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Historic Newcastle Signal Box switches gear to become restaurant, bar

Restaurant, bar plan unveiled for historic Newcastle Signal Box NEW LOOK: Artwork showing how the signal box would look. Image: Derive Architecture & Design


Artwork showing how the signal box would look. Image: Derive Architecture & Design

TweetFacebook Newcastle Signal Box Hunter businessman Andrew Macdonald has unveiled plans for the heritage-listed Newcastle Signal Box, including a restaurant, bar and eye-catching glass and steel-framedannex.

The 1936 signal box sits on the new Market Street Lawn between Queen’s Wharf and thenew light rail stop on Scott Street.

Mr Macdonald, who owns The Little Nel restaurant and Hotel Nelson at Nelson Bay, won the tender for a long-term lease on the building when Hunter Development Corporation called for expressions of interest last year.

He lodged plans for the project last week with Newcastle City Council and will also apply to the state Office of Environment and Heritage to carry out works on the building.

Mr Macdonald said he had long hoped to open a restaurant in Newcastle.

“I saw the signal box and thought it was such an opportunity,” he said.

“It’s a unique site. It’s designed to be an iconic venue with a rooftop terrace and an elevated garden.It’s going to be a central part of the Market Street Lawn.”

He said the restaurant would open from breakfast to dinner and could offer takeaway kits and blankets for customers to take to the nearby lawn.

It will have seating for 150 diners, including 64 indoors and 86 outside on the ground and first floors.

The building contains switching equipment – electro-pneumatic miniature-lever-power interlocking machine gears and relay cases, to be precise –of interest to railway buffs, and these will be on display in part of the restaurant.The gear once controlled the rail lines east of Merewether Street.

“It will be more than just another cafe,” Mr Macdonald said. “It is part attraction with the signal gear restored and on display.”

The Derive Architecture design for the development includes a new single-storey pavilion in steel and glass with a rooftop viewing platform and external spiral staircase.

HDC has been carrying out restoration work on the signal box, and plans for the nearby landscaped area includeawater feature which will light up at night.

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Giants AFL coach cautious over injuries

GWS coach Leon Cameron favours a cautious approach rather than risk rushing key players back for Sunday’s high stakes AFL clash with Melbourne.


Co-captain and key defender Phil Davis was listed to play after dealing with multiple corks in last week’s loss to Sydney, but fellow defender Zac Williams didn’t make the final 23.

Initially named on the Giants extended bench, Williams will play a second NEAFL game after taking almost the full campaign to recover from a serous Achilles injury he suffered in the pre-season.

“He’ll play (NEAFL) again this weekend and then get another good couple of weeks of training and I’ll have no hesitation in bringing him in, if he doesn’t play AFL before the finals,” Cameron said.

Star small forward Toby Greene, veterans Brett Deledio and Matt de Boer and key defenders Aidan Corr and Sam Taylor are all listed to return for week one of the finals.

“Are they going really really well? They are. Would I love to bring one or two of them in this week? Yes I would,” Cameron said.

“But we don’t want to risk it; we’ve had a couple of hamstring (injuries) in the last month or so.

“We’re probably taking a more cautious approach and getting them ready for that first week of finals.”

With finals looming and several Victorian teams qualifying, Cameron viewed the Giants’ second MCG fixture of the season and their first in almost five months as a great opportunity.

“We feel we played a really good brand round two (in the win) against Collingwood there, so we look forward to playing at the MCG,” he said.

“But equally we look forward to playing the Demons because we know they are a quality team, they are number one in a lot of areas.

“We know the ramifications of the game and if we win, then we hopefully secure a home final.”

GWS entered the round in sixth, one spot and two points ahead of Melbourne.

Cameron said Rory Lobb faced a big challenge against Melbourne’s Max Gawn, but declared the 207cm Giant was getting better with every week he played in the ruck.

Cameron understood the speculation over the future of midfield star Dylan Shiel, but stressed he had more immediate concerns.

“You deal with those sort of issues when the season finishes, but we’re really rapt with how Dylan is going,” Cameron said.

“I thought he was fantastic on the weekend.”

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Pay us for developing NRL stars: Bellamy

The Melbourne Storm are under pressure to fend off rival NRL clubs trying to sign Cameron Munster.As rivals circle his star playmaker Cameron Munster, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has called on the NRL to reward clubs through the salary cap for developing talent.


Seven NRL clubs have already signalled their interest in luring Munster from the Storm for the 2020 season when he comes off contract.

The 23-year-old utility back, who joined the Storm as a teenager five years ago, could command more than $1 million a season.

Bellamy says there’s no financial incentive or compensation for clubs to invest in youngsters when others sit back and just throw big money at them as soon as they’re established first-grade players.

“I’d like to see the NRL reward clubs for developing players and get a percentage (deduction from the salary cap) after they’ve been there a certain number of years,” Bellamy said on Friday

“If you’ve recruited them as young kids and developed them you should be getting a reward but every year we seem to lose players that we’ve recruited and developed as young people.

“They go to clubs who don’t do any development and just recruit.

“It irks me, especially with Cameron, that we got him as a 17-year-old and everyone’s coming in with their chequebooks and he might be going.”

Bellamy said the argument that clubs didn’t have a big enough junior area to source players from didn’t hold water given the small Victorian competition.

Rockhampton-born Munster was playing in the Queensland Cup while another example is winger Suliasi Vunivalu, who was playing rugby union at an Auckland school.

Bellamy said his club obviously would be doing all they could to hold on to Munster.

“He’s shown his worth to us with his consistency this year and also in big rep games so everyone understands and knows what calibre of player you’re going to get with Cameron,” Bellamy said.

“I’d like to think that Cameron considers that we helped develop him here although he’s done a lot of hard work too.

“Whatever we can do to keep him we’ll be doing that.”

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How the internet has reacted to China’s political drama

Via the Aussie As Facebook page


WHEN we got up for work on Monday, who would have predicted where we’d be at the end of the working week?

The Liberal Party is in turmoil. Constituents are furious at the circus in Canberra.

And of course, on the internet, people are taking the opportunity to test their comedy flair.

We’ve collated some of the funny posts being shared across the internet.

Seen any great memes you think we should add? Email [email protected]杭州夜生活m.au.

And follow all the action in Canberra with our live coverage here.

When Julia Bishop stepped into the ring…Julie Bishop has thrown her hat into the ring.Sources expect the hat to land sometime this week, if winds are favourable.#LibSpillpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/jbhFfbYTJo

— Drew Bowie (@Drew_Bowie) August 23, 2018Tom Gleeson helped Paul Denyer win a Gold Logie. Could Prime Ministership really be that far-fetched…?Looking for a new job?Just found this on @Airtasker. #auspol#libspill#libsspillpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/SxtzPoEquO

— Jenn (@MsJennnnR) August 24, 2018Which way? RIGHT!Normie Facebook friends are sharing this and let’s just say – they’re not wrong pic.twitter杭州夜生活m/ZgM3VKz68c

— sectoral productivity leveller (@verybrownguy) August 24, 2018The NT News asking all the hard questionsAPPARENTLY WE’LL HAVE A NEW PRIME MINISTER TODAY. THE REAL QUESTION IS … WHO WILL IT BE TOMORROW? #libspill#auspol

— The NT News (@TheNTNews) August 23, 2018Meanwhile, the hashtag #libspillfilms is trending on Twitter as people try to describe ’s political dramas as something worthy of an Oscar (or at least a Logie).Here’s just a few of the suggestions floating around…The classic

Groundhog Day #LibSpillFilms

— James Spiller (@jamesbspiller) August 23, 2018Finding Leaders #LibSpillFilmspic.twitter杭州夜生活m/KAfDwjpy0a

— Jade (@jadehawk15) August 23, 2018Total Recall #LibSpillFilmspic.twitter杭州夜生活m/4000vxRIPx

— LJPSaveSaveSave (@LJPSaveSaveSave) August 23, 2018Malcolm In The Middle. #LibSpillFilms

— @[email protected] (@NewtonMark) August 23, 2018And here’s some live video of how things are going right nowLiberal party RN #libspillpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/dOra9QB4iY

— Jane Gilmore (@JaneTribune) August 24, 2018We couldn’t go through a list of memes without mentioning He Who Must Not Be NamedDutton has resigned as Minister. This is like when Voldemort slunk off to the woods to recharge, yeah? pic.twitter杭州夜生活m/e2jXuUnhPA

— Dom Knight #bebest (@domknight) August 20, 2018And finally, who could predict the final winner in all of this? Could it be…?Victory by default, the sweetest kind #libspill#Libspill2#turnbull#dutton#auspol#Morrison#wtfauspic.twitter杭州夜生活m/CrTfEArVXQ

— Louis Puddy (@LouieKonk) August 23, 2018

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Lions keen to ruin Eagles’ AFL finals path

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko is confident his club will play finals within the next couple of years.Brisbane can’t make the top eight but skipper Dayne Zorko says they want to shape it by tipping West Coast into a nightmare AFL finals match-up with Richmond.


The Lions close out a season of major improvement on Sunday at the Gabba against the Eagles, who are warm favourites but could drop as low as fourth on the ladder if they lose.

“They will be doing everything I reckon to not have to travel to Melbourne and play Richmond because they’re a powerhouse down there and playing some fantastic football at the right time of the year,” Zorko told reporters on Friday.

“Most teams outside the eight probably set that goal for themselves – if you can’t be in them, you can certainly shape them.

“We’re expecting (West Coast) to come out really hot.

“They’ve got a top two spot and home finals up for grabs, so it’s important we’ve got to rally that early and get our game style going.”

Zorko is confident Brisbane would be ready to meet the challenge, having learned from the mistakes they made in round 23 last year.

He said the team had thoroughly reviewed their 51-point defeat against North Melbourne, which was a limp end to coach Chris Fagan’s first season in charge.

“We had a win maybe two weeks before that, confidence was sky high and our attitude was it was just going to happen,” Zorko said.

Zorko, 29, has never played finals in his career and is probably getting tired of watching from the outside.

But he is confident his time will come after the Lions re-signed Fagan as coach for a further two seasons, tying the popular mentor to the club until the end of the 2021 campaign.

Zorko, like Fagan, isn’t putting a timeline on when they might be able to crack the top eight, but he’s confident it will happen sooner or later.

“We have had those close losses all year and it’s important that we learn from them,” he said.

“I’m sure it’ll come in the next year or two with another pre-season, more composure, blokes feeling like they belong at the level.

“There’s no ceiling on it.”

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