Some Foxtel Now customers experienced issues watching the Game of Thrones season finale on Monday night. Photo: HBOIt was billed as Game of Thrones’ longest episode to date, but for some people, season seven’s finale was much longer than anticipated.
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Foxtel customers have complained of buffering issues while watching the season seven finale of HBO’s fantasy blockbuster on Monday night.

With nowhere else to let off steam, frustrated Game of Thrones fans turned to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the quality of Foxtel Now.

“Awesome work doubling the length of the episode,” one person wrote. “I got to enjoy it for almost two hours instead of 80 minutes! Please don’t try this again, I hate the glitchy, skippy aesthetic.”

Another person said their attempt to watch the episode was an “epic failure”.

“Will be cancelling my subscription today,” he wrote.

On Tuesday morning, Foxtel began apologising to miffed customers and informing them the issue had been fixed. The company said high demand caused issues for people using its apps.

It wasn’t the first time the pay TV provider had to apologise to furious Game of Thrones buffs. Last month, season seven’s premiere resulted in widespread issues for Foxtel customers due to unprecedented demand.

Monday night saw even more strain on Foxtel’s services, with a record-smashing 887,000 people tuning in to watch The Dragon and the Wolf – 60,000 more than the season premiere.

Streaming issues, however, appeared to not be as widespread this time around due to the measures put in place by Foxtel engineers after the July fiasco.

Foxtel has been contacted for further comment.


Kim Kardashian West with daughter North West. Photo: Kim Kardashian West/InstagramNorth West, daughter of app and beauty mogul Kim Kardashian West and Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, has given her first “tell-all” interview at the age of four, accompanied by her artwork (well, she is her father’s daughter).
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No stranger to the spotlight, she featured in her first Vogue spread captured by Annie Leibovitz at 10 months and wore Chanel in CR Fashion Book one month later, is a Keeping Up With the Kardashians and front row regular, and the focus of hordes of paparazzi on a daily basis, frankly, it’s surprising that a compelling sit-down and cover shoot has taken so long.

For the September issue of Interview magazine, the pint-sized heiress fielded questions from other A-listers, including model Kaia Gerber (daughter of 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford), Strangers Things actor Millie Bobby Brown, Sean and Jayden Federline (Britney Spears’ sons), Penelope Disick (her first cousin and fellow reality TV star, daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Lord Disick), and the late Andy Warhol (who founded Interview magazine in 1969).

At a time when the Klu Klax Klan are back on the rise and North Korea are firing actual missiles, her answers are refreshingly distracting, and surprisingly relatable, like her love of cheese, particularly on pizza.

“Just Cheese! Cheese, cheese – everywhere cheese,” North explains.

Other revelations include: North carries toys and makeup in her handbag, particularly when she is going to church, she does her nails “very well”, Jasmine is her favourite Disney Princess, her family’s nickname for her is “Bubs”, her purple dress is her most beloved and her best friend is her “Mama”.

Her favourite colour is “rainbow” (you couldn’t expect the daughter of Kimye to chose but one colour, surely?), she gives toys to her 20-month-old brother Saint West, while she and Penelope are planning on a four-day sleepover and a “rainbow princess cake” baking party with their matching teacup Pomeranian dogs [North’s is sometimes called Sushi, other times Diamond, while Penelope called her’s Honey].

With music running through their veins, fellow celebrity offsprings, Sean and Jayden Federline, made sure to ask about her favourite song.

“My daddy’s song Amazing. So amazing,” she said, ensuring to plug the family businesses, like the good little capitalist her grandmother Kris Jenner has helped rear.

North’s interview was accompanied by a Steven Klein shoot with her bestie, Kim, dressed as Jackie Kennedy. “America’s New First Lady,” the cover line shouts.

After taking a break from the spotlight following a robbery at gunpoint in Paris in October last year, Kardashian West spoke to author and activist Janet Mock on subjects such as maintaining privacy post-robbery and post-Kanye West’s public rants, raising mixed-race children, the changes to her identity, the influence her fans have on her and what she thinks about constantly being referred to as “not talented”.

“You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don’t work hard. I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t act. But I am not lazy,” she said.

However, some notable issues were glazed over, particularly when she was asked about handling controversies within the family, but didn’t mention their controversial dealing of their brother Rob Kardashian’s incident of revenge porn against his ex-fiancee and the mother of his daughter, Blac Chyna, last month. Chyna also accused Rob of domestic violence but no charges have been brought.

The Kardashian family have refused to comment on the incident.

Interestingly, while Kardashian West was dressed as Jackie O, and in the accompanying interview dubbed “America’s New First Lady,” at a time when her husband plans to run for the US Presidency in 2020, there was no mention of politics or the current social issues dividing the nation.


Lyn Bowtell – He BurnsLyn Bowtell has a heart of gold and a voice to match.
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FREE AS A BIRD: Lyn Bowtell has a new single and an EP and is ready to take her new sound to the masses. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The talented singer-songwriter is one of those people you feel like you have known forever – even though you’ve just met.She is warm and giving and she smiles when she sings. It’s a smile that reaches her eyes.

As a singer, her voice is sweet as honey with a gravelly edge. As a writer, herlyrics come straight from the heart.

When asked if she is “finally free from the clutches of The Voice”, Bowtell laughs. Loudly.

“It was great to be part of The Voice and it was a real boost for me but it is also great to be free to do what I want again.”

Bowtell had years of experience as a professional singer under her belt when she auditioned for The Voice and turned all four judges’ chairs. Well known in the country music community as a solo performer and a member of popular trio Bella, Bowtell had six Golden Guitar awards and an ARIA nomination to her name.

She didn’t need The Voice for her “big break”. What she wanted was the opportunity to expand her musical horizons.

Life is certainly busy for Bowtell these days. She has just been added to the Newcastle leg ofCulture Club’s nationaltour and when Weekender calls she is on her way to a photo shoot on the Central Coast for her six-track EP, Calling You, which is due for release on September 15. Her first single, He Burns, is now available for pre-order.

Lyn Bowtell

“It’s bloody exciting,” she says, laughing.

“I worked with Shane Nicholson again and couldn’t be happier. He is such an incredible producer and a very talented man who can pick up just about any instrument and make it work.We had a great band involved and it was lots of fun exploring different musical styles in a way that I had wanted to do for some time.

“I feel The Voice has given me the confidence I neededto have a go.”

Moving from “country” to “alt country” to “anything goes” has been surprisingly seamless. Bowtell had expected a backlash of sorts.

“Look, there’s been the odd negative Nancy but overall I was impressed, surprised even, that there wasn’t that much of a negative response,” she says.

“Iremember my first record contract with Bella and a big label wanting to pigeon-hole our sound. They wanted to know what our genre was and put us in a box. It still seems to happen in this industry today. To me that’s prehistoric.”

Bowtell is philosophical about the constantly changing state of the music industry.

“There are a lot of negatives and people are scared but I think one of the positives is that you can release more music, more often. It used to be one album every two years, every 12 months if you were lucky.

“Now EPs are far more common because it’s a singles market. We can release singles and tour off them. And the faster turnaround gives you an opportunity to stay fresh.

“Italso helps you to reinvent and renew and people aren’t so shocked when they hear a new sound.

“I think thatwas the mental attitude for me with this particular EP. I went in there with a different vibe and I wasn’t trying to conform.”

Bowtell’s rendition of Foy Vance’sShe Burnshas definite pop and rock influences but doesn’t stray too far from her alt-country roots. She says she recorded the renamedHe Burns “with a different vibe”.

Lyn Bowtell on The Voice 2017.

“In a way I was terrified, I’m not going to lie,and it took some convincing from my partner and manager just to think in a different way and get my head around it,” she explains.

“Now I’ve embraced it and am excited about it.”

The only thing that could possibly slowthe bubbly Bowtell down is her health –notthat she lets it.

This is a woman who continued a performance at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival in January while in excruciatingpain andstopped to sign autographs for fans after the show. That night, though,she was admitted to hospital andtold an ovarian cyst had ruptured while she was on stage.

It also happened to be the week that The Voice was filming her for the upcoming series.

Bowtell simply gritted her teeth and continued. The show, after all, had to go on.

She has endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome andexperiences chronic musculoskeletal pain for which she is receiving treatment from the Bostock Institute in Queensland. Nerve blockers and painkillers were, she says, hindering her voice and making her “feel drunk all the time”.

And before the recentGympie Muster Bowtell was struck down with influenza. Regardless, she played to standing-room-only crowds, shared the stage with Judah Kelly and did a songwriting workshop with Tom Busby and Graeme Connors.

“I’m feeling amazing. I could run a quarter mile the way I am feeling now compared to how I have been,” she says.

“OK, I’ve never run a quarter mile but you know what I mean. Another cyst exploded the other week and I ended up at John Hunter but I think we’re coming to the other side of all that.”

Lyn Bowtell performs at Lizotte’s on September 16 and at Newcastle Entertainment Centre with Culture Club and Hoseah Partsch on December 3.


Sydney’s main weather radar at Terrey Hills will be offline for more than a month for an upgrade ahead of this year’s thunderstorm season.
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The Bureau of Meteorology is updating equipment at sites near Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to improve forecasters’ ability to differentiate types of precipitation and improve early-warning services.

Existing Doppler radar sites in those cities now only issue horizontal pulses that are reflected off rainfall droplets in clouds.

The upgrade will add a vertical detection capability, providing the bureau with a clearer view of the size and shape of the rain droplets – and whether it’s falling as hail – or if the reflections are from smoke particles or even insects.

“This will give us the ability to distinguish heavy rain within a thunderstorm from a mix of rain and hail,” Simon Louis, the bureau’s acting weather services manager, said.

“It will help us confirm thunderstorms are occurring and help emergency management’s response.”

Sydney’s multitudes of weather watchers will still get radar coverage from sites near Wollongong and Newcastle, while bureau forecasters will also be able to access radar information from Sydney Airport. “There shouldn’t be any significant reduction” in coverage, Mr Louis said.

The Terrey Hills site will be down from Wednesday until the first week of October, with the timing deliberately avoiding “the middle of the peak storm season”, he said.

The upgrades, costing about $4 million for the four locations, won’t necessarily assist with the prediction of tornadoes. The use of similar equipment in the US, though, has helped identify when tornadoes have begun by detecting the debris thrown up by the twisters.

The bureau’s investments in new equipment and computing power mean forecasts one week out are now as accurate as the next day’s forecasts was 20 years ago, Mr Louis said.


The Smashed avocado w lemon and green tea salt at Cafe Lamour Lygon St East Brunswick. Photograph by Chris HopkinsVarious government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers. A new study highlights this divide between millennials and their boomer parents.
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The study is part of a Committee of Economic Development of (CEDA) report called Housing . It compares trends in property ownership across age groups over a period of three decades.

Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk the most, by more than 20 per cent. On the other hand, the share of home owners among those aged 65+ years has risen slightly.

The rate of renting has spiralled among young people. By 2013, renting had outstripped home ownership among 25-34 year olds. Same policies, different impacts on generations

There is undoubtedly a growing intergenerational divide in access to the housing market. The timing of policy reforms has been a major driver of this widening housing wealth gap.

Negative gearing has long advantaged property investors, potentially crowding out aspiring first home buyers. While negative gearing was briefly quarantined in 1985, this was repealed after just two years.

The appeal of negative gearing grew as financial deregulation spread rapidly during the 70s and 80s. This deregulation widened access to mortgage finance, but also pushed real property prices to ever higher levels. Related: Suburbs with the most mortgage-free homesRelated: Has the n dreamed died?Related: Financial abuse of elderly rising

In 1999, the Ralph review paved the way for the reform of capital gains tax on investment properties. Instead of taxing real capital gains at investors’ marginal income tax rates, only 50 per cent of capital gains were taxed from 1999 onwards, albeit at nominal values.

The move, designed to promote investment activity, actually aggravated housing market volatility. The confluence of negative gearing benefits and the capital gains tax discount encouraged investors to go into more debt to finance buying property, taxed at discounted rates. The First Home Owners Grant, introduced in 2000, was another lever that increased demand. In the face of land supply constraints, these sorts of subsidies were likely to result in rising house prices.

Other policy reforms, while not directly housing related, have also affected young people’s opportunities to accumulate wealth.

The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was introduced in 1989, at a time when many Gen X’s were entering tertiary education. This ended access to the free education that their boomer parents enjoyed.

HECS parameters were tightened over time. And in 1997, HECS contribution rates rose for new students and repayment thresholds were reduced.

Of course, the 1992 introduction of the superannuation guarantee would have boosted Gen X’s retirement savings relative to boomers. However, these savings are not accessible till the compulsory preservation age, so can’t be used now to buy a house.

All these policies have clearly had varying generational impacts, adversely affecting home purchase opportunities for younger generations while delivering significant wealth expansion to older home owners. An intergenerational housing policy lens

A new housing landscape has emerged in recent years. It is marked by precarious home ownership and long-term renting for young people.

It’s also dominated by a growing wealth chasm – not just between the young and old – but also between young people who have access to wealth transfers from affluent parents and those who do not.

The majority of housing-related policies do not consider issues of equity across generations. There are currently very few examples of potential housing reforms that can benefit multiple generations.

However, there is one policy that could – the abolition of stamp duties. It would remove a significant barrier to downsizing by seniors.

The equity released from downsizing would boost retirement incomes for seniors, while freeing up more housing space for young growing families. Negative impacts on revenue flowing to government could be mitigated by a simultaneous implementation of a broad based land tax. This would in turn push down house prices.

As life expectancies increase, the need for governments to take into account policy impact on different generations is critical. On the other hand, policies that take a short-term view will only worsen intergenerational tensions and entrench property ownership as a marker of distinction between the “haves” and “have nots” in .

Rachel Ong, Deputy Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


Bigger jail, bigger impact Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.
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Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

TweetFacebook“If we more than double the prisoners at the jail, then common sense would tell us that it will more than double the frequency of which inmates go to the hospital, which means we’re going to have more than double the impact on the community,the visitors and the family and friends, that feel quite unnerved by the attendance of that prisoner,” he said.

Di Peers, general manager ofHunter New England Health’slower hunter sector, denied the hospital’s services had been downgraded, andsaid they did not anticipate thejail expansion would have a“significant impact”on hospital services. Less than 2 per cent ofemergency department presentations, and less than 1 per cent of overnight stays, were patients from the jail, she said.

A Corrective Services NSW spokesperson said themajority of health services required by inmates in the new facility would be provided by Justice Health on site, and include registered nurses, mental health programs and drug and alcohol interventions.


GOING, GOING: David Compton, left, and Hannah Eves, right, have both been disendorsed by the Liberal Party. Taylor Wright, centre, the party’s candidate in Ward 1, is still part of the council election campaign. PICTURE: Marina NeilTHELiberal Party’s Newcastle council election campaign is in tatters, aftercandidates were dumped and campaigningsuspended for the second timein less than a week.
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On Tuesday night the party moved to disendorse all of its candidates in Ward 4afterdiscovering more“irregularities” innomination forms submitted to the NSW Electoral Commission.

Hannah Eves, theLiberal Party’s number one candidate in the ward, will be dropped along withDaniel Collard and Hanan Nasser.

The Newcastle Heraldunderstands that they’re also likely to be suspended from the party.

It’s another major blow to the Liberal Party’s election hopes, and comes less than a week after lord mayoral candidate David Compton and his Ward 3 ticket were dumped from the campaign over a similar issue with nomination form “irregularities”.

It means that the Liberal Party will now only run endorsed candidates in Wards 1 and 2, and will certainly have a decreased presence on the city council next term.

While the candidate’s digressions were relatively minor, and relate to the witnessing of statutory declarations, Liberal Party headquarters decided to send a message it wouldn’t accept any departure from election rules.

In a statement, a party spokesman said the community “rightly expects all candidates for elected office to conduct themselves as model individuals”.

He said theLiberal Party “will not hesitate to take action where those standards are not met”.

The election turmoil began when theHeraldrevealed on Friday that the party had disendorsed and suspended Mr Compton and twoother Ward 3 candidates, Danielle Brown and Colleen Hodges.

In a statement released late lastFriday nightthe NSW Liberal Party said it had discovered “irregularities” in an official nomination form lodged with the NSW Electoral Commission and would cease campaigning in Ward 3 and for the lord mayoralty.

TheHeraldcan now revealthe“irregularities” related to MsBrown’s nomination form, which was signed while she was on an overseas trip in Italy.

Candidate nomination forms include a statutory declaration signed by a justice of the peace.

In NSW a statutory declaration can only be witnessed if both parties are “physically present together” at the time of signing, and an authorised witness cannotsign a statutory declaration without seeing the face of the declarant.

In Ms Brown’s case, the justice of the peace was Ms Hodges, the secretary of the Newcastle Liberal Party and its number four candidate in Ward 3.

It’s understood Mr Compton was suspended because of his role facilitating the arrangement.

Contacted by theHeraldon Tuesday, Ms Brown admitted she had used an app to sign the forms electronically, and had not been in the country when the nomination wassubmitted.

ButtheHeraldalso accessed copies of the nomination formsforLiberal Party candidates across the wards which revealthat Ms Hodges acted as a witness for at least six other candidates.

When theHeraldcontacted Ms Hodges to ask whether she had witnessed forms without the candidate’s being present she refused to answer questions and said it was“none of your business”.

However Daniel Collard, the party’s number two candidate in Ward 4, admittedhe had not been present when Ms Hodges signed the statutory declaration, and that his form had been picked up from his home by Ms Eves.

When contacted by theHeraldMs Eves said she had not broken any rules and had“done the right thing”.

Half-an-hour later theHeraldreceived a call from Mr Collard who sought to retract hisprevious comments.

He saidthat he had been “confused” and that in fact he had attended Ms Hodges’ home with Ms Eves when the documents were signed.

However the statutory declaration on his nomination form states that it was declared at his residential address in New Lambton.

When asked by theHeraldwhere Ms Hodges lived, Mr Collard said he couldn’t remember.

Then, when theHeraldasked if he’d been toldto change his story he said “I have to go now” and ended the call.

Despite being disendorsed, Ms Eves will still appear on the ballot on polling day because nominations have closed.

Like Mr Compton she would be ableto take her position on the council if elected, unless her eligibility was successfully challenged in the court of disputed returns.


Fremantle veterans Michael Johnson and Hayden Ballantyne are on the verge of new contracts as the Dockers management commences an extensive cull of their senior list.
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Johnson and Ballantyne appear likely to be offered one-year deals despite Fremantle being in the midst of a comprehensive rebuilding campaign.

Veteran on-baller Danyle Pearce, defender Zac Dawson, injury-ravaged ruckman Zac Clarke, Garrick Ibbotson and young Victorian Harley Balic are all departing the Dockers.

The futures of enigmatic big man Matt Taberner and utility Nick Suban are uncertain.

Dockers list management strategy is prioritising young talent in this year’s national draft as well aiming for another ambitious trade period in October.

As many as 10 changes are on the cards at Fremantle as the club aims to drive back toward sustained success over the next three seasons

Johnson, 32, is one of only four Dockers to have played in all 22 senior games this season, along with key defender Joel Hamling, winger Brad Hill and reliable utility Lachie Weller.

Johnson played just four games last year after the important key defender suffered a serious hamstring injury in the round five loss to Carlton and missed the rest of the season.

Ballantyne, 30, may have salvaged his career with good performances in his last 10 games after recovering from a succession of serious hamstring troubles and surgery back in March.

The fiery small forward has averaged 10 disposals an outing and booted 11 goals.

Ballantyne booted 41 goals from 35 games over the past two years since he was an All-n in 2014.

Prospects of new deals for Johnson and Ballantyne appear likely despite Dockers recruiters chasing dashing Greater Western Sydney half-back Nathan Wilson and the imminent return of key position big man Alex Pearce from a broken leg.

Wilson, 24, is a Mandurah product and is looks destined to seek a trade back home for personal reasons.

Dockers list powerbrokers will also seriously consider emerging Peel Thunder key backman Aaron Naughton.

The classy teenager has crashed into calculations as a top draft selection in November after selection in the n under-18 team this season.

Naughton has also put in some highly impressive outings for Peel’s senior side heading into next month’s local finals series with the Dockers alignment outfit.

Ballantyne could be extended into a 10 th season despite fierce speculation another Fremantle product Brandon Matera will seek a trade back to his home town from Gold Coast.

Matera highly touted to move to Fremantle as another crumbing small forward, while the Dockers still have high hopes they can attract promising Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern.

McGovern, 22, is preparing for his second successive finals campaign with the high-scoring Crows while he contemplates a substantial offer from Dockers management as well as a handsome counter from Adelaide to stay.

McGovern has played just 35 senior games since he was drafted by the Crows with pick number 43 in the 2014 national draft.

Fremantle snared Weller at number 13 and impressive onballer Connor Blakely at 34 with earlier picks in the same draft that McGovern went to Adelaide.


Dog plays fetch with unexploded WWII mortar | photos, video Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26. The family thought it was an old car or bike part at first.
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Peppah looks proud with her find – an unexploded WWII mortar. She located it in the sand dunes at Anna Bay on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah with her Birubi sand dunes find – an unexploded WWII mortar – on Saturday, August 26.

Peppah, the white dog, Brixton, the brindle dog, with Mischa Spring, 17, and Shenandoah Spring, 12, exploring the Birubi sand dunes at Anna Bay.

Peppah, the white dog, and Brixton, the brindle dog, with the unexploded WWII mortar.

Peppah and Brixton on the sand dunes.

Peppah and Brixton on the sand dunes.

TweetFacebookBrixton playing in the Birubi sand dunes at Anna Bay on Saturday, August 26. Later, Brixton’s friend, Peppah, found an unexploded WWII mortar. Mr Spring used Google maps to pinpoint the location of the mortar and phoned police about 4.30pm.

The unexploded military mortar, about 15 centimetres in length, was located in the dunes about 200 metres fromJessie’s Road in Anna Bay.

Detective Inspector Scott Parker, the Port Stephens police command’s crime manager, said Peppah and the family had a lucky escape on Saturday.

“There is a possibility it could have exploded in [Peppah’s] mouth,” he said.

On receiving the report of the mortar find, the Port Stephens command contacted the NSW Police Force’s Rescue and Bomb Disposal unit.

Rescue and Bomb Disposal then contacted the Royal n Air Force (RAAF).

On Sunday, members of the RAAF attended the location of the Anna Bay mortar provided by Mr Spring.

The RAAF completed a “controlled detonation” on site, which disposed of the mortar.

“It’s fortunate on this occasion that it didn’t explode when found,” Detective Inspector Parker said.

“[Peppah] is quite lucky.

“We remind the public that if you do find old military ordnance to do as [Mr Spring] did and pinpoint the location and contact police and we will contact the ADF.”

For updates on thelucky poochesfollow Peppah and Brixton on their dedicated Instagram page:peppah_brix


Summer facelift for one of Lake’s hidden gems, Grannies’ Pool SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Heidi Riseley
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SPECIAL PLACE: Andrew Bryant at Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point, which will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

Swimmers and beachgoers at Grannies’ Pool in 1962. Picture: Barry Nancarrow

Swimmers and beachgoers at Grannies’ Pool in 1962. Picture: Barry Nancarrow

TweetFacebookA LAKE Macquarie lagoon beloved by generations of swimmerswill be easier to reach this summer followingwork that beginsthis week, the local council says.

Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point, popular for its tranquilityand views of the lake entrance,will gain a 350-metre shared pathway starting in its car park and continuingalongthe Swansea channel breakwall at Blacksmiths beach.

It will also gain a concrete viewing area, Lake Macquarie council’s acting community planning manager Andrew Bryant said, and a 50-metre section of path made fromhighly-durable reprocessed plastic waste.

Council workers will also seal the gravel road leading down to the pool.

“Grannies’ Pool iswell-used and loved by generationsand this is about making certain it’s accessible not just for recreation, but also for viewing by people with mobility issues,” Mr Bryant said.

“The new path is comprised of a mix of concrete and recycled plasticswhich provides a sturdy and long-lasting asset.”

In recent years the pool has been accessible only bydilapidated wooden steps, and it has been cut off entirelyto wheelchair users.

The upgrades to Grannies’ Pool, so named for its historicalpopularity with parents and grandparents teaching small children to swim,are scheduled to take two months.

The lagoon will be more accessible but the workwon’tsatisfy recentcallsfrom some locals and politicians to clear sand from the pool and restore it to its former depth.

Swansea Channel hasbeen in a state of flux since rockbreakwaters were built to open it upto the seain the 1880s.

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