Waterfront redevelopment site hits the market at Honeysuckle

Waterfront redevelopment site hits the market at Honeysuckle The latest Honeysuckle land release, far left, the site of Doma’s Huntington development, centre, and Doma’s Lume apartments under construction, far right.

The development site for sale at 45 Honeysuckle Drive.

Doma’s Huntington apartment development will be next door to the latest site for sale.

The Honeysuckle land for sale, foreground, with the 20,000 square metres expected to hit the market soon in the background.

Doma’s Huntington development at 35 Honeysuckle Drive beside a waterfront promenade.

Lume at 21 Honeysuckle Drive.

Lume at 21 Honeysuckle Drive.

Doma’s Halcyon hotel and apartment building at 42 Honeysuckle Drive beside Cottage Creek and what could become a harbourfront park.

Seawall works at Lee Wharf 4 and 5.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald reported in May that Hunter Development Corporation, a state government entity, was poised to sell off its last two harboursideblocks.

Colliers International will market the first of these, 5600 square metresat 45 Honeysuckle Drive, as “Lee 5” with a height limit of eight storeys. The land is beside Doma’s planned eight-storey Huntington apartment development at No.35.

A new Cottage Creek park will sit immediately to the west of the block on a site now occupied by the Hansen Yuncken building.

The final waterfront Honeysuckle land sale will covera huge 20,000-square metre sitewest of Cottage Creek to the Wickham marina. Part of that site now houses a 270-space car park.

HDC has just completed work to reclaima strip of harbour in front of 21 and 35Honeysuckle Drive, both owned by Doma, to accommodate a promenade.

The Canberra developer has started work on the Lume apartments at No.21 and will build a hotel and apartments across the road at No.42.

It is also building an apartment block in Merewether Street and a 30-storey development on the Store site in Hunter Street.

HDC said potential buyers of Lee 5 would need to consider public spaces such as the waterfront promenade, view corridors and connections through to the harbour from the city.

“We are in a growing city, and we want to make sure the buildings we plan and build today are attractive, well designed, well positioned and well integrated into the surrounding public areas,” chief operating officer Valentina Misevska said.

“Lee 5 is in immediate access to the future Honeysuckle light rail stop, as well as the Newcastle interchange.

“As we move further away from being a car-led city, this proximity to public transport is integral to future homes, jobs and public spaces,all of which could form part of this site opportunity.”

Buddy, Roughead in for Swans-Hawks in AFL

Sydney have named Lance Franklin for Saturday’s blockbuster AFL clash with Hawthorn, who will welcome back skipper Jarryd Roughead.

Roughead returns after missing the past two games with an ankle issue but the Hawks will be without key defender James Frawley (back).

Ricky Henderson and David Mirra are the other inclusions with Marc Pittonet and Conor Glass omitted.

Franklin remains in some doubt, having been on restricted duties at Sydney’s final training session of the week.

The Swans have indicated they will give Franklin until game day to show he has overcome a groin injury.

Franklin warmed up away from the Swans’ main group at the SCG on Thursday, although that has been a regular occurrence throughout a season in which the superstar has nursed a heel injury.

The gun forward, who has been inspirational in the Swans’ late-season resurgence, suffered the minor setback during the final quarter of his team’s derby victory.

Heath Grundy is the only inclusion for the Swans, replacing Robbie Fox (omitted).

The veteran backman has been sidelined for the past month while battling mental health issues but returned at reserves level last week.

A top-four finish is on the line for the winner at the SCG.

GWS will welcome back star midfielder Josh Kelly for the other game of the round contender against Melbourne on Sunday.

Zac Williams has also been named in the Giants’ extended squad and could play his first game since rupturing his achilles in January, while Ryan Griffen (hamstring) is out.

The Dees look set to field an unchanged side with a home elimination final up for grabs.

Richmond confirmed the return of Dion Prestia alongside fellow big guns Trent Cotchin and David Astbury for Saturday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.

The Dogs will line up without Lin Jong (sternum) and Tory Dickson (hamstring).

Port Adelaide welcome back midfield bull Sam Powell-Pepper among three changes for Friday night’s game against Essendon, while a shoulder issue has sidelined Tom Rockliff.

Matthew Leuenberger and Jayden Laverde are in for the Bombers, replacing injured big man Tom Bellchambers and Matt Dea.

Geelong’s Jed Bews returns for their clash with unchanged Gold Coast while Carlton lost star draftee Paddy Dow for Saturday night’s game against Adelaide.

Collingwood will also line up unchanged against Fremantle, who welcome back Stephen Hill but have lost Michael Walters to injury.

West Coast expect forward Jack Darling to pass a concussion test and line up against Brisbane on Sunday.

Defender Lewis Jetta goes out with a calf injury but Will Schofield was named in the extended squad.

Rising star Alex Witherden is a big out for the Lions.

Child’s play perfection in city’s green heart

ADVENTURE: Richley Reserve’s $1.5 million playground will open to excited youngsters this weekend. Picture: Newcastle City CouncilA priority of mine for almost a decade as a councillor and lord mayor of Newcastle has been to protect, preserve and improve Blackbutt Reserve, the uniquely Novocastrian ‘green heart’ of our city.

I want future generations to be able to enjoy the wonderful open space, natural beauty and ever-improving amenity of Blackbutt Reserve for decades to come.

To me, our parks and playgrounds are one of the vital building blocks for creating strong, vibrant and connected local communities.

That’s why I’mproudto say that at 10am on Saturday, we will open a spectacular $1.5 million adventure playground that’s set to excite many young Novocastrians – and make Blackbutt’sRichleyReserve on the northern side of the city’s bushland jewel a major regional attraction.

As the first of its kind in Newcastle, the sprawling playground will encourage toddlers to young teens to make hundreds of decisions before taking on challenges – physically, emotionally and socially – in a flurry of fun under the gum trees.

As well as equipping them to confront risks in preparation for successful, independent lives, the playground will instil within them an appreciation for the natural environment and at the same time offer their parents and carers a new place to forge new friendships.

A focus on nature-based play has seen environmental education incorporated into the playground’s design and a broad range of play experiences included, together with shade, seating, barbecues and green space for picnics.

While kids looking for a challenge will literally climb into the tree canopy via a rope tunnel, and play with sand, rocks and sticks on the ground, necessary safety audits have been conducted to prevent unreasonable risk.

RichleyReserve’s adventure-style playground also provides much better access and inclusivity for kids with mobility challenges.

A specially-designed carousel in the middle will put wheelchair-bound children at the centre of the fun, after they’ve arrived via new access paths.

This playground is part of Blackbutt’s wider $10 million upgrade and will be followed with new amenities and a kiosk to complement the existing facilities on theCarnleyAvenue side of the reserve.

It’s also part of the City of Newcastle’s long-term strategic plan to create vibrant and activated publicspaces, andprotect and enhance our natural environment.

Adventure playgrounds stimulate young imaginations to ensure that “play time” is not overly prescribed.

They emphasise the use of natural materials in flexible formats that compliments Blackbutt Reserve’s unique bushland environment.

Landscape architect David Moir, who believes Newcastle City Council is “courageous” for buildingRichley Reserve’sbespoke facility, said it was designed with the surrounding bush front of mind.

Indeed, the timber equipment, smooth river stones and a sandpit with water fountain provide a natural adventure in keeping with the unique bushland reserve.

And clear sight lines right across the 60 metre-long playground will add to enjoyment for children and their parents alike.

Blackbutt Reserve encompasses more than 182 hectares of bushland.

Each year it draws more than 100,000 visitors to its nature trails, wildlife exhibits and recreational facilities, a number that’s only set to increase with the addition of the adventure playground.

All up, Newcastle City Council provides and maintains 116 playgrounds across our local government area to prepare kids for the challenges ahead and foster a diverse, inclusive community.

Each year up to five are renewedunder our annual works program, with at least $150,000 invested into each and every renewal project.

Stevenson Park, Mayfield West,CressingtonWay Reserve, Wallsend, and Fletcher Street Reserve, Adamstown,will all be renewed this year.

This comes after playgrounds were completely overhauled atGrahame Park, Carrington, Bull andTourleStreet Reserve, Mayfield West, Smith Park, Hamilton North, and Wallsend Park in the last financial year.

TheRichleyReserve playground will be officially opened at 10am on Saturday, September 1, amid a carnival atmosphere featuring inflatables, face painting, reptile displays and food stalls.

Nuatali Nelmes is the lord mayor of the City of Newcastle

Aisle be with you: Newcastle’s wedding pet chaperone l Photos

Aisle be with you: Newcastle’s wedding pet chaperone l Photos Doggone cute: Nadine Kellett assisted at the wedding of Emma Doyle, here with her dalmations Teddy and Poppy. Picture: Woodlands Creative Photography and Film

Howling good fun: Bride and groom Cat and Mitch with their pooch Marli and their family. Picture: Beau Mack

Puppy love: Wedding pet chaperone Nadine Kellett with her pets Rose, left, and Elvis, right. Picture: Marina Neil

Furry good behaviour: Elvis, in a wedding tux on the left, and Rose, in a tutu, with Nadine Kellett. Picture: Marina Neil

Going to the chapel: Pooch Teddy. Picture: ElishaWoodlands creative photography and film

TweetFacebook Newcastle wedding pet chaperone Nadine KellettYOU’RE getting married and you want your pet to be a part of your big day. Who you gonna call? A wedding pet chaperone, that’s who.

Nadine Kellett says demand for her animal wedding chaperone skills has “ramped up” since she launched her Newcastle pet minding business Little Red Animal Care.

“I know how important pets are to their family and I wanted people to be able to have their best friend by their side at their wedding and be stress free,” she says.

Ms Kellettmeets her wedding clients ahead of their big day to discuss their pet and their requests.

“It could be walking the pet down the aisle, meeting guests on arrival or watching on the sidelines,” she says. “Then in the photos, I help the photographer get the animal to the camera and hopefully smiling, and once all that is over I may take them home and tuck them in and give them dinner orpeople might want me to look after them for the night or their honeymoon.”

Behave yourself: Nadine Kellett with her pooches Rose, left, and Elvis, right. Picture: Marina Neil

Ms Kellett’s love for pooches dates back to childhood –her grandmother raised corgis and participated in dog shows. Ms Kellett won the child dog handler award at local shows and the chance to go to the Royal Easter Show.

In more than half of the weddings she attends to chaperone pets, the clients walk down the aisle with their animals, usually dogs.

“In one, there were two big Dalmations that the bride walked with her,” she said.

Animals, she concedes, “are not always angels”, and there have been times when she’s had to gently usher them to the sidelines.

A mother of two children and two fur babies, Elvis and Rose, Ms Kellett seesnothing unusual in people wanting their pets at weddings.

“You invite mum, dad and grandma and grandpa and children so why not invite your best furry friends in the whole wide world –they are your first children, the ones you have before children,” she says.

In most weddings at which she chaperones, pets havea minimum decoration of a flower, but many don atuxedo or tutu. Ms Kellett also offers a pet wedding costume service for clients.

Joy division: “I just love seeing the joy and appreciation on the owner’s face after they’ve been able to have their precious fur babies with them on the day,” says Nadine Kellett of her job as a wedding pet chaperone. Picture: Marina Neil

While you’re with us, did you know The Herald is now offering breaking news alerts, daily email newsletters and more? Keep up-to-date with all the local news – sign uphere.

NSW killer gets another life sentence

John Walsh is taken from NSW Supreme Court earlier this month. Photo: AAPA NSW triple-murderer already in jail until he dies has received another life sentence for “the cold-blooded calculated” murder of a fellow prisoner with a sandwich-press.

John Walsh, 79, pleaded guilty to murdering Frank Townsend in their Long Bay prison cell in the aged care unit for elderly and frail offenders in early January 2017.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Lucy McCallum – who previously sentenced him for murdering his wife and two grandchildren in 2008 – imposed another life sentence.

She noted his lack of remorse and the danger he still poses to others, despite being an old man.

“He is incapable of remorse,” she said.

“He describes acts of murder as if he were explaining how to change a tyre.”

In his police interview after he killed Townsend, Walsh described stepping forward with both hands, carrying the sandwich press in a pillow case, and “choom, onto his face”.

“I don’t work in anger, I work in tactical … cold rage,” he said.

In June 2008, Walsh stabbed his wife and bludgeoned her and his seven-year-old grandson with a hammer.

He drowned his five-year-old granddaughter in a bath at the Cowra home and also drowned the family dog.

Walsh’s daughter came to collect the children and fought off his axe attack but suffered serious head injuries.

When asked what he was thinking when he hit Townsend, Walsh replied: “I don’t think I was thinking anything.”

“All I remember is bang, bang, bang … I shut it out probably,” he told police.

“The only thing I can’t shut out is, my own family … I don’t know why that’s happened because there was no anger, no drugs, no booze, just that depressing silence and I went and killed my wife.

“Maybe some people shouldn’t be born.”

Key moments of Alex McEwan murder trial

Eunji Ban was walking to her cleaning job in Brisbane when Alex McEwan attacked and murdered her.THE TRIAL THAT LED TO ALEX REUBEN McEWAN BEING CONVICTED OF MURDER


– McEwan was 19 when he was charged with murdering Korean woman Eunji Ban near Brisbane’s CBD around 4am on November 24, 2013.

– The apprentice spray-painter confessed to killing the 22-year-old by punching, kicking and strangling her.

– He pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but not guilty to murder. The Crown rejected his plea to the lesser charge.

– McEwan’s lawyer argued diminished responsibility by claiming his schizophrenia meant he could not control his actions.

– McEwan had been drinking with his friends at his unit the night before the incident. He woke up the next day, walked the streets around Ms Ban’s Roma Street Parklands unit and attacked her as she was walking to her cleaning job.

– He dragged Ms Ban’s body up stairs to Wickham Park and left it by a tree, which he adorned with clumps of her hair.

– Ms Ban suffered head injuries so severe she drowned in her own blood.


– McEwan told police he had gone out looking for someone to kill and also told a friend he “just felt like” killing.

– Three psychiatrists testified McEwan was not affected by schizophrenia at the time of the killing. McEwan was diagnosed with the illness after his arrest.

– He tried to cover up the killing by moving her body and lying next to it when drivers passed to give the impression the pair was drunk.

– Dr Angela Voita, clinical director of The Park Centre for Mental Health, said McEwan’s violence was fuelled by alcohol. He allegedly told her he had exaggerated his symptoms and wanted his family to believe he killed Ms Ban due to mental illness rather than “evil”.


– McEwan testified he was possessed by a demon named Jazzy when he killed Ms Ban. He described the demon as having “horse-like legs, hooves and a hairy human torso … normal hands with claws and a goat’s head with horns and sharp teeth”.

– McEwan said he tried to stop attacking Ms Ban but was unable to.

– McEwan’s friends testified he did not appear blind drunk the night before but said he had consumed at least half a bottle of rum. They testified his violence was out of his character.

– One psychiatrist told the court McEwan’s violence could only be explained by a psychotic episode.

– Members of McEwan’s family said he became increasingly withdrawn. His mother said he told her there was a sphere rolling around his head.

Humans are better than animals … right?

We humans like to think that we are intellectually and morally superior to “animals.” But are we?

Let’s look at intelligence first. I just read about avian arsonists.

These birds, including falcons and kites, like to take advantage of fires. They pick up a burning twig, fly it an area that is not on fireand drop it.

They then wait, with no competition from other predators, until that new area catches fire and prey animals run out. Voila – instant dinner, partly cooked.

You have to give these birds credit for intelligence.

Crows and similar birds show intelligence in other ways too. For instance, some crows intentionally drop hard nuts at intersections. Cars run over the nuts, and the crows swoop in to eat the tasty insides when no cars are coming. Some gulls use a similar strategy to break open shellfish.

You may have heard of the late, great Koko the captive gorilla, who learned more than1000 hand signs. Koko is most famous for signing “bad, sad” when told that her pet kitten had been hit by a car and killed. Not bad for an ape.

Other primates use tools similar to those we use. For example, some dolphins use sea sponges to protect their beak while foraging at the bottom of the sea. Some types of primates shove twigs into mounds to capture termites to eat.

We may be smarter than these critters in many ways, but they are still plenty smart.

What of moral superiority? The avian arsonists deserve no morality award for setting fires.

If we want morality, we need to look to herbivores. Think of alpacas that defend sheep and hens from dogs, foxes and other predators. These woolly creatures are heroic.

Elephants also seem quite nice. For one thing, they mourn their dead. Deer lead a moral life, except for mating tussles among the bucks.

The main herbivore villain I can think of is a Judas goat. That is a goat trained to lead sheep or cattle to the killing point in a slaughterhouse. The goat is not killed. What a Judas!

I am not sure that we are morally superior to herbivores. I wonder what animals think about this question.

I have a feeling that prey animals would take a dim view of the morality ofomnivores like us.But, fortunately for us, most animals don’t speak.

John Malouff is an Associate Professor at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences,University of New England.

Life is far too short to buy cheap hoses and other rubbish


LIFE is too short, or it is when we accept that we don’t know when it will end.

Perhaps that will be in the next few minutes with a sudden, overwhelming pain in the upper body, a sense of swooning and a seemingly distant crash as we hit the floor, dead, myocardial infarction, or a few miserable months after a terrible diagnosis late next year.

Nooo, we think, not us, but it does happen to us, every day. People who die won’t always be other people.

For some people life is too long, they weary of it, but even then life is too short to tolerate a cheap hose.

You know, the ones that stretch out in loops, that crimp and block the flow at the first twist, that fight all attempts to reloop them onto the hose hook. Just how much aggravation should we endure for a saving of $30?

For the first couple of decades of my adult life I put price above pretty well everything, so that the cheapest hammer was a bargain even though it had a predilection for shooting off the nail head and the handle was always loose.

Paying $39.99 when a hose was on offer for $9.99 seemed to be idiocy.

Take the twin floodlight fitting I bought at Bunnings.

The Bunnings expert told me it was good buying at $9.95.

But was there, I asked, a better one?

No, this is the best one. But is there a fitting that costs more? No, and I could see she thought I was mad.

Let me tell you, life is too short for cheap floodlight fittings – it can barely hold the weight of the globes. Unfortunately, life is also too short to take it down and return it to the store.

The cynics among you will be sneering that it’s all right for Jeff Corbett, he can afford to pay a few extra dollars, but I can assure you that I’d rather wait and save for something than suffer the aggravation, which I will suffer when the next decent southerly breaks the floodlight fitting and smashes the globes on the pavers. And for the sake of a few dollars!

Well, sometimes it is a few thousand dollars, and I still shake my head that anyone would try and save a few thousand dollars on a new car that’s not half the car made in Japan.

And anyone who buys a car made in Russia, India, China or Korea has more money than sense, even if they don’t have much money!

Life is much too short for ordinary beer, too. Yes, one or two dollars more, so drink less and drink better.

And our world is awash with cheap wine – I’ve seen it as low as $2 a bottle – which makes me think a great many people think they’re going to live forever.

At that price bottling the wine must be the cheapest way to dispose of it. Perhaps people who drink it see themselves as a sink; unfortunately they’re also a filter.

And while I’m on beverages, life is too short for instant coffee.

The use of the word “coffee” in these instants is deception.

Life is too short also for a bad marriage, for people who annoy you, for people who are manipulative, false, selfish or unreasonable.

I decided long ago to not spend time with people I don’t want to be with. And life is too short for cheap Band-Aid copies and miserly towels and fishing line tangles and retro anything.

Pap described by some retailers as bread is to be avoided by everyone who accepts that their life could be shortened at any time during the next few decades. And even those who expect to see a century should avoid tough meat. Surely steak hasn’t always been this tough!

Life is too short to eat cheap lollies, even if they do claim to be made in Australia instead of China, and for out-of-season fruit, and stale peanuts.

It is too short for television soapies, to be caught behind slow drivers, to be angry about being caught behind slow drivers.

It is too short also for cheap whipper snippers, to not have the right tool, to be mean, for blunt knives, for tents that leak, to smoke, to be devoted to and consumed by work, to march to the beat of someone else’s drum.

But wait, there’s more.

Life is too short to queue for discount petrol, to not make something occasionally, to be unhappy, to have junk food as part of your diet, for hangovers, to be constrained by fashion, to be imprisoned by stuff, for shared hotel rooms with people who snore, to worry about dying.

This column was first published in the Newcastle Herald on July 6, [email protected]南京夜网

[email protected]南京夜网.au

Women of Influence 2018: Winning sport’s gender race

Jane Flemming believes sporting bodies should invest more in an attempt to improve the revenue streams for women’s sports.Recently Twitter users reacted to a photo of the winners of a Billabong Junior Surf Comp in South Africa, where female winner Zoe Steyn was awarded half the prize money of male winner Rio Waida. As one radio host tweeted: “Same ocean. Same boards … Different winnings.”

Despite recent advances in women’s sport, pay disparity is just one area where the gender divide remains stark. Other areas in need of improvement include increased participation rates, greater representation in coaching and management roles, and access to equal facilities for men and women. Three alumni ofThe Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards, presented by Qantas, say progress has been minimal.

Jane Flemming, former Australian Olympian and director of Live Life Get Active, who was recognised as a woman of influence in 2016, said pay disparity would ease, and examples like the South Africa surf comp helped draw attention to the issue. But commercial challenges around pay inequalities needed to be addressed first.

Lawyer and football player Moya Dodd says women are still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making in sport. Photo: Peter Braig

“I do understand there is reward for revenue. I understand the commercial reality, but that’s not to say that the main organisations behind those sports should not be investing more in trying to bring up the revenue streams for women’s sports,” she said.

Lawyer and football player Moya Dodd says women are still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making in sport.Peter Braig

“If you had a look at the personnel or the HR or the resources behind driving the commercial success of men’s sport as opposed to those behind driving the commercial success of women’s sport, there would be quite a disparity,” Flemming said, adding that sports with men and women competing needed to ensure they were allocating adequate resources to the female sport to ensure it enjoyed commercial success.

Moya Dodd, the 2016 overall winner of the 100 Women of Influence awards and a partner at law firm Gilbert + Tobin, said visibility of women in sport had improved enormously, with children able to see strong, athletic women playing team sports on their screens.

Leadership gap

“The W-League, Big Bash, AFLW in particular have created female sports heroes for both girls and boys to admire,” said Dodd, a former national team player and an executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation and chair of its Women’s Football Committee. “That’s a world away from the one I grew up in.”

We had also seen the first female CEO, Raelene Castle, appointed at Rugby Australia.

Competitions such as the W-League have created female sports heroes for girls and boys to admire. Photo: Rohan Thomson

But research conducted by University of Technology Sydney adjunct associate Johanna Adriaanse Women in Sport Leadership, found women chaired only 7 per cent (five out of 70) of international sport federations in 2016, the same as in 2012, and occupied just 19 per cent (12 of 64) of chief executive positions, up from 8 per cent in 2012.

Lander & Rogers lawyer and president of Richmond Football Club Peggy O’Neal, a 2014 Women of Influence winner in the diversity category, said one issue was with women thinking they had to have played sport to have a career in sport management. “The skills needed for management roles in sporting organisations are the same as in any business,” she said. .

The gains in women’s and girls’ participation in a variety of sports were the culmination of many years of effort, she said, citing the Victorian government’s establishment of an Office for Women in Sport and Recreation as a great initiative.

“So long as the role of women remains a relevant topic in the public conversation, we are reminded that the job isn’t yet done,” she said. “We need to keep up the momentum: equality is the goal and we aren’t there yet.”

Peggy O’Neal says many women mistakenly believe they need to have played sport to have a career in sport management. Photo: Pat Scala

Dodd said that despite rivalry between sports leading to better competitions, conditions and resources for female players, women were still vastly under-represented at all levels of decision-making. She believed traditionally male sports faced a huge challenge to examine themselves through a gender lens, and set a path to equality.

“Even as women succeed spectacularly on the field, the figures of authority are very male,” she said. “AFLW is seeing this now in coaching. Because the women’s team isn’t a year-round job, it’s become a ‘gap-filler’ occupation for part-time coaches in the men’s game. As a result, there are no women coaches left in the AFLW. These issues are solvable, but it does take a deliberate effort.

“In the women’s [soccer] game, all but one World Cup, Olympics and Euros since 2000 have been won by a female-coached team, which is an incredible statistic. But nobody asks why men are so unsuccessful, even though they are over-represented at every level of coaching.”

Dodd also believed that because we were accustomed to seeing male coaches, male competence was assumed, “while women have to earn it, with their playing credentials under-rated”.

Role models

“This leads to an outcome where men can coach women, but women can’t coach men … Boards, recruiters, administrators and players are all on a journey to see this differently, because everyone in sport wants to reach the whole talent pool – not just half of it.”

Flemming, who coaches a junior boys’ basketball team, agreed, adding that role modelling in sports coaching was not as it should be. “There’s a lot of talk about role modelling for young girls,” she said. “Being the mother of boys I actually think it’s more important to role model for boys so they understand when they grow up – and when they’re teenagers, and when they’re at school – that these are the roles that women play and they take that as a norm. So women go to work, and women do sport, and women coach sport, and women manage teams.

“I really believe that while it is important, obviously, to have female role models for young girls, it’s also really important to have female role models for young boys.”

This year’sAustralian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influenceawards, presented by Qantas, will be announced on September 4.