.

Jeff and Jan are unsure why, but at some point in its past previous owners decided to saw the old house in half and move it to Eleebana.

Their home has seen children come, grow and go over the years it has been in their ownership.

As well as the verandah, a family room has been added onto the back, an old kitchen was replaced, but the majority of the house is essentially the same as it was.

It’s a lucky thing because the original features of the house are outstanding and of a type rarely seen in such good condition.

The rich hues of beautiful timbers adorn walls, doors and windows, and are preserved beneath Estapol, rather than painted over.

Stunning leadlight windows on the western side of the house capture gorgeous afternoon sunset rays through the trees and send them into the lounge and dining rooms.

Aesthetically, this is a very inviting house.

That was one of the reasons why the Marshalls bought it in the first place.

‘‘There are none of those fancy things you get like the modern new houses, but it feels warm and it is,’’ Jeff says.

They paid just $12,000 for the place all those years ago – which at the time Jeff felt was a bit too much.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing.

‘‘There are a lot of good memories here and there are not many people who have come here and not said ‘What a nice place’.

‘‘I just wish we knew more about it.’’

Do you know any history about this house?

Do you know a house we could feature?

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