photographer Marina Neil wins a Walkley Award

Snapper’s pictures among country’s best IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.
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IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldphotographer Marina Neil was assigned the task of capturing the heat for the next day’s edition.

After spending more than an hour scouring the beaches for the perfect moment, there it was: a fast-melting chocolate Paddle Pop shared by two little girls against the “beautiful blue” backdrop of historic Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Neil moved fast and had the shot in the bag within minutes.

The photograph was this week named among n press photography’s best, with a collection of Neil’s pictures winning a Walkley Award in the community/regional prize category, backing up a great run for yourHerald,which was recently named Newspaper of the Year.The broad body of work also included pictures from the Kurri Kurri bushfires, a police stand-off at Tighes Hill, Mia Gundy’s rise in the Aboriginal Model Search and a muddy shot from local rugby league.

The portfolio showed “the diversity of a regional photographer’s job”.

“Neil has a good eye and there is a lovely natural sense to these images,” judges said.

Neil paid tribute to her mother, Hetty Neil, who bought her first cameraand “always encouraged me to do what I love”.

The Walkley Awards are n journalism’s highest honour.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.


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NSW Rape Crisis Centre faces closure

Minister Christian Porter during the “Discharge of certain orders of the day” to remove 2014 Budget measures at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 10 May 2017. Photo: Andrew Meares
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NSW could be left without its state-wide sexual assault counselling service unless an emergency funding boost is granted to the organisation behind the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.

A support line for people affected by the royal commission into child sexual abuse and training for NRL players on respectful relationships could also face the chop, because umbrella organisation Rape and Domestic Violence Services recently lost a major government contract and needs to find the funds for redundancy payments to staff.

The organisation has been sub-contracted to run the trauma counselling component of the 1800RESPECT helpline since 2010, but this arrangement runs out at the end of the month. RDVSA executive officer Karen Willis said the end of the contract means it will need to make about 70 staff members redundant. Ms Willis added her organisation faces a bill of up to $1 million to pay out staff, funds it simply doesn’t have.

“We’re an NGO. When we get money we spend it on services.”

The orgnanisation is planning to fundraise but is also asking the federal government for help, adding that if it does not receive any emergency funds, it could be forced to close its doors, taking all of its services with it. This not only includes the NSW Rape Crisis 24/7 telephone counselling phone line, but an online real-time chat service for victims of sexual assault, as well as its royal commission and NRL work.

“There’s a very good possibility that we will need to liquidate,” Ms Willis said.

Ms Willis said she was hopeful the Turnbull government would “see sense” and help.

The NSW Rape Crisis Centre is funded by the state government. Pru Goward, NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, said she has written to the federal government to “request negotiations continue in hope of reaching a positive resolution”.

“The NSW Rape Crisis Centre is a vital service and its loss would be detrimental for women, men and children who have experienced sexual violence in NSW and are supported by the centre,” Ms Goward said.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said RDVSA had always had a contract with a known end date and no guarantee of funding through 1800RESPECT lead contractor, Medibank Health Solutions.

“It is the responsibility of any organisation to employ its workforce responsibly and appropriately with this in mind,” he said.

Mr Porter said the government was “disappointed” by the RDVSA board’s decision not to accept a reduced contract.

RDVSA has been involved with 1800RESPECT for seven years. Traditionally, MHS, which also has beyondblue and Quitline as its clients, has provided the phonelines and other infrastructure for 1800RESPECT since it began in 2010. RDVSA has been contracted to provided the specialist trauma counselling component.

1800RESPECT has been the subject of intense debate over the past year, following the introduction of a new operating model. In August 2016, a triage system was established to reduce waiting times. This means MHS counsellors now do an initial assessment and refer callers to a specialist counsellor when necessary.

MHS says average wait times have dropped from more than 10 minutes to 37 seconds and the proportion of calls answered have jumped from 33 per cent to more than 90 per cent as a result.

But RDVSA has been among those in the community sector who have spoken out against the new model, arguing callers need to speak to a trauma specialist from the outset.

RDVSA’s contact runs out at the end of October. Ahead of this, MHS offered to split the new trauma counselling subcontract with three other providers.

RDVSA rejected this reduced contract, in part because it was not comfortable with a requirement to hand its confidential client files over to MHS. Ms Willis said even if RDVSA had accepted the offer, it would still have had to lay off about 50 staff.

Mr Porter said that in terms of full-time positions, the RDVSA was funded to employ more than 31 staff for 1800RESPECT, which would have fallen to 12 under the new contract.

He said MHS had offered to find other jobs for RDVSA staff.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency contact 000.


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Exhibition opening at “Transmission” for Hunter Valley students

SCULPTURES: Warners Bay High School students show off their submission to Transmission. Picture supplied.There’s been a resurgence of traditional practices withinAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and a new exhibition opening at The Lock-Up has given students fromaround the Hunter a chance to get involved.
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Billed as “an exhibition of strength, diversity and potency of living culture”, Transmission has a number of different styles of art and sculpture on display.

These includepossum skin works, printmaking, graphic design, kelp sculptures, installations and video works, as well as the tradition burning of Akubra hats.

As part of the Transmission exhibition, students from around the Hunter Valley will put nine sculptural works on display.

Cherie Johnson, the collection’s curator, revealed that the 160 students that took part in creating the sculptures for the exhibition were eager to see their art on display.

“We’ve got more than 160 students wanting to come,” Johnson said. “This is their first ever art exhibition they’ve been apart of, so we’ve had students from year 7 through to year 12 expressing interest in coming along and seeing their art.”

“Just the Resurgence project alone [the nine sculptures], means that we can host an opening just for those kids that are excited to see their art.”

The student’sopening, separate from the main event, is a chance for the young artists to share the works that they designed in the classrooms, and see their finished projects.

Johnson also praised the link between classroom art and the sculptures that represent a look into traditional cultures.

“There’s an educational kit that supports this project, it’s linked to the early-learning framework, and teachers are able to embed this in the classroom,” she said. “It has more resources for them, and more support.”

The schools involved in the exhbition includeCessnock, Glendale, Kotara, Lake Munmorah, Singleton, Newcastle, Warners Bay and West Wallsend.

Opening night for the children’s Lock-Up event will be Friday, October 27. The main opening of the exhibition will be Saturday, October 21.


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Rod Moore walks underwater for Bali kids

From bottom of lake to Island of the Gods MISSION COMPLETED: Rod Moore emerges from Lake Macquarie at Belmont after walking three kilometres along the bottom in a time of four hours, to raise money for an orphanage in Bali. Picture: Simone De Peak
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Rod Moore’s improvised shark shield is strapped to his back. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore with his mother, Jean, who was celebrating her 80th birthday. Picture: Scott Bevan

Russell Duncan, from Airborne Flight Training, does a shark patrol from a gyrocopter before his friend Rod Moore sets off on the lake walk. Picture: Scott Bevan

The submarine path ahead for Rod Moore, as he walks along the lake’s bottom from Marks Point to Belmont. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore prepares, as supporters watch on, at Marks Point Marina.

Rod Moore wades in, as his support team of Mark “Snow” Boyce (blue shirt), Phil Myers (dark shirt) and David Reynolds (white shirt) prepare the boat. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore wades in, as his support team of Mark “Snow” Boyce (blue shirt), Phil Myers (dark shirt) and David Reynolds (white shirt) prepare the boat. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore – and his shark shield – prepare to walk the lake. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore wades in, as his support team of Mark “Snow” Boyce (blue shirt), Phil Myers (dark shirt) and David Reynolds (white shirt) prepare the boat. Picture: Scott Bevan

The start of the lake walk. Picture: Scott Bevan

Support crew members and good mates Phil Myers (left) and Mark “Snow” Boyce on the look-out. Picture: Scott Bevan

Rod Moore, near the end of his lake walk. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore, near the end of his lake walk. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore, near the end of his lake walk. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore, near the end of his lake walk. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore embraces a supporter as he emerges from the water. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore greeted by partner Michelle (left), daughter Brittnie and her partner Luke. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore, with daughter Brittnie. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rod Moore at the end of his lake walk. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookHerald reporter did an “in-depth” interview with Mr Moore during his first walk 30 years ago, history had to be repeated. Diving towards him in six metres of water, I nudged his shark shield. Mr Moore reached for his knife.

“It doesn’t pay to sneak up on a bloke with a knife in the waterwhen he’s looking out for sharks,” he later laughed.

He could have finished the walk in three hours, but Rod Moore deliberately slowed down and emerged from the water right on the four-hour mark to cheers from supporters and hugs from his loved ones.

Mr Moore said he saw no sharks, but “one old boat and not a great deal of rubbish; overall, the lake is very healthy”.

While he was shiveringand his leg was aching –“I had to crawl the last 400 metres” –Mr Moore said he intendedto do more underwater walks around to continue fundraisingfor the Bali orphanage.

“I’m so proud of him,” Michelle Brightsaid.“He could walk on water.”

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Hepatitis A warning issued to patrons of Sokyo restaurant

NSW Health has issued a warning to customers of Sokyo restaurant at The Star casino complex in Sydney that a staff member has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, the director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said patrons may have been exposed to hepatitis A if they dined at the Japanese restaurant during the evening of September 20-24, 26, 27 and 29, October 2 and October 4-8.

She also said patrons should visit their GP if concerned.

“There is a safe and effective hepatitis A vaccine available through GPs for those who are worried,” Dr Sheppeard said. “But the hepatitis A vaccination is not considered necessary on the basis of this low-risk exposure.”

A food handler is believed to have acquired the infection during an overseas holiday.

A staff member at Sokyo restaurant has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Photo: Supplied

However, the case is not related to the ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in Sydney, which led authorities to investigate potentially contaminated food after 12 cases were confirmed.

Sokyo continues to operate after the NSW Food Authority advised the restaurant’s processes and hygiene systems were robust.

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that spreads in contaminated food and water or through poor hygiene.

Symptoms can include vomiting, fever, nausea, yellowing of the skin, dark urine and pale stools. The disease may cause infections and damage the liver.

“Most people with hepatitis A in catch the infection overseas, through eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water or coming into direct contact, including sexual contact, with an infectious person,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Sokyo has been approached for comment.

Sokyo patrons are advised to contact their local public health unit on 1300 066 055 or their GP if they have any questions or concerns.

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