Umwelt’s new green office 

GREEN: Peter Jamieson and Barbara Crossley at their new “green” headquarters at Teralba yesterday. Picture: Ryan OslandENVIRONMENTAL consultancy Umwelt has celebrated its 20th anniversary and officially opened its new headquarters at Teralba.
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The 88-year-old former Teralba Co-op building has been given a futuristic ‘‘green’’ makeover by Adamstown-based Graph Building, using plans created by Rushcutters Bay firm David Selden Design.

At an official opening of the York Street, Teralba, building last night, Umwelt director Peter Jamieson said it enabled the company to ‘‘walk its talk regarding environmental sustainability, impact, performance and quality’’.

A large array of solar panels were capable of generating 135,000kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

Careful design and thousands of metres of embedded water pipes meant the building operated without air-conditioning.

A roof garden had more than 40tonnes of soil, with a 28,000-litre tank providing water for garden and toilets.

Mr Jamieson and another director, Barbara Crossley, built Umwelt from its earliest days in Toronto to a thriving business employing more than 120people at the Teralba office, with offices in Canberra and Perth.

This week’s Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy conference at Pokolbin heard repeated complaints about the increasing cost and complexity of mining approvals, with some environmental assessments running to thousands of pages.

Asked if Umwelt was a beneficiary of this trend, Mr Jamieson said: ‘‘The environmental services sector continues to be a dynamic profession with the need to take into account emerging and evolving technologies, policies, legislation and government and community expectations.’’

He said Umwelt had worked with some of the largest companies in the world, and had been involved with more than 3000 projects in the resource, infrastructure and industry sectors.

Having recently finished the environmental assessment for a $1billion coal project near Singleton, Umwelt had won the contract for Lake Macquarie City Council’s estuary management plan.

Businesses give iPads to Teralba Public School 

IPADS are being used at Teralba Public School to boost learning, following kind donations from businesses in the area.
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Teacher Melanie White said pupils had responded well to using apps on the tablets to learn about maths and words.

‘‘We use the apps as an additional learning tool to reinforce concepts being taught,’’ Ms White said.

IPad use in schools is a growing trend.

In the UK, teacher David Andrews conducted an experiment last year using apps in the classroom.

Mr Andrews, a self-confessed Apple fanatic, found the devices were great for reading and had ‘‘endless possibilities to be used creatively in any subject in the school curriculum’’.

He said in a recent blog in The Guardian that the devices led to pupils ‘‘becoming more independent and able to direct their own learning’’.

Ms White said she realised the potential of iPads for learning when she bought one for her three-year-old.

‘‘I started looking at the apps and seeing how good they were for education,’’ Ms White said.

‘‘I saw a 60 Minutes story with autistic kids using iPads and thought it would be really beneficial to help kids engage in the classroom.’’

The problem was finding money to pay for them.

She sent letters to businesses in the area asking for help.

The school, which had 70 students in three classes, was in a low socio-economic area in which opportunities to use the latest technologies were limited.

The aim was to raise enough money to buy 12 iPads, but the response was so good 18 were able to be bought.

Despite concerns about kids being glued to screens for too long, the benefits appear to outweigh any negatives.

‘‘The major advantage is the students are extremely engaged in their learning as the iPads are so interactive,’’ Ms White said.

COOL SCHOOL: Jaidyn Marinos, 11, Sophie Goodbun, 7 and Amber Harrison, 11, enjoy their new iPads. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

GALLERY: Mulholland’s Spring Break at Fashion Week 

NEWCASTLE-raised designer Emma Mulholland will expand her label overseas following her first solo show at Australian Fashion Week.
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Mulholland’s runway show, titled Spring Break and inspired by growing up on the beach in Newcastle, was held at Sydney’s Carriageworks on Thursdaynight.

The show featured plenty of Mulholland’s signature bright colours and took onlookers from the sunny beach to the snowy slopes of Aspen.

‘‘It’s a real clash of 80s summer versus winter,’’ Mulholland said prior to the show.

‘‘There are prints that people will remember from when they were little.’’

The 25-year old was supported by her Redhead-based parents as well as her grandparents at the show.

She joked that her pop was a bit disappointed he had to miss his weekly game of darts for the event.

A recent favourite of pop artists Kayne West and M.I.A, Mulholland’s self titled label is stocked throughout boutiques in Australia as well as in a store in New York.

‘‘The focus this year is to brach out internationally,’’ Mulholland said.

‘‘I want to expand into stores in Japan and London.’’

Mulholland made her fashion week debut in 2011 as part of The Innovators Show featuring four TAFE students. She spent last year picking up stockists and promoting her label before returning.

Her solo show at Australian Fashion Week also featured a new version of her signature bomber jackets.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

POLL: Parking pain as fines rise

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PARKING fine revenue soared 10 per cent across the Hunter last year and is on track to top $5 million this year.

Data from the NSW Office of State Revenue reveals Hunter motorists racked up fines worth more than $4.5 million in 2011-2012, up from $4.1 million the year before.

Eight months into 2012-13, the figure had already topped $3.2 million.

Most of the 37,804 fines in 2011-12 were written out by rangers from the region’s 10 councils, who issued 34,937 tickets amounting to $4.2 million in fines.

Newcastle City Council alone slugged motorists $2.8 million in the 12 months to June 30 last year, 62 per cent of the Hunter’s total. But other institutions are also contributing, with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health also cracking down.

The university fined motorists nearly $200,000 last year, an increase of $50,000 on the previous year.

Hunter New England Health has so far trebled the value of parking fines it has handed out at its facilities this year.

It has issued fines worth more than $100,000 in the eight months to February 2013, against a total of less than $35,000 for 2011-12.

Newcastle City Council employs 13 parking compliance officers. It has raised more than $2.2 million in the first eight months of this financial year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the fines issued by Newcastle City Council this financial year were handed out in the city centre.

The vast majority of those, nearly 90 per cent, were for ticket parking and timed offences, as opposed to safety offences, according to data provided by the council.

Newcastle City Council compliance services manager Adam Gilligan said the council aimed to strike a balance between achieving parking turnover and addressing issues of safety.

‘‘The main reason we target parking turnover is to ensure that we have places reserved for people who want to come into the city to do some shopping or conduct their business, and they are not for office workers to take up for the whole day,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s about letting people easily visit businesses. It’s counter-productive for workers to keep feeding the meters. We will occasionally have businesses saying ‘your guys are fining our staff’ and they are not happy about that, but we say ‘it’s better if you are not there because where are your customers going to park?’ ’’

The most commonly issued infringement notices, the ‘‘high flyers’’, were easy to pick, Mr Gilligan said – park without current ticket displayed, and park after ticket expires – but a high proportion of tickets were also issued for parking on footpaths, and parking in no-stopping zones or across driveways.

Of the 27,000 fines issued last year, only about 3 per cent were appealed, he said.

Meters prove civic money mint

ON top of the millions Newcastle City Council is raising in fines revenue every year, it is gathering millions more from parking meters.

For the six months to December31 last year, it recorded a profit of $2.1million.

More than $3.4million was fed into parking meters – and more than $800,000 in the eastern end of the city alone – during the second half of last year.

Ranked behind the City East precinct were The Foreshore and Civic, which swallowed $336,984 and $391,229 respectively.

The City West precinct was another big earner, with motorists putting through $298,919 in the six months to December 31.

Next was Newcastle West, where parking meters garnered $193,067.

The surplus – or profit – recorded by the council takes into account expenditure, depreciation and recharges.

New spots for games

By MATT CARR

KNIGHTS fans have won more game-day parking in a bid to cut fines for supporters heading to home games.

District Park and the Newcastle Harness Racing Club will both open to unreserved paid parking beginning with tomorrow’s clash with Penrith.

The Newcastle Herald has reported fans attending games this season have been frustrated after receiving fines in areas they said were not signposted.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said the club had taken the problem seriously and had begun negotiations with stakeholders including Newcastle City Council.

‘‘We were determined to find a solution to prevent our members and supporters being fined,’’ Gidley said.

“We have taken that feedback on board and with the help of the Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy and Hunter Venues, we have been able to find a solution that will benefit Knights supporters.”

Harness club parking is $10 and reached from Jackson Street while the District Park spots are open subject to weather.

Parking at District Park is $7 and accessible from Lambton Road along Bavin Street and Perth Road.

Casual parking can also be purchased through PROticket on a match-by-match basis.

Popovic’s 4-2-3-1 plan is missing one vital cog

 While Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic insists Shinji Ono and Jerome Polenz will be fit for Friday night’s history-making final against Brisbane Roar at Parramatta Stadium, young star Aaron Mooy seems unlikely to start.
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Mooy, 22, trained on Thursday with a heavily strapped left knee, and appeared ginger whenever he put any pressure on the joint.

However, if Mooy doesn’t play, the Wanderers are left with a big selection problem in one of the pivotal roles of Tony Popovic’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Popovic is already without Iacopo La Rocca after his four-game suspension for elbowing Terry Antonis in the Sydney derby, meaning Mateo Poljak is the only sure selection for one of the two defensive midfield spots.

In the final match of the regular season, which Mooy’s medial ligament strain also forced him to miss, youngster Yianni Perkatis filled in admirably and could well be in line to start again alongside Poljak. It’s possible the more experienced Jason Trifiro, who has been used sparingly this season, might also be in contention. A decision on Mooy isn’t likely until closer to kick-off, even if Popovic is adamant he has a full complement of players to choose from.

”Everyone at the moment seems as though they will be available, which is great news for us. It would be nice to get another training session in just to confirm that, but at the moment we’re quite confident that everyone will be available,” he said on Thursday. ”They’ve trained the last two days, all of them, and they’re all confident they’ll be available. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we want them to complete training. If they get through that, we’ll have a big selection of players available for tomorrow.”

Brisbane have their own injury worries in Luke Brattan and Thomas Broich. Both have been passed fit to play, and while Brattan appears fine, it is Broich’s inclusion – or possible exclusion – that could define the outcome.

”We’re expecting him to play, and if he does, I’m sure he’s a very good player and they’ll want to have him out there,” Popovic said. ”They’ve got a squad of players that are coming off two championships. They’re also one game away from a final, and you don’t get to do that with one player, you’ll do that with a squad. Whoever is out there, we’ll respect them and be we’ll be prepared for it.”

While Brisbane are gunning for their third straight championship, Popovic’s side isn’t short of title-winning experience, despite this being the Wanderers’ first season. Between them, Ante Covic, Mark Bridge, Tarek Elrich, Ono and Michael Beauchamp have all played in various cup-winning teams across three continents.

”It might help. We just see that the players are quite relaxed in the changeroom. They’re comfortable with where they’re at and how their preparation has gone, and now it’s just final touches before the game,” Popovic said. ”It comes down to a lot of things in a one-off match but we’ve maintained all year – and I don’t think we should be different now – that we’ve got to believe in our performance. We know that if we perform well, we know, at home, we give ourselves a very good chance of getting to a grand final.”

Beauchamp said the Wanderers’ record against Brisbane – three wins from three games – would count for nothing heading into this game, with the Roar much improved in recent weeks.

”Obviously they’ve changed their coach and have come into a run of form. They’ve shown in the past they’re a quality side,” he said. ”It’s not going to be an easy game for us, and we’re not taking it lightly at all.”

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