The Sydney suburbs set to see big changes in 2018

Expert opinions differ on how exactly the city-wide property market will behave in 2018, but one thing is certain: these five Sydney locations are all about to undergo major changes.
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Don’t be surprised if the housing stock in these areas generates significant chatter in the coming months. 1. Badgerys Creek

Directions to Badgerys Creek. Photo: Rob Homer

The Turnbull government’s May 2017 announcement that it would fully fund the construction of an international airport at Badgerys Creek sent a jolt of electricity through Sydney’s rapidly growing south-western suburbs. Now, the impending commencement of earthworks at the site – scheduled for next month – is creating feverish excitement.

Already, the NSW government has announced the creation of a brand-new suburb, South Creek West, which will accommodate 30,000 homes on the southern fringe of the airport. Farther south, in rural Menangle Park, the state government has announced a 958-hectare land release to make way for 3000 new homes and a town centre.

Existing suburbs close to the airport site have already surged in value. The median house price in the town of Silverdale, just west of Badgerys Creek, has grown 20 per cent in the past six months, and it recently joined the “million-dollar club”, the collection of Sydney suburbs with a median house price above $1 million. About 15 minutes’ drive east of the airport, in Liverpool, there’s a new office for the Western Sydney Airport Corporation which will soon house hundreds of fresh-faced workers. The residential suburbs between Liverpool and Badgerys Creek are also worth watching.

What the agent says: “Cecil Hills, Elizabeth Hills and Abbotsbury [each about 10km east of Badgerys Creek] are the area’s best-regarded suburbs. There’s never been a decrease in value or yields in those three areas.” – Sam Ruisi, Raine & Horne Wetherill Park2. Marrickville

One of the new developments, Kindred, that will be built in Marrickville. Photo: Artist’s impression A sombre mood prevailed across much of the Inner West market in 2017, thanks in part to fears about the impact of WestConnex. But the boom in Marrickville continued as young professionals priced out of Newtown bought into the area and poured their expendable income into local restaurants and beer dens.

This year, expect plenty of sales and development activity in Marrickville as scores of apartment complexes complete off-the-plan sales and construction gets underway, including the 220-apartment Marrick & Co complex(on the old Marrickville Hospital site), the 39-apartment Kindred complex, the 38-apartment Aperture complex and the 22-apartment NeaZoi complex.

And that’s just the beginning: a proposal by Mirvac currently under consideration by the Inner West Council could result in 2600 new units in a series of high-rises along Carrington Road. Elsewhere, much of Marrickville’s industrial land has recently been re-zoned or is currently under consideration for re-zoning, which could lead to further changes this year.

What the agent says: “The new development is a bone of contention with long-time residents. It remains to be seen whether we can find a balance between the new housing and the old. I’ve been a resident here for 21 years and I’m certainly hopeful that the developers can find that balance.” – Kate Webster, The Property Sellers3. Edmondson Park

Edmondson Park. Photo: Supplied

It’s not the only master-planned community that’s sprung up recently in Sydney’s south west, but Edmondson Park has one big advantage over its neighbours: a brand-new railway station, which began operating in 2015 and connects residents with Liverpool via the South West Rail Link (then onwards to the Sydney CBD).

According to Landcom, Edmondson Park will soon offer 150 hectares of landscaped parkland plus a “town centre” with 120 shops, a cinema and schools. And, unlike much of south-west Sydney, the suburb should appeal to buyers who’d rather not rely on cars.

There’s plenty of optimism about Edmondson Park’s prospects: all the residential land has now been sold to an assortment of developers and private individuals. Those looking to buy into the suburb in 2018 can choose from a small number of already-completed homes or a variety of off-the-plan apartments and houses, many of which will be constructed before the end of the year. Completed large family homes are currently selling for between $1 million and $1.2 million.

What the agent says:”There’s still decent supply at Edmondson Park, so investors can afford to wait and see how the suburb develops. But owner-occupiers may want to purchase sooner rather than later.” – Chris Philp, Richardson & Wrench Narellan 4. Frenchs Forest

The new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest is set to open in late 2018.Photo: Craig Willoughby

With the massive Northern Beaches Hospital on track to open in late 2018, the state government is now preparing to announce the rezoning of large swathes of sleepy Frenchs Forest to make way for an estimated 5000 apartments and a large town centre. And if the Beaches Link Tunnel, which will connect the hospital with the Lower North Shore, is approved by the state government, the Northern Beaches Council has indicated that the total number of apartments could increase to 10,000.

Quite who will populate the new-and-improved Frenchs Forest remains to be seen, but Healthscope, the private company which will operates the hospital, says it will need 1300 staff for its facility alone. Once the rezoning announcement is made, residents with houses close to the hospital may see their land become highly sought after by developers. Already, groups of residents have banded together in efforts to collectively sell their properties for big bucks.

What the agent says: “Currently, the most sought-after pocket of Frenchs Forest is “The Golden Triangle” east of the Wakehurst Parkway. It’s a no-through road, so you only go there if you live there, and behind it are views [overlooking a valley and rural land] that can never be built out. You also have great access to Waringah Road and the Parkway.” – Michael Buckley, First National Frenchs Forest5) St Ives Chase

Catchment zone: St. Ives Shopping Village in St. Ives Chase. Photo: Will Sullivan

Last year, Domain reported on the growing appeal of low-key St Ives Chase on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. The reason for the buzz was St Ives North Primary, one of NSW’s best-ranked schools, which had recently shrunk its catchment zone to exclude surrounding suburbs such as St Ives. Since our report, St Ives Chase has become even hotter – the median house price has risen 9.9 per cent over the past 12 months to September, compared to the Sydney-wide rise of 8.2 per cent and agents and residents say the driving force continues to be the school’s stellar reputation.

St Ives Chase was one of just a handful of suburbs in Sydney where not a single property was left on the market over Christmas, indicating just how tightly-held the area is becoming. Meanwhile, schools across the North Shore remain chronically over-crowded, making schools such as St Ives North Primary, which limit student numbers through small catchment zones, even more appealing.

What the agent says: “St Ives Chase was always the cheapest part of St Ives, but that’s actually been reversed: it’s now becoming the most expensive area.” – Daniel Cook, Richardson & Wrench St Ives / Turramurra

$15 or $100? Why school shoes cost what they do

They say if it’s too good to be true it probably is and, for parents thinking about buying cheap school shoes, you may need to think again.
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Finding the right pair of school shoes is fraught. From Aldi’s $15 range to Ascent and Clarks’ $100-plus shoes, podiatrists say choosing the right shoe is more about protecting the feet than trying to save money.

“Children tend to be quite active at school and need shoes which can stand up to the test,” says podiatrist Rudo Makuyana from The Foot Hub.

Ms Makuyana says a child’s feet develop until the age of seven, and the bones in the foot have not yet fully formed. She says it’s important to not settle for the cheaper options as they may hinder development.

“To sell a shoe that retails for $15, a lot of shortcuts must be made in materials as well as fitting services in store,” Ms Makuyana said.

Ms Makuyana says it is worth investing in the higher-end brands as they “have been put to the test so you are guaranteed that the shoes will last longer and won’t need to be replaced after the first term”.

Kate McArthur, a podiatrist from City Feet Clinic, agrees, saying expensive shoes come with more attributes, such as “toe box protection, shank, stitching and glue and are generally better quality.”

“If you can afford it, you do get a stable shoe with better quality leather.”

For Erin Giansiracusa, mother to Angus 7 and Eddie 5 , comfort and style is what she looks for when shopping for school shoes as “they need to look good but also be wearable for five days a week”.

But durability is also important for her and she is “happy to spend money on good quality shoes, over the cheaper brands”.

Ms McArthur says there are “plenty of cheaper brands and models out there”. If you buy them, they should be “comfortable and have rubber soles; room for toes to move is important”.

She says “anywhere from $30 – $120 is a better price range”. She cautions against shoes priced around $15 as the soles aren’t quite as good.

Ms McArthur recommends “Clarks for higher price point, or Kmart $30 school shoes. But you may need to buy a few pairs as they’re less durable.” What should parents look for in a shoe?

Here is a selection of shoes in each price range: Photo: Kmart

Aldi Velcro leather school shoes – $14.99

Photo: Aldi

Aldi Lace-up Leather School Shoes – $14.99

Photo: Aldi Photo: Kmart

BIG W Grosby girls Mary Jane School Shoes – $39.00

Photo: Big W

Target Elexus Junior Mary Jane School Shoes – $35

Photo: Target Photo: Williams

Darcy Lynx – $89.95

Photo: Williams

Harrison Indy II Youth Black – $99.96

Photo: The Athlete’s FootPhoto: Shoes & Sox

Ascent Kids Adela Black – $109.95

Photo: The Athlete’s Foot

ROC Rockford – $111.96

Photo: Shoes and Sox

Clarks Daytona – $134.95

Photo: Clarks Shoes

Get real: Chinan TV swells with reality franchises as 2018 kicks off

NEws/AGE. Andrew Denton has a new podcast called Better Off Dead. Photo by Edwina Pickles. Taken on 18th Feb 2015.’s television industry is digesting the long-term consequences of changes in media ownership laws and the arrival of the US giant CBS as parent company to our youngest commercial network, Ten.
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The net effect is that a schedule already heavy with unscripted franchises seems bloated to bursting point in 2018. There are some interesting and risky scripted series in the cable, streaming and public television spheres, but new commercial drama looks thin on the ground.

TV in 2018 is a strange crossroads of numbers: the 60th Logies and Grammys and 90th Oscars (following the 75th Golden Globes), the 200th episode of Modern Family, the 300th episode of Family Guy and the 30th anniversary of Home and Away. The numerologists will be busy, even if the TV critics are not.

Glancing at the primetime schedule, it is a sea of franchises. The Bachelor is heading to the tropics for The Bachelor in Paradise and Nine is importing the UK’s Love Island brand.

Ten is piling it on with MasterChef , The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, n Survivor and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Seven has My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, The Chase and The Wall. And Nine has n Ninja Warrior, Married at First Sight, The Block and The Voice.

Compared with the US and UK markets, where scripted content tends to dominate the primetime schedules of main channels, looks oddly like an alternate reality where the three free-to-air networks could be Fox, Bravo and ITV2.

In real commercial terms, there doesn’t look to be much investment in the long term, particularly as most of the existing franchises – MasterChef, The Block, My Kitchen Rules and the like – are now well into the middle age of their television shelf life.

Spakfilling the cracks are a stack of shows with names like Buying Blind, Eat Well for Less, Driving Test, The Rich House, Dance Boss, Date Night, Back with the Ex and First Wives Club that look good in internal marketing presentations but offer very little in terms of long-term value. By 2019 most won’t be back.

Perhaps the most interesting trend in scripted content is the signing of internationally recognisable talent, a program sales jigsaw piece intended to help local content get firmer traction at key foreign sales markets such as April’s MIPTV and October’s MIPCOM.

Playmaker has Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings) in Bite Club, Hoodlum has Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower, Liar) in Harrow and Fremantle has Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) in Picnic at Hanging Rock. You could even argue the ABC is in on the act with Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Alien: Covenant) in Jack Irish.

Hoodlum – the n production company behind Secrets & Lies and The Strange Calls – has secured Netflix’s first n scripted commission, a supernatural crime drama titled Tidelands, about a small town, an unexplained murder and a group of half-Sirens known as Tidelanders.

Behind the scenes, 2018’s main game is yet to unfold.

CBS’s ownership of Ten is now confirmed but the $US40 billion network and studio is yet to unfurl its plans for Ten in the longer term. Common sense – and a need to bring some stability in the wake of a decade of turbulently poor management – suggests no major changes until at least the middle of this year.

There is also intense lobbying behind the scenes around questions of content, commercial TV’s obligations to children’s TV being one, and the market’s broader obligation to scripted content another.

Commercial TV abides by heavily prescriptive – and arguably very necessary – minimum obligations around scripted comedy and drama. The rules governing pay TV are thinner, and streaming TV next to non-existent.

That’s why, for example, Netflix announced its first n drama commission in May 2017, more than two years after launching in the market.

It’s only major rival Stan, in contrast, came more quickly to local content, commissioning series such as Wolf Creek, No Activity (being remade in the US by CBS All Access) and Romper Stomper.

The least visible – yet greatest – shift this year is that with the dismantling of the 20th Television-Ten Network output agreement, ‘s major broadcasters (including Foxtel) are mostly freed from cumbersome output agreements.

The side effect is that a number of the most interesting titles, such as Warner Bros’ Krypton (from former Home and Away producer Cam Welsh) and ABC’s Roseanne – despite enormous buzz in the US – are yet to sell locally. Another title, Fox’s The Orville, remains unsold despite a strong reception in the US.

While the dismantling of those deals has opened the local market up significantly – not to mention unlocked spending capital which was otherwise tied up in dense library agreements – it has also slowed down what was a fast-flowing content pipe from the bigger, busier US market to n screens.

ALPHABET SOUP: THE A TO Z OF OZ TV IN 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (unsold, but likely Foxtel): Drama about Versace’s death starring Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin.

n Gangster (Seven): “A wild tale of gangster ambition” from producer/director Gregor Jordan.

n Spartan (Seven): The stepchild of It’s a Knockout, Gladiator and Ninja Warrior.

Bachelor in Paradise (Ten): Ten’s most heavily worked format heads to the tropics.

Back in Time for Dinner (ABC): Annabel Crabb dials back the clock and explores meals (and palates) of the past.

Bite Club (Nine): Offbeat police procedural with Dominic Monaghan and Todd Lasance.

Blind Date (Ten): The one-single, three-prospective-dates format hosted by Julia Morris.

Brittania (Foxtel): Huge-scale drama about Rome’s invasion of Britain in 43AD.

Fighting Season (Foxtel): Jay Ryan and Ewen Leslie in a drama about n soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

Harrow (ABC): Ioan Gruffudd as a forensic pathologist with a criminally poor bedside manner.

Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader (ABC): Political documentary about “the times and the leadership” of the former PM.

How to Stay Married (Ten): Pete Helliar and Lisa McCune juggle redundancy and relatives.

Instinct (Ten): US crime drama starring Alan Cumming and n actress Bojana Novakovic.

Interview with Andrew Denton (Seven): Denton’s armchair interrogation of “fascinating people”.

Jack Irish (ABC): Series follow-up to the telemovies starring Guy Pearce as a private investigator.

Krypton (unsold): Superman origin story about the man of steel’s grandfather Seg-El.

Lost in Space (Netflix): Highly anticipated reboot of the iconic 1960s era science fiction adventure series.

Love Island (9Go): Local version of the UK hit which parachutes singles into a tropical resort.

The Mentor (Seven): Mark Bouris does The Apprentice without the burdensome boardroom schtick.

Mosaic (Foxtel): Limited series crime drama from producer and director Steven Soderbergh.

Muslims Like Us (SBS): Ten Muslims with different viewpoints share a house for eight days of discussion.

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (Seven): Delta Goodrem stars as the iconic Aussie singer.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Foxtel): Highly anticipated remake based on the iconic n novel by Joan Lindsay.

Playing for Keeps (Ten): Drama about “the women behind the men we barrack for on the footy field” from Screentime.

Roseanne (unsold): Continuation of the iconic 1990s sitcom about a working class American family.

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures (Ten): Glenn Robbins returns as the would-be wilderness adventurer.

Safe Harbour (SBS): Psychological thriller starring Rachel Griffiths.

Street Smart (Ten): Tahir Bilgic and Rob Shehadie in a comedy about the world of “disorganised crime”.

Strike Back (Foxtel): Reboot of the Cinemax action thriller series starring n actor Daniel MacPherson.

Tidelands (Netflix): Supernatural crime drama from Secrets & Lies writer Stephen M. Irwin.

Underbelly Files: Chopper (Nine): Biography of gangster Mark “Chopper” Read starring Aaron Jeffrey.

Undercurrent (Seven): True crime series about a murder case from 2009.

Uncharted with Sam Neill (Foxtel): Factual series about Captain James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific.

Forget Oprah: Contenders for China’s next female PM

The Age, News, 19/12/2016, picture by Justin McManus. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who will receive an Day honour.In the United States there is a buzz brewing around TV host Oprah Winfrey running for president. And a considerable bulk of Americans who remain devastated Hillary Clinton did not win the country’s 2016 vote.
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In the United Kingdom, Theresa May is Prime Minister and New Zealand has recently elected its third female prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

But in ? Malcolm Turnbull’s late 2017 cabinet reshuffle failed to increase the number of women in cabinet, while only one female name was added to the outer ministry. Meanwhile, only about 20 per cent of the Liberal partyroom are women, the lowest level since the early 1990s.

The situation is different on the Labor side – which introduced quotas in 1994 – where just under half of MPs are women. But it now seems a long time ago that had a female prime minister.

When she lost the prime ministership in mid-2013, Julia Gillard said her experience would make it easier for other women to follow. But she also noted gender played some part in her downfall.

“It doesn’t explain nothing; it explains some things, and it is for the nation to think in a sophisticated way about those shades of grey.”

Virginia Haussegger, the director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, said it was “difficult to even imagine a woman once again taking on the role of PM”.

“The brief example we had in Julia Gillard was so fraught with a perverse fixation on her gender and perceived ‘inadequacies’ of women in leadership, that still has a lot of growing up to do when it comes to getting our collective head around the inherent power of diversity.”

Labor MP Anne Aly, who was a professor at Edith Cowan University before her election to Parliament in 2016, thought different standards are applied to women in leadership positions.

She noted that while ambition is seen as a positive attribute for men, for women it is a negative. Aly said characteristics that might be traditionally seen as more “female” – like empathy, negotiation and communication skills and bringing people together – tend to be overlooked when thinking about leadership.

It’s easy to think of male prime ministerial contenders, be they more experienced MPs such as Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Christian Porter, Josh Frydenberg, Anthony Albanese or Chris Bowen. Or relative newcomers, such as Angus Taylor and Jim Chalmers.

But when Fairfax Media quizzed federal MPs and political observers about who they thought would be the next female PM, it was not similarly flooded with suggestions.

Elizabeth Broderick, a United Nations independent expert on gender equality and former n sex discrimination commissioner, said there was a “pipeline problem” with women in politics. She noted Parliament’s long hours and travel requirements made it structurally difficult for women to have a family and forge a political career. Broderick added that while Gillard showed women and girls the top job was “no longer off limits,” the gender-based abuse she experienced also meant “people saw how difficult it was”.

“I wouldn’t like to see another decade without a female prime minister,” Broderick said.

So who might ‘s next female PM be? PARLIAMENTARY OPTIONS Julie Bishop

“The way Malcolm Turnbull’s governing, Julie Bishop’s looking like she might be the next female prime minister,” Aly said.

The deputy Liberal leader and Foreign Minister has a long and substantial parliamentary record, having been John Howard’s education minister over 10 years ago. Immediate past president of Chief Executive Women, Diane Smith-Gander, noted Bishop looked “very comfortable” during her brief stints as acting prime minister last year. She is also an extremely hard worker, funny, and can more than hold her own in Question Time.

A recent Fairfax-Ipsos poll found Bishop as preferred Liberal leader among all voters polled, with 32 per cent, compared to 29 per cent for Malcolm Turnbull, 14 per cent for Tony Abbott, 5 per cent for Dutton and 4 per cent for Morrison.

But if there was a leadership spill before or after the next federal election, there are no guarantees Bishop would win. She faces an uphill battle to gain the support of the conservative wing of the party. And the Coalition has proven pretty resistant to women in leadership in recent years. Bishop has even previously spoken of the difficulties of being taken seriously in a male-dominated cabinet).

Some within Liberal circles caution that while she performs smoothly in the foreign affairs portfolio, the vast majority of the top job is domestic. Tanya Plibersek

The deputy Labor leader since 2013, Plibersek is hugely popular with Labor ranks, particularly those on the left of the party. Bob Hawke has said she’s “got everything it takes” and Gillard has described her as one of the most gifted communicators in the game.

An MP since 1998, Plibersek is valued for her sense of calm. She also has strong policy credentials as a former health and housing minister, with shadow roles in foreign affairs and now education.

When it comes to the leadership, she has adopted a wait-and-see approach: happy to be deputy, but also open to the top job if it became available. Even so, in the event of a spill if Labor lost the next election, Plibersek is not a certainty and would likely face competition from Albanese, Bowen and Tony Burke. As one Canberra watcher also noted, does she have that really ruthless streak required to go all the way to The Lodge? Penny Wong

The former finance minister is often cited as a potential prime minister: Haussegger nominated Wong as a contender for the role, while Smith-Gander praised her leadership during the recent same-sex marriage vote. The Labor Senate leader has a legendary ability to absorb information, is one of the best communicators in Parliament and is almost unflappable. The only problem is, Wong sits in the Senate.

While it would be possible for Wong to switch houses, the South n – who was also ‘s first Asian-born and openly gay cabinet member – has previously indicated she is not interested in running.

“There’s too much sexism and homophobia and racism in our society for me to want to expose myself to that, and my family,” Wong told BuzzFeed in 2015. Kelly O’Dwyer

After Bishop, O’Dwyer is the second most senior Liberal woman in the lower house. She sits in cabinet as the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services and newly appointed Minister for Women. At 40, O’Dwyer spearheads a new breed of Gen X Liberals. Not only has she achieved a lot at a young age, she also has plenty of time on her side. Michelle Rowland

Labor’s communications spokeswoman does not enjoy a huge public profile … yet. She’s a passionate local member, but also a policy gun, good at working with colleagues, a clear communicator and straight shooter. Julia Banks

The first-term Liberal MP comes to Parliament with an extensive legal and corporate career. While untested in a frontbench role, she’s a smart, clear thinker, who is used to working under lots of pressure. Clare O’Neil

At 23, O’Neil became the youngest female mayor in n history. The Victorian Labor MP has since been a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a Fulbright scholar at Harvard. She has also co-authored a book on ‘s future with fellow Labor MP, Tim Watts. Despite the ferocious CV, O’Neil is refreshingly down to earth.BEYOND PARLIAMENT

Fairfax Media contacted MPs on both sides of politics as well as leadership experts outside of politics and was struck by the lack of enthusiasm and ideas about existing female parliamentarians. On one level, this points to an overall bias about what makes a good leader. But it also suggests ‘s next female PM may not currently be in federal Parliament.Other contenders include: Kristina Keneally

The former NSW Labor premier not only has plenty of political experience, she is a tough cookie with bucketloads of charisma. Her recent unsuccessful attempt at the Bennelong byelection also proves she’s willing to make the move to Canberra. Gladys Berejiklian

The current NSW Premier is focused on her state job and an election in 2019. But never say never. She’s prodigiously hard working and her understated approach not only appeals to colleagues but voters, too. Ged Kearney

As the head of the n Council of Trade Unions since 2010, Kearney has long been touted as a future federal MP. She’s unlikely to make the PM’s job any time soon, however. Last September, she surprised many in the labour movement by announcing a tilt at Victorian state politics. Lucy Turnbull

Has ceiling-breaking form as the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney.And an impressive career that spans the law, business, government, philanthropy and the arts. As the partner of the current PM, she would also come to the job with no illusions. Jennifer Westacott

Possesses a super CV for the job, with senior positions across a wide range of policy areas in the Victorian and NSW governments and a KPMG stint. She’s been the head of the Business Council of since 2011.

Gonsalves on sexual harassment in entertainment world

Not many can say they were hand-picked by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star in his latest film, recommended by the same actor to sign up to one of the biggest talent agencies in the world, WME, boast of 1.6 million Instagram followers, and feature regularly as a Guess girl – unless you are Brisbane’s Ellie Gonsalves???.
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The 26-year-old was dubbed a “one to watch” when she shot to fame wearing a white bikini in wine brand Yellow Tail’s Super Bowl advert last year. Now she is gearing up for her acting debut in comedy drama Fighting with My Family (due out this year), alongside her “great mate and mentor” Johnson as well as a stellar line-up including Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and directed by Stephen Merchant.

But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for Gonsalves. Unfortunately, like many of the women gone before her in the entertainment industry, she is also a member of the “#MeToo” movement.

“I have not been sexually assaulted, but through my years I have definitely been harassed,” she told Fairfax Media this week in Sydney, where she helped launch Rpple – an initiative designed to link social media influencers with brands.

“Unfortunately it is that job where you are not protected enough as talent and there are people in positions who can ruin your career like [the click of a finger]. But fortunately I have been able to make money for myself, so I don’t have to rely on those who might say, ‘here is $50,000, but you have to do this’. There are those they take advantage of, like those who might be behind on their rent and they are being told that their careers might be over if they don’t do something.

“I know what I am worth and I will never let anyone break me down for a role, for a job, for money, for anything … You can tell people ‘no’.”

Gonsalves didn’t report the incidents, but decided to never work with the offenders again.

She believes the future looks bright for women in this post-Weinstein era.

“You can definitely notice that change. It is really amazing that these women have stood up and said something because it’s changing how we are protected in the workplace for the future. It’s a really fantastic movement and I support it 100 per cent,” she said.

Overcoming adversity is something Gonsalves has grown accustomed to. During the early stages of her career she was told she would never make it as a model because of her body shape, but she persisted.

“I have been told ‘no’ all of my life, especially back in the day when I was 17 and big boobs were not in. It was just all about being skinny, washboard, super tall and I am just not that,” she said.

“I have hips and I have a tiny little waist and I have these big boobs, but thanks to Beyonce, JLo and Kim [Kardashian West], curvaceous bodies are what people just strive for these days. I hated my boobs back then but now I am really thankful. This look got me those Guess campaigns,” she laughed.

For her latest collaboration, Gonsalves appeared at the Portsea Polo in Melbourne on Saturday to help launch Rpple, an initiative founded by Bondi Sands’ Blair James that allows social media stars to collaborate with brands.

“Rpple is great for people like me, who want to take control of their own brand and want to work with international companies and get paid. It connects ambassadors with brands all over the world,” she said.

At first glance, Gonsalves’ Instagram looks like just another bikini account, but delve a little deeper you will find the good and the bad, unlike many other influencers.

“That was some advice The Rock gave me. He told me to always be myself and not be afraid to show the real me to the world, even the not so great parts,” she said.

“My dad committed suicide two years ago. On R U OK Day last year I decided to speak about it on my Instastory telling people how I got through it and what happens. It reached so many people. I feel like if you can impact people’s lives like that, you should.” A post shared by E L L I E (@ellie_gonsalves) on Dec 5, 2017 at 3:37pm PSTA post shared by E L L I E (@ellie_gonsalves) on Dec 6, 2017 at 9:24pm PST

Health and Fitness: Ways to get the kids moving during school holidays

FUN AND PHYSICAL: Bubble Soccer is one way to get the kids moving these school holidays. But there are plenty of other options that don’t include a cost. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers“I’m bored.”“I’m hungry.”“Can I watch TV?”
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If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this in the past few weeks then I would have a good little savings account going.

Keeping the kids amused and out of each other’s hair during the school holidays requires planning and mental stamina.

It is easy to clock up the screen hours and I have to admit my kids have been watchingmore TV than normal, butI don’t feel too bad about it if they have been out and burned off some energy for a few hours in the morning then again in the afternoon.

My mantra during this timehas been: ‘Get them out to wear them out.’

We have been hitting the pool, beach or park most days and last week we took ona trampoline park which gave us all a good workout.

One thing I have found though is it can get pretty costly going to places like the pool and trampoline park.

If you are looking for ways to get the kids moving these holidays here are a few suggestions that carry a cost:

■Trampoline parks. One hour here and the kids, and you, will be ready for an afternoon nap.

■Ice skating. It provides a cool option on a hot day and requires the use of many muscles.

■Ninja Parc or Climb. The Parc in Cooks Hill offers holiday sessions to get the kids moving through ninja obstacles courses or challenging themselves on the new climbing zone.

■Hit a pool. Call your local pool to see if they have any activities scheduled such as inflatable zones. Another option is booking the kids in for some intensive swimming lessons.

■Sporting clinic. There are a range of sporting clinics available through the holidays, such as InZane Football which offers full day or full week camps. Surfing lessons are another option.

Free activities include hitting the beach, going for a walk, ride or scoot along the Fernleigh Track, Bathers Way, Nobbys Breakwall or around Lake Macquarie, bushwalking through Glenrock, Mount Sugarloaf or Blackbutt, taking on a parkrun at one of the 12 locations in the Hunter region or just heading to your local park.

According to aNSW Government article(www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/premiers-priorities/tackling-childhood-obesity/) I read recently,only 26 per cent of children areactive enough.

So getting them moving any way you can is good I think.

The article also said 62 per cent of children eat enough fruit but only five per cent eatenough vegetables.

I have three kids who all want to eat different things so I have tried to get a bit more creative with snacks in the holidays.

I have been making breakfast smoothies and afternoon fruit frappes. Slipping a good handful of baby spinach in with frozen banana and frozen mango or berries has been one way I have been getting more vegetables into them. I also adda cup of oats to morning smoothies to give us all some sustained energy.

SNACK OPTIONS: Adding baby spinach or kale to frozen fruit smoothies is a good way to get more vegetables into yours and your kids’ diet.

Sizzling Summer SessionsIf you are looking to improve your fitness it is always helpful to do some standard tests that you can revisit down the track.

You may not notice differences during your program so this is a good way to see results and stay motivated.

Some ideas includea 20-minute walk/run. Use the same course and measure how far you make. Do it again after four weeks, eight and 12 to gauge improvements.

Do one minute of short shuttles at a good pace and record how many you can do.

You could also do a set time in the pool, on the rower or on a bike.

Upcoming fitness eventsAcross the Harbour swim, Newcastle harbour, January 26:Choose from a 1400-metre return swim from Queens Wharf to Stockton and back, or theone-way option of 700m starting on Stockton side. This iconic Newcastle event has proven popular in the past and returns tothe calendar after an absence.

Nobbys to Newcastle Ocean Swim, Nobbys beach, January 27:A2km ocean swim fromNobbys to Newcastle beach.

NewRun, Newcastle Foreshore, April 15:One for the whole family with races ranging from 2km for kids to 21.1km. The good news is you still have three months to prepare.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]苏州楼凤.au.

Barbarouses seals a dramatic late win for Victory

A cool late finish by Kosta Barbarouses with less than a minute of normal time remaining was enough to give Melbourne Victory a nerve-wracking 3-2 win over Perth Glory in a dramatic finale at a rain-lashed AAMI Park on Saturday night.
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Spanish striker Diego Castro looked as though he had rescued a point for the visitors when he sprang Victory’s defensive line with five minutes remaining to lob an equaliser over Victory’s stand-in goalkeeper Matt Acton. That would have been a result which Victory boss Kevin Muscat would have seen as an injustice after his side bounced back strongly after conceding a goal in the second minute of the game.

But Barbarouses’ late strike, when he finished from a superb cross field pass from Leroy George, restored Muscat’s smile and left Glory boss Kenny Lowe cursing his luck.

Lowe had delivered his players a huge serve in full view of the cameras at training last week, and if he was looking for an immediate reaction he got it in the shape of a goal within 90 seconds.

Victory failed to deal with a corner from the Glory right and when the ball fell out wide on the left to Walter Scott the youngster needed little invitation to whip a cross back into the danger area.

Defender Scott Neville escaped his markers and flashed a header past Acton, who was forced to pick the ball out of his own net less than two minutes into his first appearance of the season.

Acton was playing because regular goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas suffered a foot injury in Victory’s controversial 2-1 loss to Wellington, but he wasn’t the only change to Muscat’s line up.

Muscat also shuffled his midfield to include new signing Terry Antonis for his first start in a Victory shirt.

Like the rest of his teammates he began this game slowly and Victory collectively looked like a team coming to terms with being caught so cold so early.

But Antonis was quick to stamp his influence on the game. Two footed and with good vision and control, he showed that he wanted the ball as much as he could get it, and displayed an impressive range of passing both left and right, short and long as he tried to kick-start his new team’s revival.

George, the Dutch winger who has been a shining light in an otherwise rather dull season for Victory, also got into the groove and began to create space and opportunities on both flanks as he ranged from left to right.

Antonis’ clever flighted ball set up Barbarouses in the 16th minute, but the Kiwi winger’s fierce drive flew across the face of goal. Minutes later the same two players linked again, Antonis once more the provider, before Barbarouses’ cross was headed to safety by Neville.

George then switched to the right and glided past Scott and Xavier Torres before feeding James Troisi, but the latter could not get his cross over.

Antonis linked well with full-back Jason Geria before George, back on the left flank, skated past Glory full-back Jeremy Walker to set up Barbarouses, but he put his effort straight at goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

Victory got the goal their pressure deserved approaching the half-hour mark, and George was heavily involved yet again.

The Dutchman intercepted a lazy pass in the centre of the field by Castro, burst forward and played a one-two with Besart Berisha which left him clear in space. George’s initial shot was blocked by Reddy, but he managed to scramble the rebound into space and Troisi reacted quickest of all, smashing the ball home to level the score.

After the restart, Victory got their noses in front, with George again playing a major role.

The Dutchman whipped in a tantalising, curling cross from a free kick wide on the Victory right which Milligan, reacting quicker than the Glory defence, got to first before lashing a shot past Reddy on the half-volley.

With 19 minutes remaining Leigh Broxham eventually made his 250th appearance, replacing Dino Djulbic in the middle of the back four, and, after a topsy turvy finale, was able to celebrate in style.

Amateur drone photographer off to a flying start

Luke Keesmaat has owned a drone for four months. In his spare time he fliesas much as he can. Drone class.
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“I‘d been considering buying a drone for 6 to 12 months beforehand.”

The 30-year-old marketing officer from Albury iskeen to take his video skills to the next level.

“I’vealways done video as a hobby. I work with a university so I do video forthem occasionally. With my job, I’m hoping to be able to incorporate that into what we do.”

And frankly, he’s surprised at the results.

“The weir [Lake Hume] – it kind of impressed me. I wasn’t expecting to it look so epic. It almost looked like something out of a movie.”

Imposing structures and drones go beautifully together and Luke has captured this at 1:21 when the drone scales the weir floodgates.

All up this package took Luke about a day to put together. He chose a quiet afternoonto go out to Lake Hume and was there for an hour and a half. Then there was a few hours editing time. Luke uses the video editing software Premiere Pro but saysiMovie is just as good at times and quicker, especially for titles.

That flying feeling

Luke says seeing things from a new perspective keeps drone cinematographyexciting.

“It’s interesting to get perspectives on things that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to see.”

“When I take footage of people’s houses – they don’t even recognise their own houses. Being able to see things from unique angles.”

Amateur drone photographer off to a flying start GREAT WALL: Luke Keesmaat captures the weir wall with his drone at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke Keesmaat has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

IMPOSING: The weir wall and the drone captured by Luke Keesmaat at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke Keesmaat has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

SUN DOWN: Luke Keesmaat’s drone panorama at Lake Hume.

UP AND AWAY: Luke has been flying his drone for four months. Photos: supplied

TweetFacebookThere are cheaper drones on the market. These are Luke’s start up costs:

Invested between $1,700 and $2,000 for the drone.Uses an iPad mini as a screen.Spent another $500 to $1,000 to get properly set up.SET UP = $2,300

For Luke the drone decision was about investing in the future.

“I didn’t want just get something lower quality and then upgrade. I had the idea in mind to gohigher quality and do it for business in the future and not upgrade later.”

Portability was also a key criteria.

“I wanted to theability to take it travelling – it folds up into a little bag and I took it on as carry-on to America and Holland.”

“The Mavic Prostood out – you can fold it down and take it with you.”

Advice for others eyeing off a drone

“Do yourresearch and make sure youare buying the right productfor youas it is an investment.Ensure that it is what you want to do and get on forums and discuss with the experts first and work out what you’re wanting to do and what yourrequirements are.”

And practice!

“I just took it out into an open space and had a practice. That’s how I’ve been learning. There’s a lot of stuff online, forums as well where you can get a lot of information so that part ispretty easy.”

Drone licensing and the flying rules

It’s important to note you need a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licence if you want to fly commercially and charge clients.

“I’m in the process of getting a CASA License – you need that if you want to do it commercially,” says Luke.

“The weir is okay because the local laws are five kilometreswithin the airport and 30 metres from people.”

“It’s down the track as to whether I do it personally or a longer term goal do videos for other people.”​

Roger Federer and family-friendly entourage join thousands at Chinan Open ‘Kids Tennis Spectacular’

Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) is seen alongside a person dressed as Spiderman as he participates in the Rod Laver Arena Spectacular as part of Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Saturday, January 13, 2018. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVINGYou know the n Open is in town when you see KIA cars zipping through the CBD ferrying players between hotels and Melbourne Park.
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You know the n Open is in town when shop windows are filled with tennis balls in a nod to the grand slam of the Asia-Pacific.

But most of all, you know the n Open is in town when the world’s most family-friendly entourage rolls into Melbourne – that of 19-time grand slam winner Roger Federer and crew.

Their first appearance for the week came on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena at the Kids Tennis Spectacular.

The entourage – consisting of Roger’s wife Mirka, their two sets of twins (Myla Rose, Charlene Riva, Lenny and Leo), plus three nannies (we could see three but some say there are four) – were courtside to watch Roger be watched by 15,000 others.

Mirka stood throughout the event to take photos of her children, who like the others in the stadium were besotted with the light show and entertainment.

Federer was joined on court by women’s No.2 seed and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 12-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

Federer is the n Open’s defending champion. He beat current world No.1 and 2018 n Open No.1 seed Rafael Nadal in 2017’s dream final.

The Swiss master is the No.2 seed for the 2018 event and is ranked No.2 in the world. He has won the n Open five times.

Nadal and Novak Djokovic – traditionally Federer’s two biggest grand slam rivals – are both returning to tennis from injury at the n Open. Nadal has been sidelined since November and Djokovic since July.

Given their fitness, or lack of, Federer could become the first player to 20 grand slams in the open era this month.

Before Federer, Wozniacki, Raonic and Djokovic emerged, the crowd of mostly children were whipped into a frenzy by n pop band Sheppard plus a pair of children’s entertainers.

Among other shouting and rabble rousing the entertainers started a Mexican wave that went around Rod Laver Arena 10 or 15 times.

Marvel super heroes hit the court too – Thor, Black Widow, Ant-Man and Spiderman. They were called out to scare off Loki (Thor’s nemesis) who threatened to stop the n Open from taking place. Luckily they did.

Then it was time for the real super heroes, with the loudest cheer coming for Federer, easily the most super of them all.

He played a short hit-to-hit with a lucky girl from the crowd. She used Wozniacki’s racquet and Federer actually returned one of her shots into the net. That kid won a point against the best tennis player of all-time.

Djokovic played his role as ‘the Djoker’ once the quartet began hitting balls together – it was Federer and Wozniacki vs Raonic and Djokivic.

The Serbian convinced Thor to grab Raonic’s racquet and have a hit and also began loudly grunting into his microphone during the friendly hit up.

Djokovic is known for impersonating other players on tour but only used the grunt on Saturday, which could have been a homage to any number of his fellow professionals. I don’t think that was the Hulk Smash they were looking for, @milosraonicpic.twitter苏州楼凤/cJ4OQQCqp6??? #AusOpen (@nOpen) January 13, 2018

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos jumps into immigration debate with $42m donation to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’​

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced he is donating $US33 million ($42 million) to a scholarship fund for young “dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
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The donation comes amid fresh pressure from business leaders as talks on Capitol Hill over how to resolve the legal status of dreamers are foundering. The White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group on Thursday -the same day President Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.

Bezos, who is the wealthiest person in the world, and his wife, MacKenzie, will be donating the sum to TheDream.US, a scholarship program that has awarded more than 1,700 immigrants more than $US19 million in financial assistance since it launched in 2014.

The money will help fund 1,000 college scholarships and is the largest donation yet to a fund established by Donald Graham, the former publisher of The Post who sold the company to Bezos in 2013.

In reference to African countries and Haiti, Trump reportedly said “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Photo: AP

Graham launched TheDream.US with Henry Munoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush.

In a statement announcing the donation, Bezos cited the story of his adopted father, who left Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English,” Bezos said in a statement. “With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organisations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honoured to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”

The donation “is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all,” said Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US. “We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students.”

Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, will be donating the sum to TheDream.US, a scholarship program that has awarded more than 1,700 immigrants more than $US19 million in financial assistance since it launched in 2014. Photo: AP

The group previously has received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Inter-American Development Bank, Patty Stonesifer and Michael Kinsley, among others.

Trump plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in March unless Congress replaces it. The Obama-era program provides temporary legal protections to roughly 700,000 dreamers.

Democrats, under intense pressure from immigrant advocates, are trying to use their leverage to force a long-sought immigration deal as part of talks to keep the government open beyond a January19 spending deadline.

In a bid to bolster the negotiations, more than 100 corporate leaders this week co-signed a letter to Congress calling for immediate legal relief to dreamers. The corporate leaders said, “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”

Bezos co-signed the letter along with tech titans Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook of Apple and top leaders from General Motors, AT&T, the Gap, Target, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Warby Parker, Uber, Lyft and others. Pressure from top business leaders could pay dividends in the closing days of the high-stakes negotiations that party leaders believe could lead to an agreement soon.

Bezos is a frequent target of Trump, who has accused the businessman of purchasing The Post to advance his business interests. In late December, the president called for the U.S. Postal Service to raise shipping rates that it charges Amazon苏州楼凤 in a deal that he said disadvantages the federal agency.

Bezos did not respond to Trump’s comments, but Amazon has defended its arrangement with USPS, noting that federal postal regulators consider the agreement profitable for the mail service.

Donations to higher education are a frequent way for the world’s wealthiest individuals to spread their wealth. Bill and Melinda Gates, through their Gates Foundation, have pledged $US1 billion over 20 years to their Millennium Scholars program. Vedanta University in India is the recipient of the largest individual donation, a $US1 billion endowment established by the Anil Agarwal Foundation, according to records kept by the Chronicle for Higher Education.