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Robbie Katter accuses Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of bullying

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Robbie Katter has compared the Premier to former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale.The war of words between the state government and the Katter’s n Party continues with state leader Robbie Katter comparing the Premier to former Ipswich mayorPaul Pisasale.
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Mr Katter said Annastacia Palaszczuk was now running the state in the same way Pisasaleran Ipswich Council and Queensland wasentering a new era of political instability and bullying.

“The Premier gets on her moral high-horse when it comes to people like Paul Pisasale, then she turns around and punishes people who don’t agree with her political views,’’ Mr Kattersaid.

Mr Kattersays the attempt by the Premier to crush the KAP in Queensland by starving it of staff resources had backfired and opened discussion by her Labor Parliamentary colleagues about her political judgement.

“She obviously won’t tolerate any kind of dissent and I’m sure that’s raising concerns within her own party room,” he said.

MrKatterhas backed warnings by the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties that the Premier’s action contradicts standards set by the Fitzgerald Inquiry and sets a dangerous precedent.

The Council called on the Premier toreverseher decision to strip KAP of parliamentary staff and electorateofficers following KAP Senator Fraser Anning’s contentious maiden speech in the Federal Parliament.

Civil Liberties Vice President Terry O’Gorman said the Premier’s stance was contrary toone of the major pillars of the 1989 Fitzgerald Inquiry report which notedthen Labour Opposition complaints theBjelke-Petersen Government had often cut Labour’s parliamentarystaff to stifle criticism.

“For the Premier to cut KAP’s State Parliament resources because a Federal KAP Senator made an appalling maiden speech referencing the ‘final solution’ in his criticismof Muslim immigration is illogical and fails to heed the lessons of the Fitzgerald Inquiry.” Mr O’Gormansaid.

Mr Katter saidmembers of the Labor Party had spoken to them to raise serious concerns about the Premier’s decision.

“I’m expecting we’ll see Labor members begin to put more pressure on the Premieras the full impact of her decision is felt,” he said.

MrKattersaid he had legal advice thatthe Premier was in breach of sections 60, 78 and 415 of the Criminal Code by withdrawing staff from the KAP and he hasreferred thematter to the state’s Crime and Corruption Commission.

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Graph Building named Commercial Builder of the year at the Master Builders Association excellence in business awards

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Collective occasion: Graph general manager Ross Howard at the MBA Excellence in Building Awards in Newcastle. ADAMSTOWN company Graph Building has been namedCommercial Builder of the Year at the Master Builders Association Excellence in Building awards.
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Graph won three categories at the September 7 awards,which propelled them into contention for the major win.

The three categories were Extensions, Renovations and Refurbishments ($2m-$5m) for The Anchorage Project;Public Buildings ($1.5-$4 million) forThe Maitland Riverlink project; and best use of bricks, also for the Maitland Riverlink project.

The Anchorage Project involved additions and refurbishment to an existing luxury resort on the shores of Port Stephens with works undertaken at various stages with the brief to minimise any disruptive impact on guest experience. The Hunter Riverlink project at Maitland involved configuring a public space that also acted as a thoroughfare from High Street onto the Hunter River, as well as providing spaces for socialising.

Graph general manager Ross Howard said the recognition was “a result of our collective efforts, day in day out, as buildings get put together ‘bit by bit’.”

“It’s particularly satisfying to win the award in our 20thyear of operations, and in competition with some very good builders,” he said.

Mr Howard has been with Graph since it’s foundation on July 1 1999, Graph being an acronym from the Christian names of the original owners – Greg, Ross, Arch, Paul and Harry.

“We’re a local business, and our 25 employees all live and work here: we’ve always been Hunter based and focused,” Mr Howard said.

“Our workforce is very stable – although we have a number of young employees who are relative newcomers, our average duration of employment here isjust under 12 years so, across 25employees, that’s almost 300 years of combined experience with Graph.”

Working in what has traditionally been a small market, Graph hasneeded to be versatile and flexible. Most of its projects are in the $1 millionto $15 million range, but it can do projects up to around $30 million.

“The effort that we put into building our winning entries was no different to what we put into all our projects, whether modest or majestic, but some projects call for the builder to demonstrate extra skill and ability and, when that’s delivered by the builder and its subcontractors, the outcome is a special building,” Mr Howard said.

Graph is no stranger to kudos in the MBA Awards,winning categories over the years including Commercial Builder of the Year in 2004.

“Last year, one of our wins was for the best house over $3m, which has beenhelpful in us moving into the high-end housing market over the past year,” Mr Howard said.

Building a reputation: The team from Graph at the MBA Excellence in Building Awards in Newcastle.

Clarity sought over what the former Hamilton North gasworks site will be used for once it is rehabilitated

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Uncertainty overfuture land uses for the former Hamilton North gasworks site has emerged as key issue from the community consultation a plan to clean-up the heavily polluted site.
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The site’s owner Jemena hopes to start work on an $11.5 million project to rehabilitate and concrete cap the area early next year.

The company has proposed remediating the site, which has remained dormant since the mid-1980s, to alevel suitable for commercial or industrial purposes.

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$11.5 million clean-up project at former Newcastle Gasworks siteNewcastle City Council’s submission to the Department of Planning expressed concern about the lack of clarity about potential future land uses.

“While the environmental impact statement makes no commitment as to the scope of future land uses, it acknowledges that further detailed planning, assessment and approvals are required (post decontamination) to determine the best long term use of the land, which may include uses not currently permissible. Residential uses being singled out as a possibility,” the council’s submission said.

“While this is not relevant to the current application, it is premature and misleading for such as a specific use to be preempted without any supporting evidence of it’s suitability.”

Matthew Murray of Hamilton North said it was disappointing that the company was only proposing to remediate the site to a level suitable forlight industrial development.

“While I understand that remediating the land to a level which would allow for housing or commercial development would significantly increase the cost of the remediation project, the location of former gasworks is very significant in terms of future growth in the Newcastle Local Government Area,” Mr Murray’s submission said.

“I believe that the extra costs involved in remediating the site to a level which could allow housing or commercial development would assist the NSW Government adequately plan for future growth in the Hamilton North and Broadmeadow area.”

A Jemenaspokesmansaid it was pleasing the submissions were generally supportive of the project.

The company would nowrespond to each submission separately incoming weeks.

“Following this, our remediation plan will be considered by the NSW Government for formal approval. Depending on how long that process takes, our aim is to have boots on ground early next year,” he said.

“At this stage we will be remediating the site to an industrial or commercial standard, however we have not made any plans in relation to how the site may be used once the remediation has been completed.”

Soccer: All Whites midfielder out to kick on at Jets

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HIGH HOPES: Former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Matthew Ridenton is motivated at the challenge of trying to break into the Newcastle Jets starting side. Picture: Marina Neil
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THE easy option for Matthew Ridenton would have been to stay at the Wellington Phoenix.

The 22-year-old midfielder had cemented a place in the Phoenix midfield, starting in 24 of 26 appearances last season, and was in a familiar environment surrounded by New Zealand All Whites teammates.

Instead he opted to take a risk and signed a two-year deal with the Jets.

“Ihad been in Wellington five years,” Ridenton said. “I had grown a lot there but I thought, to take that next step, I might need a change in environment.Coming to , I am still pretty familiar with the league, but just a new environment and being around different players might have helped me.When the opportunity came up at the Jets, with the year they had last year, that was a real positive for me to come over and be a part of it.”

Ridenton, whose partner also made the trip across the ditch, is three months into life atthe Jets.

The fact that Ernie Merrick, the man responsible for luring the utility to the Phoenix at age 17, is calling the shots has aided the transition.

“Obviously we have hada busy preseason and you get to bond quickly going on trips overseas,” he said.“Ernie signed me at Wellington.Now to be back with him makes the move a lot easier.I know what style of coach he is, the training sessions and the way he wants to play.The other reason was I knew he wasa coach who wasgoing to challenge me. I was never going to come here and walk into the team, it was going to be a big challenge.”

Ridenton has covered every role in midfield during the preseason.

“Playing as a six or eight are my preferred positions, that’s where I feel the most comfortable,” he said. “Even this preseason I have played No.10 when Ronny (Vargas) and Dimi (Petratos) were away at the start.I’ve played left wing as well. Everyone in the midfield and up front in this team is very flexible.”

In the most recent outing against Sydney FC, Ridenton replaced Ben Kantarovski (calf) alongside Steve Ugarkovic in front of the back four.

“They (Kantarovski and Ugarkovic) were a really good partnership last year,” Ridenton said. “I’m learning a lot from them. It is a hard thing to do; coming into a team that made the grand final. My job is to push these players every day at training.”

Before startingwith the Jets, Ridenton was in the All Whites squad under new coach Fritz Schmid which contested the Intercontinental Cup in India, taking his number of caps to five.

The All Whites are expected to assemble during the FIFA international in November for a game against Asian opposition.

“Any time a national team is picked I want to be involved,” Ridenton said. “Over the last World Cup cycle I was in and out of the squad. I had a few injuries and didn’t really cement a spot. Now I am pushing really hard for it.”

Next for Ridenton and the Jets is a hit out against Northern NSW premiers Edgeworth at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday.

“Edgeworth have had a really good season and will be good opposition for us,” he said.

“It’s another chance to get fitness and sharpness.Continue our development in the way Ernie wants to play. It’s another chance to try and put what we have been doing at training into a competitive game.”

Energy efficiency key to new Lake Macquarie developments

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Energy efficiency key to new Lake Macquarie projects EFFICIENCY: An artist’s impression of the Nimble Property development planned for Yorston Street in Warners Bay.
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STYLISH: An artist’s impression of a deck off one of the residences in the development planned for Marks Point. Homes will come with a built-in gas barbecue.

POINT OF DIFFERENCE: An artist’s impression of the development in Warners Bay.

TweetFacebook Artist impression of two new Lake Macquarie developmentsTwo new developments in Lake Macquarie have been unveiled with a point of difference.

Nimble Property’s Kurtis McConkey, who has a background in chemical engineering, is buildinga five-townhouse development in Warners Bay’s Yorston Street and 11 townhouses in Marks Point Road, Marks Point.

Both developments will include terrace style homes with two to threebedrooms and enclosed garages.

Homes across bothdevelopments will feature an energy efficient design, premium electric handmade appliances and inclusions such ashigh rated insulation, Smart Glass and heat pump hot water.

Using locally made and sustainable constructionmaterials will also be a focus.

Both will have solar energy, along with a sonnenBatterie installed, which will allowresidents access to the sonnenFlat energy plan.Under the plan, residentswill pay a monthly administration fee of $30 plus GST for their power, rather than a standard electricity bill.

It is expected to collectively saveresidents more than $32,000 each year on the price of power.

“Throughout my life I’ve always been a frugal person and process engineering is just an extension of that,” Mr McConkey said.

“You really try to use your resources as well as you can and you treat every resource valuably.With building and development, it’s all about making buildings that are thermally efficient, that are energy efficient andthat are really, truly comfortable to live in.”

Natural Solar have partnered with Nimble on the projects.

“The Newcastle area has historically had a strong demand and high consumer uptake for solar and battery storagesolutions, and in the past 12 months alone enquiries within the region have increased by 300 per cent,” Natural Solar chief executive Chris Williams said.

Both developments are approved and arebeing marketed by Rod Conry, of One Agency Eastlakes.Prices for Marks Point start from $590,000 and $620,000 in Warners Bay.