Monthly Archives: December 2018

Salim Mehajer accused of breaching strict bail conditions

Controversial property developer Salim Mehajer has denied he contacted his estranged wife Aysha in breach of strict bail conditions, as he fights charges of dangerous driving and breaching an apprehended violence order.

Mr Mehajer, the former deputy mayor of the now-defunct Auburn Council, appeared in Burwood Local Court on Thursday in a bid to vary his bail conditions to remove a 10pm curfew and a requirement he report three times a week to Rose Bay police station.

He was also seeking to travel interstate for work.

On November 20 Magistrate Joy Boulos imposed “very stringent” bail conditions on the 31-year-old, which she said would ensure he was kept “virtually under house arrest” at a residence in Vaucluse.

He had been arrested at 1am that morning over alleged breaches of an AVO protecting his estranged wife and an incident of alleged dangerous driving following a crash near her home in Kingsgrove.

One of the bail conditions imposed by Magistrate Boulos was that he should not contact his estranged wife on social media site Instagram or elsewhere, including via third parties.

The prosecution opposed any variation to the bail conditions and grilled Mr Mehajer in the witness box on Thursday about his compliance with existing conditions.

He denied he had emailed his estranged wife from an email address that he had also used to correspond with police, saying the email was sent by his sister Aisha and was a “company email address”.

“Aisha is my sister and also the company director,” he said.

“I just became aware of it [the email] minutes ago, or about an hour ago.”

Asked why he was 1?? hours late reporting to Rose Bay police station on December 1, Mr Mehajer said there was “an issue” with opening the gates at his Vaucluse residence.

“You couldn’t jump over the fence and get a cab?” the police prosecutor asked.

Mr Mehajer said the gate was three metres high.

His lawyer objected when Mr Mehajer was asked whether he was “a prisoner” inside his own home.

The court heard police have visited Mr Mehajer at his home virtually every night to ensure he is complying with his 10pm to 5am curfew.

Asked why he did not answer the door at 10.25pm on December 2, Mr Mehajer said “of course I was home” and speculated he may have been “in the shower”.

The court heard he made a series of 000 calls on the evening of November 20, the day the bail conditions were imposed, about a dispute over his car.

He denied he admitted in the calls that he was not home by his curfew and said “at all times I have been home before 10pm”.

Mr Mehajer had previously told the court he needed changes to his bail conditions so he could attend late-night callouts from residents at Skypoint Towers, the Lidcombe apartment block he developed and manages.

He said in his affidavit he was appointed to the building manager role on September 15.

Magistrate Boulos said she found it “difficult to understand” why Mr Mehajer would not have a strata manager to oversee the site.

She also said Mr Mehajer would have been aware of this information when he applied for bail on November 20 and should have told his lawyers.

Mr Mehajer’s sister Zenah Osman, a solicitor, had offered to provide $50,000 surety in support of varying the bail conditions.

But Magistrate Boulos said that, “having had regard to the serious allegations that were before me … no amount of money will satisfy the court and will be sufficient in the circumstances to vary the bail that I set back on the 20th of November”.

“I see no reason whatsoever to depart from the original bail,” she said.

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Innovation in the Hunter

Ashleigh Tikolevu, a Health Promotion Officer at NSW Family Panning in Hunter. The Family Planning NSW Hunter clinic is the community’s most trusted source for reproductive and sexual health care. The local services on offer continue to expand and cater to the diverse and changing needs of the Newcastle community.

“Our clinics welcome everyone and as the state’s leading provider of reproductive and sexual health services, our staff is dedicated to providing high quality health care and expert advice,” said Ms Jodie Duggan, Director of Clinical Operations, Family Planning NSW.

The clinic’s Sexuality and Disability Service supports the sexuality needs of people with disability, and those who support them, with tailored individual and group-based programs. Family Planning NSW is a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) so all sessions are included in a person’s NDIS plan.

“We won a NSW Disability Industry Innovation Award this year for our ‘Sexuality and Relationships Forum’ for parents and carers of people with disability. The forum was hosted in Newcastle in March to great success,”

A longstanding Youth Drop-in Clinic, open every Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm- 5:30pm, was set up specially to suit the needs of young people living in the Hunter region. People aged 12-24 years are able come to the Hunter clinic without any appointment, and with bulk billing available to people under 18 years, full-time students and concession card holders.

“Whether it is for an STI check, contraception, pregnancy testing and options, or any other concerns, our expert clinicians are able to help with all reproductive and sexual health care needs in an easy, non-judgmental way.

“We even have free condoms, confidentially available for people under 25 years, through our Condom Credit Card (CCC) program. Participating service providers can be located through the CCC app,” said Ms Duggan.

With changes to the National Cervical Screening Program coming into effect 1 December 2017, Family Planning NSW is inviting all women who are due, or overdue, for their regular cervical screening to come in and get up-to-date.

“The new Cervical Screening Test is more accurate than the traditional Pap test meaning you’ll now only need it every five years. Having it regularly is still very important as we know that 8 out of 10 women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had regular screening,” said Ms Duggan.

The light rail construction has affected access to the clinic with Hunter Street now closed to vehicles but the clinic is still open as normal. Pedestrian access is available and buses are still running to drop you off close by.

Check 梧桐夜网newcastletransport.infoforup-to-date information or give the clinic a call on (02) 4929-4485.

Five ways under $50 to get your home ready for 2018


A new year always brings with it the feeling of a fresh start and it’s a great time to set some better intentions for all areas of life – including the home.

While it may not be possible to have a stylish and spotlessly clean home 365 days of the year, there are small changes we can make that have a lasting impact in the home.

Canberra Outlet Centre is a beacon of inspiration for all things home style, and here’s five quick and affordable ways to get your home ready for the new year.


It’s the oldest trick in the stylist’s book, but it works!

Sofas are a large investment piece that cannot be changed easily but a few new cushions is a great way to improve the look of an older sofa or simply add more style to our living rooms.

With so many homeware stores at Canberra Outlet Centre, you’ll be sure to find a handful of new cushions to introduce a fresh colour palette or more on-trend prints into your home. Cushions start from $5 at Cotton On, or Freedom at $40 each (pictured).


We often hear about the benefits of indoor plants and for good reason – they have a range of health benefits, such as improving air quality, and are seriously stylish!

There’s a huge range of affordable pots, hanging planters and smaller vessels at Canberra Outlet Centre so you’ll be able to find just the right piece to display your favourite plant, such as this large matte black pot from Adairs used to hold this aloe vera plant.

For greater visual impact, consider creating a mini urban jungle in your home by clustering several plants together. The trick to doing this well is ”contrast” so don’t be shy to mix plant types (different foliage, plant shapes and height) or vessels.


Trying to decide what to wear each day is difficult enough so let’s not add a disorganised wardrobe to the equation.

If you have piles of clothes at the floor of your wardrobe, shirts falling off hangers or nowhere to store your accessories, take the time and small expense to get organised.

A few ways to organise wardrobes are: using storage bags to compactly store clothes that won’t be worn next season; placing accessories and smaller items in storage baskets; buying hanging shelves to organise shirts or other folded clothing; using quality hangers.

We’ve used just a few items of clothing to show these concepts in action using wardrobe solutions from Freedom and Howards Storage.


You know what they say – a decluttered workspace is a decluttered mind. Increasingly many of us are working from home or taking work home with us, so why not make a few small changes here to create a more productive workspace.

A functional and organised workspace comes down to storage and stationery. We love the range of blush pink diaries and notepads from Typo, which come with matching pens and other accessories. A marble tumbler keeps pens together, while a stylish desk lamp from Freedom provides functional lighting. All of the desk items shown are available from Canberra Outlet Centre.


If there’s one thing we could all have more of in the home, it’s storage! But there are ways we can maximise the space we already have, such as using storage containers like these from Howards Storage. It’s an easy way of keeping similar items together and to take better advantage of the depth of the space.

You can find a range of storage containers, including with or without lids, in all different sizes so you can configure these to fit whatever drawer size you have.

Why not try a few of these ideas to get your home ready for the new year?

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Public opinion on the rail corridor rezoning

The former Newcastle railway station, the area between platforms filled in, with Customs House Hotel in the background. Picture Simone De PeakGAUGING public opinion on any issue, let alone something as complicated as the planning decisions being made for the former Newcastle heavy rail corridor, will always be a matter of approximation, if not guesswork.

At its meeting on Tuesday night, Newcastle City Council voted to rezone the bulk of the corridor between Worth Place and Newcastle station, in order to allow a program of re-use to commence.

Only two councillors spoke before the vote was taken. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes wasin favour of the rezoning.

Greens councillor John MacKenzie criticised the way material had been presented to councillors, saying a 60-page reportby un-named council staffwas open to accusations of bias, and left the council’s decision open to legal challenge.

In her contribution, the lord mayor raised the results of a telephone survey of 955 residents living within the Newcastle council area, which was conducted on the evening of November 20.

This survey, the councillors were told, showed that 57.5 per cent of respondents supported “renewal” on the land, while 37.5 per cent wanted it maintained as a corridor.

As the Newcastle Herald reported before the meeting, these findings werein stark contrast to the outcomes generated when the council put the rezoning proposal on display for 40 days during September and October. In this process, submissions opposing the proposal substantially outweighed those in favour.

Explaining why the council had embarked on the November 20 telephone poll, council chief executive Jeremy Bath said it was to seek feedback to an August 22 notice of motion by then-Greens councillor Therese Doyle, who wanted the idea of light rail on the corridor –with buildings over the top –included in the community consultation.

If that was the case, it should be noted that the telephoned questions made no mention of theconcept of light rail running through buildings, giving weight to Cr MacKenzie’s description of the exercise as “push polling”designed to elicit a particular response.

Mr Bath is correct when he says the construction on Hunter Street means the argument over the heavy rail line has been “fought and lost”.

Much of the responsibility lies with the state government, rather than the council.But if there is one thing that all these years of rail line debate have taught us, it’s that opinion is still sharply divided when it comes to this grand re-imagining of the city.

ISSUE: 38,675.

Delhi accident victims a windfall for Good Samaritans

Delhi: Anyone in the Indian capital who takes a road accident victim to the nearest private hospital within the “golden hour”, when medical treatment is most likely to succeed, will now receive a cash bonus of 2000 rupees ($41) for being a Good Samaritan.

Victims of a fire or an acid attack will also be covered by the scheme.

The Delhi government is offering the incentive to reduce the carnage on the roads – four people die every day in accidents caused by insanely reckless or drunken driving (or both).

Mostly, passers-by do not stop to help, primarily because they fear getting entangled with the police and suffering harassment. The fear of having to appear in court as an eye-witness in the case, involving taking time off work for trials that can last years, is also another deterrent.

From now, though, the government has promised that passers-by who rush victims to a hospital will not suffer any police harassment and will be rewarded with both the cash bonus and a certificate of “good character”.

Moreover, the government has promised to pay in full for the treatment of the victims in private hospitals. It’s not yet clear how the funding will be arranged between the government and the private hospitals.

Currently if passers-by do help, they invariably take road accident victims to a government hospital where treatment is free. The problem is that this is often not the nearest hospital to the accident site and precious time is lost. Helpers also know that a public hospital will treat the victim, whereas they may be refuse treatment or not have adequate medical insurance for a private hospital.

Piyush Tewari, founder of the Save Life Foundation which trains Delhi police in life-saving care for crash victims, said the new policy of full payment for medical treatment and the financial reward could be a game-changer in reducing road deaths.

“It could be abused if, say, the Good Samaritan and the hospital are in cahoots but I’m sure they will have checks in place – such as the rewards being paid by cheque and asking the hospital to provide an undertaking that the victim is not related to the Good Samaritan etc – that should help prevent abuse,” Tewari said.

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