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Your Home: Learning about sustainable practices

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BEAUTIFUL AESTHETICS: Miranda Corkin says creating a comfortable, efficient and unique home is rewarding. Photos: Keith MaxwellSustainable House Day was this month anda chance to inspect houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind, as well as the opportunity to talk to owners and receive unbiased advice.
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One of the houses on display on September 16 wasMiranda Corkin’s strawbale home, whichwon an award from the Building Designers Association of .

Ms Corkin said she chose strawbales over other natural materials for several reasons.

“Living in the upper Blue Mountains, insulation is crucial for thermal comfort and strawbales provide exceptional insulation [approximately R7 or 8],” she said

“The walls are 500mm thick, and have a beautiful aesthetic look, with deep, rounded window sills.

“The other key benefit is the comfortable air quality. The strawbales, rendered with lime, moderate the humidity inside by allowing water vapour to be absorbed and pass through the walls, known as ‘breathability’.”

Curved walls

In addition, the floor is concrete slab, and some internal walls are solid cob –a mud/straw mixture,which also provide thermal mass.

“This is a key feature of solar passive design:using the passive properties of the building materials and the solar warmth from northern sunlight falling onto those materials, in order to reduce the need for ‘active’, ie. powered, additional heating or cooling,” Ms Corkin said.

Humidity moderator

MsCorkin enjoyed building a sustainable house so muchthat she trained as a building designer and now has her own company, MKC Building Design & Drafting, to encourage sustainable building.

Her advice to anyone thinking about sustainable building is to talk to experts in the field, others who have been through the experience, and be realistic about the practicalities.

“It is not necessarily overall a cheaper building method than conventional builds because of the labour and time involved,” Ms Corkin said.

“But it’s an adventure, a challenge and a hugely rewarding achievement to create a comfortable, efficient and unique home for yourself and your family, and an absolute joy to live in.”

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W-League: Jenna Kingsley keen to light up attacking game at Newcastle Jets

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AGGRESSIVE: Jenna Kingsley takes on Sydney last season at McDonald Jones Stadium. JENNA Kingsley hopes a change off the pitch will spark aturnaround on it after a disappointing personal return last W-League season.
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The 26-year-old and fellow attacker Cortnee Vine were announced as re-signings for the Newcastle Jets on Tuesday ahead of the club’s official return to training next Monday.

It will be Kingsley’s fourth season at the Jets and Vine’s second.

While the Jets enjoyed a breakthrough 2017-18 season with athird-place finish,Kingsley was disappointed to score just once after starting every game.

Shehad her sights set on 10 goalsfor the campaign after scoring the match-winner in the season-opener against her former club Western Sydney Wanderers.

Last season, Kingsley was juggling football with her job as a landscaper. She said the demanding outdoor work, oftenin hot conditions,left her physically and mentally drained for afternoon training.

This time around, Kingsley is working as an electrical trade assistant and she hopes the change will help her football.She is also coming off a Herald Women’s Premier League season in which she finished top scorer for premiers Warners Bay with 27 goals.

However, she was focused on bigger goals ahead.

“I’m not looking at that, I want to score in the W-League,” Kingsley said.

“Last year I only scored one and I wasn’t happy with that performanceand I definitely want to build on that this year.I think with my own game, I wasn’t as aggressive [last season].

“When I got the ball I tended to release it rather than run at players, and my asset is my speed, so I think I need to use that more this year and be a bit more confident with taking players on.

“Ithink in the WPLI was doing that a lot more this year with Cass [Davis] behind me playing good balls into me, so I definitely want to build on that.

“If I’m not scoring more goals, I want to be creating more chances as well.”

Vine, 20, was used mainly off the benchin 11 games for the Jets last season and returns after 22 goals in 18 matches forSydney University in the NPL NSW competition.

Jets coachCraig Deans was pleased to retain the attacking pair.

“Jenna and Cortnee have been keeping busy over the off-season and playing really well,” Deans said in a statement.

“Our focus is again on playing exciting, attacking football this season and they’ll play a big role in that.

“Jenna and Cortneeeach had great seasons in 2017-18, and I’m hoping they can kick on with things once again this year.

“I’m excited to have the pair back on board, and with the local leagues now finished and NWSL coming to a close, we’re looking forward to making more announcements in the lead up to the season.”

Confidence is key for Rona’s Aust hopes

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Former NRL player Curtis Rona made the switch to rugby at the end of 2016.Out of favour Wallabies back Curtis Rona says he needs to play with confidence to force himself back into Test rugby reckoning.
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The NSW Waratahs centre-wing was named in Michael Chieka’s training camp in early August and was widely considered a contender for the Wallabies’ starting outside centre spot after injuries to Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani.

However, the three-time capped international was omitted from the squad for the opening Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand later in the month, with utility back Reece Hodge chosen at No.13.

Rona remained on the outer for the next three Rugby Championship games and could still find himself there later this week, when the squad for games away to South Africa and Argentina is announced.

The 26-year-old will turn out for the Sydney Rays in an intrastate derby against NSW Country in Sydney on Wednesday.

Asked what felt he needed to do to force his way back into Wallabies contention, Rona said: “I think I’ve just got to play with confidence.

“I haven’t spoken to him (Cheika) too much about where I stand, so all I can do is think about playing and the selection will figure out itself.

“It would be good to be involved in the Wallabies but I think, at the moment, I just need to focus on NRC.”

Pressed on whether he felt he had lost confidence during the season Rona replied “not really”.

He felt for the Wallabies after watching their loss to Argentina.

“I was hard to watch really because I know what those players can do out there,” Rona said.

“As much as they will be hurting, they will be getting ready for a massive tour to Argentina and South Africa where they need to start performing.”

He stressed his support for Wallabies flanker Lukhan Tui, who was involved in an altercation with a fan after the defeat to Los Pumas on the Gold Coast.

“Lukhan is going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, he needs all the support he can get from not just the players, but the public as well,” Rona said.

Cruise ship volunteers unhappy with their treatment by Port of Newcastle

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An early artists’ impression of what the proposed terminal would look like.WITH the first of the season’s vesselsdue in Newcastle next month, the city’s cruise terminal operations appear to be hitting choppy waters.
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In one dispute, the volunteers who greet cruise passengers at the wharf say they have been “dumped” by the port operator, which told them it was handing that responsibility over to Newcastle City Council, which has volunteers who greet the passengers after a bus ride to the city.

The Port of Newcastle volunteers pictured with long-time cruise ship advocate Dave Brown in a promotion for National Volunteers Week in May this year.

In another, there is still no resolution to a funding standoff over the cruise terminal the government said would be ready for this season when it announced it two years ago.

The government committed $12.9 million to build the structure, but the Port of Newcastle confirmed in June that it needed as much as $4 million more to build it.

Both sides say talks are continuing, but observers say the push to build a container terminal in Newcastle against government policy is putting the port operator offside with Macquarie Street.

Read more:DP World says Newcastle would be viable without the container fee

There are also concerns that Newcastle is sliding down the statewide cruise ship hierarchy, with Port Kembla and Eden promoted heavily in a new state government Cruise Development Plan, unveiled in July.

With the cruise industry booming, Newcastle had been hoping to cash in on the overflow from Sydney, with calls for it to develop “home port” facilities to allow refuelling and provisioning to maximise the economic benefit.

Former Port of Newcastle chief executive Geoff Crowe and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald.

But the new report identifiesBotany Bay as the preferredSydney overflow, with Newcastle and other regional ports to be “predominately used for passenger transit calls aimed at attracting day visits”.

The Newcastle Herald has spoken with port and tourism figures over the cruise ship situation, with all expressing concern but not wanting to be identified.

One operator who would be named, Cheryl Clarke of Discover Newcastle Tours and Transfers,said she had only been in the industry a year but felt more could be done to present Newcastle in a better light to cruise ship visitors.

She described a situation at Queens Wharf last season where passengers disembarking fromthe bus bringing them from Carrington wereconfronted by “a scrumof operators lunging in front of people with brochures”.

Unofficial cruise schedule for the coming season. Courtesy Richard O’Connor

“It was a bit embarrassing really, and I said at the time that we need a more co-ordinated approach,” Ms Clarke said.

On the volunteers, the Herald understands there are three lots: the group being shifted to council control, an existing council group that meets passengers in the city, and a third group operated by Newcastle Now.

Ms Clarkesaid she had met a number of thevolunteers and said they were doing a good job and were“good ambassadors for Newcastle”.

Whenthe volunteers contacted theHeralda fortnight ago theysaid:“We were today told that thePortof Newcastle has dumped us, believing that the council should manage us.”

They said they had concerns in June when the port’s trade and business development officer, Dave Brown, left the organisation, but were told they were“safe”.

Mr Brown, who was also along-time co-ordinator of Cruise Hunter, declined to comment on the situation, saying he had moved to a new role with National Parks and Wildlife.

Radiance of the Sea in Newcastle. Picture: Dean Osland

The volunteers said it was ironic the port had praised themduring National Volunteers Week in May, saying:“Port of Newcastle would like to salute it’s cohort of 40 cruise ship volunteers who have been welcoming visitors to our shores for more than 15 years.

“Thank you for the unique service you provide to the Port and the City of Newcastle.”

As many as 18 visits are scheduled for this season. The volunteers said the first ship on October 25 hadonly 114 passengers but five days laterCelebrity Solsticewould bring 2850 people.

“The biggest ship, entering twice,isExplorer of the Seaswith 4029 people, both visits ona weekend,” they said.

“In February, we have three ships in six days withalmost 11,000 people to look after. You have to consider that we arevolunteersand this is the largest amount of work required of us.

Artwork of the proposed terminal.

“All we cost the portis a shirt, a drink and a bag of chips. That’s all we actually want.”

Soon after theHeraldraised questions about the volunteers’ concerns, one of them emailed to say that several of their group had been rung by the port and“warned not to speak with your newspaper”.

The port and the council have repeatedly declined to comment on the situation beyond saying that negotiations begunearlythis year to shiftthe port’s volunteer program tothe council were continuing.

The state Labor member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, said he was concerned about the lack of progress on the funding, and accused the government of going slow onthe proposal.

“This Government needs to stop playing petty politics with the Port of Newcastle, simply because they want the container cap removed and the Liberal’s port rort addressed,” Mr Crakanthorp said.

He noted that the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan referenced the Newcastle cruise terminal 14 times.

“If this project falls over this will hang on the government for failingto work with the Port of Newcastle to find a solution,” Mr Crakanthorp said.


First peek at new designNewcastle aiming for double the traffic once terminal opens

Retiring Slater leaves a mark on Melbourne

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Billy Slater. Photo: AAPWin or lose, Friday night’s NRL preliminary final against Cronulla, Billy Slater has left an indelible mark in Melbourne.
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Ahead of his last game at AAMI Park, and dependent on the result possibly his final NRL match before retirement, Slater has been honoured with a giant mural painted on a wall just a stone’s throw from the ground.

The 35-year-old, who has spent almost half his life at the Storm, said he was humbled to have a mural commissioned by the club and painted by Sid Tapia.

“It’s an iconic precinct here in Richmond with AAMI Park over the road and the MCG – it’s a great area for sport so to have my mug on the wall is pretty humbling,” Slater said on Tuesday.

The mural is an image from last year’s grand final of Slater holding up the premiership trophy, wearing the Clive Churchill medal for best on ground.

The fairytale would be to bow out repeating the feat, with the team coming first for the Test and Queensland fullback.

“The beauty of my situation is that the position that we’re in is far bigger than myself,” Slater said.

“If we play well we’ll give ourselves the chance to play in a grand final and that’s what we’ve all been working really hard for, for the last 11 months.

“Either way it’s my last game in Melbourne so it’s pretty special.”

The match pits possibly the game’s greatest ever fullback against Sharks custodian Valentine Holmes, the form player in the competition.

Slater said the Storm radar was pointed right at Holmes who can both set up attacks and be a damaging runner in his own right.

With a dominant recent record between the sides, Cronulla had a three-point win at AAMI Park in their round 22 meeting and Slater predicted another thriller.

“The 80 minutes on Friday night means everything, not what’s happened in the last few games,” Slater said.

“I don’t think there’s a whole heap between the two teams. Both have great, aggressive forward packs, creative halves and skill out wide to finish off tries so whoever plays the best will find themselves in the grand final.”