eBay threatens to block Australian shoppers

eBay says it will likely block Australian shoppers from buying goods from overseas if the government pushes ahead with plans to apply GST on all goods sold through the online marketplace.


Goods bought from overseas sellers and imported to Australia worth less than $1000 are currently GST exempt, but Treasurer Scott Morrison wants to apply the 10 per cent tax to all sales from July 1 this year.

“Regrettably, the Government’s legislation may force eBay to prevent Australians from buying from foreign sellers,” eBay Australia and New Zealand vice president Jooman Park wrote in a submission to a senate inquiry into the so-called “Amazon Tax”.

“This appears to be the most likely outcome at present.

“No tax would be paid to Australia and none would be owed. It would raise no revenue, deny Australians access to choice and lessen price competition.”

Mr Park said an eBay ban would not even help local bricks and mortar retailers – who have been lobbying for the tax – and nor would the tax generate significant revenue, because Australians would simply move to “opaque parts of the internet” where they could buy from online retailers that did not comply with the new rules.

The proposed tax treats online sales platforms like eBay and Amazon as the supplier, meaning they would be responsible for applying the tax.

But eBay said that it did not own, hold or distribute goods, nor handle payments.

“In reality, buyers use the eBay search engine to find goods and choose which seller to transact with,” Mr Park said.

“Deeming eBay to be a seller is a fiction designed by the Government to give the impression of raising revenue.”

Mr Park also said the proposed tax was overly complex, with goods worth under $1000 having tax applied by the seller while goods worth over $1000 would be shipped tax-free and taxed by Australian customs upon entry to the country.

“Separate goods in one box would appear to attract both tax treatments,” he said.

Mr Park suggested shipping companies, including Australia Post and its parcel arm StarTrack, be made responsible for tax.

“These companies can require buyers to declare whether a good is new and to nominate a value of the good as part of the pricing of parcel delivery to Australia,” he said.

In its submission, Amazon said GST should be levied on all goods but said it shouldn’t have to collect the tax, agreeing with eBay that shipping companies should be made responsible.

The July 1 start date for the new tax was “completely unrealistic”, with both businesses and government unable to implement required changes by then, Mr Park said.

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Fans throw dead rats at players in Danish soccer derby

Emotions often run high during a derby, and the ensuing passions can often bring out the best, and worst, in fans.


Unfortunately, in the Danish Superliga, a championship group match between rivals Brondby and FC Copenhagen brought out the worst, when Brondby fans threw dead rats at Copenhagen player Ludwig Augustinsson as he prepared to take a corner kick.

At that point, there were five minutes remaining in the match and Brondby were down 1-0 at home.

Play was stopped after at least three dead rats were thrown, with Copenhagen players attempting to kick the rats’ bodies off the pitch before stewards picked them up and disposed of them.

Brondby later released a statement about the incident online, with the club’s sports director Troels Bech condemning it.

The club will investigate and hopes to find the person or people responsible, so that they can ban them.

“First of all we had today a great setting for a derby and the atmosphere before kickoff was something special. When we stand here after the game, we are obviously annoyed that we had to leave the field without points, but it is equally unfortunate that there are some visitors for today’s match who could not figure out how to behave properly,” Bech said in the statement.

“We will now look all the video material and pictures … [and] engage in dialogue with groups of supporters in the hope that together we can identify the right person and make sure that he gets quarantined from the stadium.

“We have Denmark’s most atmospheric football stadium and the home ground of Denmark by far the best fans, and a single individual should not ruin it for the greater community.” Derby in Copenhagen today. Br??ndby fans decided to throw rats at the Copenhagen players. pic.twitter苏州美甲学校/C6DkdtFyrE??? Gustav Tornby (@gustav_tornby) 17 April 2017

Chelsea fans, 2015/16: Unfurl banners showing players as rats. Brondby fans, this weekend: Hold our beer.https://t.co/Bej8fEoOSO??? The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) 17 April 2017

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New traffic lights on Molly Morgan Drive near Stockland Green Hills

New lights pop up near Stockland Green Hills | Photos, video The news intersection on Molly Morgan Drive. Picture: Nick Bielby


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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsBig ticket store H&M expected to cash in on Stockland Green Hills redevelopmentMaitland residents keen to shop until they drop at Stockland Green HillsNew shops ready to open in stage one of Stockland Green Hills next monthMotorists onMolly Morgan Drive have been met with a new set of traffic lights. The intersection allows motorists to turn in and out of Stockland Green Hills and is part of the shopping centre’s upgrades.

The first stage of the $412 million Stockland Green Hills redevelopment is due to open on Thursday April 27.

The opening will includefour new storesCruise Travel, L’Amore Nails, a second Blooms chemist and Toto Sushi.

The first stage opening will also see the return of a number of favourites including Myhouse, The Reject Shop, Traditional Medicine, Mister Minit, Newcastle Permanent and a full service Westpac Bank branch.

Best & Less, Eyecare Plus, Just Cuts and NIB will also be relocated into the new northern mall along with the CR8 Children’s Play Area.

New lights pop up near Stockland Green Hills | Photos, videohttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/7daP3m9vD5jxj8khH4ayZs/dca82188-7f1e-46f6-96f2-7c8bfc7a62a2.JPG/r762_425_3264_1839_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgMolly Morgan Drive gets new set of traffic lights.news, local-news, hoyts, cinema, shopping centre, green hills, stockland, molly morgan drive2017-04-18T10:02:00+10:00https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5104115725001https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5104115725001Fairfax Media reported earlier this year that Hoyts will open a seven screen cinema inthe complex.The cinema will be located in the new entertainment complex which will open mid-2018. Department store H&M is also tipped to be moving in.

On completion, the centre will more than double in size to around 74,000 square metres and will feature the first new format David Jones department store in the Hunter and around 25 tenancies in adining and entertainment precinct.

Reactions to the new intersection have been mixed:

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Centenary of the Great War

HAUNTING: Australian prisoners of war captured at the first Battle of Bullecourt, April 11, 1917. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan MahonyNewcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for 16-22 April 1917.


CAPTURE OF LENSThe British have entered Lens. A Paris message states that explosions and fires in the German lines behind Lens, with some fires in the town itself, are interpreted to mean that the Germans have begun their work of destruction before evacuation.

The Daily Chronicle’scorrespondent at headquarters, telegraphing at 4 o’clock Sunday morning, stated that British patrols had entered Lens. The enemy had left rearguards in the redoubts, and frantic efforts were made to remove the guns, numbering 150, in the network of mines and pitheads at Lens and Lievin. They blew up the roads, and orders were given to destroy the mines, firing charges into the pits and flooding them. Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the west front, reports:- “On Saturday morning we captured Lievin, south-westward of and adjoining Lens, taking considerable quantities of war material. In the afternoon we seized Cite de St. Pierre, north-west of Lens. We pressed on on our whole front on the Scarpe River, southward of Loos, and reached points two and three miles eastward of Vimy Ridge. There was heavy fighting all day long southward of the Scarpe. We everywhere maintained the positions previously cultured, and inflicted serious enemy losses. We progressed on a wide front northward and southward of the Bapaume-Cambrai road, fierce encounters resulting in our favour southward and eastward of Fayet, to within a few hundred yards of St. Quentin. We carried Gricourt village at the point of the bayonet, although the enemy stubbornly resisted. We took 400 prisoners. An attempted hostile counter-attack was broken up. Our aeroplanes on Thursday and Friday dropped large quantities of explosives, with good results, on enemy stations, ammunition depots, and aerodromes. They successfully attacked enemy infantry convoys with machine guns. Four German aeroplanes were brought down, and six were driven down. Twelve of ours are missing.

AUSTRALIAN BRAVERYFrom C.E.W. Bean, Australian Official War Correspondent: “I have to record an attack by the Australian troops, which will live in history as long as history exists. In order to take the fullest advantage of the great successes near Arras, it was necessary that the Hindenburg line should be attacked at a point where the Australians faced it. This line is defended by wire entanglements, of whose strength the whole world has heard. It was recognised as being something unparalleled in the history of fortifications. The chance of a very great success made the enterprise most important, though it was realised that success might be impossible to attain.

At dawn on the morning of the 11th the Australians attacked. The Australian infantry fought its way under machine gun fire, through such wire as was hitherto unknown, seized two lines of the Hindenburg trenches, pushed further as ordered, and took the village of Reincourt. By this time one of the tanks had got through the wire. The infantry followed it still further, and in accordance with the plan, entered the village of Hindecourt, near Bullecourt, two thousand yards beyond the Hindenburg line, within two hours of starting. This feat is almost unbelievable by those who know and those who have seen the strength of these fortifications. It was, however, attained.

German infantry and transports were seen streaming towards the rear. Here, however, this wonderful, brave effort spent itself. With its ranks thinned by heavy fighting, this handful of men alone in the enemy’s country was unable to keep down the machine gun fire, and the sniping from all sides. The furthermost parties were completely cut off by eight o’clock. Towards midday the Germans were heavily reinforced. They counter-attacked along the whole line, and after heavy bomb-fighting, lasting for nearly an hour, the remaining troops were driven out from the Hindenburg line.From a certain definite report of the movement, there is reason to believe that though it did not succeed, this extraordinarily gallant attack had a marked effect on the progress of the troops elsewhere. In any case, it was one of the most gallant feats Australian soldiers have ever performed.”

NEW PHYSICAL STANDARDReferring to some misconception regarding the new physical standard for the AIF, the authorities at Victoria Barracks have officially stated that the height minimum has been reduced to 5ft for infantrymen, and that a few men under 5ft will be accepted for special service as machine gunners and drivers. The general standard fixed at the outbreak of war was 5ft 4in minimum height, and 34in minimum chest expansion. Shortly afterwards this was reduced to 5ft 3in for the height, and 33in for the chest minimum. It is probable that this still is the standard for such units as Light Horse and Artillery.

ANZAC DAY IN SCHOOLSThe memory of Anzac Day is not to be allowed to fade from the minds of the public school children, for Mr James, the Minister for Education, has authorised the issue of a circular to teachers, setting out a suggested program for the day. The Minister desires teachers to take full advantage of the opportunity for impressing again upon the minds of their pupils the real basis of our pride in the share taken by the Anzacs on the 25th April, 1915. After pointing out that Gallipoli has a deep significance to Australians, the circular goes on: “For the first time in their history, Australians stood side by side with soldiers from the rest of the Empire, and with the Empire’s Allies, in a world struggle for freedom. We want our Australian children to remember not only the heroism of their countrymen at Gallipoli, but the sacred cause in which that heroism was displayed.” It is impressed upon teachers that: “It is no small thing to be able to remind Australian children that within a few years of federating themselves into nationhood, the flower of Australian manhood went forth, fought, and died for the finest thing men can die for.” The children are to be encouraged to feel that they themselves are celebrating a great event, and consequently the boys and girls are not to occupy the mere role of audience, but to take an active part in what is going on. Between now and the 25th April, teachers will discuss with the pupils, and invite suggestions as to how the day can best properly be celebrated. It is suggested, however, that selected portions of Ashmead Bartlett’s and Captain Bean’s respective stories of the landing should be read, that short poems or special verses bearing upon Gallipoli should be recited, that truly patriotic songs should be sung, and that special reference should be made to the recruiting scheme inaugurated by the Teachers’ Association, and the relationship between the recruits secured, and the schools that adopt them.

DARCY’S TROUBLESNew York, Saturday.

The Governor of Louisiana has cancelled Les Darcy’s match with Jeff Smith, which was to have taken place on the 23rd instant.

LETTERS TO THE EDITORSir, We wish to appeal to your readers for their co-operation in our work for the men of the First Light Horse and the First Light Horse Field Ambulance, now serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Summer is rapidly approaching, and with it come climatic conditions so severe, that the hardships so bravely faced by our men are materially increased. These hardships can be reduced by sending frequent and large consignments of certain supplementary foods. We all know how important it is to have changes of diet, but I think few of us realise what a terrific strain it is even on the strongest institution, to face the blistering heat of a summer on the desert, on army rations. We have had an urgent appeal for tinned fruit; tinned vegetables, and lime juice.

We must respond to this appeal, but in order to do so, we must have funds, and we must have them quickly. We therefore ask those who are interested in the welfare of the Australian Light Horsemen to send a contribution of money to the First Light Horse Comforts Depot, 28 Moore-street, Sydney. The very smallest sums will be most thankfully received. – I am, etc., Mary Vernon, Hon. Secretary First L.H. Comforts Fund.

ENLISTMENTSHerbert Anderson, Mayfield; Donald Smirnoff Begbie, Islington; Horace Oraba Bell, Hamilton; Carl August Bergquist, Wallsend; Arthur Edward Bilton, Newcastle; William Brining, Newcastle; John Chapple, Wickham; Robert William Chisholm, Newcastle; Robert Stanley Conn, Hamilton; Frederick Thomas Curran, Denman; Daniel Thomas Davies, Hamilton; Hubert Yorke Delahunt, Denman; Frederick Dennewald, Scone; Harley James Doherty, Muswellbrook; Leonard Oswald Douglas, Cooks Hill; Richard Fitzsimmons, Cooks Hill; Percy Lawrence Gibbons, Merriwa; Albert Harris, Maryville; William Robert Henderson, Speers Point; George Salem Holm, Islington; Alexander Jones, Lambton; Norman Hunter Leishman, Newcastle; William Loades, Newcastle; Bruce McGill, Newcastle; William Alfred McKay, West Maitland; Annie Beatrice Milligan, Muswellbrook; Alexander Kethel Muir, Stockton; Thomas Gomer Palmer, Newcastle; Archibald Conrad Porteous, Hamilton; William Race, East Maitland; Harold Francis Roach, Cessnock; Richard James Roe, Blandford; John Clarence Ryan, Hamilton; Edward Ryan, Newcastle; Herbert Edward Sanderson, Newcastle; William Peter Sharkey, Cooks Hill; John Cecil Shearer, Merewether; Thomas Henry Stafford, Islington; Cecil Bernard Storm, West Maitland; Harold James Tapner, Mayfield; Albert James Terry, Newcastle; Lee Tinsley, Newcastle; John Walker, Wallsend; David Ellis Watson, Waratah.

DEATHSPte Arthur Barrie, Jesmond; Pte John Dolphin Barry, Weismantles; Spr Donald Mitchell Blair, Seaham; Pte Claude Crittenden, West Maitland; Cpl John Vincent Dwyer, East Maitland; Pte Aaron Smith Haddon, Dudley; Lieut William White Hill, Branxton; 2nd Lieut Trevor Langwill, Newcastle; L/Cpl Broughton Taylor Luscombe, Muswellbrook; Pte Arthur Francis Mayne, Hamilton; Lieut Eric Dawson Simmons, Cessnock; Lieut William Albert Symington, Mayfield; Gnr William Robert Thomas, Muswellbrook; Pte Edward David Wolfgang, Muswellbrook.

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‘I couldn’t breathe’: Australian sisters injured in acid attack at London nightclub

An Australian woman who was injured in an acid attack at a London nightclub says she feared she had been caught up in a terrorist attack when chaos erupted inside the venue.


Sydney woman Isobella Fraser, 22, and her sister Prue, 20, were with friends in the Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east London, early on Monday morning when a fight broke out between a group of people standing nearby.

Isobella said she saw someone use a drink bottle to splash two men in the face with a liquid, which also splashed on her, her sister and others standing around them. Police say 12 people were injured when the corrosive substance was thrown.

“It just sort of went everywhere,” Isobella told Channel 7.

“I couldn’t breathe. I thought we were getting gassed, I thought it was a terrorist attack or something … I was freaking out just because of all the things that have been happening.

“I actually couldn’t breathe and I was coughing, and yeah, I just felt this thing on my arm, and I realised it was some sort of acid. It was pretty crazy.”

Isobella, who is a model, was burnt on her arm and on her back, while Prue was burnt on her arm. They took themselves to hospital for treatment.

Isobella said her shirt stuck to her skin when the acid hit, and the fabric had to be picked out of her wounds. But she said her injuries “could be worse”.

“They’re very painful, but I didn’t get it on the face or anything like other people did, in the eye, and apparently some people can’t see, which is really bad,” she said.

Prue said “everyone was crying” when they realised what had happened.

“It was horrific. Just the thought of it now is quite stressful,” she said.

Police said two men aged in their 20s were the most seriously injured, and remained in hospital. No one has been arrested over the attack.

“The substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic,” police said in a statement.

Another of the injured was Sadie Wright, the cousin of former Premier League footballer Jamie O’Hara.

O’Hara tweeted a photo of Ms Wright’s injuries, and described the attack as a “sick act of violence”. sick that my cousin got burnt from this acid attack in hackney,innocent people get injured for the sick act of violence,guy should get life pic.twitter苏州美甲学校/gysgljLpuO??? Jamie Ohara (@Mrjamieohara1) April 17, 2017

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Gloucester pensioner killer wins reprieve after murder downgraded to manslaughter

A MAN sentenced to 24 years’ jail for the murder of an elderly Gloucester man after a single punch has had his sentence reduced by more than half after successfully appealing the murder conviction and pleading guilty to manslaughter.


Jason Mark Grogan, 46, killed Alan Henry, 72, after punching him in his Gloucester home on January 10, 2012. Mr Henry died on April 19 that year.

He was found guilty of murder in 2013 but successfully appealed in August, 2016 and a fresh trial was ordered on a manslaughter charge.

Mr Grogan will be eligible for parole in November, 2018, after NSW Supreme Court Justice Hidden found Grogan had “reasonable prospects of rehabilitation” if a three-year parole period was set, despite Grogan’slong history of serious drug-taking and crime.

In a sentence delivered on Thursday Justice Hidden said Mr Henry came in contact with Grogan, from Port Stephens, after Grogan’s partner, Natasha Slacke, became Mr Henry’s part time carer.

Mr Henry was punched after Grogan and Slacke were involved in a heated argument at a Gloucester service station that prompted people to call police.

Grogan left the service station and went to Mr Henry’s house where there was an altercation, Mr Henry was punched and fell, and Grogan ran from the scene. He was later picked up by police.

Mr Henry was treated for head injuries, and died at a Central Coast aged care facility several months later.

Grogan’s history of drug-taking and crime included matters in three Australian states. He was on bonds after convictions at the time of the assault on Mr Henry.

Slacke pleaded guilty to hindering the police investigation into Mr Henry’s death.

Justice Hidden said Mr Henry’s daughter’s statement to the court was “an eloquent expression of the impact upon her of her father’s death, including the significant period which he had survived before he passed away”.

“It expresses not only her grief but also her outrage at the senseless violence which led to his death, and the serious and enduring effects this crime has had upon her life. It was no easy task for her. She was visibly distressed, but completed the reading with courage and dignity,” Justice Hidden said.

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Sex offender escapee caught

In custody: Barry Dettman


UPDATE MONDAY 5.30pm:Langi Kal Kal prison escapee Barry Dettman, 51, has been arrested in Werribee by Victoria police.

The 51-year-old was arrested at about 5pm.

Police issued a statement thanking the public for theirassistance in catching Dettman.

He escaped from the prison at Trawalla, near Beaufort, on Sunday morning, before being sighted in Werribee.

Dettman was serving time for offences including indecent acts in the presence of a child and wilful and obscene exposure.

UPDATE MONDAY 10.30am:ALangi Kal Kal prison escapee who has been on the run for 24 hours has been sighted near Werribee.

Fugitive Taskforce members confirmed Barry Dettman, 51,who escaped from the prison in Trawalla near Beaufort, was sighted in Werribee about 5pm on Sunday.

Dettman is serving time for offences including indecent acts in the presence of a child and wilful and obscene exposure.

He is known to have connections with the Bendigo and Werribee areas.

Members of the public are urged not to approach him.

Dettman is described as 178cm tall with a thin build, cropped grey hair and blue eyes.

He has numerous tattoos on his upper arms and forearms, including an eagle on his right upper arm.

He was last seen wearing green tracksuit pants and a flannelette shirt.

UPDATE MONDAY 7am:Barry Dettman is still on the run from Victoria Police.

Police say he has connections to the Bendigo and Werribee areas.

SUNDAY: Police are currently searching for a man who escaped from the Langi Kal Kal prison in Trawalla this morning.

Barry Dettman, 51, was last detected walking east along the Western Highway, Trawalla about 10am.

A convicted pervert is on the run in Victoria. #9Newspic.twitter苏州美甲学校/68VPWpE3wa

— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) April 16, 2017

Police have searched the immediate area but are yet to locate Dettman.

Dettman is serving time for offences including indecent acts in the presence of a child and wilful and obscene exposure.

Dettman is described as 178cm tall with a thin build, cropped grey hair and blue eyes.

He has numerous tattoos on his upper arms and forearms including an eagle on his right upper arm.

He was last seen wearing green tracksuit pants and a flannelette shirt.

Members of the public are urged not to approach Dettman.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call 000 immediately.

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Cessnock Council votes to request zoning change at former Cessnock City Bowling Club

VACANT: The site of the Cessnock City Bowling Club, which burned down in 2010.The future of the former Cessnock City Bowling Club site has become clearer –and it’s unlikely tocontain a major fast food outlet.


Cessnock Councilwill ask the NSWDepartment of Planning and Environment to change thezoning at the Aberdare site to allow a greater range of development on the land.

The site is currently zoned for privaterecreational use only.

Council believes the zoning should be changed to B1 Neighbourhood Centre, which would allow developments such as accommodation, business premises, a cafe, houses,shops or a medical centre.

A motion to change the zoning at the March 15 council meeting was not supported by the majority of councillors.

But Crs Bob Pynsent,Di Fitzgibbon and Rod Doherty moved to reversethat decision at the April 6 meeting.

Their new motion had an additional requirement – torestrictthe floor space of any cafe or restaurantdevelopmentto 150 square metres.

Thatwould ruleout a major fast food development, such as the KFC that was proposed for the site in 2014.

Council papers show the landowner took his KFC proposal off the table last July.

Cr Fitzgibbonsaid the site sat as “an ugly wart on the edge of town” since the bowling club burned down in 2010.

She said council did not want to buy the land.

“Council already takes care of 126 parks, playgrounds andsports fields,” Cr Fitzgibbon said.

“If we waste money on land that we don’t need then how do we address other issues?”

Cr Fitzgibbon said restricting the area to recreational use stood in the way of jobs and progress.

“It sends a bad message to people who are willing to invest in the city,” she said.

Cr Pynsent said keeping the site as recreational only“sterilised the land”.

Cr Doherty pointed out that if the building had not burned down in 2010 it would still be operating as a licensed premises.

Meanwhile, Cr Allan Stapleford said that council did not buy the land, so itshould not putany development restrictions on the owner.

But CrIan Olsen did not want the zoning changed.

He saidit was always council’sintention to keep that part of town asa sporting precinct.

Cr Olsen said he didn’t see why there needed to be any development on thesite.

“The residents don’t want it, the schools don’t want it, the sporting organisations don’t want it,” he said. “I don’t know what we’re going to end up with up there.”

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Vietnam vet Des Bailey still hopeful more medals stolen from his Raymond Terrace home will be returned

Terrace veteran reunited with some medals | photos ROBBED: Vietnam veteran Des Bailey returned to his Muree Street home on Tuesday to find his service medals stolen. And those of his uncle who died in Passchendaele. Picture: Sam Norris


STILL MISSING: Active Service medal. Picture: Department of Defence

STILL MISSING: Long Service medal. Picture: Department of Defence

STILL MISSING: National Service medal. Picture: Department of Defence

STILL MISSING: Vietnam Logistics medal. Picture: Department of Defence

STILL MISSING: Vietnam Campaign medal. Picture: Department of Defence

STILL MISSING: Australian Defence medal. Picture: Department of Defence

RETURNED: An example of Alva G Bailey’s British War medal. Picture: Department of Defence

RETURNED: An example of Alva G Bailey’s Victory medal. Picture: Department of Defence

RETURNED: An example of Alva G Bailey’s 1914-15 Star for service on the Western Front. Picture: Department of Defence

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappSeveral service medals taken from a Raymond Terrace home earlier this month have been located in Charlestown.

Vietnam veteran Des Bailey had reported his medals stolen from his Muree Street home on April 4.

His personal medals remain missing but his uncle Alva Bailey’s three WWI medals were among the items found along with Des’ miniatures –medals worn on formal occasions.

“I got a call last Tuesday night from Belmont police,” Des said.

“Time will tell but I’m hopeful of getting the rest back.”

Belmont police were called to the Newcastle Heights Motel at 7.45pm on April 11.

The war medals had been discovered in a vacant room.

Police are continuing their inquiries on the medals still missing.

Des said he had enjoyed much support since the medals were taken from his home while out for the day.

He made a public plea for help locating the items including a wooden box and paper record’s of his uncle’s service.

“A lot of people called which was great,” he said.

“They told me they would keep an eye out for them.”

The theft had been a cruel blow for Des near to Anzac Day.

He revealed he had only recently found some relief from the horrors of war and the grief filled homecoming, after moving to Raymond Terrace four years ago.

“It was the medals that hit home, especially with Anzac Day around the corner,” hesaid after the theft.

“I always march here [Raymond Terrace]with them.”

His six medals still to be found includethe Vietnam Company medal, National Service medal and Vietnam Logistics medal,Active Service medal, the Long Service medal and the Defence Force medal.

Mr Bailey said the emotional scars were still raw from when he arrived back in Melbourne from service.

“Uni students threw red paint, called us baby killers,” he said.

“The old diggers (WWII) didn’t call it a war, they said it was a police action.”

People with information about the theft and medals can call Des Bailey on 4987 6049, 0408 208 317, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Redevelopment of Store site to be market tested

Details on rail corridor housingTHE NSW government will begin market testing to find a buyer to redevelop The Store building in Newcastle West, but the building’s heritage-listed facade is unlikely to survive.


On Tuesday Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced plans for a new bus and coach interchange and “employment hub” on The Store site will be market tested from next month.

The government has kept quiet on its plans for the site since it purchased it for $11 million in 2015 but theNewcastle Heraldunderstands that with approvedheight limits of 90 metres any redevelopment of the site is likely to be close to 30 storeys of residential, commercial and retail.

But, Mr Constance said he envisioned the site, which backs onto the new Wickham Interchange,becoming a commercial precinct coupled with a bus and coach terminal.

“The Store site is obviously a pivotal part of us being able to broaden the transport opportunities for the people of the Hunter,” he said.

“This major interchange point at Wickham will provide not only the interchange people light rail and heavy rail but we’re also looking to develop a greater commercial precinct coupled with a bus and coach terminal at the site.”

However that will come at a cost to the heritage-listed Store building.

Mr Constance said the redevelopment of the site would include “destruction of the existing car park, and those old buildings, those dilapidated buildings”, which would “enable us to provide a great transport solution while we provide enormous uplift to the west end of Newcastle”.

The Store’s two-story rendered brick facade is heritage listed as an “important and dominant townscape element” that“represents a significant phenomena in the socio-economical development of the Hunter Valley, the Co-operative movement”.

But Mr Constance suggested it was unlikely the facade would survive.

“What we’ve discovered is there is challenges and unfortunately that facade is crumbling away, so that poses a risk for the community which is why you’ll see the coverings at street level,” he said.

“Ultimately yes it would be nice to do that [retain the facade] but there are things we can do into the future to better recognise that incredible heritage behind the Store site which we will look at through the market testing with the private sector.

“Ultimately my expectation is that there is a bus and coach interchange point with the existing Wickham interchange, and at the same time we something in keeping with a lot of the development happening in and around the precinct.”

With its 90-metre height limit and long Hunter Street frontage, The Store is among the largest and most strategic sites for redevelopment in the city, and seen as a key part of the commercial shift to Newcastle’s west end.

Mr Constance, who is in Newcastle on Tuesday, said there was “huge potential to create an employment hub and retail district alongside new, fully integrated transport solutions”.

“When the NSW Government bought The Store adjacent to the new transport interchange in 2015, we had a vision for a fully integrated transport destination. Somewhere you go to – not just move through,” he said.

“We see the site becoming an iconic development with potential to attract big employers and do Newcastle proud.”

Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts said the The Store would “underpin the shift of the CBD towards Newcastle’s west end”.

“The Store site has huge potential and we look forward to seeing how the market responds over coming months,” Mr Roberts said.

Revitalising Newcastle will manage the process to take the site to market, with the intention of releasing decisions made on the future of the site by the end of the year.

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