Bouncing back: Luke Ball works on his recovery.IF COLLINGWOOD supporters are quietly hoping Luke Ball will be the Lenny Hayes of 2013, then reports of his progress could not be more encouraging.
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Ball has quietly worked his way through a faultless recovery from his knee reconstruction and appears likely to complete most, if not all, of the pre-season in preparation for an 11th AFL season.

The 28-year-old has attacked his rehabilitation buoyed by the return of former teammate Hayes, who capped off a stunning comeback from his own long-term knee injury by winning St Kilda’s best and fairest this year.

Hayes was dubbed the recruit of the year in 2012, given he missed virtually all of 2011 after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in round two of that year.

Ball, who has re-signed with the Magpies for another two seasons, injured his knee in round three, so he will be in the same situation as Hayes, having had a traditional reconstruction and spent a full season on the sidelines.

Had this season dragged on for another month, Ball might have been an outside chance to play, such has been his progress.

When Collingwood returns to pre-season training soon, Ball is expected to be there with the rest of his teammates and also at the club’s high-altitude training camp in Utah.

The Pies hope a strong pre-season will allow its premiership hero to hit the ground running in the lead-up to a much-anticipated return in round one.

”He’s coming along really well,” Magpies football director Geoff Walsh said yesterday.

”He wasn’t all that far away from being ready at the end of the season. By the time we resume training, he’ll be virtually joining in nearly full training.”

The importance of Ball’s absence this year was somewhat under-played, because his replacement in the midfield, Dayne Beams, went on to have a breakout season in which he won a first Copeland Trophy as best and fairest, and All-Australian selection.

But it was evident during the Magpies’ finals campaign how valuable Ball’s experience and hardness at stoppages and around goal would have been to the Magpies.

The thought that the Magpies can now throw Ball back into the midfield alongside Beams and fellow stars Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan is a tantalising one for Magpie fans.

The club has also moved to strengthen its on-ball division by securing Quinten Lynch as a back-up ruckman to Darren Jolly.

Lachlan Keeffe is the other Collingwood player battling back from a torn ACL. The key-position youngster played the first nine games of the season, but his rehabilitation has gone well and medical staff have been pleased with his progress.

”He would be somewhere towards the back end of the pre-season, I would think, in terms of him being up and going in full training,” Walsh said.

”It’s too far away and there’s too much water to go under the bridge before we can work out when he would start playing again.”

Meanwhile, Sydney speedster Gary Rohan has revealed he will start running next month and believes he is on track to reach peak fitness by the start of next season.

Rohan’s season was wiped out when he broke his leg in a collision with North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas in round four.

The injury reduced him to a spectator on grand final day. Rohan told the AFL website that missing out on being a part of Sydney’s premiership this year would drive him next season. ”[I’m] quite emotional that I missed out, but so excited I’m going to be in the same team next year and I’m more determined to come back,” he said.

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IT WAS the final Holden-versus-Ford duel at the Mountain, and it was arguably the best.
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Jamie Whincup used all his guile to hold off a hard-charging David Reynolds by just three-tenths of a second. That makes it the second-closest competitive finish in the race’s history, and the closest between a Holden and a Ford.

In typical Bathurst fashion, the race developed into a two-man duel in the final 10 laps. Whincup was in front but was being pressured to save fuel by his crew, while Reynolds was stalking him from behind with his team urging him to use as much fuel as he wanted.

In the end Whincup’s greater experience paid off and he joined an elite group of Bathurst legends as a four-time winner of the Great Race; Allan Moffat and Greg Murphy.

It also lifts him ahead of Dick Johnson and it was that legend’s criticisms during the week that Whincup says spurred him on during the closing stages.

”What came into my head was Dick’s comments during the week, saying I didn’t have the mental capacity to win this race,” Whincup said.

Despite taking the glory by driving the final stint of the race, Whincup was adamant his co-driver Paul Dumbrell deserved just as much credit for the victory. The two have been mates since school days and Whincup was instrumental in bringing Dumbrell into the powerhouse Triple Eight team for this year’s endurance races.

Dumbrell decided to retire from full-time driving at the end of last year after admitting he wasn’t good enough to compete at the front of the field on a regular basis. And he says his friend and the Triple Eight team took a risk hiring him for the two biggest races of the season.

”I haven’t had the best record for being consistent and bringing the car back in one-piece and trouble-free,” Dumbrell admitted. ”[Triple Eight team boss] Roland [Dane] and the team worked hard to make sure my head was on straight.”

And he also wasn’t afraid to admit that the pressure to not let down his best mate was beginning to get to him in the build-up to the race.

”I woke up last night in a cold sweat because I had a dream that I threw it away for Jamie,” Dumbrell said.

Reynolds may have lost the race but he had the last laugh – literally. He laughed and joked his way through the post-race media conference with a smile; clearly happy with scoring his best V8 result to date, even if it wasn’t the win.

”I always said if I get on the podium I’d make it a good one and second at Bathurst isn’t bad,” Reynolds said.

”I always thought that if it came down to the last few stints, I’d drive my absolute brains out, and I did.

”It would have been life-changing if I’d won the race, but I wasn’t brave enough on the last lap. I was brave, but not …”

Reynolds’ co-driver Dean Canto was also making his first visit to the Bathurst podium. And he believed his partner had what it took to win the race if they hadn’t been held up during their last pit stop.

Reynolds lost four seconds because he was unable to get away from his pit stop when Lee Holdsworth’s Stone Brothers Racing Ford blocked him in. Canto believes if Reynolds had got away cleanly, he would have taken the lead off Whincup and could have held it to the end.

Third place went to the second Triple Eight Holden driven by Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff. The pre-race favourites managed to fight back from an unscheduled pit stop on only the 10th lap because of a damaged tyre.

In the end, Lowndes, a five-time Bathurst winner, produced another great Mount Panorama performance to storm from outside the top 10 to third place and claim the final podium spot.

It was Lowndes’ eighth podium finish in the past 10 years at this race, further strengthening his claim as Peter Brock’s heir as the King of the Mountain.

Former series champion James Courtney and co-driver Cameron McConville took fourth place for the Holden Racing Team. Their teammates, and defending race winners, Garth Tander and Nick Percat endured a disappointing day when the latter hit the wall on lap 37 and knocked them out of contention.

One of the outstanding results of the day was the sixth place of Jonathan Webb and rookie Scott McLaughlin. Webb runs his own team and has struggled this year to attract a full-time major sponsor.

But the pair simply kept their noses clean and stayed quick and consistent throughout the day to embarrass some of the big budget operations.

One of those bigger teams that suffered a nightmare day was the factory-backed Ford Performance Racing team.

The race started well with polesitter Will Davison taking the lead at the start and pulling out a comfortable lead during the opening stages.

But things soon began to go wrong. Davison’s co-driver John McIntyre pitted for a suspected tyre problem. He then struggled for pace and spun under safety car conditions, dropping back in the field. He was then knocked into a spin that damaged the rear suspension.

They eventually finished 24th; second last.

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Heart out to build on hot start

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MELBOURNE Heart had never won its first game of the season until it beat Melbourne Victory in round one in front of a bumper crowd on Friday night.
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Now the ”second” team in the city will never get a better chance to make a flying start to its campaign than this weekend.

Heart is at home to Wellington Phoenix, which will be missing more than half a team of first-choice players as the fixture clashes with New Zealand’s Oceania World Cup campaign. The All Whites play against Tahiti twice in four days.

Heart’s gain and Wellington’s pain is also Melbourne Victory’s loss.

Ange Postecoglou’s side struggled to put in place his new game plan in the loss on Friday night and its chances of gaining some continuity and improvement will also be hit by the demands of the international calendar and World Cup qualifying.

Victory will lose Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan to Holger Osieck’s Socceroos squad as the Australians seek to dig themselves out of a stuttering qualifying campaign when they meet Iraq in Qatar tomorrow week, while Marco Rojas will be a key part of Ricki Herbert’s NZ party.

Victory’s depth should, however, allow Postecoglou to paper over the cracks. Theo Markelis and Danny Allsopp look the likely forward replacements for Thompson and Rojas, while Spase Dilevski could come in at right back, with Matthew Foschini moving into a central position to deputise for Milligan, alongside skipper Adrian Leijer.

For Heart, however, things look rosy. If it can beat a weakened Wellington – which itself got off to a flying start with a 2-0 win over Sydney, raining on Alessandro Del Piero’s debut parade – it will most likely top the table at that early stage of proceedings.

More importantly, the win in the opening derby brought credibility to a club that has had its share of doubters in the off-season. Heart showed on Friday that you didn’t necessarily need to invest huge amounts in marquee players to forge a competitive squad. Striker Dylan Macallister looked immediately at home in the red and white, while David Williams, who scored the opener, looked determined to make the most of the chance coach John Aloisi has given him.

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EDITORIAL: Air pollution comes back
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Residents in the Hunter’s most toxic postcode footprint are being exposed to some toxins at levels more than 100 times higher than they were a decade ago.

Many residents of postcode 2304, which includes Kooragang, Mayfield, Warabrook and Sandgate, fear increasing industrial activity will bring a return to the pollution levels not experienced since BHP’s heyday.

A Newcastle Herald analysis of National Pollution Inventory data shows the number of pollution-generating industries in the area increased from nine to 16 between 2001 and 2011.

The number of pollutants increased from 35 to 38.

While tougher pollution controls have resulted in a decrease in some emissions, such as arsenic, lead and mercury, others have increased.

Ammonia emissions increased 188per cent, benzene by 600per cent, sulphur dioxide by 312per cent and carbon monoxide by 6per cent.

The majority of the increased industrial activity in the postcode area has occurred on Kooragang Island, which is set to become home to more industry in the next decade.

Among the largest is the proposed $5billion fourth coal loader.

The cumulative impacts of airborne pollutants are of greatest concern.

‘‘There’s certainly more pollution than there was a decade ago,’’ former BHP worker and lifelong Mayfield resident Gionni DiGravio said.

‘‘If a place like Mayfield, one of the birthplaces of the Hunter, is still dealing with pollution issues then you know that’s where the country is at. We are still in the fossil fuel world, we are not really targeting new technology at all,’’ he said.

An Environment Protection Authority spokeswoman said the conditions of environment protection licences should prevent pollution, maintain environmental standards and monitor environmental performance.

The authority may also order licence holders to undertake pollution reduction programs.

‘‘For example, the [authority] recently required Koppers Carbon Materials to introduce nitrogen blanketing to naphthalene tanks on its premises … resulting in a reduction in naphthalene emissions from the site’s process tanks.’’

New legislation was introduced to strengthen requirements for industry to notify and respond to pollution incidents in the wake of Orica’s hexavalent chromium spill on Kooragang Island.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said pollution licences needed to take into account an industry’s cumulative effect rather than being assessed in isolation.

Mayfield residents want emissions study

CLAIRE Charles has lived in Mayfield for the past decade and could not be happier with the lifestyle enjoyed by residents.

In addition to its proximity to Newcastle and its beaches, Mayfield boasts a selection of historic homes equivalent to anywhere in Australia.

Having moved into the area soon after the closure of BHP, Ms Charles and her family did not experience the ‘‘bad old days’’ when residents complained that pollution rained down on them day and night.

But she is worried things could be turning for the worse.

‘‘I’ve noticed there are more industrial emissions and odours today than a few years ago,’’ she said.

‘‘The thing we worry about most is what’s in the odour.’’

Ms Charles is secretary of the Correct Planning for Mayfield Group.

A master plan for the development of Newcastle Port, which includes land in Mayfield, is at the top of the group’s wishlist.

‘‘We really need to see that so we can get an idea of what sorts of industry will be operating in the area in years to come,’’ Ms Charles said.

Mayfield resident Clair Charles is concerned about the quality of air in her suburb. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The group is also lobbying for a health impact study for all new industry that wants to establish in the area.


Bullying claims: Glendal Foods workers (from left) Hiep Nguyen, Nuong Nguyen, Quyen Le, Lieu Phan and Huong Vu.ALMOST half the staff at an inner-city gourmet food manufacturer – which makes food for Ikea, Qantas, Costco and other high-profile clients – have spoken out about alleged extreme bullying in their workplace.
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Eighteen staff out of 38 at Glendal Foods in Brunswick have accused their employer of allowing bullying to go unchecked, despite numerous complaints and the involvement of a trade union.

The alleged bullying among the staff, most of whom speak little English, is said to be so intense that one worker harmed herself two weeks ago. She was admitted to the Western Hospital, where doctors later asked WorkSafe to become involved. The authority is now conducting an investigation.

Another staff member alleged a heavy trolley was pushed into her belly while she was pregnant.

The 18 staff took the unusual step of speaking publicly about the alleged bullying, which they said had gone on for at least six years, because they hoped doing so would help their situation. The workers said management at the plant had, among other things, allowed a senior staff member to:

■Regularly scream at them and make sexual and personal comments.

■Tell workers they needed to give 48 hours’ notice if they wanted to take sick days.

■Demand staff work overtime on any day, without any notice.

■Tell any casual worker who became full time they must ”celebrate” by buying lunch for the entire workplace, or buying a supervisor a gift.

■Ban any contact with the company’s owner.

■Keep the wages of some employees for up to eight weeks.

Qantas and Ikea confirmed on Friday that Glendal Foods was among their suppliers but declined to comment further. Costco could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Glendal Foods makes items such as samosas, filo pastries, soups, curries and casseroles for its many clients.

It is owned by Chandra Kanodia, a chef who opened the Phantom India restaurant in Swanston Street, Carlton, in the 1970s.

Most of the bullying complaints centre on one supervisor, Van Phan.

In the most serious case, staff alleged Ms Phan had succeeded in pressuring most to pay her – in cash – 10 per cent of a backpay payment made to them in July after they signed a new workplace agreement.

Ms Phan declined to discuss the allegations on Friday, although she said employees who gave her a cut of their backpay had given it as a gift. ”They were happy to do that,” she said.

After the union became involved, the company asked Ms Van to voluntarily pay back this money.

One employee, Hiep Nguyen, said she had been instructed, when given a full-time job with the company, to shout the entire factory lunch, because ”it was the rules”.

Ms Nguyen said she was threatened with the sack if she did not do so.

”I am a new arrival. I came to Australia legally. I work, and pay tax and try to be a good citizen. But because I have really limited English, I don’t know a lot of rules. And for someone who has been here a bit longer than me to make my life really difficult is not fair for me,” she said through an interpreter.

Few Glendal Foods employees had been members of the National Union of Workers (which covers some food manufacturing) until August, when a complaint was made to the union by Ms Nguyen, who also contacted the federal government’s Fair Work Ombudsman, which in turn referred her to WorkSafe.

Another employee, Quyen Le, said she had been regularly yelled at by Ms Phan, who had also pushed a heavy trolley into her belly while she was pregnant, so forcefully she thought her baby had been harmed.

All of the employees alleged Mr Kanodia knew the bullying was happening but ignored it.

Mr Kanodia declined to discuss the allegations, although he said WorkSafe was investigating. ”WorkSafe will take care of this; the allegations are going to be sorted out by them,” he said.

Asked why so many of his staff had complained of bullying, he said: ”They are all union members, are they? That says something, don’t you think?”

Later, he issued a brief statement saying his company was concerned about the matter and taking it very seriously.

National Union of Workers organiser Monique Segan has regularly met staff at Glendal Foods since August.

She said the bullying was among the most extreme the union had seen, and that raising it with Glendal Foods had exacerbated problems. After this, the workers had decided to tell their story publicly.

The case will throw a spotlight on laws passed last year by the Baillieu government that were aimed at tackling workplace bullying but that the state opposition says are doing little to help protect the most vulnerable.

Opposition spokesman on WorkCover Robin Scott said the community had made it clear there was no tolerance for bullying in workplaces, but that the Baillieu government’s anti-bullying laws had failed to result in any prosecutions.

Government spokeswoman Fiona Telford said the legislation introduced last year gave police more powers to investigate and had made clear that threats and abuse could now be prosecuted. Labor had failed to introduce any laws like it, she said.

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Mental health month: Hunter events
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ZORICA Ciganovic has been through a great deal in her life, but one of her biggest battles has been anxiety.

Ms Ciganovic, of Newcastle, was a Serbian living in Croatia when the war in Yugoslavia broke out in the 1990s.

She was seven months’ pregnant when she and her family were forced to flee to Serbia at a moment’s notice to escape genocide.

Her husband needed dialysis three times a week and they had to find him treatment throughout the war.

She lost friends and close family during that time.

Her husband died 15 years ago and Ms Ciganovic and her family came to Australia as refugees in 2004.

Once here she had to learn the language and brave the cultural barriers, while caring for a family member with a mental illness.

She said being a carer was one of her biggest challenges and it was only once she came to Australia she developed anxiety.

“You don’t have any friends, you don’t know where to go, what to do,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“Your heart starts beating a lot, your hand trembles and you get that choking feeling.”

She said she would not have recovered without the help of the mental health support group Arafmi Hunter.

Now she is in her fourth year of a social work degree.

Ms Ciganovic has spoken of her challenges to highlight living with anxiety during Mental Health Month.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians and anxiety is the most common problem.

“It’s important to know how much people can survive and still be functional,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“You can function if you find the right help.”

She said that while anxiety was a normal response to stress, it was not normal to feel anxious all the time.

“Anxiety is a fear of fear,” Ms Ciganovic said.

“If a person is isolated it just increases it”, and it “is not predictable”.

CALMER WATERS: Zorica Ciganovic knows a lot about being anxious. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ms Ciganovic encouraged carers who were struggling to get help.

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The 14,868 fans at Hunter Stadium wanted a goal, or at least a sterling performance, from English marquee man Emile Heskey.
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But after their first look at the former English Premier League star, many would have left Turton Road dissatisfied.

Heskey played at the point of the Newcastle Jets attack and during the first half struggled to get involved as his teammates provided him with little quality service. The veteran striker looked strong and reasonably fit, occasionally muscling away defenders to get the ball and lasting 25 minutes longer on the pitch than coach Gary van Egmond had intended.

Van Egmond said it would take time for the other players to learn how to best use the former Liverpool man.

‘‘I thought his contribution was great,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’s a real target man up front. You see a number of times where people can look to play the ball in and look to run off him, and we need to get better at that.

‘‘Not only in a position of where the ball is going into him and the same person is getting the ball back, but the third man running, and the next person running into space as well.’’

Heskey had only one sight of goal, a half-chance in the 49th minute when right back Scott Neville dinked a cross into the box and the Englishman could not get enough on a glancing header to trouble the keeper.

Heskey arrived only 10 days ago and was always going to lack match fitness.

He was replaced in the 70th minute by Newcastle product James Virgili, who immediately fired two shots at goal.

‘‘He was wanting to stay out there for 95 minutes, but we have to be a little bit careful with him and we probably went over a bit today,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’ll have recovery now, a massage and a day off and back on the training paddock.

‘‘I was looking for half a game, to be honest with you, but he has such a will to play.’’ Van Egmond worked hard in the pre-season overhauling his squad and bringing in a host of younger, faster players to play a high-tempo, possession-based game.

He said he had not changed his philosophy after the arrival of 34-year-old Heskey, a traditional target man.

‘‘He’s enhanced our game plan, if anything,’’ van Egmond said.

Adelaide coach John Kosmina was impressed with Heskey and said his potency was minimised his central defenders Antony Golec and Newcastle-bred Nigel Boogaard.

‘‘I thought Antony Golec, in particular, did a real good job on Heskey,’’ Kosmina said.

‘‘Boogs did well and competed physically and didn’t give him too much room.’’

Emile Heskey. Picture Darren Pateman


Carbon tax could still cause damage

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The carbon tax has likely peaked as an issue but Labor will wear the cost of its political damage.THE carbon tax likely peaked as an issue before the price actually started – indeed, its first three months have been an anti-climax.
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But Labor will continue to struggle with the political damage it has done since Prime Minister Julia Gillard started dancing with the Greens after the election.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, on the other hand, having had the best of times with the debate, faces harder work from now on. He still seeks to keep the tax as centre of his campaigning, a strategy that might need to change in coming months, especially if Labor continues its modest poll recovery.

Abbott also has to explain precisely how a Coalition government would scrap the tax, with all the messy consequences of having, in effect, to ”compensate” voters for the withdrawal of their present compensation. Those questions will become sharper as the election approaches.

And remember, Abbott is committed to the enormous step of a double dissolution if he can’t get the tax repealed – an undertaking that may look rash if voters and businesses seem less concerned about the tax’s impact.

The climate issue, which helped Kevin Rudd surf into power in 2007, turned first against him, contributing to his downfall, and then against his successor.

In the Age/Nielsen poll, support for an ”emissions trading scheme” was consistently high in 2008-09 – about two-thirds of voters favoured one. But then support fell in 2010. The ”carbon tax” has never had majority backing.

Nielsen pollster John Stirton identifies two ”tipping points”: ”the apparent failure to reach agreement at the Copenhagen climate change conference, which made it easier for opponents of action on climate change to portray Australia as going it alone, and the emissions trading scheme morphing into carbon pricing – the carbon tax.”

After Copenhagen, support for an ETS dropped 10 points to 56 per cent (in February 2010).

Backing for ”a price on carbon” began at 46 per cent in October 2010 but crashed after becoming closely associated with Gillard’s pre-election statement that there would be no carbon tax. It fell to 35 per cent in March 2011, and was 37 per cent in last month’s poll.

What’s happened, in the broad, over the last few years is that climate change has turned from an emotional rallying cry to a practical policy challenge with all the accompanying difficulties.

Even more important, at the micro level the debate became somewhat less about carbon pricing and somewhat more about ”trust”.

Once the tax started on July 1, things changed again, as people focused on how they personally are affected.

Beforehand, 51 per cent feared they would be worse off, but after a short period of the ”lived experience” (Gillard’s phrase) 38 per cent say they are worse off and a majority, 54 per cent, say the carbon tax is making no difference.

Nationals NSW senator John Williams insists the carbon tax issue is still potent, with higher costs disadvantaging businesses such as a big exporting abattoir at Inverell, and ”more bad medicine to come” when in 2014 the diesel fuel rebate is reduced.

But West Australian Liberal Mal Washer says: ”We beat the drum too hard on the carbon tax – everyone has stopped listening to the sound of it. The marrow has gone out of it – we need to move on to other issues.”

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A crane driver killed in an industrial accident at Rutherford was an ‘‘easy-going, kind-hearted man’’ who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two children.
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Aberdeen man Warren Black, 37, was loading drill rods on to his truck on Friday afternoon when one of the rods fell from a forklift, knocked him to the ground and fell on top of him.

He died instantly.

Mr Black, a contractor for Boom Logistics, was remembered as a popular colleague by workmates yesterday.

Boom Logistics chief executive officer Brenden Mitchell said the company and its employees were ‘‘deeply saddened’’ by the accident.

‘‘Warren was well-liked by everyone at Boom and this comes as a great shock to everyone,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

‘‘Boom’s priority is to support Warren’s family and colleagues.’’

A manager and a close workmate from Boom Logistics visited Mr Black’s wife, Alethia, and his two young boys on Friday evening.

Mr Black’s sister, Diana Black-Straker, was one of many family members and friends to post messages on Facebook after the accident.

‘‘We are all in shock at the tragic death of my brother Warren yesterday,’’ Ms Black-Straker said.

‘‘Thoughts especially to his pregnant wife Alethia and their children Liam and Bailey.

‘‘Rest in peace little brother, you are greatly missed already xxxx.’’

A number of colleagues also posted about Mr Black.

‘‘The world has lost one of its best today,’’ wrote former colleague Sara Barlow.

‘‘I am devastated that we have lost such an easy going, kind-hearted man.’’

WorkCover and detectives from the Central Hunter police command have examined the accident site, J & S Engineering in Racecourse Road, and will continue investigations into the accident.

Warren Black.


ONE of the Hunter’s most significant heritage homes, Anambah House near Maitland, faces residential development on a scale its owner says is far too dense and will threaten its character.
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Tomorrow Maitland City Council will consider a proposal to allow 80 lots to be developed in the Anambah urban release area.

The development would bring houses to about 650 metres from the state-listed heritage house, owned by Jann Zappacosta.

Mrs Zappacosta bought the JWPender-designed house in 2011 from well-known heritage consultant Stephen Berry, who long-campaigned to protect the Anambah Lagoon, which the house overlooks, from development.

Mrs Zappacosta said under the plan the lagoon would be ‘‘lost’’ because of the closeness of the new houses.

A report to the council says the land will be developed as low density.

It says flooding and changes to the visual amenity are the two biggest constraints to the site. Plans show landscaping is intended to soften the impact on the house.

Mrs Zappacosta said 50 houses would have been suitable but 80 was too many.

The council report said the proposal supported the provision of housing for Maitland’s growing population.

Mrs Zappacosta is restoring the house for accommodation, weddings and other events.

Anambah House was built by grazier John KMackay for his son William.

Construction began in 1889 and ended in 1906.

Opera diva Dame Nellie Melba sang Home Sweet Home on the staircase in 1908, and Australian performers of the 1950s, such as Roy (Mo) Rene and Jack Davey were guests of the then-owners, radio star Hal Lashwood and his wife, a member of the Mackay family.

In 1993 it was the setting for the movie Country Life, starring Greta Scacchi and Sam Neill.

Mrs Zappacosta said another bigger proposed development to the west was also putting pressure on the house.

CLOSE UP: Anambah House.