It wasn’t the news I wanted to hear

UPPER Hunter Shire mayor Wayne Bedggood admits he is “frustrated beyond belief” in regards to the latest update concerning the Scone overpass.
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While the town’s bypass has received the “green light” in recent months from both state and federal governments, the residents’ preferred choice suffered another setback in the past week.

Councillor Bedggood met with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) representatives but “it wasn’t the news I wanted to hear”.

“They’re still working on the overpass options – and we’ll need to wait at least another six-to-eight weeks,” he said.

“Apparently, the project remains on the table.

“However, the RMS informed me there wasn’t dedicated funding for it.

“That in itself didn’t surprise me.

“The funding is primarily for the Scone bypass.

“But, we were promised the overpass would be incorporated into the [bypass] development.”

Unless money is left over from the bypass project, Cr Bedggood said council would need to seek funding for the overpass.

“That’s not what we asked for,” he told the Advocate.

“So, I’ll be meeting [state and federal] politicians over the next week.

“I’m not sure what we could have done differently to get the right outcome.

“Plus, there’s been a constant lack of communication with the public, which needs to be addressed, too.”

Only a fortnight ago, one of the key highlights of the NSW Budget was an allocation of $29 million for the New England Highway bypass in town.

It followed a vow by the federal government in May that $65 million had been ticked off to start building the four-kilometre project.

“Everyone knows the volume of traffic, especially heavy vehicles, which passes through Scone on a daily basis,” Cr Bedggood said.

“So, the bypass will be a terrific improvement for Scone and the region in general.”

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Breaking society’s silence of abuse

CONTENT: American-born singer Toni Childs has found happiness and health living near Byron Bay with her Australian husband Mik Lavage.TONI Childs never intended to become a musical spokeswoman for domestic violence. It wasn’t like she had experienced abuse from a partner first hand when she wrote her emotional songI’ve Got To Go Now in 1991.
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It was a time when domestic violence was generallytabooand often lockedbehind closed doors.

Yet 25years after the ARIA top-five track’s release, Childs is still regularly stopped by people who sharetheir personal stories ofhow the song provided them with the inspiration and strength to escape a destructive relationship.

“I never realised I was writing an anthem for domestic violence, but I’ve met somany people who’ve said,‘my mum left because of that song, thank you’ or ‘I didn’t have the courage to leave my husband and you helped me do that’,” Childs says.

“It was the song I was the least connected to. I wrote the story, but it wasn’t my story. But it’s lived on and it’s huge all over the world, but here particularly.”

I’ve Got To Go Now off Childs’ second album House Of Hope was actually about her own personal addiction to pain at the time.

They were halcyon days for the Californian blues-rock musician. Childs’ debut album Union in 1988, featuring the songs Stop You Fussin’ and Don’t Walk Away, was a critical smash and earned her two Grammy nominations.

Toni Childs – I’ve Got To Go NowYet Childs says not everything was soaring in the life of the singer with the distinctand powerful gospel voice.

“We can all get in these cycles when we’re doing stuff that’s not good for us,” she says.“It can be anything from drinking to staying in an abusive relationship or a job we don’t like.

“Where we have critical self-talk, where we aren’t our best friend. There’s different ways these shame addictions can eat up our lives through our relationship with the world. I was feeling that and seeing it in myself.

“My story didn’t have a very good visual, but this had such a great visual. So it made it very easy to relate to and the chorus ‘I’ve got to go now/and I’ve got to say goodbye’was about stopping and coming to the end of the road where you’re really going to make that change.”

Toni Childs Union, House Of Hope and The Woman’s Boat.

One hit Childs won’t perform is her 1989 cover of Jimmy Cliff’sMany Rivers to Cross.

“I made an announcement I wouldn’t be doing that song anymorea couple of years ago,” she says.“It’s a really sad song for me to sing with my bleeding heart all over it that I’m going to lose my man.

“I don’t think that’s a very good affirmation to be making.”

Following the greatest hits tour, Childs will embark on her boldest touring project yet –a regional run of shows to support her 2015 art-pop album It’s All A Beautiful Noise. The shows are a music-driven 3D contemporary art experience, featuring colourful animal animation projectedonthe walls of the theatre.

“It’s an immersibleplay date, but it’s also a concert,” she says.“We need good stuff that’s more fun. We’re knocking down that third wall.”

Toni Childs performs separate lunch and dinner shows at Lizotte’s on July 16.

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A happy medium

NEW HORIZON: Joe Pug is a constant visitor to Australia, but Sunday’s show at The Edwards will be his Newcastle debut.AMERICAN musician Joe Pug once pushed himself on the road to the point of mental,physical and emotionalexhaustion.
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Like his folk and country heroes Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and John Hiatt, Pug is a born troubadour. The sound of wheels rolling on the highway are as constant as the strumming of hisacoustic guitar.

But by 2014 the miles had worn him down. Pug contemplated quitting music, but instead found a balance which delivered personal happiness and inspiredhis third and most recent album, 2015’s Windfall.

Since then Pug has gotten married, welcomeda 10-month-old son and left Austin inTexas and set up home closer to family in Washington DC.These developments contributed to a more satisfying touring regime.

“I was a little bit worried abut the musician’s lifestyle and being a parent, but you have a lot of time to spend with your kid because when everyone goes to work I’m at homegetting up with him and the show isn’t until late at night,” Pug says.

Joe Pug – Hymn #101“I found the sweet spot with playing a certain number of shows in a year. I just really enjoy playing again and I’ve built up by it. I think around 80 to 100 shows per year is the sweet spot.”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2008 with the powerful Nation Of Heat EP, which takes inspiration from Greenwich Village-era Dylan, Pug has intriguedcritics and fans with his poetic wordplay. American literary giants like Walt Whitman and John Steinbeck are among his biggest influences.

Yet Pug admits finding that magic dust to write the next albumhas been difficult.

Joe PugNation Of Heat by shipping 15,000 free two-song samplers to various towns before he toured there.

The efforts paid dividends. Pug would roll into towns he’d never played and already havepeople well-versed in his music.

These days Pug uses cheaper means of self-promotion. This includeshis monthly The Working Songwriter podcast where he has interviewed the likes of Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll and Kasey Chambers.

“That’s helped me a lot with touring without an album because people can follow that show and they know when I’m coming to town,” Pug says.“It’s great because I’m not as tied to the album cycle as I used to be.”

Courtney Marie Andrews – Put The Fire OutOn his latest Australian tour Pug is joined by Seattle’s rising folk artistCourtney Marie Andrews. Seven years ago Andrews toured Australia as a back-up singer forUS rockers Jimmy Eat World, but she’s become a star in herown right due to hercritically-acclaimed thirdrecord Honest Life.

The album debuted No.1 on the US Americana chart last year and led to a performance in April on esteemed UK music showLater…with Jools Holland.

Joe Pug and Courtney Marie Andrews perform on Sunday at The Edwards.

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Queensland’s justice system, reviewed by Google

The Wolston Correctional Centre got one star. Photo: Greg HendersonSentence more interesting offenders, give prisoners better food and don’t wake them up so early or order them around as much.
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This is some of the sterling advice dished out to Queensland’s justice system in the highest court of all, Google reviews.

There’s something about reviewing a place that you are legally forced to attend that seems particularly futile. Having said that, some of them are really funny.

So in the interests of informing Queensland’s more poorly behaved citizens, Fairfax Media can reveal some of the best reviews of the state’s police stations, courthouses and jails.

CourtsBrisbane Magistrates Court:Nice court. Fair sentencing, it would be bennificial (sic) if there was a little more drama during sentencing and that they sentenced more interesting offenders however a nice experience overall. 8/10.Four stars.

Exciting stuff can be seen here. Cases done in no particular order it seems. May have to wait a while if you don’t have a lawyer.Three stars.

Supreme and District Courts Brisbane:Facilities are nice. Coffee is terrible. More modern than the Magistrates Court.Four stars.

This court is so good omg its (sic) amazing yeah baby 5 stars its (sic) lit.Five stars.

Magistrate Courthouses, Maroochydore:Nabbed or fined? This is the place to go.Five stars.

Cairns Magistrates Court:Free valet parking for people on ice. Bulk discounts offered for those who commit multiple burglaries. White people are treated on a first come first served basis. Black people are guilty before proven innocent. Judge shopping is preferred. Your entire case is based on how badly the person before you screwed up.One star.

JailsArthur Gorrie Correctional Centre:Wake up call at 5 am. Breakfast was second rate. No choice of activities and the staff were very rude, ordering me around. The front desk refused to send up room service and no wine was served with dinner. I will not be recommending this hotel at all.One star.

Lack of good looking woman. (sic)One star.

Wolston Correctional Centre:This is the worse place ever! They locked me up and refused to let me out! That my friends is total bullshit!One star.

Woodford Correctional Centre:Pretty small jailcells, (sic) food was ok and lunch times need to be a bit longer but overall it’s an ok jail.Two stars.

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre:Fantastic accomodation, (sic) amazing scenery. To be honest the only let downs (sic) was the food as well as the lack of freedom and activities but otherwise I would highly recommend Lotus Glen Correctional Centre for your next stay on the tablelands.Four stars.

Police stationsIpswich Police Station:Cool Place To Meet !!Five stars.

Toowoomba Police Station:Just another police department.Three stars.

Fortitude Valley Police Station:Requested finger printing at the city police station and got turned away by the horrible counter staff there. Came here and served by Susan, she’s fantastic! Very friendly and helpful, providing us detailed information to ensure we did correctly. I am gonna compliment her formally. Susan deserves an award! :)Five stars.

It is still just a red brick police station at the end of the day.Three stars.

Indooroopilly Police Station:Got a 500 dollar fine and lost my last 3 points which made me loose (sic)my license (sic) for taking a left turn between 7 and 9 when your (sic) not allowed to at that time and then apparently being to (sic) close to the car infront(sic) of me then 2 months later driving the same route with my mate Iwatched a marked cop car with no lights on do the same turn and as we where (sic) following at 60 he had to be going 70 because he lost us,

5 starsmeans they get a 5 outa(sic)5 for being scum dogs

Bad service and there was a hair in my food.One star.

Acacia Ridge Police Station:Nice building. Situated in a good location.Five stars.

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Lees stars set home hit-out

Kris Lees-trained Le Romain and Invincible Gem will trial at Newcastle on July 18after warming up for new campaigns with quiet 845-metre hit-outs at Wyong on Wednesday.
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TOP BILLING: The Kris Lees-trained Le Romain won two group 1 races this season and appears certain to be named Newcastle Horse of the Year. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网.au

Triple group 1-winner Le Romain, with Mat Scorse aboard,was a well-held fourth to Table Two, which ran51.95 seconds on soft ground. Invincible Gem, withAaron Bullock in the saddle, was fourthto Cultural Man, which clocked 50.64.

“Le Romain and Invincible Gem weren’t out to do anything flash as it was their first trials this time in work,” Lees Racing manager Lucas Miller said. “But their respective riders were very happy with how they felt.”

Le Romain will resume in the $200,000 group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5. Connections are keen to secure a spot in the 12-horse,$10 million The Everest (1200m) at the same track on October 14.The versatile Le Romain has an outstanding Randwick record, winning two of his three group 1s at the track.

Lees has not confirmed a first-up task for Invincible Gem, whichwon three city races in succession last time in, culminating with a runaway victory in the group 3 NJC Spring Stakes (1600m)at Randwick in February. She was then a close second in thegroup 1 Randwick Guineas on March 4.

Invincible Gem’s spring target is the $400,000 group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) against her own sex at Rosehill on September 23.

“Kris didn’t have a target with Invincible Gem last campaign, but she kept raising the bar every time she raced,” Miller said. “She has spelled well and it will be interesting to see how far she progresses this time.”

Also on Wednesday, Lees’ exciting two-year-old filly, Sasso Corbaro, was run down in the shadow of the posts for the second time at Canterbury in her two career starts.

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