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  • Budget blues dampen Chinese rate cut’s boost to Australian shares

    2018 - 07.05

    A cut in Chinese interest rates at the weekend has sparked a short-lived surge in Australian shares on Monday morning and analysts predict more Chinese monetary easing.
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    China cut its benchmark one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 5.1 per cent and its benchmark deposit rate by the same amount to 2.25 per cent at the weekend.

    The news of the cut – plus a very strong 1.5 per cent lift in the Dow Jones on Friday – pushed the local sharemarket indexes 0.9 per cent higher after the open.

    However, the market soon fell back on domestic factors, IG Markets strategist Stan Shamu said.

    “The cut had a pretty positive impact, we got off to a good start,” he said. “It had a big impact but it then turned very minor.”

    Another sell-off of the banks and general jitters ahead of Tuesday’s federal budget stripped the local market of all its gains before noon, he said.

    At 1.20pm AEST on Monday, the S&P/ASX 200 was up just 0.09 per cent at 5639.4.

    The cut in rates by the People’s Bank Of China was the third in six months. The central bank is trying to lift growth in what appears likely to be China’s worst year in a quarter of a century.

    The PBOC acknowledged that “China’s economy is still facing relatively big downward pressure”.

    “At the same time, the overall level of domestic prices remains low, and real interest rates are still higher than the historical average.”

    The rate cut followed weaker than expected April trade and inflation data, which analysts said may have spurred the PBOC decision.

    “In a nutshell, we are neither surprised nor impressed by this interest rate cut,” Societe Generale analyst Wei Yao said. “If economic growth continues to slide, policy easing will have to step up as well.”

    Westpac analyst Jonathan Cavenagh said further Chinese monetary easing was likely.

    “Sunday’s announcement is unlikely to be the last, with our economics team expecting the one-year lending rate to be 4.6 per cent by year’s end, while the required reserve ratio is expected to fall to 16.5 per cent from the current 18 per cent.”

    Sentiment in Chinese shares should be improved by the cut, he said.

    The correlation between China’s sharemarket and others in the region “had not been that strong”, he said, so the spillover effect to other sharemarkets, including in Australia, was “limited”.

    Capital Economics said it also expected the required reserve ratio to fall from 18 per cent to 16.5 per cent.

    However, as inflation was expected to rise later in the year – automatically pushing real interest rates down – further cuts to benchmark rates by the PBOC were unlikely, it said.

    “Today’s cut to benchmark interest rates is not a sign of panic, as some will argue, but a rational response to weaker than expected data,” Capital Economics said.

    “Policymakers have room to act more forcefully if needed but are choosing to dole out stimulus in a measured way.”

    Goldman Sachs Group economist Song Yu – who correctly declared growth in 2014 had troughed and would be followed by a rebound  – said there would be a repeat of that pattern this year.

    “Now it’s very similar to this time of last year in terms of having a combination of monetary, fiscal and administrative loosening,” said the Beijing-based economist, ranked the best overall forecaster of China’s economy by Bloomberg Rankings for the past two years. “The data in recent years consistently show us one thing: If the Chinese government really, really wants to push up short-term growth, they can.”

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    Federal budget 2015: Business confidence flat in April ahead of budget, says NAB

    2018 - 07.05

    “Until confidence lifts significantly it is difficult to see a sustained economic recovery developing.” NAB chief economist Alan Oster. Photo: Michele MossopBusiness confidence was unchanged in April, according to the latest National Australia Bank survey, as uneven economic growth, uncertainty around Tuesday’s budget and continued weakness in consumer spending and unemployment weighed on sentiment.
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    NAB’s latest monthly business survey of more than 400 companies, found no change in the mood from March, at 3 index points, after a jump from zero in February. Business conditions, meanwhile, slipped from 6 to 4 points, giving back some of the gains posted between February and March.

    NAB chief economist Alan Oster attributed the movements to resurgent uncertainty about growth patterns, unemployment trends and consumer behaviour.

    He said the impact of the interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia in February had so far proved limited, although last week’s cut, to 2 per cent, should provide stimulus beyond the investor housing market.

    “Until confidence lifts significantly it is difficult to see a sustained economic recovery developing,” Mr Oster said.

    “To date, rate cuts have not appeared to do much and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, this week’s Federal Budget will do.”

    With the Federal Government committed to spending restraints, the central bank has been under more pressure than usual to stimulate demand and investment through lower interest rates.

    However, some economists have warned that too much monetary easing can be counterproductive, with the potential to sharpen, rather than smoothen out, imbalances in the economy. Queensland Investment Corporation chief economist Matthew Peter said on Monday low interest rates were helping fuel double-digit house price inflation in Sydney, for example.

    “That’s all a function of the interest rate being forced down much lower than it would need to be if there were some other demand-side stimulus to support the economy – and that naturally would come from fiscal policy,” he said.

    NAB’s Alan Oster also noted from the survey that  investment was patchy as the much-need transition away from resource-linked infrastructure remained narrowly-based.

    “Low interest rates are having a notable impact on the most sensitive sectors of the economy, like investor housing, and the recent rate cut in May should further contribute to these trends,” said Mr Oster.

    “Nevertheless, pass-though to the broader economy has been somewhat mixed.”

    He once again highlighted business reluctance to invest in new capacity as a drag on the economy, despite some signs of a pick-up in the consumer mood.

    Trading and profitability both slipped in the April survey, while labour, input and retail costs were largely flat.

    He said the lower Australian dollar should have fed through to higher input costs, which would eventually be passed on to consumers.

    However, the currency impact appeared to have been offset by lower oil prices.​

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    Motley Fool: The real losers from lower rates

    2018 - 07.05

    For almost two years now investors have been taking out more mortgages than first home buyers.When the Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates last week, we saw the traditional fanfare over winners and losers from the decision.
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    For the couple paying off a mortgage on a house they bought ten or twenty years ago, it was all upside. A lower rate reduces those interest payments and puts upward pressure on house prices, making them richer on paper and – due to lower interest payments – quite immediately boosts their spending money (or means they can pay off that loan more quickly).

    On the other hand, retirees living in their own home off the income from term deposits, are seen as the victims. Lifelong savers, these people have too much cash to deserve the pension, but can’t afford to live off the interest. Worryingly, they are eating into their principle. They are the first to receive our sympathy.

    That’s fair enough, but we hear a less about the impact on young adults. Still studying, or at the beginning of their careers, they are saving for a house deposit, often with a partner or spouse. The only problem is, their savings don’t earn more than 3% in the bank, and – even putting aside a generous portion of their moderate pay package – house prices seem to outstrip even their best efforts at saving.

    Big city property booming

    House prices across the 5 largest capital cities are up 8% in the last year. Sydney has seen faster growth, with prices up 14.2% in the last 12 months, according to data from CoreLogic. There’s little doubt this growth has been assisted by successive interest rate cuts. As a result, many young couples working in east coast cities, hoping to build their own nest, face little prospect of success in that regard. At least, not without some help from Mum and Dad.

    Unfortunately, this leads to inequitable outcomes. Since support from Mum and Dad is now important in getting into to property, young couples who don’t get that help are faced with significant hurdles to home ownership. This is particularly true in Sydney or Melbourne.

    Adding insult to injury, some say that lower interest rates are to their advantage. After all, they are told, now they can afford to borrow more money. While true, this fact is hardly good news. It isn’t just first home buyers who can afford to borrow more. It’s everyone, including investors. And those same investors also benefit from the tax break afforded by negative gearing.

    Indeed, for almost two years now investors have been taking out more mortgages than first home buyers. For the entirety of 2015, first home buyers have accounted for less than a third of new Australian mortgages, according to data from the Australian Finance Group. That’s a strong indication that investors are crowding first home buyers out of the market.

    Are there better options?

    With record low interest rates offering a paltry return on savings, it is increasingly attractive for would-be first home buyers to postpone that ambition and invest in shares instead. With shares in high quality companies yielding considerably more than term deposits, the benefits of compounding are not out of their reach.

    In fact, sharemarket investing is one area where a younger generation may have an advantage because statistics demonstrate that the length of time owning shares is one of the most reliable indicators of overall returns. With relative youth comes a relatively long time horizon during which a high quality business with honest and competent managers can generate value for its shareholders.

    Foolish takeaway

    Ironically, buying shares is one way of benefiting from lower interest rates. By investing in a sensibly diversified portfolio of shares, a young couple can position themselves to benefit from lower interest rates without taking out a 30 year loan. While it’s no replacement for owning their own home (which is, after all, where the heart is) it may well be the most prudent decision. After all, a recent study from New York University found Sydney housing to be the third-least affordable in the world, with Melbourne not far behind at sixth.

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    Claude Walker is a Motley Fool investment analyst. You can follow Claude on Twitter @claudedwalker. The Motley Fool’s purpose is to educate, amuse and enrich investors. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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    Council’s good call on HACC

    2019 - 09.21

    IT’S A good call by the City of Greater Bendigo councillors to continue to deliver Health and Community Care (HACC) services for the next three years.
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    It demonstrates they have listened to the community and voted against outsourcing delivery of the Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

    This is the right decision.

    For the workers, the clients and the community.

    Some of the most vulnerable people in our community rely on the HACC services.

    Council HACC services sets an important benchmark for the quality of these services, as well as the pay and conditions for workers.

    This announcement means workers and clients can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

    What’s your opinion?

    Do you have some thoughts on this issue? Click here to send a letter to the editor.

    Preference is given to letters of no more than 350 words.

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    Oppression is not justifiable

    2019 - 09.21

    SENATOR Bridget McKenzie’s accusation that animal activists are “social do-gooders” is spot on the money.
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    However, not with the negative stigma attached that she would hope for.

    What is wrong with wanting to do good in society?

    For generations, we have treated animals like they are merely a means to an end.

    Annually, humans kill approximately 150 billion animals.

    For some reason, we as a society fail to comprehend that animals feel pain and terror just as vividly as we do.

    According to Ms McKenzie, our hunting practices are justified because they are “incredibly legal”.

    Moreover, “it is in our very DNA” and is a “way of life”.

    Such a poignant way to look at the slaughter of a harmless animal, don’t you think?

    The main problem with attempting to justify an unjust act, such as shooting a helpless animal, by reference to our legal system and pastimes, is that morality is always two steps ahead of the law.

    Until the late 20th century it was legal in the majority of Australian states for married men to rape their wives.

    Australia has a terrible history of legally discriminating based on gender, sexuality and skin colour.

    The legal ownership of black slaves was the foundation of modern America.

    These examples, of which there are countless others, have several commonalities.

    Firstly, they were all “incredibly legal pastimes”.

    Secondly, they all involved the exploitation of a weaker group by an oppressor.

    And thirdly, they are all now regarded as an insult to our moral conscience.

    It would appear that just because a certain “way of life” is the status quo does not make it right.

    Our exploitation of animals is no different to the above examples.

    Unfortunately, discrimination doesn’t discriminate.

    If you can discriminate based on species, you can discriminate based on gender, race, or whatever. Why?

    Because discrimination is based upon an elitist view of the world.

    The very elitist view that Ms McKenzie accuses animal activists of.

    So, instead of referring to animal activists as “elitist bent” with an agenda to “persecute those who participate in incredibly legal pastimes”, perhaps Ms McKenzie should take a long hard look in the mirror.

    The person looking back will be one with the arrogance to suggest that the economic benefits of animal “persecution” outweigh the cruelty inflicted.

    There is no moral justification for the exploitation of a harmless and defenceless animal. When it comes to oppression, which is what our treatment of animals is, it pays to put yourself in the shoes (or wings, hooves, fur, etc) of those being oppressed or ill-treated.

    It is far too easy to sit back and say there are “positive impacts” of shooting when you’re not the one being shot at. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Well, with barbaric senators such as Ms McKenzie at the helm, I shddter at how history will remember us.

    What’s your opinion?

    Do you have some thoughts on this issue? Click here to send a letter to the editor.

    Preference is given to letters of no more than 350 words.

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    Outrageous outfits at op shop test

    2019 - 09.21

    ON TREND: (From left) Lola Cummins, Adriana Lions, Christa Lindsay, David Gilbey, Danielle Jerrick, Sarah Moon, Pip Enscoe and Grant Luhrs at the Op Shop Fashion Challenge.
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    Contestants in the Op Shop Fashion Challenge stopped at nothing at the weekend to win the crowd’s approval.

    The charity event for Sunrise Rotary attracted a crowd of 120 people, who watched as local celebrities paraded formal, evening and hilarious outfits purchased from local op shops.

    Christa Lindsay was named the winner of the $500 cheque for hercharity, the Carmelite Monastery.

    CSU lecturer David Gilbey and entertainer Grant Luhrs were named second and third, respectively.

    WORK IT: David Gilbey shows his style at the Op Shop Challenge at Lake Albert. Pictures: Les Smith

    Sunrise Rotary president Jo Wilson said the event was such a success the organisation is considering hosting it again next year.

    “People were laughing, theyall got into the spirit of it,”she said.

    RELAXED STYLE: Grant Luhrs has all eyes on him as he struts his stuff.

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    BasketballLazers couldn’t take the Heat

    2019 - 09.21

    CLIMBING HIGH: Matt Hughes flies high on his way to the basket as team mate John Fenton looks on
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    A DISAPPOINTING team performance from Lithgow Workies Lazers saw them lose their second match on the trot when they went down to Wagga Wagga Heat 76-60.

    The once invincibility of the Lazers on their home court (the ‘Lazerdome’) has now been smashed and the home side was never in the game after a poor start.

    The young athletic Wagga team came out firing with their American import Gage Daye, who is the top scorer in the league, leading the way.

    They were a well drilled, tall and very fast combination and had the Lazers on the back foot from the opening whistle.

    Wagga took the first quarter 14 to 6.

    The Lazers tried to stay with them in the second quarter and scored some good points from steals and fast breaks, but it was still not enough to take the quarter with Wagga adding to their lead by taking the quarter 20-15 to give them a 34-21 lead at the break.

    The third quarter saw the Lazers’ Keiran Osborn, John Fenton and Adam Marjoram step up, scoring some tough baskets.

    It was the Lazers’ best quarter taking it 22-19 giving the home side a glimmer of hope.

    A comeback was not to be with the experience of Wagga’s Gage Daye shining through, leading Wagga to a last quarter 23-17 and ultimately a 76-60 win.

    Daye showed his dominance scoring 32 with good support coming from Zac Maloney (15).

    Lithgow’s top scorers were John Fenton (15) and Kieran Osborn (12).

    The loss was a wake up call for the Lazers who now know what has to be done if they are to emulate last year where they made it through to the grand final.

    The Lazers have a week off and the coaching staff will be working on things to try and turn the season around and to put them back in winners’ circle.

    The team will be using this time to practise some current areas that are letting them down like turnovers, improving the shooting percentages and offensive rebounding which have marred the recent games.

    Lazers next home game is Sunday May 24 at noon against Illawarra Hawks which should be another top contest.

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    Former Doyles Creek execs to challenge ICAC findings

    2019 - 09.21

    Craig Ransley arrives at the ICAC inquiry.A series of court challenges toIndependent Commission Against Corruption findingswill ride on the coat-tails of a legal bid by mining mogul Travers Duncan and his associates to have findings against them overturned.
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    Mr Duncan and his former business associates John McGuigan, John Atkinsonand Richard Poole are seeking to have findings that they acted corruptly by concealing the involvement of the Obeid family in a coal tenement struck down by the Court of Appeal.

    A second group of businessmen, formerDoyles Creek Mining directors CraigRansley, Mike Chester and Andrew Poole,are challenging findings made against them in a separate ICAC inquiry.

    The Supreme Court heard on Monday that the matters are “likely to be interrelated” and the latter should be adjourned until the former is heard.

    The Baird government rushed a bill through state Parliament lastWednesdayto validate past corruption findings,which were jeopardised by a High Court ruling on theICAC’s powers.

    But the bill, which becamelaw on the same day,does not preclude a challenge to corruption findings on grounds that are unrelated to the High Court ruling.

    Lawyers for Mr Duncan and his associateshave alsoforeshadowed a constitutional challenge to the validationlawas part of their case.The outcome of this challenge will be watched closely by lawyers for the former Doyles Creek directors.

    The ICAC found former mining minister Ian Macdonald acted corruptly by awarding an exploration licence to Doyles Creek Mining, which was then chaired by Mr Macdonald’sfriend andformer union boss John Maitland.

    Mr Ransley, Mr Poole and Mr Chester were found to have acted corruptly by making or agreeing to Mr Maitland making “false or misleading” statements to the Department of Primary Industries about the proposed mine.

    The Court of Appeal will hear the Duncan matter in mid-June.

    Chance to comment on federal electoral boundaries

    2019 - 08.21

    ST GEORGE residents are invited to submit written suggestions about the redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in NSW.
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    The acting Australian Electoral Commissioner Kevin Kitson said interested individuals and organisations could provide written suggestions and comments about the redistribution, which will see NSW decrease its representation from 48 to 47 federal electoral divisions.

    “Written suggestions must be received by the Redistribution Committee for NSW by Friday, May 22, to allow them to be considered,” he said.

    Mr Kitson said that in making its proposal of revised electoral boundaries, the committee must ensure the number of electors in each division meets strict numerical criteria.

    “In addition, the committee will consider communities of interest, means of communications and travel, and the physical features and area of the proposed divisions.”

    – The best way to lodge a submission is via the AEC website, where there are more details on the proposals. Go to aec.gov419论坛/nsw-redistribution

    – Suggestions and comments can be submitted by email to [email protected]论坛

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    CDHBU crushes Hume League premiership favourites

    2019 - 08.21

    PRESSURE: The Rock-Yerong Creek player Bradley Hare chases down North Wagga’s Chris Willis at McPherson Oval on Saturday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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    THE upsets continued in the Hume Football Leaguewith CDHBU bringing down the premiership favourites Brocklesby-Burrumbuttockby 22 points.

    AfterBurrumbuttockkicked the first two goals of the match, CDHBU went on a goal scoring spree with power forward Luke Cowan just about unstoppable.

    Of the next 10 goals kicked in the half CDHBU booted nine of them with Cowan the catalyst kicking seven of them to set up lead of 38 points at half-time.

    Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock came back in the second half but the damage had been done as the Power moved into third place on the ladder.

    Osborne finally got on the winner’s list when they easily defeated old rivals Lockhart at home by 46 points.

    A scintillating first half that had Osborne kick 10 of the 11 goals set up the win with Marty Bahr, Alec Rowell and Connor Galvin amongst the Cats best.

    Lockhart had its best moments in the final term when courtesy of Zac Sheather and Mitch Sykes they were able to outscore the home team.

    The win was just the boost Osborne needed after several close losses and the big loss of Matt Clark for the season through injury.

    Henty produced its best form for the season defeating Howlong at home by 14 points in a high standard encounter.

    It made it two wins in a row for the Swampies, whilst it was the Spiders second defeat in a row after they had started the season so well.

    Big Roy Jaques was best on ground for Henty dominating the ruck and giving the midfield first use of the ball in a great duel with Spiders Peter Hancock.

    James Gray booted four goals for Howlong, while Beau Walker, Troy Price and Ben Baker stood out. Both sides will more than likely clash again come finals.

    Walla made it two wins on the trot with a hard fought win over rivals Culcairn at Culcairn, with Coach Matt Jaensch the star for the winners.

    Jaensch kicked eight goals to be clearly best afield. Jayden Holt, Craig Lieschke and Ethan O’Donnell who also crossed over from the Tallangatta FL starred as well.

    Culcairn again got excellent service from Nick Wright (three goals). Simon McLeish, Hayden Smith and Kaden Slatter all played well in a dour battle.

    The Lions now sit at the bottom of the table.

    Walla, with two wins and a bye, have rocketed into seventh position.

    Jindera jumped into second place on the ladder when they proved to classy and experienced for the young Holbrook outfit at Jindera.

    With Jindera coach Josh Walker in great form up forward kicking eight goals, the Bulldogs were never threatened after quarter time.

    Sam Myors played his best game for Jindera since joining this year, while Mick Blomley and Andrew Wilson showed there class and poise.

    Holbrook got good service out of Keiran McCarthy, Will Heriot, Lachie Trethowan and Andrew Mackinlay.

    Murray Magpies moved into top place on the ladder with an 21 point win over a tenacious Billabong Crows at Lavington Sportsground.

    Zac Kerr was best for the Crows in a good team effort, while for Magpies it was Dylan Hartin and Hayden Edwards who got the job done.

    NEXT WEEKROUND SIX

    CDHBU v Henty

    Holbrook v Osborne

    Howlong v Rand Walbundrie

    Lockhart v Brock Burrum

    Billabong Crows v Jindera (Urana)

    Walla v Murray Magpies

    Culcairn bye

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    Eat/Drink: Fancy curry beer?

    2019 - 08.21

    Mad for beer: Englishman Neal Cameron made a “curry beer” for The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular festival on May 30. Picture: Natalie RobertsEver wondered what beer and curry would taste like together?
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    Brewers at the Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill wanted to test the flavours and made a beer with curry spices.

    The Mad Mad Madras beer will be one of 120 beers created especially for the annual The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh.

    Master brewer Neal Cameron said it’s an opportunity to try things he wouldn’t normally.

    “We enjoy the challenge of pushing the bounds of what’s possible and what’s sensible,” he said.

    “The beer is rich dark ale made with basmati rice and flavoured with tamarind, cumin, coriander, ginger and garam masala — all the key flavours of a good curry.”

    Click here for details.

    Feast of flavours

    The first Sydney Hills Curry Festival is at Castle Hill this Sunday, May 17.

    Dishes from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia will be available.

    Visitors will be treated to South Asian and subcontinental entertainment, stalls, henna tattoos and kids’ rides.

    The festival is being run by The Hills Council in partnership with Event News Production Company and Nitin Madan, which managed the Holi Mela event at Blacktown.

    Details: May 17, 10am-5pm, Old Northern Road, Castle Hill.

    Eat/Drink: Delicious food and great live music

    2019 - 08.21

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    Perfect combination: George Washingmachine is one of the musicians who play at the Lunchtime Jazz series at Wisemans Ferry. Picture: Melissa Adams

    There is something special about having a delicious meal among friends with the sound of live music being played in the background.

    Sure, some places have the speakers turned up too loud, but there is plenty out there to choose from and you can find the food and music combo that is just right for you.

    If you’re after something special, Riverbend Restaurant, Wisemans Ferry, has lunchtime jazz bi-monthly on Sundays.

    For $49 visitors enjoy a three-course meal and three hours of jazz.

    The next event is on June 14 with musician Bob Henderson. Click here for details.

    Other places like the Atura Hotel in Blacktown and The Lucky Australian Hotel in St Marys choose to feature aspiring singers as entertainment for patrons.

    Every Saturday night there is an open mic night at Atura Hotel (aturablacktown苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛) and The Lucky Australian Hotel has karaoke on Fridays. Click here for details.

    Bigger clubs have a diverse program with a mix of bands and acoustic singers.

    Rouse Hill

    ■ The Fiddler

    ■ Ettamogah

    ■ Australian Hotel and Brewery

    Penrith

    ■ Hank’s Seafood Restaurant (Penrith Panthers)

    ■ King Henry’s Court

    St Marys

    ■ Waterstone Grill (St Marys Leagues Club)

    The Hills

    ■ Castle Hill RSL

    ■ Hillside Hotel

    Parramatta

    ■ Cosmopolitan Bar and Restaurant

    ■ River Canyon Restaurant

    Songbirds team up for magical night

    2019 - 08.21

    Young: Mark Vincent launched his career as a tenor on the third season Australia’s Got Talent in 2009. He was only 15.
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    TWO of our best opera singers are re-uniting to celebrate classical opera and musical theatre.

    Australia’s most famous female opera singer, Marina Prior will join Mark Vincent to perform at Blacktown Workers Club.

    They’ve performed together before.

    “It was two years ago in Canberra,” Vincent said. “I was overwhelmed when I met her — she’s the Sarah Brightman of Australia!

    “She has such a beautiful voice.”

    Prior told the Sun performing with Vincent, who won Australia’s Got Talent in 2009, was “terrific” and they worked well together on stage.

    Both the performers shared their idea of what makes a successful duet, and came to similar conclusions.

    “Your voices have to blend well together,” Prior said. “We both have to have the same understanding of the lyrics.

    “It wouldn’t work if the other singer thought the song meant something different to you.”

    Established: Marina Prior said she sees a younger and more inexperienced self in her duet partner, saying “there’s no steady climb for him – he’s growing and learning in front of an audience”.

    Prior said while some of those ideas are discussed beforehand, much of it comes from an intuitive understanding of the song: “It’s about having the same musical language.”

    Vincent had a similar sentiment, but added that chemistry was an essential ingredient.

    “It’s about communication,” he said.

    “It’s very important to get along.

    “If two voices are different, it doesn’t sound right.

    “They can tell when they get along and like each other — John Farnham and Olivia Newton John worked because they were friends.”

    Vincent said he was excited to be performing with Prior again and drawing from her experience.

    “She’s been in the business for 30 years,” he said. “It will be such a benefit to be performing with her.”

    The pair will perform a two-hour show with an orchestra.

    Details:Tickets are $30-$38 in the Diamond Showroom. 8pm, 55 Campbell Street, workersclub苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.