Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Fix Our City was formed in August 2009 in response to the Hunter Development Corporation’s Newcastle City Centre Renewal Report.

Their objective is to ensure key recommendations within the report are implemented in full by maintaining a public profileas well as maintain pressure on state and federal politicians to secure funding for the region. 

This Thursday June 3rd 2010 at 5pm they have organised a rally at Town Hall.  I would urge anyone who feels that it is time for Newcastle to move forward to attend.  I believe that by implementing the recommendations we will have greater connectivity in our city, greater investment and job creation. It is time for the people of Newcastle to take a stand!

Home to 9% of the state's population (620,000), the Hunter region is the largest regional centre in Australia, yet it receives less than half of this figure in NSW government funding.

7 Habits of Wealthy People

Everyday we make choices that affect our level of wealth, from our spending habits to our investment choices.  We often blame our low pay or high bills for not being able to get ahead but the truth is that wealthy people usually have the same financial habits in common.  These habits don't require a degree in economics in fact most of them are just  common sense.

1. Spend less than what you earn
2. Save your money (aim for 10% of your income)
3. Invest wisely - make sure you get sound professional advice, most people are not stockbrokers.
4. Borrow wisely - make sure you have good debt (debt that is used for an asset) not bad debt.
5. There is no such thing as a get rich quick scheme - if it is too good to be true then it probably is.
6. Be patient - If you can't get rich quick then get rich slowly!
7. Insure yourself - no matter how clever we are with our money we cannot always control what is going on in our lives.  Accidents happen and people do get sick and these events can mess up our plans, having a contingency plan in place to avoid losing your income or having to sell off your assets is just good sense.

If you follow these very simple rules you should be able to build your personal wealth, and while money is the most important thing in life it gives you a greater choice of what you can do in life.


Warning signs of heart attack can be different from person to person, they may not always be sudden (often how hollywood portrays them) and a lot of people will only suffer mild chest pain and some none at all.

So how can you know when you or someone you know is having a heart attack?  The Heart Foundation has recently launched a campaign to educate all Australians on the warning signs of heart attack.  The key to survival rates is early treatment so the sooner people realise something is wrong the better their chances are.

Warning signs can include a feeling of tightness or heaviness on their chest and a choking feeling in their throat.  Their arms can feel heavy or useless.  Other warning signs include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of their upper body, including back, neck, shoulders, jaw and arms.  Sweating, dizziness, nausea and vomiting are also warning signs and some people might just feel generally unwell "not quite right".

It is important to be aware of these early symptoms and to take immediate action by calling an ambulance.  Don't try to drive yourself to the hospital - you could end up hurting someone else and delay getting vital treatment that can be administered by paramedics on the way to hospital.  The earlier the treatment the less damage that will be done to the muscles around the heart.  Talk to your family and friends make sure they all learn the early warning signs, it may just save a life.

If you would like more information visit the Heart Foundation's website.