Sydney’s most popular shopping destination featured some conspicuous new additions on Tuesday morning, as crowds queueing for a Boxing Day bargain took note of a number of large semi-trailers parked around Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.
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Security upgrades were obvious in the city, with bollards and semi-trailer trucks used as temporary barricades. The semi-trailers were particularly jarring in Sydney’s prime shopping district, parked at odd angles to stop traffic from getting through.

A spokeswoman for NSW Police said these measures were introduced in anticipation of the large crowds. Barricades were in place last year as well.

“In light of the large number of people expected at Boxing Day sales, police in conjunction with Transport NSW have put safety measures in place,” the spokeswoman said.

“This is a one-day police operation, whilst there is no specific threat, NSW Police continue to urge the public to be vigilant and report anything that doesn’t look right.”

Police also reminded people that the “terrorist threat in Australia has not changed, and the level remains at ‘probable’ under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory system”.

The bolstered security for Australia’s golden day of sales comes just days after the horrific scenes of Melbourne’s Flinders Street vehicle attack in which 19 people were injured.

The intersection of George Street and Market Street is closed to traffic between 1am and 11pm on Tuesday in a move Transport NSW dubbed an “extra treat” for shoppers braving the sales.

A spokesman for Transport NSW confirmed this was not the first time road closures had been in place around Pitt Street Mall on Boxing Day.

The trucks were initially used to transport the concrete bollards before being parked, they also provide a degree of flexibility as they can be moved if other vehicles need to be let in.

“Boxing Day can be a frantic time with massive crowds coming into the CBD and we’re happy to be able to provide retailers and shoppers additional space on Market Street again this year,” co-ordinator general Marg Prendergast said earlier in December.

“We’re really excited to be opening up the Market Street intersection to shoppers as this is going to join up with the reopened George Street area and really give everyone a chance to see the CBD in a new light.”

Amy Birrell, one of thousands to visit Pitt Street on Tuesday, said the whole thing “was really full on”. She said the trucks were an “eyesore”, but like many shoppers, navigating crowds took precedent.

“I had no idea what they were for,” Ms Birrell said. Boxing Day: Concrete barriers have been placed at both ends of Pitt Street Mall as shoppers begin taking part in the end of year sales. Report on 7 News at 6pm. #BoxingDay#7Newspic.twitter南京夜网/g8LtzAW8Tz??? 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 25, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.Read More →

Perth: The Melbourne Stars keep breaking records in this summer’s Women’s Big Bash League. Alas for the bottom-of-the-ladder team, they also keep falling on the wrong side of history.
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On the season’s opening weekend the Stars conceded 4-242 against the Sydney Sixers, by far the highest total recorded since the competition began in late 2015.

On Tuesday at the WACA the Stars were at it again, unable to defend their seemingly strong score of 4-163 from 20 overs. With experienced Australian top-order duo Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton finding gaps almost at will, the Stars fielded poorly, helping the Perth Scorchers complete the highest successful run chase in the WBBL, reaching 1-164 and continuing the Stars’ winless run this summer.

Almost from the outset of the chase things looked ominous for the Stars. Villani and Bolton looked largely untroubled, while the Stars repeatedly allowed balls to squeeze through fielders to the rope.

Alana King (0-40 from three overs) and Georgia Elwiss (0-37 from 2.3) copped the most stick, however even deep in the chase the Stars still had their chances to contain the damage. But Katie Mack dropped Villani in the deep on 55 and 64 off the bowling of captain Kirsten Beams (0-17 from four). Erin Osborne eventually controlled a return catch to remove Bolton for 67 with the score 140, but Gemma Triscari then dropped Villani on 71, hurting her hand in the process, and the Stars’ capitulation was almost complete.

Former Stars player Nat Sciver was in the middle as Villani (84 not out from 53 balls) hit a six over long-on to seal victory for Perth with nine balls to spare.

The Stars had reached their total after South Africans Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez put on 96 for the second wicket.

Du Preez was dropped on 33 by Piepa Cleary, however Lee needed little assistance as she amassed eight fours and three sixes en route to 76 from 62 balls. Lee and du Preez (40 from 35) fell in the 17th over to consecutive balls from Emma King, but the late hitting of Mack (29 not out from 14) boosted the Stars’ score.

Lee said it was “obviously disappointing” to lose after posting such a competitive total. “We made a few mistakes in the field, and it cost us dearly,” Lee said.

The teams meet again at the WACA Ground on Wednesday.

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Three people have died and two are in a critical condition after a crash on the Princes Highway south of Sussex Inlet.
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Emergency services were called to the scene 400 metres north of theBendalong Road turn-offabout 10.45am to reports of a head-on collision between two cars, an ambulance spokesman said. One of the cars was towing a caravan.

One of the vehicles burst into flames and three people from two separate cars died.

Photo: Hayley Warden

Paramedics treated two women for multiple serious injuriesincluding possible head injuries, the ambulance spokesman said.

One woman was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital, and the second woman was airliftedto St George Hospital. Both were in a critical condition, police said.

Detective Inspector Dave Cockram at the scene of the Boxing Day crash on the South Coast.Police closed all lanes of the Princes Highway buthad reopened one lane at Bendalong by about 2.30pm.

Motorists areadvised to delay travel in the area or to expect significant delays, as traffic is very heavy and moving slowly.

Police warned motorists the highway will remain partially closed for several hours, and urged them to use an alternative route or delay their travels to avoid the area.

Diversions are in place with motorists heading north requested to use the Kings Highway and Braidwood-Nowra Road and southbound traffic to take the Braidwood-Nowra Road and then Kings Highway.

The crash closed all lanes of the Princes Highway at Bendalong. Photo: TNV

Holiday road death toll double last year’sThe triple fatality comes after a horror holiday period on NSW roads.

There were 13 deaths by the end of Christmas Day, and another four by midday on Boxing Day alone, taking the holiday road toll to 17. In the same period last year, there were seven fatalities.

TheOperation Safe Arrivalroad safety campaign runs from Friday December 15 to midnight on Monday January 1.

Now in its 12th day, Assistant Commissioner MichaelCorboy, Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command saidthe death toll was “appalling”.

“That is more than one person a day which is quite alarming. It is just not good enough,” he said.

“NSW residents need to take some responsibility and realise that all it takes is one distraction and you could lose your life or kill a family travelling on the roads this holiday period.

“It is a time to be merry and enjoy spending time with your family and unfortunately day after day, police are left to pick up the pieces and deliver horrific messages to families.”

Early on Boxing Day there was a fatal single-vehicle incident about 40 kilometres from Port Macquarie.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Pappinbarra about 6.50am after reports a car hit an embankment. They found the body of a man at the scene. He was yet to be identified.

On Christmas Day, there was a fatal single-vehicle crash near Griffith.

Police believe the male driver of the car left Rankins Springs Road at Beelbangera before hitting a power pole. The male driver is also yet to be identified.

Police have issuethousands of infringement notices during Operation Safe Arrival.

As of Christmas Day, police issued almost 12,400 speeding tickets, charged 710 people with drink-driving and attended 999 major crashes.

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TRAINER Scott Aspery hopeda breakthrough home victory for Bridyn May on Tuesday was a sign of things to come for his small Newcastle stable after a tough year.
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BREAKTHROUGH: Bridyn May and trainer Scott Aspery after their win on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Bridyn May, a four-year-old Snitzel mare on the comeback from tendon surgery, gave Aspery his first winner since January this year in the 900-metre maiden at Newcastle.

The victory was the $50,000 Inglis yearling sale buy’s first in seven career starts and was a welcomed boost for Aspery, who moved to Newcastle in July.

The 44-year-old, who did his apprenticeship underGai Waterhouse,John O’Shea, Graeme Rogerson and Bart Cummings, trained at Warwick Farm for six years before moving his young familyto Gosford in January.That stay was cut short when the house and stables he was renting were sold.

Aspery’s team havegone from nine to three horses since the relocation to Newcastle and two were in race three on Tuesday.

Victory lifts Aspery for new year rebuild TweetFacebook Newcastle racesJonathan CarrollBridyn May, with Luke Cumberland aboard, jumped well to take the lead and she kicked away close to home to win by more than two lengths. Stablemate Toffee Drop was fifth.

Aspery said it was a “nice note to end the year on” as he tried to kick-start his stables in Newcastle.

“I always felt this mare had the class but I just thought the 900 was short of her best,” Aspery said.“But she had two jump outs and no trials leading into today so she was going to run wellfresh. She just dominated from the front and was too strong.

“That’s thefirst one since the end of January, when we left Warwick Farm, so it’s been a bit of a lean patch, but hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.

“It’s just a rebuilding process.We’ve still got our loyal clients from Sydney but we’re just looking to attract some new clients and hopefully in the new year we can go a bit stronger and bigger.”

Also on the program, which attracted a crowd of 4876, Jeff Penza boosted his campaign for a third consecutive Newcastle jockeys’ premiership with a treble.

Penza took Isle Of Capri, Makeadane andInquiry to victory to join Koby Jennings as joint leader on the Newcastle table with 11.

Penza was especially impressed with the win of the Chris Waller-trained Isle Of Capri in the fillies and mares maiden over 1400m. Jolly Honour, with Paul King aboard, gave Waller a double when claiming the colts and geldings maiden plate over 1400m.

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It’s an unusual feat for a television drama to be both utterly real and completely over the top at the same time, but Romper Stomper (Stan, from January 1) pulls it off. There are moments in this six-part series so anchored in our present political reality you’d swear they were dramatic re-enactments within a documentary about the resurgence of extremist politics in modern-day Australia.
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But there are also moments that take such a leap from that solid ground you’d swear you were watching a political Grand Guignol, in which things are taken to such extremes that they teeter on the very edge of absurdity. Thankfully, they never quite topple off that precipice.

It doesn’t have anything like the same flashy glamour or high-end production values, but in that odd mix of real and unreal, the show Romper Stomper most closely resembles is early House of Cards. There are a couple of scenes, which I won’t spoil, that carry the same exquisite sting of that moment in season 2 when Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) pushed the young reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in front of a moving train, that exhilarating sense of “surely they didn’t?” immediately followed by “bloody hell, they did”. It’s risky stuff, and for the most part it works.

We’re thrown into the heart of adrenaline-pumping darkness from the opening moments of the first episode, written and directed by Geoffrey Wright, creator of the 1992 film that’s the point of origin for this story. We’re at a Halal festival, and the far-right nationalists Patriot Blue have set up megaphone and flags to bleat on about the coming of sharia law, while the far-left antifascist group (here called Antifash) set about them with fists and rocks. In a confusingly effective flurry, we meet in a matter of minutes most of the characters at the heart of the story.

There’s Lawson-spouting Patriot leader Blake Farron (Lachy Hulme), pumped up on testosterone and notions of racial purity, and his soon-to-be acolyte, former Army boy Kane (Toby Wallace), whose close-cropped hairstyle seems coincidental until evidence mounts that he may in fact be the son of Hando (Russell Crowe) from the film, and the inheritor of his evil mantle.

There’s Petra (Lily Sullivan), a black-clad lefty who may have Marx and morality on her side but whose methods lead her away from the high ground. There’s Zoe (Sophie Lowe), the fundamentalist Christian and former meth-head who hooked up with Blake because he offered a glimpse of salvation, and maybe a path to Revelations too. And there’s Laila (Nicole Chamoun), a nice, well-educated girl from a liberal Muslim family, who inadvertently becomes a pawn of both sides.

It rapidly spreads out from there, with David Wenham creepily excellent as the right-wing TV talkshow host Jago Zoric, whose admission that he feeds on new blood as he eyes Kane seems far more than metaphorical. There’s Dan Wyllie and John Brumpton as a couple of the old crew, the former now a seemingly respectable businessman who rather pointedly runs a “white goods” business, the latter holed up in the bush with a cache of weapons that seems both museum and stockpile for the apocalypse.

And there’s Jacqueline McKenzie as Gabe, lover of both Hando and his best mate Davey (Daniel Pollock) from the film, now a successful businesswoman with nothing but regrets about her Nazi past, but deeply damaged and conflicted in other ways too.

Oh, it’s heady stuff. There’s politics, passion and perversity aplenty in this ambitious, fast-moving drama. It’s muscular, confronting and timely, and even if not everything in it quite works it is still one of the most invigorating pieces of television you will see all year.

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AMBITIOUS: Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes to coach in the English Premier League. Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists the “madness” of Premier League management has not diminished his long-term goal to join the ranks of top coaches.
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The 37-year-old’s fledgling coaching career has begun well, having guided the Reds’ under-18 side to the top of the table and into the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League.

Gerrard is under no illusions as to how big the step up to top-flight management is, and six sackings this season have shown how quick clubs are to make a change when things do not work.

He has no such pressure in his current job, but knows as he moves up the ladder – and he harbours dreams of managing his boyhood club somewhere down the line – the demand to deliver consistent success becomes far greater.

“I don’t get put off by managers getting sacked. I just think my journey will be what it will be,” he said.”Right now I’m only thinking of the next 18 months to two years and getting myself as prepared as I can be for a job closer to first-team level.I want this to be the start of the journey. Nothing is putting me off or scaring me about being available for jobs in the near future.”

Gerrard would love to continue his progress through the ranks at Liverpool but accepts he may have to sever ties.

“In a year’s time I might have three opportunities and all three of them might not be here. Then it will be time to think,” he said.”I can’t sit here and say:’Oh no, I only want to work for Liverpool Football Club’.In an idealworld, everyone knows what I want, but right now it’s not worth thinking about that.”

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In reponse toMargaret Berry(Short Takes, 23/12):I’m afew years older than you and I can also point to long ago heatwaves. The difference now is all of Australia often looks like a beetroot in weather forecasts. Hot air masses have ballooned, to cover the whole country, and just sit there. Bureau of Meteorology records of across-the-board jumping average temperatures confirm this. Air conditioning of the bush is what is needed.
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Grame Tychsen, Rankin ParkONCE the Bathers Way is completed (“Bathers Way makes climb up Strzelecki”, Herald 26/12),is it fair that only the young, fit and healthy have any chance of enjoying this scenic experience, especially since cars have limited access?Why not have battery-powered golf buggies available for hire from the Nobbys car parkso the elderly and handicapped can also enjoywhat should be available for everyone.Surely it would be well patronised, whether council owned and operatedorprivatewith tasteful advertising, andseen as a council equal opportunity tourist attraction.I am sure volunteer labourfrom men’s shedsand similar community groupswould be only too happy to obligeand organiwe a workable maintenance program.This would be the icing on the cake .

Carl Stevenson, Dora CreekMARKFetscher (Short Take, 26/12) alleges there are “so many backward-looking people in this city”, without citingreasons. Does he mean the bizarre idea of not running the tram down he rail corridor?Many Novocastrians want change that will give the best outcome forgenuineprogress, not based on facile spin like “revitalisation”.Council CEO JeremyBathclaims (“Round house”, Herald 26/12)“the Civic Precinct [is] evolving into an education and legal precinct”. That’s been happening for decades.Think Nesca House, the Northumberland Building, The Forum andConservatorium. Before the university’s financial crisis (circa 2005), they were consideringmovingarts-based departments into the Honeysuckle heritage buildings.And the federal courts are still in Bolton Street.

Keith Parsons, NewcastleCONGRATULATIONS must go to Channel Ninefor its superb presentation of Carols by Candlelight.And who could forget the magnificent rendition of The Holy Cityby David Hobson, who closed the show.

Daphne Hughes, KahibahBRADHill (Short Takes 26/12) obviously does not understand the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus would not agree that refugees should be the last thing on one’s mind on Christmas Day.

Kathie Anthony, WaratahWHEN will the assault of women be called what it is,a crime?I hate the term “domestic violence”,which minimises the gravity ofrepeated violence against a family member.Why is family violence less important than stranger violence? Then we have the endemic sexual verbal and physical abuse of women in public places.Your article “Boy arrested as crime wave hits the beaches” (Herald 23/12) labelled this behaviour “disturbing incidents”and “anti-social behaviour”. Please call it whatit is.

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Justin Scarr of Royal Life Saving with Fiji delegate Devina Nand visit Ian Thorpe Pool in Sydney as part of an international delegation visiting Australia to learn about drowning prevention. Pictured with 6 year twins Joey and Ben and 3 year old Jacob Wright of Pyrmont. Photo by Sarah KeayesOn a scorching day at Narrabeen Lakes last summer, five-year old Amina Anderson almost drowned in the blink of an eye.
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“We turned around and saw her submerged underwater. When we pulled her out of the water, she wasn’t responding, and her chest was making a cracking noise ??? I thought she was going to die,” Amina’s mother Tdjanaya Anderson-Rosser said.

Amina was one of the lucky ones. She was quickly rushed to hospital, where doctors carefully monitored her and treated her for possible pneumonia. She was eventually discharged later that day fully healthy.

But tragically, many are not as fortunate. In NSW, 461 children have drowned in the last 15 years. For every child that dies, up to nine others are hospitalised for drowning. Many who survive suffer from permanent brain injuries which can leave them with lifelong learning difficulties.

Last summer, NSW experienced one of its worst drowning seasons in recent memory – 41 people died, with 13 deaths coming between Christmas and New Year, a report by the Royal Surf Live Saving Society Australia found. Fifteen per cent of those who died were children under five years old.

So far, there have been 16 coastal drownings in NSW since June this year, six of which have occurred since the start of December. Just last week, two people were killed at beaches in northern NSW.

In order to avoid more tragedies, doctors and surf life savers are urging parents to remain vigilant while their children are swimming.

Dr Mary McCaskill, emergency medical director at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, believes that many parents underestimate the potential risks and do not realise just how quickly a child can drown.

“Most parents and carers think they will hear something if their child is drowning, but in fact it is very silent and rapid. Sadly, even a non-fatal drowning can result in devastating brain injuries and lifelong disabilities for the child in just a couple of minutes,” Dr McCaskill said.

During the frenetic Christmas period, people can often be too distracted to pay attention to potential warning signs.

“In summer, when everyone’s busy getting ready for Christmas, people get distracted from watching their children. It’s that distraction that’s so dangerous,” Dr McCaskill said. ‘Glued to their phones’

Ms Anderson-Rosser said when Amina nearly drowned, almost no one noticed.

“Everybody was glued to their phones. Parents shouldn’t be on their phones while their kids are swimming, they should be paying attention.”

The experts say that with proper supervision and careful safety measures, the risk of drowning can be greatly mitigated.

According to Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce “it is vital for parents to have close and immediate supervision around any sort of water, whether it’s at the beach or a backyard pool, even a bath”.

“Children always need an adult who is doing nothing else but watching them when they are swimming,” Dr McCaskill said. Never underestimate the ocean

Additionally, parents should take particular care at the beach and make sure kids always swim between the flags.

“Ocean conditions can change quickly and dramatically, and children can easily get swept off their feet or caught in a rip, even if they are only wading,” Mr Pearce said.

According to Dr McCaskill, “primary school children tend to underestimate the power of the surf and think they’re stronger than they are”.

Dr McCaskill and Mr Pearce also say that CPR is an invaluable skill for parents to learn, particularly if they own pools.

Above all, Ms Anderson-Rosser says that Amina’s experience should serve as a wake-up call for other parents.

“Be more aware and never take your eyes off them,” she said. “It can happen so quickly.”

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Canberra Capitals Natalie Hurst, Jordan Hooper and Chevannah Paalvast other training for their last WNBL game of the season.Chevannah PaalvasPhoto by Karleen Minney.Hot dogs, corn and watermelon don’t exactly scream Christmas tradition, but Jordan Hooper’s makeshift celebrations will fuel her hopes of finishing the WNBL season on the perfect note.
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Hooper and teammates Nat Hurst and Chevannah Paalvast cut lonely figures at the deserted University of Canberra gym on Tuesday when they returned to training to blow out the Christmas cobwebs.

It was harder for Hooper knowing the time difference meant the rest of her family was still celebrating Christmas Day at home in Nebraska when she started training again.

But the 25-year-old is determined to beat the Perth Lynx on Friday night to make her around-the-world sacrifice worth it and lay a marker for the Capitals to rebuild next year.

“The lungs and the legs … you’ve got to wake them all up after Christmas,” Hooper grinned.

“We hung by the pool and made our own Christmas dinner … hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon. It was simple by really good.

“This is my fourth season overseas [at Christmas] and it does get a little bit harder every year. But Boxing Day is the hardest because that’s when they celebrate.

“But for us as the Capitals, we’re just not going to hold anything back in this last game. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

The Capitals will clash against the Lynx in the last game of a reformatted and condensed WNBL season.

They have won four of their past five games and are showing the promising signs of a team on the rise, but a horror 13-game losing streak will see them finish second last on the ladder.

The Capitals players are determined to right some of the wrongs with a last-round win, refusing to let motivation wain even during the tough times.

The Capitals will play their last game of the regular season on Friday night. Photo: Karleen Minney

Coach Paul Goriss offered an optional Boxing Day session for the only three players in Canberra – Hooper, Hurst and Paalvast – and all three jumped at the chance.

The rest of the players will return to training on Wednesday and they want revenge after letting a massive lead slip against the Lynx in Perth earlier in December.

“These girls are professionals, they get paid to play sport so you’ve got to do it and train,” Goriss said.

“All three wanted to train and it’s a great opportunity to get back working again before Friday night.

“We’ve had a good run lately, but the focus has to be Perth. It’s strange to think we’ve only got this one game left in this shorter season, but we just want to get that win.”

Goriss has started to turn his attention to rebuilding his squad for the 2018-19 season and the University of Canberra has recruited former Australian Opals coach Carrie Graf to reinvigorate the program.

Hooper said the players were only focused on one thing. “We just want to play free and for each other,” she said.

“That’s the main thing. Even though it’s our last game, we need to keep making progress for years to come.

“Motivation is hard when you don’t have something to play for, but our motivation is to get better and improve for our next season of basketball.”


Friday: Canberra Capitals v Perth Lynx at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets available at the door.

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Reserve some glaze to drizzle over a Christmas-ham omelette, suggests Phil Wood. Photo: William Meppem Leftover food from Christmas Day is a thing of beauty … until you’re eating your 10th plain ham sandwich.
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But when you’re weary (or, let’s be honest, hungover) from the big celebrations, it’s hard to come up with ideas for using the remaining food.

Here’s some simple, not-so-cheffy inspiration from five chefs.

Benjamin Cooper, Chin Chin, Melbourne and Sydney”For Christmas lunch in our house, we do a spread of cold-cut meats and seafood so naturally sandwiches, salads and toasties go down a treat in the days following the feast.

“Prawn and zucchini pasta is an easy one to whip up, and a favourite of mine is a ham, cheese and mustard toastie.”

Massimo Mele, Catering By Massimo”We have a very multicultural Christmas. I have the big Italian family, my partner’s side is an Aussie family, and we have so much food. We always make a lasagne – trays of it – and more recently I’ve done some prawns to merge the two cultures together.

“We have to get creative with leftovers because of the kids. I’d be happy just reheating food from the day before but the kids get a bit picky.

“Leftovers are great for breakfast omelettes: put in some meat, leftover roast vegetables or greens. I make little crumbed fritters from the leftover vegies, too. I always have pizza bases in the freezer, and we roll them out, throw some leftovers on them and cook them up. And I keep the bones (from the ham or a roast meat) to make stock.”

Michael Ryan, Provenance, Beechworth”We don’t have the traditional Christmas meal. We have simple seafood and salads, nothing too heavy. I like to keep the use of leftovers simple, too. The last thing I want to do is cook too much or eat a heavy meal after a day or two of solid eating and drinking.

“I love ham sandwiches after Christmas Day; to me, they’re the pinnacle of Christmas leftovers. To use the meats in a more interesting way, you can put some leftover cooked meats in a banh mi. But I think the best way to deal with leftovers is to rethink how much food you have on the table in the first place. Christmas is known for being a decadent feast, but it’s a better idea to just cater to what you need. That way nothing is wasted.”

Tim Bourke,The Eateryat Maggie Beer’s farm, Barossa Valley Stuff cold roast meats into a bahn mi-style roll with pate, chilli and coriander. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

“I go back to Sydney for a week to spend Christmas with my family – and to cook the meals for them. We always have barbecued seafood, so we take a trip to the Sydney Fish Markets on Christmas Eve to get whatever’s fresh; it might be prawns or Moreton Bay bugs. Dad does the Christmas ham with his famous Guinness glaze, and Mum does the spuds.

“If there’s some leftover seafood, Mum cooks up some baked spuds in beef fat, which we eat with prawns and homemade cocktail sauce. That’s my ideal Boxing Day food. For dessert, it’s stonefruitand berries, either served with a lime granita or meringue. The leftover fruit is often used on top of a bircher muesli for breakfast the next morning.”

Crush leftover pavlova into an Eton mess. Photo: Marina Oliphant

Phil Wood, Point Leo Estate, Mornington Peninsula”I always have a ham, a few dozen oysters, roast chicken and pavlova on my Christmas table. Last year we had a crab curry, too.

“Any leftover roast vegetables are great in a vegie scramble or a frittata. Leftover bread is great in a bread and butter pudding.

“Christmas ham is great in an omelette. Chop it up and then use some of the glaze to glaze the omelette; that’s pretty spectacular.

“Leftover roast meat can be turned into a salad, and that’s often all you feel like after eating too much ham and drinking too much champagne on Christmas Day. Throw some chopped up roast turkey or chicken it in with some leafy greens and a light herb vinaigrette.

“If you have any pav left, you can make an Eton mess the next day. Just serve it with some fresh fruit, add more whipped cream and spoon some ice-cream into the middle.

“I often have leftover fruit, mangoes, cherries and berries, so we eat fruit with yoghurt and honey for lunches in the days after Christmas. That fruit is my favourite part of the festive food.”

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