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BETTER: The new home for Newcastle’s blood bank. Allan Lockyer, blood donor saving lives for 50 years
NEWCASTLE’S blood donation service is moving out of its long-term home in Watt Street, with plans to set up a $2million state-of-the-art facility at Broadmeadow.
After 12 months of extensive research and surveying of its donors, the Australian Red Cross blood service announced on Tuesday it had chosen the ground floor of 165 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow, for the centre’s new locale.
Blood service spokeswoman Jemma Falkenmire cited the central location, improved parking and the potential to expand with the projected need for blood donations as reasons behind the decision.
Also, the closure of the Royal Newcastle Hospital in 2007 meant the blood service no longer needed to be located in the city, Ms Falkenmire said.
A development application has been lodged before Newcastle City Council, with the blood service’s project team confident it will be approved.
Once approved, the Australian Red Cross plans on spending $2million constructing a purpose-built centre that could be open for business as early as mid-2015, with the existing Watt Street centre remaining open until that point.
‘‘We did some research and spoke to our regular donors in the area and they told us that the current location in the city was not really central to where a lot of them lived and the parking was difficult,’’ Mr Falkenmire said.
‘‘The Watt Street centre was built in 1941 and was one of the first wartime blood panels outside of Sydney. It was definitely built there originally because of the link to the hospital, but there is no reason for it to be there now.’’
She said the new facility is in a good position to get blood delivered for processing and testing quickly.
It will receive more than 14,000 litres of donated blood each year, slightly up on what the service was collecting in Watt Street.
The announcement comes as the blood service prepares to celebrate National Blood Donor Week, between July 27 and August 2.
In the last 12 months, more than 500,000 blood donors have made more than 1.3million donations across Australia.
The service will recognise 100 Hunter donors for reaching milestones of 50 donations or more.
To make an appointment call13 14 95
BOUNCING BACK: Ivy Tregenza with donor Allan Lockyer. IVY Tregenza owes her life to the generosity of blood donors.Red Cross Blood Bank to move to Broadmeadow
IVY Tregenza owes her life to the generosity of blood donors.
Selfless contributors like Allan Lockyer – Newcastle’s most prolific blood donor – have made her life ‘‘a thousand times better’’ as she battles a rare immune deficiency disorder.
And for Mr Lockyer – who has donated blood for 50 years – that is the best endorsement he could ask for.
Mr Lockyer’s 516th and final blood donation on Wednesday will coincide with the build-up to National Blood Donor Week, to recognise the life-changing contributions of blood and bone marrow.
He turns 81 on Saturday, the age the Australian Red Cross Blood Service says existing donors must call it quits at that age.
It was a few years ago during blood donor week that he first met Ivy. The now eight-year-old requires regular plasma infusions to compensate for her inability to fight common infections.
A twin, Ivy and her brother Noah were born in 2006. When Ivy and Noah got sick, Noah would bounce back but Ivy would end up in the hospital.
Her family have launched 400 for Ivy, a pledge to gain 400 donations under Ivy’s name during August.
Ivy’s mother Tiffany said her family were eternally grateful to those who had donated blood.
‘‘People like Allan make Ivy’s life a thousand times better. Without them, Ivy wouldn’t be able to have a normal life,’’ Ms Tregenza said.
Mr Lockyer said he began donating blood years ago when a friend of his died, but kept at it because it made him feel good.
‘‘I hope that when I stop there will be people who fill the void, it is a great thing to do and it helps a lot of people.
‘‘I always feel good afterwards,’’ he said.
LEGAL ACTION: Matt Karwalski.SQUASH player Zac Alexander has flown out of Glasgow after losing his place on the Australian team on the eve of the Commonwealth Games due to a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The 25-year-old was a member of the five-man men’s doubles squad in Scotland but was replaced at the last minute by Medowie’s Matthew Karwalski, who won a two-month legal battle for selection.
While Karwalski is on the way to Glasgow to take up his spot, Alexander left the athletes’ village before Wednesday night’s opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
“He left Scottish soil [on Wednesday],” Australian team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said.
“I certainly did [speak to him] and may I say if you talk about people and the way they conduct themselves, Zac Alexander has been exemplary in this process. An outstanding Australian.
“He was seriously so good. I was just amazed at the way he understood the process. I was just chatting to him about making sure that he realised that it was a decision that was made, it was no reflection on him. As a team we stood behind him, and at the end of the day he’ll learn from the experience. There was no difficulty in the delivery because he was so professional and so strong with it.”
Alexander, the seventh-ranked Australian, had been selected ahead of third-ranked Karwalski when the team for Glasgow was announced in May, triggering the 28-year-old’s appeal. Moneghetti believed there would be no awkwardness when Karwalski arrives in the athletes’ village to link up with the doubles squad.
“He comes into this village as an Australian Commonwealth Games team member,” he said.
“He’ll certainly be welcomed into the village.”
Lake Macquarie City mayor, Jodie Harrison, left, and property owners’ lawyer, Daryl Gray, right, during on site discussions at Catherine Street Swansea on Thursday. Photo by Marina NeilLAKE Macquarie City Council staff have been accused of misusing a NSW government guideline on sea level rise to recommend refusal of a dual occupancy at Swansea.
Councillor Jason Pauling alleged a council staff memo to councillors on the matter was ‘‘misleading’’ and created ‘‘a bias in perception’’.
The development proposal was discussed at an inspection of the Catherine Street site on Thursday, which council staff, councillors and the landowner attended.
Council staff were opposed to the dual-occupancy proposal because they said it represented an ‘‘intensification of use’’ of the land, which relates to development restrictions for sea level rise risk.
Councillors asked staff to further explain what intensification meant.
A council staff memo to councillors on Wednesday said the NSW government’s coastal planning guideline for ‘‘adapting to sea level rise’’ defined intensification as “processes that increase intensity or density of land use”.
Cr Pauling said the council memo failed to include other important definitions of ‘‘intensification’’ outlined in the state guideline.
The guideline said an example of intensification was ‘‘changing from low-density to high-density residential or from a rural zoning to a residential zoning’’.
The guideline said ‘‘when councils consider reducing land-use intensity, the following factors must be considered: current land uses and existing use rights’’.
It also said ‘‘the availability, effectiveness and feasibility of impact-mitigation options’’ should be considered.
Cr Pauling said the dual occupancy should be allowed when these extra explanations were considered.
‘‘It’s madness,’’ he said, of council staff’s approach to the matter.
The council said the state guideline’s definition of intensification meant “an increase in potential landowners or potential allotments as a result of development”.
“Council’s objective is to limit the increase in number of properties located within these areas to reduce exposure to the risk of flooding and potential sea level rise,” it said.
Blacksmiths resident Russel Hicks, who is planning the dual occupancy, said his development application proposed ‘‘a low intensity use of the land’’.
His lawyer Daryl Gray said his client was prepared to build the floor level at 2.36 metres to meet council flood controls.
“You’d need a storm 10 times the Pasha Bulker before you’d get anywhere near that floor level,” Mr Gray said.
Mr Hicks said the dual occupancy was planned for his daughter to live in one dwelling and her grandmother in the other.
He said the council objection and legal advice needed to challenge it had “cost us a fortune”.
SETTING THE PACE: Lauren Panella is in the driver’s seat to become the first female to win the NSW metropolitan premiership.DESPITE missing two months of racing, Holmesville-raised Lauren Panella is poised to create pacing history by becoming the first female driver to win the NSW metropolitan premiership.
Panella has 42 winners at Menangle, 16.5 more than the next best, Luke McCarthy, with just six weeks remaining in the season.
Amanda Turnbull is on track for a second consecutive state title but she is not in contention in the metro premiership.
Panella was a distant second to McCarthy last season but set up the premiership win this campaign with dominant performances as Keinbah trainer Shane Tritton’s No.1 driver either side of a two-month suspension from the Interdominion final.
She is also seemingly home in the Newcastle premiership with 52 wins, 11 clear of Josh Osborn.
Tritton, meanwhile, is within reach of two pieces of Hunter harness racing history.
He leads the metropolitan and Newcastle premierships on 37 and 83 wins respectively and has 150 overall in NSW. Tritton will become the first Hunter trainer to claim the metropolitan crown if he can hold out Belinda McCarthy, who is 3½ victories behind and his only threat.
And after becoming the first Hunter trainer to score 100 NSW winners in a season last campaign, Tritton is eyeing a century at his home track alone.
He set a record of 95 last season and has nine meetings to land another 17 victories and hit the ton, a feat which appears achievable.
DOMINANT: Lauren Panella.
While Panella continues her premiership charge tonight at Newcastle, a trailblazer for women in pacing will be also featured in an interesting way.
Rainbow Flat’s Tess Wilkes and her only pacer, Kandidate, will race in the last, the Encouragement Stakes, which is a new event for trainers with no more than one win for the season.
Twenty years ago, Wilkes (nee Gleeson) was on the verge of becoming the first female driver to win the metropolitan premiership when she was controversially suspended for 12 months for allegedly pulling up one of her runners. It was a charge she has always denied.
Disillusioned with the sport, she walked away to concentrate on family and business only to return last month as trainer and driver of Kandidate.
The pair have raced together only at Newcastle and will have their fifth start tonight.
Wilkes, whose brother Chris Gleeson had a life ban for race fixing lifted in 2010, has driven more than 800 winners.
● HRNSW has taken the unusual step of publishing results of cobalt tests amid ongoing debate, rumours and legal action over the use of the naturally occurring performance enhancer.
It makes for interesting reading.
A threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine samples was introduced in December last year and several trainers have been suspended for positive swabs in recent months.
While most tests show readings well below the threshold, some are way over.
Rhys Nicholson’s Luda tops the list with 2600.
Trainers, though, are unhappy with the testing methods and two, Neil Day and Dean McDowell, are challenging their suspensions in the Supreme Court.
Hunter trainers have also been involved. Josh Carroll had his case dismissed when a B sample came back just under the threshold.
Rod Pike’s inquiry is pending and results from his horse are among the 10 listed anonymously that range from 300 to 2350.
Anna Meares during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonweatlh Games in Glasgow. Picture Getty ImagesGLASGOW: Australian team flag bearer Anna Meares rode away from the opening ceremony ready to make an immediate impact at the Commonwealth Games.
Cycling team officials had Meares’s bike waiting outside the stadium on Wednesday night so she was kept off her feet as much as possible.
She said leading the Australian team was a career highlight.
Once Meares had carried the flag into the arena she made a quick exit because of her first race 24 hours later.
‘‘Save the legs for tomorrow,’’ Meares said of her short ride back to the athletes’ village.
Meares is the overwhelming favourite to win her pet event, the 500m time trial, on day one of the track competition.
But she is determined to ignore outside expectations and not let the massive pressure get to her.
‘‘I’m here because I want to be here. I love it and all of that will come out tomorrow night,’’ she said.
The ceremony and carrying the flag had a massive impact on Meares.
Asked if she would have enough rest before the 500m race, Meares replied: ‘‘I don’t know. I don’t really care. I think I will still be lit from the emotion and energy from tonight for the race tomorrow.
‘‘It’s just incredible, that was the largest Australian contingent ever sent to a Commonwealth Games that I got to walk in with the flag in front of them.
‘‘An incredible memory. I had a terrible night’s sleep last night because I was excited thinking about tonight.
‘‘I will be fine. I can sleep when I get home.’’
Meares is one of the star attractions of a big first night at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will lead the English team in the latest edition of their long running Ashes battle with the Australian world champions in the 4000m team pursuit.
This is Meares’s fourth Commonwealth Games, equalling Kathy Watt as the most by a female Australian cyclist.
Watt inspired Meares to take up cycling.
At the moment she is one Commonwealth medal behind her idol but will pass her with podium finishes in both her events in Glasgow.
‘‘I’m competitive – I would certainly love one more than her,’’ Meares said. AAP
Anna Meares during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonweatlh Games in Glasgow. Picture Getty Images
CONSISTENT: Michael Hogan celebrates a wicket for the Warriors. Picture: Getty ImagesAUSTRALIAN Test legend Michael Hussey believes Newcastle-bred fast bowler Michael Hogan was unlucky to never wear the Baggy Green.
Hogan and Hussey spent four seasons as teammates at Western Australia, before “Mr Cricket” retired from the first-class scene in 2013.
Speaking to the Newcastle Herald this week as part of the Commonwealth Bank’s promotion of its Grants for Grassroots program, Hussey said he had the highest respect for the former Merewether seamer.
Even at 32 last summer, Hogan took 33 wickets at an average of 25 in 10 games for the Warriors as they reached the Sheffield Shield final against NSW.
Throughout his five summers of first-class cricket Hogan has constantly been a wicket-taker.
Hussey said Hogan’s breakthrough probably came too late for his talent to shine in the international arena.
“It is a shame as he’s definitely good enough to play for Australia, but probably timing hasn’t been right for him,” Hussey said.
“He performed so well for Western Australia over a number of years. He was probably the leader of our attack for a few years there.
“He was so consistent, so disciplined and you knew what you were going to get from him day in, day out.
“He is also very well respected around the first-class circuit and I believe he’s doing very well in county cricket, so good luck to him.”
Hussey played the last of his 79 Tests against Sri Lanka in the Sydney New Year’s Test in 2013, finishing his career with 6235 runs at an average of 51.52.
Since then the 39-year-old batsman has continued his career with struggling Big Bash League franchise, the Sydney Thunder.
Hussey will turn out again for the Thunder this summer along with new import, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Newcastle initially showed interest in forming a BBL franchise when the city-based competition was launched in 2011-12.
Launceston, Geelong and Canberra have also been mooted as possible options if Cricket Australia decides to expand the eight-team competition.
When asked if Newcastle could support a BBL franchise, Hussey said: “I reckon it could, no question.
“I know Cricket Australia are looking to try and expand it even more with the success of last year.
“I’ve actually played some Shield cricket myself in Newcastle and the facilities there are fantastic.
“I think there’s probably enough talent to get another team there, particularly with some overseas players.
“I don’t make those decisions, but I loved it up there.”
Besides the Thunder, Hussey has also moved into the Channel Nine commentary box and is coaching the Cricket Australia’s national performance squad.
The squad is in Darwin playing in a tournament that also features Australia A and the Indian and South Africans second XIs.
The tournament has given Hussey the opportunity to view Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan at close quarters.
Doolan played three Tests on Australia’s victorious tour of South Africa earlier this year and Hussey believes he could excel this summer on the two-Test tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October and then against India at home.
“He’s had bit of a taste and probably hasn’t cemented his place just yet, but with a couple of good performances he’s someone that would be great to see do well,” he said.
“He looks like a pretty polished player and if he was given a good run I’m hopeful he’d do a good job at it.”
Local Newcastle cricket clubs can apply for a CommBank Cricket Club grant atwww南京夜网mbank南京夜网.au/cricket. Applications close 15 August 2014.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL (MA)
Stars: Eric Bana, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn
Director: Scott Derrickson
Screening: general release
THE most recognisable thing about horror director Scott Derrickson is his penchant for imitating the classics. His new one, Deliver Us From Evil, is clearly modelled on The Exorcist.
The script by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman is based on a memoir by Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), a New York cop who quit to purge demons full-time.
Working mostly after dark, the strung-out Sarchie experiences unsettling visions and is constantly venturing into shadowy spaces. Gory images are juxtaposed with symbols of warped innocence: a deserted merry-go-round, a piano that plays Pop Goes The Weasel all by itself.
These well-worn devices might have been more effective had Derrickson managed to link them to a compelling central idea. To the degree the film is about anything, it seems to be fear of contamination from abroad: the plot involves an infectious form of demonic possession, brought home from Iraq by a disgraced American soldier (Sean Harris).
Stuck in bland leading-man mode and overdoing his Bronx accent, Bana fails to win much sympathy for the ‘‘tortured’’ Sarchie.