TRAGIC LOSS: Orange bricklayer Max Summerfield lost his life on Monday morning.Four work mates from Orange travelled to Sydney on Friday for a night outin the western suburbs.
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It should have ended with a trip to a BP service station for late-night snacks, but instead, on Monday, it ended with one having his life support switched off in hospital and his close friend charged with offences relating to his death.

Max Summerfield, 21, died in Westmead Hospital on Monday morning from severe head and chest injuries sustained when he was run over by a car on Sunnyholt Road, Blacktown.

Friends paid tribute to the country bricklayeron his Facebook page on Monday, describing him as a “good bloke”who would be remembered for “the constant fun and foolish times”.

“What was a night with harmless intentions turned into your last. Easily proud to say you were one of my closest mates growing up man,” one friend posted.

His girlfriend of two years, Ebony, posted a photo of her holding his hand in hospital.

Police allege Mr Summerfield and his friends got into a heated argument outside the service station about 10.20pm on Friday.

CCTV shows the four men entering the service station together moment earlier; one headed for the ATM while the others bought snacks.

However, outside, an argument ensued and the men began pushing each other.

CCTV shows Mr Summerfieldrunning backwards past the petrol pumps while one of his friends pursues him with his fists up.

It’s believed he was pushed or fell onto the road and, seconds later, was hit by an oncoming car.

The 65-year-old male driver, who stopped to help, “has co-operated with police and undertaken mandatory tests at hospital”, a police statement said.

Mr Summerfield’s friend, Brandon Sullivan, 25, has been charged with affray and was granted conditional bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court on August 31.

Police allege he used “unlawful violence”towards Mr Summerfield in a way that “a person of reasonable firmness if present at the scene would have feared for their safety”.

He was filmed speaking to police immediately after the incident, with blood pouring out of his nose.

On Saturday, dressed in a forensic jumpsuit, he led police through a re-enactment at the crime scene.

Service station worker Robin Sanhu told Seven News: “I thought they were having fun because they were friends.”

He said he saw Mr Summerfield get hit by the car “on the upper part of his body to the head and the chest”.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who saw the incident, including any motorists who have dash cams in their vehicles, to call Blacktown police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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THE University of Newcastle will introducea new degree from 2018to provide engineers with specialised medical skills.
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UON’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brett Ninness, said the Bachelor of Medical Engineering (Honours) will be the first degree of its kind available in NSW.

It will be launched at 5.30pm on Tuesday August 22 in the University Gallery on the Callaghan campus, where members of the public and prospective students can learn more about the four-year program.

Professor Ninness the ageing population and technological advances had driven a need for the degree.

“Our population is ageing and new technology is saving the lives of people with challenging illnesses or injuries who require sophisticated therapy and care,” Professor Ninness said.

“At the same time, technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we live and work.

“Students who choose to study Medical Engineering with us will be developing technology, from artificial organs and prosthetics to cloud storage of medical records, that can potentially benefit millions of people.

The degree will offer four majors; medical biomechanics;medical computing;medical devices andmedical signal analysis.

While the undergraduate degree is a new offering, students at the university are also doing medical engineering research.

Third year electrical engineering studentRebecca Sykestook part in a summer research project that focused on type 1 diabetes and ways to overcome the issue of blood glucose regulation.

“Combining engineering and medicine is exciting as it provides a new and unique perspective in the area of health,” she said.

“Through this project, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of how the human body works and apply engineering solutions to a current health issue.”

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The deed has been done but the full reasoning remain a mystery. Neil Henry has been sacked as coach of the Gold Coast Titans but the club refused to expand on the details behind the decision to relieve him of his post a year early.
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A week of intense speculation finally ended on Monday afternoon, with Titans chief executive Graham Annesley calling a press conference to confirm Henry’s immediate departure. Deputies Craig Hodges and Terry Matterson take charge of the team.

It all left more questions than answers as Annesley and Titans board member and benefactor Darryl Kelly bumbled through their explanation of the call, which came just hours after more senior players pleaded publicly for Henry to be granted a pardon.

This wasn’t simply about his relationship with Jarryd Hayne, Annesley said, but it was Hayne’s public grumbling that forced their hand before the end of the season. Kelly said Henry’s position wasn’t untenable by any stretch… but he had to go right away.

Annesley admitted Henry’s payout of $400k, compared to $1.2 million for Hayne, was a factor, but not the only consideration. Those will remain board business for now, with Annesley saying only there were “wider issues, many of which I can’t go into”.

“The people involved are polarising in some ways. Some of the issues are polarising as well. People will say it’s the wrong decision. But I come back to the fact that the board had to weigh up all of the information. And they are the only ones with all of the information,” Annesley said.

“It’s obviously difficult for him to take some of these messages on board. The timing was not of the board’s desire. We would love to have got through to round 26 and conducted and end-of-season review. Unfortunately the timing was taken out of the board’s hands a couple of weeks ago with the events that took place.

“There was a range of reasons. I know in the media it’s been focused on a head-to-head issue between Neil and Jarryd. That was really just a catalyst that brought the issues to the fore and meant that it needed to be addressed before the end of the season.

“There are wider issues, many of which I can’t go into. But other issues the board needed to consider, with the prime objective of giving the club the best chance of success in the future.”

Henry presided over the Titans’ defeat to the Eels last Thursday, a game that proved to be his last in charge. He had resolved to fight for his job despite reports of his sacking emerging from the leaky Gold Coast board an hour after they convened the previous Monday.

He had insisted he could work with Hayne, the high-priced, under-performing backline recruit, but reality dictated there was only room for one sheriff at Titans headquarters. It was the latter left standing when the guns were smoking.

Annesley took great pains to point out that if the move was player-driven, Henry would still have a job. Yet it was Hayne’s comments about Henry, in which he said the coach doesn’t speak to him, that backed them into a corner, prompting them to pull the trigger before the season was done.

“The events that followed took the timing out of the board’s hands and we couldn’t let it drag on unresolved,” Annesley said.

“What I’m trying to say is this is not a Neil-v-Jarryd issue solely. People will arrive at whatever conclusion they decide to draw. It’s not based on personalities or politics. It’s based on what they believe to be the right outcome for this club.

“There is a view that this is a player-driven outcome. If it was, then Neil would still be the coach. It has nothing to do with personalities. Time will tell.”

If reports were correct that Henry had told the Titans it was either him or Hayne, then he found himself on the wrong side of the call. As for Hayne, Annesley said they were not shopping him to other clubs and expected him on deck for the pre-season in November, by which time they also hope to have found a new coach.

“Jarryd is a contracted player and like all of our contracted players, we expect them to perform their contractual obligations. We’ll start the search for a new coach immediately. Want one in place for November.

“I’ve read in the media the club has been shopping Jarryd around. That’s untrue. He’s a contracted player. A new coach will expect nothing less.”

As for the payout figures playing a part in the NRL-owned club, Annesley said: “It’s a factor. And there were many factors. Of course it’s a factor. But it would be extremely wrong to portray it as a determining factor. That was one.”

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NEWCASTLE’SGarth Brennan said an invitation to work with New Zealand’s World Cup rugby league squad was an opportunity “too good to knock back”.
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OPPORTUNITY: Former Newcastle under-20s coach Garth Brennan will be an assistant with New Zealand during the World Cup. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Brennan, the former Knights’ National Youth Competitioncoach, still lives in Stockton but has spent the past six years coaching Penrith’s lower grades, firstly their under-20s and most recently their NSW Cup outfit, winning premierships with both.

He has been included as an assistant toKiwis’ head coach, David Kidwell, for the World Cup, while another Knights tactician, Brian Smith, has accepted the role of New Zealand’s technical advisor.

“I’ve known David Kidwell for a while, from coaching against him in the under-20s, and also me and Brian Smith go back a fair way, so I think he put my name forward,’’ Brennan said.

“Kiddy gave me a call and it went from there.’’

Another prominent Novocastrian, Michael Hagan, will be team manager of Mal Meninga’s Australian team.

Brennan said he had been looking forward to a family holiday at the end of the season but would instead be spending seven weeks in camp with the Kiwis.

“I’d had a bit of interest from other nations regarding the World Cup, and I didn’t really consider it,’’ Brennan said.

“But to be involved with a tier-one nation like New Zealandand get to work with the calibre of players they have available, it’s a great opportunity and my wife was very understanding.

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“We agreed I had to go for it.”

Brennan said the experience ofworking with the Kiwis would only “benefit me as as a coach, and who knows where it will take me from there”.

His ultimate goal is to become a head coach in the NRL and there is speculation he will be on the shortlist for the position at Gold Coast, who controversially sacked Neil Henry on Monday.

Kidwell said”Brian’s record speaks for itself” and Brennan boasted an impressive CV in his own right.

He was the first coach to take Newcastle’s under-20team to the finals, in 2011, was named NYC coach of the year in 2012, won an NYC premiership in 2013 and then the NSW Cup grand final in 2014.

“Garth has been talked about for some years, but it’s tough for these guys to find a first-grade coaching spot, there is so much competition for places,’’ Kidwell said.

“Despite that, I know he will offer us a lot. He has proven over many years that he can relate to the young players to get the best out of them and I am confident that he will be an asset to our coaching group.”

The Kiwis’ campaign kicks off in Auckland on October 28 when they play Samoa.

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Nick Kyrgios’ return to form “couldn’t have come at a better time” and it’s sure to leave Australian Davis Cup coach Lleyton Hewitt smiling.
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A frustrated Kyrgios lost the Cincinnati Masters final to Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-5, unable to maintain the form that saw him beat world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

But Kyrgios will jump from 23rd to 18th in the world rankings and injuries to a trio of big-name rivals mean the Canberran will receive a crucial top 16 seeding at the US Open.

Todd Woodbridge expects Hewitt will be licking his lips at the sight of a firing Kyrgios, who he believes has reaffirmed his standing as one of the best young players in world tennis.

“He makes me chuckle with the whole week this week,” Woodbridge said.

“When the stars align, it’s usually entertaining and there is the evidence of what he is capable of doing. I chuckle because it’s great to watch but it makes me nervous each week about what’s going to happen.

“This was important for him, this week, to have a week that turns it around and puts him back in the frame of that best group of upcoming players.

“He beat the new No. 1 in the world, and these are the milestones that really get back to showing him when things are in the right place and he keeps mentally sound, he’s capable of winning big tournaments.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time leading into the US Open. It will fill him with a lot more confidence, and not only that, straight after the US Open, Australia has a real chance to put themselves in a Davis Cup final.

“Lleyton Hewitt will be smiling after this week.”

Defending US Open champion Stan Wawrinka has had knee surgery, while three-time winner Novak Djokovic is battling a right elbow issue.

Kei Nishikori has also been ruled out the Open tournament after rupturing a tendon in his wrist, bringing his season to a premature end.

Woodbridge says having three of last year’s US Open semi-finalists ruled out makes this year’s tournament a “massive” chance for Kyrgios to make a statement.

“There’s going to be a lot of focus on him, because the US Open is one of those tournaments where if he can be himself, relaxed and play his tennis, they will love him in New York,” Woodbridge said.

“New York is made for him, it’s the type of tournament where he can actually get the fans to get behind him and help him.

“It’s important that he learns how to utilise that because that’s something that can be really useful to him throughout his career as it extends.”

Kyrgios capitulated in the Cincinnati Masters final with three double faults in the second set at 5-5 to hand Bulgarian Dimitrov a decisive break.

It was all world No. 11 Dimitrov required and he took the set to stamp his authority in the match.

Kyrgios hit 15 aces to six but was weaker on serve throughout, winning only 36 per cent of points on his second-serve in the second-set.

Dimitrov did not lose a set on the way to winning his first ATP Masters tournament, with Kygrios in full praise of his opponent’s fitness.

“I was struggling a couple of weeks ago and he got me out on the practice court. We practised for an hour-and-a-half and I was struggling and he was fresh,” Kyrgios said.

“You had me mentally today already. I was like, ‘I know this guy’s fitter than me’.” with AAP

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Gavin Hill, a turf farmer from Largs, NSW has been nominated in the Landboss Father’s Day competition and is one of the finalists in the running to win a Landboss 800D UTV.There’s a lot of love for dads out there, judging by the response to our Landboss Father’s Day photo competition.
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More than 1000 entries were received, with families from around Australia telling us why their dad was the best and deserving to win a Landboss 800D utility vehicle worth $15,990.

A shortlist of 25 finalists has been selected. You can view their photos in this photo gallery.

Finalists named in Landboss Father’s Day photo competition DON HUBBARD, SPRING RIDGE: Re-building contour banks following a super storm flood in March. Nominated by Sarah Hubbard who says: “At 57 he’s driven a dozer to rebuild our farm seven days a week since March. He is my everyday inspiration of humility, humour and hard work.”

DES HANRAHAN, DAYSDALE: Finding time for play amid the work on the farm. Nominated by Phillip Hanrahan who says: “I love my dad because he is always working hard on the farm and he always has time to kick the footy.”

ANDREW WALKER, HANNAFORD: The Boss and The Kid in need of a transport upgrade. Nominated by Emma Walker who says: “He does so many good jobs on the farm and looks after me well and I love him 100 million.”

BRETT PHILLIPS, WOODCHESTER: Nominated by Toby Phillips who says: “Dad loves having fun with me and my brother around our farm. This is how he would react if I won him a Landboss.”

ANDREW HEWITT, RIDDELLS CREEK: Push! Taken out the back of Pa’s in 2015. Nominated by Christian Hewitt who says: “He works hard at his job and carts hay in his time off. He takes us to the farm where we have fun.”

JAIMIE MILLING, LEADVILLE: Inspecting the damage on the family farm after the Sir Ivan bushfire in February. Nominated by Fenella Milling who says: “Dad risked his life and fought as hard as he could to save our family farm.”

GAVIN HILL, LARGS: With Daddy’s little girl. Nominated by Maggie Hill who says: “My dad works hard every day, farming turf and making hay. He works two jobs the best he can. Like Landboss he’s a dependable man!”

RODNEY SIMMONS, GLOSSODIA: Modified a car himself for working around the farm. Nominated by by Mark Simmons who says: “Hard worker on the farm, usually resulting in bruises and cuts but never stops! Always there for family. Upgrading his modified farm vehicle would be awesome!”

NATHAN LILLEY, PORT FAIRY: With his daughter Ruby, 18 months, fixing a leaking trough on their sheep farm. Nominated by Ruby who says: “My dad is the best because even though I slow him down (a lot), he never leaves me behind.”

AARON RAGGETT, MT ISA: At sundown with son Archer, finishing up some first birthday cake on the back of the ute. Nominated by Archer who says: “Works hard sun up to sundown, has still given me the greatest gift of all, which is timeless love. Always puts his family first. A real BOSS!”

BILL HUTCHISON, GILGANDRA: When I grow up Dad, I will shear faster than you. Nominated by Susan Hutchison who says: “My husband is the best dad to our boys as he is always teaching them about the farm, shearing or just having fun at home.”

GEOFF WALLACE, MOUNT HELEN: Snuggles with the kids. Nominated by Euphemia Wallace who says: “My daddy is lovely and he is my champion.”

SCOTT BUSSENSCHUTT, TICKERA: Spending lunch time with dad, my favourite time of the day. Nominated by Natthaya Bussenschutt who says: “Dad helps me every day, never lets me down and works hard on our farm so we can go on holidays.”

TREVOR NEILSEN, WOOLOOGA: Having a yarn leaning on the fence. Nominated by Matthew Neilsen who says: “He is supportive and would do anything for his family.”

PETER WALLACE, BILOELA: Feeding up time. Nominated by Mackenzie Wallace who says: “My dad is the best because he has an awesome sense of adventure and feed up time is always so much fun!”

FRED CROAKER, GUYRA: Digging in the garden with the pets. Nominated by Melanie Croaker who says: “Dad is hard working and tough, as well as kind and creative. He is always patient when teaching me new things on the farm.”

LES WILLIAMS, COOLAH: Pop’s new right-hand man. Nominated by Brett Williams who says: “My dad is one of the hardest working men I know he has taught me so much that I could never repay him.”

MALCOLM MARTIN, TOLGA: Boppy and his princess having coffee. Nominated by Lorraine Martin who says: “He would go to the end of the world for us. Loves his grandbabies unconditionally.”

BRENTON GRATION, MIRBOO NORTH: Kohl, 4, preparing for the trip to Sydney carting spuds with his dad. Nominated by Kohl who says: “My dad works so hard in our business, I don’t see him much but he takes me in his truck and we eat truckers meals.”

PAUL CURR, TRUNDLE: Dinner in the truck at harvest time. Nominated by Paris Curr who says: “He loves his farm, He loves me lots, But boy oh boy, he’d LOVE a Landboss.”

WAYNE WELLS, CROPPA CREEK: The family’s first time in the snow. Nominated by Anna Wells who says: “He is the best because he works hard for us and he plays with us and gives us lots of love. We love our Dad.”

JOEL MACE, QUIRINDI: Drafting his mare Model. Nominated by Beau Mace who says: “My Daddy is the best, he plays games with me all the time and takes me riding on my pony Magic to check our cows.”

JUSTIN LINES, MOUNT BRYAN: Checking on the cows in the hills. Nominated by Emily Lines who says: “My dad is hardworking, tough, reliable, honest and kind. He loves and protects his family, land and stock.”

DAVID CREA, POREPUNKAH: Planting a pear tree on our new farm. Nominated by Magnolia Crea who says: “Papa loves us so much that he just got us a farm and two dogs. He makes us happy!”

DAVID GLASFURD, MANNING: On the farm with our dog Pip. Nominated by Sophie Glasfurd who says: “My dad’s the best because he has the moves to turn any situation into one of fun and laughs. (Hopefully the dance ability isn’t genetic).”

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Passengers row to safety aboard a lifeboat as the ill-fated ship sinks in Titanic. Photo: Merie W. WallaceThe organisers are calling it an immersive cinema experience – but not too immersive.
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With cinema operators looking for ever more innovative ways to turn movie-going into an event, one company is planning to recreate the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage on Sydney Harbour in November.

Beyond Cinema will take up to 1000 passengers on a sightseeing cruise boat for a screening of James Cameron’s hit movie, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet???, from 1997.

After buying tickets to first-, second- or third-class decks, they will dress up as if it’s 1912 and eat meals appropriate to their class, with actors on board helping simulate the experience of being on the Titanic.

“We’re going to fully theme the boat itself and recreate the atmosphere of the early 1900s,” the company’s creative director, Aden Levin, says. “Everyone will be given instructions on what clothing to wear.

“They’ll also be given different characters that they will be on the boat.”

Over a five-hour cruise, the organisers plan a mix of theatre and cinema as the boat travels around the harbour.

“Rather than just screening Titanic, we thought, ‘Why don’t we try and recreate the actual experience of being in the movie?'” Levin says.

When the ship hits the iceberg on screen, the organisers will simulate it on the boat.

Levin guarantees nobody will actually end up in the water.

“OH&S in Australia doesn’t actually allow us to actually sink the boat,” he deadpans.

So what will they do for an iceberg?

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the hit movie from 1997. Photo: Merie W. Wallace

“Because there’s a car loading bay, we’re budgeting to recreate an iceberg that’s coming up through the middle of the boat,” Levin says.

Beyond Cinema ran a season of movies watched from hot tubs at Sydney University over winter that was successful enough for the concept to expand to Perth and Melbourne.

Levin believes people who are bored with traditional cinema-going want new experiences so the company is creating “5-D or maybe 6-D” cinema, with the likely audience including “Millennials, Titanic fans and people who just want a fun night”.

After Titanic, it plans a screening of Shawshank Redemption in a former jail.

The concept aims to tap our apparently endless desire for new experiences.

“People are always after the next different thing they can do, whether it’s playing mini-golf inside a Newtown bar or going to one of our hot tub cinemas,” Levin says.

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Weather agencies including Australia’s must step up co-operation to close a “widening gap in capacity” with developing nations, with the urgency of action increasing as the planet heats up, David Grimes, president of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), says.
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The increasing frequency of severe heatwaves, heavy rain events and droughts means it is even more important richer nations such as Australia shared their expertise in forecasting and early warning.

“It’s becoming more urgent. The reality in the developing world is they lack a lot of tools,” said Mr Grimes, ahead of a two-day Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society symposium in Melbourne starting on Tuesday. “You’ve got countries that can barely keep their monitoring systems functioning.”

The potential benefits of early warning have been on show this month as heavy monsoonal rains hit many parts of South Asia, while a deluge near Freetown in Sierra Leone triggered a landslide that killed more than 500 people.

The WMO is hoping to develop a “cascading forecasting system” spanning 12 or more centres to “provide the best information we can to all parts of the world”, Mr Grimes said.

Sharing such work would help “to get people out of harm’s way or to inform decision making in those countries so they can build up their adaptation and resilience”.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology was one of the three original world centres – along with Moscow and Washington – given the nation’s relative strength in southern hemisphere research. It is likely to continue to play a prominent role, he said.

Developing nations have typically contributed little to the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving temperatures higher, and yet are among the most exposed to the effects of severe weather.

Aside from the humanitarian issues, richer nations have an interest in ensuring fragile states are not pushed to breaking point. “If you think about global security and the stability of human settlements and civil society – it’s an important strategic objective of most countries,” Mr Grimes said. 2017 is on course to be the second hottest year on record globally, trailing only 2016. Even without the temperature boost that last year had from a big El Nino in the Pacific, last month was the hottest July on record for land temperatures. (See National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart below.)

Britain’s European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts was recently named by WMO as one of its global centres along with a centre in Montreal, Canada, while France and Germany are among those vying to take on similar roles.

“I expect by next year or so, we’ll probably have most of those centres established,” Mr Grimes said.The Trump administration’s pledge to roll back America’s climate research is so far barely having an effect, he said.

That’s despite reports in the US that the government was disbanding a federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group that applies climate analysis to public and corporate planning.

“I don’t see the evidence [of a pullback] on the weather side,” Mr Grimes said. “You can still accomplish quite a lot without getting into the whole conversation about climate change.”

Understanding how the warming climate will affect different parts of the world requires more research, with the poles and mountain tops among the areas where data is most deficient.

Higher latitude nations, such as Canada, have seen regions warm four to five times the global average.

For Antarctica, with a similar warming rate, the stability of ice sheets particularly on West Antarctica is also “a cause for concern”, Mr Grimes said. One threat is the potentially rapid global sea-level rise should the land-based sheets collapse.

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A PROPOSAL to “outsource” the jobof checking onstudents’welfareinUniversity of Newcastleaccommodation at nighthas alarmeduniversitystaff, with some fearing that sensitiveroles will be performed by “security guards”.
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Documents detailinga restructure of the Infrastructure andFacilities Services section, presented tostaff and seen by the Newcastle Herald, suggest the university“consider outsourcing opportunities” in “student living support officer roles for after-hours presence” in its accommodation precinct.

The changes would also eliminatethe university’s environmental and business support officers, condense the section’s management from four groups totwoand, the Herald understands, cut a senior staff member regarded as a champion forstudents in accommodation.

“To take these areas which are student-focused and put them in with a team who are about plumbing, gardening andcleaningdoes not make sense,” said a staff memberbriefed on the proposals.

“The proposal will also remove the staff who work overnight and replace them with security guards.Security is important in accommodation but the other team’s role is about welfare and caring for students, where security is about control.”

A university spokeswoman said the briefinghadn’t been subjected to a fullstaff consultation process.

“UoN’sInfrastructure and Facilities Services (IFS)will announce proposed staff changes in the coming weeks. The formal consultation paper with the proposed changes has not yet been presented to staff, and the change proposal will only be finalised following consultation with staff about the proposal and after all feedback is considered,” the spokeswoman said.

“The university understands the important role IFS staff play in providing services to students and staff across a range of areas, and this high-quality support and service will continue to remain a priority for the university.”

The university this year agreed tocut short an $88 million management and maintenancecontract with Broadspectrum,previously Transfield.

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