Honeysuckle Hopscotch artwork is up for debate

Treading a fine line over Honeysuckle art project | PHOTOS Show Your Stripes: A yellow, white and pink art installation at Honeysuckle. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

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More photos of the artwork by Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers.

A dog goes for a walk over the art project.

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The T-Rex’s from Empire Coffee Co aren’t the biggest fans of the yellow lines.

A section of the artwork, focusing on the yellow stripes.

An aerial plan of the art installation, which the university sent to local businesses as part of “stakeholder notification”.

TweetFacebookDifference of OpinionNicholas said the project was “open to interpretation”.

“When we were installing it and kids went past, they were confronted by these lines. They started to hop over them andthere’s a different level of interaction,” he said.

“They start to interact with it in a way you wouldn’t have intended. It’s open-ended. I’m happy for people to have different opinions about it.”

Glen agreed that art was open to opinion.

“Ifpeople want to disagree with my opinion that’s fine. They can come in and check it out and then we can have a conversation over a coffee in my cafe,” he said.

“They’ll have to pay for their coffee though,” he said, adding that his business was “still struggling” over a car park closure at Honeysuckle and light rail construction.

On the MoneyThe Hopscotch artwork isone of fiveprojects that theSchool of Architecture and Built Environment is doing at Honeysuckle this year. They are part of the “Honeysuckle Placemaking” project along the shore.

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund gave$135,000 forthese five projects, whileHunter Development Corporation (HDC) gave its land owner’s consent for them to occur.

Glen said there were“a few things I could have spent the $135,000 on to activate the precinct”.

He said if proper consultationhad been done with the local businesses“I think it would have had a very different outcome”.

“Maybe the powers that be should have a chat with me sometime,” he said.

We understand that HDC supports the project and considers it an attempt to do something innovative. It hopes the artwork will attract people to the area.

A New WordDr Glenn Albrecht once coined the term“solastalgia”, which referred to distress caused by environmental change and destruction.

Now he’s created the term “alcoalism”.

Glenn, a Hunter resident and honorary associateat the University of Sydney, described it as “a serious addiction afflicting politicians who cannot give up political donations from coal companies”.

His remedy?Alcoalholics Anonymous.

“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop taking money from coal companies,” he said.

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Strike Force Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting at Port Stephens

Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

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— Max Mason-Hubers (@MaxMasonHubers) April 6, 2016

“There are members of outlawmotorcycle gangs in the communityusing guns and in this case, which we believe is an internal matter, they’ve used them against their own members.”

Inspector Radmore said there were“definitely persons of interest” that policehad identified.

He said thesearch of the river would continueuntil policeeither found the weapon or cleared the area.

Divers are expected to resume the operationon Wednesday, if conditions allow.

“The community needs to have confidence that police will investigate these matters, whether they’re internal matters amongst outlaw motorcycle gangs or targeted against members of the community who are unrelated to outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Inspector Radmore said.

Read more: Bikie shooting search leads to dirt track

“We will be now pursuing this investigation to finality.”

Strike Force Raptor North is based in the Hunter and was established earlier this year, along with a southern counterpart based in the Illawarra, as offshoots of the elite Strike Force Raptor anti-bikie squad.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the 2016 shooting at Port Stephens to contact Crime Stoppers–where tipscan be given anonymously–on 1800 333 000.

Music, movies, art, food and markets: make the most of your weekend with the Herald’s planner.

SATURDAYStreet Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East.

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Motown & Soul Night 8pm onwards, Queens Wharf Hotel Skiff Bar. DJs Dan Phelan, Phil Dando and Mark Evans. Free entry.

Claire’s Cupcakes 100% VeganOpen Day 9.30am, 8 Jeffro Place, Elermore Vale. Final day for The Stray Cats Project fundraising raffle.

Newcastle Antique & Collectables Fair Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. Tickets: $12 adults; $10 pensioner/concession; accompanied children under 16 admitted free.

SHINE Presents Christmas in July 11am to 3pm, PCYC Newcastle, corner Melbourne and Young roads, Broadmeadow.Seven NDIS providers present dancing, sports, arts and crafts, drumming and percussion circle, Santa and more.

Toy Run Xmas in July Launch 3pm onwards, Wickham Park Hotel, Islington. Live music, raffles, superhero theme.

Newcastle Cross Country Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland. This is a graded event and the course distances are 2.9km, 5.3km and 7.8km. New runners register 10am; race starts 2pm.

Essential Oil Expo 10am onwards, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club.Education; exhibits; pop-up shop; demonstrations.

Chromotherapy by Liana Art Exhibition 6pm to 8pm, Glazed Bar, Newcastle West.A unique, one-night-only art affair by Newcastle’s Liana Goninon. BYO, $5 corkage.

Bicycle Workshop 9am, Bike Library, University of Newcastle Callaghan campus.Buy, borrow or trade bikes from us. Parts, fixing help and workshops. Students and non-students welcome.

Harry Potter Day Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm, Heroes and More, 89 Nelson Street, Wallsend.

Community Drumming Circle 7.30pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. All welcome, free event.

Hanging Tree Wines Annual Burning of the Canes 5pm to 10pm, Hanging Tree Wines, 294 O’Connors Road, Pokolbin.Bubbles on arrival,live music, sip a cup of soup around the fire then to the cellar door for a wine-matched, sit-down meal. Tickets $120 per person.

Newcastle Foreshore Clean Up 10am,Hessian bags supplied, bring gloves.

The Levee Art Gallery Official Opening Noon to 3pm, 282 High Street, Maitland.RSVP on Facebook event page or by [email protected]杭州夜生活m.au.

SUNDAYFernleigh 30 Meet at the Fernleigh Track car park entrance behind Liles Oval at 8am. Run, walk or ride the entire track or keep it simple and do 5km, 10km or 20km. Fundraiser for Hands Across The Water. Registration costs $40.

Brass by The Lake2pm to 4pm, Westlakes Music Centre, 3 Stilling Street, Rathmines. Avariety concert hosted by Toronto Brass with ensembles, solos and popular music from different genres. Tickets $10; children 16 and under admitted free. Phone0402 003 214 to book or purchase at the door.

Instameet Newcastle 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Dixon Park Beach. Create artwith plastic debris; sunset photo shoot. All welcome.

Abseiling at Glenrock 9am to noon, Glenrock Conservation Area. All gear provided. Ages eight or older.

Sithmas in July 10am, The Empire Coffee Company, Honeysuckle.Get your Christmas photos early. Supply your own camera and take your own photo or staff can take it for you. Fundraiser for The Black Dog Institute.

National Tree Day Community Planting 9am to 1pm, Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow.To register and for more information visit treeday.planetark杭州楼凤/site/10018906or phone 4974 2622.

Figure Skating 11am to 7pm, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay. The Margaret Joynton-Smith Trophycompetition.

Street Eats Noon to 4pm, Queens Wharf, Morpeth. Food trucks.

Hunter Breast Cancer Public Forum 8.30am to 4pm, Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton. A day of information, access to support services and some fun. Admission is free and includes morning tea and lunch. Registration essential through Sticky Tickets.

Mums’ Cottage Variety Concert2pm, Holmesville Community Hall, George Street, Holmesville. Live music, entertainment and dancing.Entry is $10 and includes afternoon tea.

SAVE THE DATEThe Hunter Record Fair returns to Kotara High School on Saturday, August 18.A huge range of new and second-hand vinyl records and CDs.Entry via Lexington Parade, Adamstown. Entry costs $3.

MARKETS** Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Handmade in the Hunter Christmas in JulyMarkets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive,Pokolbin.

The Bumble Flea Market Saturday, 10am onwards.Located in Hamilton, just off Beaumont Street. Go to the event’s Facebook page for further details.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 8am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Whale Watching Market Sunday, 10am, Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

ARTS & CULTURELake Macquarie City Art GalleryYes Yes Yes Yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s;Moving Histories // Future Directions. Until September 23. Officially opening at 2pm on Sunday with guest speakers, live music and refreshments.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryLuminous Maitland, until August 12; Stuart Scott –Faces of Maitland from the Mrag Collection, until August 12;Wendy Sharpe –Secrets, until August 19; All That Glitters, until September 2.

The Lock UpThe Ghosts of Nothing: In Memory of Johnny B. Goode. Until August 19.

Lovett GalleryThe Children’s Library. Until August 25.

The University Gallery Painting the Song, from the Sims Dickson Collection. Until August 26.

Watt Space GalleryHigh Performing Students Program; The Language of Paint, by Karen Bolden; Gateway: White Mushrooms & Painted Gods, by Maggie Hall; Naturalist, Students of Natural History Illustration. Until August 5.

Patricia Wilson Adams: The smell of peaches always makes me cry (detail) 2009 bronze dimensions variable artist collection.

Newcastle Art GalleryStain Me With The Intensity of Black, byPatricia Wilson-Adams. Until August 26.

Wollombi Cultural CentreHome in the Hunter, by Nancy Gray andAnthony Downes. Until August 12.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryGathering Stories. Until August 12.

Gallery 139Abstracted, byAndrew Shillam, Judy Hill, Belinda Street, Frank Murri, Justin Lees, Ainslie Ivin-Smith.

Science @ The Museum 10am to 3pm, Maitland Regional Museum, Church Street, Maitland. Lego, science oddities, fossils and more.

Newcastle MuseumVoyage to the Deep,about undersea exploration and adventure. Until October 21. Shadows of Sacrifice,Newcastle’s Great War 1914 to 1918. Until December 16.

Art Systems WickhamBetween. Ends Sunday.

Timeless TextilesSubterranean: Australian response withCharlotte Sehmisch. Until August 5.

Newcastle Potters & Back to Back GalleryFLOW, byHelen Jackson, Jenny Bickley, Peter Masters. Until August 5.

Hunter Galleries at Dalwood EstateModern and traditional, with a common theme of country landscapes and native fauna. Until August 31.

The Swansea CentreNewcastle Art Society Exhibition. Until August 5.

Port Stephens Community Art CentreMarine & Industrial Art. Until August 14.

Live Art –A GeneticMash Up With Carla EdwardsSaturday, 10am to noon, Belmont Library. Until August 11.

THEATREThe Girl With The Golden LocksAmusing family show by American playwright Brian D. Taylor, with fairy tale characters as secret service agents and the suspicious characters they are investigating. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 7pm (final show).

PinocchioMusical adaptation by Novocastrians William Ford and Glenda Price of Carlo Collodi’s novel about a wooden puppet. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. 2pm Saturday.

PeepshowThe lives of seven people living in an apartment building, including two pairs of lovers, two female friends seeking relationships, and a lone man, become intertwined in Isabel Wright’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm (final show).

Sarah Gaul – HomecomingNewcastle comedienne Sarah Gaul returns home after a year in New York with an original musical-comedy show; fundraiser for local women’s refuge Jenny’s Place. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

Work in Development –Gurri Thurr-ayePublic reading of a new play by the Hunter’s Ray Kelly looking at an Indigenous grandfather’s memories of life in the bush; audience members invited to comment. Ngarrama Productions, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm.

AnnieA Newcastle Grammar Schoolproduction atGriffin Duncan Theatre, Newcastle, onSaturday at 7pm.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Alessandro.Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Jackson Broadway.Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Sami Cooke.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Arley Black.

Battlesticks BarSunday, Little Cents.

Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Anthology,Daniel Arvidson.Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmont HotelSaturday, Purple Hearts.Sunday, Tim Pringle.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Felix Quinn Band.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Amigos.Sunday, Rave On.

Blackbutt HotelSaturday, Shivoo.

The BradfordSaturday, Viagro.

Cambridge HotelSunday, Sweater Curse, Skivvy Season, Paper Thin, Sam Hollins.

Catho PubSaturday, Angie.Sunday, Overload.

Caves Beachside HotelSaturday, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Bobby C.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, James Naldo.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane.

Club KotaraSaturday,Morning Glory.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Anthony Lee.

Club RedheadSaturday, Melbourne Street.

Colliery InnSunday, Brien McVernon.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Bob Allan.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSunday, Ashley Knight.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Triple Zero.

Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSunday,Phoenix.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, DJ Timmy Coffey,Katie & Dave.

Customs HouseSaturday, Jethro Thorpe.Sunday, Roxy.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Hayden Johns.

D’Albora MarinaSunday, Joel Procter.

Denman HotelSunday, Hendo.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, Jamie Martens.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Dave Alone.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, 24 Hours.Sunday, Kevin O’Hara.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Matt McLaren.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Exchange HotelSaturday, The Search Party.Sunday,Anthology.

FinnegansSaturday, Luke La Beat.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday Pam, Les &John Bond.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

George TavernSaturday, Mardmax.

Grain StoreSunday, JJ King.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Dan Runchel Band. Sunday, Magpie Diaries.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Sunhill Drive.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Boots Porter,Lachlan X. Morris, Demi Mitchell.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Kellie Cain, Dos Eager. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Tre Soul.Sunday, The Years.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Shadowboxer – The Angels show.

Jewells TavernSaturday, Iguana.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Anthems.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Michael Peter.

Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Brien McVernon Band.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,One Day Apart,Bin Lids.Sunday,Tristan Bird.

Lemon Grove HotelSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Ray Beadle. Sunday, Wendy Matthews, Broke House.

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Scully.

Lucky HotelSaturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Mary Ellen HotelSaturday, Mojo Bandits.Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Maryland TavernSaturday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Brendan Murphy.Sunday, Matty G.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Mark Wells.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Full Throttle.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,DV8.Sunday,Chad Shuttleworth.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Murray Byfield.

Murray’s BrewerySaturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Greg McKew.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Neath HotelSaturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubSaturday, All Access 80s.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday,Josh & Liv. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, James Osborn.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, John Larder,TK.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Ash Mountain.

Pelican RSLSaturday, Catfish Soup.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Pistol Pete.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Premier HotelSunday, Loose Bazooka.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Hot Fox,Dave Carter.Sunday, Phonic.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Karen O’Shea.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Anyerin.Sunday, Gareth Jay.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Happening Thang.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, Tim Broadway.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Kazzie.

Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday, Crawford Brothers.Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Small BallroomSaturday, Kim Moyes,Forbes & Whiteside, Lance & Cadel,Matt Shepherd.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, The Big Band Trio.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Red Runners.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Redline.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Cover 2 Cover.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Kelly Hope.Sunday, Peter Stefanson.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Allan Freihaut.

Toronto HotelSunday, Brendan Murphy.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Mick Jones.Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Warners At The BaySaturday, The Years.

Weston WorkersSaturday, The Flattrakkers.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests NEXSaturday,Uptown Duo.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats.Sunday, Helena,GW Freebird Blues Band.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Marissa.

MOVIES2001: A Space Odyssey –4K Remastered(G)Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest. (Event, Glendale)

Adrift(M) A young woman sails into the eye of a hurricane to save the man she loves.

André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert: Amore – My Tribute to Love(E)An annual summer concert series in his beautiful Netherlands hometown of Maastricht. (Tower)

Ant-Man and The Wasp(PG)As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission.

The Breaker Upperers(M)Two women cynical in loveset up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.

Early Man(PG)Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. (Event, Glendale)

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation(G)Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom(M) It’s been four years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again(PG)In this sequel to Mamma Mia! Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant.

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games(G)When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.

Mission: Impossible –Fallout(M)Ethan Hunt and his IMF team are in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Ocean’s 8(M)Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. (Lake Cinema)

Show Dogs(PG)A macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Skyscraper(M)On assignment in China, USwar veteran Will Ford,finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze.

Tag(M)A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

The Equalizer 2(MA)A sequel to the the 2014 filmwhich is based on the TV series about a retired agent who’s a hired gun for vengeance.

The Incredibles 2(PG)Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world.

The Leisure Seeker(M) Arunaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. (Lake Cinema)

‘Barilaro chose his words carefully’: Nats still eyeing off Wagga

In a clear indication that the NSW Nationals have not given up on contesting Wagga Wagga, the party conducted polling in the seat on Monday night to gaugevoting intentions.

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Despite Premier Gladys Berejiklian maintaining on Monday that the Liberals would be the only Coalition party to run in Wagga Wagga, it is understood the Nationals have not ruled it out.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces on Saturday that Daryl Maguire will quit. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

A byelection is expected to be calledonce disgraced MP Daryl Maguire formally writesto the Speaker of NSW Parliament and tenders his resignation from the seat. That is expected this week.

Fairfax understands the firm Telereach, traditionally used by the National Party, conducted the polling to look at voting intentions and “party favourability”.

Telereach asked voters which candidatewould get their vote, including the Labor candidate Dan Hayes, possible Liberal candidateGenevieve Fleming or Kay Hull for the Nationals.

It also asked about voting intentions for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.

Several senior Nationals figures said Ms Hull, the former federal MP for the area, would be “the standout” candidate for the party but she would need to be convinced to run.

“I think if we said to Kay that she is the best person to win Wagga for the Coalition, she would have a very serious think about running,” a Nationals source said.

It is understood that if the polling indicates that the Nationals would have the best chance of winning the seat, the party would use that as leverage to contest it.

Ms Berejiklian returned early from her winter holidays on Saturday to announce that Mr Maguire, whowas heard on secretly recorded phone tapstrying to broker property deals and to seek commission on behalf of a Chinese developer, would quit parliament.

The Nationals leader John Barilaro said on Saturday: “It is a Liberal seat and they have every right to run. The Nationals have no interest in three-cornered contests.”

But senior party sources said Mr Barilaro chose his words carefully.

Daryl Maguire. Photo: AAP Image/Erik Anderson

“What people haven’t picked up on is John rightly said Wagga is a Liberal seat and there wouldn’t be a three-cornered contest,” a party source said.

“But it is only a Liberal seat until Daryl actually resigns and things change once that happens. John has not come out and said that the Nats won’t run.”

Asked on Monday if the Nationals had indicated to her they would not contest the seat, Ms Berejiklian responded “yep”.

A senior Liberal source said that there was “no way” the party would hand Wagga Wagga to the Nationals.

“We have held that seat for 60 years. Daryl was well respected for a long time, so there is no reason to think we won’t win it again. We might take a hit but we would win it again.”

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Broncos’ Boyd happy to stay in centres

Darius Boyd is happy to stay in the centres with Jamayne Isaako showing good signs at fullback.Brisbane captain Darius Boyd would happily play out his NRL career in the centres if that’s what would help the team achieve success.

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And Broncos legend Gorden Tallis reckons coach Wayne Bennett has found a winning formula with the backline reshuffle that sparked last week’s big win over Penrith.

Bennett sprung a selection surprise the day before the 50-18 victory, moving Boyd from fullback to left centre and replacing him at the back with young gun Jamayne Isaako.

It worked wonders, with Boyd’s presence steeling up Brisbane’s left-edge defence and Isaako starring in the No.1 jersey.

Bennett said the arrangement wasn’t permanent, but it will be in place for at least one more match – Thursday night’s clash with Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium.

Tallis said he would have done it weeks ago.

“I would have moved (Boyd) in a lot earlier because I think he needs to get closer to the ball,” he told reporters at Fox League’s retro round launch on Tuesday.

“Darius is that good he can play any position.

“Issako has grown week-in, week-out, his kicking’s unbelievable.

“I thought he was really good to fill Darius’s shoes and not look out of place against (James) Maloney and (Nathan) Cleary who have a great kicking game.

“If he keeps on playing the way he does, the position’s his.

“I thought it was Brisbane’s best performance in a long time.”

Boyd reckoned it brought the best out of Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima too, admitting he “talks too much” at fullback and that the playmakers were able to run things their own way without his voice ringing in their ears.

The 31-year-old also believed a full-time switch to the centres could help extend his NRL career.

“Fullback’s my best position but I’m really happy wherever to be honest,” Boyd said.

“The Broncos have given me a lot, I owe them a lot, I’m very grateful to be at this club and finish my career here.

“Whatever it takes to be successful I’m happy with.”