BAFTA winner Kelly returns home

ABOVE: Kelly Broad on the set of Everyone Must Die

FORMER Young Witness journalist and independent filmmaker Kelly Broad will be back in her home town on October 22 for a special screening of one of her films as well as Q&A on the night.

A BAFTA winner for the short film The Banker starring Michael Sheen, Broad is also on a mission to help the next generation of filmmakers in town try to see the dreams become reality.

For Southern Cross Cinema Manager, Lauren Frith, having Kelly in town is a real bonus.

“Kelly has done some remarkable things in her career and worked with some incredibly talented and amazing people,” said Ms Frith.

“Some of those she has worked with include Emma Watson, JJ Field, Tom Burke and Benedict Cumberbatch among many others.

“I reccommend to anyone interested in film to come along.”

Broad also produced the judgement day comedy, One of Those Days, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Joanna David, with BBC Films.

Her other short form work consisted of commercials and promos – including documentaries for Greenpeace and a short film shot in Pakistan.

Her first feature film was Third Star, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Field and Tom Burke, which premiered as the Closing Night Gala at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2010.

Her second feature film is Everyone’s Going to Die which premiered at SXSW and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh.

It is now screening at film festivals around the world, and has opened in France and Argentina and the UK.

Her new film Firebird has just been awarded development funding with the BFI.

Together with producer Mike Morrison she is working on a number of independent film projects including Slow Light by writer/director Richard Fenwick, and an activism documentary called The Climb.

She is also a patron of Wait But Why and an honorary board member of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art.

“And soon she will be in Young after kindly agreeing to donate her time back to us and her home town,” said Frith.

“She’s very charming and it promises to be a great night.”

For more information on the special one-off screening please call the Southern Cross Cinema on 02 63821000.

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OBITUARY: Tireless worker for aged caring

VALE: Bill King after he announced his retirement in 2007. Picture: Josh Leeson

BILL King, one of the founders of the Port Stephens Veterans & Citizens Aged Care facility (aka Harbourside Haven), died peacefully on Sunday, October 4, at the Shoal Bay nursing home. He was 88.

A former federal magistrate, he spent 25 years – 15 of them as board chairman – helping build aged care accommodation in three villages at Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay and Salamander Bay.

He helped launch the non-profit building company in 1981 with the late Bernie Thompson and Ron Brock when there were no private or public retirement villages on the Tomaree Peninsula.

Mr King resigned from the board in 2007 and had an aged care facility at Fingal Haven named in his honour.

Today the company’s three villages accommodate for more than 600 aged people in self, low and high care.

Harbourside chairman Gerry Mohan described Mr King as “the driving force behind the Bernie Thompson dream of affordable aged living in Port Stephens in those early days”.

“His many hours lobbying bureaucrats and politicians travelling to and from Canberra finally resulted in a federal government subsidy of $1.2 million,” Mr Mohan said.

“Bill King never stopped the hard slog and his role as board chairman continued with the assistance of his beloved wife, Geraldine.

“Bill made many friends and some enemies but his agenda to provide affordable living for the aged in Port Stephens never wavered.”

In retirement, Mr King, who is survived by Geraldine, spent much of his time on overseas travel.

“It would not surprise me if Bill joins the likes of [the late] Bernie Thompson, Butch Foley, Arthur Wade, Les Johnson and Bruce Cowan up there, looking at a similar project,” Mr Mohan said.

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Leviathans head south | Gallery PLAYFUL: A whale breaches off the heads at Port Stephens. Picture: Roger Dunwell (Imagine Cruises)

PLAYFUL: A whale breaches off the heads at Port Stephens. Picture: Roger Dunwell (Imagine Cruises)

Picture by Lisa Skelton from Imagine Cruises. An energetic young humpback calf travelling south towards the feeding grounds in Antarctic waters jumps out of the waters off Port Stephens.

Picture by Lisa Skelton from Imagine Cruises. An energetic young humpback calf travelling south towards the feeding grounds in Antarctic waters jumps out of the waters off Port Stephens.

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THE southern migration has begun in earnest with scores of humpback whales spotted off the coast of Port Stephens in recent days.

Imagine Cruises’ Frank Future said that more than 25 whales were spotted on Monday afternoon alone.

He said three pairs of mothers and calves were encountered less than one kilometre off the entrance to Port Stephens.

“The whales were obviously happy … they were frolicking and singing all day long,” he said.

Mr Future said the migration would continue until mid-November.

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Firms purr with anticipation

POLISHED: Port Stephens will host the Australian Council of Jaguar Clubs’ 2017 national rally. Pictured is a scene from a previous rally.A MAJOR Jaguar rally expected to draw hundreds of car enthusiasts and inject more than $250,000 into the economy will be staged in Port Stephens in 2017.

Destination Port Stephens has won the hosting rights for the Australian Council of Jaguar Clubs’ (ACJC) 2017 national rally, to be held between March 24 and 27.

Janelle Gardner, chief executive officer of Destination Port Stephens, said the rally would bring “new tourism dollars into the area”.

“This is a colourful and dynamic event for Port Stephens which will see Jaguar drivers and their partners and friends based here for four days during which time they will visit local attractions and join local tours to experience the spectacular scenery of our region,” Ms Gardner said.

The event, to be co-ordinated by the Jaguar council’s NSW and Hunter branches, was expected to draw more than 200 vehicles and 300 people from across Australia.

The group would be based at Ramada Resort in Shoal Bay and a function was also planned for the Ocean View restaurant in Fingal Bay.

A free public display of all the Jaguars, dating from 1935 to the latest models of the luxury car, will be staged at Fly Point on Saturday, March 25.

ACJC’s 2017 national rally director, Ken White, who lives in Nelson Bay, said Jaguar lovers nation-wide would attend the Port Stephens event, with some driving their prized cars across the Nullarbor from Perth.

“We’re delighted to bring our rally to Port Stephens in 2017 to showcase our special cars and share our passion with the public,” Mr White said.

“We also thank Destination Port Stephens for its initiative, guidance and support.”

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Join in the multicultural fiesta

DIVERSITY: Wolf Ifritah and Debra Rodrigues prepare for the Riverside Multicultural Fiesta. Picture: Stephen WarkTHE cultural diversity housed within Port Stephens will be celebrated with a colourful fiesta on Saturday.

The Riverside Multicultural Fiesta, now in its second year, will be held in Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace between 9am and 3.30pm on October 17.

“Last year it was so successful we won event of the year [at] Port Stephens Council’s Australia Day awards,” said one of the event’s organisers, Liz Stephens.

“This year we have exciting line-up of multicultural performers which include Cessnock pipe band, the Pumpkin Juice Celtic Fiddlers, Tibetan dance, Balinese fire dancers, Spanish tango and salsa, Chinese Tai Chi display and local Indigenous performers.”

In addition, there will be free interactive workshops in African drumming, circus skills, Indigenous painting, ethnic food stalls and children’s cultural activities.

A junior talent quest for those aged seven to 17 would be held at the rotunda at 2pm. Register by 1pm.

To kickstart the festival, a free foreign film afternoon will be held at Raymond Terrace Library on Thursday, October 15.

From 3pm Mao’s Last Dancer would be screened then German comedy Soul Kitchen from 6pm. Bookings 4980 0111.

Also on Thursday, in MarketPlace Raymond Terrace would be a world map where people were encouraged to place their country of origin and write hello in their language.

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Attorney General inspects new audio-visual link at Toronto Court

IN CAMERA: Attorney General Gabrielle Upton inspects the new evidence trolley and audio visual link. On screen is Toronto Court client service officer Maria Sharvin. Picture: David Stewart

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton has visited Toronto Court to see how newly installed technology is changing the way justice is delivered.

Ms Upton said the government’s $200,000 investment in state-of-the-art technology for the court was a game changer.

A key component of the new equipment is a high-definition audio visual link (AVL) which is connected to a remote witness room.

“By harnessing better technology, we are making access to justice faster and easier in our courts,” Ms Upton said.

“This upgrade brings Toronto Courthouse into the 21st century, and gives the community facilities they need and deserve.”

The technology has been welcomed by court staff, and is helping witnesses, victims and defendants.

“This technology reduces the need to transport prisoners lengthy distances for short court appearances, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year in creating a more secure justice system,” Ms Upton said.

“The new AVL technology enables the court to hear bail applications made from jail and testimony from witnesses interstate and abroad.”

Most importantly, the AVL reduces the trauma for vulnerable witnesses, especially children, when they come to court, she said.

“The remote witness room has been upgraded which means vulnerable witnesses give ‘in camera’ evidence in a private room and secure area.”

The new technology also includes an evidence trolley.

It houses a suite of devices including a document camera, and ports to enable the screening of evidence presented in a range of formats, including on video, DVD, USB stick, phone and camera.

Previously, documents and other hard pieces of evidence would be handed around the court to be viewed.

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Tumultuous days recalled

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Councillor John Nell contemplates his retirement from politics after 29 years. Picture: Peter StoopA 29-YEAR political career for proud card-carrying Labor Party environmentalist John Nell will draw to a close at the 2016 Port Stephens Council elections with just a single regret.

The Dutch-born councillor, who will turn 69 before his tenure is up next September, said he regretted the “inept handling” of the controversial Salamander Bay shopping centre development in the 1980s.

“It was a tumultuous time on the council and I voted to approve the development … which in hindsight has hurt some businesses in Nelson Bay,” Cr Nell said.

“But I see a lot of positives for the Bay with the new Woolworths supermarket and the redevelopment of the two Donald Street car parks expected to rejuvenate the CBD.”

Cr Nell, who served nearly two years as mayor from 2002-04, said that future amalgamation of councils was inevitable and Port Stephens should be preparing for a merger.

He described his current term on council as “frustrating when it comes to environmental and planning issues”, while lamenting that “sometimes you have the numbers and sometimes you don’t”.

“But there is no point in poking a stick at your fellow councillors … this is not like Parliament where you have a government and an opposition, on council everyone should work together.”

Cr Nell, who has sat on numerous sporting, environmental, marine, foreshore and parks committees, said he was proud of his contributions to the council, particularly in the areas of environment protection and estuary management.

“We have the most beautiful and unique environment and we should not wreck it. It should be looked after and passed on to our future generations.”

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Ex-lawyer to talk to audience of 10,000 at world religion meet

UPLIFTING: Cooranbong’s Shakti Durga is a lawyer-turned-bhakti yogi who blends Eastern and Western mysticism in her presentations.

A FORMER lawyer who became the leader of a peace mission at Cooranbong will address an audience of 10,000 at the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City, US, this week.

Kim Fraser, who is now known as Shakti Durga, founded Shanti Mission on Kings Road at Cooranbong, in 2001.

Ms Durga will jointly present a paper with American Christian mystic Clare Watts.

Their topic is “Food for the Soul – The Power of Sacraments and Pujas to Change us and the World”.

“By using sacred practices which take us beyond the mind, we access our heart and soul, where the desire to give and serve, live lives of moderation and non-excessiveness are naturally already present,” Ms Durga said.

Her collaboration with Ms Watts will demonstrate how two diverse religions – mystical Christianity and Narayani Hinduism – can have a friendship and grow “in peaceful co-existence and respect”, she said.

“While we teach from outwardly very different traditions, inwardly we are offering one truth and one powerful message of hope.”

The World Parliament of Religions is held every four years. The last gathering was in Melbourne in 2011. This year’s event will feature representatives of 50 faiths and 80 nations.

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Ex-MP eyes council seat

FORMER Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann says he is disappointed with last week’s decision handed down by the High Court to uphold a ban on political donations from developers.

Craig Baumann

The ban, which led to the downfall of a number of Liberal Hunter MPs prior to the March state election, was challenged by former Newcastle mayor and developer Jeff McCloy who argued the law was a restriction of freedom of communication.

Mr Baumann said while he was disappointed in the court ruling, it had no affect on his status and he would not rule out a comeback to the political arena.

“There were no allegations against me for receiving donations from a prohibited donor … my one stupid mistake made eight years ago was not to declare my electoral funding.”

Mr Baumann said he was banned from saying anything further until the ICAC findings were made public, which he expected to happen next year.

“It has been frustrating, originally the decision was to be brought down in January this year but that has been delayed due to cases involving [ICAC prosecutor] Margaret Cunneen and the McCloy hearing.”

Mr Baumann said the delays would not prevent him from running for election again.

“I wouldn’t stand for state Parliament, but I enjoyed my time as a councillor and mayor at Port Stephens and I wouldn’t rule out running again,” Mr Baumann said.

“I think I can add value to the council but I would not run for mayor if Bruce [mayor MacKenzie] decides to run again.”

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News in brief

Spring Fair on SaturdayTHE Boulevarde and Pemmell Street at Toronto will be closed to traffic from 6am to 5pm this Saturday, October 17, for the Greater Toronto Spring Fair. The family-friendly fair will feature hundreds of stalls, exhibitions, activities and live entertainment acts. It runs from 9am to 3pm on The Boulevarde, town square, and the foreshore park.

Memorial for lost onesLAKE Macquarie Memorial Park, at Ryhope, and White Lady Funerals will host a twilight memorial service today (Thursday) at 6pm for women and families who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or the loss of an infant. “The memorial service will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for those who have faced the loss of a baby or child,” the park’s family service manager Vicki Furse said.

Registry closure debatedTHE controversial closure of the Toronto Motor Registry will be debated in the NSW Parliament next Thursday, October 22, the day before the office is due to shut its doors. A petition of more than 10,000 signatures calling for the retention of the motor registry has been presented by the Independent Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper.

Air show for festivalPREPARATIONS are in full swing for the eighth annual Catalina Festival to be held at Rathmines on Sunday, October 25. An air show featuring 15 different aircraft will be a highlight of this year’s event.

Nappies for those in needTHE Target Country store in Morisset Square is participating in the Target Australia campaign calling on customers to donate unused nappies at the store for The Nappy Collective, an organisation that collects disposable nappies and redistributes them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need. Drop off nappies in the Morisset store’s collection bin from tomorrow, October 16, until October 30.

Session on beekeepingTHE Landcare Resource Centre at Teralba is the venue this Saturday for an information session on keeping native bees and backyard honey bees, hosted by Danielle Lloyd-Prichard from the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment. The session runs from 9.30am to 1.30pm. RSVP on 4921 0392 or at [email protected]备案老域名.

Economic breakfast at clubMINGARA Recreation Club is the venue on October 16 for the Central Coast economic breakfast hosted by Newcastle University’s Central Coast Campus. Guest presenters will include John Peters, the economics director of global markets research from the Commonwealth Bank. Phone 4340 8700.

The Entrance upgradedWYONG Council will start a $3.5-million upgrade of The Entrance waterfront precinct this week with landscaping works, followed by the installation of new paving along the shopfronts. Vera’s Garden and the large pine trees will stay, but a larger, diverse, colourful and interactive play space will be added.

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