Pork chop thrown at paramedics in Darwin

A pork chop (not pictured) was thrown at paramedics. Photo: Penny Paramedics stopped to move a woman off the road when they were hit with a pork chop in Darwin. Photo: Christopher Knight
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A woman has been hit with a fine after two paramedics were hit with a half-eaten pork chop as they tried to convince her to stop sitting in the middle of the road.

It’s not clear why the 21-year-old was apparently eating the hunk of meat at 4.40am on an inner-city Darwin street but the pig projectile has been labelled a “waste of a pork chop”.

The paramedics were on their way back to the station from another job when they noticed the woman, apparently drunk, sitting in the road on Daly Street, to the north-east of the city centre.

St John’s Ambulance Northern Territory operations manager Craig Garraway said they stopped the car but the woman refused to budge.

The paramedics were calling police to help when something sailed through the window, hitting one in the face and the other in the arm.

“Now they didn’t know what had happened at the time,” Mr Garraway said.

“They turned the light on and realised she’d thrown a pork chop through the window and hit both of them and fell to the floor.”

Not wanting to hang around for any more hog-based assaults, the ambos rolled up the window and drove off, leaving police to deal with the “quite abusive” woman.

They arrived a short time afterward and fined the woman for disorderly behaviour in a public place, which reportedly carries a $472 penalty.

Both police and paramedics warned assaulting a public officer was a serious crime but in this case Mr Garraway said the officers found the incident “very amusing in the end”.

“They’re in good spirits and they think it’s quite funny,” he said.

“These things unfortunately happen quite regularly, not so much pork chops being thrown.”

The paramedics had no idea where the pork chop had come from but assumed the hungry reveller must have been chowing down as she took a break in the roadway.

“It was a waste of a pork chop, and I suppose the question is, where do you get a pork chop at four o’clock in the morning?” Mr Garraway said.

“And was it cooked I suppose is the next question, or was it raw?

“I can’t answer that question. I don’t think she’s won a meat tray earlier in the night.

“I suppose luckily for our officers she didn’t have a fork with her or a knife to eat it.”

Mr Garraway said unfortunately people regularly threw things at St John’s Ambulance officers, who are contracted to provide the state-run ambulance service in both the Top End and Western Australia.

Rocks and beer cans were most common but he said the list of projectiles extended to kangaroo tails and other weird items.

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Rugby league unites over sportsmanship behind Central Charlestown four-year-old boy’s first try

UNLIKE most things that becomeinternet famous, there isn’t avideo of IzacSoewarno’s first rugby league try.
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It’s in the scorebook, sure, and the momenthecarefullygroundedthe ballon a sodden Saturday in June will stayinthe memoriesofhis Central Charlestown under-6 teammates.

But none of thatmeant Izac’s first try would go viral.

The Hunter try that made rugby league smile  |  photos, video SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SPORTSMANSHIP: Izac Soewarno relives his try, scored for Central Charlestown following a sporting gesture by Cardiff. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookNo, the four-year-oldwith anoversized jersey and a smile totransport anyoneto the fields of their childhood hasfoundfame because of a Facebook post written by histeammate’s mum.

“I have a son who plays under 6s at Central Charlestown and I never ever write anything or make a comment on Facebook about an opposing team,” began Renee Ridgeway, in a post-game message to the opposing Cardiff Cougars.

“Towards the end of today’s game our little player Izac was passed the ball…there would have been at least 5 players who ‘pretended’ to tackle him and ran as slowly as they couldbeside him watching his first try.”

Ms Ridgeway’s accountleftIzac’s mum SarahSoewarno brimming with tears for her sonwho had startedthe season running the wrong way. Ithas since been shared onlineby Jarryd Hayne.

NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen –who would have givenplenty for a four-pointer at the right time in Wednesday night’s State of Origin loss – alsomessaged hiscongratulations.

Jade Porter, the Cardiff coach whose playersorchestrated Izac’s big moment, saidhetried to set upan oppositionplayer for a try almost every week.

“I saw this kid and told them, this is the day he scores a try,” Mr Porter said.

“No,I don’t think it would have happened when I was his age. But 100 per cent,it’s good for a kid’s confidence and it’s going to make him want to come back next year andplay the game of rugby league.”

Charlestowncoach Mat Toshack has already noticeda lift from his smallest player at training.

Izac’s try,reportedly scored from just inside hisown half,has brieflydominated the lives oftheBelmont NorthSoewarno family. Izachas, obliging various media,relived it dozens of times. A children’sclothing line has made approaches.

Andrew Blackwell, the Central Charlestown Facebookadministrator who first promoted the post, said it had reached more than 150,000 people by mid-week.

But even if Izac’s momenthad been confined totwo teams and their parents watching in the rain, hismum said she would have been happy.

“It was just beautiful to watch his teammates run over andgive him hugs,” MsSoewarno said.

“It made him feel special.”

Short Takes: Saturday, June 25, 2016

ITseems a bit rich for all these bleeding hearts to be whinging about the Baird government not giving out enough. They seem to forget 15 years of Bob Carr and what we got: half a bridge to Kooragang and a partial upgrade of Hillsborough Road. Now, you all expect miracles when you continually vote for the opposition. We had an opportunity to forge on when we had a lord mayor of substance and a couple of Liberal government ministers and Newcastle started to move on. You are lucky Baird gives Newcastle anything if this whinging continues. So stop bleating.
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Les Powell,CharlestownTHEY talk about the big hole left with the open-cut mines.Look up on Google the place Butchart Gardens, British Columbia. They changed that pit into a beautiful garden a million people visit every year. It would bring tourists to the Hunter.

George Tattersell,EleebanaI AGREE with Jeff McCloy’s observations (‘McCloy dubbed Trump of the Hunter’,Herald,23/6)that if developers are to be banned from funding elections then unions should also be banned. This is arguably correct. But then if the traditional sources of electoral funding were banned, how should elections be funded? The only viable solution would be tax-funded elections. This would minimise corruption such as identified by the ICAC’s Operation Spicer.

George Paris,RathminesSO the NSW government has balanced its budget, by selling income-generating assets. Question is: where will they find the income to spend in the future, now the assets are gone?

Joan Lambert,AdamstownNOW that the state government budget has been done and dusted we are left to pick up the crumbs. After all it’s only Newcastle and the Hunter. Thank you, MrBaird.

Daphne Hughes,KahibahREGARDING Eddie Maguire. There’s an old proverb. It’s best to stay silent, and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth, and remove all doubt.

David Davies,Blackalls ParkTHE POLLSHAVE you had your tyres slashed recently?

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Letters to the Editor: Saturday, June 25, 2016

WELCOMING: The way small towns in Alaska welcome cruise liners puts Newcastle to shame. These ships are stopped in Skagway, Alaska. Picture: Kris Kelly
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I HAVE just returned from Alaska and have seen first hand the wonderful cruise-liner ports, facilities and onshore tours available for up to six cruise liners docked at one time, with 2000 passengers each.

These small towns put Newcastle to shame.

Yes, their harbours are deeper but our cruise-liner terminal is embarrassing and we continue to miss out on showcasing Newcastle and the Hunter.

Surely it is our right to have some of the money from the sale of our port used to bring in big tourist dollars to our region’s economy to perhaps balance the downturn in coal.

The state budget has said $30 million from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund will be allocated to several large projects including the cruise terminal. It certainly wasn’t obvious how much and when for a new terminal.

What was obvious is that Newcastle continues to be ignored.

Our politicians should be aware that we the voting public in the Hunter are becoming increasingly disillusioned with both major parties. Not long now until the election.

Kris Kelly,MaryvilleHigh price of duplicationI LIKEN the Turnbull Liberal government’s NBN to the fiasco with the Tourle Street bridge.

In the 1970s, a NSW government with vision built a four-lane Stockton bridge.

The old two-lane Tourle Street bridge was replaced with a new two-lane bridge in 2009 instead of a four-lane bridge.

That turned out to be a disaster with traffic congestion.

The NSW government is now back duplicating the Tourle Street bridge at four times the cost.

“Do it once and do it right”I heard someone say last week.

Ron Hancock, StocktonLeaders can changeSO, where is Abbott? What have the Libs promised to keep him so quiet and so out of camera range?

Fascinating to hear Turnbull’s hearty statement that “his governmentwill not privatise Medicare”.

Maybe not, but with Abbott still ghosting around behind the scenes, Libs could be easily de-stabilised, yet again.

Any promises made by Turnbull about what his government would do could vanish in a puff of ecto-plasm.

Patricia Pears, CooranbongFears for MedicareMR Turnbull insists Medicare will “never ever”be privatised. Shades of, there will “never ever”be a GST.

Given the fact of Liberal cuts to hospital funding, attempts at introducing GP co-payments so doctors cannot bulk bill and scrapping of rebates on pathology services, I don’t believe him.

Irrespective of what Mathias Cormann says, I believethe Turnbull government has looked at new ways to deliver payments and believe outsourcing Medicare is the key.

The future of Medicare could be just one election away.Is this the legacy that you want to leave your children?

How can you put trust into hollow words given Mr Turnbull’s previous backtracking on policy.

Make no mistake; Mr Turnbull is simply treading water.

The wrath is yet to come.

If you are a pensioner, an Australian who values your family’s health care, are unemployed, or even if you are employed and value penalty rates because you work unsociable hours, a student, a member of the community concerned about increases to the GST, then you would be wise not to vote Liberal.

We need a government that is compassionate to the majority of Australians and not just a select few.

Think before you number any boxes.

Dennis Petrovic,RutherfordBoat brings back memoriesTHE Labor Party claim that Medicare will be privatised if theCoalition government is returned must be hitting home becauseout of the blue we have an asylum seeker boat sailing over the horizon towards our shores.

It has been threeyears since we havebeen told of such an event. Yes, I saw the footage on the news,but this particular boat did not look any different from one that was turned back three years ago.

Maybe it was the same footage used at that time, replayed over again.

Darryl Tuckwell,EleebanaRemember the circusREARDING Neil Pitt (Short Takes, 22/6):One would assume that you have been in some sort of induced coma over the last nine years.In 2007 when the ALP took over from the Coalition government the official federal budget was in a surplus of $10.8 billion.

At the end of 2013 after the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Gillard circus, the official federal budget was in a deficit of $23.5 billion, a spend-a-thon of some $44.3 billion.

What did they spend all of this on? Failed “Pink Batts” scheme, failed lap-top computers for every school child in Australia, failureto identify the correct installation method for the NBN etc, etc.

I am a person who opens both eyes when looking at the facts and all that I can see was a completed financial disaster during 2007 and 2013.

You may well say that the deficit has slipped even further during 2013-2016, I agree, however you must look at all of the underlying facts that contributed to the decline, starting with the mountainous interest repayments that the Coalition has had to contend with courtesy of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Gillard circus.

Neil Fletcher,West WallsendLETTERS commenting on election issues must bear the writer’s name and full address (only the suburb will be published). Responsibility for election comment in this issue is accepted by the editor, Heath Harrison,28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle. Writers should disclose any alliance with political or community organisations and include a phone number for verification. Election candidates should declare themselves as such when submitting letters.​

LETTER OF THE WEEKTHE Herald pen goes to Matthew Endacott for his letter about reviving city centres.

Hybrid barley a weed control tool

Syngenta technical manager for conventional genetics Kathryn Hearn with Syngenta growth awards winner Greg Giblett, Quirindi, NSW, and Syngenta northern EU marketing manager Mark Hall with a crop of hybrid barley at the recent Cereals event in Cambridgeshire, England.BRITISH farmers are increasingly looking at non chemical methods of controlling problem weeds, with uncertainty surrounding future registrations of key herbicides such as glyphosate.
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With this in mind options such as hybrid barley are becoming more and more popular as higher yielding varieties hit the market.

Syngenta reported strong interest in its new Hyvido Bazooka and Hyvido Belfry lines at last week’s Cereals field day, the premier arable farming event in the United Kingdom.

Hybrid barley, introduced to the UK in 2011, is being used as a tool in running down blackgrass seed numbers.

Blackgrass is the number one crop weed in the UK. It is a vigourous species with the ability to set large numbers of seed.

The winter barley crops are achieving great success in outcompeting blackgrass.

Syngenta technical manager of conventional genetics Kathryn Hearn said the hybrid vigour meant the crops got away strongly early after being planted.

“There is good early canopy closure which makes it difficult for weeds,” she said.

As hybrids, the barley varieties are only suitable for feed purposes, but Ms Hearn said farmers were saying the high yields would compensate for a lack of a malt premium.

Farmers in the UK are reporting high yields with hybrid barley lines.

Hybrid cereals are widely available in the UK, with barley recording better results in weed suppression than wheat in trials.

The two new Syngenta lines will have a strong fit in northern England, due to high levels of resistance to wet weather diseases.

Unusually for Australian growers, used to semi-dwarf varieties, the hybrid barleys are bred to be tall in order to smother blackgrass.

They are also six row varieties, virtually unknown in Australia, with all three spikes on the ear fertile.

The hybrid barleys are generally sown in September, relatively soon after the previous crop is harvested.

While Australian producers are familiar with growing hybrid canola lines, the hybrid cereal sector is far less developed. There have been hybrid wheat lines commercialised but they have failed to attract significant market share, due to the fact yield benefits are relatively modest in comparison to the additional costs.

· Gregor Heard travelled to the United Kingdom as a guest of Syngenta.

HD won’t go off-air in Channel Nine switch for regional viewers

Confident: Jack Bird is tackled by Aidan Guerra of the Maroons during game two of the State Of Origin series on Wednesday.The high-definition channel 9HD will be broadcast into Canberra, Wollongong, southern NSW, regional Victoria and regional Queensland from next Friday when Southern Cross Austereo switches over to showing Nine’s channels.
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The regional broadcaster said last week thatit would not be able to upgrade its transmission equipment in time for the July 1 switch, when itdrops its “Southern Cross Ten” branding and begins carrying Nine’s name and programs as rival WIN swaps to showing Network Ten content.

Ordering, importing, installing and testing of new HD equipment was expected to keep 9HD off-air until mid-August, Southern Cross Austereo said.

The delay was a blow to regional viewers, especially fans of live sport such asrugbyleague,and risked taking the gloss off the historic expansion of the famous Nine brand beyond Australia’s capital cities.

But Southern Cross Austereo confirmed on Thursday that it had scrambled with the help of technology supplier Cisco to make the 9HD channel available on channel 50 on remote controls.

“Recognising how much our viewers value the quality of high definition, our technical staff have been working tirelessly to get HD to air as quickly as possible,” the network’s head of regional media RickLenarcicsaid.

“From day one, when we start broadcasting Nine programs in standard definition on channel 5 on the remote control, we will also be broadcasting 9HD on channel 50,” he said.

“The third State of Origin on Wednesday July 13 will be in HD. In addition, in Queensland and NSW, all NRL season games on Nine, starting with the Storm versus the Broncos on July 1, will be in HD.”

While the 9HD service – launched by WINin regionalmarketsinMarch – will not be interrupted by Friday’schanging channels, the lifestyle channel 9Life is not expected to be available until mid-August.

From next Friday, the Nine, Gem and GO! channels, and such programs asThe Voice, Love Childand60 Minutes,will move from WIN channels 8 and 80 to 84 on viewers’ remote controls to channels 5 and 50 to 54.

WIN’s channels willchangetocarrying such Ten programming asMasterchef, The ProjectandFamily Feud.WIN will relay Ten’s primary channel on 8, Ten’s HD channel on 80, ONE on 81 and Eleven on 82.

Shark attack victim Lisa Mondy joins Eat Like A Monster

On Song: Lisa Mondy with her bandmates in Eat Like A Monster.
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Lisa Mondy is a musician who survived a great white shark attack. Being ina bandnamed Eat Like A Monster, then, seemsquite fitting.

The attack happened in 2011, while Lisa was swimming at Jimmys Beach in Port Stephens.She came off a wakeboard and was swimming back to the board when the shark struck.

Music helps Lisa Mondy deal with the demons of a shark attack.

“I was in the water face down swimming, it came straight up from underneath,” she said.

“It had my whole head, face and arm in its mouth at the same time, then it breached out of the water with me.

“It’s ridiculous that I’m still here.”

But she is here and we’re happy for that.“Me too,” she said, with a laugh.

The band, which also includes Dan Power and Adam Barnett, is starting to play gigs around Newcastle.

In the band’s bio, posted on sites like Triple J and Soundcloud, the boys said that – in their quest for sound –they stumbled across “a damsel in distress held by the jaws of a monster from the deep”.

Lisa said the band definitely saved her from “the emotional demons of dealing with what happened with the shark”.

She faced those same demons with a performance on theTV show XFactor last September.

Lisa suffered extensive injuries in the attack, requiring 16 hours of surgery and a massive number of stitches.

The injuries left her unable to play guitar.

“That was pretty heartbreaking,” she said.

Before X Factor, she hadn’t been confident to sing in a band without her guitar.

“Getting back into singing again is helping me put things back together.Music has been the biggest part of healing for me,” she said.

The band has recorded a single and will head back to the studio in a couple of weeks.

Lisa’sroad to recovery has been long and hard, but she has kept her sense of humour.

“I have a couple of chips out of my jawbone from the shark’s teeth, which is pretty cool,” she said.

Treasured BookTopics reported last Saturday on an old book called Newcastle 150 Years.The book covered the years from 1797 to 1947.

We’d published a picture from the book of an old tram running down Hunter Street.Pam Webber said she too had a copy of the book.

“In 1947, Swansea public school committee held an athletics carnival as part of the [anniversary] celebrations,” she said.

She was given the book as a prize for winning a 40-yard race for 8-year-olds.

“I must have treasured the book to keep it all those years,” she said.

The book was “probably the first thing I had ever won”.

“Around the same time, all the schools in the district participated in a wool dance for the junior students,” she said, adding that a“wheat dance” was held for seniors at a Newcastle sports ground.

“I don’t know whether it was to do with the anniversary or not – maybe some reader may remember.”

Them Were The DaysHere at Topics, we like to reminisce about the good old days.So does reader Trish, of Medowie.

“I grew up on a farm in south-western NSW. We had no electricity or even a generator,” she said.

“Our fridge and lights all ran on kerosene. We kids had to fill them up after school every day. I seem to remember it took two or three beer bottles of kerosene to fill the fridge.

“I remember when Mum won some money in the lottery and bought a washing machine.”

Her mum would kickstart the machine, which was powered by a petrol engine.

“The noise and fumes would drive us out of the laundry and the machine would bounce across the floor.

“It only washed the clothes. Mum still had to manually put them through a ringer, before hanging them on the line.But it was a big step up from the copper over an open fire in the backyard.

“Needless to say, we also had an outdoor long-drop loo, a wood stove for cooking and a huge open fireplace for heating.In the summer we slept outdoors to keep cool.

“We grew up on a diet of mutton, poultry, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables, all home grown – and we are all still healthy.”

THEATRE PREVIEW: Cinderella, Lady Macbeth

VILLAINS: Living with Lady Macbeth is about a girl who auditions for a role in a school play and the girls who are always sneering at her.TWO of literature’s classic female characters, Cinderella and Lady Macbeth, are on stage at Maitland in the school holidays, in shows with appeal for adults and children alike.
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Maitland Repertory Theatre is staging American playwright Michele Vacca’s adaptation of Cinderella, which has characters with names such as the Duchess of Dullsomore and Dancing Duncan attending the royal ball.

And Upstage Youth Theatre is presenting English writer Rob John’s Living with Lady Macbeth, in which a reticent teenage girl decides to audition for the role of the title character’s determined wife in a school production of Macbeth.

Cinderella opens at Maitland Repertory Theatre, in High Street, opposite the Town Hall, on July 8, and has weekend performances until July 24.​ Living with Lady Macbeth has shows nightly from July 6 to 9, at the Upstage Studio, 317 High Street.

The productions give young actors the chance to appear in acclaimed plays.

While Michele Vacca stuck close to the Cinderella story in her adaptation, she added some interesting features.

Ugly sisters Tanya Keen, 17, of Maitland and Luke Barker, 15, of Fassifern, andLadies Lauren Bevan, 13, of Maitland and Charlie Short, 12, of Maitland during rehearsals for Cinderella.

The prince, for example, is part of the team delivering invitations to the ball that is intended to find him a bride, and he is attracted to Cinderella when he sees her tending rose bushes in the family garden. When she comes to the ball, in elegant clothes with a white rose attached to her gown, he is sure he has seen her before, but her flight as the clock strikes midnight prevents him from questioning her.

Director Leilani Boughton says the show is vibrant and colourful. She is showing the timelessness of the story by having the characters wear a mix of clothing from the 1780s and the 1920s, with background music from the latter period used in the ballroom and other scenes.

Ann Croger, who co-directs Living with Lady Macbeth with Jess Rose, says that as the play includes characters and scenes from Macbeth it is a good introduction to Shakespeare’s works.

And while Lily, the girl seeking to play Lady Macbeth, is viewed by her mother, best friend, and boyfriend as being moderate, and by a sporty quintet of female classmates as dull, she shows passion in regards to the auditions – and is seen, in her imagination, with Macbeth characters, including its three witches.

Cinderella runs for 1 hour 45 minutes, including an interval. It has performances on Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, plus a 7.30pm Saturday show on July 16. Tickets: $17. Bookings: 4931 2800; maitlandreptheatre上海龙凤419.Living with Lady Macbeth runs for an hour, with no interval. It plays nightly at 7.30pm. The venue has no seats, so patrons are asked to bring cushions and rugs or, if needed,a chair. Tickets: $15. Bookings: trybooking上海龙凤419m/204188.

Canberra weather: East coast freeze brings snow and hail

About 35 centimetres fell across the four resorts areas of Perisher on Friday. Photo: Perisher Perisher recorded a massive dump of snow on Thursday night. Photo: Perisher
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The snowfall has been the largest of the season so far. Photo: Perisher

Louise Debenhan and her children Jessica and Oliver play in the snow at Thredbo. Photo: Aedan O’Donnell

Over 40cms of fresh snow has fallen up top of Shannon Reynolds, Maddie Day and Tully examine the snow at Thredbo Photo: Aedan O’Donnell

Over 40cms of fresh snow has fallen up top of Thredbo Resort in the last 24 hours. Photo: Aedan O’Donnell

Up to 40 centimetres of snow has fallen at the mountain snowfields south of Canberra as a cold front bites across south-eastern NSW and the ACT.

It dropped to -2 degrees at 7.30am on Saturday and had reached only 6 degrees by 10am, while heading for an expected top of 10 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. That comes after the daytime temperature peaked at just 8.1 degrees on Friday.

Sunday is not expected to be any warmer. The minimum is tipped to drop to -3 degrees, with another forecast maximum of 10 degrees. It is unlikely to rain on either day of the weekend. Snow on the mountains surrounding Canberra. pic.twitter上海龙凤419m/z1voR082VC— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) June 24, 2016

While Canberrans were bracing for possible hail on Friday, ski bunnies to the south were lacing up their snow boots ready to hit the slopes at the Thredbo and Perisher resorts, which were blanketed with the first big snowfall of the season on Thursday night through to Friday morning.

Perisher recorded 35 centimetres of snow, while Thredbo received 40 centimetres up the top and up to 10 centimetres in the village.

Standing in Thredbo village, snow forecaster Reggae Ellis said: “At the moment I’m seeing big snowflakes falling out of the sky. It’s been snowing hard for the past hour and it’s looking pretty nice down here.

“We had a couple of smaller snowfalls about a month ago, 10, 20 centimetres but this one started the other day and it’s just improved. The forecast has been right on track and at the moment it looks amazing out here, it’s a full on, beautiful, big dumping snow storm. It’s a bit unreal.”

But while Canberra itself won’t see any of the white, fluffy stuff, there is a chance of a massive frost on Saturday and Sunday, Jordan Notara of the Bureau of Meteorology said.

“The expectation is around three to six millimetres of showers over the Canberra city itself, to the ranges to the west we are expecting some potential snow to be falling in the late evening. It wouldn’t be very high totals, maybe around a maximum of five centimetres in that area,” Mr Notara said.

“Canberra itself really shouldn’t be expecting any snow itself, but Saturday morning will be a very cold, frosty morning with good widespread areas of frost. Minus 2 is the minimum temperature expectation and the frost should form quite early so road conditions may get quite slippery as well if we have water freezing quite quickly on those roads.”

If you are headed down to the snowfields this weekend, Reggae Ellis at Thredbo warned the roads are expected to be pretty icy.

“It’s going to be pretty slick on the roads, they’re going to clear it today but there are snow showers continuing off and on through to Monday apparently and then maybe more snow around June 30 and 31,” he said.

More than 100 snow guns fired up at Thredbo overnight, with the Cruiser Area and High Noon expected to make their seasonal debut on Saturday.

“The mountain departments are going to be working pretty hard to get more lifts open, Perisher is talking about opening Blue Cow on Saturday but with this snowfall, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more lifts open. The Cruiser chair in Thredbo is opening up on Saturday, Charlotte’s open, Selwyn’s got snow so all of the resorts will be having lifts open so it’s going to be pretty good,” Mr Ellis said.

Things to do in Macau: A three-minute guide

Dried food on sale in Macau. Photo: iStockWHY
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China’s special administrative region of Macau is a lively mixture of old and new, from the colonial and old Chinese architecture of the historic centre, to the bright lights big city vibe of Cotai. It’s like Singapore got drunk partying with the Portuguese Tourist Board in Las Vegas and these 30 square kilometres were the result. There are casinos of course – that’s why 21 million mainland Chinese come here to gamble each year – but there are fascinating layers of history, too. It’s also going to get easier to access once the bridge from Hong Kong opens at the end of 2017. VISIT 

If casinos are your thing then the reclaimed island of Cotai is the place to go. This faux Las Vegas already boasts a copy of the Vegas Venetian (and, at the time of writing, a half-built Eiffel Tower replica a la Paris Las Vegas) and it’s only going to get bigger. For more cultural fare head to the historic centre of Macau, which was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005, and check out the streets around Senado Square and the ruins of St Paul’s. There’s some good eating and drinking around here. EAT

Thanks to its history as a Portuguese colony, Macau’s cuisine is Portuguese, Chinese and Macanese, a wonderful mash-up of both. This means African chicken, the famous custard egg tarts, samosas, pork chop buns, pork-and-olive fried rice and all manner of hotpots. Some of the best Portuguese tarts are to be found at Lord Stow’s original bakery at 1 Rua da Tassara, Coloane (lordstow上海龙凤419m). Try Litoral on Rua do Almirante Sergio (restaurante-litoral上海龙凤419m) for Macanese, and Antonio’s (www.antoniomacau上海龙凤419m)  in Taipa village for authentic Portuguese such as salty, smoky pork sausage flamed in brandy and clams in a white wine sauce. LOOK

The Museum of Macau (macaumuseum.gov.mo) is housed in the old fortress, built between 1617 and 1626 on the 52-metre Mount Hill, just near the ruined facade of St Paul’s. It explains the history of Macau with some fascinating artefacts and hands-on exhibits. There is a pretty park at the top with panoramic views over the city. If bungy jumping floats your boat take a trip up the Macau Tower (macautower上海龙凤419m.mo) and leap off. Or you could just admire the outlook. MUST

The Zen-like relaxed atmosphere at the 16th century A-Ma Temple is so thick you could cut it with a knife, especially when the incense sticks are going full blast. Take time to watch and wander and gradually make your way up to the viewpoint where a small statue of the goddess of the sea sits keeping an eye on the nearby waters. Popular with locals and tourists alike. SLEEP

Thanks to the casino district there are plenty of reasonably priced hotel rooms available mid-week – things get a little more expensive on the weekends when the big influx of gamblers arrives from China. The Sheraton Macao Hotel in Cotai (sheratonmacao上海龙凤419m) has rooms from about $220, for instance. For something a little more boutique and a lot more characterful there’s the Poussada de Sao Tiago (saotiago上海龙凤419m.mo) which has only 12 suites in a 17th century fort. TIP

Take time to visit the more outlying areas such as Coloane, the southernmost district and a leafy seaside oasis that could easily pass for the Mediterranean. Book a table if you can at Miramar, a Portuguese restaurant right on the edge of a beach.

The writer was a guest of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourism Office and Cathay Pacific.