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NSW bushfires: Cool change to bring relief but add to risks for fire crews

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Fire conditions have eased but may flare up again later on Tuesday. Photo: Twitter/RFS The RFS has been deployed its large aircraft to dump fire retardant to contain blazes. Photo: Wolter Peeters
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A cool change on Tuesday is expected to bring both relief and anxiety to the hundreds of firefighters battling blazes along eastern NSW.

Authorities are also watching out for thunderstorms bringing the possibility of lightning strikes starting fires.

As of Tuesday morning, 42 fires were burning in the state, with 13 of them uncontained, Rural Fire Service spokesman John Redman said.

Some 300 firefighters are in the field, a number that should swell during the day.

By mid-afternoon, a fire near Freemans Waterhole west of Lake Macquarie, was disrupting traffic on the Pacific Motorway. #NSWRFS crews are on scene at a #bushfire on the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. Sth bound lanes are currently closed. pic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/YBQUOzoAGa— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016

The Motorway, though, has lately reopened to south-bound traffic.

Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the RFS, also took to social media to highlight the prospect of thunderstorms bringing lightning strikes and additional fires. (See Tweet below.) We’re starting to see lightning activity across different parts of NSW. Let’s hope we don’t get any additional fires as a result @NSWRFSpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/mXLTsj8ibh— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) November 8, 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several inland regions, with the risk of large hailstones, heavy rain and damaging winds. These areas include an arc of land from Mudgee north-west towards the border, and for a region near Kempsey also northwards to Queensland. ‘Strong’ change possible

With Port Stephens expecting a top of 35 degrees and Kempsey 34 – two towns near the biggest blazes – the arrival of cool change later on Tuesday was forecast to ease the sweltering conditions for fire crews.

“It could present its own problems,” Mr Redman said, noting the gusty wind shift could “come in quite strong”.

Sydney’s temperatures should cool off earlier, with a top of 27 expected in the city and 32 in the west. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

The regions rated “very high” fire danger on Tuesday stretch from the greater Sydney region to the Queensland border: Very high fire danger today (Tue) in 5 areas: Far Nth Coast, Nth Coast, New England, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney. #NSWRFSpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/i0IIIM1XLa— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 7, 2016

Overnight conditions were again relatively benign, allowing the fire crews to build containment lines on main blazes causing concern. These include the Lone Pine fire near Port Stephens and the Ravenswood Road fire near Kundabung south of Kempsey.

“At this stage there is no concern for properties,” Mr Redman said, referring to the Lone Pine fire. Lone Pine Fire – firefighters continue working to control the fire that is still burning. https://t成都夜场招聘/xdTfyV6bPA#NSWRFS Photo: Adrian Lee pic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/qyt7UMfc4w— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016

For Kundabung, residents are likely to see significant amounts of smoke on Tuesday “but there is not threat to the township”, Mr Redman said.

Those two fires, and one still burning near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley, are rated “advice”, by the RFS. That signifies there is no immediate danger but residents should continue to monitor developments.

Travellers on the region’s roads, such as the Bucketts Way and the Pacific Highway, should remain watchful for crews making any emergency repairs or tackling spot fires.

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Young men, delusion, and killer ripsVideo

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Warmer weather is on its way, meaning more and more people will start to converge on ’s beaches in the coming weeks.
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It has triggered a timely reminder about the dangers of a rip.

Surprisingly, more people drown in rips each year than deaths from shark attacks, floods and cyclones combined.

In a bid to combat the ongoing issue of drowning deaths along the n coastline, Surf Life Saving has launched a sobering safety campaign highlighting the serious dangers of rip currents.

According to figures, it’s young men who are most at risk of losing their lives.

‘The Facts about Rip Currents’ campaign will bust some common myths associated with beach safety and will run across newspapers, national television, radio, outdoor, online and mobile media ahead of summer.

These myths include the perception that it’s only tourists who get caught in rips, that rips only take the lives of poor swimmers, or that competent swimmers know how to spot a rip.

In fact, according to research only 15 percent of people who drown in rips are international visitors.

It’s young men aged 15-39 years who are most likely to get caught and die in rips, and two out of three people who think they can identify a rip can’t.

“The main point is to always look for the red and yellow flags if you’re going to the beach,” said head Port Macquarie lifeguard James Turnham.

“If you’re at a beach with no flags then it is best not to swim as there is no one keeping an eye on things. Even confident swimmers can get caught in a rip.”

​Mr Turnham said it isn’t just rip awareness that people need to worry about.

“It is important to obey signage that lifeguards put out. They aren’t erected for no reason, they are there to warn people of significant dangers,” he said.

“You see a lot of people come down to the beach and walk straight past signs.

“An example I see often is one that warns of no guards at a certain area of the beach with dangerous conditions, but they still go in for a swim.

“It’s reckless and quite dangerous. It also takes the lifeguard’s eyes off where they should be.”

Surf Life Saving ’s clear message this summer is: Don’t Risk the Rip.

Visitwww.beachsafe成都模特佳丽招聘.auto find out more. People can also download the Beach Safe app to check on patrolled beaches and conditions.

It also has all the weather warnings, wind direction and surf conditions.

Be aware and informed by watching these videos from Surf Life Saving .

Gillian Triggs backs changes to section 18C as government announces inquiry into freedom of speech

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n Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs Photo: Andrew MearesThe President of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, has backed a proposal to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
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Currently engaged in a public war of words with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Professor Triggs has said the Human Rights Commission – a regular target of the Coalition’s conservative free speech advocates – is open to any suggestions made by a parliamentary inquiry into the controversial section.

The government confirmed on Tuesday that Parliament’s human rights committee would examine freedom of speech, including possible legislation amending 18C and changes to the commission’s complaints-handling process.

As it stands, the law makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of race. Professor Triggs said removing offend and insult and inserting “vilify” would be a strengthening of the laws.

“It could be a very useful thing to do,” she told ABC radio.

“We believe that the two provisions [18C and 18D] underpin both a balance of freedom of speech on the one hand and the reporting that is in good faith, that is reasonably good faith and in the public interest.

“But we also stand by the fact that you cannot and no civilised society should allow abusive statements made in the public arena because of a person’s race.”

She said the Human Rights Commission was “open to seeing what the inquiry might suggest. Whether the language could be clarified and in our view strengthened that enables us to support the multicultural society that we are”.

On Monday, Professor Triggs accused the Prime Minister of being “deeply misleading” following his criticisms of the commission’s conduct regarding the Federal Circuit Court’s dismissal of a racial discrimination complaint made against three Queensland University of Technology students.

The Prime Minister told the Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday that the parliamentary inquiry would be about “consensus-building” and “getting the balance right between a successful multicultural society and the freedom of speech that is fundamental to our democracy”.

In addition to 18C, it will also examine 18D, which outlines the broad exemptions for contributions to debate that are in the public interest and “said or done reasonably and in good faith”.

The inquiry will consider whether the Human Rights Commission’s process eliminates vexatious complaints, affords natural justice, is transparent, works efficiently, avoids unfair costs on the taxpayer or subjects of complaints, and impacts freedom of speech more broadly.

Internal Coalition momentum for overhauling the Racial Discrimination Act has grown amid the Queensland dispute and the pursuit of News Corp cartoonist Bill Leak. The cases have energised the Liberal Party’s diehard free speech advocates and cabinet ministers have joined them in publicly expressed concerns.

Eighteen MPs spoke on the matter in the joint party room meeting, with some emphasising law reform and others focusing on the complaints process.

Liberal frontbencher Ken Wyatt, the only Indigenous MP in the party and formerly a staunch opponent of watering down 18C, now says he is “probably leaning towards” backing a review with openness to the same proposal backed by Professor Triggs.

The government previously ruled out changing 18C, arguing it was not a priority, and Labor has consistently said they do not see any need for reform.

After promising to change the law at the 2013 election, the Abbott government ultimately withdrew a proposal that would have prohibited racial vilification and intimidation, removing protections against humiliating, insulting and offending.

The laws were most famously applied in 2011 when journalist Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act in two articles about “fair-skinned Aboriginal people”.

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Will Genia and Michael Cheika look to Scotland but put England headache on hold

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Edinburgh: Wallabies halfback Will Genia is “stoked” to be reunited with his n teammates ahead of their clash with Scotland but, like coach Michael Cheika, is trying not to think about the availability issue that could arise for a possible grand slam finale against England.
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Genia was released by his French club Stade Francais for Saturday’s game against Scotland after having to leave his Wallabies teammates for the final Bledisloe Cup match in Auckland as well as the Wales game in Cardiff to fulfil club commitments.

The upcoming Scotland, France and Ireland games fall inside the international Test window, meaning European clubs are obliged to let their stars go and join their respective national teams for those three fixtures.

The problem, however, lies in the last game of ‘s spring tour against England.

If the grand slam is still alive come the final game at Twickenham, it is likely Cheika will do everything in his power to try to make the Wallaby halfback available.

While acknowledging the goodwill of his club to release him to “chase that dream” of playing for , Genia said the issue of possibly missing the England game was not bothering him at the moment.

“I’m available for three games, that’s all I’ve been told so I’m here for this week, the French week and then Ireland. I’m just doing as I’m told,” Genia said. “Those decisions will get made in time and again it just comes down to whether I get released because the Tests are outside the window but those sort of things, you just worry about when they come around.”

Cheika did not buy into whether or not he would have a fight on his hands, instead opting to put all his focus into this weekend and just being happy Genia was available.

“I think it’s irrelevant because right now the only game where the grand slam is up, is Scotland,” Cheika said. “At the end of the day, that’s the international window. Everyone knows it. We know when we set up Test matches outside the window; you’ve got to live with that.

“He appeared in his little beanie… straight from Paris. It probably hurt him last week not being able to play, but that’s the way we always knew it was going to be. He’s here now and we’ve got a few weeks together.”

Genia praised the form of Nick Phipps, who took the halfback reins in Auckland and Cardiff, and although he was remaining level-headed about his chances of slotting back into his usual position, there is no indication so say that will not happen.

“I’m not expecting anything, the boys played quite well on Saturday,” Genia said. “I don’t expect anything other than the fact that I’ve got to work hard to earn a spot, whether it be my spot being here in the squad full stop or playing in the match day 23.”

Cheika added: “[Genia] had a great Rugby Championship, there’s no doubt about it but Phipps has played well these past two games. That’s exactly what I want to have; these [selection] issues.”

Genia said ‘s 24-point win over Wales, their biggest victory since the time they faced Uruguay at the World Cup, was the confidence booster they needed ahead of an encounter with a Scottish outfit hell-bent on redemption following their heartbreaking 35-34 World Cup quarter-final loss.

“The boys seemed really up,” Genia said. “I came in and you could feel there was a sense of positivity around the group and a good vibe when the guys were doing recovery yesterday. That always happens when you win and you win well. The most important thing though is to park it, leave it behind, and just concentrate on the fact that it starts all again this week. It’s going to be hard, if not harder against a Scotland team that’ll be very well prepared come Saturday.”

Far north Queensland horsewoman wins China’s premier equestrian event

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Hazel Shannon and Clifford glide over a jump on their way to winning ‘s premier equestrian event. Photo Paula Heelan.Farnorth Queensland horsewoman Hazel Shannon is the toast of nequestrianafter winningthe country’s premier event, the International Three Day Event CCI 4* at Adelaide.
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Aboard horse Clifford and in front parents Val and Melanie Shannon, extended family, trainer former Olympian Heath Ryan andClifford’s owner Wendy Ward, Mutchilba-raised Hazeltook the crown.

Her performanceearned her the inauguralEquestrian Eventing Dual Crown for Eventing, while Clifford was also namedbest performed Off The Track Thoroughbred.

The new ‘dual crown’ series was afirst for ’s equestrian competitors and aimed to recognise equestrian events held athighest level in eventing and jumping throughout .

Eventingis an equestrian event which comprises dressage, cross-country and show jumping. It has two main formats, the one day event (ODE) and the three-day event (3DE).

Hazel, who is based in Newcastle,and Clifford were rankedfirstleading into the showjumping decider after a strong performance in cross country. Theymaintained their composure with aflawless showjumping round to win.

Hazel and Clifford. Photo Paula Heelan.

As a winner inAdelaide,Hazelis among the elite.Adelaideis the only four star event in , the only one held in the southern hemisphere and one of six staged across the world.

Speaking on her way back to Newcastle on Monday, Hazel admittedthe win hadn’t sunk in.

“Asyou would imagine I was so excited to win,” Hazel said.

“I went into my final show jumping round trying only to concentrate on giving Clifford the best ride I could. I didn’t want to get distracted by the other riders show jumping results so I blocked it out and was thrilled to produce a clear show jump round.

“Clifford did a good dressage test on day one putting him into second place. I was hoping to get a score under 50 penalties but didn’t quite get that.

“Once the dressage was done my aim was to add as little amount of penalties to my score as possible.

“I had a great cross country ride adding only 0.4 time penalties to my score. And then a clear show jump round, a great way to finish the competing.”

Hazel Shannon addresses the media on the eve of her equestrian win. Photo Paula Heelan.

Hazel, who was touted as a potential Rio Olympian earlier this year, has her sights set on theWorld Equestrian Games in 2018 and the 2020 Olympic Games.

She praised Clifford’s performance.

“Clifford was unbelievable through out the competition,” Hazel said.

“I couldn’t be happier with him.

“He put in a good performance across all three phases.

“He has pulled up very happy and healthy after a very demanding week.”

Big Bang squared: Warner Bros moves to replicate hit sitcom with Sheldon-focused prequel

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Not so super … the cast of The Big Bang Theory. Photo: Peter Green Sheldon Cooper, lead character of The Big Bang Theory.
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 The US studio Warner Bros has moved to secure the longevity of its most powerful programming asset: the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

The comedy, which has been a top-rater for the Nine Network in for almost a decade, is one of the most successful television programs in the world.

But it is in its 10th season and the studio has not renewed it past that point.

Instead, they are developing a prequel series which will tell the pre-Big Bang life story of the show’s breakout character, physicist Sheldon Cooper.

The new series will be overseen by The Big Bang Theory’s creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.

According to US media reports, none of the main cast of The Big Bang Theory would appear in the new series.

The series has, however, introduced members of Sheldon’s family, including his twin sister Missy (Courtney Henggeler) and his mother Mary (Laurie Metcalf).

There is already speculation that Metcalf, who has starred in the sitcoms Roseanne and Getting On, could take a major role in the proposed prequel.

In the narrative of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon’s father died when he was 14-years-old.

The proposed sequel has been described as a variation on Malcolm In The Middle, an earlier hit comedy about an angst-ridden teenage kid in high school.

The series would be offered first to CBS, which airs The Big Bang Theory.

In a departure from The Big Bang Theory’s three-camera “sitcom” format, the prequel would be a single-camera comedy.

The news comes as the studio is in negotiation with cast of The Big Bang Theory for an 11th season and beyond, so it is possible the announcement of the prequel has been timed as a negotiating tactic.

The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

Though the Nine Network has aired the series since its launch, rival Seven acquired repeat rights to the series in 2015.

NBN helping telcos with marketing costs, pens deal with iSelect

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The latest data on NBN connections shows 1.4 million households now have active services. iSelect only refers consumers to nine brands owned by five telcos. Photo: Luis Ascui
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Nationally, just 13 premises have chosen a 1 gigabit per second service. Photo: Glenn Hunt

NBN Co is co-funding telco marketing material to encourage take-up. Photo: Glenn Campbell

NBN Co is matching telcos’ marketing dollars in a bid to increase broadband take up and get more ns using faster speeds.

It has also signed a marketing agreement with listed comparison site iSelect, allowing iSelect to use NBN Co branding on outdoor advertising and email marketing material.

NBN set up a marketing development fund about a year ago, a spokeswoman confirmed.

“The fund is designed to strengthen and encourage our customers’ activities and increase NBN network take-up. It is a discretionary funding agreement allocated on a quarterly basis between NBN and retail service providers, who all have an equal opportunity to participate.”

Currently NBN Co is co-funding marketing campaigns to activate consumers’ NBN connection before Christmas, and to encourage people to buy faster speeds.

BusinessDay understands hundreds of thousands of dollars are available to each company.

NBN Co is also trialling a marketing project with iSelect.

“NBN works with iSelect and other comparison sites to help educate end users about the NBN network. These are marketing partnerships, not commercial relationships,” the NBN spokeswoman said.

Similar agreements are under way with comparison sites Finder and WhistleOut, she added.

iSelect is believed to be running an outdoor campaign and sending 12,000 emails customers who live in “ready for service” areas.

Controversially, iSelect only refers consumers to nine brands owned by five telcos. These telcos pay a commission to iSelect for each referral. These include Telstra and its subsidiary Belong, Optus, MyNetFone, and Vocus subsidiaries Club Telco, Dodo, Eftel and iPrimus.

“We have undertaken some co-branded marketing activities with NBN Co, however these have all been 100D per cent funded by iSelect. We do not receive any payments or commissions from NBN Co,” an iSelect spokeswoman told BusinessDay.

A spokesman for iSelect confirmed it does not have any access to NBN Co’s internal information, but uses publicly available maps of areas ready for service to contact people on its database.

Angus Kidman, editor in chief at Finder, confirmed NBN Co had been speaking with all the comparison sites, but had not offered any internal information that would help with marketing.

NBN Co will reveal its first quarter results on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile the latest data on NBN connections, published by the competition watchdog, shows 1.4 million households now have active services.

The majority of households with fixed NBN connections, 54 per cent, have selected a 25 Megabit per second [Mbps] service, while 28 per cent have chosen the slowest speed of 12 Mbps.

The next most popular speed is 100 Mbps with 11.3 per cent of households choosing this speed. Just 3.5 per cent opt for the middle tier of 50 Mbps.

Nationally, just 13 premises have chosen a 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) service.

The report also shows that between July and September 145,748 households were connected to NBN Co’s fibre to the node service, more than doubling the total number of fibre to the node connections to 248,041.

Of those new connections, 58 per cent are with Telstra and 22 per cent are with the next biggest provider, TPG.

Telstra also claimed 47 per cent of new fibre to the premises services. Telstra has a 49.6 per cent market share of all fixed connections.

Hunter BreakfastTuesday, November 8, 2016

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MORNING SHOT: INSTA @ingab78 Had a lovely evening walk at #nobbysbeach yesterday! Fantastic sunset….but thinking of those dealing with bushfires from the smoke haze ☺️🙏🏻 #newcastlensw #hunterriver #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworldHunter roads: All Hunter roads are clear this morning.
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Hunter trains: There is a good service on the Central Coast and Newcastle line and the Hunter line.

Hunter weather: Mostly sunny day with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon Newcastle (30 degrees), sunny day with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon for Raymond Terrace (28 degrees), sunny day with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening in Maitland (36 degrees) and a high chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon but a mostly sunny day in Scone (33 degrees).

Hunter beachwatch:We’ll see a bit of cloud and there’s the chance of a shower later but it will be a great start to the day beachside. The wind will be north west early before heading south to southeast while the swell has dropped right off and will only be around half to one metre from the south. The cleaner waves will be found during the morning. Around town try the Cowrie Hole, Newcastle, Bar Reef, The Cliff, Merewether and Redhead. Down south try Hams, Catho and Frazer Park. At port Stephens try Samurai and One Mile. Most beaches will be good for a swim but stick to the flagged ares. The water temperature is 18 degrees.

►The Nomads clubhouse in Chinchen Street, Islingtonhas been raided by police on Monday morning, with officers from Strike Force Raptor and the Newcastle Local Area Command emptying the buildings of their contents. More here.

►POLICE say they will need to work closely with organisers of This That Festival if the event is to be held in Newcastle again after more than 100 people had to be treated by paramedics and 46 were caught with drugs on Saturday. More here.

►NSW RFS spokesperson John Redman said a southerly change was expected today, which was good news, but its arrival could bring less than ideal conditions. More here.

► AFTER struggling through years of bullying, the suicides of two colleaguesand haunting memories of murders, car crashes, assaults, dead babies and a near stabbing, police officer Rebecca* said she made the decision to end her nearly 20-year career,by askingfor help. More here.

►SALLY Fitzgibbons would love to emulate Rebecca Woods and Pam Burridge and become a three-time winner of Surfest. And thanks to the Newcastle business community rallying around a crowd-funding campaign for a second consecutive year, Fitzgibbons will get that chance next year. More here.

►Jets striker Aleksandr Kokko will get achance to make good on his pre-season challenge to Melbourne City star Tim Cahill on Thursday night at AAMI Park. More here.

►FAMILIES at a Lake Macquarie school who spent the past year collecting chippackets, supermarket shopping bags and newspaper wrap have had their efforts rewarded, with a new bench made from 35,000 pieces of their previously non-recyclable plastic. More here.

►THINK TANK The Newcastle Institute is set to dissect the controversy surrounding the Awabakal Land Council and the rundown former Newcastle post office. More here.

►KEN Sio has no desire to be compared to the man he is likely to replace on the end of Newcastle’s backline, Akuila Uate. More here.

►NEWCASTLE’S historic Victoria Theatre is a step closer to being revived as a grand entertainment hub as clean up work begins on the heritage-listed site. More here.

►MACQUARIE College students have chosen volunteering in Vanuatu over the glitter of the Gold Coastfor their end-of-year schoolies trip, which will involve sleeping outside in tents and helping to rebuild a village school. More here.

►DOG owners are being urged to keep their pets in their yards, and to keep them on a lead when out on walks, as concerns grow about a deadly spate of poisonings. More here.

►The Pourhouse has made the list of top 15 regional craft beer venues in . The Maitland craft beer barjust squeezed in to the rankings, as number 15 on the list behind Newcastle’s The Grain Store, which was ranked number one. More here.

►WHEN Casandra Robinson almost missed hersister’s birthday earlier this year – too scared to make the flight to the Gold Coast- she knew it was time to act. More here.

►When you’ve had a moustache for more than 37years, it would take something pretty specialto shave it off. For two local blokes, it took a good cause such as prostate cancer researchto lose their lip rugs. More here.

► THE Celebration of Words festival returns to Port Stephens for only the second time. More here.

►AFTER 30 years of cat rescue work in Lake Macquarie, Joanne Hawkenis winding down her operation at Mirrabooka –but not before vowing to allow her final intake of 50 troubled cats to live out their lives in comfort. More here.

►THE foreshore at Toronto has always been an enticing places for lunch –provided you were prepared to balance your lunch in your lap, or take your chances sitting on the grass. More here.

►A CLINIC destined for Tomaree Library once a month will assess children and adults for scotopic sensitivity, otherwise known as Irlen syndrome. For sufferers, the tell-tale signs are varied when reading, from words jiggling and swirling on the page –sometimes disappearing entirely. More here.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

►HUNTER: Bushfires continue to burn in a number of locations across the Hunter region in New South Wales. More here.

► NEWCASTLE:Afterstruggling through years of bullying, the suicides of two colleaguesand haunting memories of murders, car crashes, assaults, dead babies and a near stabbing, police officer Rebecca* said she made the decision to end her nearly 20-year career,by askingfor help.More here.

►LAVINGTON:A 43-year-old man has been arrested in relation to a fatal stabbing in Lavington on Sunday night.Albury police Inspector David Cottee said the man was in custody, but the interview process had just begun and no charges had been laid as yet.More here.

Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

► BATHURST:Donatedgoods left ransacked and strewn across the roadway haveleft Vinnies volunteers pleading with the community to only leave items during opening hours.More here.

A group of former Hunter Region police officers have spoken out about what they say is a toxic culture, where officers suffering psychological injuries are afraid of seeking help through official channels.

► KIAMA:When Mia Wingrove discovered surgery for cancermay leave her sisterunable to carry a child, she didn’t hesitate to offer to be hersurrogate.More here.

Forensics officers and detectives spent the morning examining the property where a fatal stabbing occurred. Pictures: JAMES WILTSHIRE

►WARRNAMBOOL:Threepeople have been committed to stand trial for the murder of Hamilton man Joshua Kane at Mount Eccles National Park in January.More here.

St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers Ron Roberts and Tim Benal were left with a huge clean up on Monday morning. Photo: NADINE MORTON

► BENDIGO:Homeless people could be denied lifesaving supports if the state and federal governments cannot overcome a funding impasse, the city’s social service providers have said.More here.

Tisha Greaves and Mia Wingrove have always shared a close bond, and are now starting their surrogacy journey. Picture: Adam McLean

►MOUNT ISA:RobbieKatteris furiousat’s largest communications providerafter Gulf of Carpentaria residents were cut off from phone services for overa week.More here.

►MANDURAH:Although many had hoped Pauline Hanson would remain a note in the margins of n political history, a group of true believers in Mandurah have been keeping a candle burning for their controversial leader since the 1990s.More here.

► PORT MACQUARIE:Jordy Beeckmans and Kathleen Luyckx took a unique approach when announcing to son Seppe that he would be a big brother.The 10-year-old found out by way of a sand drawing at Lighthouse Beach – and it was all captured on camera for their family back home.More here.

Robbie Katter is furious that Gulf residents were left without Telstra coverage for over a week.

National news Athol Chester and John Emmott have dusted off their old Pauline Hanson campaign posters ahead of a meeting in Mandurah on November 14. Photo: Nathan Hondros.

► The Turnbull government’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage has formally been killed off by the Senate, where it was defeated 29-33 in a late-night vote on Monday, amid a warning the decision would delay marriage equality “for years”.More here.

Unique surprise: Jordy Beeckmans and Kathleen Luyckx took a unique approach when announcing to son Seppe that he would be a big brother.

► Federal police are hunting a lone-wolf radio hoaxer who made 15 illegal transmissions to air-traffic controllers and domestic passenger pilots last month – including one telling a Virgin pilot to abort a landing.More here.

► n couples wishing to adopt children from overseas still face a lengthy wait despite a federal government push to make the process easier.More here.

The Senate votes on the same-sex marriage plebiscite bill on Monday night. Photo: Andrew Meares

► Record hot years such as last year’s global scorcher will become the norm before 2030 unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed,a new study by n researchershas found.More here.

Virgin ‘s losses widened in the first quarter on subdued trading. Photo: Tian Law

National weather radar Deborra-lee Furness, pictured with husband Hugh Jackman and children Oscar and Ava, is the founder of Adopt Change.

International news ‘s climate extremes are bad enough without further changes, researchers say. Photo: NSWRFS

► BEIJING:China’s top legislative body has ruled that Hong Kong politicians advocating independence are ineligible to hold public office, effectively barring two young rebel lawmakers.More here.

► JAKARTA:This city’s embattled governor was interrogated by police over alleged blasphemy on Monday, amid fears that opponents of the government are deliberately fomenting unrest to destabilise Indonesian President Joko Widodo.More here.

► BALI: In 2014 a mentally ill Irishman known only as Sean was found wandering the streets of Bali, dazed and confused, with horrific leg wounds from a motorcycle accident.More here.

Newly elected Hong Kong lawmaker Yau Wai-ching at Sunday’s protest. Photo: Kin Cheung

On this day Thousands protest against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in Jakarta on Friday. Photo: Roni Bintang

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Hunter bushfires 2017, Port Stephens and Cessnock day fourlive blog

Written By: admin - Mar• 13•19

Hunter bushfires day four | live blog Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald
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Racecourse Road Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Racecourse Road Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Racecourse Road Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Racecourse Road Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

INSTA @brodietaliacook Front yard ❗️

Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

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Fire crews battling the Lone Pine fire on Monday. Picture: NSW RFS Lower Hunter

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Firefighters battle the Lone Pine blaze from Medowie Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Lone Pine fire. Picture: Michael John Fisher

MONDAY: Medowe Road, southern edge of the blaze. Picture: Michael McGowan

Firefighters burning a containment line between the southern flank of the fire and Medowie Road on Monday. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Medowe Road, southern edge of the blaze. Picture: Michael McGowan

MONDAY: Medowe Road, southern edge of the blaze. Picture: Michael McGowan

MONDAY: Medowe Road, southern edge of the blaze. Picture: Michael McGowan

MONDAY: Fort Zara’s property at Pipeclay Creek Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

MONDAY: Fort Zara’s property at Pipeclay Creek Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

INSTA @boneybrooke Bushfire season is upon us. Be careful out there pls

INSTA @leekime65 Flying over house from swan bay area fire !

SUNDAY: The end of Riverside Drive, Karuah. Picture: Brooke Greentree-kent

MONDAY: Fort Zara on his property at Pipeclay Creek Road. Picture: Brodie Owen

INSTA @matt_p98 Our friends in the sky at the Karuah fire #firefighting #rfs #rfsinsta

SUNDAY: Twelve Mile Creek fish and yabbie farmer Glenn Jones took this photo of the sunset over his property on Sunday after the fire threat had eased.

Smoke over Medowie on Monday. Picture: Jessica Brown

Grahamstown Dam glows from the fires at Lone Pine and Karuah. Picture: Nisha Sagar

SUNDAY: Twelve Mile Creek fish and yabbie farmer Glenn Jones took this photo of the sunset over his property on Sunday after the fire threat had eased.

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Tim Burcham

Looking west towards the Pacific Highway from Karuah. Photo: Marina Neil

Looking west towards the Pacific Highway from Karuah. Photo: Marina Neil

Racecourse Road Cessnock fire. Photo: Perry Duffin

Nine Mile Creek. Photo: Ian Kirkwood

Old Swan Bay Road fire kept to inland side of the road . Photo: Ian Kirkwood

Crew from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, on Old Swan Bay Road. Photo: Ian Kirkwood

Seaham Road turnoff. Photo: Ian Kirkwood

Spot fires at Nine Mile Creek. Photo: Ian Kirkwood

Photo: Tim Mitchell

Photo taken at Kearsley by Twitter’s @thoughtseeding.

Fire at Heddon Greta, taken by Natalee Snaddon.

Picture: Aharon Staff

Photo by @jo_dilla on Instagram.

From @McAllisterJai on Twitter.

From @rabsr1 on Twitter.

From Herald reader Darren Oliver.

From Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers

From @geofflucas on Instagram.

The fire burning at the southern end of Vincent Street, near Cessnock Sportsground, earlier this afternoon. Picture: Aharon Staff

Picture: Aharon Staff

Picture: Aharon Staff

Picture: Aharon Staff

Photo: Tim Mitchell

Photo: Tim Mitchell

Fire at Heddon Greta, taken by Natalee Snaddon.

Fire at Heddon Greta, taken by Natalee Snaddon.

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Tim Burcham

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Tim Burcham

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Tim Burcham

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Tim Burcham

Karuah fire, taken from Tanilba Bay, Sunday afternoon. Picture: Ben Adams

Karuah fire, taken from Tanilba Bay, Sunday afternoon. Picture: Ben Adams

Cessnock fire. Photos: Felicity Robbs

Cessnock fire. Photos: Felicity Robbs

Cessnock fire. Photos: Felicity Robbs

Cessnock fire. Photos: Felicity Robbs

Masonic Village in Cessnock. Picture: Phillip Bigelow

Masonic Village in Cessnock. Picture: Phillip Bigelow

Masonic Village in Cessnock. Picture: Phillip Bigelow

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock fire on Saturday. Picture: Michael John Fisher

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Andrew Murray, Cessnock.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Andrew Murray, Cessnock.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Andrew Murray, Cessnock.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Andrew Murray, Cessnock.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock bushfire. Picture: Rachelle Corcoran.

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Saturday bushfires. Picture: Daniel Johnson‎

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Shoal Bay by Alisha-Jade Morphett

Karuah by Danielle Cunningham

INSTA @teek14 I hope this isn’t a preview for summer #mercyoftheweather

INSTA @paulm51 A new morning and the smoke hangs heavy. The fires have moved away from us now, thank goodness. 😃 #bushfire #fire🔥🔥🔥 #fire #smoke #photography#photographer #photos #photo

INSTA @ocean__smiles Morning after bush fire. I have so much respect for all the fire fighters. Thank you for keeping us safe.

Saturday bushfire. Picture: Medowie Rural Fire Brigade

SUNDAY: Smoke seen from Mustons Road, Karuah. Picture: Brooke Greentree-kent

SUNDAY: Smoke seen from Mustons Road, Karuah. Picture: Brooke Greentree-kent

SUNDAY: Smoke seen from Mustons Road, Karuah. Picture: Brooke Greentree-kent

SATURDAY: Heading towards Karuah near the weigh station. Picture: Brooke Greentree-kent

INSTA @basti0306 Roadtrips heating up #forestfire #fire #roadtrip #australia #holiday #smokey

INSTA @chrissy_oconnell Driving towards the bushfires #bushfireseason #bushfire

INSTA @thibaut_christ Otis in the beast brrrp brrrrrping through bush fire

FACEBOOK: On Saturday afternoon the #Rescuehelicopter attended a dirt bike accident on a property north of Tea Gardens. The helicopter took a route over Anna Bay to avoid a large #bushfire near Raymond Terrace, not to mention the other aircraft in the area including a #DC10WaterBomber and 4 other helicopters. A man with leg injuries was flown to John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – Official Site

Lone Pine blaze. Picture: Hunter Weather

Lone Pine blaze. Picture: Hunter Weather

WEEKEND FIRE: Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

WEEKEND FIRE: Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

WEEKEND FIRE: Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

WEEKEND FIRE: Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

WEEKEND FIRE: Cessnock blaze. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

Lone Pine fire backburning on Monday night. Picture: Selwyn Cox

INSTA @xsnipingrinox This is What I can see from my roof they’re back burning but that doesn’t mean where sad from the fire 🔥 (RED FLOWER!)

INSTA @nosam_syd Feeling the heat with the #rfs. #fire #mondaymotivation #lonepinefire

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Shaun Cox

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Lone Pine Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

Racecourse Road Fire – Photo by Andrew Macdonald

TweetFacebookPlease refresh this page for the latest updatesAS IT HAPPENED: Hunter bushfires day threeAS IT HAPPENED:Hunter bushfires day twoAS IT HAPPENED: Hunter bushfires day oneSheds go up on edge of KaruahThird blaze catches crews off guardHard fight spares villageLone Pine fire closes highwayHunter fires: Medowie blaze helped by weatherSTAY UPDATED:Regularly checktheFires Near MewebsiteIf your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediatelyStay up to date with the bush fire situation by checkinghttp://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737Check www.livetraffic成都夜总会招聘for road closure updates7.30PM

That’s about it for our blog tonight.

Herald reporter Brodie Owenhas more here:

Telling of the rugged conditionsinside Medowie State Forest, one firefighter had to be carted out by an ambulance on Tuesday morning after he dislocated his knee.

The ambulance was escorted by a fire truck via remote tracks to deep into the bush to remove the injured firefighter.

It is among the best examples of the sacrifices made by RFS crews in this blaze, triggering an outpouring of goodwill in Medowie.

The town’s RFS station was overcome by food donations on Tuesday, including dozens of “Food Survival Packs” made by Medowie Christian School students. Each pack came with a personal message.

“Thank you for saving our community,” wrote one student. “You do so much for us,” said another.

RFS Medowie deputy captain Ian Harding said the generosityshowed community spirit was alive and well.

“It makes you proud,” Mr Harding said.

6.40PM

The rains are here.

Parts of the Hunter, particularly Merriwa, have begun to receive rains expected to ease the heavy workload of firefighters over the past few days.

Both Scone and Merriwa received some falls before 7pm, with the Upper Hunter receiving a storm warning earlier in the day.

While the cooler temperatures and rainfall may help quench the fires, it will also make it harder for firefighters to use tactics including backburning.

4.50PM

Rural Fire Service spokesman Ben Shepherd said prayers for rain at fire grounds around the region were likely to be answered on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.

“That will have two effects,” Mr Shepherd said.

“Yes it will quieten these fires down…but it may also limit our opportunities to do some backburning.”

Mr Shepherd said crews were doing what burning they could ahead of the rain, which would likely give some crews a chance for a well-earned break.

But the job is far from done, with burnt trees and other hazards including the fire re-igniting foremost in the minds of all firefighters.

“There will be crews patrolling these fire grounds for days,” he said.

Wednesday’s fire danger is expected to be Low-Moderate across the Hunter, with no total fire ban in place.

4.40PM

The fire at Racecourse Road that devoured 1040 hectares has been contained.

Crews are mopping up the fire and patrolling to extinguish any spot fires.

4.35PM

Rural Fire Service has issued an update on the Lone Pine fire, warning residents in several Port Stephens towns to stay alert for ember attack.

The fire has scorched 9034 hectares and is not under control.

It has crossed the Karuah River and is burning on its northern side. Firefighters are building containment lines on its southern and eastern perimeters.

Karuah, Limeburners Creek, Medowie, Nine Mile Creek and Swan Bay residents are urged to keep monitoring the situation.

There is no immediate threat to Karuah, North Arm Cove or Carrington. Medowie Road is also open in both directions.

The Bucketts Way, which has also re-opened, may close temporarily due to urgent repairs.

4.05PM: A fresh shift is taking the reins in the Incident Management team, where the day shift is handing over to the night shift.

The RFS is also now listing a bush fire at Charles St in Abermain as out of control.

There are no alerts, warning or advice relating to that fire.​

4PM

Paterson MP Meryl Swanson paid tribute to firefighters in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

“I know there are many people in our community who are incredibly grateful for this concentrated, coordinated work by fire crews, and I add my voice to theirs,” she said.

“At frightening times it is reassuring to hear the fire engines, to see in our skies the water bombers and helicopters andaircraft dumping fire retardant, and to have on the ground men and women who go into battle atthe fire front to keep us all safe.”

3.55PM

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for several parts of the state, including western sections of the Upper Hunter.

These maps are never an exact guide to where storms will and won’t strike, but the indicated area seems clear of the region’s fire grounds.

#NSWStorm warning updated. #DamagingWinds#LargeHail#HeavyRain Locations include #Mudgee#Armidale#Cobar Monitor: https://t成都夜场招聘/Ss766eSCrLpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/aR5oVWLUUi

— BOM New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 8, 2016We’re starting to see lightning activity across different parts of NSW. Let’s hope we don’t get any additional fires as a result @NSWRFSpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/mXLTsj8ibh

— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) November 8, 2016RYHOPE: All lanes now open on the M1 Pacific Mwy after a grass fire. Traffic is returning to normal.

— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) November 8, 2016How to put out a spot fire with Rebecca Lea and Mal Desmarchelier @newcastleheraldpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/nDBZOfMVEV

— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) November 8, 2016Advice

Homes can offer safetyConditions may be changing. Take advice of firefighters on the groundEnact your bush fire survival plan, if you do not have a plan know what it is you will do if the fire threatens1.50pm –fire breaks out at Freemans Waterhole

Firefighters are on scene at a bushfire on the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. The fire is being controlled.

#NSWRFS crews are on scene at a #bushfire on the M1 at Freemans Waterhole. Sth bound lanes are currently closed. pic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/YBQUOzoAGa

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016Advice

Residents of Abernethy, Kitchener and Kearsley should monitor conditionsTake advice of firefighters on the ground12.45pm –Lone Pine fire update

The fire has burnt 9035 hectares.

Ithas burnt a large area of bushland north and south of the Pacific Highway.

Firefighters have used easing conditions overnight to their advantage establishing containment lines on the southern and eastern perimeters of the fire.

Favourable conditions this morning are allowing firefighters to continue back burning operations near Medowie this afternoon.

Today will see the potential for an increase in fire activity on the western side of Karuah and to the west of Swan Bay Road with residents urged to follow instructions from firefighters in the area.

Crews will continue to backburn towards the Pipeclay crossing and beyond in an effort to link up with the heavy retardant dropped from the very large air tanker yesterday.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-thirties today which will bring low humidity and north westerly winds.

People in the area of Karuah, Limeburners Creek, Medowie, Nine Mile Creek and Swan Bay and should continue to monitor the situation and be alert to burning embers.

There is no immediate threat to the townships of Karuah, North Arm Cove and Carrington.

Medowie Road isopen in both directions between the Pacific Highway and Federation Drive.

The Bucketts Way is alsoopen in both directions, however the road may be closed temporarily throughout the day for urgent repairs.

The Pacific Highway is open, however motorists are advised to use caution when driving through the area as firefighters may be working near the road.

Advice

Homes can offer safetyConditions may be changing. Take advice of firefighters on the groundEnact your bush fire survival plan, if you do not have a plan know what it is you will do if the fire threatens12.35pm

This is the size of the Racecourse Road bushfire as of Tuesday, November 7. Picture courtesy NSW RFS Lower Hunter.

12.15pm –update from reporter Brodie Owen

Paramedics are attempting to retrieve an injured Rural Fire Service crew member deep inside the Medowie State Forest.

The firefighter dislocated his knee earlier this morning.

TUESDAY: Control centre on the Pacific Highway near Medowie. Picture: Brodie Owen

The RFS escorted the ambulance into remote bushland via a series of tracks a short time ago. The RFS said it was a blessing there was an off-duty paramedic attached to the injured man’s crew.

Meanwhile, bushland north of Medowie is virtually unrecognisable thanks to persistent firefighting efforts overnight.

The southerly wind change expected about 2pm will tell if containment lines hold. The temperature is rising.

12.05pm –updates on current fires in the Hunter

Heaton Road Onley –Advice, under control

Fairley Road, Holmesville –Advice, under control

Racecourse Road, Cessnock –Advice, under control

Lone Pine fire –Advice, being controlled

Lone Pine Fire – firefighters continue working to control the fire that is still burning. https://t成都夜场招聘/xdTfyV6bPA#NSWRFSPhoto: Adrian Lee pic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/qyt7UMfc4w

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 8, 2016Virtually unrecognisable here at Medowie. Fireys have done a good job o’night. Wind change this arvo will tell if containment lines hold.

— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) November 8, [email protected]_NSW forecasting some relief for fire affected areas of NSW. Good news for fire fighters and community @[email protected]@OEHmedia#FCNSWpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/Jjf2AaJRhu

— Shane Fitzsimmons (@RFSCommissioner) November 7, 2016Very high fire danger today (Tue) in 5 areas: Far Nth Coast, Nth Coast, New England, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney. #NSWRFSpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/i0IIIM1XLa

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 7, 2016Advice

Residents of Abernethy, Kitchener and Kearsley should monitor conditionsTake advice of firefighters on the ground7.10am –RFS update on Lone Pine fire

NSW RFS spokesperson John Redman said a southerly change was expected, which was good news, but its arrival could bring less than ideal conditions.

“When it arrives, there could be winds up to 60km per hour and that’s what is expected today,” Mr Redman said.

Firefighters worked overnight to establish containment lines, after being met with weather challenges which put pressure on the containment lines and started spot fires.

“Great work was done overnight,” Mr Redman said.

“The weather today poses a challenge with low humidity, gusty winds and high temperatures.

“Everyone is working to get through to this afternoon, when the change is expected to arrive.”

However, Mr Redman said there was still a lot of fire on the ground and the expected rain wouldn’t put the fire out, but would ease conditions.

The Lone Pine fire has burnt about 8600 hectares and has a perimeter of 144kms.

Today, firefighters will continue to establish containment lines and especially work on the southern edge of the fire, which is not yet contained.

There will be smoke around the southern edge of the fire as a result of the backburning crews completed last night.

“The fire is at advice level, which is a great testament to the work that has been done,” Mr Redman said.

Backburning will continue today.

6.55am –weather update

There is low humidity expected in Medowie today. The wind is expected to ease, but temperatures are set to soar up to 34 degrees.

However, rain is expected in the afternoon, with a 20 percent chance of showers at 2pm, increasing into the evening.

This much-needed rain will hopefully offer relief for fire fighters.

6.45am – Journalist Brodie Owen filed this report on what’s expected today

VICTORY over theHunter blaze is still a long way off, with challenging weather conditions on Tuesday expected to again have firefighters under the pump.

Firefighting efforts will be concentrated north of Medowie and west of Swan Bay, where the southern edge of the fire continues to rage.

While wind conditions are expected to be moderate in the morning, an afternoon change of direction, combined with forecast temperatures in the low to mid-30s, could prove challenging.

The Rural Fire Service’s Inspector Ben Shepherd said firefighters were hunkering down for a tough day, even though the fire was downgraded late Monday night thanks to favourable conditions.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Inspector Shepherd told theNewcastleHerald.

“They’ve stillgot to lock in that southern edge of the fire, and once that is done they’ll start to look at the northern parts of the fire because it’s still burning uncontrolled in some remote parts.”

Hundreds of firefighters will be kept at the fire front on Tuesday, with the majority situated near the towns of Medowie and Swan Bay.

The southerly wind change is expected to arrive about 2pm. Its effect on the fire is unpredictable.

Water-bombing helicopter refuels in a caravan park on the Pacific Highway near the Medowie State Forest @newcastleheraldpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/aRssiweDVo

— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) November 7, 2016MEDOWIE: MedowieRd & BukkettsWay (Twelve Mile Creek) have both reopened following closures due to bush fires.

— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) November 7, 2016Advice

Homes can offer safetyConditions may be changing. Take advice of firefighters on the groundEnact your bush fire survival plan, if you do not have a plan know what it is you will do if the fire threatens8.40pm –Lone Pine Fire at Advice level

The Lone Pine Fire has been downgraded from Watch and Act to Advice level.

Finally a sea of blue. Lots of work still to do however all fires in #NSW now at Advice. 48 fires still burning 22 uncontained. #NSWRFRSpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/591wOXldcm

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Ella brothers stand by Jim Williams, said they knew of Learn Earn Legend funding ‘situation’

Written By: admin - Mar• 13•19

Glen Ella’s Ellavation is standing by Jim Williams. Photo: David Rogers Loan recipient: Jim Williams. Photo: James Brickwood
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An Indigenous education foundation run by renowned n rugby brothers Glen, Mark and Gary Ella is standing by former Wallaby Jim Williams in the wake of revelations he was the recipient of a secret loan from the NSW Rugby Union last year.

Ellavation chairman Bruce Hayman has also revealed he and chief executive Glen Ella were told by a Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet official about a “financial situation” that had occurred in the Learn Earn Legend program when the foundation was in discussions to take over the running of the federal government-funded initiative in March this year.

The Learn Earn Legend program, along with $100,000 in government funds, were transferred from the NSWRU to Ellavation shortly after NSW officials discovered former chairman Nick Farr-Jones and executive director Bruce Worboys had authorised a $56,000 loan to program co-ordinator Jim Williams so he could make a mortgage repayment on his family home in Sydney’s south.

The loan was made in August last year and was never re-paid by Williams. Farr-Jones, who gave a verbal guarantee of the loan, repaid it on Williams’ behalf more than six months later, with the help of an unnamed individual. Worboys resigned over the matter and Williams’ contract was not renewed.

Williams, a former Wallaby and assistant Wallabies coach, has since been employed by Ellavation to run the same program.

Hayman, who spoke on behalf of the foundation and chief executive Glen Ella, said the foundation was comfortable with its decision after being told up front by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet program manager Steven Clarke in March about a financial anomaly.

“We were approached to consider taking on the Learn Earn Legend program and we discussed with Prime Minister and Cabinet where it was at,” Hayman said. “They alerted us to the fact that there had been some financial situation in the past, all of which was behind the program, and that everything had been resolved.

“We said we’d look closely at it, we talked with Jim about it and, without going into all the details of the past, we have taken Jim on as a contractor, and most importantly Glen as CEO is working very closely with Jim, with a very clear job description and clear key performance indicators.

“Whatever happened in the past, we have very tight financial controls in place and we’re confident that the job Jim is doing with us in the program, fits closely with our objectives and with those of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

Hayman’s comments raise questions about when the matter was raised with the federal government, which handed over almost $630,000 to the NSWRU to run the program over the past four years.

Under terms and conditions for indigenous grants, the Federal Government stipulates that program providers must use grants “for the project for which it is provided, unless the Commonwealth agrees in writing to an alternative use”.

The department declined to comment further on the matter when contacted on Monday. In a statement provided to Fairfax Media last week, it said it was aware of “alleged issues relating to funding provided to the NSWRU”. The NSWRU has denied any link between the loan and the Learn Earn Legend program despite Farr-Jones’ account of the transaction, which was kept hidden from the NSWRU board and administration for more than six months.

“I didn’t have the cash at the time … Bruce said to me ‘Nick, there is this amount sitting in the LEL program, which is surplus, we could use that’,” Farr-Jones told Fairfax Media.

“Bruce was confident he could … organise the loan to be refinanced and the debt to be repaid. Plus, Jim gave him assurances. Effectively I was comfortable with that and I was comfortable on the basis that I would guarantee the loan.”

A NSWRU official confirmed it was NSWRU policy that payments of between $50,000 and $100,000 required the approval of at least two directors.

“At the time the [executive director] of NSW [Rugby Union] was classed as a director on the NSWRU board. Due to the recent changes and improvements in governance this is now not the case as the CEO is not a director and we no longer have the position [executive director] of NSW Rugby,” the official said.