Dawson in for Kookaburras

HECTIC: Australian representative Matt Dawson, playing for Norths earlier this year, has ongoing commitments with the Kookaburras including the International Festival of Hockey in Victoria from Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNext year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Gamesremainthe dangling “carrot” for Norths hockey product Matt Dawson, but right now he finds himself in the midst of a busyblock with the Kookaburras
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Fresh from his secondOceania Cup success last month Dawson is also eyeing off Hockey World League finals in India next month, but in the middle will be the International Festival of Hockeyin Victoria.

That tournament, the second of its kind, starts on Sunday with the Australian men’s team having travelledto Bendigo on Friday.

The Kookaburras play New Zealand twice on back-to-back days before moving to Melbourne and tackling Pakistan (November 8), the Kiwis again (November 9) and Japan (November 11). Play-offs are next Sunday (November 12).

“The last three months of the year were always going to be big,” Dawson said.

“But I guess it’s exciting times with a major tournament to finish …and in the back of my mind is always Commonwealth Games at the start of next year as well.

“It’s always nice to represent Australia but being Commonwealth Games and being on the Gold Coast would be pretty special.”

And in the absence of a few senior squad membersnext week the 23-year-old defender, who has 79 caps next to his name since debuting in 2014, wants to step up.

“We’ve probably lost a little bit of experience from the team for the end of the year,” he said.

“I think it’s a bit of my time to step up and take control a little bit.”

Meanwhile, Teralba’s Mariah Williams wasn’t named in the Hockeyroos squad for the International Festival of Hockey in Victoria, butinstead returns from injury fora three-Test series against Japan in Adelaide from November 15 to 18.

Glittering skyscraper plans fall over, buyers refunded

At least 581 apartment buyers have been left in the lurch after a Singaporean developer pulled the plug on a glittering 71 storey Melbourne tower following a long and bitter legal battle that undermined the project.
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Developer CEL Australia, a subsidiary of Singapore-listed construction giant Chip Eng Seng, will be forced to refund an estimated $50 million in buyer deposits after cancelling its Tower Melbourne project.

Tower Melbourne’s failure is the first breakdown of a major city project in years.

The tower designed by architects Elenberg Fraser was set rise 220 metres on the corner of Bourke and Queen streets.

Apartments in the project were controversially sold to buyers in 2013 before CEL had received planning approval after it was advertised as “an iconic place to live in the world’s most livable city.”

In a major upset, CEL’s glittering tower plans clashed with another project proposed by a deep-pocketed neighbour – a company controlled by the wealthy Singaporean Chow family – who launched vigorous legal action.

The subsequent clash turned Tower Melbourne into one of the city’s longest running and most litigious real estate disputes.

The rivals launched half a dozen cases – two Supreme Court appearances, a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal case, several Building Appeal Board (BAB) sittings and a formal complaint to Victoria’s ombudsman.

“Over the course of the past four years, CEL Australia has faced significant delays in the construction of its Tower Melbourne project, due to numerous legal disputes with an adjoining landowner,” CEL said Friday.

The numerous delays has pushed the prospect of building Tower Melbourne beyond the date of registration in buyers’ contracts, forcing the company to abort the project.

“CEL Australia has concluded that regrettably, Tower Melbourne in its current form is no longer viable for the company to develop,” it said.

“As a result, CEL Australia is left with no choice but to cancel all the outstanding purchaser contracts.”

CEL said it was informing purchasers about the cancellation and would pay back buyers’ deposits in full with any interest they had accrued.

“As at the date of this announcement, there are 556 sale contracts,” the group said. Buyers of the remaining units had already requested their contracts be terminated, it said. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_tipstar_630″);

The legal battle that engulfed the project is still ongoing.

CEL’s plot at 160 Queen Street has sat silent for years, wrapped in scaffolding and screens with an idle crane perched on top and the company said it was now considering other options for the land including selling it.

The failure of the tower would not have a “significant impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share” of the compnay this year. CEL said.

The developer’s other projects, Williamsons Estate Townhouses and Willow Apartments in Doncaster, were not affected.

It has recently acquired additional sites both in Melbourne and other Australian states on which it will launch projects in the second quarter of next year.

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Locke takes bedroom dreams to Universe

LONG WAIT: Jess Locke’s second album Universe features songs written over the past five years by the Central Coast indie-folk musician.
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THERE were days when Jess Locke punched out songs in her bedroom and simply uploaded them to music sharing sites.

It provided instant gratification, and most importantly, taught the Avoca Beach-raised indie-folk musician how to write songs.

That was 2009. Fast forward to a month ago and the Melbourne-based Locke releasedher secondalbum, Universe, and her first on the Smith Street Band’s label Pool House Records.

“I used to just record things on my laptop mike,” Locke said.“It was about having the need to put something down and out into the world, maybe a few people would hear it.

“It was a start, now it’s a much more organised process, rather than recording a song and posting it on the internet that night. There’s a year recording and mixing and planning a promo.

“It’s a longer process, but a broader reach and hopefully I’ll have more people hear it. Obviously I have more people involved. It’s not me in my bedroom anymore.”

While Universe is Locke’s second album, following 2015’sWords That Seem to Slip Away, it feels like a debut.

Jess Locke – Drive To DrinkWith the backing of a band, the record is morerealised and has already taken Locke’s vulnerable and conversational tunes to a greater audience.

“We’ve been playing them together for three years, some of the songs anyway, so it’s doesn’t feel too sudden for me,” Locke said.

“But in terms of releasing, if you look at the last release, it’s definitely a big step.

“My head has been in the process for a few years, but stepping back it’s bit of a marker and a pretty big development.”

There’s a beautiful contrast on Universe. Locke’s sweet vocals are reminiscent on The Howling Bells’ Juanita Stein, while musically there’s touches of Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen.

Musically the arrangements are simplistic and almost poppy, but there’s a darkness permeating in the lyrics.

Particularly on the domestic violence-themed Violent Turn and rehashed opener Drive To Drink.

The latter originally appeared on Locke’s 2011 EP Skins, but is given the full band treatment on Universe.

“Honestly it was one of those things where my drummer suggested it,” she said of revisiting DriveTo Drink.

“We had a jam of it and it just worked. I felt like there was something, as we played it as a band, that felt new and made it a different song in a way. In that format it hadn’t been realised.

“After a few years it’s been given a new life.”

Universe had a lengthy gestation period. The majority of the album was written across five years before it wasrecorded in the bandroom of the Reverence Hotel in Footscray and inSmith Street Band bassistMichael Fitzgerald’s parent’s house.

Finally free of this batch, Locke plans to beginwriting the next album.

“This one has been such a slow build from over the years, it’s been awhile since I sat down and wrote,” Locke said.“I’m actually excited about that.”

Jess Locke plays at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on Thursday.

Five highlights in your travel week5 Nov

Scenic Helicopters … offering a range of Margaret River tours, from winery-hoppers to heli-fishing adventures. Scenic Helicopter owner/pilot Jackson McLeod has used his local knowledge of Western Australia’s Margaret River region to create a range of tours, from winery-hoppers to heli-fishing adventures.
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Get a bird’s eye view of the stunning Capes coastline, arrange a surprise romantic flight and picnic at a secret beach location, or spend time tasting and lunching at your favourite wineries.

While the Margaret River region isn’t necessarily as well known for its fishing as it is for wine, food and surf, Scenic’s ‘Helifishing Down South’ tour is growing in popularity as people discover the great ocean fishing there.

The Margaret River heli-tour season runs from late October to April and prices start from $100 per person.

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Peppers Soul … high-rise luxury of the Gold Coast.

Mantra Hotels is offering price cuts on stays at more than 20 Gold Coast properties, valid for bookings made by November 13 and for stays until March 31.

Stay, for instance, at Peppers Soul for a minimum three nights from $329 per night in a one-bedroom ocean-view apartment.

Other special rates include BreakFree Moroccan, which is priced from $126 per night in a one-bedroom apartment for a minimum five-night stay, and $156 per night for a minimum three-night stay at Mantra Crown Towers.

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Mercure Perth … a new room design reflects the city’s vibrant centre.

Mercure Perth has bid farewell to its former colour schemes and embraced a colourful new design following a $1 million refurbishment.

The hotel has transformed the look and feel of its guestroom interiors with bright, energetic and relaxed decor to reflect the hotel’s location in the heart of Perth’s vibrant city centre.

The program includes a makeover of 239 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel’s rooftop leisure playground with heated swimming pool, sun deck and hot tub.

To celebrate, it is offering $1 breakfast on selected rates this summer, valid for bookings made till February 28 and for stays until March 31.

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In the heart of Darling Harbour action … Sydney’s Metro Apartments Darling Harbour.

Sydney’s Metro Apartments Darling Harbour is offering a Sydney attractions package priced at $269 per night Sunday to Thursday, and $369 per night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Kids under-12 stay free in a one-bedroom apartment, with free wi-fi and kids’ goodies pack on arrival.

Each family gets an attractions pass valid for two adults and two children, with choice of entry to two attractions, including Sydney Tower Eye, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

The offer is valid until the end of summer, and for bookings of two nights or longer.

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Truffle Lodge … luxurious glamping accommodation beside the Derwent.

It’s a case of the Australian bush camp meets Arabian nights.

Nestled on the banks of Tasmania’s Derwent River, just 45 minutes from Hobart’s city centre, in one of Australia’s first truffle orchards, Truffle Lodge offers a luxury glamping experience.

Activities include kayaking, biking, fly-fishing, walks through the truffle orchard and wildlife spotting.

Accommodation is in private, spacious African-safari-style tents, each equipped with king beds, lounges, heating and cooling, minibar, refrigerators, coffee machines, as well as its own bathroom inside a converted water tank.

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Former Jet returns in Sydney FC colours

Coming back to Newcastle on Saturday will not be easy for Chloe Logarzo.
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The 22-year-old Matildas midfielder began her W-League career with Sydney FC but joined the Jets in 2015 in a move she hoped would reignite her football career.

It worked. Logarzo found more game time with the Jets and earned a Matildas recall before playing at the Rio Olympic Games and establishing herselfin the national team.

But she was forced to watch from the sidelines last W-League season after sustaining an ankle injury while playing for Eskilstuna United in Norway.

Logarzo was expected back in Jets colours for 2017-18 but made a last-minute decision to sign withSydney.

It was a decision she did not made lightly and returning to play the Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday will be tough.

“It’s going to be hard.It’s going to be so weird being on the other side,” Logarzo said.

NEW CHAPTER: Chloe Logarzo is grateful for her time in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De Peak

“Stepping away from Sydney was probably the best decision I made for my career and especially stepping into the path of Deansy [Jets coach Craig Deans].

“I commend everything he’s done for me, getting me back into the Matildas team and always being a support for me when I didn’t really have anyone. He’s not just a coach, he’s a mate of mine now andI really appreciate everything he did for me.”

After a character-building year overcoming a string of injuries Logarzo said being closer to family in Sydney ultimately proved the deciding factor.

“It was really hard; it took me a lot longer than I thought to get back onto my feet,”she said.

“One injury led to another, which was heart-breaking for me but it’s good to finally be back on the pitch and it’s nice to be back at home surrounded by my family. Coming back to Sydney has made me realise how much I have matured as a player.”

Logarzo said the Sky Blues expected a tough battle in Newcastle and needed a more “unified” performance after losing 3-1 to Brisbane in round one.

“Obviously they had their first win on the weekend and they did well,” she said.

“Deansy isa great coach so he’s going to get the best out of all of them.”