‘Shocked’: Emy Wamboi and her seven-year-old son Davie Koiya discovered maggots on the chicken they bought at the Nando’s restaurant at Westfield Kotara. Picture: Nick BielbyA video showing maggots squirming on a chicken at a Hunter Nando’s store has been shared more than 1500 times on social media.
Emy Wamboi posted the video to Facebook after she discovered a cluster of maggots on the chicken she bought from the Westfield Kotara store last week.
“I am not going back there,” she wrote on Facebook.
“I have not eaten chicken since then yuck.”
Ms Wamboi told theNewcastle Heraldthat her seven-year-old son Davie had already eaten some of the chicken when the friend they were dining with pointed out that something was moving on the surface of the chicken.
“We were very shocked, knowing has high hygiene [standards],” she said.
One of the videos Ms Wamboi posted has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
A statement from Nando’son Tuesday morning said the company would like to apologise to Ms Wamboi.
It said Nando’s had since conducted a “thorough investigation” –of which theykept Ms Wamboi updated –and found the Kotara restaurant “followed all correct cooking and hygiene procedures”.
“Nando’s has implemented a full food safety investigation which confirmed there was no other contamination in the restaurant to any raw or cooked food items, ingredients or on any preparation surfaces,” it said.
A screenshot of from the video posted to Facebook.
“In addition we also independently reported the incident to the local councils health authorities.”
The statement claimed that a fly or maggots could not have survived the 350 degree grilltemperature that the made-to-order chicken would have been subject to before it was served.
“As the restaurant is open to the environment and the maggots were found on the skin of the chicken, we believe this incident is the result of an airborne fly landing on the chicken in the short period of time between when it was plated and subsequently discovered by the customer at her table,” the statement said.
“At the time of the incident Nando’s apologised to the customer and provided her with a full refund.”
But Ms Wamboi said she found it hard to believe that a fly could have landed, produced eggs which then hatched to release maggots within the few minutes between her order being cooked and served.
“It does not truly make sense,” she said.
“That’s not an excuse.”
Newcastle Jets W-League: Tara Andrews keen to bounce back after season off and Matildas disappointment
TARA Andrews wasn’t banking on making the Matildas’ OIympic squad for Rio last year, but missing out still hurt.
Tara Andrews at Jets training at No.2 Sportsground on Tuesday. Picture: Marina Neil
And the disappointment of not making the final cut left the former Newcastle Jets vice-captain questioning her future in the sport.
But after a season off, the 23-year-old feels refreshed and ready to return to the W-League with her homeclub.
Andrews, fellow attacker Jenna Kingsley and the Jets’ 2016-17 player of the year, Cassidy Davis, were confirmed on Tuesday as signings as coachCraig Deans buildstowards the season-opener on October 29 against Western Sydney at McDonald Jones Stadium.
“I wanted a year off because we play winter and summer and you don’t really ever get a break to go on holiday,” saidAndrews, whoplayed for North West Sydney in the NSW NPL last winter.
“I just needed a mental and physical break as well just to see what else is out there.
“I went on holidays a couple of times and just enjoyed myself for the first time in a while. Just doing what I wanted.
“But I always had the intention of coming back. I just needed that year to kind of refresh myself.
“I was with the Matildas in that year and didn’t make the Olympic squad. It was kind of like, ‘What am I doing?Do I still want to do this?’.”
Andrews debuted for the Matildas in late 2015 and featured in their pre-Olympic training camps before falling short of a ticket to Rio.
“I knew I was always on the fringe. The Matildas obviously havea lot of good forwards,” she said.
“It wasn’t like I thought I’d get in, it was just after that it was like, ‘I don’t know what I want to do’. I was disappointed.”
She was looking forward to the challenge of getting back in the W-League, especially with the Jets potentially signing a US striker with similar qualities.
“Deansy has a few good recruits coming in, soI think we’ll do quite well,” she said.
“Obviously the past two years coming fifth, we’ve been just off the pace so hopefully it’s going to be better this year and we’ll make the top four. We’ll have some good players to do that with.
“There’sgoing to be another striker there so it’sgoing to be another challenge for me and competition to see if I can push myself to get better.
“That will be good because in the past there hasn’t always been that other No.9 there to push me.”
Deans said Andrews would be a welcomed addition as an attacking option and role model for the young Jets squad and he believed she would“do better without the pressure to be the top scorer”.
“The reason I changed some of the attacking players that we had was that it was all the same, everyone was quick, small and with some improvements technically that we needed,” Deans said.
“Tara is probably the complete opposite. She’s tall, technically quite good and she’s smart, although she doesn’t have the speed of some of the other girls. I think in a lot of ways we missed her last year, so it’s good she’s coming back.”
As for adding to her two Matildas caps, Andrews said: “It will be pretty tough, but I’d definitely like to get back there if I can.
“Obviously it comes down to how I’m playing and if I’m enjoying it. If I’m doing well enough to get a look in, that will be great, but I’ll take it as it comes.”
A watershed moment is under way in ‘s housing affordability debate.
Instead of continuing to bang the drum of “keeping the first-home ownership dream alive”, Victoria’s premier has proposed sweeping changes to the state’s tenancy laws in an attempt to improve the prospect of long-term renting.
A consolation prize, yes, but an important line in the sand for the 31 per cent of ns who rent their home. They may not be any closer to buying a house but the leader of the country’s second-most populated state is trying to throw them a bone. State governments will be watching closely, which means renters and landlords in Sydney should be, too.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced plans to change rental laws so that tenants could not be evicted without proper cause, notice to vacate be lifted to 120 days, the introduction of a blacklist for complaints against landlords and agents, and other sweeping changes to rules against pets and making minor cosmetic changes to the property.
An unofficial bidding system, where hopeful tenants offer more than the proposed rent, will also be stamped out.
“For too long we’ve had an imbalance and things have not been as fair as they should be,” Mr Andrews told Melbourne on Sunday.
“The landlord and the agent have all the power and given how tight the market is, the tenant can’t speak out and has no voice.”
The move comes just months after the Andrews government announced Victorian first-home buyers will be granted a stamp duty tax concession for houses between $600,000 and $750,000. A helpful and well-meaning attempt to boost first-home ownership in the state, but of course the brick wall remains – a 20 per cent deposit on a $600,000 property is $120,000 cash. That’s a lot of money to stump up, especially when national wages growth is at record lows.
First home buyers, whose parents can’t help with a guarantor loan or cash, will have to wait until the market corrects, which could take a very long time.
That’s why Sunday’s move from Mr Andrews is significant – it’s an admission that renting is no longer a short-term waiting room before home ownership. And it’s not just Victoria, across renting is increasingly where people spend a large chunk of their lives – even raise their families.
Of course, any suggestion that renters be handed more power is met with quick and loud objection. But while Victoria’s peak real estate body warns “any imbalance in the market has the ability to cause a rental crisis”, few other experts seem to agree.
“Landlords who were happy to provide those rental properties will be leaving the market angry,” Real Estate Institute of Victoria chief executive Gil King said in reaction to the announcement, adding that the organisation will be looking to strike out as many of the proposed changes as possible.
“The impact is going to be rents go up because of less stock on market for tenants.”
That assessment is “economically illiterate”, according to the Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley, with the positives of throwing renters a bone expected to far outweigh the negatives.
“There’s very little truth to it,” Mr Daley told Domain.
“When a landlord walks away from a property, what happens? Either someone buys and is prepared to rent it out, or someone buys it to live in it, who would otherwise have been renting.
“The number of instances where a landlord walks away and the property is left vacant is infinitesimally small.”
It’s true that the number of rental properties may drop, home ownership may rise and rents could also lift, according to Mr Daley, but none of those are expected to occur on a meaningful, or even visible, scale.
“Overall, this package provides a lot of things that are very valuable to tenants and actually don’t cost landlords very much,” Mr Daley said.
“How much does it really cost you as a landlord to have tenants occasionally bang things into the walls? To be blunt, not that much. How much does it really cost to let them have a pet, given that they’ll have to clean up afterwards? Not that much.”
That’s not to say that property investors might not be rethinking their portfolio at the moment, just that changes like those proposed on Sunday would be unlikely to have anything to do with it.
Interest rates are tipped to start rising as soon as next year, house price gains have cooled and are expected to continue to do so, and the n Prudential Regulation Authority is busily clamping down on how much of major bank balance sheets can be dedicated to investor and interest-only lending, which has the effect of pushing mortgage rates higher.
Meanwhile federal tax rules around negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions remain untouched and continue to be key drivers of interest in the property market.
Those are surely a much more central consideration for property investors than whether their tenants can hang up a picture, keep a pet or be protected against arbitrary eviction.
“The rental sector is changing and we all have to come to grips with that,” Professor Kath Hulse of the n Housing and Urban Research Institute at Swinburne University told Domain.
“[The Victorian government] is trying to connect two things which have been disconnected. One is residential tenancy laws and the other is housing policy – they’ve been separate worlds, really.
“We’re used to thinking about this in a terribly adversarial way. If people are going to be renting longer we need to get real about it.”
IT’S WONDERFUL, IT’S MARVELLOUS
You’ve gone down the Grand Canyon, up the Eiffel Tower and clamoured the Colosseum. Now you’re ready for some off-the-ticket line action away from the madding crowds. In its new book, Secret Marvels of the World, Lonely Planet leads an adventure into the world’s lesser-known sights and attractions.
Here are the top 10 nerve-wracking rocks. TROLLTUNGA, NEAR TYSSEDAL, NORWAY
The tongue of rock jutting above the water at Ringedalsvatnet is one of Norway’s most spectacular photo ops. Hikers embark on a tough, 12-hour circuit from Skjeggedal to balance on the 700-metre-high rock.
Skjeggedal is five kilometres east of Tyssedal in southern Norway. BALANCING ROCK OF MAHABALIPURAM, NEAR CHENNAI, INDIA
It’s a 250-tonne rock, six metres tall and on a 45-degree slope, but attempts to roll Krishna’s Butterball downhill have failed, and tourists safely pose beneath.
The rock is just off Madha Kovil Street in Mahabalipuram, 55 kilometres south of Chennai. PEDRA DA GAVEA, TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK, BRAZIL
For a death-defying holiday photo, head to this 844-metre-high Rio lookout. From the right angle, you’ll appear to cling to a rock high above the beach; in reality, you’re two feet from solid ground.
It’s a tough, six-hour return hike through Tijuca National Park. Hire a guide: nattrip苏州夜总会招聘.brKJERAGBOLTEN, NEAR OYGARDSTOL, NORWAY
The ultimate in daring poses is atop this boulder, gripped between two cliffs above a 984-metre drop. The block was deposited here by glacial movement and has become a vertigo-inducing spot for a photo.
The nine-kilometre hike to Kjeragbolten, some of the route assisted by chains, begins in Oygardstol. NATURE’S TIME POST, TIVERTON, CANADA
Inspiring countless attempts at perspective trickery photos, this basalt column appears to balance on its tip on the corner of a larger rock in the Bay of Fundy.
Find the column via a 2.5-kilometre hike and 235 stairs; the route begins off Hwy 217, Tiverton. PREIKESTOLEN, NEAR PREIKESTOLHYTTA, NORWAY
Rising sharply 604 metres above the Lysefjord, Pulpit Rock is the reward for an intense four-hour hike in Norway’s Ryfylke fiord region – snap a photo near the edge, but not that near the edge.
Take a bus from Stavanger ferry terminal to Preikestolhytta, the trailhead for Pulpit Rock. KARLU KARLU, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Also known as the Devil’s Marbles, granite globes are dotted around a parched valley. To Aboriginal people, these weathered boulders have sacred significance. One pair seemingly defy gravity.
The Devil’s Marbles reserve is on the Stuart Highway, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek. BALANCED ROCK, UTAH, US
Balanced Rock roosts on a slender 39-metre column, looking ready to fall at any moment. Its twin rock formation did indeed tumble during the 1970s, so don’t stand too close, just in case.
A 20-minute hiking trail to the rock begins off the main road of Arches National Park in Utah. CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA, US
Resembling a spinning top amid the creeks, volcanic formations and grottoes of this Arizona park, the Big Balanced Rock perches improbably at its narrow end.
Various trails from Echo Canyon Trailhead in Chiricahua National Monument reach the rock. KUMMAKIVI, RUOKOLAHTI, FINLAND
It’s impossible to resist posing, arms raised, beneath this boulder. Performing a balancing act on a low mound, the seven-metre-wide rock was deposited by glacial movement, though folktales blame trolls.
The forest concealing the rock is a 10-kilometre drive north from route 62 in southeastern Finland.
Reproduced with permission from Secret Marvels of the World, ?? 2017 Lonely Planet, lonelyplanet苏州夜总会招聘
SATURDAYLake Mac Big Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Warners Bay Foreshore.Jetski racing; aerobatic displays; markets;Food of the World Fete; community displays from the Scouts, Guides and RFS, a sausage sizzle and children鈥檚 activities. Free water sports at Marmong Point Sailing Club, 10am to 3pm Saturday. Woodwork exhibitions at Marmong Point Hall. Superboat Championships:the best viewing spots will be Warners Bay foreshore to Eleebana and Marmong Point foreshore reserve.Download the free official event Appfeaturing latest program schedules, location maps, visitor information and local business offers.
Bands In The Park10am to noon, Speers Point Park rotunda. Newcastle PCYC Brass Band will be performing classics and popular favourites. Free event.
Night Noodle Market 4pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton.Take yourtastebudson a journey through the Orient and beyond. Also,entertainment, live music, dance and light displays. Part of Newcastle China Week.
Newcastle Fashion Weekend10am, Newcastle Jockey Club.A platform for designers to showcase their designs, thisevent will feature local designers, reputable designer brands, beauty bars, industry workshops, fashion panels, live entertainment, a VIP Bar and more. Shop fashion brands, browse through home and lifestyle designs and enjoy pampering sessions. Tickets from $19.39 to $32.65.
Trivia Night 6pm, Cathedral Hall, Church Street, Newcastle. $15 per person. Phone4926 4663.
Convention vs Invention: Breaking boundaries in contemporary art 2pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Hear from speakersCameron Stead, Angela Philp and Jessi England. Entry is free.
Opera in the Vineyards4pm to 9.30pm,Chateau Elan Hunter Valley, 1 Vintage Drive, Rothbury.Cheryl Barker, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jane Rutter and Guy Noble.
March and Commemorative Service 10.30am, Maitland Park. In commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Tiger Moth flyover at 11am.
Geological Survey Open Day: Geoscience In Government10am to 1pm, 516 High Street, Maitland. A display of rocks, minerals and fossils, computer displays, hands-on activities, free maps and brochures, fossil lucky dip. Free entry.
Friday The 13th at Maitland Gaol 9pm to 8am. Test your nerve with a tour and sleepover package.
Rose Spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.An explosion of colour and fragrance. Until November 12.
Street Feast Beachside 4pm to 8pm, Empire Park, Bar Beach.
Frank鈥檚 Fantastic Fairy Tale Theatre Noon to 1pm, Watt Space Gallery. Three fairy tale plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel and the 3-2-1 Little Pigs. Audience participation encouraged: cheer, boo and yell as much as you like.Gold coin donation appreciated.
Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, Blacksmiths. Food trucks, market stalls and live entertainment.
Heaven, Harp and Humanity 7.30pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Contemporary chamber music.
SUNDAYCultural Festival 10am to 3pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Hosted by guest MC Trystan Go, this fun family day out featurescooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, karaoke, costume dress-ups, pop-up markets, live entertainment and food. Lots of it. Keep an eye out for Jin Wu Koon鈥檚 freestyle lion dance on poles.Part of Newcastle China Week.
Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory. 5pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Dog Lovers Market Day 10am, Islington Park, Tighes Hill. A child and dog-friendly event. Market stalls, jumping castle, face painting, dog parade, demonstrations, competitions, BBQ, coffee and K9 van.
Gone Fishing Day 9am to 3pm, Nelson Bay Foreshore. A family day out with free activities including how-to-fish workshops, casting competitions, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing tips, how-to-cook classes, touch tanks and activity marquees.
Crowne 2 Crowne Cycle Classic58km charity bike ride from Crowne Plaza Newcastle to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Raising funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
SAVE THE DATEThe Real Film Festival returns to Newcastle on October 27 to 29, with a focus on real people and real stories. The art of storytelling through film is celebrated over three exciting days, providing emerging filmmakers an opportunity to screen their work to audiences.
MARKETSHunter Street Organic Food MarketSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Kurri Kurri Community Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri.
Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street, Hamilton.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Adamstown Lions MarketSunday,7am to 1pm,corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Toronto Lions Club Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 12.30pm, Anzac Parade, Toronto.
ARTSCessnock Regional Art Gallery Elemental, byLisa McArthur-Edwards, Emilia Krumm, Therese Gabriel Wilkins, Lindsay CameronandKate Landsberry. Until October 22.
The Lock-Up The Shape of Memory, by Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mohini Chandra, Elise Harmsen, Dean Cross, Zainab Hikmet, Annelies Jahn, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano. Ends Sunday.
Cooks Hill Galleries Islands & Fires, by Susan Weaver. Precious Metal, by Steve Glassbarow. End Monday.
Finite GalleryStadt zum Strand: Berlin to the Beach, by Stefanie Schmock. Until October 29.
Timeless TextilesFlora and Fauna from Mississippi to , byKerr Grabowski. Until November 5.
Studio 21 North South East & West, by Edward Milan. Until October 27.
The Creator Incubator Light, by Patrick Mavety. Until October 29.
Maitland Regional Art GalleryPasschendaele 鈥?nbsp;A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle. Until January 28. Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. Lionel鈥檚 Place. Until April 8. Fiona Foley; Wild, Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. Until December 3.Otherworldly: A Sensory Experience of Art, by Bliss Cavanagh. Until November 19.
Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017; The Figure Feminine. EndSunday.Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; Between Dream and Earth, by Mazie Karen Turner. Until November 5.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass Cage, by Lezlie Tilley; Book Club Exhibition. End Sunday.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Alfresco. Ends Sunday.
CStudios Art GalleryNu Feminin, byChristopher Steele. Until October 28.
Newcastle Art SpaceCloser To Family: After 18 Years, by Linda Swinfield.
Gallery 139 Dino Consalvo exhibition. Ends Sunday.
Art Systems Wickham First Light, by John Barnes. Ends Sunday.
Watt Space GalleryHelen Hopcroft;They Might Be Giants;My na, by Ileigh Hellier;Inked In, by Vanessa Lewis. End Sunday.
The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe;The Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art HouseLocal artists.
Acrux Art Gallery Imaginarium. Until October 28.
THEATREAnother WayEngaging look at the labels people use to define sexuality, gender and mentalhealth; developed by director Lizzie Doyle and the cast from their experiences. RoyalExchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.
Getting to Know Cinderella Production for young performers of the Rodgers andHammerstein musical version of the classic fairy tale. Young People鈥檚 Theatre, at itsHamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm, until October 28.
HomeThe Tantrum Youth Arts Trajectory Ensemble looks at what it means to feel at home or to lose that feeling.Civic Playhouse,Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.
Fair RetailSatirical look at supermarket employees coping with nasty managers andobnoxious customers; based by Newcastle University Drama Society members on their ownexperiences. The Factory Theatre, at St. Pius X High School, Adamstown. Saturday andSunday, at 8pm.
Love鈥檚 Labour鈥檚 LostA young king, who has sworn an oath to avoid women while hestudies, tries to get around it when an attractive foreign princess arrives making legaldemands in Shakespeare鈥檚 comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at its Lambton theatre. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until October 21, plus 2pmSaturday, October 14.
The Edith Piaf Storyn artiste Nikki Nouveau tells,in story and song, the life oflegendary Parisian performer Edith Piaf. Lizotte鈥檚, Lambton onSunday. Lunch and show from noon.
The Vicar of DibleyA woman who is one of the first female ministers appointed in Englandby the Anglican Church in 1992 has to fight prejudice because of her sex; comedybased on the popular television series. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday, at 7.30pm, Saturdayat 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, at 2pm, until October 21.
MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Lionette. Sunday, Jerome.
Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Purple Hearts.
Argyle HouseSaturday, Throwbacks.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Outerphase.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Aaron Hood.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday,Little Cents.Sunday,Nick Connors.
Beach Hotel Sunday, Misbehave.
Bellbird HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Michael Muchow.Sunday, Klassic Blak.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, X&Y Duo. Sunday, Chris Saxby.
Belmore HotelSaturday, Xyz.
Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
The Bradford Saturday, Duplexity.
Burwood InnSaturday,DJ Surian.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Craze ft.Seek N Destroy,Amy-Jane Brand. Sunday,Paper Thin,Self Talk, Safe Hands.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, DV8.
Catho PubSaturday, Shawn Lidster.Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.
Caves Beachside HotelSaturday,Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids.
Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Ryan Daley.
Central HotelStroudSaturday,Kenny Jewell.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous.
Civic TheatreSaturday, Status Quo (UK), Travis Collins.
Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.
Club LemonTree Saturday, Kristy James.
鈥婥riterion Hotel CarringtonSunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Dos Eager.
Customs House Saturday, Ben Travis. Sunday, Arley Black, Sunset Club.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Matt Gaudry.
D鈥橝lbora MarinaSunday, Kim.
Denman HotelSunday, Brendan Watson.
Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, The DuoTones.
East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Paul Watters. Sunday, Snowy Robson, Wayne Rogers, About Face.
East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, Zane Penn.
East’s Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, Joel Oakhill.
Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Roxy.
Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Marriah.Sunday, Kelly Griffith.
Exchange HotelSaturday, D.Love.
FinnegansSaturday, Kidd Kaos & Lannon.
FogHorn BrewhouseSaturday, Tim Harding.
George TavernSaturday, The De Lisle Project.
Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Kate Oliver, Gleny Rae Virus, Rob Luckey & The Lucky Bastards.
Gunyah HotelSaturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Catfish Soup.
Harrigan鈥檚 PokolbinSaturday, John Larder, Gen-X. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.
Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, 2GoodReasons.
Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, The Big Bang.Sunday, Mick Jones, CrocQ.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Hotel DelanySaturday, Evergreen.
Jewells TavernSaturday, The Blues Rattlers, Steve Edmonds Band, Jungle Kings.
The Junction HotelSaturday, Marissa.
Kent HotelSaturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Voodoo Express.
Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Andrew G.
Lakeside Village TavernSaturday,Viagro.
Lass O鈥橤owrie Saturday, Mar Haze, Wolves In Fashion, D鈥檡er Ma鈥檏er, Slim Customers, The Marquis, Zen Haircuts, Wilson & The Castaways, Underachiever, Ill Sylvester.
Lizotte鈥檚 Saturday, Casey Donovan,Sienna Lace, Paris Grace. Sunday, The Edith Piaf Story.
Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Scully.
Lucky HotelSaturday, Howie & Alex. Sunday, The Gleesons.
Mark HotelSaturday, Dr Zoom. Sunday, Anthology.
Mary EllenSaturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Maryland TavernSaturday, The Remedy.
Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Jackson Halliday.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Loko.
Metropolitan Hotel Hotel Saturday, One World.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Triple Zero. Sunday, Blues Bombers.
Murray鈥檚 BrewerySunday, Jim Overend.
Nag鈥檚 Head HotelSaturday, Anthony Lee.
Neath HotelSaturday, Witchery.
Nelson Bay Bowling ClubSaturday, One Night Only – The Bee Gees Show.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday,The Blue Water Cowboys. Sunday, Melody Feder.
Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Pete Hibbert.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Mark Wells.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday,Dean Kyrwood.
Pedens CessnockSaturday, The V Dubs.
Pippis At The PointSaturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Bonny Rai.
Potters BrewerySaturday, Logan.
Premier HotelSaturday, Secret Society. Sunday, Milestones.
Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Matt Semmens, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Love That Hat.
Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Kaylah Anne.
Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Hitpit.
Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Murray Byfield.
Rutherford HotelSaturday, Kellie Cain.
Seabreeze HotelSunday, Georgina Grimshaw.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday,Fool On A Stool.Sunday,Jye Sharp.
Shortland HotelSaturday, Jon Matthews.
Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Steel City.
South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Arley Black.
Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Josh Needs.
Station HotelKurri KurriSaturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.
Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Karen & Milton.
Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Wayne & The Wanderers.
Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Earthbound.
Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, James Osborn.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.
Toronto DiggersSaturday, 40 Up Club.
Toronto HotelSunday, Boney Rivers.
Toronto WorkersSaturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Town Hall HotelSaturday, Brendan Murphy.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Wangi HotelSaturday, Bob Allan.Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.
Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Bernie.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, All Access 80s.
Warners Bay HotelSaturday, The Smarts.
Westfield KotaraSaturday, Melody Feder.
Weston WorkersSaturday, Mark Lee.
Wests CardiffSaturday,Blue Suede Boppers,The Sydney Swing Cats. Sunday,Jake Rattle & Roll.
Wests New LambtonSaturday,Big Night Out.
Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Grant Walmsley Freebird Unplugged,Fishfry + Pow Wow.Sunday,Kellie Cain,Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Bobby C.
MOVIESA Monster Calls(PG)A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. (Regal)
Battle Of The Sexes(PG)The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world No.1Billie Jean Kingand ex-champ Bobby Riggs.
Blade Runner 2049(MA)Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runnerunearths asecret that could plunge society into chaos.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie(G)Twopranksters hypnotise their principal into thinking he’s adimwitted superhero.
Flatliners(M)Medical students experiment with 鈥渘ear death鈥?experiences that involve past tragedies until the consequences jeopardise their lives.
Gifted(PG)Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. (Lake Cinema)
Hampstead(PG)An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath. (Regal)
Happy Death Day(M)Tree must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why.
It(MA) Something is terrorising Maine children in this supernatural horror.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle(MA)When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together to save the world.
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The Big Sick(M)Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. (Regal)
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The Mountain Between Us(M)Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain.
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TALENT: Some of the action from last year’s cook-off. Picture: Dominique Cherry.Ten of theHunter’s best apprentice chefs are busily preparing for the biggest cook-off of their lives.
On Tuesdaythey will be competingat Hamilton TAFE for the chance to win the annual$10,000 Brett Graham Scholarship. They need to cook a three-course meal for 60 industry members and,given the calibre of last year’s finalists, expectations are high.
Last year’s Brett Graham Scholarship winner Nele Sadler, of Subo.
The Brett Graham Scholarship was established in 2003 as a partnership between Hunter Culinary Association and TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute and is named after Brett Graham of The Ledbury in London. He is one of Hunter TAFE’s most successful alumni.
The winner not only gets the cheque, but is also givena once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to London and work alongside Graham at The Ledbury, which is ranked 27th on the World’s Best Restaurants list.
The recipient canuse the rest of their winnings to experience the best restaurants Europe has to offer before returning home to commence a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery at TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute.
Mark MacManus (head teacher Commercial Cookery – Hunter TAFE), 2016 Brett Graham Scholarship recipient Nele Sadler (Subo) and Ben Neil (Hunter Culinary Association chairman).
Ben Neil, Hunter Culinary Association Chairman, is thrilled the Brett Graham Scholarship, in partnership with TAFE NSW, has continued to go from strength to strength.
“Originally, the scholarship funds would cover the cost of the winner’s flights,” he says. “Now, thanks to events such as the annual Food Fight,we have been able to provide the winner with a life-changing experience.
“Each year the scholarship attracts the region’s best apprentices and young chefs and sees them gain international experience, with most returning home to our region.Our core focus is to foster upcoming talent in the industry for years to come.”
At Tuesday’s preliminary cook-off entrants will be narrowed down to three finalists. Then, on October 24, each of the finalists will design, prepare and cook a three-course menu based on two cuts of pork while managing a kitchen “support team” of apprentices. This year’s judges are former scholarship recipient Garreth Robbs, of Bistro Molines; Stephanie Airlie-Noé from House of Airlie Public Relations; and Tracey Amos from TAFE NSW.
Bernard Tomic may have to seek a wildcard into the 2018 n Open unless his ranking dramatically improves before the end of the year.
Tomic, 24, has endured a miserable 2017, with the one-time former world No.17 having his ranking blow out to 144. It’s understood he will need a ranking of about 105 to secure a wildcard.
His woes continued in a second-round loss in Tokyo last week, meaning it could be up to the discretion of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis performance director Wally Masur whether he is invited into the main draw of next year’s opening grand slam.
n Open director Craig Tiley said on Tuesday Tomic was fighting for his spot in the draw. Asked if Tomic would need a wildcard, Tiley replied: “That’s a good question. We have a long way to go … there is still quite a bit of tennis to play before the end of the year. That’s a bridge we will cross when we come to it. But, obviously, a lot has to happen in the next couple of months.”
Tomic continues to wrestle with the need to put in the punishing hours of training required to remain at the top level, while also knowing he is already set up for life financially. He boasted after his first-round defeat at Wimbledon this year that he could buy houses and cars most people could only dream of.
Hewitt worked with Tomic in 2016 but has expressed his frustration at Tomic’s efforts this year. Tomic, who reached the third round of the n Open, opted to bypass Davis Cup representation.
Fellow n Nick Kyrgios has also endured a tumultuous year but at least reached the final of the China Open at the weekend, before suffering an explosive straight-sets loss to Rafael Nadal. Despite the defeat, Kyrgios is set to jump to No.15 in the rankings and remain in touch of his first appearance at the World Tour Finals in London next month.
Tiley said Kyrgios was “part of that young group that is closing the gap with the greats” and was playing his best tennis of the year.
“I was with him in the Davis Cup in Brussels and the Laver Cup [Prague] and he was brilliant. He was phenomenal. The type of tennis, the shots – I have been around tennis for a while – and I have never seen shots like Nick did,” he said.
“Obviously, he has to be consistent with that. We know that he loves playing in front of the n crowds. It’s always going to be [the way with] Nick – I think we can expect the unexpected and I think that is what is exciting about his tennis. But, certainly, the last month, how he has played, has been his best tennis.”
A strong showing from Kyrgios at next year’s Open would help TA as it continues discussions over a new broadcast rights deal expected to be worth more than $200 million.
Hydrogen will transform the transport industry and could eventually replace natural gas, Arup’s environment and resources leader Mike Straughton says.
Speaking at the n Financial Review’s National Energy Summit, Mr Straughton outlined the increasing importance of hydrogen as a future energy source, saying it had “moved beyond the Hindenburg”.
Mr Straughton said hydrogen would play an increasing role in powering the nation, and could eventually replace natural gas.
“Fundamentally, where natural gas is used in turbines, hydrogen could be substituted as a key fuel,” he said.
Major energy companies are also exploring the space. Shell and Total SA have invested in the Hydrogen Council, with the industry forecasting total investment of $US10.7 billion ($13.7 billion) over the next five years.
It is also expected to support the transformation of the transport industry, with growth in fuel cell electric vehicles predicted to be within the millions globally by 2030.
Mr Straughton said that “hydrogen fuel cells make more sense than batteries for long distance transport”.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles also have zero emissions, only expelling water vapour.
Trials are already underway using hydrogen-powered vehicles in Victoria. Moreland Council and the Victorian state government launched a world first project last month to run the council’s entire fleet on hydrogen fuel. South is also aiming to integrate hydrogen powered buses into its Adelaide public transport network.
The CSIRO flagged hydrogen as a new pillar for the oil and gas industry in its most recent sector roadmap.
“The renewed interest in hydrogen in many parts of the world represents an appealing way to diversify and to help contribute to lowering the carbon intensity of the energy sector,” the CSIRO said.
“Its appeal for end-users is that with a few changes to equipment, clean burning hydrogen can be directly used in combustion applications as well as used directly in fuel cells for power and transport.”
The CSIRO also forecast the growth of large scale solar and wind-powered electrolysis of water to hydrogen, aiding the decentralisation of fuel production, as hydrogen fuel could be created on site rather than transported.
ACT Meteors player Katie Mack has been selected to play in the Cricket XI to play against the n women’s team as an Ashes warm up. Photo by Karleen Minney.Katie Mack’s dream start to the WNCL season could launch her international ambitions after the ACT Meteors batter was called into a Cricket XI.
Mack was named in an invitational side on Tuesday to play in warm-up matches when England arrives to ramp up preparations for the women’s Ashes.
Mack scored an unbeaten 113 off 125 balls on Sunday and it didn’t take long for selectors to reward her effort, calling her later in the night to offer her a stepping stone chance for her career.
The 24-year-old will play against England in two practice matches in Brisbane on October 16 and 18 before the Ashes series begins on October 22.
It will be an opportunity for Mack to show she’s ready to step up to international cricket after smashing the Queensland bowling attack at Manuka Oval.
“It was a good day on Sunday, but it was a bit unexpected because I didn’t even know these [Cricket XI] games were on,” Mack said.
“But now it’s quite exciting and I’m ready to play. I just want to test myself out … it’s always good to get more games.
“For women, there’s a lack of one-day games we get to play so this is going to add to that and will test out what I’ve been working on at a higher level.
“Playing against England, if you perform, it could lead to anywhere. But I think about that every game I play.”
Mack tinkered with her batting technique in the off-season and she got immediate results in the opening WNCL games.
She led the Meteors to an unbeaten weekend to start the season, but the team will have to wait six weeks for the next round of the WNCL competition.
Meteors recruit and South Africa captain Dane Van Niekerk has no doubt Mack will settle into international cricket after getting a front-row seat to her century.
“The potential and work ethic is there [for Mack], that’s the big thing for international cricket,” said Van Niekerk, the No. 3 ranked all-rounder in the world.
“You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t work hard it won’t take you anywhere.
“[Mack’s] fitness stood out. She ran me into the ground when I was down the other end. It’s small things like that make a champion. No doubt she will score a lot more runs.”
Cricket ACT is hoping to sell out two women’s Ashes games at Manuka Oval on November 19 and 21.
Van Niekerk wants to use the extended WNCL break to help her get back to peak fitness after battling injuries after her women’s World Cup campaign.
“We want to get cricket fit at the moment,” Van Niekerk said.
“I tore my quad and had a stress fracture in my foot. I had a six-week break, but now it’s just getting back into it 100 per cent. We came here to learn more about our game.”
The Vicar of DibleyTHEATRE REVIEWSThe Vicar of DibleyDAPA, at DAPA Theatre, HamiltonEnds October 21MY wife and I didn’t see The Vicar of Dibley television series, but the laughter and applause of audience members at this stage adaptation showed they had. We found it amusing, and at home I downloaded a couple of episodes we saw onstage. I was impressed by how the British adaptive writers and the DAPA actors and stage team recreated the characters and settings and the nature of the comedy.
Leanne Mueller is a delight as the title character, Rev Geraldine Grainger, who is here one of the first women to become a vicar in 1990s England, with her appointment initially upsetting a staid rural community. While she is determined not to be pushed to one side by the parish church council because of her sexuality, she is very much a person of modern times, demanding that a planned week of local radio programming must contain songs by rock performers including The Carpenters, and, while initially not being prepared to take part in colourful Easter functions, joining others in wearing a bunny suit.
Mark Spencer (who also directed) is the pompous and intolerant millionaire head of the church parish council, David Horton, who is only willing to do good deals when they benefit him. A divorce that relegated him to caring for his young son has made him very demanding of the now adult Hugo (Michael Nolan), who is attracted to the female verger, Alice Tinker (Claire Thomas), but tries to keep his affection hidden from his father. The interactions between Hugo and Alice, who is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, raise smiles, as does Alice’s incomprehension of Geraldine’s amusing and pointed jokes.
Cathy Maughan, as Letitia Cropley, a caring woman who provides the snacks for the parish council meetings, has a rather eccentric creativity, with the pancakes she makes including ingredients such as liver and her putting pineapple pieces among the flowers in church decorations. Brian Lowe repeatedly raises laughs with his Jim Trott’s stuttering “no, no, no, no . . .”, even when he agrees with what is being said; Colin Campbell’s pedantic and eccentric parish council clerk, Frank Pickle, is amusingly dithering; and David Murray’s farmer, Owen Newitt, makes the man’s lack of hygiene and recurring bowel problems raise broad smiles. Mark Spencer’s direction ensures that the action transfers swiftly between three venues in and around the Dibley church.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Love’s Labour’s LostNewcastle Theatre Company, at NTC Theatre, LambtonEnds October 21THIS adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy by a Sydney theatre company head, Damien Ryan, is certainly a crowd-pleaser in Newcastle director Richard Murray’s production. The large cast is engaging, clad in colourful Victorian garb, as a new young king of Navarre, who has sworn off women for three years while he studies, forces his three offsiders to comply with his decision.
A French princess who arrives to discuss a border issue and her trio of ladies in waiting are understandably unhappy about being banished to a tent in a paddock, so that the men won’t be tempted to break their vows. But the women amusingly show themselves to be more adept than the men at getting what they want, something that wasn’t often seen on stage in Shakespeare’s day.
Adaptor Damien Ryan’s transformation of one of the king’s men into a woman who disguises herself as a man because she is unhappy about the way women are pushed to one side is a relevant change at this time, especially as the disguised girl and one of the princess’s attendants are attracted to each other. Ryan’s changes also include the use of several classic songs to make comments on the characters and their situations.
Derek Fisher’s initially stern King Ferdinand has to put up with the sceptical remarks and mockery of Hadrian Le Goff’s assistant Biron, with Nicholas Watson’s less adept Dumain clearly pleased when he can take Biron down a peg or two. And Gabriella Chamberlain’s Longaville, the woman in disguise, has even more skill in putting Biron in his place. The initially unhappy and largely silent French women – Tegan Gow’s Princess Margot, Madeline Valentinis’ Rosaline, Annalie Hamilton’s Katherine, and Maddy Lardner’s Maria – have a wit the men don’t expect, amusingly besting them when wearing clownish masks, with the king and his helpers dressed as Russians in thick coats, but so inept that their identities are evident.
The other colourful characters include: a laugh-raising Spanish braggart, Don Armado (Michael Blaxland), whose dandy nature is reflected in his elaborate attire; Moth (Millie Chorlton), his quick-witted page; Jaquenetta (Marjorie Butcher), a bluntly worded country wench who is pursued by Don Armado and others; Costard (Stephanie MacDonald), a voracious court attendant; Holofernes (John Franks), a teacher who is snooty about his ability to tellingly use language; Lady Nathalia (Fiona Morrison), the local curate who ignores people when they note that her statements are incorrect; and Constable A. Dull (Renee Thomas), a constable who bluntly tells people he can’t understand them when they use high-faluting language.
Tactical shift: Aaron Mooy has been moved to the bench. Photo: AAPSocceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has made the shock decision to drop Aaron Mooy from the starting lineup for ‘s World Cup Qualifier against Syria on Tuesday night.
The only outfield player playing regularly in the English Premier League will start from the bench as part of a tactical reshuffle from Postecoglou.
It’s understood the Huddersfield Town midfielder had a very brief conversation with Postecoglou immediately after training on Monday where he was told that he was not in the starting team.
He will likely be replaced by Massimo Luongo or Jackson Irvine as one of the holding midfielders alongside captain Mark Milligan.
Tom Rogic is set to come into the starting team to play behind the striker which will likely be Tim Cahill.
Matt Leckie is set to drop from his forward role to right wing.
Postecoglou praised Rogic earlier this week.
“International football is tricky sometimes,” Postecoglou said. “It does come down to moments, and he’s [Rogic] certainly the kind of player who, in a key moment, can produce something special.
“From our perspective that’s a good weapon to have.”
Rogic’s thumping strike for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League against Ross County last month, which he added to in the Old Firm derby, is an encouraging indication the Canberra native could be the X-factor to help save ‘s World Cup fortunes.
“Tom has been pretty significant for us in recent times,” Postecoglou said. “He’s contributed with goals or assists and he’s maturing in the right way.
“From an international standpoint, it’s only really been in the last sort of 12 months that he’s come into more prominence.
“I expect him to become a more and more important player.”
UC Capitals Vs Jayco Dandenong at Southern Cross Club stadium Tuggeranong. Capitals coach Paul Goriss. Photo Elesa KurtzThe Canberra Capitals will have to beat two WNBL title favourites and a hectic travel schedule to stamp themselves as genuine championship contenders this weekend.
The Capitals will spend more time in airports and on planes than they do on the court this week when they travel 5000 kilometres for two games.
The first is a clash against the Townsville Fire in far-north Queensland on Friday night before backing up against the Melbourne Boomers in Canberra a day later.
It’s part of a hectic 14-hour travel schedule as the Capitals face their first road-trip test of a reformatted WNBL season full of double-header weekends and more travel.
It means while the Capitals are flying back home, the Boomers will already be in Canberra planning their hit-and-run mission at the National Convention Centre on Sunday.
“With the league being so short, it’s what every team has to do,” said Capitals vice-captain Kate Gaze.
“We just have to get used to it, deal with it and get on with it. It’s a great challenge for us.
“If we can beat that challenge on the road and when we travel, it will beneficial at the end of the year. It’s a brand new league this year … we’re all trying to be professional and if this is what we have to do, bring it on.”
The Capitals started their campaign with back to back wins against the Bendigo Spirit and Adelaide Lightning last weekend.
But the Fire and Boomers loom as a massive early-season test given they’re regarded as the championship favourites.
The Fire boast veteran Suzy Batkovic while the Boomers have recruited 203 centimetre star Elizabeth Cambage.
Batkovic and Cambage are set for a showdown with Canberra’s United States import, Mistie Bass.
Capitals coach Paul Goriss has adjusted his side’s training schedule to accommodate for time on the road, with the team to leave Canberra at midday on Thursday and return at 5pm on Saturday.
“We’ve got to take the mindset that there are no excuses,” Goriss said.
“Everyone is going to have to deal with the travel schedule and back to back games. It’s not ideal going up to Townsville for a game and having to come back because it such a long way to go.
“But to me there are no excuses, we march on. Our depth is one of our strengths this season, that will help with recovery time. I’m happy to throw any body out there at any point of the game.
“We’ve outscored both of our opponents so far this season with ‘depth points’ from the bench, which highlights the depth we have.”
WNBL ROUND TWO
Friday: Townsville Fire v Canberra Capitals at Townsville Stadium, 8pm.
Sunday: Canberra Capitals v Melbourne Boomers at National Convention Centre, 3pm.
The popular, but rundown, Jam Factory restaurant and entertainment precinct in Melbourne’s South Yarra will be gutted and rebuilt as a glitzy 15-storey, $1.25 billion retail and office complex under ambitious plans put forward by owner Newmark Capital.
The landmark site on Chapel Street near the corner of Toorak Road will be transformed into a network of laneways with shops and restaurants on the lower levels, a central public square, and seven individual office buildings housing up to 5000 workers.
The new centre’s open, central public plaza will wrap around the historic factory chimney, now enclosed by the Jam Factory building.
It will cost $450 million to construct and be finished by 2020 if Newmark’s plans get a tick of approval from local Stonnington council and residents.
South Yarra’s Forrest Hill precinct nearby has been the centre of an apartment development boom over the past decade, but other projects along Chapel Street have proved more controversial drawing opposition from local residents.
The Jam Factory became a drawcard for film buffs in the 1990s when it was revamped to include a Village Roadshow multiplex, a feature that will also be key in the new complex.
Despite multiple attempts from different owners to reshape it, the centre languished with some tenants moving out.
The most recent departure was British retail giant Topshop which opened its first n store – covering 1300 square metres – in the Jam Factory in 2011.
Newmark project director Jonathan Bradhurst said the Jam Factory’s latest revamp, the most ambitious to date, was deliberately focused on providing offices rather than more residential towers.
“What is missing here are places for people to work close to where they live,” he said.
The Jam Factory’s current configuration was “compromised”.
“We’re the only ones who have proposed a complete transformation and rebuild. We will be making a place that is suited and focused on the 21st century with knowledge workers, people who live here and shop here,” he said.
About 50,000 square metres of office space spread across seven different sized buildings with floor plates up to 4000 sq m in size are planned for the site.
A similar size space will be devoted to shops and restaurants on the lower levels while the basement will have fresh food outlets and a supermarket connected to a 1300 space carpark.
The new design was attracting potential tenants. “We already have interest from some of the bigger players,” Mr Bradhurst said.
The size of the site, nearly two hectares, will allow development and construction to be contained onsite and not spill over onto Chapel Street.
Newmark Capital, a property fund run by Simon Morris and ex-Hawthorn AFL legend Chris Langford, last year purchased the Como Centre on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in a $236.5 million deal.
The smaller Como complex includes offices, shops, a hotel and car park.