Western Sydney Wanderers may play Asian Champions League ties away from Pirtek Stadium

Western Sydney Wanderers may have to apply for special exemption from the Asian Football Confederation to play their Asian Champions League games at Pirtek Stadium this season, with the venue undergoing renovations that may deem it ineligible to hold games.
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According to the strict AFC stadium regulations, Pirtek Stadium may be ruled out from hosting matches during the group stage, with facilities for players, referees and other officials falling well short of requirements as a result of the construction. 

A temporary dressing room, referees room and venue offices are in place with demountables attached near a pile of rubble that was once change rooms which had direct access to the playing field. Under AFC Stadia regulations, venues must have change rooms with showers, toilets, air conditioning and a “direct, private and protected access for the teams from their dressing rooms to the playing area and ensure their safe arrival at/departure from the Stadia” .

The owner of the stadium, the NSW government, said the first stage of the redevelopment of Pirtek Stadium will not be completed until May, which could force Western Sydney Wanderers to play their three continental group games at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. The scheduled construction period for the works occurs throughout the entire duration of the 2015 ACL group stage, which runs from February 25 until May 5.

The AFC confirmed the Wanderers have not reported the state of their venue or renovations despite listing Pirtek Stadium as their preferred home for the tournament in information submitted to the confederation. AFC officials told Fairfax Media they may request a renovation report for the venue and, pending their decision, could force the Wanderers to move their group games to another venue, including the already approved ANZ Stadium.

Fairfax Media understands the Western Sydney hierarchy held discussions with ANZ Stadium over the possibility of playing their Asian Champions League games at the 83,000 capacity venue, which will allow for more fans to attend games than the 21,000 capacity Pirtek Stadium. It is expected their group stage match against continental rivals Guangzhou Evergrande will attract significant interest. It is understood both stadium officials and the Wanderers are trying to work around a potential clash of dates for the match against Guangzhou. Western Sydney held discussions with ANZ Stadium over staging the third Sydney A-League derby next season, which could provide both the Wanderers and Sydney FC with a share of the gate.

The decision to play a Sydney derby at the largest venue in the city was prompted first by the FFA before involving the Wanderers. Last November, FFA chief executive David Gallop told Fairfax Media; “If we’re leaving people outside the stadium or they are unable to get a ticket, then we need to be looking at making sure they can see the game and maximise the potential that the game creates. Subject to their contractual commitments, the [Wanderers] are also keen to explore those options. It’s certainly something we need to explore and make sure that both club’s financial positions are protected. ANZ obviously has the capacity to allow more fans to see the games and is something we are keen to look carefully at.”

The Wanderers have denied they are looking to move any games to ANZ Stadium. “The Western Sydney Wanderers have no plans and [are] not negotiating with ANZ Stadium to move fixtures to the venue. The Western Sydney Wanderers club and management have long maintained that our home ground is Pirtek Stadium for both Hyundai A-League and AFC Champions League matches,” the statement read.

WEEKEND PLANNER: January 23 – 26, 2015

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Australia Day Warm-Up Sunday. Get ready for the big day at the Metropolitan Hotel in Maitland, who are putting on three great acts (Just Jez, Brace for Whiplash and Yellow Feather Dogs) from noon to 6pm. Includes a sausage sizzle. $5.

Kids Art Maitland Saturday and Sunday. Continuing its month of free art activities, Maitland Regional Art Gallery presents, on Saturday, Cardboard City from 11am to 1pm, and kids sketch club (12 and over) from 2pm to 4pm. On Sunday, take part in art activities related to current exhibitions from 11am to 1pm or take a guided tour (bookings required) from 3pm to 4pm. High Street, Maitland. 4943 9859.

LAMBunctious Weekend Saturday and Sunday. To prepare for Australia Day, Murray’s is putting on a free concert from noon, and presenting food like the Aussie-themed LAMB-bourghini pale ale and lamb pizza. Thong-throwing competition from 3pm. Murray’s Brewery, Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm. Entry free. Bookings required: 4982 6411.

LAMBunctious WeekendSaturday and Sunday. To prepare for Australia Day, Murray’s is putting on a free concert from noon, and presenting food like the Aussie-themed LAMB-bourghini pale ale and lamb pizza. Thong-throwing competition from 3pm. Murray’s Brewery, Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm. Entry free. Bookings required: 4982 6411.

Walka Mini Railway Sunday. Take a 20-minute journey through Walka Reserve on miniature trains, passing through bushland and alongside a scenic lake. Covered footwear required. Walka Water Works, Scobies Lane, Oakhampton. From 11am. $3.

Hang out at Merewether Surf Club on Australia Day.

Breakfast with the Birds Sunday. As part of this guided tour, see the diverse flora and fauna found in Hunter wetlands and watch the feeding of the birds. Hunter Wetlands Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland. 8am. $30. Bookings on 4951 6466.


Newcastle Juggling Convention Showcase Saturday. Jugglers from throughout Australia show their skills in a public show at this year’s convention. Circus Avalon Big Top, at Newcastle Police Citizens Youth Club, Broadmeadow. 6pm. trybooking上海龙凤419m.


Maitland Park Thanks to Maitland Mutual, enjoy free breakfast from 7.30am, free face painting, amusement rides and entertainment from 9am to 3pm, and free entry to Maitland Pool. Charity Movie Newcastle Gilbert and Sullivan Society will perform at Regal Cinema, Birmingham Gardens, before a free screening of Australian film Red Dog, to raise money for mental health charity Lifeline. Donations welcome. Shows 3pm and 6.30pm.

Honeysuckle Markets Experience live music, circus workshops, face painting, roving entertainment, international dance performances and multicultural BBQ from 10am to 4pm. Workshop Way, Honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle Hotel As well as playing the Triple J Hottest 100 all day, the hotel also offers face painting, a thong-throwing competition and unbeatable harbour views. 49291499.

Merewether Celebrate the day in style on the top floor of Merewether Surfhouse, who are putting on $5 beer, cider and sausage sandwiches. If sweeping views over the water weren’t enough, they’re playing the Hottest 100 countdown all day.

See Reese Witherspoon in Wild.

The Grain Store Count down the top 100 Australian beers and ciders of 2014 and enjoy a special Aussie-themed menu.

Maryville Tavern Drink specials from $5 and a free barbecue.

Lake Macquarie Festival Starting at noon with a flag-raising The Festival will start at noon with a flag raising ceremony, movie Satellite Boy on a big screen, and continue with market stalls, free kids’ activities, local entertainment and the annual Scouts Canoe Race. Fireworks at 9pm. Speers Point Park.


Back to Back Galleries Simpatico, the work of Ruth Chapman and Ros Elkin, to February 8.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Wild Side: The Animal In Art, to February 1; Animal Sanctuary, to February 1; A Tribute: Uncle Jim Ridgeway, to February 1.

Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library Soccer, to March 6. Nikon Walkley: Photography Exhibition, opens January 26, to March 7.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Archibald Prize Regional tour, to February 22; Jim Cooper: My family, the album and their animals, to February 8; Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collection, to February 1.

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize, $50,000 prize for figurative and portrait painting, to January 25; Beards, Mos & Bros, a celebration of the hirsute in art, to January 25; Like Us, Patricia Piccinini, to February 22.

Newcastle Art Space 15 in 15: annual fundraiser and Deposition by Wayne Macartney, to February 8.

Timeless Textiles Anne Leon: Botanical Ephemera, to February15.

Visit the Newcastle Farmers markets.


Maitland Harvest Saturday, 8am to 11am. Maitland Showground.

Newcastle Farmers Sunday, 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground. Also Wednesday, 2.30pm to 9pm.

Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm. Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea.

Vietnam Veterans Sunday, 7am to 1pm. Wickham Park Islington.

Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Speers Point Park.



Still Alice (M) When renowned linguistics professor Alice starts to forget words, she receives a devastating diagnosis that tests her family bonds. Stars Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth. (Tower)


American Sniper (MA15+) A biographical war drama based on the life of Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), who served four tours in Iraq and became the most lethal sniper in US Military history. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

The Wedding Ringer (MA15+) Two weeks away from his wedding, socially-awkward groom Doug hires a best man and seven wacky groomsmen to pretend to be his friends – but the scheme doesn’t exactly go to plan.

You can still see the Kilgour Prize entrants at Newcastle Art Gallery.


Alexander And The Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (PG) Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses. Stars Jennifer Garner.

Annie (PG) It’s been a hard knock life for Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) since she was left as a baby with a mean foster mother (Cameron Diaz). But her luck starts to change in this story, set in 2014, when she meets tycoon Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx).

Big Hero 6 (PG) A special bond develops between inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Birdman (MA15+) In a ploy to revive his declining career, actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) puts on a Broadway show. But, things don’t go to plan when his castmate is injured. Stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts.

Dumb And Dumber To (M) Twenty years after the original film, Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) are back for another adventure: finding Harry’s teen daughter.

Finding Vivian Maier (PG) The life of street photographer Vivian Maier, whose thousands of pictures were unearthed by a historian at an auction, is explored through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with those who knew her. (Regal)

The Grand Seduction (M) To survive, a dying Canadian fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary. Trouble is, they are terrible liars. Remake of French-Canadian hit comedy, Seducing Doctor Lewis. (Regal)

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (M) The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but can Bilbo and the dwarfs reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

The Imitation Game (M) British mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) tries to crack the Enigma code, which the Germans use to encrypt their communications, during WWII. Also stars Keira Knightley.

Into The Woods (PG) A childless couple (James Corden and Emily Blunt) venture into a magical forest to collect items from famous fairytale characters after they’re cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep). Also stars Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine.

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (M) When John Lennon arrives in the Spanish city of Almeria to shoot a film, English teacher Antonio travels to meet his hero. On the way he is joined by two runaways, and together they journey across the the sun-drenched Spanish countryside. Part of the Six Summer Flicks Festival. (Tower)

Mr Turner (M) Explores the final 25 years of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner, as he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, and claims a spot as a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts. (Avoca)

Catch Liam Neeson in Taken 3.

My Old Lady (M) When an American man (Kevin Kline) inherits an apartment in Paris, it comes with an unexpected resident (Maggie Smith). (Regal)

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (PG) Museum security guard Larry (Ben Stiller) travels the globe to unite favourite characters (including the late Robin Williams, in one of his last films) in an epic quest to save museum magic.

Of Mice And Men This landmark Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit. Filmed by National Theatre Live, it stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards. (Avoca Beach)

Paddington (G) The Brown family take in Paddington, a polite young bear from Peru who travels to London in search of a home and a family. Based on the famous books by Michael Bond.

Paper Planes (G) In this uplifting Australian film, a young boy enlists the help of his family to train and compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Penguins Of Madagascar (G) After their starring role in Madagascar, penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with an undercover organisation to help save the world. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Werner Herzog.

Pride (M) During the lengthy miners’ strike in the summer of 1984, Gay and Lesbian activists from London begin a campaign of solidarity to raise money for a struggling Welsh town. (Regal)

St Vincent (M) A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the gambling, alcoholic veteran (Bill Murray) who lives next door. (Regal)

Taken 3 (M) In the final instalment to this cult revenge trilogy, ex-government agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) must use his unique set of skills to exonerate himself when he’s falsely accused of murder.

Unbroken (M) Based on the true story of US Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived a WWII plane crash, drifted in a raft for more than a month, then was captured by Japanese soldiers and made a Prisoner of War. Directed by Angelina Jolie.

The Water Diviner (M) Four years after his sons are reported missing in action in Gallipoli, Australian farmer Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover their fate.

Wild(MA15+) After several turbulent years in her life, including a divorce and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, one of America’s longest and toughest, despite having no outdoors experience. Based on a true story. (Tower; Event Glendale)


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, DJ Jonathan.

Absolute Thai Saturday, Dynamite.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Slam Tango. Sunday, Dean Dee.

Argyle House Saturday, Stavros3000.

Bar 121 Saturday, Rubber Bullet.

Bar Petite Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Crocq.

Beauford Hotel Saturday, Grayson.

Belmont 16 Footers Saturday, The Cruisers. Sunday, Franky & Johnny.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sun Hill Drive.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Rock Oz.

The Bradford Saturday, Liz Aday. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Helm, Glass Oceans, Self Is A Seed.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, GenX. Sunday, Rock Oz.

Catho Pub Sunday, Marriah.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Cessnock Rugby League Supporters Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Club Kotara Saturday, Mark Wells.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Troy. Sunday, Michael Mills.

Club Maitland City Sunday, James Chatburn.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Pete Sneddon.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Loko.

Cricketers Arms Saturday, James Naldo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Matt Mclaren.

Customs House Hotel Saturday, Matteo. Sunday, Ben Travis.

D’albora Marina Saturday, Ben Travis, Kim. Sunday, Chris Phillips.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Todd Stewart Duo.

Dora Creek Workers Club Sunday, Bec Willis.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

East’s Leisure And Golf Saturday, Shazza’s Karaoke.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Flying Mare. Sunday, Emile.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Deborah Sinclair.

Entrance Leagues Club Saturday, Dr Love.

Finnegans Hotel Saturday, Misbehave, Resident DJs.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Izzy And Leeroy.

George Tavern Saturday, AdzDrumz.

The Grain Store Saturday, Scotty Gelzinnis with Harry Gelzinnis. Sunday, JJ King.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, The Junes. Sunday, The Aussie Beef Week Show.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, GenR8.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Live It Up Karaoke. Sunday, Jen Buxton, New Original Artists.

Plenty of weekend fun at the The Grand Junction Hotel.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Kylie Jane Trio.

Hotel Delany Saturday, 4 Letter Word. Sunday, Sean Andrews.

Hotel Jesmond Saturday, Phonic Duo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Code Red, The Rub. Sunday, Finn.

King Street Hotel Saturday, SCNDL. Sunday, Laneway Party: Jaytee, K-Rock, Sam Idols, DJ RPM.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Saturday, Karaoke.

Lambton Park Hotel Sunday, Celebrate the Australia Day Weekend with Jake Folbigg.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The Hedonists, Sicaria.

Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde.

Long Jetty Hotel Saturday, Kirsty Larkin. Sunday, Open Mic Day With Kate Keighran.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, DV8.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Freetones Duo. Sunday, Damien.

Mattara Hotel Saturday, Showtime Disco & Karaoke.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, Just Jez, Brace For Whiplash, Yellow Feather Dogs.

Moonshadow Cruises Nelson Bay Saturday, Edie Love.

Museum Hotel Saturday, White Room.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, The Ride Ons.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, All In Good Fun Karaoke. Sunday, All In Good Fun Karaoke.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Zane Penn Duo.

The Newcastle Club Saturday, Marissa Lee.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, The Bad & The Ugly.

Oriental Hotel Saturday, Graeme Mills. Sunday, Graeme Mills.

Pearl Beach Cafe Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Pedens At Cessnock Saturday, Tres Hombres.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Hey Poncho. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Ian Henry.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Frets With Benefits. Sunday, The Years.

Prince Of Wales Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Sleepers.

Queens Wharf Hotel (The Brewery) Saturday, Katrina Burgoyne, DJ Sean Michael. Sunday, Jason Bone, Jon-T.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Michael Mills.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, John Larder.

Regal Kurri Hotel Saturday, Secret Society.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, You’re The Star Karaoke. Sunday, Live Music.

Royal Federal Hotel Saturday, The Nick Raschke Duo.

Royal Hotel Denman Sunday, Loose Change.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, James Naldo.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Salamander Shores Saturday, Sundays Record.

Casey Dellacqua off-key as teenager calls shots

OUTPLAYED: Casey Dellacqua during her second-round exit to Madison Keys on Thursday. Picture: Getty ImagesA PHILOSOPHICAL Casey Dellacqua is moving on after big-hitting Madison Keys dashed her hopes of another charge to the second week of the Australian Open.
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The 29th seed crashed to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 second-round defeat at Melbourne Park on Thursday and admitted she had little say in the matter.

“The game’s always on Madison’s racquet,” Dellacqua said, rating the exciting American teenager’s groundstrokes as powerful as anyone on tour.

Dellacqua was on track after winning the opening set before the match turned in a twinkling early in the second.

Serving at game point in the second game of the set, Dellacqua watched on in dismay as a fluky backhand return flick from Keys landed in at a ridiculous angle for a winner.

Keys went on to win the game before finding her range with her deadly groundstrokes and going on to dominate.

One of the brightest young stars in women’s tennis, the 19-year-old world No.37 won 11 of the last 13 games to march into the third round in 87 minutes.

“She’s certainly a quality player. So I was very aware that her level was going to improve,” Dellacqua said.

“Few tough games early in that second which kind of went her way. But that definitely changed the momentum.

“Then once she got confident and once she got swinging, she’s pretty much top-10 material I would say.”

Dellacqua reached the fourth round for the second time last year and will take a rankings hit after her early exit. But the 29-year-old was not overly perturbed, promising to continue to work hard and improve.

“I mean, I’m obviously disappointed. You always want to win in Australia and you always want to continue to stay in the tournament as long as you can,” she said.

“But it’s early in the season. Last year I played a lot of really good girls week in, week out. That’s what I want.

“I had that last year. This year I’m going to get those opportunities, which will be great for me.”

Ajla Tomljanovic’s fleeting grand slam run as an Australian is also over.

The Zagreb-born, Florida-raised, Brisbane-based import bowed out of the Open earlier on Thursday with 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) second-round loss to American Varvara Lepchenko.

Tomljanovic was blown off court in the opening set before putting up a fight in the second, only for the 30th seed to race through the tie-breaker.


Stuart MacGill’s potential $2.6 million payout will come from pockets of players

Stuart MacGill’s $2.6 million claim against Cricket Australia will come out of the pockets of his fellow players if he is successful in suing his former employer in the Victorian Supreme Court.
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The former leg-spinner this week became the second former Test cricketer to begin a high-profile, injury-related legal action against CA in recent years, following in the footsteps of ex-NSW and Australian paceman Nathan Bracken. He is suing over earnings he claims the governing body reneged on paying after his shock retirement in the West Indies in May 2008 which came only months after he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and after a string of other injury troubles.

In the event the retired 43-year-old is successful the match payments, prizemoney and interest he is seeking will effectively be drawn from the cash reserves set aside for current players. Fairfax Media has learned that under the memorandum of understanding between CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association injury payments are made from the so-called player payment pool, a figure that ranges between 24.5 per cent and 27 per cent of CA’s revenue based on the Australian team’s success.

In October last year, CA reported record revenue for the previous financial year of $295.9m. The development makes even more awkward a delicate situation, with MacGill in principle taking aim at CA but in effect standing to deplete a cash pool from which Australia’s current leading players are paid.

It’s understood that under previous MOUs the player payment pool was only used to cover a third of injury-related payments, with CA itself covering the rest.

The case of MacGill, who later returned to play the 2011/12 season in the Big Bash League with Sydney Sixers, has been described as “complex” by sports lawyer Paul Horvath, who is appointed to act as an independent mediator in injury-related disputes that arise between CA and the ACA.

“In the Nathan Bracken case he alleged negligence against Cricket Australia relating to his injury, which he said ended his career,’ Horvath said.

“In contrast, this case does not by my reading assert negligence at all on the part of Cricket Australia. It’s a straight breach of contract case. He refers to specific clauses in his contract and in the memorandum of understanding but he doesn’t say what those sections say or the effect of those sections, which makes it difficult to assess what the thing he is saying that happened that is wrong.

“In sport athletes get injured all the time and that is part of the process – and that’s why careers come to an end. Partly people get to a point of having too many injuries, or you start to get lots of injuries at the end of your career, or partly you get a bit slow.”

Horvath has not had a single dispute referred through to the arbitration process since being appointed eight years ago. “I’ve been told a couple of times and most recently maybe two or three years ago about a matter that was bubbling away and that never went to the mediation stage so I had assumed that it had resolved itself,” he said. “In any event, it never came to mediation.”

In MacGill’s case, CA have denied liability and refused to send it to mediation. “That just tells me as a lawyer that they’ve taken a firm view on the matter,” Horvath said.

Find the past residents of your home in this ongoing series on heritage

A search of land titles will help sort the puzzle of who’s lived in your house. Photo: FILE.When you bought your little charmer you were given a title. No, not a fancy new name to make you sound more important, but a legal document issued as part of the sale of your home. A title is proof of your ownership and an invaluable historical document that records every owner of the property back to the first time it was sold by the Crown.
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Titles also record any relevant legal claim on the property – in most cases this is the bank that lent you the money to buy it –transfers due to the death of an owner and even the occupations of owners. Back in the day occupations may have been a ‘gentleman’ or ‘home duties’.

Any time a property is sold, the existing title is ‘cancelled’ and becomes known as the ‘parent’ and a new title is issued to reflect the changes. Sometimes you are only dealing with one title – when the entire property is sold – but in more complicated situations you could be dealing with several titles such as when the property is subdivided into parts and sold.

To put together this piece of your house history puzzle, you will need to spend a little money and collect all of the cancelled titles of your property. Then you will have a complete history of all the people before you who once owned your house.

First, dig out your title from your files. Then go Landata, the Victorian government’s online service for titles and property information at www.landata.vic.gov.au and follow the instructions to create an account and log in.

Start by ordering a ‘Register Search Statement’ using the volume and folio information on your current title. The key information you need to trace past owners is the ‘parent’ volume and folio information for the cancelled titles. Using the ‘parent’ information, order a ‘cancelled title search’. Keep ordering cancelled titles on every parent title until you have traced all the titles back to the original owner and sale from the Crown.

Hint: On the older titles sometimes the parent information is recorded at the top of the second page of the title.

See how many people once owned your house. Happy titling!

Dannielle Orr isthe City of Greater Bendigo’s Heritage Planner.

READ: Who’s lived in my house: part 1

READ: Who’s lived in my house: part 2

Israel Folau wants to switch to centres for Waratahs

Back at work: Israel Folau at Waratahs training on Thursday Photo: Brendan Esposito Back at work: Israel Folau at Waratahs training on Thursday Photo: Brendan Esposito
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Back at work: Israel Folau at Waratahs training on Thursday Photo: Brendan Esposito

Back at work: Israel Folau at Waratahs training on Thursday Photo: Brendan Esposito

He was denied the chance last year but Israel Folau still harbours ambitions for an audacious midfield switch on the eve of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby title defence.

Folau has long dreamt of adding the No.13 to his rugby repertoire and believes it will give him more opportunities to contribute in attack and defence.

A move was on the cards last year, but Waratahs coaches Michael Cheika and Daryl Gibson opted to keep their dual international at fullback, a decision no one could question given the southern hemisphere’s most prized piece of silverware now adorns the trophy cabinet at Moore Park.

But last year’s success appears to have fuelled Folau’s hunger. In his first interview since returning to training this year he told Fairfax Media he hoped to keep the pressure on his coaches for a possible switch later this year.

“It’s something I see as a little bit similar in attack to what I played as a centre in league – running lines and getting in amongst it, the ball in hand, close to the action – that’s something that really excites me,” Folau said.

“But that’s only one element, the other area is defence, and at set piece. I’m willing to take up the challenge.

“We spoke about it last year, we haven’t spoken about it this year, but it’s something I keep in the back of my mind. I’m open to it and I’ve played wing before, so it would be good to have a whole different bag of skills where you could play in different positions for the team.”

A looming showdown with fellow league convert Sonny Bill Williams may be keeping it front of mind for Folau. Williams is back with two-time Super Rugby champions the Chiefs for his second stint in rugby after two seasons and one NRL title with the Sydney Roosters.

The 2011 World Cup winner resumed his midfield partnership with veteran All Blacks No.13 Conrad Smith and will travel to Sydney with his province for a Friday night trial match against the Waratahs on February 6.

It will be the first time Williams and Folau stand face to face on a rugby pitch. The Waratahs fullback is relishing the prospect.

“All the different codes he’s played and the boxing as well, he’s been around and he’s a quality player so it will be a great challenge,” Folau said, adding that he believed it would be the first time they have played against each other since a Storm-Bulldogs showdown in 2007.

“He was one of the danger men we looked at during the week going into those games. He’s dangerous with the ball in hand and can get second phase plays out with his offload.”

Williams returned to New Zealand after last year’s NRL season wrapped up and was drafted straight back into Steve Hansen’s All Blacks for the Test side’s spring tour. He capped his return with two tries against the United States and started two more Tests on tour.

Folau paid tribute to his rival’s impact on the code since his switch in 2011.

“He changed the game around with the offload and the way a No.12 plays,” he said.

“He’s strong, and he’s quick for his size as well, with pretty good skills for a big guy. He did really well when he played the game.”

Folau laughed off suggestions he could find himself in the running for the Wallabies No.13 jersey come September, when the World Cup kicks off, but said his rationale for some positional experimentation was adding more to his attacking repertoire.

“I’m usually out in those wider channels getting the ball and maybe just finishing off the plays, whereas I want to get a bit closer, get my hands on the ball and get a second touch so I can add that on to what I can do out wide,” he said.

“A positional change would add a little bit more to the attacking side of things, which for me would mean I’d have a lot to offer.”

John Sidney Denham to serve minimum 19 years and five months in jail

“Denham [pictured] had not only seen St Pius X School at Adamstown as a kind of ‘‘paedophiliac smorgasboard’’ but that the principal, Father Tom Brennan, had helped Denham plan – and assisted – with the crimes”.PAEDOPHILE priest John Sidney Denham will serve a minimum of 19 years and five months in jail for the brutal and sadistic child sex offences against 57 boys aged from five to 17 in the Hunter over nearly two decades.
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Denham, 73, had to steady himself as he stood to be lead out of the dock to jail after Judge Helen Syme told Sydney District Court that Denham had not only seen St Pius X School at Adamstown as a kind of ‘‘paedophiliac smorgasbord’’ but that the principal, Father Tom Brennan, had helped Denham plan – and assisted – with the crimes.

Judge Syme also named Wingham priest Ron Pickin as a person who knew of Denham’s offending.

The judge repeatedly gave scathing comment about the signficant knowledge of Denham’s offending by people within the Catholic Church.

‘‘The apparent protected status of the offender … is a matter so ovbvious it cannot be ignored,’’ she said.

She said Denham’s offending and the systemic knowledge of that offending was something the likes of which was not often seen in the courts.

Denham, 73, has been in custody since August 2008 when he was charged with offences against 39 boys between 1968 and 1986.

He was convicted of those offences in 2010 and sentenced to a minimum 13 years and 10 months jail, with the earliest release in June 2022.

In 2011 and 2012, he was charged with another 48 offences against 18 victims aged from 11 to 17 at St Pius between 1975 and 1979.

In court on Friday, Judge Syme extended the sentence so the defrocked priest will serve a miniumum sentence in total of 19 years, five months and nine days, so that he will be nearly 85 when he is eligible for release in 2028.

Two of Denham’s victims who were in the court sobbed and ran from the court as Judge Syme recounted horrific offences against them when they were young and ‘‘extremely vulnerable’’ because of their family circumstances.

Judge Syme looked at Denham and then at the court where many people were in tears and said ‘‘old things cast long shadows’’.

Bernard Tomic fires up

CONFIDENT: Bernard Tomic arrives for a training session at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Picture: Getty ImagesFIT, focused and firing, Bernard Tomic sees a “huge opportunity” to go deep in the Australian Open draw.
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Tomic squares off against fellow Australian Sam Groth in a blockbuster third-round clash at Melbourne Park on Friday, with the winner’s reward a rich one.

Likely to be standing between Tomic or Groth and a quarter-final spot will not be Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray, but Tomas Berdych.

Credentialed, yes, but the seventh-seeded Czech is a player Tomic has enjoyed success against, leaving the 22-year-old excited about his prospects of a career-best run at his home major.

“Two Australians playing in the third round, it doesn’t happen like this very often, so this is a huge opportunity for one of us to get into the fourth round,” Tomic said.

“I feel confident and stuff. I’m playing good. This is the tennis I’ve been waiting to play down here in Melbourne. I’m so happy. I’ll try to push for more wins.”

Tomic arrived in Melbourne full of confidence after after back-to-back quarter-final appearances in Brisbane and Sydney and says it’s no coincidence he’s playing some of the best tennis of his life after double hip surgery last year.

“I’ve managed to get so much more range of movement and flexibility,” he said.

Tomic’s vastly improved court coverage is now complementing his superb shot-making and one of the most underrated and effective serves in men’s tennis.

While Groth boasts more aces than any man left in the draw, Tomic is second on the list with only two fewer.

But no player is landing their first delivery more than Tomic and, as much as Groth will rely on his supersonic serve to spring an upset, so too will Tomic in a match where breaks will be gold.

“He’s going to be throwing a lot of stuff at me, coming forward, serve-volleying, and I have to focus on my serve,” Tomic said.

“Obviously I’m going to try to use my experience against Sam. But it’s going to be a tough match. I have to get ready. It’s not easy. He’s playing the tennis of his life.

“I’ll try to break him before it goes to the tie-breaker.”

As well as chasing a spot in the second week, Tomic is looking at the big picture, acutely aware of the chance to bag priceless rankings points in Melbourne.

“Last year, after losing first round, every match I play is a plus, every match I win here,” said the world No.66.

“Sooner or later I’m going to get inside the top 40, top 30.

“I just have to work hard and play the tennis I’m playing, beating guys inside the top 20.

“It’s going to be interesting after the Australian Open. The next five months I don’t have any points to defend. I can get inside the top 20 and then I can start choosing where I play.”

Job figures ‘fudged’

INQUIRY: Phillip Cresnar after giving evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Picture: Kate GeraghtyA FORMER Ausgrid worker at the centre of a $300,000 kickbacks inquiry told a contractor he “fudged the figures” so it would win a contract, according to a secretly taped phone call.
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Phillip Cresnar appeared at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday to face allegations he solicited cash and gifts from contractors in exchange for helping them win multimillion-dollar contracts for excavation and cable-laying work.

In a February 7 phone call last year with one contractor, his friend Denis Twomey from Murray Civil Works, Mr Cresnar said another contractor was “slightly cheaper than you but I fudged the figures” for a “cable pull [job] you did this morning”.

But the former Ausgrid project engineer told the ICAC that he did not remember what he meant by “fudged” in that context and “I’d have to go into the figures . . . to see if I was lying to him [Mr Twomey] or not”.

In another phone call, in October 2013, he told a Murray Civil employee that a particular job was about to be changed and they should get there quickly and “f–king do a couple of trial holes and saw up the whole footpath . . . then that’ll stop that”.

But Mr Cresnar denied he was trying to make work for Murray Civil, which won Ausgrid contracts worth more than $26 million between 2012 and 2013.

Mr Cresnar agreed Mr Twomey had given him a number of expensive gifts, including paying $7800 for an imported marble bath and marble toilets for his property in Alexandria in inner Sydney.

He denied the gifts were kickbacks and said he had given Mr Twomey “between 10 and 15” Royal Doulton-style jugs valued at up to $2000.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Cresnar said that more than $70,000 in gifts from another contractor, Jason Bastow of Bastow Civil Constructions, were payment for “after hours” work he had done for Mr Bastow to help him formulate contract offers that were submitted to Ausgrid.

Bastow Civil won $20 million in Ausgrid contracts between 2007 and 2012. Mr Cresnar said he “didn’t perceive any conflict of interest in secondary employment”.

The former Ausgrid project engineer had said in a private interview with the commission last April that he did “nothing” in return for Mr Bastow “showering” him with gifts.

Asked to explain the radical change in his evidence, Mr Cresnar said: “A few too many schooners between then and now.”

“You are lying about that arrangement,” counsel assisting the ICAC, Tim Gartelmann, said.

“How do you know I’m lying about it?” Mr Cresnar said.

Mr Bastow has given evidence that he felt he was being “held at ransom” by Mr Cresnar.

Mr Cresnar was employed as a graduate engineer by Ausgrid – one of the “poles and wires” electricity network companies the Baird government wants to privatise – in April 2006.

He resigned last year after the state-owned company served a notice of its intention to sack him.

Mr Cresnar said he had forgotten about another alleged gift from contractor Patrick Miskelly, whose company Fer-Aim secured more than $3 million in contracts with Ausgrid between 2010 and 2011.

European QE: what it all means

Mario Draghi Some economists say the ECB and national central banks could end up spending more than 2 trillion euros. Photo: Sean Gallup
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Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi

ECB launches €1.1 trillion rescue plan

The European Central Bank has announced a quantitative easing  (QE), or asset-buying, programme worth an initial 1.1 trillion euro. The much-anticipated plan is aimed at heading off deflationary pressures and stimulating growth across the eurozone. The program will involve mainly the purchase of government bonds using freshly-printed money.

How does it work?

In March, the ECB and national central banks of euro zone member states will start buying 60 billion euros of private and public sector debt each month. Of this, 50 billion euros will be spent on sovereign and European Union agency bonds, and 10 billion euros on repackaged private debt such as asset-backed securities and covered bonds, which are bank mortgages. Of the state debt allocation, 12 per cent will go towards bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and other EU agencies such as the European Stability Mechanism and the European Financial Stability Facility. A further 8 per cent will be accounted for by direct ECB buying of government bonds. The remaining 80 per cent of sovereign debt purchases will be by national central banks of bonds issued by the government of that country.They will carry the risk of default.

What are the rules?

Bonds rated BBB- and above qualify. Anything below this quality level are deemed “junk” or high-yield and do not qualify. A maximum of 33 per cent of the bonds issued by any one country may be bought. This means that Greece would not qualify for now because the ECB and other euro zone central banks already own more than this amount, after a bail-out of the country with the International Monetary Fund in 2010. In any case, exception would have to be made for any further purchase of Greek sovereign debt because of its low grade.

How long will the ECB’s QE last?

The initial plan is to buy bonds until September 2016 or until there has been a “sustained” improvement in consumer price inflation, which recently turned negative. The ECB’s official inflation target is 2 per cent. The program could end earlier if successful, or be extended if its impact is small. Some economists say the ECB and national central banks could end up spending more than 2 trillion euros.

What’s the point of QE?

The European economy is in a rut. Unemployment is high, growth is weak and inflation is dangerously low. The low inflation trap is especially pernicious, prompting consumers to delay purchases and companies to put off investment. If it worsens, Europe could face the widespread decline in prices known as deflation, which hurts companies’ profits and leads to more unemployment. Once deflation grips an economy, it is very difficult to escape. Japan has been trying to break the cycle for more than two decades. In such an environment, central banks usually cut interest rates. But the ECB has already lowered its benchmark rate to almost zero. It has even imposed a negative interest rate on bank deposits held at the central bank. The ECB has also been lending more money to commercial banks at rock bottom rates. But demand from banks has been tepid.So quantitative easing is the next logical step – and perhaps the central bank’s only option.

How does QE work?

By buying bonds directly from issuers and financial market investors, the ECB and national central banks keep bond prices high and yields low. This guarantees companies, governments and households low financing rates over the long term. It also frees up money for investment in higher-risk assets such as shares, property and business expansion, which can help re-inflate economies as activity heats up. Low short- and long-term bond rates will also keep the euro low, which should make the EU more competitive in its exports and against imports.

But will it work?

The most important effect of quantitative easing might be psychological. By demonstrating that it is serious about stoking inflation, the ECB could prevent people from adopting a mind-set where they think prices will continue to fall. This is why Mario Draghi, the central bank president, and other top central bankers talk a lot about “inflation expectations”. Another benefit would be the weaker currency, although a lot of EU trade is conducted with itself, and export demand from outside the common currency area remains weak. As to QE’s objective of stimulating borrowing, this is unlikely to be as effective as in the United States, where companies regularly tap the corporate bond market for financing. European companies, by contrast usually get credit from banks. Although banks have, and will, benefit from QE, demand for bank credit from companies and households has been weak – most have been focused on paying down debt and consolidating since the global financial crisis. There are also those who say that QE is only effective when the capital markets cease to function, as they did during the the GFC. This is not the case now, so ECB QE may be too little, too late.

How will ECB QE affect Australia?

The most obvious and immediate impact is on currency trading – note the commotion set off when the Swiss National Bank gave up trying to hold down its currency against the ever-weakening euro. Despite the doubts, currency can be an important weapon in the battle for a share of global trade. The lower a country’s currency against that of its competitors, the cheaper its exports. Also, competing imports become more expensive, helping high-cost domestic producers. ECB QE could encourage other central banks, including the Reserve Bank of Australia, to ease monetary policy to keep the Australian dollar competitive, although this will depend on the performance of the domestic economy and what happens elsewhere. For example, the Canadian central bank’s decision this week to cut interest rates could be more influential when the the RBA next meets to discuss policy. With European bond yields likely to stay low for longer, the yield on Australian bonds again looks attractive to investors, not only in Europe but in countries with large savings pools such as Japan. This search for yield can work against attempts to keep the currency low. Share markets – including the Australian Stock Exchange – normally get a boost  from QE announcements and money-printing because they result in new money looking for returns away from bond markets.

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