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Unlicensed builder jailed and fined $15,000 after deceiving consumers

Michael Issa, fined and jailed after trading as an unlicensed builder. Photo: Supplied The initial stage of Anila’s laundry conversion. Photo: Supplied
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“The plumber laid down the plumbing work and the concrete base and then there was there was no progress at all:” Anila, who engaged Mr Issa’s service in her Baulkham Hills home. Photo: Supplied

An unlicensed builder, described by the Fair Trading Commissioner as “a menace best avoided”, has been sentenced to 12 months in jail and ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines and compensation.

Michael Issa, of Greystanes, was pursued by authorities after two incidents in which he traded falsely through company names Instyle Developments and First Class Group NSW.

In acts described by the magistrate as “egregious”, Mr Issa lured a consumer into a building contract with no intention of undertaking work, accepted $15,000 as a deposit, before vanishing and disconnecting his phone.

His second victim paid him $11,000 for various works in her Baulkham Hills home, before conducting a licence check and discovering he was a fraud.

“It was just a mess,” said Anila, who was pregnant with her third daughter at the time she engaged Mr Issa’s services.

“The main thing we wanted was for our laundry to become a functioning bathroom. The whole point was to have the laundry done before I had the baby.”

As well as the laundry conversion, she had requested a variety of plumbing and lighting works around the home.

“When he started the laundry he took a deposit of $6000, then we discussed a second payment of $5000 upon half the work completed and then another $4350 when all work was completed.”

At the time Anila was unaware that the deposit Mr Issa was requesting was well in excess of the permissible 10 per cent of the total contract price for building contracts worth more than $20,000.

“He just kept delaying everything. We had a demolished laundry, then the plumber laid down the plumbing work and the concrete base and then there was there was no progress at all…just excuse after excuse.”

After calling Fair Trading, Anila was advised to check Mr Issa’s license number, at which point she realised he had an expired license for waterproofing only.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe described Mr Issa’s behaviour as dishonest and evasive.

“He deceived people, he has so far refused to give victims their money back and he is a menace best avoided,” he said.

Anila said she and her husband and still waiting for the money they are owed, but she said the point of filing the complaint was never to get the money back.

“Our main concern was that he didn’t do this to anyone else. If we get the money back, that’s good but the lesson is learnt.”Homeowners in NSW have been paid out $63 million in the last three financial years, to remedy sub-standard work after their builder died, disappeared or went insolvent.

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RBA leaves official cash rate at 2pc

The RBA has kept rates steady for a 10th straight meeting. Photo: Nicholas RiderThe Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the official cash rate at a record low 2 per cent for a 10th straight meeting, but warned that the recent strong rise in the Australian dollar could “complicate” the economy’s transition.
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In a statement following the central bank’s meeting on Tuesday, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said low inflation would facilitate another rate cut if that were necessary.

“Continued low inflation would provide scope for easier policy, should that be appropriate to lend support to demand,” Mr Stevens said, in a carbon copy of the previous month’s statement.

While the decision to keep rates unchanged was widely expected, analysts were speculating that the governor would show some concern about the recent steep rise in the Australian dollar’s exchange rate, which gained nearly 12 per cent from its January lows to a peak of US77.23¢ last week.

Mr Stevens duly added a paragraph to this month’s statement, noting that the currency had appreciated “somewhat”.

“In part, this [the recent rise] reflects some increase in commodity prices, but monetary developments elsewhere in the world have also played a role,” he said, referring to recent monetary easing by other central banks including the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank, as well as the decision by the US Federal Reserve to reduce the pace of interest rate hikes.

“Under present circumstances, an appreciating exchange rate could complicate the adjustment under way in the economy,” he added.

But anyone hoping for a stronger “jawbone” was disappointed and the Australian dollar shot up by about half a cent to the day’s high of US76.32¢, before falling back in late trade to around US76¢.

“The market was looking for some intensification of rhetoric on the currency, and the RBA went some way to meeting expectations,” said JPMorgan head of interest rate strategy Sally Auld.

“But with the currency only around 1.5 per cent overvalued relative to fair value at present, it was never likely that the RBA would deliver an aggressive shift in rhetoric.”

Bets on future rate cuts fell slightly, with markets pricing in a 29 per cent chance of a cut at the May meeting, moving up to a 58 per cent chance in July.

If the Reserve Bank were to cut rates it would be because the global economy was deteriorating or because the dollar kept running on despite and ahead of fundamentals such as commodity prices, said CommSec chief economist Craig James, who expects rates to stay on hold “for the foreseeable future”.

“The Reserve Bank governor said there was the risk that the Aussie dollar was getting ahead of itself. But no doubt the Reserve Bank believes that this is a temporary phenomenon,” Mr James said.

But if the currency were to defy expectations of coming back from current levels, then the RBA’s discomfort would grow, Ms Auld said.

“However, the case for any policy response will take time to build and will be contingent upon both persistent over-valuation in the Australian dollar and evidence of weakness in activity data,” she said.

“This implies any easing, should it be forthcoming, is a proposition for the second half ot 2016, and today’s statement is consistent with this view.”

Apart from the comments on the exchange rate, there were only minor changes to the April statement from last month’s.

ANZ head of Australian economics Felicity Emmett said the RBA seemed slightly less worried about the global outlook, while domestically there was little change to the characterisation of the economy.

Mr Stevens noted that “the available information suggests that the economy is continuing to rebalance following the mining investment boom”.

“Looking forward, while the RBA’s concerns over the global outlook seem to have abated somewhat, the strengthening of the dollar and the resulting implications for the non-mining recovery will be important to watch,” Ms Emmett said.

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April 2015 superstorms one year later: PHOTOS

April 2015 superstorms one year later: PHOTOS Massive waves can be seen over the top of the Newcastle Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak
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Four trees are down on one block in Wickham. Pic: Kate Miller

Stroud. Pic: Julie Farley

Floodwater at Stroud. Pic: Rosemary Laing

Merewether’s David Smith shared this close call after a tree fell.

Pic: Megan Saul.

Reader Alyssa Gray says her family are okay after the storm damaged her house and car severely. Pic: Alyssa Gray

A brick wall has tumbled in Islington. Pic: Shane Quill

New Lambton. Pic: Darren Pateman

Scenic Drive. Pic: Darren Pateman

Pic: Michael Albury

Storm damage at Karuah. Pic: Torsten Landwehr

Figs down in Laman Street. Pic: James Vadas

Pic: Jeff and Karyn Realph

Pic: Jeff and Karyn Realph

A fallen tree in Broadmeadow. Pic: Darren Pateman

The Hunter is waking up to severe storm damage. Pic: Darren Pateman

A roof lifted at Hamilton South. Pic: Darren Pateman

A damaged sign outside Hunter Stadium. Pic: Darren Pateman

Tiles off a roof in Cooks Hill. Pic: Cameron White

Damage at Karoola Road, Lambton. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Damage at Karoola Road, Lambton. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Damage at Karoola Road, Lambton. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Damage at Karoola Road, Lambton. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Flooding in Carrington on Monday night. Pic: Chris O’Brien

Tree down in Birrell street, and Chapman Street, Shortland. Photo: Kay Ing.

A tree crashes onto a car at Parry Street. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A tree crashes onto a car at Parry Street. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A tree crashes onto a car at Parry Street. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

The Raymond Terrace Road crash scene. Pic: Marina Neil

Readers are reporting trees down and storm damage at the University of Newcastle residences. Pic: Brittany Hitch.

Pic: Jamie-Lee

Pic: Jamie-Lee

Two boats come together at Gosford breakwater. Pic: Joanne McCarthy

Damage on Zaara Street Newcastle. Front doors of no.19 and the roof off the building next door is in the pool. Picture: June Parkin

Damage on Zaara Street Newcastle. Front doors of no.19 and the roof off the building next door is in the pool. Picture: June Parkin

Damage on Zaara Street Newcastle. Front doors of no.19 and the roof off the building next door is in the pool. Picture: June Parkin

Damage on Zaara Street Newcastle. Front doors of no.19 and the roof off the building next door is in the pool. Picture: June Parkin

Damage on Zaara Street Newcastle. Picture: June Parkin

House split by tree in Rankin Park. Picture: Darren Pateman

House split by tree in Rankin Park. Picture: Darren Pateman

A tree in my neighbour’s yard. It’s on power a line and car trapped underneath. Picture: Christine Wilson

Laman Street, Newcastle: Gold Subaru trapped under trees. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Laman Street, Newcastle: Gold Subaru trapped under trees. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Laman Street, Newcastle. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Laman Street, Newcastle. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Laman Street, Newcastle. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Laman Street, Newcastle: Gold Subaru trapped under trees. Picture: Kimberly Rigby

Tree on an apartment on Bousfield Street, Wallsend. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Ulambi Cresent blocked off by a fallen tree, another about to fall any minute on the same street. Tried calling SES line is busy. Picture: Meagan

Tree fallen on the roof of a house on Peppercorn Crescent, Fletcher. Picture: Hossein Rahimpour

A sign warning of raw sewage contamination due to flooding at GeorgeFarley oval Wallsend. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Trees down between Peppercorn Crescent Fletcher and Minmi Rd. Picture: Hossein Rahimpour

Trees down between Peppercorn Crescent Fletcher and Minmi Rd. Picture: Hossein Rahimpour

Main Road Cardiff. Picture: Darren Pateman

Picture: Lisa McClure

Picture: Lisa McClure

Civic Park, Newcastle. Picture: Andrew Wilshire

A Lake Macquarie jetty is consumed by the swollen lake. Picture: Hugh Robson

Cyclone floods Swansea backyard. Picture: Sylvia Lee

A fallen pine tree at Redhead. Picture: Darren Pateman

Yule Road, Merewether Heights. Picture: Darren Pateman

Picture: Sylvia Lee

Picture: Sylvia Lee

Picture: Sylvia Lee

Hunter Street, Newcastle. Picture: Rosemary Milsom

Beauford Hotel Mayfield loses its sign. Picture: Rosemarie Milsom

Maitland Road, Mayfield. Picture: Rosemarie Milsom

Fallen trees block lane in Mayfield. Picture: Rosemarie Milsom

Tree branches in overhead power lines at Russell Road, New Lambton. Picture: Simone De Peak

Police block Currawong Road, Cardiff Heights. Picture: Simone De Peak

A tree over a car on Main Road, Cardiff. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Red Rooster Chicken on Main Road Edgeworth gets blown away. Picture: Simone De Peak

A billboard blown down at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A billboard blown down at Hunter Stadium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

This used to be 38 The Corso at Saratoga until it was hit by a huge falling tree. Picture: Joanne McCarthy

Civic Park, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Civic Park, Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A shelter smashed at Wangi Wangi. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A tree fallen across a car on Parry Street, Newcastle West. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Swell on Lake Macquarie at Wangi Wangi. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tree falls across Vita Cafe at Wangi. Picture: Jason Gordon

Lake surges across the public jetty in Dobell Park at Wangi. Picture: Jason Gordon

Picture: Craig Smith

Picture: Craig Smith

Picture: Craig Smith

Picture: Craig Smith

Picture: Craig Smith

Picture: Craig Smith

Cars crushed by trees in Maryland. Picture: Brian McCowen

Cars crushed by trees in Maryland. Picture: Brian McCowen

Tree and wires down on house in Lexington Parade Adamstown Heights. Picture: Darren Pateman

Very frothy at Newcastle Beach. Picture: Michael Rae

Newcastle Ocean Baths: Kerry Smith of Toronto gets caught in a wave. Picture: Simone De Peak

Foam from waves blow oaver the Newcastle Beach promenade. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Beach is completely coevered over. Picture: Simone De Peak

Strong winds flatten signs in Newcastle. Picture: Simone De Peak

Foam completely covers Newcastle Beach. Picture: Simone De Peak

East Maitland the corner of New England Hwy and Chelmsford Drive. Picture: Eleshia Howell

Vehicles crushed by trees at Wholesale Traders Newcastle, Clyde st Hamilton Nth. Picture: Darren Pateman

Vehicles crushed by trees at Wholesale Traders Newcastle, Clyde st Hamilton Nth. Picture: Darren Pateman

Vehicles crushed by trees at Wholesale Traders Newcastle, Clyde st Hamilton Nth. Picture: Darren Pateman

The scene at Kurri. Picture: Mark Sneddon.

A boat half submerged in Pelican. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A boat half submerged in Pelican. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The waterfront at Warners Bay. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The scene at Branxton earlier today. Picture: Mike Lowing

The scene at Branxton earlier today. Picture: Mike Lowing

The scene at Branxton earlier today. Picture: Mike Lowing

Tree damage in Lachlan Road Cardiff. Picture: Ashleigh Chappell

Tree damage in Lachlan Road Cardiff. Picture: Ashleigh Chappell

Tree damage in Lachlan Road Cardiff. Picture: Ashleigh Chappell

Tree damage in Lachlan Road Cardiff. Picture: Ashleigh Chappell

Freeman’s Drive Cooranbong. Picture: Tania Rossiter

Close Street Wallsend. Picture Danielle Nicoll

Laman Street Cooks Hill. Picture Meg Olsen

Singleton. Picture Paul Sharp

Boys bodyboard at King Edward Park. Picture: Darren Pateman

Boys bodyboard at King Edward Park. Picture: Darren Pateman

Stroud Showgrounds. Picture: Marina Neil

Stroud Showgrounds: Caravan and 4WD that was washed bout 100 metres to this location. Picture: Marina Neil

The damage caused when a surge of water rushed the home of Graeme and Robyn Arkinstall. Picture: Marina Neil

The damage caused when a surge of water rushed the home of Graeme and Robyn Arkinstall. Picture: Marina Neil

Water across the East bound lane New England Highway at Maitland. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

A man and woman rescued after their 4WD was stranded on Paterson Road, Woodwille. Picture: Peter Stoop

Brown Street in Dungog, the house of one the deceased in today’s floods. Picture: Marina Neil

Dungog road, near the intersection where four homes were washed away in flood waters. Picture: Marina Neil

Dungog near the intersection of Hooke Street near where the four homes were washed away in flood waters. Picture: Marina Neil

Damage along Maitland Road Mayfield. Picture: Simone De Peak

Dangar Park Maitland Road. Picture: Simone De Peak

Locals gather outside the Bank Hotel in Dungog. Picture: Marina Neil

Dungog: Angie Hobman and John Edwards lost their home, it used to be behind the fire truck seen her in the background. Picture: Marina Neil

Dungog: Colleen and Stephen Jones lost everything but managed to save their three dogs. Picture: Marina Neil

Hargrave Street Carrington. Picture: Simone De Peak

A very flooded Hunter expressway at 12:52pm today. Picture: Supplied

A flying trampoline. Picture: Georgia Phillips

A flying trampoline. Picture: Georgia Phillips

A flooded yard in Telarah. Picture: Tony Edmunds

Government Road, Nelson Bay. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Government Road, Nelson Bay. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

King Edward Park, Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Yule Road, Merewether Heights. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A fallen tree narrowly misses the house in Adamstown Heights. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A collapsed retaining wall at Nelson Bay Bowling Club. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A collapsed retaining wall at Nelson Bay Bowling Club. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A man trying to dig a drain on the corner of Fingal and Magnus Street, Nelson Bay. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

A tree down at the Arts and Craft Centre, Nelson Bay. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Riverside Park flooded by the Hunter River, Raymond Terrace. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ocean froth washes across Shortland Esplanade at Newcastle Beach on Tuesday night. Picture: Ian Kirkwood

Ocean froth washes across Shortland Esplanade at Newcastle Beach on Tuesday night. Picture: Ian Kirkwood

Big seas tear through Newcastle Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak

Picture: Darren Pateman

Murray’s Beach. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Flooding on the corner of Wills Street and Lakeside Drive in Swansea. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Farley underpass. Picture: Courtesy of the Maitland Mercury.

Water from Lake Macquarie inundates the Swansea Fisherman’s Co-op. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

From ABC Newcastle’s Facebook page: Maitland Vale Road at Lambs Valley. Photo courtesy of Cherie at Lambs Valley

Picture: Selwyn Cox

Picture: Selwyn Cox

Picture: Selwyn Cox

Picture: Selwyn Cox

Picture: Selwyn Cox

Sarah Murray sent in this shot of Vincent St, Cessnock.

TweetFacebook Throwback Thursday: April 2015 superstorms Nearly one year on after the deadly April 2015 superstorms, we look back on the photos of the storms that ripped through the region.On April 21 last year superstorms hit the Hunter leaving a trail of devastation as cyclonic winds and walls of floodwater pounded the region. Nearly one year later, we look back to the photos taken during the storms.

South China Sea: Australia involved in Balikatan war games amid warnings

Bangkok: Australian military personnel, including special force commandos, are taking part in three-nation war games near the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea that have riled China.
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China’s state newsagency Xinhua warned “outsiders” against interfering in South China Sea territorial disputes as the 12-day exercises got underway in the Philippines.

Xinhua warned that tensions in the region have risen to a “tipping point” and “some specific nations take delight in sowing seeds of discord between China and rival claimants, and boosting their military presences and patrols to thwart China in the name of safeguarding the freedom of navigation.”

“However, a provocation so fear-mongering and untimely as such is likely to boomerang on the initiators,” Xinhua said.

Australia has sent 86 military personnel, including 30 commandos from the 2nd Commando Regiment, to the annual war games called Balikatan that are hosted by the United States and the Philippines.

An RAAF AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and crew will also participate.

In a show of force amid concern about China’s growing assertiveness in the region three Japanese war ships also docked at Subic Bay, the Philippines’ strategic port, the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years.

Japanese defence officials will attend the exercises only as observers but the US Defence Department announced last week that Washington is in talks with Tokyo about Japan participating in future joint drills.

Wing Commander Bill Talbot, commander of the Australian contingent, said Australia’s involvement confirms Canberra’s “friendship with and support to the Philippines while maintaining good interoperability with US forces assigned to US Pacific Command.”

Australia last year donated two heavy landing aircraft to the Philippine Navy which has one of the weakest militaries in the region.

Australian personnel will be involved in a mock amphibious landing exercise as well as doing humanitarian work.

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter is to fly to the Philippines next week, reinforcing a newly signed defence pact with Manila that will see US troops regularly deployed to five Philippine bases.

Mr Carter will observe live-firing from a US war ship of high mobility rockets that the US deployed for Balikatan, which means “shoulder to shoulder” in the Philippine language.

The rockets are designed to shoot down aircraft.

China, which lays claim to almost all of the South China Sea, has been building airstrips and structures, including radar systems, on reefs and islands in the waterways through which US$5 trillion of trade passes each year, sparking international concern.

The US has responded by conducting what it calls “freedom of navigation” patrols, sailing ships near disputed islands to underscore the right to freely navigate the seas.

Adding to tensions, a decision is expected soon from a UN-backed tribunal on a legal challenge by the Philippines to China’s territorial claims.

Balikatan has evolved from past counter-terrorism manoeuvers against Islamic extremist groups in the southern Philippines to simulations of retaking and protecting territory as disputes with China have escalated in recent years.

This is the third time Australian forces have participated in the exercises.

Lieutenant-General John Toolan, commander of US Marine Corps forces in the Pacific, told reporters in Manila that Balikatan would help US allies improve maritime security and maintain regional stability.

“Our alliance is strong. The United States is committed to this relationship and these are not empty words…peace in south-east Asia depends on our cooperation,” he said.

Almost 10,000 military personnel will be taking part in the exercises which are centred around air bases just 230 kilometres from disputed waters.

Other claimants to parts of the South China Seas are the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

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Women celebrate health and happiness for National Prevention Week

Layne Beachley: “I love my 40s.” Photo: Brook Mitchell Dame Quentin Bryce, who became Australia’s first woman governor-general at 65. Photo: Bradley Kanaris
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“What is done or learned by one class of woman, becomes by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women,” said Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in 1849, became the first female medical doctor in the US.

Blackwell was 28 when she became a doctor, but thankfully, given people aged 65 and over are Australia’s fastest-growing age group, it’s not just the young women showing us what’s possible.

At 72, American Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world. At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.

Quentin Bryce was 65 when she became Australia’s first woman governor-general while Julia Gillard was 48 when she became our first woman prime minister.

Of course there are thousands more ordinary women who do extraordinary things each day to change our future. Many of them are older women showing that life is just beginning in our middle age.

In fact, a recent survey found that Australians over 50 rate themselves as healthier and happier than 25-year-olds.

If we take care of ourselves, health can be the common property to all of us as and we can rise in ourselves as we rise with age.

Consider, for instance that the risk of heart disease, which affects about 200,000 Australian women each year, can be slashed by 80 per cent through lifestyle changes.

Or that more than three million Australians suffer anxiety and depression, with woman accounting for the vast majority of this figure.

The idea to ensure mental and physical health through prevention was highlighted at the launch of National Prevention Week on Tuesday morning.

A campaign by Prevention magazine to highlight the importance of healthy lifestyle choices in women over the age of 40, the launch had prominent Australian women taking to the stage to discuss health and happiness.

“If you find something little that gives you joy or makes you smile and it’s not hurting anyone, just do it,” said author Tara Moss, offering her hint for mental wellbeing.

Former Home & Away and mother Ada Nicodemou, who turns 40 next year, said she aims to have a little time to herself each day through exercise, sitting down to have a cup of coffee or eating a piece of cake.

“If you’re not going to be kind to yourself, you’re not going to be around to look after anyone else,” she says in Prevention’s latest issue. “That’s why overall wellness is so important and, for me, all about balance. A balance between eating well, exercising, sleeping, having a laugh, catching up with family and friends, living a full life but not obssessing over any one thing.”

Melissa Doyle adds in the magazine:

“[At 45] I have more opinions, more experience and I feel stronger. So what if I have lines when I smile? If people judge me on that, then that’s their problem. I’m braver in so many areas. And really, isn’t that what the spirit of positive ageing is all about?”

Indeed. Champion surfer Layne Beachley agrees.

“I love my 40s,” said the seven-time world surfing champion and founder of Aim for the Stars foundation. “It’s a great time for women because we can become a lot more comfortable in our skins, our thoughts and opinions.

“We’ve established our tribe and have a greater sense of belonging and knowing. I embrace age. They say it’s a number, but it’s also a mentality, physicality and emotionality … if that’s even a word.”

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