Cities Minister Taylor promises ‘billions’ for Western Sydney

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Sandra Fraser spends hours on a packed train commuting from her home in western Sydney to the city three times a week. But she counts herself lucky – at least she owns her own house.

“I think most people need to travel for work,” the social work student from Fairfield West said. “You’ve gotta go where the work is, and most people can’t afford to live anywhere near work. So they’re living further and further out, because they can’t afford their way in.”

It’s a problem the federal government wants to spends billions of dollars to fix, as part of a “city deal” to be finalised later this year that will focus on jobs, roads, rail links and environmental planning in western Sydney.

“It can take me an hour and a half to two hours to get into the city from where I live,” said Ms Fraser, who is doing a work placement at the Sydney Alliance.

“I get a bus to Fairfield Railway Station then I get a train from Fairfield to Town Hall. It’s packed. There’s a whole lot of people piled on. You’re lucky if you even get space to stand.”

She is acutely aware of the housing affordability crisis affecting many people in her area. She bought her three-bedroom home 15 years ago and said since then, house prices in her suburb have “gone through the roof”.

“Most of the houses are $600,000 or $700,000 around us. It’s ridiculous. Rents, you can’t get a three-bedroom house from under about $500 a week where we are.”

The city deal could form a key element of the government’s housing affordability package – a central plank of the May budget – as the Coalition attempts to offer relief to renters and would-be buyers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday the key to improving housing affordability was building more homes – which would require state governments to release more land – and explicitly linked it to the federal government’s infrastructure spending plans.

“Our whole cities agenda is about improving the liveability of cities, and improving housing affordability is a big part of that,” he said.

“What we are looking to do is reach agreement so that as Commonwealth funding is made available for infrastructure, for road or rail or whatever, that is then part of the deal and a commitment to deliver, for example, more dwellings [and] more dwelling approvals.”

Mr Turnbull welcomed the housing affordability package unveiled by the Victorian state government on Sunday and said his government was prepared to do a city deal for Melbourne, as it was doing with the NSW government for Western Sydney.

Cities Minister Angus Taylor told Fairfax Media on Monday that two million people already lived west of Parramatta; that number would rise to three million by 2030; and the Western Sydney city deal would provide better infrastructure and tackle housing affordability.

He declined to answer questions about what specifically would be in the budget for Western Sydney, but said the city deal would create local jobs – with Badgerys Creek airport to play a key part in that – focus on improving both road and rail links and create a region-wide strategic environmental plan to protect areas such as the Cumberland Woodland.

“We are spending billions and we will spend more billions in the coming years, on Western Sydney airport, roads and potential rail projects. This is one of the biggest areas of investment for the federal government,” he said.

“On the supply side in the decade to 2015, Sydney should have been building 35,000 homes to keep up with population growth but in fact was building 17,000. In the last two years that supply growth has matched demand but the decade-long backlog hasn’t been addressed.”

The Western Sydney deal is the third one the government has worked on following Townsville and Launceston.

Other housing affordability measures being examined for the federal budget by Treasurer Scott Morrison include “rent to buy” and shared equity housing models used in Britain.

Reductions in capital gains tax concessions and allowing first-time buyers to use their superannuation as a home deposit have been discussed, though these latter two measures are considered less likely to be adopted.

Mr Morrison has also signalled that social housing is in his sights, while the National Affordable Housing Agreement – which costs the federal government about $1.3 billion a year in payments to states – is likely to be scrapped and the money re-purposed.

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Checker returns to Matildas squad after “toughest year of my life”

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Canberra United defender Emma Checker has overcome the “biggest challenge of her life” and made a triumphant return to the Australian squad following a knee reconstruction.

Checker was kept out of action for almost all of 2016 after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament on Christmas Eve the year before.

The 20-year-old spent 361 days sidelined and just two months after making her return for United, Checker is part of the Matildas’ squad in Portugal for the Algarve Cup.

“It was definitely the biggest challenge I have been faced with in life so far. I probably experienced more emotions within the year injured than I had throughout the rest of my life,” Checker said.

“There were so many ups and downs but it really did only make me stronger.”

First and foremost Checker wanted to crack back into Canberra’s W-League side, but said adding to her three Australian caps provided an extra incentive.

“It was a great feeling [returning] and one that I will never forget, just being able to be back out in green side by side with the group of girls and staff who had been there for me through it all was so rewarding,” she said.

“The added motivation of wanting to be back in the Matildas squad though was massive. There were certainly some challenging times within the rehab process where my mind ran wild and I lost sight of my way but thankfully with great people around me I got back on track.”

The defender said the lessons she learnt in her time away from the game were “never ending” and the injury changed her approach to football.

“Despite all of the negatives, the life lessons I have gained are ones I’ll carry with me forever. Simply not taking anything for granted and not becoming dependent on one certain aspect of your life,” Checker said.

“When every decision you make comes back to football you can lose sight of balance and the other important areas of life. But I gained a whole new appreciation for football and experienced a wild feeling of drive and desire that I hadn’t felt before that made me realise how badly I want to succeed.”

Checker described being back in Matildas camp as “unreal” and now that she has secured a national recall, her new goals are to stay healthy and cement her spot in the team.

“Going into 2017 my major goal was breaking back into the Matildas squad and it was definitely a pleasant surprise to come so early on in the year,” she said.

“Now it’s about maintaining my spot and it’s by no means an easy spot to keep with so much talent and competition, but it’s something I’m working hard towards.”

Canberra finished W-League minor premiers but were denied a grand final berth after a shattering semi-final loss in extra-time at home against Melbourne City.

“It was definitely a tough way to finish such a great season off, but as brutal as it was that’s a part of sport and we just have to learn from what went wrong and take the positives into next season,” Checker said.

The Matildas lost their first match in Portugal against Sweden 1-0, but bounced back on Saturday morning to down the Netherlands 3-2, and next face China on Tuesday.

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Barty time: Ash reflects on huge night in KL

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Ash Barty awoke to a phone full of text messages in Kuala Lumpur on Monday after becoming the first Australian woman not named Sam Stosur to win a WTA singles title in six years, but one from a fellow fisherwoman with whom Barty has formed a close bond was particularly special. Evonne Goolagong Cawley was among the well-wishers and Barty was thrilled.

“I love Evonne, she’s an amazing person,” Barty said of the dual Wimbledon champion with whom she shares an Indigenous heritage. “She just said ‘congrats’ and obviously she knows what it’s like, so it was just nice to wake up and see a message from her. It certainly brought a smile to my face.”

Barty had not counted the SMS tally by the time she chatted to Fairfax Media, but admitted “there was certainly a lot of love there – I’m a lucky girl”. And, understandably, a slightly weary one, having come through qualifying to clinch her maiden singles title in a rain-interrupted final 6-3, 6-2 against Japan’s Nao Hibino, before combining with close friend Casey Dellacqua to claim her third career doubles crown.

It was midnight by the time Dellacqua, Barty and coach Craig Tyzzer made it back to their hotel. “Everything was closed, so we just went down to the lobby, and had a little room service dinner, and had a chat for about an hour, but then we had to come up and get organised to fly to Indian Wells today,” Barty said. “A short-lived celebration, but it doesn’t matter for me. It’s all right.”

It was, indeed, more than enough to have become the first non-Stosur Australian woman to triumph at WTA Tour-level since Jelena Dokic’s 2011 success at the same event. The 20-year-old joins Stosur (8 titles), Dokic (6), Alicia Molik (5), Jarmila Wolfe (2) and Nicole Pratt (1) on the collective post-2000 honour roll, simultaneously vaulting from 158th into double-figures for the first time, at No.92.

“Probably the best tennis week of my life, for sure,” said Barty, who dropped just one set over seven singles matches. “We’ve had some amazing results, but the pleasing thing is we were able to keep that consistency throughout the whole week, for the first time … It would have been a good week if we’d come away with five or six matches, let alone 10 or 11, so it’s a big week and obviously it’s a monumental one with a title and cracking the top hundred, but the result’s a bonus.”

Especially when one considers that after walking away from the game and – eventually – to a head-clearing season of Big Bash cricket, Barty is already far ahead of schedule. She paid tribute to Tyzzer and conditioning guru Narelle Sibte – “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve half of what I did during the summer or this week without Tyzz and Narelle” – and played well during January, including reaching the third round at the Australian Open. But it was in Malaysia that, in Barty’s words, “the stars aligned”.

Never mind that it means missing the qualifying event at Indian Wells, where she and Dellacqua nevertheless hope to “ruffle a few feathers” in the doubles. The Queenslander has no individual rankings points to defend until the grasscourt swing in June, while her sub-100 ranking brings with it the bonus of direct main draw entry at the majors. Another first. “That top 100 is a big barrier that every tennis player strives to break into. We’re just super-excited… I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

And yet, only 12 months ago this week, the young woman who won the 2011 junior Wimbledon title first dipped her toe back in the doubles water after 18 months out. It was never “set in stone” that the break would be permanent, she says, having just known that a separation was needed. The cricket, which she loved, took her mind off tennis, but wielding a bat rather than a racquet in the summer of 2016 also made her realise how much she missed her original love and eventual calling.

“I knew then that this is sort of what I was meant to do,” said Barty, who is happy again, regardless of what the scoreboard may say. “Now it obviously looks like an amazing decision, but even if I hadn’t have been so successful as I have been at the start, in my eyes it was still the right decision.”

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Your guide to what’s happening around the Hunter

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GIG OF THE WEEK: Rock legends The Living End return to a sold out Cambridge Hotel on Friday night supported by The Bennies and Newcastle band Split Feed.MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Timmy Coffey.Saturday, DJ Shots Fired.Sunday,Good Company.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, The Australian Army Band.

Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, James Naldo.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Pat Vs Cat.Sunday,Mick Jones.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Hotel Motel –Bieber tribute.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Bar Petite Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Ron Knight.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Nicko.Friday,Jade Lee Wright.Saturday,Audie Franks.Sunday,Little Cents.Monday,Dan Southward.Tuesday,Richard Walker.

Beach Hotel Friday, GW Freebird. Sunday, Hot Fox.

Belmont 16sFriday, Adam Brand & Band,Ryan Daley, Jake Rattle & Roll. Saturday, The Years, Melody Feder. Sunday,Rich & Famous.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Hummingbirds.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, 24 Hours. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Viagro. Saturday, Overload.

The Bradford Friday, Counterpart. Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, James Naldo.

Burwood InnFriday, Audie Franks.Saturday,Mel & Jade.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday,dave,Hey Lady,Treasure Troves. Friday,The Living End, The Bennies, Split Feed.Saturday,Twelve Foot Ninja,Majora.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Aqwa. Saturday, Hellrad.

Carrington PlaceThursday, The Frenchman St New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Joe Cox. Saturday, Loui Abell.

Catho PubSaturday, Jamie Martens.Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, The Remedy.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Hayden Johns.Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Lennie Live.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Banddits. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Roxy.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Arley Black.

Club KotaraFriday, Andy Abra.

Club LemonTree Friday, The Dreamcatchers. Saturday, Brenton Williams.

Club Maitland City Friday, Jon Matthews.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Kaylee Bell.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Daniel Arvidson.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Party Crashers. Saturday, Big Night Out.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Roxy. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, The V Dubs.

Customs HouseFriday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Surian. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Tom Christie.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Kim.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday,Greg Bryce.Saturday,The Duo Tones.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Original Sin –INXS tribute. Sunday, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Pete & Kate Duo.

The Edwards Thursday,ADKOB,Bella Fugazi (Loui Abell & Friends),Jack The DJ.

Family Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Allstar.Sunday, Michael Passfield.

Finnegans Saturday, Chunky Dip.

FogHorn BrewhouseFriday, Marissa.Saturday, Anyerin.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday,The Musicians Club.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Pat Vs Cat.Sunday, Skin Thing.

Gateway Hotel Saturday,The Eclipse Movement, DJ-Danny Selecta FriedRy.

George Tavern Friday, Beau Hatch. Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Grain Store Saturday, Truman Smith.Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, James Ryan 3.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Andy Golledge, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue, Dan Southward. Saturday, Autumn Hearts, Commonside. Sunday, Alby Pool Band. Wednesday, Jordie Lane.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Loren Ryan.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Soundabout.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, KR Duo. Saturday, Gen X. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Whatever, Forever, Blue Velvet, Eat Your Heart Out, All In A Year. Friday, Shake You Blood, Trataka, Boneman.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Purple Rain. Saturday, Jayde Corner, Allies. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Holmesville Hotel Sunday, Kings Road.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Hot Fox.Saturday, Hurricane Fall.Sunday, CrocQ, Chris Ah Gee & Jazzella.

Hotel DelanyFriday, AK Morris, Project XI. Saturday, Code Red.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Shivoo.

Iron Horse InnSaturday,Phonic Duo.

Jewells Tavern Friday, Eye On You. Saturday,Jungle Duo. Sunday, Bobby C.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Frets With Benefits. Saturday, Bobby C.

Kent Hotel Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Motown Magic, All Access 80s, Dean Kyrwood, Keith Hall Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Flux Pavilion.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Waratah Brass.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Tom Christie.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Dai Pritchard. Sunday, Andrew G.

The LandingSaturday, Michael Muchow. Sunday, The Andy Show.

Lambton Park HotelFriday, Nicko.

Lass O’GowrieThursday, Haestings,Taylor King,Boots Porter.Friday, Bin Juice,The Breakfast Club,Coast & Ocean. Saturday,Truman Smith,Underachiever,We Are But Citizens.

Lizotte’sThursday,Germein Sisters. Friday, Every Breath You Take… A Tribute to Sting & The Police. Saturday, Kevin Borich. Blues Brothers Rebooted.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Tori Forsyth, Carl The Bartender. Sunday, Matt Purcell.

Mark HotelSaturday, Grand Theft Audio.Sunday,The Big Bang Quartet.

Mary Ellen Friday, Redline. Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Matt Semmens.Saturday,The Levymen.

Mattara HotelFriday, Tim Harding.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Mike Owen.

Merewether Surfhouse Saturday, AK Morris.

Mezz BarFriday,4 Letter Word.Saturday,Shivoo.Sunday,Brien McVernon.

Morisset Country ClubFriday, Spank N The Monkey.Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Scratch.Saturday,Adam Brand & Band,2GoodReasons.Sunday, Tim Harding.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre Saturday, Daniel O’Donnell (IRE), Mary Duff.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Ben Murphy.Saturday,Codi Kaye.Sunday,Carnivale Fest ft. King B Fine,In Motion,Black Snake Blues Band, Reynolds & Co.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Pedens CessnockFriday, Michael Bryers.Saturday, Viagro.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Pete Gelzinnis, Mardmax. Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Potters Brewery Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

The PourhouseSaturday, Sami.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Mercy Street. Sunday, GW Freebird.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Gerda +1. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Alessandro. Saturday, Bel Enks, Perry Carter. Sunday, Jason Bone, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Mardy Leith.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday, CJand Sam.Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, Soundabout.Saturday, StateFX.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Way.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Sami.Sunday, Mick and Annie.

Salamander Shores Friday, Loose Bazooka.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Whiskey Business Duo.Sunday, Jacinta.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Michael Muchow.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Frets With Benefits.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Big Pete.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Deb Sinclair.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Jackson Halliday.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, PJ O’Brien Band. Saturday, Time On Earth, Good Grief.

Star HotelFriday,DJ Benny B.Saturday,Spank N The Monkey.Sunday,Bobby C.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Purple Hearts.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Hellcat.

Swansea HotelThursday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Earthbound.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Witchery.Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, KR Duo.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jim Overend. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Friday,Debapriya & Samanwaya (IND) ft BobbySingh. Saturday,Ross Daly(Crete) & VillNavio(Portugal).

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Damien.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Lee Rolfe.Sunday, Sami.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Ron Knight. Sunday, Chris Unicomb.Tuesday, Beau Smith.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Twinsanity.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, The Sue & Mikey Show. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Club Friday, Big Night Out.

Wickham Park HotelFriday, Bad Luck Kitty.Saturday, Little Cent$.Sunday,Jye Sharp, The Schtick Men.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Windsor Castle HotelSunday, Pete Hibbert.

MOVIESA Few Less Men (MA) In the comedy sequel to A FewBestMen, David, Tom and Graham must transport their friend’s coffin back to London after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the Australian bush.

A United Kingdom (PG)In the 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana shocks the world when he marries a white woman from London. (Regal)

Alone In Berlin(M) Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way. Soon the Gestapo is hunting “the threat”.

Before I Fall(M)February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.

Fifty Shades Darker(MA)While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Fist Fight(MA)When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

Gold (M)Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. (Lake Cinema)

Golden Years (PG)Arthur and Martha Goode won’t take the loss of their pensions lying down. It’s time for these retirees to rob some banks and take back what was theirs in the first place.

Hidden Figures(PG)A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Jackie(MA)Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Jasper Jones(M) In the dead of night during the summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window.

Kong: Skull Island (M)A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

​La La Land(CTC) The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling),a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Lion(PG)A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home.

Logan(MA)In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Moana(PG)A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Monster Trucks(PG)Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school seniorbuilds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.

Moonlight(M)The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. (Regal)

National Theatre: Saint Joan (CTC)Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.

Rings(MA)A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

​Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG)Is Ordinal Scale just another game? Players are about to find the line between the virtual world and reality beginning to blur and their worst nightmares coming true.

T2: Trainspotting(R)20 years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too.

The Great Wall(M)A mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.

The Little Mermaid (G)A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (Event, Glendale)

THEATRELGBTI Theatre FestivalLively delivery by Hunter performers of songs, short plays and comedy routines with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex themes and characters.Catapult Dance Studio, Newcastle West. Friday, at 7pm.

Neighbourhood WatchAn 80-year-old Hungarian migrant woman and an out-of-workyoung actress form an unlikely bond in an Australian suburban street; heart-warming comedyby Lally Katz. Stooged Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursdayat 11am,Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until March 18; plus Thursday, March 16, at 8pm,and Saturday, March 18, at 2pm.

PicnicA job-seeking drifter stirs emotions when he arrives in a small town celebrating apublic holiday with an outdoor gathering; Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge.Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday andSaturday, at 8pm, until March 18; plus 2pm Saturday, March 11.

Queen of MarsA young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director JohnWood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday,dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until April 1; show only Sunday, March19, at 2pm.

The Empire Strips Back… AWAKENS! – A Star Wars Burlesque ParodyThe Star Warscharacters become involved in striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and comedy.EmpireStripsBack苏州美甲美睫培训, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Pattinson eyes English stint on road to Ashes

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James Pattinson is eyeing a stint in English county cricket in a bid to have himself fortified for next summer’s Ashes series.

Pattinson, 26, is still being managed carefully in his return from back and leg injuries and will continue on a pre-planned program when he spearheads Victoria’s attack against Western Australia in a crucial Sheffield Shield clash in Alice Springs, beginning on Wednesday.

He may then sit out the final regular-season Shield clash, against Queensland at Allan Border Field, and return for the final, should the Bushrangers make it.

It’s understood Cricket Australia initially had reservations about Pattinson heading to England over winter, keen to keep a close eye on his progress. However, Pattinson is of the belief that issue has been all but settled, and he is now considering his county options.

He is keen to keep bowling, believing this is the best way to keep his body supple and able to deal with the rigours that come with the toughest craft in the sport.

When fit, the former Test quick remains a major weapon for Australia. The national selectors had left open the opportunity of another fast bowler joining the Indian tour after this week’s second Test, but Pattinson would now appear unlikely to do so. He could yet be in the running for the Champions Trophy tournament in England from June, while there is also a two-Test tour of Bangladesh in August and September.

The primary aim is to have Pattinson and Pat Cummins, the latter set to play his first Shield match in almost six years, fit and ready to add to his 17 Tests (70 wickets at 26.15) during the home Ashes campaign.

Pattinson claimed 3-87 in his lone innings with the ball against the Warriors in Perth last week.

There is much at stake for the top-of-the-table Bushrangers at their second home this week, as they seek to atone for a humbling innings-and-38-run defeat.

Victory could secure a home final in Alice Springs but defeat to the surging Warriors – seeking a fourth-straight win – could see the Bushrangers slip to fifth.

The Bushrangers will need to find a way to curb the influence of fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, who finished the Perth clash with 14-89, the ninth-best haul in the 125-year history of the Shield.

??? Brad Hodge has opted to pull out of contention to fill the vacant head coaching role with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. Interviews were held on Friday but Hodge, 42, decided not to attend, in part because he cannot sign a binding contract as a player because of the embargo in place as CA and the Australian Cricketers Association haggle over a new memorandum of understanding. He had expressed interest in being captain-coach.

However, Hodge, told he was no longer wanted by Adelaide Strikers despite being their captain and best batsman, is keen to keep playing in the BBL, and could yet do so with the Hurricanes once the embargo is lifted. It’s understood the Melbourne Renegades have not yet ruled him out.

It’s understood former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is a strong candidate for the Hurricanes coaching role, while Indian great Rahul Dravid and South African great Jacques Kallis have been linked to the job.

New Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins had recruited Kallis to the Sydney Thunder during his rebuild of that franchise, leading to the 2015-16 championship. Cummins did not wish to comment about Kallis and Dravid when contacted on Monday.

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