The 11 words that homeowners dread at auction

Clearance rates in Sydney and Melbourne are at record lows, but agents say they’re still achieving strong results. Photo: Peter Rae“Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll have to pass the property in …”
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It’s the 11 words that homeowners dread. But, according to a real estate tech firm, an auction flop is not necessarily cause for alarm.

Auction streaming service Gavlanalysed the results of 463 Sydney and Melbourne properties that sold after auction, and found they fetched an average of $41,660 more than the highest bid.

With the nationwide clearance rate hovering slightly above 50 per cent, auctions are proving nerve-racking for many sellers.

Gavl’s Justin Nickerson said most homeowners believed that if their property was passed in, it would sellfor less than the last bid.

“It’s a misconception that sellers have,” he said. “If it goes a certain way they think that’s the highest bid and after the auction they will have to negotiate down, but chances are it’s going to be above that.”

Mr Nickerson said it was often the case that buyers wouldpay a premium to secure a home outside auction conditions.

“Going to market has shifted a little bit, but there’s still opportunities to sell within the 24 hours after the auction,” he said. “People with terms and conditions in their contract can pay more afterwards.”

45 Queen Street, Beaconsfield in Sydney was sold by Ben Forsyth for $2.03 million a fortnight ago, more than its highest bid. Photo: Forsyth Real Estate

He said falling clearance rates in Sydney in Melbourne didn’t mean the art of auctioning a property was falling by the wayside.

“Understanding the role that the auction plays is important,” he said. “Sometimes it can set up a point for negotiation.”

In Sydney, the weekly clearance rates have recently hit their lowest in 10 years,falling to47.8 per cent. In thepast few weeks, though, the rates have risen above 50 per cent.

Agents in the harbour city said auctions still had value, and both buyers and sellers were growing more sensitive about pricing.

“Auctions still work. They work if your guide price throughout the campaign is transparent,”Ben ForsythofForsyth real estatesaid.

That is, houses are more likely to sell at auction if the vendor lowers their price following a lacklustre response to the listing.

“[Buyers] are very price-sensitive at the moment,” he said. “Vendors are still getting their heads around the change in market conditions.”

Peter GordonofCobden and Haysonsaid buyers risked becoming too confident among falling prices and clearance rates.

Justin Nickerson of Apollo Auctions. Photo: Jim Malo

“Some buyers are reading too much into the market, lowballing the vendors and expecting them to just take the offer,” he said. “If the buyers aren’t prepared to sell on auction day, someone will pay more the following week generally.”

In Melbourne, agents reported similar experiences. The inner city has recorded the steepest median price falls, but the citywide clearance rate has not yet to dipped below 50 per cent.

In the city’s leafy east,Buxton BalwyndirectorAnton Zhouksaid he was seeing some properties sell for more after auction, but it could take days of negotiation.

He had two propertiespass in at the weekendwhich, as of Friday, were both yet to sell.

“If you don’t get the price right the first time, it’s difficult to get a better result. If you don’t, it becomes less about the price and what’s wrong with the home.

“I can almost guarantee they’d get a much better sale price if they put a realistic asking price.”

Buyer and vendor advocate Mark Brilliant said a pass-in could also be used by agents as a way to extract more cash.

“With a buyer, my advice is hold your ground as long as you can,” he said. “If you are the only bidder, you are the market.”

Mr Brilliant said most post-auction prices could be above the highest bid because buyers get caught up in the emotion of auction day.

“[Gavl’s] data is probably correct but it’s important buyers listen to more than just what the real estate agent says and just pay the reserve,” he said.

“It gets passed in because the reserve is too high.”


Hawks set sights on minor premiership

LEADER: Cardiff Hawks back Nick Tomlinson. Picture: Max Mason-HubersCardiff coach Nathan Harkness has called it the Hawks’ “biggest game of the year”.
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A top-of-the-table clash with joint competition leaders Terrigal Avoca at home on the club’s old boys day.The 2018 Black Diamond AFL minor premiership on the line. And the chance to earn the opening weekend off come finals time.

There’s plenty at stake in the penultimate round at Hillsborough Oval and Harkness backs last year’s runner’s up to be ready for the challenge against the defending champions.

“It’s definitely our biggest game of the year,” Harkness told the Newcastle Herald.

“Minor premiership, the week off, beating Terrigal –all of the above. There’s a lot on the line and we can’t wait.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge on what is a special day for our football club.”

Harkness, who expects a 1998 grand-final reunion to be part of Cardiff faithful, said the Hawks had learnedtheir lessons from a 24-point loss to third-placed Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground on June 30.

“Until now, that was our biggest test so far this season. City just jumped out of the blocks and left us wanting,” Harkness said. “We’ve learned our lessons from that day and we don’t want to let it happen again.”

Cardiff and Terrigal Avoca have only dropped one match each this campaign. The Hawks knocked off the Panthers by 26 points at Hylton Moore Oval on April 14.

Harkness said the Hawks were virtually at full strength, mentioning Tom Yensch, Jack Lennon, Lachlan Price, Simon O’Brien and Brandt Job as some of the Hawks’ keys.

“We’ve been rotating the boys a bit so they understand the structures and can do any job,” he said.

The Cardiff mentor said he was wary of Terrigal Avoca duo James Webster and Chris Bishop as well as the return of forward Mark Skuse.

Also on Saturday,fourth-placed Warners Bay travel to Maitland, Nelson Bay are away toSingleton, Gosford are at home to Killarney Vale in a seven-versus-sixencounter while Lake Macquarie host eighth-placed Wyong Lakes.City has the bye. The top-seven play-offs start on August 18.

LADDER: Terrigal Avoca, Cardiff (93%); Newcastle City (86); Warners Bay (62); Singleton (60); Killarney Vale (50); Gosford (43); Wyong Lakes (29); Nelson Bay (21); Maitland (14); Lake Macquarie (0).

Celebrity chef celebrates 25 years of smashing avos

FINAL TOUCH: Bill Granger finishes off his smashed cucumber salad, mirin and sesame dish. THEman regarded as the first to “smash avocado” has taken a moment to celebrate 25 years of the international, Australian-born phenomenon.
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Aussie restauranteur, Bill Granger, first put avocado on a piece of toast and served it at his café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst back in 1993.

According to Australian Avocados, launched “brunch”as we now know it and sparked Australia’s great love affair with the versatile fruit.


Defaced road sign pays tribute to favoured Millennial breakfastResearchers help protect avo’s futureIndications of ‘biggest season ever’To help the quarter of a century milestone Mr Granger has shared his fresh, new avocado go-to dish for 2018 – avocado and smashed cucumber salad with mirin and sesame.

Bill Granger talks avocadosPost by Bill Granger talks avocados.

History LessonIN 1993, Australians were just beginning to dabble with avocado.

A decade later the nation was munching through an average 1.68kg a year, and today the average Australian eats a whopping 3.5kg of avocados each year,making Aussies the biggest consumers of avocados per capita in the English-speaking world.

Fuelling Australia’s passion for avocados is the fruit’s health benefits.

Avocados are nutrient dense and an excellent source of good fat, which means they are an easy way to make any meal better.

Industry growthAUSTRALIAN avocado growers have kept up with growing demand in the last two decades and now have planted more than 2 million avocado trees, more than tripling the size of the industry since 1998.

Avocado grower and Avocados Australia board director, Tom Silver, says the fruit is here to stay.

“The public’s love for them just seems to keep going. You won’t see another food so passionately talked about and eaten – people are even using them to propose now,” Mr Silver said.

“Growers are planting new trees all the time. It takes three to four years for a newly planted avocado tree to bear fruit so as an industry we expect production to increase by around 50 per cent by 2025.

“That will be around 115,000 tonnes of avocados produced a year,” he said.

But for Bill Granger, who now has 18 restaurants worldwide and is in Sydney to open his new restaurant in Surry Hills, smashing an avo still has a special place in his heart.

“Avocado on toast was born because I was looking for something tasty to go with a bloody Mary at breakfast. I added it to the menu and it quickly became a favourite,” he said.

“Avocado on toast is still my go-to breakfast, with either salmon or poached eggs. It cannot be beaten.”

MENU ITEM: Avocado and smashed cucumber salad, mirin and sesame.

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Aiden Bonar to make AFL debut for GWS

Aiden Bonar will make his AFL debut this weekend for GWS against Carlton.Aiden Bonar will make his AFL debut amid more setbacks for the injury-plagued GWS.
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Bonar, who was the Giants’ first pick in last year’s draft, has been called up to bolster his side’s midfield in the absence of Dylan Shiel (ankle) and Tim Taranto (knee).

Coach Leon Cameron is upbeat Taranto and Sam Reid (knee) will only miss Sunday’s clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium, but Shiel could spend a couple of weeks on the sidelines.

The Giants’ campaign was derailed by a stack of long-term injuries to key personnel during the first half of the season, which hit a low point when they suffered four defeats in a row.

Tom Scully, Zac Williams and Jon Patton headline the talent still on the sidelines, but the return of stars Josh Kelly, Toby Greene and Brett Deledio has helped power the expansion club’s resurgence.

Cameron insists GWS, who have won seven of their past eight games to be on the cusp of the top four, aren’t using a clash with the wooden spoon favourites to rest some of their prime movers.

Shiel’s problem is the biggest concern.

“He rolled his ankle a few weeks ago and we’ve been playing catch up. He rolled it again on the weekend,” Cameron said.

“He didn’t complete training … it will be touch and go for next week.

“There is clearly ligament (damage), so that is a time thing really. We wanted him to play desperately, like Tim and Reidy.

“It’s disappointing.”

The positive injury news for the Giants is that Jeremy Cameron returns fitter from a five-game suspension.

Cameron, who was restricted by a toe issue earlier this year and suffered multiple hamstring strains at the pointy end of their 2017 campaign, has done a mini pre-season during his long stint on the sidelines.

“He’s covered a lot of miles, done a lot of cross training, footy training,” Leon Cameron said of his namesake.

“I’m a little bit excited and a little bit nervous, because creating the synergy and cohesion (in the forward line) takes a few games.”

“Better decision making, coming into big collisions, is going to be his challenge. I’m really confident he’s taken that on board.”

Cameron expected the big-bodied Bonar to hit the Blues’ midfield hard.

“You’ll know you’ve been tackled by him,” he said.

“He loves to tackle and put his head over the footy.”

Hard to cop lack of moving police on the M1

HIGH WAY: An illustration of the Warnervale interchange under construction on the M1. Reader Garry Scow argues the police approach in the area should be re-examined. AS A former NSW police officer I am afraid I have to say that current strategies in traffic enforcement don’t appear to be effective. Ask yourself, how many occasions travelling between Newcastle and Sydney on the M1 Motorway do you sight police vehicles, particularly Highway Patrol, in mobile mode? In my experiencevery few times, if at all.
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What we now see is a marked highway patrol vehicle in stationary mode, frustratingly and too frequentlypositioned in locations not promoting high visibility. I also have to say that I obviously can’t comment on the presence of unmarked or covert vehicles but I suspect that strategy to be a very thin one.

The sight of a police vehicle either in the rear-vision mirror or approaching you is a powerful tool in traffic enforcement. The odd car parked in clear view off the carriageway has its place, but I believeon its ownis not a powerful deterrent to the many idiots I see travelling on the M1.

I believe a rethink in enforcement strategy is strongly needed, but I am happy to be proved wrong if that be the case.

Garry Scow,Warners BaySPEED UP FOR A SOLUTIONA LOTis being said about the M1.My view is that the situation would be improved by increasing the speed limit to 130km/h, at least in three-lane sections.This would enable people who want to dawdle at 90 to 100km/h to stick to the left lane.

The annoying centre-lane hogs could stay there, provided they travel at more than 100km/h, and that would leave the right-hand lane for the drivers who are prepared to travel at the speed limit.

Let’s face it; many drivers already travel at close to 130km/h.

The effect would be like in Germany, where traffic fans out, with each lane travelling at a different settled speed. You pick the one that suits you, meaning there would be less lane changing, the root of many of the problems.And remember, the primary cause of crashes is inattentiveness.Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, and don’t forget the rear-view mirror.

If you are always aware of what’s immediately in front and behind, you have a much better chance of reacting quickly and appropriately to any possible incident.

Ray Dinneen,NewcastleWHERE ARE THE BIKE LANESFinally roads are reopening in Newcastle and there are no designated cycle lanes. Cyclists are dealing with less road space then they have ever had before, roads are narrowing to make way for construction this is despite the Newcastle Council Cycling Strategy and Action Plan of March 2012. Nice looking document, with some good ideas but very little action.

If Newcastle is serious about decongesting the roads of cars it needs to get serious about making Newcastle city roads a ‘safe and attractive’ option for cyclists. When will we see action on this issue?

Helen Smith,Tighes HillTHECATCH ON THAT HOOK”You can’t eat fish and call yourself an environmentalist”, writes Desmond Bellamy (Letters, 3/8).

The funny thing is, Desmond, that you sent that letter to the Newcastle Herald via a copper internet network and constructed that letter on a laptop or tablet that is an electronic device that contains chemicals such as beryllium, cadmium, chromium hexavalent, lead, mercury, brominated flame retardants and poly chloride (PVC). Not to mention a lithium iron battery that was probably charged overnight (with no solar) withcoal-fired power.

You should have finished with, “You can’t live on the grid and call yourself an environmentalist.”I did enjoy that tuna and mayo sandwich.

Lincoln Godwin,Fingal BayCRUDE TO SAY IT’SBETTERSCOTT Hillard (Short Takes 3/8):more people live in poverty than ever before because of rapid global population growth since World War II.

Easy-to-come-by crude oil is long passed. Airlines are hoping biofuels are their saviour. Inability of oil to keep up led to the 2008 economic collapse, still in play.

OPEC flooded the world with cheap oil to kill North American shale. Middle Eastern oil states are rushing to renewables. Australia has $500m to fix the Murray-Darling. All is rosy.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkIN A PRECARIOUS STATEI BELIEVE stategovernments should not be allowed to make decisions that are against the national interest.

The decision by the WAgovernment to award a contract to Chinese telco Huawei (WA Today, 9/7)follows the debacles of the SouthAustralian energy policy and the sale of Darwin to the Chinese.The logical way to achieve this is to abolish state governments. They are an anachronismcaused largely by the tyranny of distancewhich no longer applies.

With no state governments, I think the Murray Darling would also have been fixed up long ago.

Turnbull and Shorten are both on the nose with the electorate, and both deserve to lose the next election. If they were to combine on this one, it would not matter who won the election: as victor, eitherwould both go down in the pantheon of the greats alongside Menzies and Keating.

Peter Hay,IslingtonGROW LEADERS FOR LANDTHERE would be few who would not agree with Gerry Mohan (Short Takes 1/8)that our farmers are in desperate straits as casualties of the climate change that has deliver this drought. My love for the farmers was nurtured during my time as a jackaroo in Wee Waa after leaving school. I recently revisited Wee Waa and not a sheep was in view because his farms had converted to cotton and vegetables grown on abundant artesian water.

With the evidence of the value of this precious water it is beyond my beliefthat these farmers still vote for the Nationals, who would sell the farmers out to the minersand allow mining in areas that will destroy these waters and put districts’ welfare under great pressure as their water will be gone to digging up coal.

Unless the farmers elect parliamentarians who stand up to the city-focusedLiberals I think they will continue to be screwed by business as they let the marketdecide how they live or survive on the scraps they receive for their ever-reducing production.

We all pray that this drought breaks,but farmers must also change the rules and dump those representative who sell them out to multinationals and big business. Farm water is more important than thatfor coal mines. Farmers must claim their rights.

Frank Ward,Shoal BaySHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]南京夜网.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.

Sanders stays on message with media claims

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions at a daily media briefing.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has refused to distance herself from US President Donald Trump’s assertions that the media is “the enemy” of the people.
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Sanders and members of the media engaged in a heated exchange during a White House briefing on Thursday with Sanders listing a series of complaints against the press while blaming journalists for inflaming tensions in the US.

“As far as I know, I’m the first press secretary in the history of the United States that’s required Secret Service protection,” she said, accusing the media of continuing “to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration.”

When pressed about Trump’s position on the issue, Sanders said Trump “has made his position known”,

CNN’s Jim Acosta, who was loudly heckled during a Trump rally in Florida on Tuesday night, implored Sanders to break from the president, who labelled the press as “enemy of the American people” last year.

“I think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing that the press, the people who are gathered in this room right now … are not the enemy of the people,” Acosta said, adding: “All the people around the world are watching what you’re saying.”

Sanders, appearing to read from prepared remarks, responded with a critique of the press for resorting “to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger”.

“The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network, CNN,” she told Acosta.

Acosta later walked out of the briefing in protest. Another reporter quickly filled his seat.

The exchange came hours after the president’s eldest daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, broke with her father by saying she doesn’t view the news media as “the enemy of the people”.

“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate. So … I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they sort of feel targeted. But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people,” Ivanka Trump said.

The president tried to minimise the divide in a tweet later on Thursday.

“They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!” he wrote.

The president regularly lashes out at news outlets and individual reporters with his attacks drawing rebukes from free press advocates, human rights experts, professional journalism associations and the publisher of The New York Times.

Unions call for Foodora compensation fund

Unions NSW is demanding the federal government set up a compensation fund for Foodora riders with the food delivery service announcing it will wrap up its Australian operations.
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The company says it will wind up by August 20 to focus on markets with “higher potential for growth” amid accusations it’s actually trying to avoid obligations regarding workers’ back-pay.

The Fair Work Ombudsman took Foodora to the Federal Court in June alleging two Melbourne bike riders and a Sydney driver were classed as “independent contractors” when they did the work of full-time employees.

Another rider appealed to the Fair Work Commission saying he was unfairly dismissed after speaking out over low pay and poor conditions.

His campaign attracted the attention of the Transport Workers Union which on Thursday accused Foodora of abandoning Australia while owing workers millions in back pay.

It was backed on Friday by the state’s peak union body which wants the Turnbull government to force Foodora to set up a workers compensation fund.

Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey told reporters in Sydney companies like Foodora moved their money offshore when challenged in the courts.

“There is a real fear these cases will be successful against Foodora but Foodora won’t have the money in the Australian company to pay redundancies,” he told AAP on Friday.

The government had set up funds in the past when workers had been abandoned, Mr Morey added.

Foodora denied the accusations, noting it was divesting its interests in France, Italy and the Netherlands at the same time.

The company says it will continue to deal with its legal battles in Australia.

Waratahs extend Gibson’s contract to 2019

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson isn’t disappointed he’s been guaranteed just one more season and believes some of the Super Rugby side’s biggest stars will also re-sign shortly.
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Gibson has hailed the succession planning of the Waratahs administration in appointing club legend Chris Whittaker as their new backs coach, joining retained forwards coach Simon Cron as potential options to take over from him.

Former Wallabies halfback Whittaker replaces backs and attack coach Chris Malone, who’s taking up a venture outside rugby.

New Zealander and former All Blacks centre Gibson has coached the Tahs for the past three seasons.

They missed out on the finals in the first two years of his tenure but he oversaw a spectacular resurgence in 2018.

After finishing 16th on the overall ladder in 2017, NSW won the Australian conference and made it to the semi-finals.

There’s an option for Gibson to coach the side again in 2020, with results next year likely to be the determining factor.

“Everything is performance related-and that’s the life of a coach, but I’m delighted to extend and potentially have that option,” Gibson told AAP.

Gibson was optimistic captain Michael Hooper and star backs Israel Folau and Bernard Foley would decide on their futures soon.

“From what we understand, (the negotiations) are going well,” Gibson said.

“With the World Cup looming, all of them would want to be locked down pretty shortly.”

Former NSW captain Whittaker amassed more than 100 appearances for his home state as well as winning 31 Test caps.

“His appointment is an excellent one in terms of really starting to get the stability with a view to succession planning,” Gibson said.

“Making sure that beyond my tenure that we’ve got a couple of real genuine head coach potential in Simon Cron and Chris Whittaker potentially lining up there.”

Whittaker has spent two years as co-head of French club Montauban and had stints with Stade Francais and Irish club side Leinster.

“Chris’s experience has largely been in the northern hemisphere. I really like that diversity he will bring to our coaching staff and the other really important aspect is he’s a former Waratahs player,” Gibson said.

Whittaker said the knowledge and experience he had gained overseas was great, and it was time to contribute to the state that had given him so much.

“Rugby in Australia is improving and I couldn’t pass on the chance to help further develop and grow the potential we have here,” Whttaker said.

Lees reaching for the stars

Coming off another record-breaking season, Kris Lees has no intention of slowing down.
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Kris Lees at Randwick last month. Picture: AAP

And the Newcastle trainer hopes a more attractiveassignment for Reach For Heaven at Randwick on Saturday can help kick-start his new campaign.

Reach For Heaven has gate one for the benchmark 82 handicap (1200m) and is backing up from an encouraging first-up fourth at Rosehill over the same distance on July 14.

The five-year-old gelding, out of barrier eight,was near last on the home turn before making up plenty of ground down the inside in the race won by Star Of Monsoon. Peter and Paul Snowden’s Smartedge was second and Reach For Heaven meets it three kilograms better this time around.

“He gets in well, he’s got a reasonably good second-up record, so there’s a few positives for him,” Lees said.

“But that said, he’s a horse who gets back and he needs a few things to go his way, but he’s more than capable on his day.”

Lees, searching for his first win this season, also has German import Vive Marie on debut in Australia in the 1400m benchmark 82 at Randwick.

The five-year-old mare was placed twice at listed level in Germany before Hunter syndicators Australian Bloodstock brought her to Lees.

She has trialled twice, winning her most recent effort at Newcastle on July 12.

Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons gets the chance in town after James McDonald had to reject the mount when weights dropped two kilograms.

“She’s one we’ll learn more about watching her step out,” Lees said.

“She’s worked well. She’ll probably be better suited over further, but it will be interesting to see how she goes.”

Lees’ team headto the first Saturday metropolitan meeting of the new season celebrating another milestone.

Lees trained a personal-best 191 ½winners nationwide –30 more than the previous season’s benchmark –and he was fifth in the premiership. He was third in NSW with 177 ½–just behind Godolphin’s James Cummings (179).

The records continue a steep rise for Lees, who had 158 winners in NSW in 2016-17 and 95 in 2015-16. Before that, his best state effort was 112 (2014-15).

Lees was pleased with the return but was always looking to improve.

“It’s a good year numbers-wise but we’ve got more horses now, so you need to be winning more races,” Lees said.

“We’ve continued to build so you’ve got to keep going that way.

“We’ve got good numbers now but we can probably handle some more, but you want to concentrate more on quality if possible.

“Everything is working smoothly.We’ve got good staff and everyone is working well together, and that’s what makes things happen.”

Lees said he had improved stables at Newcastle Racecourse and was looking to build on his Ellalong Farm operations and snare more winners in Queensland, where he uses Mel Eggleston’s Gold Coast property as a base.

“Itworks in pretty well with our farm and what we’ve got there,” Lees said of his trackside stables at Newcastle.

“There’s 150 acres at the farm and at some stage we’ll probably look to expand the stable occupancy there, but that’s a bit further down the track.

“We’ll also probably increase our presence in Queensland over the next few months.”

Meanwhile, the Paul Perry-trained Gadfly was vying for early favouritism with Stirling Osland’s Radiant Choice for the Bengalla Cup (1280m) on Sunday at Muswellbrook.

Star agent Harry M Miller departs his way

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton has remembered late agent Harry M Miller as the “best human guard dog you could get” at a star-studded memorial for the showbiz legend.
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Miller, who passed away in July aged 84, was remembered on Friday as a protector, adviser, father, larrikin and the man who launched the careers of stars including Marcia Hines and Jon English.

He typically wanted control over the proceedings and left explicit instructions about how the Capitol Theatre service was to play out.

Miller’s biographer Peter Holder addressed those gathered and read a tribute on behalf of Chamberlain-Creighton, who enlisted the agent after her baby Azaria was taken by a dingo in 1980.

“When everyone is clamouring for a piece of you all at once, you need someone to help you navigate the overwhelming onslaught and Harry is the best human guard dog you could get,” Chamberlain-Creighton wrote.

“Just like an Alsatian.”

Holder said Miller knew what it meant to be on the “wrong end of the media stick” so felt well qualified to protect the besieged.

Several clients and industry legends became lifelong friends.

“I don’t think we’ll ever see another like him. I loved you, Harry,” former media personality Maggie Tabberer said.

Miller was still in his 20s when he brought US jazz musician Louis Armstrong to Australia.

He was later behind tours of the Rolling Stones, conductor Artur Rubinstein, the Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher.

Miller consolidated his reputation in 1969 by staging the American musical Hair in Australia and later became an agent to the stars.

He was diagnosed in 2011 with vascular dementia – a disease that eventually killed him.

Miller is survived by his third wife Simone Logue and his five children – sons Simon and Miles and daughters Brook, Lauren and Justine.

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