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Sweeping views in tightly held Highfields | House of the Week House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, Highfields

TweetFacebook House of the Week | 44 Hillcrest Parade, HighfieldsTo many Highfields residents“The Knoll” in Hillcrest Parade, as it is affectionately referred to, is well known.

Most outsiders though will not have heard of the quiet cul-de-sac which enjoys an elevatedand sought-after position with expansive views across Glenrock State Reserve and the Pacific Ocean.

Properties rarely come to market there, where a handful of tightly held houses built in the 1950s and 60s ring a central park.

Dalton Partners duo Scott Purnell and Joanna Cook are marketing the family home of the late Terence Doran, which he built at No.44 in 1968.

Terence was the eldest of seven brothers who joined their father Vincent’s building business, which became known as Doran Constructions.

They built many prominent buildings in Newcastle, including the city’s cultural centre overlooking Civic Park, the Newcastle Permanent offices in King Street, the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall and many churches in the region.

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Terence capitalised on the view when he built in Hillcrest Parade and daughter Bronwyn Mascord said it had been “a very special spot” growing up.

“The location is just so peaceful and you have an ever changing view of the ocean,” Bronwyn said.

“The Knoll itself, where the house is positioned, is very private. You’re very close to the highway and very close to the shopping centres but it’s removed enough that you really feel as though you’re in the bush.”

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The home on 657 square metres of landis being sold with a $1 million guide.

“It’s just a unique, special location that attracted most local doctors and medicos when it was first settled,” Mr Purnell said.

“This is one of only a few properties that look down into the valley of Glenrock and out toward the Pacific Ocean.

“Highfields in itself is tightly held but this knoll position is extremely tightly held and it’s really about this unique piece of land.”

It has its first inspection scheduled for Saturdayat 10am.

According to Carers , an estimated 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care is provided in each year.

As we celebrate National Carers Week this week, many of us are unaware of the tremendous volume of work being quietly completed by others in our community, often without acknowledgement. But at what cost to the wellbeing of our carers?

Carers often feel social isolation and the challenge of always having to ‘be there’ – a problem exacerbated when they live in rural and regional areas.

Take, for example, Mary. Mary has spent the last 10 years caring for her husband who is living with advanced dementia. They live in Warracknabeal, a town of less than 3000 people in rural Victoria.

Although Warracknabeal has access to a memory support nurse, who is highly valued by the community, Mary would also appreciate support from others in a similar situation.

“It is very lonely trying to cope on your own. You need to know that you are not on your own with these problems,”Mary said.

It is for people like Mary that we need to come up with innovative new ways to connect carers – to let them know there are others in the same position, facing the same challenges.

But how do we reduce the tyranny of distance for carers?

Innovative online technologies allow us to do this. Although they do not completely replace the need for face-to-face contact, a virtual network of peer support can make a real difference to the wellbeing of carers.

This is something we are trialling through La Trobe University’s Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Communities (Verily Connect) project.

Verily Connect incorporates technology including an app and video conferencing to create online links between carers, across 12 rural locations in Victoria, South and New South Wales.

Creating these virtual communities can not only reduce isolation, it can potentially reduce the need for expensive and disruptive residential care, or multiple acute care admissions for people who are living with dementia.

Surely this has to be a win – not only for carers, but for people who are living with dementia.

So, as we celebrate National Carers Week, let’s think about people like Mary, and how we can support her to fulfil her role better.

Because carers need to be cared for too.

Professor Irene Blackberry isdirector of La Trobe University’s John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research.

London Olympic Laser gold medallist Tom Slingsby will skipper Team in the Sail GP series.Champion sailor Tom Slingsby believes the national teams aspect of the new SailGP series will help make it the sport’s premier event – and one of the best across all sports.

Six 50-foot catamarans capable of speeds of more than 90km/h will contest the five-event inshore series, starting on Sydney Harbour on February 15-16.

The teams representing , China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States then take the series to San Francisco (May), New York (June), Cowes (August) and Marseille (September).

“The great thing is we’ve got countries which we’ve naturally got a rivalry with, whether it’s the US or the UK,” Olympic gold medallist Slingsby, who was announced as Team skipper on Monday, said.

“The product we’re going to be bringing to the public now is really going to be nothing the sailing world, or I think the sporting world, has ever seen before.

“A lot of people will draw comparisons to the America’s Cup or Olympics.

‘We’re really trying to not define ourselves by any other sailing competition.

“We’re trying to compare ourselves to the top sporting events in the world.”

Slingsby’s crew of Kyle Langford, Jason Waterhouse, Ky Hurst and Sam Newton have between them have won world titles, Olympic medals and competed in the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to assemble the people who I think are the best sailors in the world and they happen to be from ,” Slingsby said.

“I’ve seen some reports that are the favourites and, if you look at our crew, we should be the favourites on paper.

“For me, the ability to come back and represent again that’s a huge thing.

“Obviously I’ve represented at the Olympics and then there wasn’t an n team in the America’s Cup, which I always wanted to do.”

Competition will be over two days with a final match race between the two leading teams in each event.

Points will be accumulated throughout the series, culminating in a match race between the top two teams for a $US1 million ($A1.4 million) purse.

Slingsby expected to take delivery of the n boat in mid-November and said it would be an upgraded version of the ones used in the past America’s Cup.

“They’ve been made faster and they’ve been made easier to sail, which means we can get them around and move them a lot on tighter courses, and they turn better,” Slingsby said.

“I think the top speed we did in the America’s Cup was about 47 knots (87km/h), these new boats with the new foils and control systems, we’re hoping to do 50 knots, maybe 52, 53 knots of boat speed.”

Men’s finalists Julian Wilson and Ryan Callinan with women’s finalists Macy Callaghan and Courtney Conlogue at the France Pro. Picture: WSLRyan Callinan was getting back to business to prepare for the famed Supertubos break in Portugalafter an overwhelming career-best performance on the championship tour in France.

The Merewether goofy-footer had little time to celebrate his amazing run to the final on Saturday (AEDT) as an injury replacement wildcard before heading to Peniche for the10thstop on the World Surf League CT, which could start Tuesday.

Callinan fell to friend and world No.3 Julian Wilson15.34 to 14.23 in the decider after wins over OwenWright, Filipe Toledo, Adriano De Souza, Willian Cardoso, Jordy Smith and Connor Coffin.

The performance easily earned the 26-year-old another wildcard into the next CT event, where he will meet Wright and HawaiianEzekiel Lau in heat one of round one.

Callinan has returned to Portugal, where he won the 10,000-point qualifying series event last month that all but secured his CT place for next year and the wildcard start in France.

DIGGING DEEP: Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan in action at the Quiksilver Pro France last week. Picture: WSL/Poullenot

High performance coach Adam Trypas said Callinan had already turned his focus to Supertubos and training to maintain strength in his knee, where he has battled patellatendonitis.

“It’s a credit to him,” Trypas said on Monday.

“I spoke to him this morning and he’s already sourced out a gym and he did a training session yesterday for his knee.

“He’s settled up in Peniche in Portugal and his head space is really good.

“He said he got through both comps without any problems and he’s not in [knee] pain anymore.

“But he’s educated himself enough to knowthat he needs to keep on top of it. He’s pretty self-regulated.

“I don’t think there was much partying. It was pretty much straight up to Portugal to get ready.

“And the couple of days recovery will do him the world of good as well.”

Callinan’s previous best effort, in his only full-time year on the CT in 2016, was a round-five loss to Kelly Slater at Pipe.More footage of reactions to his result in France surfaced on Monday.

“It means the world,” Callinan told the WSL of making the final.“I can’t really put it into words right now, but it’s more special to share a final with Julian. I think I’ve been hanging a lot with him at home and it’s just awesome to see him performing and to see myself performing. I’m just so pumped. It was just awesome to go tit for tat.

He also thanked supporters on social media.

“What a special week and one I’ll never forget,” he posted.“I’m so overwhelmed by all the messages and support. Thank you all. And to everyone that been helping me along the way, I can’t thank you enough.”

Meanwhile, clubmate Morgan Cibilic made a winning start to his campaign at the 1000-point Mandurah Pro QS event on Monday.

The teenageropened in round two with scores of 5.0 and 7.25 and the 12.25 totalwas enough to take the heat ahead ofSamson Coulter (11.40), Dylan Moffat (9.15) and Hinata Aizawa (8.35).

He facesJacob Willcox, Dean Bowen and Elliot Paerata-Reid in round three.

Merewether’s Philippa Anderson resumes her campaign for a CT spot at the 3000-point Hyuga Pro in Japan from Friday.

Anderson is 11thon the QS rankings, just over 2000 points outside the all-important top six,with the Japanese event and 6000-point Port Stephens Pro from November 8 left to improve her standing.

KICK OFF: Jets Larissa Crummer and Dimi Petratos, back row, fourth and third from the right, at the season launch on Monday. Picture: AAPAT just 22, LarissaCrummer is already a veteran of six W-League seasons, four championship-winning campaigns, a golden boot and a World Cup.

The star Newcastle Jets recruit, though, had neverbeen front and centre at a season launch representingher club beforeMonday’s 2018-19 event in Sydney.

It’s a sign of Crummer’s standing at the Jets and her importance to the team as they try to repeat last season’s drought-breaking run to the finals.

Crummer was among a host of Matildas at Melbourne City over their past three championship-winning seasons. Before that, the striker-turned-defender played finals at Brisbane after startingher W-League career with a championship at Sydney FC in 2012-13.

And although Newcastle have the likes of Matildas star Emily van Egmond, former skipper Gema Simonand Americans Katie Stengel, Taylor Smith and Britt Eckerstrom to show the way, Crummer will no doubt take on more of a leadership role at the Jets than she has at her previous clubs.

It is a challenge Crummer, who wants to develop as a centre-back, is keen to take on.

“I’m more of a senior player,” Crummer said.

“There’s younger girls coming through and I’ve grown up, and I think I haven’t had the chance to be a leader, so it’s definitely going to improve me as a person and possibly as a player as well.”

Crummer, though, did not feel any extra pressure to perform for her new team.

“To be honest, I think there’s pressure at every club,” she said.

“I always want to do well and play my best football. At Newcastle, we might not have as many Matildas, but they are all quality players and we come together strong as a team, so I’m just really looking forward to starting the season.”

Crummer returned late last Thursday from the Matildas’ trip to England and France for international friendlies. She missed the Jets’ trial against Mid North Coast on Sunday to stay in Sydney and represent the club, along with Socceroo Dimi Petratos, at the joint A-League/W-League season launch.

”The uniform looks great and I’m happy to have it on,” Crummer said.“Newcastle have been so welcoming and everything, so it’s exciting.

“We’ve all said this is probably going to be one of the strongest W-League seasons that we’ve hadand I think no team is going to be easy and it’s always going to be a fight to win each game,so I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

She believed Newcastle were“definitely going to be one of the teams to beat” this season in a league that would be tighter than ever.

“I think City’s always put in a strong team and Sydney as well,” she said.

“Even Melbourne Victory have some great recruits, but no team is going to be easy.

“I think this year everyone has sort of evened out.

“The last few years it’s been City with the big names, halfthe Matildas have been at City, but I think this year we’re more spread out.”

“Even Adelaide has picked up some new players and Newcastle has as well, so it will be quite an even league.”

Newcastle start their season in round two against Melbourne Victory away on November 1 and Crummer believed the opening bye was a plus.

“The Americans are only just sort of coming in now, so with the extra week under our belts, and we can watchall the other teams as well, so I think it’s definitely an advantage for us,” she said.