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Vaulting workshop: gallery

Vaulting workshop: gallery

Sean Miskelly does a Lion King inspired freestyle performance. The team of Daulters members do a contemporary dance.
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Bronagh Miskelly in team move on barrel.

Bronagh Miskelly does a freestyle performance on WP Cognac at canter.

Olivia Romano performs freestyle on her horse EP Morgan.

Workshop teacher Lani Maher helps Sean Miskelly do his first stand at canter on EP Morgan.

Participants in the recent vaulting workshop in Bowral: (back) Eliza Wark Chapman, Fleur Sykes, Finn Corbet, Alexandra Hammer, Imogen, Lani Maher, Ella Engelhardt, Tabby Oldfield and Abbey Hunt; (front) Ella Finn, Jordan Uecker, Bree Watson, Charlotte Lee, Bronagh Miskelly, Eden Kautz, Sean Miskelly and Olivia Carter. Photos supplied

A VAULTING workshop was recently held in Bowral.

Highlands vaulting star Lani Maher returned to conduct a workshop for juniors.

The group of 19 participants enjoyed the combined facilities of the Alpine vaulting training venue and The Highlands School of Performing Arts (THSPA), Bowral.

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AFL: Hawthorn hands Swans a drubbingPhotos

AFL: Hawthorn hands Swans a drubbing | Photos Hawks players sing the club song after beating Sydney on Saturday. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES
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Hawk Jarryd Roughead holds his back after being pushed by Swan Dane Rampe during the clash on Saturday night. Hawthorn overpowered Sydney, taking the points 148-57. Pictures: GETTY IMAGES

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks celebrates a goal against the Swans.

Hawk Ben McEvoy is challenged by Kurt Tippett of the Swans.

Swan Lance Franklin celebrates with team-mates after kicking his third goal in the second quarter against Hawthorn.

Ben McEvoy of the Hawks competes for the ball against Toby Nankervis of the Swans.

Hawthorn’s Luke Breust trips over Swan Rhyce Shaw during the round 16 match in Sydney on Saturday.

Swan Rhyce Shaw challenges Hawthorn’s Luke Breust.

Hawks head coach Alastair Clarkson looks on before the game.

Swans Sam Reid and Kurt Tippett and Hawthorn’s Matt Spangher contest a mark.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

Hawthorn proved itself as the team to beat when it scored an 88-point win against the Swans on Saturday.

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Gallery: More than 7000 braved winter chill in Sutherland2Surf 2015

Gallery: More than 7000 braved winter chill in Sutherland2Surf 2015

Gallery: More than 7000 braved winter chill in Sutherland2Surf 2015 And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage
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And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

And they’re off: Runners set the pace in the 2015 Sutherland2Surf. Eloise Wellings was thrilled to win the women’s category. Pictures: John Veage

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GALLERY: Tomorrow’s champions today

GALLERY: Tomorrow’s champions today IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Keely Middleton. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
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IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Sophie Mahlo. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Kinross Wolaroi’s Brooke Barrett. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Darcy Holmes. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Dan Connors. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Orange City bench with plenty of back up. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Phillipa Mannix. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Hayley Brock. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Luke Alexander. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Clare Mansfield. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Georgie Poole. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Isobel Howarth. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Halle Livingstone. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Sophie Mahlo. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Lachlan Stewart. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Cassidy Smith and Georgie Poole. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Mitch Winslade. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Will Bishenden, Jack Jones and Darcy Holmes. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Tom West. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Lila Tyrrell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Isobel Howarth. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Georgia Wells. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Lachlan Stewart Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Will Bishenden. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: McKenzie Jones. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Freya Hill. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Lila Tyrrell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Clare Mansfield. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Halle Livingstone. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Ella Worsley. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Phillipa Mannix. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

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Police: Domestic glassing,P-plater goes DUI, jail carpark bust and drug bust

Police: Domestic glassing,P-plater goes DUI, jail carpark bust and drug bust

A MAN has been charged over a ‘‘domestic glassing’’ after a 30-year-old woman suffered a severe cut to her face which will need surgery.
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Police said the alleged victim and her partner, 38, returned to their Seahampton home about 11.30pm on Saturday before the womanputa three-year-old child to bed.

They alleged an argument commenced before the man hit the woman on the left side of her face with a glass.

‘‘The woman suffered significant blood loss and was conveyed to the John Hunter Hospital by ambulance paramedics where she will need to undergo surgery,’’ police said in a statement.

The man was arrested and later charged with wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday.

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TWO men are accused of driving into the carpark of Cessnock jail with a loaded handgun, cocaine, nearly $5000 in cash and five mobile phones.

A joint operation between the Central Hunter target action group detectives and Corrective security operations group officers stopped the car about 10.20am on Saturday.

The men, a 26-year-old from Smithfield and a 22-year-old from Eastwood, were attempting to drive into the jail’s carpark.

Authorities searched the car and allegedly seized a loaded handgun, 1.89 grams of white powder, believed to be cocaine, $4960 in cash, and five mobile phones.

Both men were taken to Maitland police station and charged with numerous offences including an outstanding arrest warrant, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a firearm without licence, not complying with the safe storage of a firearm, introducing a firearm into a correctional centre, possessing a prohibited drug, introducing a prohibited drug into a correctional facility, possessing a prohibited weapon, introducing a prohibited weapon into a correctional facility and dealing with proceeds of crime.

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A P-PLATER has been charged with high range drink driving after allegedly colliding with a car waiting at a red light at Jesmond before driving off.

Police said a car collided with the rear of a car waiting at a set of traffic lights on Blue Gum Road about 12.15am, before the driver allegedly failed to stop.

Officers arrested the man nearby with the help of members of the public and took himto Waratah police station where he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.211.

The Elermore Vale man, 25, had his licence suspended and was charged with high-range driving driving to appear in Newcastle Local Court next month.

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A MAN has been charged with being in possession of ice, LSD and cannabis after being stopped for a random breath test at Wallsend.

Police said they stopped the New Lambton man, 24, on Friday night before a search allegedly uncovered two grams of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, an ounce of cannabis and a quantity of the hallucinogenic drug LSD inside his car.

They also allegedly seized an undisclosed amount of cash.

He was charged with possessing and supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with the proceeds of crime and driving whilst disqualified.

He was released on conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court next month.

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Teamwork the key: co-coach Murfett

Teamwork the key: co-coach Murfett

CENTIMETRE PERFECT: Koroit forward Will Couch celebrates his second quarter goal from the pocket against North Warrnambool Eagles on Saturday with Saints teammate James Gow. Picture: Amy Paton
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OUT OF MY WAY: Koroit midfielder Taylor Mulraney breaks clear of a big pack on Saturday against North Warrnambool Eagles. Picture: Amy Paton

NORTH Warrnambool Eagles need to play as a team if they want to regain their early season zip.

That’s the assessment from co-coach Brendan Murfett after the Eagles slumped to their second straight loss to a Hampden league top five rival on Saturday.

Murfett said the Eagles would take lessons from the 74-point capitulationto Koroit.

“We need to man up a lot more and need to play four quarters of football instead of just five-minute patches,” he said.

“Everyone needs to work for one another. Sometimes we have people that just want to get the ball instead of doing the team thing.

“They played a lot better brand of football today and they showed us what accountable football looks like.”

Murfett said the Eagles’ forward line struggles were reflective of the whole team.

The Eagles managed seven goals against a steadfast Saints’ defence which repelled with ease.

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Chambers leads the way in Warriors win

Chambers leads the way in Warriors win

STAR FORWARD: Chris Chambers kicked eight goals in an outstanding display against Timboon Demons. The Warriors won the game at Timboon by 47 points.
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FULL-FORWARD Chris Chambers has produced a match-winning performance for Old Collegians in its victory over Timboon Demons.

Chambers kicked eight goals as the Warriors prevailed at Timboon 18.14.(122) to 11.9. (75).

Chambers was back in the Warriors line-up after missing last week with illness.

Old Collegians coach Daryl Beechey said it was pleasing to have Chambers back and having an impact.

“He was really good, its good to have him back, he gives us a good target.Most of the time we keep him deep but he does come up the ground if we need him too,”Beechey said.

Chambers had plenty of supply with Joe Kenna and Justine Lynch busy all game.The win has allowed the Warriors to open up a one-game gap in fifth place.The Demons showed plenty of fight early and only trailed by 14 points at half-time before being overran.

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Top three teams all return as winners

Top three teams all return as winners

QUICK PASS: Panthers centre Kate Garrett fires off a pass to Bonnie Higgins in her team’s loss in Wagga netball on Saturday. Picture: Kieren L TillyThere wereno surprises as Wagga’s netballers returned fromthe holiday break.
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TheA gradematches were dominated by the top three teams, who all had convincing wins to widenthe gap from thethree bottom teams.

Second placedShooting Starsbounced back from their last-start loss to easily account for the fourth-placed Panthers, winning60-33.

Again the Panthers were without key players,centreBettina Goolagongand goal attackViv Murnane, while theStars were also missing two of their best in Tegan Cuthbert and Jenee West.

The Stars took the initiative in the first quarter and went to the first break with a seven-goal lead.

After a most dominant second term in which the Stars added another sixteen goals, double the return of their opponents, to increase the margin to 15.

Lily Wild was outstanding in attack andRuby Gooden was prominent in defence.

The Stars put the result beyond doubt in the third quarter, when circle defenders, Clare Vearing and Jemima Norbury, limited the Panthers shooters, Bonnie Higgins and Danielle Lane to a meagre total of five goals for the period, whileStars duoWild and Jess Wadley netted a further 13.

With the game beyond them, all but Higgins at goal attack, switched positions for the Panthers and they proceeded to produce their most competitive quarter.

The Panthers will play Turvey Park next round with the view of strengthening their chances of playing in the final series, whilethe Stars come up against Uranquinty and will be keen to consolidate their second place on the ladder.

Uranquinty showed that they were still a genuine contender for this year’s trophy with a classy 74-44 thrashing of CSU Reddies.

Uranquinty’s shooters, Lana Duffy, Stacey Curran and Jessica Allen, piled ontheir highest score for the season.

They were particularly dominant in the second and third quarters when they netted 42.

The Reddies managed to do well up forward too, with shooterBrianna Cusackagain prominent.

SEARCHING FOR OPTIONS: New Kids Aces’ Abbey Corbett looks to throw a ball over the outstretched hands of Turvey Park’s Kira Hallam.

Zoe Hall made a welcome return to the Reddies lineup after recovering from an injury sustained in the second week of competition.

Once again, the Tilyard sisters, Olivia in the centre and Brooke in defence, gave their team good service.

Undefeated competition leaders, New Kids Aces, were too classy for a gallant Turvey Park side, which has yet to record a win this season.

Winning 52-24, Rhiannon Podmore in defence and centre court playersAbbey Fellows and Abbey Corbett were the standouts

ShootersLisa Frow and Paige Guthriecapitalised on the numerous opportunities provided, despite determined defence from Jaimee Smith, Sarah Crackanthorp and Della Winnell.

In defence,Aces’ evergreen goal-keeperTracy Schulz-Colecombined well with Podmore to limit Turvey’s scoring opportunities, butMorgan Watts and Taylah Cox converted well when they did win the ball.

The Aces faceCSU Reddies next round, whileTurvey are a chance of opening their season’s account againstPanthers.

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Pair face court for trying to get loaded gun and drugs into jail

Pair face court for trying to get loaded gun and drugs into jail

TWO men will appear in court on Sunday after allegedly attempting to bring a loaded firearm and prohibited drug into a correctional facility in Cessnock.
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About 10.20am on Saturday two men, a 26-year-old from Smithfield and a 22-year-old from Eastwood, attempted to drive into the car park of the facility.

NSW Police attached to the Central Hunter Target Action Group, and Corrective Security Operations Group officers, were conducting a joint operation and searched their vehicle.

They allegedly located and seized a loaded handgun, 1.89 grams of white powder, believed to be cocaine, $4960 in cash, and five mobile phones.

The two men were taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with numerous offences including an outstanding arrest warrant, possess unregistered firearm, possess firearm without licence, not comply with safe storage of firearm, introduce firearm into correctional centre, possess prohibited drug, introduce prohibited drug into correctional facility, possess prohibited weapon, introduce prohibited weapon into correctional facility and deal with proceeds of crime.

They were refused bail to appear before Maitland Bail Court on Sunday.

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Industrial wasteland of Camellia set to become new neighbourhood

Industrial wasteland of Camellia set to become new neighbourhood

Camellia as it is now. It is set to be the site of the next big urban renewal project. Photo: Brendan Esposito This industrialised area has been re-imagined as Sydney’s new waterside neighbourhood. Photo: Brendan Esposito
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It was Shell’s decision to switch off its oil refinery in 2012 that largely prompted the re-imagining of Camellia. Photo: Brendan Esposito

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With its abandoned railroads, towering smoke stacks and whiff of chemicals, it is hard to imagine Camellia ever being called home.

But the dusty and dry site about 1.5 kilometres east of Parramatta is set to be transformed from industrial wasteland into urban idyll.

The NSW government is finalising a plan intended to convert the neglected 321-hectare zone into a new neighbourhood.

Parramatta’s Liberal state MP Geoff Lee said that within the next two decades Camellia could be home to more than 20,000 high-rise apartments and 10,000 workers.

“The vision is turn an industrial wasteland into waterfront living,” Mr Lee said. Why Camellia? 

The precinct, which includes parts of Clyde and Rosehill, has long been locked up by heavy industry such as oil refining, manufacturing and freight distribution.

But it occupies a swath of prime real estate at the geographical centre of Sydney.

Camellia is on the banks of the Parramatta River, a stone’s throw from the booming Parramatta CBD and backs onto the M4 Motorway and James Ruse Drive.

Nobody lives in the area and there are only about 3000 workers, half of whom are tied to six businesses.

WestLine Partnership chairman Chris Brown, who is lobbying to build a light rail through the precinct, said Camellia was “ground zero” for major development.

“The benefit of having this land tied up in such ugly industrial use for so long is that it is now available for remediation,” Mr Brown said.

“We can put people where factories used to be and give value to this absolutely core site.”

Camellia’s metamorphosis would also support the expected growth of Parramatta as it becomes Sydney’s second CBD.

“It is a goldmine,” Parramatta lord mayor Scott Lloyd said.

“People don’t know it’s there. You sort of have to pull out your phone to show them where Camellia is at the moment.” Why now?

It was Shell’s decision to switch off its oil refinery in 2012 that largely prompted the re-imagining of Camellia.

Shell was one of the main tenants of the precinct and its transition to a fuel import terminal meant it required significantly less space.

This has raised the prospect of a large mass of land being released to the market for development and the chance to revitalise the entire area.

A spokeswoman for Viva Energy, which now owns the terminal, confirmed operations would be consolidated into a smaller space but said future use of the surplus land had not been determined.

As well as state and local government pushing for Camellia’s renewal, there is also the increasingly vocal WestLine Partnership.

The lobby group, which has property groups and developers like GPT, Goodman and Dexus as members, says the private sector could fund a light rail track from Parramatta, through Camellia and on to Sydney Olympic Park.

The route is one of four being considered by the state government.

A Deloitte report commissioned by the group found that densification of the precinct would​ allow for 57,000 residents and create more than 46,000 locally based jobs.

“The [lobby group members] are not philanthropists, they want to pay their part,” Mr Brown said. “This not an act of charity … Camellia will be the epicentre of major development.” Won’t this be hard?

After years of industrial use and poor management practices, the extent of contamination at Camellia is unknown.

James Hardie’s asbestos factory, where Bernie Banton worked, operated in the precinct from 1916 to 1993.

A Parramatta Council discussion paper said substantial toxic filling of the area, including asbestos and chrome ore processing waste, was believed to have occurred but was largely undocumented.

But supporters of developing the area point to Rhodes and Newington as signs of successful remediation projects.

Clean-up technologies are improving, some businesses have already committed to fixing their sites and the level of remediation needed would depend on how the land was used.

The other major concern is access: there are only two main entry and exit roads into the area, public transport is poor and there are no direct links to the neighbouring suburb of Silverwater.

And even if the land is rezoned from industrial to residential, the businesses currently in Camellia might not want to pack their bags.

The council paper found that the majority of owners wanted to remain. This could limit widespread change in Camellia and also create conflict between different land uses. So, what could it eventually look like?

A Department of Planning and Environment spokeswoman would only say that the plan for Camellia would be exhibited in the “near future” and locals would be invited to give feedback.

But under Parramatta Council’s vision, the residential and new business areas would be clustered along the banks of the Parramatta River.

The “Grand Avenue” that is currently a grim and barren road into Camellia would be transformed into a “distinctive entry boulevard”.

The river front would be activated with a walkway, open space and domain improvements.

As the fuel import terminal is still supplying 40 per cent of the state’s energy and requires specific pipes and tanks, the opposite side of Camellia could be transformed into an “innovation precinct” associated with alternative transport fuels refining, advanced bio-fuels and research.

Traditional heavy industries would transition into clean technology businesses.

Clr Lloyd said there was the potential to build one, or even multiple, town centres.

“At the of the day we going to have a wonderful new precinct that will have thousands of residents and thousands of jobs right on the footstep of Parramatta,” he said.

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