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Awabakal and Guringai native title claim from Maitland to Hornsby put on ice

14/09/2019

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‘Heartache’ after claim snuffed out RECOGNITION: The Awabakal and Guringai Aboriginal people had lodged a claim over an area stretching from Hornsby to Maitland.
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Queen Margaret of Lake Macquarie, who is one of the ancestors of the claim group.

The claim area.

TweetFacebookHeraldhe was “gutted” at the defeat.

“It’s been an absolute heartache going through the process,” Mr Frostsaid.

“All we ever wanted was to have recognition that our people, the Awabakal people, are the people of the area that we claimed.We never wanted to take anything away from anyone.

“If people knew that’s all it was, I don’t think they would be up in arms about it.”

Under legislationpassed in 1993, following Eddie Mabo’s historic courtvictory, Indigenous people granted native title often have the right to access and use land for a variety of purposes, including the right to hunt, fish, gather, camp, undertake ceremonies and use certain natural resources.

In a limited number ofcases, they can possess and occupy an area to the exclusion of all others.

Most people are unaffected by successful claims, however, because if land has already been granted by the state to another person, that person’s rights prevail.

Claim group member Kerrie Brauer was able to prove her ancestral links to Awabakal figures Queen Margaret and King Ned, of Lake Macquarie.

She said it was “very disappointing” that the claim had been withdrawn, but the state government’s recognition of the group’sancestral ties was a significant first step.

“It does give the chance for the younger generations to come up behind us if they want to continue the fight,” she said.“The state has indicated that they would like to continue talks outside the native title process.”

Shane Frost, Awabakal man

Ms Brauer said it was extremely difficult to prove that laws and customs had been upheld continuously over time when the very purpose of the early Aboriginal missions was to “disrupt that”.

“The Sydney and Newcastle areas were among the first to be colonised and you were told you can’t hunt, you can’t speak your language,” she said. “It’s a catch 22 scenario.”

Consisting only of direct descendants of the original Awabakal people, the claim group is separate and distinct from the Awabakal Aboriginal Local Land Council, based in Newcastle.

Members of the land council must also be Aboriginal but do not have to be a direct descendant of an Awabakal person.

The council also has a separate process for undertaking land claims.

“The materials that our ancestors have left, I have no greater say … over those sites than any other Aboriginal person,” said claim group member Peter Leven, who works in heritage.

“For me, it’s a personal connection to these items that I touch when I do my job …these are things that my direct ancestors have made.

“We actually said to the state, we’re not interested in the money or compensation …money isn’t going to fix what’s happened. Recognition will fix what’s happened.”

Mr Owens was originally a property lawyer but has devoted the last 20 years to assisting with native title claims, much of the time working pro bono.

He said it was “extraordinarily difficult” for Aboriginal peopleto meet the requirements of the Native Title Act in the areas that had been densely populated following white settlement.

“Numerous submissions have been made to various federal governments of both persuasions to soften or amend the provisions, because in some places, it’s nearly impossible to prove it,” he said. “They were exposed to the full blow torch of history.”

Mr Owens said that unlike in other states, NSW did not have any published standardsor criteria that had to be met for a native title claim to be successful.

“All we ever got from the state was that it didn’t meet the criteria,” he said. “They didn’t say how, what, why, when or where.

“With the Awabakal and Guringai people they were also denied access to federal government funding … they were completely and utterly by themselves. When they’re not receiving that funding, it’s very much David and Goliath.”​

Mr Frost said Aboriginal people were being encouraged to embark on claims with no idea how difficult, costly and lengthythe process would be.

“[It] chews you up and spits you out, in a way.”

Just got mail from your super fund? You should read it

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It’s the time of the year when annual statements from super funds for the year to June 30, 2017, are sent out. It you haven’t yet received your statement you should be receiving it soon.
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This year, more than any other, it’s important for fund members to check their statements.

That’s because there have been significant changes for up to 1 million fund members who have been shifted to another type of default option that’s very different to the option they were in.

All employer super payments already have to be going to a fund that is MySuper-compliant. But mid-2017 was the deadline by which all accumulated savings had to be moved and most funds switched their members well before the deadline.

MySuper-compliance applies to the default investment options and ensures a set of consumer safeguards for those fund members, the vast majority, who don’t choose their super fund.

One of those safeguards sees a welcome end of what was a fees rip-off. This was where a fee was charged for financial advice, despite the fund member never receiving any advice.

For not-for-profit funds, such as industry funds, which have never paid advice commissions, their standard default investment options, with the odd exception, have remained as their MySuper-compliant default options.

For the vast majority of industry fund members who are in their funds’ default options, nothing has changed.

But most retail funds, such as those run by the banks and insurers, have made life-stage or life-cycle options, which are MySuper compliant, their default options.

Up to 1 million members of mostly retail super funds been switched to this new type of investment option.

Some fund members will be with the options on the recommendation of their financial planner, where presumably the benefits will have been explained to them.

Many others will have been shifted without them having to do anything. They will have been notified by their funds, but they probably didn’t give too much thought to it at the time.

Life-cycle options are very different to the standard balanced options, which have a fairly static asset allocations and whose returns are easily comparable to each other.

With life-cycle options, fund members are grouped into cohorts depending on birth decade. The asset allocation is set aggressively when the age cohort is young and then becomes progressively more conservative as the cohort ages.

As most of these life-cycle options are new, there is little track record and the changing asset allocation makes them difficult, if not impossible, to compare to each other and to the standard default offerings.

I am not saying that life-cycle options are necessary bad, though I am sceptical about whether they are going to leave fund members better off than the standard balanced investment options.

While past performance is no guarantee of future performance, the standard balanced options do have a good record of meeting their performance objectives.

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Abbott allies go to ground, Labor lashes ‘loopy’ Lib following speech

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Labor, the Greens and climate change activists have rounded on Tony Abbott for a “loopy” London speech in which the former prime minister suggested temperature rises caused by climate change could be beneficial because “far more people die in cold snaps”.
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Political allies and friends of the former leader went to ground on Tuesday following the incendiary speech to the sceptic Global Warming Policy Forum, which is the latest in a series of dramatic interventions from Mr Abbott into the energy debate, including a recent warning that he could cross the floor rather than vote for a clean energy target.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The Coalition has effectively signalled it will not adopt a clean energy target and an alternative policy proposal, designed to ensure greater reliability in ‘s electricity networks and force down prices, could go to cabinet and then the Coalition party room as soon as next week.

In his speech, Mr Abbott also suggested the science of climate change was not settled, that 100 years of photography at Manly beach, in his Warringah electorate in Sydney, suggested sea levels had not risen and that, “environmentalism has managed to combine a post-socialist instinct for big government with a post-Christian nostalgia for making sacrifices in a good cause”.

“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods. We’re more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect,” he said.

Ben Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, said “there was nothing loopy in the speech whatsoever, it was very rational” and it was well-received by the 200-strong audience, which included ambassadors from central European countries and Japan, and a number of British MPs.

“I am not saying everything he said I agree with – but that’s the point,” he said.

The aim of the forum was to provide a “full spectrum of views” on climate and energy policy “and nowadays if you do that you are controversial,” he said, adding that he was glad the speech had generated a strong reaction because “that was the whole idea, I think”.

“Our aim is to offer people the ability to have a proper debate without all the noise and shouting”.

Mr Abbott had been invited to speak partly because “it’s unusual for a senior politician to speak frankly about these things,” Mr Peiser said. “They usually would say these things in private.”

The ABC’s London bureau chief Lisa Millar said on Twitter that her news team were “not allowed to hear [the] speech or report on it firsthand in London”, having been told it was a “non-media event” – despite parts of the speech being given to News Corp publications in advance. Guardian ‘s editor Bridie Jabour said on Twitter the Guardian was blocked from attending. Fairfax Media also sought attendance but Mr Abbott’s office said the speech was by invitation only and not open to the media.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said Mr Abbott had “left the realm of the merely destructive and entered the realm of the loopy. This is actually weird stuff – we know climate change is having an effect in as well. To be denying it in this way seems so bloody minded.”

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said the speech was an “extraordinary intervention” and that the former prime minister was “calling the policy shots” on the government’s move to walk away from the clean energy target.

Fairfax Media spoke to several Liberal MPs who count themselves as friends and conservative allies of Mr Abbott on Tuesday but none wished to speak on the record about the former prime minister’s intervention.

Those MPs welcomed the prospect of the government walking away from a clean energy target but dismissed suggestions that Mr Abbott had played a consequential role in arriving at this position.

Greens climate change spokesman Adam Bandt MP said the former Liberal leader was a “dangerous fool who could be simply ignored were it not for his ability to dictate Malcolm Turnbull’s climate policy”, while environmental groups such as the Climate Council said the speech was out of touch with reality.

Former British Labour leader Ed Miliband responded to the speech with a tweet that said: “I know Donald Trump has lowered the bar for idiocy but…..”

Mr Abbott has adopted a variety of positions on climate change in the past decade, including advocating a carbon tax and advocating a vote for Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme back in 2009 – before he reversed course and took the leadership from Malcolm Turnbull in the process – campaigning against Julia Gillard’s emissions trading scheme, signing up to the Paris Climate agreement and then suggesting that the deal was aspirational only.

Mr Abbott’s political ally Craig Kelly dismissed suggestions the former leader was angling for a return to the leadership and that Mr Turnbull would lead the party to the next election during an interview on Sky News.

He added, however, that you could “never say never” about such an unlikely political come back.

The Global Warming Policy Forum has published the text of the speech online and plans to upload a video.

Why I finally admitted I was powerless over alcohol

14/09/2019

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Three years ago I had hit my personal rock bottom, and was at a point where I was ready to take my own life. And yet here I stand, today, blessed to be three years into a life fully-recovered, healthy, and completely free from any desire to even touch alcohol.
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There are countless women who think there is no hope left.

Shanna is now determined to help others. Photo: saltkreative苏州夜场招聘

I feel mandated to be part of the message of hope that recovery and freedom can happen, and to help people see the truth of what alcoholism can look like – that it begins, for many of us, with a very unhealthy relationship with “wine o’clock”.

Many a work-day ended for me with a wine or two. Over time, for me, that “one harmless glass” of wine insidiously became one bottle, and then two.

For Shanna Whan, hitting rock bottom was the ‘best’ thing.

Suddenly – I was in my thirties – and I looked in the mirror to see that I was in the grip of a disease that nearly took my life.

The first thing people ask me is: “how did you get that way?”

It wasn’t like falling off a cliff and having a tragic accident. It wasn’t sudden. This thing took hold of my life when I was 18, and manifested over a period of more than twenty years. It began as a series of traumatic events and abusive relationships that happened when I was an extremely naïve young country girl.

I was simply not emotionally equipped to deal with what happened to me in that part of my life. But those things stole my youth and my hope and my future.

A few beers at a party helped me to find my courage socially as a young woman, because I was paranoid, ashamed, and scared. Alcohol was all around me in rural . In the country party scene where I grew up, it was the ‘done thing’ to binge at parties. It was a badge of honour to get as drunk as possible. This provided a terrific way for me to escape so much of what plagued me.

A pattern of alcohol entered my life. Over time, it remained with me as a way to either relax, get to sleep, shut down bad memories, or just to become the confident person people thought I was. I loved the freedom I thought alcohol was giving me.

I didn’t want to see the truth of the matter. That it was nothing but a façade that was taking over my life.

My twenties were basically a disaster.But somehow, in my thirties, I was fortunate enough to marry a truly wonderful man.

By my mid-thirties, I had begun trying (again and again) to get healthy and sort my life out. It was very apparent there was a problem with booze now. It proved to be almost impossible. But I still fought and struggled desperately with the concept that I was addicted. I could not, for the life of me, look the “A” word in the eye.

I didn’t drink every day. I didn’t drink DURING the day. I worked SO hard. I was successful. Surely I couldn’t be an alcoholic? If my husband or anyone suggested I was – I would become angry and offended.

When my husband and I tried and failed numerous times to start a family – and it became apparent we wouldn’t be able to – something inside of me broke. I was already broken – but the façade I had so carefully tried to maintain began to crumble.

The unfairness of this off the back of what had already been stolen from me as a young woman just undid me completely – and my drinking took on an entirely new level of destruction.

By my late thirties, I was frequently contemplating suicide. I felt like the worthlessness and fear and shame and grief had finally caught me. I was so trapped in self-pity and bitterness and grief that I couldn’t see hope anymore.

Hitting rock-bottom ended up being the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

Because one day, out of complete desperation – I tried one last time. One last thing. I picked up the phone, and I reached out to a recovery support person. For the first time in my life, I saw hope. I met somebody exactly like me. I stupidly had thought prior to this that I was the only person in my situation. Suddenly, everything changed.

This person educated me, and showed me the truth of what alcoholism looks like, acts like, and presents as. And it was nothing that I had imagined. I grabbed that small spark of hope, and I threw myself completely into the second chance I realised was there.

I stopped lying, pretending, and minimising the truth. I turned around for the first time and looked into the mirror and became 100 per cent honest for the first time in a long time. It’s a cliché for sure – but I admitted I was powerless over alcohol.

For the first time in my entire life, I said the “A” word.

I spoke the truth in front of my family, friends, and eventually everyone. I was an alcoholic.

And – again, it’s a cliché – but it was through the process of surrendering to the truth that I was able to become strong again. The fear I’d carried suddenly lost its power over me.

I worked harder than I had ever worked in my life. I did everything I could to follow the advice and suggestions from successfully recovered people that I could.

I believe that what happened to me then was a miracle. The desire for alcohol left me completely. I stopped thinking about it, wanting it, and needing it.

Three years later, I am completely recovered, healthy and well. It feels like I am finally being given the chance to live the life I was blessed with.

Given how heartbreakingly rare this is (most people fight the need for alcohol the rest of their lives) I made a decision, then and there, that I would use the freedom I had been given to help others.

What I now understand – especially in rural – is that the stigmas, judgement, and fearfulness surrounding this much-misunderstood hellish thing are rampant. We still live in a culture that embraces, celebrates, and revolves around booze. So, for anybody who’s headed for (or trapped in) an addictive or destructive cycle, seeking help becomes a seemingly mountainous impossibility.

I now try and help bridge that gap of understanding. Because people are dying from a preventable disease out here.

My entire aim is to help people understand that for those trapped in alcoholism, it has long progressed from a ‘choice’ to a full-blown addiction, and that the people trapped need to be educated and supported, not further condemned.

But it’s a complex and emotive topic, and I am the first to admit that when I was in the grip of alcoholism I was no longer myself. It is absolutely a monster that ruins people and families and lives.

But there is hope. And there is a way out.

Shanna is a guest on tonight’s episode ofInsightat 830pm on SBS, which explores why women over 40 are drinking more.

‘You end up behind a bar’: 22 graduates fighting for every job

14/09/2019

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Alicia Keir is in her final year of a teaching degree and expects that it will take about two years to find a full-time job once she graduates, but is worried it could take much longer.
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“I know people who go up to seven years without finding a permanent position,” said Ms Keir, 26, who is studying primary education at the University of Newcastle and lives in Sydney’s south-west.

“Each year, I’ve seen how many teaching graduates come through, it’s the luck of the draw whether a spot [in a school is] available.”

Across , about 22 university graduates are competing for every new graduate position and many will need to settle for low-paying entry roles “just to get their foot in the jobs market”, a new national report has found.

The competition for graduate jobs is the worst in South , with 46 recent university-leavers per new role, according to an analysis of nearly 140,000 job ads by market aggregator Adzuna.

This falls to 22 new graduates per role in Victoria and 20 graduates for every job in NSW. The Northern Territory has the least competition, with six new graduates per role.

Nationally, 130,105 people who recently left university with bachelor degrees are competing for 5783 advertised graduate positions, the report found, based on an analysis of the Department of Education’s university completion data and recent job advertisements.

Adzuna’s chief executive Raife Watson said that more than a third of advertised graduate jobs are in Sydney, but the chances of getting a role increase significantly outside major cities.

“Don’t be the 20 graduates applying for a job in Sydney, be the two people applying in Gunnedah,” Mr Watson said. “That’s the trick, be flexible in location.”

Ms Keir said she is passionate about teaching and working with children, but will start thinking about a career change if it takes too long to find a full-time job.

“I’d potentially go and study again, either further my education and maybe go into high school teaching or, in seven years, I might want to go into a completely differently industry,” Ms Keir said.

Mr Watson said that some fields, such as law and teaching, are much harder to find work in than others.

“It’s cheap for universities to churn out courses in certain areas, especially degrees outside the sciences with [fewer] contact hours and teachers,” Mr Watson said.

“With deregulation, there are more places and scores drop, but there just aren’t the jobs at the end of it, so you have a huge number of graduates who aren’t needed.

“You end up behind a bar or in some other job that’s unrelated to what you studied. You see a lot of law graduates going into sales or call centres.”

More than 7500 n students graduated with law degrees in 2015 but there are about 84 graduate law positions advertised nationally on Adzuna, which captures about 80 per cent of the overall job market.

This equates to about 90 new law graduates per available graduate position.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are nearly 700 graduate engineer positions being advertised and about 6000 students graduated with an engineering degree in 2015, equating to nearly nine graduates per role.

Mr Watson said more needs to be done by governments and businesses to address the gap between what people are studying and where jobs are available.

“We need to think about what’s really needed in education, the courses that we really need in the country,” he said.

“Why aren’t we pushing more people into [science, technology, maths and engineering] degrees?”

Lonely Planet reveals 10 nerve-wracking rocks

14/08/2019

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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.

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Make the most of your weekend with a little help from the Herald

14/08/2019

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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.
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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.

Gateshead TavernSunday,Twangsters.

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.

Madame(M)Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. (Lake Cinema)

National Theatre: Yerma(CTC) Ayoung woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone鈥檚 radical production of Lorca鈥檚 achingly powerful masterpiece. (Tower)

Rip Tide(G) When a damaging video of a modelgoes viral she departs for to spend time with her aunt.

Shopkins: World Vacation(G)When the Shoppies go on a vacation to London to meet Royal Crown Jules, Kooky Cookie gets caught up in a diamond heist and goes missing.

The Big Sick(M)Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. (Regal)

The Emoji Movie(G)A multi-expressional emojisets outto become a normal emoji.

The Lego Ninjago Movie(PG) Six ninjasare tasked with defending their island home, Ninjago.

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.

The Time of Their Lives(M)A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a friend to traveltoFrance for her ex-lover鈥檚 funeral. (Regal)

The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes(G)For the first time ever The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes is on the big screen.

Victoria and Abdul(PG) Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Hunter’s best young chefs compete for scholarship glory

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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.
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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.

Tomic facing Chinan Open wildcard

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Bernard Tomic may have to seek a wildcard into the 2018 n Open unless his ranking dramatically improves before the end of the year.
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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 touted as fuel of the future

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Hydrogen will transform the transport industry and could eventually replace natural gas, Arup’s environment and resources leader Mike Straughton says.
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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.