Cahill eyes ‘insane’ World Cup company

Tim Cahill may be on the bench but he’s aiming to make history at the 2018 World Cup.There aren’t many who can’t recall at least one of Tim Cahill’s five World Cup goals.

There was Australia’s maiden goal when, in Germany 2006, the baby-faced Everton star equalised against Japan at the death and rifled in a second from outside the box to reignite the golden generation’s hopes.

In 2010 he climbed above Serbia’s defence to give Pim Verbeek’s side the lead in the ultimately futile fight to make the last 16 again in South Africa.

Then came 2014 in Brazil where, down 2-0 to Chile, the talisman’s impeccably timed header stopped the rot.

Five days later he scored another for the ages, barrelling in an outrageous volley with his non-preferred left-foot that clattered the crossbar on its way to bringing Australia level with the Netherlands.

The Socceroos’ all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country’s 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company, having scored at three consecutive tournaments.

If he does it again in Russia, the 38-year-old will join the legendary Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose as the fourth player in history to have found the net at four World Cups.

Portugal great Cristiano Ronaldo and Mexico’s Rafa Marquez are chasing the same feat.

“Yeah, it’s amazing, insane,” Cahill told Optus Sport.

“To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane.”

Even nudging 40, Cahill’s aerial prowess remains an alarming factor for opposition teams.

World Cup group foes France, Denmark and Peru will all have noted his double against Syria in October that saved Australia’s qualifying campaign.

However, Cahill knows his chance in Russia will almost certainly come off the bench.

Coach Bert van Marwijk has labelled him “a special case” for selection in the final 23 due to his knack for changing games and off-field leadership.

But following a well-documented struggle for minutes at Millwall, Cahill knows he’s no longer the Socceroos’ main man up front, with Andrew Nabbout in the box seat and incumbent first choice Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren also competing for the striker role.

“I knew under Ange for the national team that we’ve got top strikers … I knew I wouldn’t be the main guy,” he said.

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PM tells church to put child safety first

The Catholic Church maintains the seal of confession cannot be broken even to reveal child sexual abuse, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring children’s safety must take priority.

Mr Turnbull has promised the federal government will put child safety first as he prepares an October 22 national apology to child sexual abuse survivors for the “shocking” crimes committed against them.

The government will set up a national office of child safety as it adopts the bulk of the recommendations of the five-year child abuse royal commission.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares

While Canberra has not rejected any recommendations, the controversial issue of extending mandatory reporting laws to include people in religious ministry remains in the hands of the states and territories.

Mr Turnbull had a clear message for the Catholic Church when it came to the seal of the confession: “The safety of children should always be put first.”

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the church does not view the sacramental seal as incompatible with maintaining child safety and wants measures that will genuinely make environments safer for children.

“There has been no compelling evidence to suggest that legal abolition of the seal of confession will help in that regard,” the Brisbane archbishop said.

“Protecting children and upholding the integrity of Catholic sacraments are not mutually exclusive and the church wants to continue to work with government to ensure both can be achieved and maintained.”

Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter said the states and territories have agreed to harmonise their mandatory reporting laws in relation to priests, effectively accepting the royal commission’s recommendation, but the process will take some time.

He said once the states have reached a modified and uniform position on mandatory reporting, the federal government will likely need to modify a provision of the uniform evidence act applying to religious confessions.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the Council of Attorneys-General reached no agreement on the religious confession privilege under the uniform evidence law in force in multiple Australian jurisdictions.

“NSW remains of the view that the issue should be considered at a national level,” he said.

NSW, the ACT and South Australia have mandatory reporting laws and new failure to report offences, with the ACT and SA laws covering confessions.

SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the confessional would not be exempt from the reporting law coming into effect in October, which carries a maximum $10,000 fine.

NSW’s failure to report offence will apply to clergy and ministers of religion, but the government says the confession issue comes under the uniform evidence act.

Mr Turnbull said Australia must commit to lasting reform to keep children safe and ensure the suffering inflicted on survivors who came forward to the royal commission can never happen again.

The government will conduct a nationwide study to determine where child sexual abuse is occurring and has given federal minister David Gillespie responsibility for children’s policy issues.

Mr Turnbull also confirmed Western Australia will sign up to the national redress scheme for institutional child sexual abuse survivors, extending it across all states and territories.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten suggested former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who set up the royal commission, should be offered a role in the national apology for survivors.

Australian Associated Press

Property Watch: Stone cottage and B&B accommodation on Pokolbin acreage

Stone cottage and B&B accommodation on Pokolbin acreage DUAL OCCUPANCY: The property in Pokolbin’s Hermitage Road features a stone cottage with wraparound verandah and cathedral ceilings plus a separate guest house.

Recycled materials were used in the construction of this stone cottage in Hermitage Road, Pokolbin.

It has cathedral ceilings and a private library.

This Pokolbin stone cottage is full of character.

Stone and timber feature throughout this Pokolbin cottage.

TweetFacebookMARYVILLE HOT SPOT NEW LISTINGThere was plenty of activity in Maryville’s McMichael Street last year with nine sales recorded and the latest offering has hit the market for $990,000.

Walkom’s Thomas Hook has listed the two-storey home on 472 square metres next to Throsby Creek and said it size would be a key selling factor.

PLENTY OF ACTIVITY: There were nine sales in Maryville’s McMichael Street last year and this home next to Throsby Creek has been listed with a price guide of $990,000.

“The block is a really decent size and the home itself is quite a large home,” Mr Hook said.

“It is over two levels and upstairs is a parents retreat with sitting room, ensuite and walk-in robe plus itsown balcony.”

Last year, according to Australian Property Monitors, Maryville experienced growth of 26.3 per cent with the median residential sale price rising from $590,000 for 23 sales in 2016 to $745,000 for 27 sales last year.

Nine of those sales were in McMichael Street, including $1.175 million being paid for a four-bedroom home, which comprised the original residence with a rear warehouse-style renovation.

First National Newcastle City are marketing 16 McMichael Street with a price guide of $1.35 million to $1.45 million.

DEVELOPMENT SITE IN ISLINGTONA two-lot property in Islington’s Fern Street being used as a workshop has already attracted plenty of local and out-of-town developer interest.

Tammy Hawkins, of McGrath Estate Agents, is marketing the property which has a B4 mixed use zoning, through an expressions of interest campaign closing July 12.

A two-lot property in Islington’s Fern Street being used as a workshop has already attracted plenty of local and out-of-town developer interest.

KILLARA HEADED FOR AUCTIONOne of Newcastle’s most prestigious properties, Killara, on exclusive Burwood Road in Whitebridge has been set for auction on July 19 with a price guide of $5.795 million to $6.1 million.

The palatial homeis being marketed by Robinson Property’s Cveta Kolarovski, who said there had been national and international interest for the property.

Read more: Killara returns to the market

ODEON COMING TO BRUNKER ROADMore than 300 new apartments across eight projects are planned for the Brunker Road strip between Broadmeadow and Adamstown and Colliers International’s Dane Crawford will soon start marketing the newest proposed development, Odeon Apartments.

Read more: Newcastle development boom spreads to Brunker Road

“It used to be a pretty large entertainment precinct back in the day, so we’ve given that heritage a bit of a nod with the name, which is Greek for theatre,” Mr Crawford said.

It will comprise 28 apartments, a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms.

ON THE MARKET UNDER $500KA federation style three-bedroom home in East Maitland’s Banks Street has been listed by Dowling Real Estate Raymond Terrace for $365,000.

It has high, ornate ceilings, original timber flooring and multiple fireplaces.

Jon Stevens has been there and done that and isn’t afraid to speak his mind about today’s music

HARD WORKER: Jon Stevens is bringing his extensive back catalogue of hits to Belmont 16s on June 23 as part of his Best Of tour. If anyone knows the music industry, it’s Jon Stevens.

THE DEAD DAISIES: Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Jon Stevens and David Lowy.

At the age of 16 the singer-songwriter already had two number one singles to his name at home in New Zealand. He then caught the attention of Australians in the 1980s with his bandNoiseworks and songs like No Lies, Love Somebody, Take Me Back, TouchandWelcome To the World.

The man could write a damn good rock song, was captivatingas afrontman, and boy, could he sing.

Stevens is also one of the hardest-working artists in the business. He has released solo albums with the likes of Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart and Richie Sambora, performedin stage productions the calibre of Jesus Christ Superstar, toured the world as a member ofINXS andformed his own band, The Dead Daisies.Noiseworks has made a comeback on the festival circuit in recent years, too.

Hekeepstouring and recording forone reason: his love of music.

Weekender calls Stevens at the tail end of his Best Oftour. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are shaking hands on the television in his Melbourne recording studio.

“Wow, we’re seeing a bit of history here,” he remarks.

“Look, you’ve got to see this as a positive; a step in the right direction. Life’s too short to be cynical. I understand the value of still being alive when you shouldn’t be. I’m very grateful, put it that way.”

His Best Oftour has played to packed houses all over the country and Stevens is now ready to record a handful of songs he wrote in January.

“It’s been pretty hectic the past few months, we’re just starting to slow down now,” he says.

“With this last tour I just wanted to play in as many places as I could, all the pubs, just everywhere. So many artists don’t do that these days. They might jump onto a festival here and there but everything is so strategic.

“I’m like f –––that, just go andplay, man. And for the past four months that’s pretty much what I’ve done.”

His extensive back catalogue, both as a solo artist and as a member of a band,made it difficult to choose a set list –not that he complained. It’s an enviable position for any artist to be in.

“When we first started the tour we were playing two-hour shows, putting in different songs every night,” he says.

“But a month or so in, it became apparent that we didn’t need to be playing the pubs for so long because we came on stage at 9.30or 10 at night. Now, while I’m used to staying up that late, my audience wasn’t, necessarily, especially after a few wines and a few beers.

“So we landed on a set list which was pretty amazing and stuck with that most of the time.When I’m in acoustic mode I play versions of the songs whereas on this tour we’re playing the songs as they were recorded, with keyboards and background vocals and everything.”

Stevens says it how it is and, in his words, “doesn’t like bullshit”.

“The way I see it, you play and sing, you play for real. Use the technology but don’t rely on it, like music is today. I know there’s something for everybody but what can I say, I just do what I do,” he says, laughing.

“You gotta keep it real. I’m old school, I don’t know how to do it another way.And I’m not going to change at my tender age, no.”

CHART-TOPPER: Stevens had two number one hits at the age of 16.

He is equally matter-of-fact about his new songs.

“I wrote a bunch of songs and haven’t had the chance to put them down properly because I’ve been on the road. I’vepicked a half dozen to record and we’ll see how they come up,” he says.

“I don’t really go out that far from the norm, my norm – they’re just good songs, you know?”

It’s a no-nonsense approach to making music that he is passing down to his son, Levi, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist.

“He’s always recording. He’s got his own set-up at home and sings and produces music –he knows his hip-hop inside out and is just plugging away,” Stevens says.

“One of the things I told him when he first got into musicwas to do his own thing. Control as much as you can on your own. Program it, perform it, write it, sing it, play it. Be a one-stop shop.

“You never stop learning in this game.”

Jon Stevens and his band will perform at Belmont 16s on June 23. Tickets are on sale now.

Newcastle and Hunter football fans left without a World Cup live site for second consecutive tournament

NO BUZZ: Honeysuckle hotel manager Brendan Hardyman says Newcastle as a city is missing out by not having a 2018 World Cup live site. Picture: Simon McCarthyNewcastle will be without a World Cuplive site forconsecutive tournaments after ahotel manager’s plan to establish one failedbecause there was “no money” available from possible backers.

Inspired by the buzzof alive site in Honeysuckle for the 2015 Asian Cup, Brendan Hardyman –manager of The Dockyard–raised the idea of a public live site at Honeysuckle in January.

He passed his ideas onto Honeysuckle Community Group, who in turn approached Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) for support.

The initial response from HDC was that there was “no money” available for funding the event, says Mr Hardyman, but assistance with resources like bins and amenities wasoffered.

Newcastle without a World Cup live site for 2018 PACKED: Fans at the Honeysuckle live site in 2015. Council was hoping at that time to use the area for future sports live sites. Picture: Brendan Hardyman

BIG SCREEN: The Honeysuckle precinct for the Asian Cup in 2015. Picture: Brendan Hardyman

LIVE SITE: Construction of a large screen at Honeysuckle for viewing of Asian Cup football matches in 2015. Picture: Peter Stoop

LIVE SITE: Construction of a large screen at Honeysuckle for viewing of Asian Cup football matches in 2015. Picture: Peter Stoop

TweetFacebookHerald,has previously sponsored Winter Heat, an event not running in 2018 which Mr Hardyman says was one of The Dockyard’s best trading days of the year.

Given the recent downturn in precinct trade, he believes a livesite isa missed opportunity for the city.

Australia’s matches in the pool stage of the tournamentare scheduled for 8pm, 10pm and midnight (AEST).