Iron ore Mount Tom Price, Pilbara, BHP on 13th November, 2001.THE AGE BUSINESS DIARY Picture by MICHELE MOSSOP.BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie has admitted the miner’s entry into the onshore US shale industry was poorly timed and it “paid too much” as it revealed plans to sell the controversial assets.
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Mr Mackenzie said the preferred method to dispose of the “non-core” US shale investment was via a small number of trade sales, although other options were on the table.

“We’ll look at everything in order to decide what is the right way through this,” he said.

BHP’s exit plans came as it unveiled a $US6.73 billion ($8.5 billion) full-year profit for fiscal 2017 and rewarded investors with a more than tripling of its final dividend for the year.

The market reacted positively, pushing its shares up 1.3 per cent to $26.045 at 1pm.

The decision to sell its US shale acreage comes after a comprehensive review of BHP’s portfolio amid loud calls from activist investor Elliott Management for an overhaul of the miner, including a full exit from onshore US shale.

But Mr Mackenzie said BHP would not be rushed into a sale.

“We have now concluded that all these shale assets are non-core. We’ve used extensive input from independent advisers and we’re now pursuing options to exit our quality acreage. However, all options will take time, we will be disciplined and use this time productively to maximise the value of this acreage,” he said.

“We know and will know what the acreages are worth in our hands, and are prepared to be patient.”

BHP paid about $US20.6 billion on two major US onshore acquisitions about six years ago and has spent billions developing the assets in the years since. In its fiscal 2016 results, it wrote down the value of the assets by $US4.9 billion.

The exit, which did not come as a surprise, was welcomed by analysts.

“We’ve always been of the view that it’s not a core BHP business and it’s not a tier one asset. [And] it’s a declining return business,” Citi analyst Clarke Wilkins said.

“It was poorly timed, they paid too much and then they went too hard when they acquired it,” he said.

The miner will return $US4.4 billion to shareholders, lifting its final dividend to US43??, from US14?? previously, taking its full-year payout to US83??.

Underlying profit surged to $US6.7 billion – a major turnaround from the previous year’s $US1.22 billion but well below analysts’ expectations of about $US7.3 billion. Higher prices for commodities such as iron ore and coal contributed to the improved performance. The iron ore price climbed $US1.99 on Monday, to $US79.93 a tonne.

The company had net operating cash flow of $US16.8 billion and free cash flow of $US12.6 billion, allowing it to cut net debt by almost $US10 billion to $US16.3 billion.

Last year, the company slumped to a $US6.38 billion statutory loss (largely because of two significant exceptional items) and slashed its dividend.

BHP’s result for fiscal 2017 continues the strong performances of Australian miners this reporting season.

Earlier this month, Rio Tinto produced a thumping half-year profit and showered dividends on its shareholders, while Fortescue Metals Group on Monday posted a $US2.1 billion net profit and said it would more than triple its full-year dividend.

Mr Mackenzie lauded BHP’s performance.

“We had a very strong financial year. Free cash flow was $US12.6 billion, our second highest on record,” he said. “This strong momentum will be carried into the 2018 financial year.”

Investors, analysts and BHP insiders will be watching closely over coming days to see how Elliott, which has aggressively campaigned for an overhaul of BHP, reacts to the profit result.

Elliott has called for BHP to sell out of US shale, and has also called for an in-depth, independent review of BHP’s petroleum business.

BHP’s share price has climbed strongly over the past two months, from a year-to-date low of $22.10 on June 21.

Nine analysts have either a buy or outperform rating on BHP, with a further nine having a hold or neutral rating, according to Bloomberg data. Their 12-month average target price is $26.90.

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Joy: “One of the best ways to send off happy endorphins is to give and The Grateful gives,” says Jessica Shuwalow, right, with Gemma McBurnie. THE Grateful is, well, grateful.
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The “one for one” pay-it-forward bouquet business launched barely six months ago by Newcastle mumsGemma McBurnie and Jessica Shuwalow has reached a milestone.

The online floral businesshas delivered more than 500 of its bouquets to the John Hunter Hospital and Ronald McDonald House thanks to the support of local businesses and individuals.

The Grateful works on the concept of allowing clients to buy a bouquet knowing that another similar bouquet will then be donated to the hospital.

“It’s almost like it’s become bigger than us, The Grateful has its own legs and we are just keeping it going, the community support has been amazing,” says Mrs Shuwalow.

“And when you go to the hospital, people come running up to say thank you and that we’ve made their week, so it’s taken off.

“It’s not really about the numbers [of bouquets]but it’s about the impact.”

Friends Mrs McBurnie and Mrs Shuwalow began their venture late in 2016, determined to run a business that “removes transactional consumerism” and allows customers to bring cheer to themselves and others.

Hunter businesses soon learnt of the venture and many take part in a subscription program where they receive a weekly bouquet for their office, home, clients or employees and then sponsor a particular area of the hospital or Ronald McDonald House where their donated bouquet goes.

At the end of each week following the delivery of their donated bouquets, participants receive an ‘feel good’ email update with some pictures and a story about their donated bouquet, which businesses can then share with their network.

Mrs Shuwalow said the business has grown organically –both she and Ms McBurnie have young children and have not actively promoted it –and relied on word of mouth: “For us it’s not about the money so far, it’s been more about the cause.”

And the community has rallied to the cause.

“We’ve had people calling to offer jars or vases which we use to put the flowers in, or just to donate, it’s been overwhelming,” she says.

“People feel so good with the concept, it puts things in perspective,like‘Hey, I can afford flowers if it’s once a week or yearly but I can share that’,because there is someone else always worse off than you,so be grateful for the good things.”

The Grateful supports local florists in sourcing its blooms and its founders plan to open a bricks and mortar store in Carrington with the same concept, this time dealing in homewares and clothing.

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Six months ago Olimpia had never purchased an iTunes gift card.
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Yet in just one day of June this year she bought almost 20 worth more than $1800, and all to pay for what she thought was her National Broadband Network connection.

Olimpia, who has asked for her surname not to be used, had never heard of the now-popular scam method, which tricks consumers into paying for fake essential services or fines by purchasing iTunes gift cards.

It is knowledge she now wishes she had when she answered her phone to a man purporting to be from “NBN Co,” offering an internet deal that would see her connected within three days.

“I told him I hadn’t received any information in the post that NBN was being rolled out in my area soon, but he said he was an NBN wholesaler and that I needed to be connected or I would no longer have internet.”

Despite some doubts, Olimpia agreed to make the required upfront payment to cover the next 18 months, by purchasing $1800 worth of iTunes vouchers, $900 each for her personal and home office internet.

The Melbourne resident is one of 316 Australians to have been targeted by scammers impersonating NBN this year, according to the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch.

Just 20 Australians have reported combined losses of almost $28,000 this year alone, while the remainder have been targeted for personal information, such as driver’s licence, passport and Medicare numbers.

“Scammers are looking for your money, but almost as much they are looking for your personal information,” said ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard.

“They are increasingly using trusted government brands like NBN to trick people into falling for scams.”

Among the most common NBN-related scams reported to Scamwatch are fake account scams, in which a victim is offered a low price to connect to the NBN, often by paying through gift cards.

Remote access scams are also commonly used, in which a scammer pretends to be from NBN and calls to alert a victim to problems with their computer, as well as phishing scams, in which scammers impersonating NBN will call to trick victims into handing over valuable personal information.

As with most scams, Australians over the age of 65 are among the most vulnerable.

“NBN will never phone you out of the blue to try to sign you up to a service over its network. NBN is a wholesaler, meaning they don’t sell direct to the public. If you get an unsolicited call like this, it’s a big red flag that you’re dealing with a scammer,” Ms Rickard said.

She added that if any person or organisation asked for payment through iTunes gift cards it was “100 per cent a scam”.

For Olimpia, by the time she realised it was a scam it was too late, as she had already purchased and sent the voucher codes of the iTunes gift cards.

“I’d heard about scammers pretending to be the Australian Tax Office via emails, but I was definitely not aware of this, or iTunes voucher scams.”

She said she placed her faith in the caller because two weeks prior she had registered for updates about her local area on the official NBN website.

Last month a 74-year-old Melbourne woman was swindled out of $46,000 by a scammer who groomed her to buy 330 iTunes gift cards.

The scam figures come as the consumer watchdog released new guidelines for internet providers advertising National Broadband Network speeds.

The guidelines include providing consumers with typical peak evening speeds, adopting standardised labelling of peak evening speeds and offering customers discounts or refunds if they cannot get the speeds they expect.

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Polly Dunning has calculated that if she returns to full-time work her family would have to fork out $32,900 in childcare fees for her son, Alfred. Photo: Martine PayneIt seems every few weeks there is another well-meaning article about why women with children should return to work regardless of the extraordinarily high cost of childcare. And they make excellent points, particularly about the hit to superannuation and career progression that women suffer as a result of long career breaks.
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But why should women have to just put up and shut up while we all benefit from thework they are doing? Why do women have to choose between effectively working for nothing, orbuggering up their super and career? We’re always between a rock and a hard place, it seems.

The repeated calls in such articles to juststop calculating childcare fees as a percentage of the woman’s wagearejustified. It absolutely should be seen as a household expense, not a mother’s individual expense. But what if that “percentage” is 100 per cent,or more? What happens when childcare fees are actually more than a woman’s wage?

The fact is,if a family can have more money in their budget with only one parent working, that’s probably what they will do.

The new changes to the Childcare Rebate set to take effect from July 1,2018, don’t help this situation for many families who have no choice but to pay high fees for childcare. In fact, for many living in high-cost cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, the new changes will see them with even less money in their pockets.

While the changes to the Childcare Rebate are excellent for low income families (as they should be) and are great for encouraging women from these families to return to the workforce, women in families with middle or high incomes will be significantly less supported and encouraged to return to work. Some of them will be (and already are) actively discouraged.

One of the major changes in the Childcare Rebate is a cap placed on the childcare rate the government will pay. At the moment, the government pays 50 per centof the actual cost of childcare, while from next July it has decided the day rate will be capped at $115.50, well under the average cost of childcare in many suburbs (once you finally score a place!).

For my own family (and we have just one child), if I returned to work full-time we would be out of pocket $32,900 for childcare (according to the calculator on the federal Department of Education’s website). To put that in perspective, that’s about the sameas the annual tuition fee for senior students at someof Sydney’s most elite private schools.

And if I have another child (which I am hoping to), suddenly the cost is more than my take-home wage. It would actually cost my family about $2000 peryear for me to work full-time (and I’m not alone).

Sorry, but expecting us to justcop that expense isbullshit.

It’s all well and good to outline all the ways a woman is ruining her future financial and career prospects, but in a competition between going to work and selling the house, choice is an illusion.

The costs of not working are also very real. A woman on an average salary who takes 10years out of the workforce stands to leave an $85,000hole in her superannuation balance. Taking a career break to raise children leads to a 17 per centgap in lifetime earnings, not to mention the loss of leadership progression.

Basically, women lose either way. And we should be angry.

We have some of the most highly educated and productive women in the world. An increase of just 6 per centin the number of mothers working would lead to a $20 billionwin for our economy.

So it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure women are actually supported not just to re-enter the workforce, butto benefit financially from their own work.

Women should not just suck it up and take home little to no money –or even pay – for the privilege of working. Particularly when the community, economy and budget all benefit from our work. It is appalling for our society to benefit from the work of mothers while effectively not paying them.

We are caught between sacrificing our career and future finances for our family, or sacrificing most, or all (or more) of our salary for the good of the country and promise of future reward.

And even if we do refrain from calculating out of pocket childcare costs as a percentage of the woman’s wage, we should still be ropeable about it accounting for a third of household income for many families.

Husbands should be up in arms about the drain on their household budget, the disincentive for their wives to progress in their career, and the lack of superannuation that follows. Because when wives end up with less super, husbands end up with less communal money in their retirement too.

Even when calculated as a percentage of the household income, we shouldn’t be putting up and shutting up. We should be calling for change.

What we need is structural change in the childcare and education sectors. What we need at the least is regulation of childcare fees. If the government has decided that $115 is the maximum childcare should cost per day, then they should regulate it. Market forces will not bring down the cost (it hasn’t yet, and we’ve been waiting a while), particularly while getting a childcare place in Sydney is so hard that pregnant women need to put their child’s name down before they are even born.

Ideally, what we need is free, public, early childhood education (which we know improves children’s school results later). Those advocating for women to return to the workforce because of the huge potential risks in extended career breaks are right in many ways, but by suggesting that the solution is the responsibility of women (“just go back to work regardless of the cost”), they forget that this problem isn’t the responsibility of individual women.

Government, communities, and the economy in general benefits exponentially from every ounce of paid –and unpaid –work women do. So it is our collective responsibility to make sure they’re supported to do that work. And to be paid for it.

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The top 10 pubs for poker machine profit made $117 million. Photo: Virginia StarOwners of the top 10 NSW pokie pubs made $117 million in pre-tax profit from the machines last financial year, new data reveals, with the biggest earning more than a quarter of a million dollars a week.
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The top 25 hotels raked in $253 million in poker machine profit – or player losses – during 2016-17 for an anticipated tax take of more than $100 million for the NSW government.

However, matching hotels and their owners with poker machine profit is difficult because the state government does not release individual figures.

Treasury documents tabled in the NSW Legislative Council following the state budget list poker machine profits for each pub, but do not name them.

Liquor and Gaming NSW information ranks NSW pubs by their pokie profit each quarter but does not specify the amount.

The Treasury documents show that in 2016-17 the top-ranked pub for poker machine profit made $13.9 million of which an estimated $6.1 million is payable in tax.

According to Liquor and Gaming NSW, the top-ranked hotel for pokie profit during the first six months of 2017 was the El Cortez Hotel at Canley Heights, owned by Redcape Hotel Group.

The El Cortez is in Fairfield local government area, ranked as Sydney’s most disadvantaged.

Last month Fairfax Media revealed Fairfield council was calling on the NSW government to consider banning any more poker machines in the area amid a review of the rules for determining applications by pubs and clubs.

The Treasury data shows the second-highest earning NSW pub for pokie profits earned $13 million during 2016-17 at an average of $250,000 a week, with tax payable of $5.7 million.

The pub ranked by Liquor and Gaming NSW as second by pokie profit in the first half of 2017 is the Railway Hotel at Lidcombe, owned by the Malloy family.

The third-ranked hotel earned $12.9 million last financial year from its poker machines, with $5.7 million payable in tax.

The hotel ranked as the third-biggest earner of pokie profit during the first half of 2017 was the Markets Hotel at Flemington, owned by Garry Macdougall.

The remaining hotels in the top 10 earned poker machine profits of between $12.4 million and $10.2 million during 2016-17, with $33 million collectively payable in tax.

Liquor and Gaming data shows for the June quarter of 2017 they were the Eastwood Hotel (Redcape), Crossroads at Casula (Marlow Hotel Group), Meridian Hotel, Hurstville (Thomas Hotels), Cabramatta Inn (Redcape), Campsie Hotel (Thomas Hotels), Keighery Hotel, Auburn (Redcape) and the Crown Hotel, Revesby (Redcape).

NSW Greens MLC Justin Field said behind the profits there was “immeasurable harm caused to people, families and communities from poker machines”.

He called for consideration of $1 bet limits and an acceleration in the overall reduction in the number of poker machines in NSW. Currently one out of every three machines traded must be forfeited to the state.

“The $252.97 million lost to addictive pokies in the top 25 hotels is no accident, these machines are designed for addiction and making profits from people and communities,” Mr Field said.

“The vested interests in the hotel industry continue to push to wind back regulations on gambling. It’s long past time government reined them in and put people before pokies profits.”

The NSW division of the Australian Hotels Association declined to comment.

NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole said the government “is currently considering reforms to the Local Impact Assessment scheme, transparency of gaming machine information and responsible gaming initiatives.”

“The government will be considering all the evidence during this process, not just numbers cherry-picked by the Greens,” he said.

“The Greens are opposed to all forms of gambling for ideological reasons, and they should just come clean and admit that.”

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A new addition to the family is a transformative time – not only for your family, but also for your home. Carving out the ideal space for your baby is exciting, but knowing where to begin can be daunting for first-time parents.
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Here the experts reveal their top tips for creating the perfectly integrated nursery for your home. Space planning

“There are three essential zones,” says Belinda Nihill of Nest Design Studio. “Somewhere to sleep, feed and change nappies. These zones should be defined first, and the rest of the room worked around them.”

Choose clever furniture and make it work hard for you. “Add a nursing chair beside the cot, and opt for a chest of drawers with a change pad on top instead of a traditional change table. It is double duty so will free up space.” Design direction

A baby’s room is a busy space, so keep styling as minimal as possible. “Less is more,” agrees Mel Spurling from Hello Little Birdie. “Use a piece of art and a cool armchair as statement pieces, then add some functional storage boxes for books and toys.”

Given the minimal furniture quota, concentrate on wall decor for creating a colour scheme and mood. “Nurseries are moving away from traditional pastels,” says Nihill. “Look for bolder colours like emerald green, navy and bright peach, or opt for wallpaper, which is very popular at the moment.”

Spurling agrees but says gender-neutral yellow is definitely out. “Try soothing green or grey instead – both works with any colour,” she says. If a neutral palette is more your speed, stick to white and add texture and spot colour for interest. “You can create a beautiful base, and later add pink or blue touches to transform it,” says Nihill. Budget savvy

Creative thinking, combined with clever shopping is key to a stylish and budget-savvy nursery. “Do your research then hit the sales,” suggests Nihill. “You don’t have to purchase everything from a baby store. DIY is a smart option combined with bargains from Kmart, Adairs and IKEA.”

Determine what pieces you want to invest in and the items you can save money on. “Beautiful rugs, lighting and soft furnishings have an enormous impact on the overall space, so are worth investing in,” says Kristy Sadlier from Norsu Interiors. “Find fun vintage toys and furniture from antique bazaars and use quirky suitcases for toy storage.” Room to grow

Your baby’s room is a nursery now, but not for long. “It’s important to ensure it grows with them,” says stylist Hong Henwood. “Consider the room and how it can be transformed. For example the space for the cot should also be able to fit a single bed, and where your armchair sits for feeding, could later facilitate a study corner.”

Look for all-ages decor and multi-purpose furniture that can be swapped around to meet your baby’s changing requirements. “Look for a cot that can turn into a toddler’s bed,” says Henwood, “and a change table with drawers that can eventually be used solely for clothes storage.” Safety

Child-proofing is top priority and safety products purchased must meet with Australian safety standards. “When planning the nursery, think about what items they will try and reach for when they are in their cot or on the change table,” says Nihill.

Electrical sockets: “Purchase baby safety electrical outlet covers,” says Spurling. “Bunnings stock an excellent range.”

Furniture placement: “Keep cots at least 30cm away from windows and opt for blind pulley’s rather than cords,” says Nihill. “You never know when little hands are going to reach through bars and try and pull on blinds.”

Extension cords: “Use duct cord covers to remove trip hazards of extensions cords,” says Spurling.

Artwork: “If hanging artwork above the cot, make sure it’s properly fixed and that the cot is not against the wall,” says Henwood. “You want room in case it drops without harming the baby.”

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Real estate in Hambledon street which has been brought by Scotch College (in the back ground). 21st August 2017. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO Real estate in Hambledon street which has been brought by Scotch College 21st August 2017. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO
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Real estate in Hambledon street which has been brought by Scotch College 21st August 2017. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

Real estate in Hambledon street which has been brought by Scotch College (in the back ground). 21st August 2017. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

5 Hambledon Road, bought by Scotch College in 2008 for $2.3 million.

6 Hambledon Road, bought by Scotch College in 2007 for $1.85 million.

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One of Melbourne’s most prestigious private schools has continued its aggressive expansion by buying a neighbouring house for almost $1 million above reserve.

The auction result means Scotch College ??? where high school tuition fees start at $26,000 ??? now owns all but 11 of 27 houses in Hawthorn’s Hambledon Road.

The exclusive boys school, which sits on 27 hectares, has spent about $25 million on property in adjacent Hambledon and Fordholm roads alone.

Earlier this month, the elite private college, where 1880 boys are enrolled, paid almost $1 million over the auction reserve price for a three-bedroom brick home at 20 Hambledon Road.

Listing agent Jason Brinkworth from Marshall White would not comment on the sale or the identity of the successful bidder.

But industry sources say the private school was determined to scoop up the property, bought under the hammer at public auction for just shy of $3.2 million.

The house, owned by the same family for 66 years, had a price guide of between $2.2 million and $2.3 million.

The expansion of Scotch College’s property holdings comes as no surprise to those familiar with the school: it has been buying neighbouring houses for decades.

Domain Group records show the private school bought two properties in Hambledon Road in 1997 for $567,500 and $460,000, respectively.

The buying spree continued after the turn of the century as price tags in the area approached seven figures.

It bought another house in Hambledon Road for $850,000 in 2001, before buying the one next door for $1.4 million two years later.

In 2007, the college splashed more than $5 million on three other properties in the street.

Prior to last month’s auction, the school’s most recent purchase was a $2 million house in 2015.

It also owns all of the properties along Morrison Street, which has formed part of the school campus for many years.

Houses in Morrison Street are used for bagpipe lessons, media studies, administration and archiving. But the school would not comment on what purpose their 17 other properties served.

In a statement, the school said it began buying neighbouring property after losing chunks of the school grounds to the state government for Citylink.

“On three occasions since the 1960s, the government has compulsorily acquired land from the school to construct the [south-eastern] freeway and enable its subsequent widening into the Citylink tollway,” a spokesperson said.

“Bound otherwise by the tollway, Yarra River and Glenferrie Road, the school has a long term strategy to re-establish grounds lost to the tollway by acquiring land to the north.”

In 2013, the then-Napthine government paid Scotch College $5.4 million for a thin strip of land after the school knocked back earlier offers of $1 million.

The school also received $4.1 million in compensation for land acquired for the expansion of the south-eastern freeway ??? now the Monash Freeway ??? in the mid 1990s.

It is rare for properties within a stone’s throw of a prestigious school to be listed on the market, and they typically fetch a premium price.

Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said Scotch Hill, the area near the school, was regarded as part of the ultra prestige market.

He described the school’s purchases as “very timely and financially positive investments”.

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FILMING: Production crew ready a car for a watery end in Lake Wendouree during filming of the final telemovie of the Doctor Blake Mysteries. Picture: Lachlan BenceThe mystery of the DoctorBlake Mysteries continues with no word on its future as filming is underway on the final telemovie of the series.
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The fifth season of the popular ABC drama airs from September 17 and the finale is not expected to screen for at least several months after the final series is shown.

Dr Blake’s most ardent fans remain hopeful that the ABC will reconsider the show’s future, with more than 16,000 fans signing an online petition demanding the show be reinstated after the shock decision to axe the show despite drawing more than a million viewers per episode and screening in 130 countries.

MORE READINGAngst grows over Dr Blake axingActors tight-lipped over Doctor Blake’s futureIf not, they have pinned their hopes that Foxtel or Channel 7 will take on the historical drama, but neither network would confirm if they had future plans for the series which stars Craig McLachlan as Dr Lucian Blake and Nadine Garner as Jean.

Some of the Doctor Blake Mysteries’ most loyal fans will meet in Ballarat on Tuesday to talk all things about the series.

“I can’t understand why the ABC, in their infinite non-wisdom, decided to let the show go while on a high,” said Sydneysider Michele Orban who is on holiday in Ballarat to visit the Doctor Blake exhibition at the Gold Museum and see as many of the show’s locations as she can.

“There’s more than 16,000 people all saying the same thing, that this show is unique and we really need it to keep going, there’s something in it.”

A visit to Ballarat has been on Ms Orban’s bucket list since the series began in 2013, and with the Gold Museum exhibition closing on September 3 she bought forward a visit she planned for summer.

Ms Orban remains hopeful that a white knight will step in to save the Doctor Blake Mysteries, trying to find hidden meaning and genuine interest from a reply from Foxtel to one of their tweets.

“Hopefully they will come to the party because it’s a series like no other and it’s amazing how many people from so many countries watch the show.

“It really is a thinking person’s show and then you have the historical context exploring the issues of the day.”

The Save Doctor Blake movement also has a campaign on Wednesday for fans from around the globe to bombard Channel 7 and Foxtel with queries and pleas to take on the show.

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Kayne Cook is only six years old, but already he’s endured two lots of surgery, 25 cycles of chemotherapy over 18 months and six weeks of radiotherapy to stop the halt of an aggressive brain cancer.
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But he hasn’t complained once. “It has been really tough, but he’s such a resilient kid,” says proud single mum Dani, 26. “He was so young, not even two, when he was diagnosed, and they gave him a 50 per cent chance of survival.

“Yet now he’s doing incredibly well, and in September he’ll be three years in remission.”

It’s for children like Kayne that dozens of trades people gathered in south west Sydney on Monday volunteering their labour for free around the clock in a bid to build a “house of love” in 28 days that will be auctioned off with all funds going to the Children’s Cancer Institute.

“We’ve been inundated with people who want to be a part of this project,” says Bill McDonald, of McDonald Jones Homes. “I can’t get over how strong that little boy has been, and it just rips your heart apart seeing those children in hospital fighting cancer. No child should ever have to suffer that.

“So if we can help raise funds to help find a cure and better treatments, then that’s one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. It’s very satisfying.”

The anticipated $680,000-plus from the auction of the fully-furnished, two-storey, four-bedroom home at Walker Corporation’s newest community, Appin Place in Appin, near Kayne’s home in Bradbury, will fund vital research for the Institute.

Institute head of fundraising Anne Johnson says everyone is working hard to find new treatments that will be more effective in defeating cancer and won’t be so damaging to young lives. In addition, they’re now introducing more personalised medical programs that work in tandem with kids’ individual DNA to ensure the best outcomes possible.

“We receive government funding for our capital needs, but for every dollar we receive from them, we have to raise a dollar to harness the best brains to make the best use of the technology and to discover and improve treatments,” says Ms Johnson.

“We are so appreciative of everybody’s support in building what we call this ‘house of love’ and every year we’re blown away by the number of people who come together to make this fundraising project a reality.”

This is the third “Build for a Cure” house in four years to be built, and it is being furnished for free by Freedom, Fisher & Paykel and Winning Appliances, with real estate services donated by DiMez Real Estate and The Block auctioneer Damien Cooley. The auction is on October 22. Children’s Cancer Institute – How to donate

The Block’s Scott Cam is also the Build for a Cure Ambassador and will “reveal” the house on September 17. “It would be rare to find a family in Australia that has not been touched by cancer,” he says. “In my own family, I have lost five loved ones to the disease and I have seen first-hand the suffering caused by the cancer and its treatment.

“As a father, it’s hard to imagine a child facing that path so early in their life, and yet every year more than 950 Australian children and their families get this terrible news. We’ve seen mortality rates improve significantly, but we are still losing nearly three Aussie kids and adolescents every week from cancer.”

At the same time as construction of the house, people can go to the Build for a Cure website and make a donation by buying a virtual gold brick, which will put them into a draw for a $30,000 home furnishing package.

“We’ll be going to visit the building site to have a look as it’s close to where we live,” says Dani Cook. “It means so much to us that people are so willing to be so generous.

“I hope it’ll mean all the kids with cancer will be able to have the same kind of positive outcome as Kayne.”

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Crushed: The scene at Teralba after a house was demolished. Picture: Simone De PeakIT was a meticulous and determined plan to cause “maximum damage” as part of some “irrational desire” to exact revenge against a family he once called his friends.
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But Jamie Sager, the man who went on a bulldozing rampage at Teralba on June 8, 2015 –drivinginto, over and through a family’s home after flattening four cars and a boat –drew the line at endangering any human life.

That is what Mr Sager told police during an interview more than two years ago and on Monday his legal representative, Public Defender Peter Krisenthal, echoed those sentiments in Newcastle District Court.

His actions that morning were criminal, Mr Krisenthal said.

There was no issue about that.

They were unjustified and unacceptable, he told the jury.

That is not in dispute.

But as much as Mr Sager hated the family who lived at the house on The Weir Road, he would never hurt them.

Before: The house before the bulldozer.

The 50-year-old has pleaded not guilty to destroying property with intent to endanger life.

The sole issue at the week-long trial has been what Mr Sager’s intention was at the time he put the bulldozer through the house.

The prosecution says he intended to endanger the lives of at least one of the three occupants.

After: Crushed: The scene at Teralba after the house was demolished. Picture: Simone De Peak

Crown prosecutor Brian Costello told the jury during his closing address that Mr Sager knew the family was still inside the house when he began demolishing it.

Mr Costello said Mr Sager had waited for them to flee, but “in an angry and agitated state” became impatient and drove straight through the wall of the house.

Mr Krisenthal, during his closing address, read directly from the transcript of Mr Sager’s police interview.

“The family all came out of their house,” Mr Krisenthal told the jury, relayingMr Sager’s words.

“I made sure everyone was out of the house when I trashed the three cars.

“I knew who lived there and I made sure that, yeah, they were out of the house.

DEMOLISHED: The aftermath of the bulldozer attack in The Weir Road at Teralba on June 8, 2015. Picture: Simone De Peak

“That’s why I hit the cars first because I knew when I hit the cars they’ll come out of the house.

“Even though I hate what they’ve done and despise them, I still wouldn’t hurt them.

“I wanted to hurt their premises. “I chose to make them lose everything because of what they made me lose.”

Mr Krisenthal said those few sentences were, essentially, a summary of the defence case.

Judge Tanya Bright will continue summing up the caseon Tuesday morning before the jury retires to consider its verdict.

The Herald, Newcastle

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