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Dumping charge defended

PORT Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s family company has pleaded not guilty to using Macka’s Sand and Soil at Salt Ash as an unlawful waste dump.
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The plea was entered on Friday in the Land and Environment Court after the NSW Environment Protection Authority finalised its case against the company, Grafil Pty Ltd, and directors Mr MacKenzie and son Robert.

The charge, under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, carries a $1 million maximum penalty with a further penalty of $120,000 for each day the offence continues.

The father and son also face possible special executive liability as directors of Grafil Pty Ltd, trading as Macka’s.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority launched criminal proceedings against Grafil in the Land and Environment Court inMay last yearafter investigations of alleged dumping from 2013,whenstockpiles of waste up to eight metres high, 40 metres wide and 100 metres long were found near and in waterways.

The EPA initiated the Land and Environment Court action after investigations in October, 2015found an additional 360 tonnes of waste at the Salt Ash site, in breach of orders made in 2013, with 10 tonnes found to containasbestos.

A 2013 clean-up notice that was still in place preventedany further waste from being accepted at the Macka’s premises.

The EPA initiated the Land and Environment Court action a day before announcing it hadfined Grafil and Macka’s Sand $15,000 for land pollution by asbestos waste.

It charged the company with using the Salt Ash site as a waste facility without lawful authority.

Inmedia reports in 2016 Cr MacKenzie denied the EPA’s allegation that360 tonnes of demolition waste had been dumped on the site between May 2013 and October 2015.

“We put four or five tonnes of bricks and mortar there and someone else has dumped the asbestos,” he said.

In papers filed in the court the EPA alleged Grafil Pty Ltd used the land as a waste facility between October 29, 2012 and May 15, 2013. It alleged mixed construction and demolition waste and asbestos was deposited at the Salt Ash business site to form three stockpiles.

“The premises was used as a waste facility for storing and/or disposal of waste on the land,” court papers alleged.

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act places the onus of proof in any prosecution on the defendant, Grafil Pty Ltd, to demonstrate it had lawful authority to use the property as a waste facility.

The EPA said Grafil acted promptly to remove asbestos waste after it was detected and tested.

Stockpiles: An Environment Protection Authority photo showing stockpiled material at Macka’s Sand in 2013. The EPA alleges Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s company used the property as an unlawful waste dump.

Berejiklian braces for ‘huge swings’ in byelections

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian met with Liberal candidate James Griffin in Manly, the day before the Manly by-election to fill former NSW Premier Mike Baird’s seat. Photographed Friday 7th April 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 170407 Photo: James BrickwoodGladys Berejiklian says she is “bracing” herself for “huge swings” against the Liberal candidates in Saturday’s byelections, predicting the contests “will come down to the wire”.
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“Byelections are never easy for governments,” she said. “I knew we’d be doing it tough in all three seats.”

Ms Berejiklian was out campaigning on Friday with the Liberal candidate for Manly, James Griffin, North Shore candidate Felicity Wilson and Gosford candidate Jilly Pilon.

Asked what issues were being raised with her by voters in North Shore and Manly, Ms Berejiklian said most people were concerned about traffic, not the issue of forced council amalgamations.

The government has announced plans for a northern beaches traffic tunnel.

Ms Berejiklian was quizzed about revelations by Fairfax Media that Ms Wilson had signed an incorrect statutory declaration about how long she lived in the electorate and Mr Griffin was director of a company that a liquidator found may have traded while insolvent.

“I have every confidence in all three candidates,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said she and the government “will wear whatever the judgement is given tomorrow”.

The Manly and North Shore byelections were called following decisions by former Premier Mike Baird and former health minister Jillian Skinner to quit politics.

In Gosford, Labor’s Kathy Smith retired for health reasons.

The Liberals hold North Shore by 21.2 percent on a two-party preferred basis versus the Greens and Manly by 24.5 per cent.

Labor is not running a candidate in either seat but there are numerous independents.

Labor holds Gosford by just 0.2 per cent. Its candidate is Australian Paralympian Liesl Tesch.

According to ABC election analyst Antony Green the average two-party byelection swing against governments in NSW since 1998 is 10.5 per cent.

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Shark patrols return for break

Shark patrols return for break Date and location unknown.
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Bob Woodcock set a state record in 1981 with his 785kg great white shark caught on a 36kg line.

Page one of the Newcastle Post, January 29, 1992. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

A thrasher shark from Cowrie Hole in 1954.George Southern, Elsie Southern, Sailor Hopkins, Peter Walmsley

Cessnock game fisherman Paul Besoff, 20, spent an anxious night at Shoal Bay wharf last night guarding his prize possesion, a 1200lb plus tiger shark, he hopes will be ratified as a world record. Photo by George Steele, April 25, 1977.

A fishermen netted this ferocious looking fellow of Nelson Bay in August, 1971. It was later identified as a Sawshark.

Big Bitie caught Gil Noble of Pelican with the 12’3″ Tiger shark on April 23, 1984. Photo: Mick Dawson.

Karyn Heyward 16, of Blakehurst with 432kg White Pointer Shark, caught by Peter Thompson of Coal Point on a 36kg line on February 25, 1979. Photo taken at the Shoal Bay weigh in.

Troy Grieves of Caves Beach with the 319kg whaler shark he caught on March 18, 1984. Photo: Ken Robson at Pelican Marina.

Weigh in for the Womens Day In Game Fishing Competition Pictured is Gina Rees of Budgewoi with a 162kg Tiger Shark at Nelson Bay public wharf on February 27, 1991.

Deborah Ford, the widow of John James Ford, who was taken by a shark off Byron Bay is escorted from a service. Photo: Ben Rushton, 1993.

Shark mesh contactor Darryl Sullivan with a tiger shark netted off Merewether at police wharf on October 26, 1983. Photo: David Johns

Scott Graham, 11, of Swansea Heads with a Hammerhead shark meshed off the coast. Photo: David Wicks.

A Tiger shark caught by Hans Zimmerman off Port Stephens. Photo published on April 3, 1990.

Mick Wright with his 395kg Maco at Swansea weigh in on October 8, 1988. Photo: Dean Osland.

Perry James, 19, of Merewether, with the tiger shark he caught off Swansea on April 25, 1978.

Myuna Bay Fitness Camp principal Murray Scoble with shark jaws, taken on November 11, 1988.

319kg Whaler Shark caught by Michael Gleghorn, 23 of Bellbird. Caught about nine mile out from Port Stephens on a 24kg line. Michael is pictured with the rod he used. Photo taken September 20, 1987.

J Pickles of Nelsen Bay with a 762lbs Mako Shark in February 1963.

Hans Meyer with his record Tiger Shark, weighing 487kg. Taken at Swansea on April 26, 1986.

Paul Temperley of Elenmore Vale with his catch, a 291kg Tiger Shark in his boat, Boat Hot Tuna in the Big Game Fishing Competition. Photo: Anita Jones, March 1, 1992 at Nelson Bay.

Lake Macquarie Game Fishing Club weigh in Fish & Shark Tournament. Boat crew: Michael Richards, (Marks Point). Angler: Glen Kirkwood, (Swansea). Greg Harrison, (Belmont), on September 29, 1992 at Swansea. Photo: Dean Osland.

World record Mako shark caught, 329kg on a 10kg line. Gary Spruce, (Boat Skipper). Neil Williamson of Cambridge Hills, on November 25, 1979 at Pelican Boat Shed. Photo: David Wicks.

Flashback to March 1984. A Big White Pointer swallows 80kg shark almost whole (in two gulps).

Chris Clarke of the Fish Bowl framed in Tiger shark jaws at the Fish Bowl Charlestown Square on August 11, 1983.

Angler Mick Wright with a huge Mako Shark caught off Norah Head. (318kg) on October 3, 1993.

Scott Fitzsimons with his world record shark catch, on October 2, 1988. Photo taken at Swansea Weigh Station.

Perry James, 19 of Merewether with a tiger shark he caught off Swansea on April 25, 1978. Photo: C. Brodie.

Game Fishing Champ. 186kg Tiger Shark from boat “Down Under” on February 27, 1993. Place taken: Nelson Bay

Brothers Joe and Dominic Bagnato with a four-metre Grey Nurse shark. Phoo taken on July 23, 1986 at Fishermans Co-op, by John Herrett.

Weigh in for the Womens Day In Game Fishing Competition. Gina Rees of Budgewoi with a 162kg Tiger shark. Taken on February 27, 1991 at Nelson Bay.

Robyn Spruce with the jaws of her world record breaking shark. Photo taken at Belmont on December 10, 1980.

319kg Whaler Shark caught by Michael Gleghorn, 23 of Bellbird. Caught about nine mile out from Port Stephens on a 24kg line. Michael is pictured with the rod he used. Photo taken at New Marina, Nelson Bay, on September 20, 1987.

Neville James of Swansea caught this 273kg Tiger Shark off Catherine Hill Bay, at 1.30pm on April 8, 1979. It took him six hours to land it onto his boat Gari-Lee. He caught it on a 50lb line.

Mick Middleton with a Whaler Shark 185kg shark caught on 15kg line on June 30, 1989.

Brett Remington with a 121kg thresher shark on June 29, 1981.

Derek Henon caught this world-record hammerhead shark on January 5, 1986. The 208kg shark was taken on a 15kg line and took more than two hours to bring alongside boat. It was hooked about 10 km east of Port Macquarie. The previous best was 198.22kg caught off Port Stephens in 1982.

Jason Malowey (left) and Brad Thompson on January 5, 1989.

This article, published on January 23, 1988, detailed 15 shark attacks since the turn of the century.

Nathan Ghosn, 12, at Nelson Bay.

Sharks of Dudley Beach, taken February 27, 1997. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

Belmont baths in the 1960’s. Photo: Damon Cronshaw.

Shark attack at Evans Head on January 4, 1989.

Two sharks in Newcastle. Date unknown.

Shark caught. Myuna Bay. Date unknown.

Deckhand from Alice L, Brian Craig pulls a small shark into the dinghy off Bar Beach. Photo: Ron Bell, January 15, 1998.

Shark meshing boat Alice L in Newcastle Harbour. Photo: Ron Bell, January 15, 1998.

Sharks of Dudley Beach, taken February 27, 1997. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

Sharks of Dudley Beach, taken February 27, 1997. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

Sharks of Dudley Beach, taken February 27, 1997. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

Sharks of Dudley Beach, taken February 27, 1997. Photo: Grahame Marjoribanks.

TweetFacebookHELICOPTER surveillance will return to Hunter beaches from Saturday to offer an extra layer of vigilance during the Easter school holidays, the NSW government has announced.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said on Friday, the last day of the school term, that helicopter surveillance of beaches would run daily, right along the NSW coastline, during the break.

“We want to ensure our beaches are as safe as they can be across these school holidays,” Mr Blair said.

“Over the summer our shark spies were very effective at spotting any potential dangers and, on 78 occasions, assisted local authorities and NSW Police to evacuate the water.”

The return of the aerial surveillance follows a surfer suffering a bite at One Mile beach, in Port Stephens,last weekend.

He suffered lacerations to his left foot and calf in the incident, which occurred shortly after 5pm on Sunday.

Beachgoers are encouraged to avoid swimming when it is dark or during twilight hours, in murky waters after recent heavy rainfall and flooding, and to avoid areas used by local fishers where possible.

The Newcastle mermaid who stars in Bondi RescuePHOTOS

The Newcastle mermaid who stars in Bondi Rescue | PHOTOS Beachie: Newcastle’s Juliana Bahr-Thomson appears on Bondi Rescue.
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TweetFacebookMeat is MurderJuliana says she’s always been into “health, nutrition and holistic stuff”.

Her diet is plant-based.

“I just don’t eat anything that had a mother,” she said.

She’s passionate about animals rights.

“I was pretty lucky when I was younger, mum worked in the travel industry, so I got to travel a lot,” she said.

As a toddler, she went through open meat markets.

“I used to get upset seeing all the meat there,” she said.

“I was that awkward child that you take to a Chinese restaurant that demands to speak to the manager because one of the fish doesn’t look happy.

“This is what mum had to deal with.”

Juliana’s next big fitness challenge will be in July.

She’s been accepted to race in the Molokai to Oahu paddleboard world championships in Hawaii.

“It’s 53 kilometres but, even though I’ve paddled further than that, it’s probably going to be the most painful paddle of all because you have to do it fast.

“My other paddles were done at a leisurely pace.”

The race will be in one of the most dangerous channels of water.

“They call it the channel of bones,” she said.

Four of her colleagues from Bondi Rescue will also race at the event.

They’re trying to raise funds and awareness for childhood obesity.

Details at pozible南京夜网/project/question-your-impossible-1.

Milk Matters There are so many milk choices now, but one cafe owner has drawn the line.

A cafe owner we know is usually pretty happy to accommodate the constantly changing diet landscape and the quirks of food obsessives.

Back in the day, milk was milk. It was full-cream and delicious.

That’sall there was. Then came skim milk, which some people love but others say tastes like water.

Anyhow, the cafe owner has – over the years – added soy andalmond milk to his fridge.

But recently someone asked him for rice milk.

He thought about getting some rice milk, but decided against it.

“I have to draw the line somewhere,” he said, with an exasperatedtone.