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 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Peter McGlade and Karen Lancaster, of Fern Bay, with their children Sam and Charlie. Picture by DEAN OSLAND
New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Peter McGlade and Karen Lancaster, of Fern Bay, with their children Sam and Charlie. Picture by DEAN OSLAND
 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Tim and Lisa Poole, of Corlette, with their children Jackson and Holly. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Tim and Lisa Poole, of Corlette, with their children Jackson and Holly. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens.  Suzy and Finley England, both from Sydney. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Suzy and Finley England, both from Sydney. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Andrew Squires and Casey Featon, both from the Central Coast. Picture DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Andrew Squires and Casey Featon, both from the Central Coast. Picture DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Adam White, of Newcastle, with Jordan Guthrie and Dale Sumner, both of Bulahdelah.  Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Adam White, of Newcastle, with Jordan Guthrie and Dale Sumner, both of Bulahdelah. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Michael Gittoes and Emma Parkes, both of Newcastle. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Michael Gittoes and Emma Parkes, both of Newcastle. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Steve, Fiona and Charlie Vescio, of Sydney. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Steve, Fiona and Charlie Vescio, of Sydney. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Vanessa and Cameron Archer, of Canberra, with baby Lindsay. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Vanessa and Cameron Archer, of Canberra, with baby Lindsay. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

 New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Charlotte Cahill and Nathan Sanderson, with Katie, Glenn and Byron James, all of Aberglasslyn. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

New Year's Day at Murray's Craft Brewing Co, Port Stephens. Charlotte Cahill and Nathan Sanderson, with Katie, Glenn and Byron James, all of Aberglasslyn. Picture by DEAN OSLAND

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Jessy Dixon and Laura Klodt-Bussmnan, both from Germany. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Jessy Dixon and Laura Klodt-Bussmnan, both from Germany. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Chris Donnellan and Bree Davies, both of Newcastle East. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Chris Donnellan and Bree Davies, both of Newcastle East. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Phil and Janelle Bokkallil, both of Wickham. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Phil and Janelle Bokkallil, both of Wickham. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Sharn Crosdale and Leah Elliott, both of Newcastle. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Sharn Crosdale and Leah Elliott, both of Newcastle. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Scott Hoffman and  Narelle Pickers, both of Beresfield. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Scott Hoffman and Narelle Pickers, both of Beresfield. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Graeme Robinson and Jenny Macdonald, both of Newcastle. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Graeme Robinson and Jenny Macdonald, both of Newcastle. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Kim Richards, Chrissie Sturt and Michele Loughlin, all of Eleebana. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Kim Richards, Chrissie Sturt and Michele Loughlin, all of Eleebana. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Max and June Ebrill, both of Merewether, with Heather Smith, of Wollongong.  Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Max and June Ebrill, both of Merewether, with Heather Smith, of Wollongong. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Isabella Cornell, of Cardiff, Claudia Lloyd Hensley, of New Lambton, Jason Balke, of France, Sophie Leitch, of The Hill, Lucy Herms, of Hamilton East, and Rachael Chapman, of Hamilton South. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Isabella Cornell, of Cardiff, Claudia Lloyd Hensley, of New Lambton, Jason Balke, of France, Sophie Leitch, of The Hill, Lucy Herms, of Hamilton East, and Rachael Chapman, of Hamilton South. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Ruben Parraga, of Ashtonfield, with Peter Demetriou and David Luschwitz, both of Sydney. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Ang Lee’s much anticipated film interpretation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi opened on New Year’s Day. Ruben Parraga, of Ashtonfield, with Peter Demetriou and David Luschwitz, both of Sydney. Picture JONATHAN CARROLL

Kai Tipping with Mali, 9, and Lily, 4, all of Bellingen, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Picture: PETER STOOP

Kai Tipping with Mali, 9, and Lily, 4, all of Bellingen, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Picture: PETER STOOP

Laure-Elise and Genevieve Kenworthy, both of Carey Bay,  at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Picture: PETER STOOP

Laure-Elise and Genevieve Kenworthy, both of Carey Bay, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Picture: PETER STOOP

Susan Poulter, of Norah Head, and Carm Bennett, of Stockton, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Susan Poulter, of Norah Head, and Carm Bennett, of Stockton, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Reg Williams, from England, Andrea Deveridge, of Adamstown Heights, and Jill Williams, from England, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Reg Williams, from England, Andrea Deveridge, of Adamstown Heights, and Jill Williams, from England, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

 Astrid Kriening and Grace Turner, of Islington, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Astrid Kriening and Grace Turner, of Islington, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Luke Baylis, of Mount Hutton, with son Jude, 10 months, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Luke Baylis, of Mount Hutton, with son Jude, 10 months, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Carla Bonetti and David Middleton, both of Adamstown Heights, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP

Carla Bonetti and David Middleton, both of Adamstown Heights, at the Big Scope Painting and Place exhibition. Picture: PETER STOOP