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Hunter’s newest Catholic high school builds expressions of interest before 2020 opening

Vision: Newly appointed college principal Scott Donohoe said the site would have a chapel that will accommodate 500 and be open to the public.WHEN Scott Donohoe steps into his role asfoundation principal of the new Catholic high school in Medowie, he will join a community he has been working with from afar for close to a decade.


Mr Donohoe is currently principal of San Clemente High Mayfield, where more than 50 per cent of students live in Port Stephens and travel around two hours each day for a Catholic education.

“We have three Catholic primary schools at Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace and Bulahdelah and these students have been travelling up to an hour each way each day to San Clemente and St Francis Xavier’s at Hamilton for high school,” Mr Donohoe said.

“It’s been very difficult for them to engage and connect with extra curricular activities in their own communities because they get home too late.

“This will give them more time to pursue those interests in this area rather than being in the car or on the bus.

“It also makes it easier for parents to come in for events and gatherings.”

Work: The tender will soon be awarded for the first stage, which includes an administration centre, general purpose learning centre, early education centre and chapel.

Mr Donohoewill increase his involvement in thenew school to be built on Medowie Road –called Catherine McAuley Catholic College – next term before stepping into the role full time in 2019.

“I’mexcited about the once in a lifetime opportunity to start a school, to have a clean slate,” he said.

“To build a culture and community which I feel will really serve students for the future from scratch is something very rare and unique, I could not pass it up.

“My vision is for the college is to ultimately be seen as an important community hub for Port Stephens.

“This includes developing long term partnerships with local industries such as the defence force and associated aeronautical and aerospace industries.”

The college has already received 75 expressions of interest, many from non Catholic families.

The office will open next January and take enrolments from March.

The college will open in 2020 with between 150 and180 year seven students and is forecast to grow to 1200.

Diocese chief executive Sean Scanlon said the $26million development application for the 20 hectare site wasbefore Port Stephens Council and includes the first stage of thecollege, as well as a primary school expected to open under its own name as early as 2022 and an early education centre.

A traffic management plan is before the state government.

He said he expected earthworks wouldstart later this year.

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Newcastle Council and the State Government commit $295,000 for Newcastle erosion control

$295,000 Funding commitment for Newcastle erosion controlhttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd杭州龙凤/transform/v1/crop/frm/UfX4XDhNMhVpTbjzWZdknP/4e353f74-ff12-4e3b-9d94-eff9ac5929ac.jpg/r3_150_5182_3076_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgA $295,000 joint funding commitment between Newcastle City Council and State Government will assist in the development of a viable and long-term solution for Stockton’s erosion woes.news, local-news, 2018-08-24T12:10:00+10:00https://players.brightcove杭州龙凤/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5826167266001https://players.brightcove杭州龙凤/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5826167266001A $295,000joint funding commitment between Newcastle City Council and the state government will assist in the development of a viable and long-term solution for Stockton’s erosion woes.


The funding will be used to develop a Coastal Management Program for Newcastle’s entire coastline as part of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan, which was certified by the Office of Environment and Heritage last week.

“Today’s announcement continues council’s recent approach to addressing erosion at Stockton through a collaborative working partnership with the NSW Government,” Newcastle City Council chief executive Jeremy Bath said.

“For the first time in many years genuine progress is occurring on a long-term solution. This is largely because for council and the NSW Government agencies are regularly meeting and sharing their individual expertise.”

Acute problem: erosion directly behind the Mission Early Learning Centre at Stockton and nearby works where council has dumped rocks. Picture: Marina Neil

The recently certified coastal zone management plan limited the council’s ability to secure funding from the State Government to short and medium-term activities for Stockton.


Government is ‘burying head in the sand’ over Stockton erosionDeadly find on popular Stockton beach angers residentsStockton’s erosion problem makes it to the floor of state parliamentToday’s funding commitment will providethe necessary funding to develop a management plan that includes long-term strategies to combat coastal erosion at Stockton.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the funding agreement was further evidence of real progress being made in findinga solution to the erosion of Stockton Beach.

“For decades the people of Stockton have watched their beach slowly disappear. It’s only now, with the State Government and Newcastle City Council engaged in a genuine partnership, that progress is being made,”MacDonald said.

“I hope the community of Stockton can take comfort in the knowledge that real progress is finally occurring.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the Coastal Management Plan would include a risk-management approach, stakeholder engagement process and cost-benefit analysis assessment of management options.

Close call: Erosion on Stockton Beach is getting closer to nearby homes and the Mission early learning centre. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

“The community, and specifically the Stockton Community Liaison Group, will continue to play a crucial role in ensuring the local community are consulted and updated on work to develop a long-term solution,”Councillor Clausensaid.

“The provision of $295,000 from the council and the State Government ensures work continues so that we can definitely resolve how best to deliver a long-term solution to the erosion occurring at Stockton. This work will also address the critical matter of the associated cost. This work will be achieved via an evidence-based approach with outcomes that all parties can support the findings of.”

I understand that this morning that the State Government announced that they were committing $147,500 to develop a Coastal Management Program for the Newcastle coastline. With Newcastle City Council committing the other $147, 500.

As you are aware, the Stockton Beach coastline has been an issue we have been working on for the past two years.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said he was pleased the StateGovernment had adopted a Labor Party policy.

“Only just last week, Labor committed $270 000 for this plan. Scot MacDonald criticised this. Yet today his government short changes the community in the process.

“I asked the Government to match that in Parliament at the debate.

“By jointly funding a lesser portion of the money needed shows that this Government is not serious about fixing the issue at Stockton.”

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Black Diamond AFL: Hawks welcome back gun for shoot out with arch rivals City

DANGER MAN: Newcastle City forward Pat Gillingham has kicked 70 goals this season. Picture: Marina NeilCARDIFF welcomeback star midfielder Marcus DeLeur but coach Nathan Harkness said the focus was on fixing the Hawks’ errors from their last encounter against Newcastle City when the rivals meet in the Black Diamond AFL preliminary final at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.


DeLeur sat out the Hawks’ clinical 30-point win over Wyong in the opening week of the finals with a shoulder complaint.

“Marcusbrings a lot of speed and skill and he is an experienced footballer,” Harkness said. “He will bring immense pressure around the contest and is one of our leaders.”

The Hawks and Blues finished two-three on the ladder and split their regular season encounters.

Cardiff were 93-79 victors in the season opener. City squared the ledger 84-60 in round 12.

“The win in round one is not really relevant now,” Harkness said. “We take more from the loss six weeks ago and what we can improve on. They got hold of us early around the contest and we did some un-Cardiff like disciplinary structures and our attack on the football was pretty disappointing.”

Jack Pratt and Tom Yensch led the way against the Magpies in the qualifying final.

“It’s not two or three players, we have to play well all over the ground,” Harness said.

Connor Haswell returns from suspension for City and along with leading goal-kicker Pat Gillingham, Mitch Knight and Cam Keast are the men to stop.

“Newcastle’s spread is pretty good all over the ground,” Harkness said. “If Gillingham gets off the chain early he can get away from you. We have got things in place to make sure he is nullified.If you give him the supply he will get more opportunities to score.”

Minor premier Terrigal Avoca tackle Warners Bay in the other preliminary final at Adelaide Street Oval on Sunday.

Warners Bay, fresh from their first finals’ win in a decade, will need another big performance from speedy forward Jack Hardman, who kicked four in the 21-point win over Singleton.

Terrigal’s flag defence has been built on defence. They have leaked a miserly 438 points in 16 gamesat an average of 27.

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Newcastle Jets: Gamble pays dividends for Thurgate with senior contact

ANGUS Thurgate was 15 when his school-teacher parents allowed him to move to Newcastle to pursue his love for football.


Newcastle Jets: Gamble pays dividends for Thurgate with senior contact ON BOARD: Angus Thurgate (right) has signed a three-year contract with the Jets. The 18-year-old from Port Macquarie had been on a scholarship at the club. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook Angus Thurgate Pictures: Marina Neil, Jonathan Carroll, AAPThe Port Macquarie prodigythenquit school one day into year 12 to concentratepurely on becoming a professional.

On Friday, the 18 year-old inked a three-year deal with the Jets, his first senior contract,and was selected in the n squad for a training camp ahead of qualifiers for the under-20 FIFA World Cup next year.

“It’s been a pretty crazy year to be honest with theway everything has panned out, but to be recognised by Ernie and the coaching staff with this upgrade is great,” Thurgate said. “Especially after the success last year, I was excited to jump at the chance to sign here for three years.It is another opportunity to work hard and keep improving.The goalis to make more appearances off the bench and hopefully pushfor a starting spot towards the end of the season.”

The n squad, whichwill be formally announced on Monday, goes into camp next Saturday on the Central Coast under new coach Ante Milicic. The camp is the main hit outin preparation for the Asian Championships being held in Indonesia, starting October 18.

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“He has just improved out of sight since he joined the senior group for training,” Jets coach Ernie Merrick said. “He made quite a few appearances last season and it madesense to give him a full contract. He is boy who can play just about any position. I have played him in all three midfield roles–6,8,10. He has played on the wing, I have played him as a striker and I think he ran at right fullback.

“He has a lot of technical ability, enormous endurance and a terrific attitude. Nothing fazes him. He just gets on with the job. If he makes a mistake he picks himself up, gets on with it and gets it right the next time.”

Thurgate will start off the bench in the Jets’ trial against Central Coast Mariners at Maitland Sportsground on Saturday.

The match is Jets’first against A-League opposition this pre-season and will be used to fine-tune their game ahead of the FFA Cup battle with Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Wednesday.

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Newcastle rugby: McCormack trades coach’s clipboard for Maitland No.9 jumper in qualifying final

MR FIX-IT: Ryan McCormack will trade the coach’s clipboard for the Maitland No.9 jumper in the qualifying semi-final against Merewether. Picture: Marina Neil


CO-COACH Ryan McCormack is normally responsible for devisingMaitland’s game plan.

On Saturday, he will have the job of executing it when the Blacks take on Merewether in the qualifying semi-final at No.2 Sportsground.

Newcastle rugby: McCormack trades coach’s clipboard for Maitland No.9 jumper TweetFacebook Maitland v Merewether Pictures: Stewart HazellMcCormack will start at halfback in place of Max Stafford, who is suspended after receiving his third yellow card for the season in the 40-28 win over Lake Macquarie.

A fly-half for the majority of his career, McCormack has covered in a variety of roles in a handful of cameo appearances this season.

“Chippy (McCormack) has played for us a couple of times at nine when Max has been injured or away,” co-coach Mick Hickling said. “We are very confident that he will get the job done.He is a very different player to Max but his experience and talk will be a benefit.”

Second grade halfback Ben Taylor, who has experience in the top grade, will provide cover on the bench.

“Ben Taylor has played quite a bit in the past and if we need to go that way, it is something we can do,” Hickling said. “A few weeks back, Ben had only just returned from a shoulder injury so we went with Chippy off the bench. He is a natural talker on the field and pushes the boys around. That is his personality.”

Apart from Stafford, the Blacks are at full-strength which is stark contrast to last season in which they lost James Robinson, Travis Brooke,Michael Howell and Jimmy Johnston to injury.

“We are healthy which is a plus,” Hickling said. “We only dropped one game in the second round and that was a narrow loss [to Hamilton]. There is a bit of confidence in the playing group. The vibe at training on Thursday was very good.”

Merewether enter the finals on the back three lopsided wins over bottom sides University (64-17) and Lake Macquarie (70-26) and sixth-placed Southern Beaches (52-17).

The easier run home has allowed the Greens to manage the workload of captain and key man Jay Strachan, who has a long-term knee issue.

“We have been managing Strachanny for six weeks,” co-coach Mick Gill said. “We rested him from the Wanderers game early in the season. We took a big gamble at the time but it has paid off in terms of getting him right.You could tell in his performance when he was troubled by it. He didn’t have that explosive power. The last two starts, he has got his confidence back.”

Both previous encounters have been high-scoring affairs. Merewether won 49-24 at Townson Oval in round four and the Blacks were 40-36 victors at MarcellinPark in round 14.

“It was a high scoring game but their were patches where the defence was really good,” Hickling said. “They have blokes like Strachan and Jarome Wilson, guys who can really play the game. We have a couple of guys like that as well. If you can string some possession together for a period you are a really good chance of scoring points.”

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