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Nathan Tinkler.A BATTLE is looming over the funds from four Gold Coast properties that embattled Jets owner Nathan Tinkler is selling to Hong Kong casino king Tony Fung.

The sale of the four Patinack Farm properties – Benobble, Elysian Fields, Sarahville and Wadham Park – is expected to raise almost $20million.

A spokesperson for Mr Fung said he had bid for the properties when they were put to auction late last year.

‘‘The sale was completed by negotiation,’’ the spokesman said.

Retail billionaire Gerry Harvey told The Australian newspaper on Tuesday that Mr Tinkler still owed him about $23million from a debt that had peaked at about $60million.

He told the paper the money from the sale would reduce Mr Tinkler’s debt to between $4million and $6million.

But Tinkler’s US-based financier, Jeffries Group, has reportedly put a caveat over the Queensland properties.

A source familiar with the sale said that other people owed money by Mr Tinkler were interested in getting their hands on some of the money, and a court battle was likely.

An earlier deal to sell the entire Patinack Farm business to a Dubai company never eventuated and Mr Harvey recouped millions of dollars in debt by selling hundreds of Tinkler horses through his Magic Millions auction house.

Mr Fung’s spokesman said he was aware of the battle between Mr Tinkler’s creditors but Mr Fung was confident he had ‘‘clear title’’ to the farms.

The Fungs are described as long-term Hong Kong traders and bankers with interests around the world.

Tony Fung owns various wagyu beef breeding properties and cane plantations in Queensland and his Aquis Group bought the ACT’s Casino Canberra in 2014.

Aquis is also planning a multi-billion-dollar casino and resort at Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns.

Surfing chef and former Warrnambool student Jabez Reitman is back at work after recovering from a shark attack at Seven Mile Beach, south of Byron Bay, in February.

JABEZ Reitman’s amazing survival from a NSW shark attack last month made worldwide media waves, but his first close encounter was near Port Fairy as a teenager.

“I know what it’s like to look into their eyes and see the blackness,” he said this week as he prepared to go back chasing waves near his new home at Byron Bay.

“Back in the late ’90s when I was living around Warrnambool I was at a remote surfing spot near Port Fairy and a big shark circled me. It was bigger than my board — very scary.

“It was chasing a seal which went into seaweed and then it came back towards me. Luckily I caught a wave and escaped to a reef.”

Mr Reitman celebrated his 36th birthday this week, more circumspect about dangers lurking in the ocean but still with a passion for surfing, which blossomed as he attended primary schools in Warrnambool and Grassmere and later Warrnambool College before pursuing a career as chef.

Having a wife and 20-month-old daughter has given him a deeper sense of survival after the February 8 attack by a bull shark at Seven Mile Beach — a day before a Japanese surfer was killed by a shark at Shelly Beach, Ballina.

Mr Reitman’s injuries.

“The media frenzy was insane,” he said.

His near-death story started just before dawn when he drove to a favourite secluded beach, taking an inexperienced female surfer to show before she headed overseas.

“I pulled her out through a 40-metre gutter and stopped paddling for about 20 to 30 seconds when a pod of dolphins went past,” he said.

“A set (of waves) was coming and as I leant forward to grab the nose of my board there was a big whitewater splash. I saw the side of a nose as it hit me on the cheekbone.

“Then I was taken under the water. I surfaced and thought ‘aw, that stings’ and realised it wasn’t a dolphin.

“She thought I was teasing her until I paddled past and she saw the wound and blood.

“I saw the panic in her eyes. When we got to shore we had to walk 200 metres to the car. She didn’t have a licence, so I had to drive the 15 kilometres to hospital.”

Mr Reitman underwent emergency surgery to repair deep bites in his back, stretching from hip to shoulder, and was in hospital four days before three weeks of recuperation. He returned to work this week.

His encounter opened an opportunity to become an ambassador for surfing safety, with appearances likely at major competitions including Bell’s Beach and Margaret River.

As Mr Reitman steps into his new public profile, his mother Felicite Wylie of Bushfield is following her passion for the sea aboard a replica 15th-century caravel with partner Graeme Wylie.

As well as becoming a surfing safety adviser he will also be promoting a product called Wristbanz which produces a magnetic field.

Mr Reitman said he was wearing one earlier this summer when a tiger shark chased him at Ballina, but turned away when it came close.

On the day of his Byron Bay attack he did not have the band because he had misplaced it.

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Harness racing lovers in Maitland will soon be able to sit in the shade to watch competitors go around the city’s paceway.

The state government has given Maitland Harness Racing Club a grant worth $14,500 to build a roof over three small track-side grandstands at Maitland Showground.

Harness racing driver Robert Smith, Maitland Harness Racing Club president Peter Allen and secretary Wayne Smith with Liberal candidate for Maitland Steve Thomson.

Maitland MP Robyn Parker and Liberal candidate for Maitland Steve Thomson announced the funding on Tuesday.

Harness racing club president Peter Allen said the club would also contribute about $5000 to the project.

He said the plans for the shelter had been drawn and the club would lodge a development application with Maitland City Council as soon as possible.

“Anyone who wants to come and watch events in the centre ring, they’ll be able to get out of the sun,” Mr Allen said.

“The complaint we get most from the harness racing people is that they have nowhere to get out of the sun or the rain.

“This funding is going to be such a boost for our sport.”

Mr Thomson said the new facilities would be a positive addition to the showground for the harness racing club and other users of the site.

“If you have the facilities to sit in the shade, they are there for the trots, they are there for everything else, it’s fantastic,” he said.

Ms Parker said the club missed out on a previous round of Community Building Partnership funding, so she approached Premier Mike Baird and asked if the government could help the harness racing club.

“We felt it was a really good project that needed support, not only for harness racing but for multi purpose use for the rest of the community,” she said.

“It’s a delight, on behalf of the NSW government, to support harness racing in this way and provide an all-weather environment.”

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Just a note to our wonderful wildlife, just to let you know, that your life is worthless.

Your homes, amongst our wonderful farmland, and your watering holes, destroyed because our greedy politicians and national companies want your lands to exploit and destroy after millions of years of creation.

These dirty thieves only see dollar signs and do not care for the beauty of the landscape nor the environment.

The farming community is also at a loss and some will move out and start afresh elsewhere. Others will move into town and retire and it becomes the end of another era.

Again, don’t rely on the Environment Department and the EPA as they all bow down to the multinational companies and this is called progress.

Oh, it’s job opportunities is it?

It’s also greed of shareholders so that they can have their big, fancy houses with their flash cars and swimming pools.

So you see, with all this progress bulldozers will destroy your homes, cover you up under the dirt as you will not have time to get out of the way. Another environment will just become an empty shell.

Yes I am talking about the frogs, snakes, lizards, native mice, birds and a hell of a lot of other native species, but what the heck, they aren’t paying taxes or contributing to the high cost of living and the economy.

I just know what kind of world I would like to live in and am glad not to be here in another 50 or 100 years as I believe that Australia deserves better than what is currently happening to it.

Ron de Bouter


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Tamworth’s AE Stannard queries the level of respect that some elected representatives show to the members of the community.

“Stop the Clock” was the front page headline on The Northern Daily Leader (Saturday, February 28) supported by a photo of federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and state member Kevin Anderson.

Mr Hunt announced the federal decision concerning Shenhua Watermark coal mine was due on March 13 but the issues have been referred back to the Independent Expert Assessment Commission for further examination.

Mr Hunt is utilising legislation put through parliament by Tony Windsor, when Julia Gillard was prime minister, aimed at assessing all adverse impact developments may have on this nation’s water resources.

At the time the legislation was being debated, Mr Hunt was the opposition spokesperson on the environment and Barnaby Joyce was a Queensland senator.

Surely we would expect that both these gentlemen would be fully conversant with the act, its implication and application.

Mr Hunt, Mr Joyce and Mr Anderson have wasted the past two years not hearing the concerns and doubts of the community, during which time the appropriate water modelling and other scientific data would have been assessed.

In my view these three gentlemen have failed in their responsibility towards the community they represent in that they failed to comprehend that the issues are not solely about coal, fertile soil and water, but the emotional turmoil and distress families are enduring while their parliamentary representations twiddle their thumbs.

This last-minute announcement by the minister indicates that the community’s concerns are not treated with the respect they deserve.

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