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DRY-DOCKED: Ryan Callinan at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly yesterday. – Picture by Grant SprouleAS one of the world’s best young aerial surfers, Ryan Callinan rarely needs a lift.

But after suffering back-to-back leg injuries performing his signature backside air reverse move, the 19-year-old from Merewether was searching for a positive while watching the Australian Open of Surfing this week at Manly.

That came yesterday with news he was one of three finalists for the Rising Star honour at the Australian Surfing Awards to be held in Manly tomorrow night.

He will vie with Davey Cathels and Tyler Wright for the award, but the nomination alone is a boost for Callinan, who is nursing a grade-three ligament tear in his left ankle.

He suffered the injury three weeks ago in the final round of the world junior series at Burleigh Heads, which was his comeback event from a broken right leg sustained while free-surfing after the opening contest of the world titles at Bali.

‘‘I knew the awards were on, but I didn’t really think about being nominated or anything,’’ Callinan said. ‘‘I was pretty stoked. It sucks that I’ve had all these injuries, but it’s good to still get nominated and still get a bit of exposure.

‘‘Hopefully I can win it – that would be cool.’’

The goofy-footer hopes to be surfing in time for Surfest on his home break next month.

The highlight of 2011 competition for Callinan was finishing second in the Australasian junior series after winning the last event at Waitpinga Beach in South Australia.

But Callinan has starred in other ways. His aerial wizardry featured in surf movies Lost Atlas and Blow Up and he appeared on the cover of Surfer, Surfing World and Waves magazines.

‘‘I had a couple of good movie sections and a few covers, so it was a good year for me,’’ he said.

His spectacle manoeuvres and impressive results have turned heads around the world and led to talk of Callinan being the next big thing in Australian men’s surfing.

But the laid-back character is trying to keep a lid on things.

‘‘There’s a bit of pressure, for sure,’’ Callinan said.

‘‘I try to block it out a little bit, but it’s there obviously.

‘‘I don’t know, I just try and have fun and hopefully I can keep doing what I’m doing.’’

As for the backside air reverse, which has brought him undone in recent times but brought him to the attention of the surfing world, he said he would tread carefully.

‘‘The two injuries have basically been from the same thing, so I’ll probably be a bit scared to try them the next time I’m back in the water. Hopefully it’s all good.’’

Fellow Merewether surfers Jake Sylvester and Jesse Adam bowed out in the opening round of the World Qualifying Series event at Manly yesterday.

● One of the superstars of women’s surfing, Lisa Andersen, hopes to make a return to competition in this month’s Women’s World Tour contest on the Gold Coast, the opening event of 2012.

The 42-year-old, who retired in 2003, was given a wildcard in the Gold Coast event the following year but has not donned a competitor’s singlet since.

The four-time world champion will compete in the trials for the event on February 24.

‘‘You couldn’t ask for a better pool of talent [at the moment]; it’s the best in the history of the sport,’’ Andersen said.

POLICE will take over from transit officers and patrol buses, trains and ferries under a new police transport command that the state government will establish.

Only 150 of the state’s 600 RailCorp transit officers would be retained, and would instead focus on fare evasion and minor offences across all three modes of transport.

The state government announced yesterday it would recruit 309 extra police by 2014, who would combine with the 301 officers attached to the current crime commuter unit to form the new command.

Premier Barry O’Farrell said the changes would improve security, with police trained to patrol in pairs compared to the groups of four or five transit officers needed.

‘‘Passenger safety is the number one concern of many people, particularly those that travel into the evening,’’ Mr O’Farrell said.

‘‘This will address that concern by ensuring that uniformed police officers with all the powers available to them are on our public transport system across all three transport modes.’’

But the NSW Rail Tram and Bus Union said the move was a cost-cutting measure and police may be called away to emergencies elsewhere leaving passengers vulnerable.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the new police would be added to the authorised strength of the force.

He said it was expected the new command officers would operate from three Sydney hubs, and three ‘‘satellite hubs’’ in the Illawarra, Central Coast and Newcastle.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said transit officers would be able to apply for the 150 remaining jobs, apply to become a police officer, request to be redeployed elsewhere in the transport network or apply for a voluntary redundancy.

Ms Berejiklian said the new arrangement would be ‘‘cost neutral’’ to the government.

Union NSW secretary Alex Claassens said previous governments had tried handing over transport security to police but the measure had failed.

Fennell Bay’s Peter Buckley in his barbecue area the council has ordered be taken down.FENNELL Bay’s Peter Buckley loves his barbecue so much he is ready to spend $35,000 to keep it.

That is the legal bill he is facing to fight Lake Macquarie City Council in the Land and Environment Court over an order to remove his barbecue and surrounding pergola.

‘‘I just love my barbecue,’’ Mr Buckley said.

‘‘It brings people together.’’

Mr Buckley said the council was seeking to ‘‘take away a lifestyle’’.

‘‘Come and watch the council wrecking ball if they come to demolish my barbie because I’ll be tied to it,’’ he said.

The Newcastle Herald reported on Saturday the council had ordered the demolition of a carport built by Matt McKinlay, of Barnsley, because it had been built ‘‘forward of the building line, is out of character with the streetscape and non-compliant with the Building Code of Australia’’.

Mr Buckley’s barbecue came to the council’s attention after Mr Buckley applied to build a new house on his Macquarie Road land.

He spent about $25,000 three years ago to build the stainless steel outdoor barbecue with a pergola, pavers and furniture on his land, which adjoins LT Creek.

A professional builder did the work, but did not gain council approval.

Mr Buckley said council staff asked him to retrospectively apply for a building certificate.

He spent $10,000 on a surveyor, engineer, draftsman and council fees to prepare the necessary documentation, but the council refused his application.

‘‘I got a phone call from council saying I had to pull it down because it was within the foreshore building line,’’ he said.

Mr Buckley said the council refused to supply documents that show the foreshore building line and referred him to the Land and Environment Court.

A council statement said the property was subject to a foreshore building line of 14metres.

A foreshore building line is a line set by planners on land fronting any bay, river, creek, lake, lagoon, harbour or ocean.

‘‘The pergola and a shed extension have been erected within that foreshore building line,’’ the statement said.

‘‘Foreshore development may only be carried out with development consent.’’

Mr Buckley said many other nearby residents had structures within the foreshore building line, including houses and ‘‘20 or so barbecue pergolas closer to the creek than mine’’.

ANSWER IS YES: Martin Speter surprises girlfriend Kayla Leatham with a proposal on The Morning Show yesterday.A PROPOSAL on television and a marriage ceremony were some of the romantic gestures made by Hunter residents on Valentine’s Day.

Hunter Valley couple Kayla Leatham, 23, and Martin Speter, 24, became engaged on Seven’s The Morning Show.

Mr Speter, who has moved from Darwin to Singleton with the army, surprised his girlfriend of three years with a diamond ring.

Ms Leatham thought they had made the trip to Sydney to take part in a Valentine’s Day segment.

Mr Speter returned from Afghanistan midway through last year and the couple soon began talking about marriage.

‘‘I’ve been planning it for weeks. I had really played down Valentine’s Day this year because I wanted it to be a big surprise,’’ Mr Speter said.

Four couples tied the knot in low-key ceremonies at the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages at Hamilton.

Michelle Stumpp and Greg Ninness from Port Macquarie have been together six years and were married during their holiday break in Newcastle.

Amendments and marriage officer Kerrie Andrew said special dates such as 12/12/12 as well as Valentine’s Day and February 29 were proving popular for couples this year.

‘‘Some people want the simplicity of a registry wedding while others are trying to save money for a home,’’ she said.

The celebrant married the four couples at the Boulevard On Beaumont Hotel, next door to the registry office.

‘‘The registry goes to extra trouble to hire the Boulevard for couples and provide floral arrangements on Valentine’s Day,’’ she said.

It is estimated more than 100 couples in NSW took the plunge yesterday.

Valentine’s Day weddings in NSW were down on past years when the day had fallen on a weekend. About 286 couples got married on Valentine’s Day in 2010 – a Sunday – while 726 pairs married on February 14, 2009, which fell on a Saturday.

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TOPICS isn’t very handy. You’re on the wrong page for tips on fishing. Or welding. Or stencilling a bird on a greeting card.

Nope. We don’t know our toolbox whatsit from our safety harness doovalacky. Which is why, when a web commenter weighed in on the Wallsend Presbyterian Church noticeboard, we turned to someone a bit more down-to-earth.

The church noticeboard, in case you missed it, declared, ‘‘Even tradies know you need both male and female joints to make a marriage’’.

The church’s session clerk Doug Smiley confirmed it was a dig at a proposal in Federal Parliament to legalise same-sex marriage.

‘‘God created man and woman to procreate children,’’ Mr Smiley added.

In the comments section in the web coverage, ‘‘Horse’’ hit back.

‘‘You can connect two male ends with a socket or two female ends with a nipple,’’ posted Horse. ‘‘Geez do some research.’’

Male ends. Female ends. Nipples. Who names these things?

We set off in search of a nipple.

It didn’t take long. We were shown a wall of them in a hardware behemoth in Kotara, by an employee who was no-nonsense personified.

(Sigh. We wish we were no-nonsense. We’re pretty much all nonsense.)

A socket, it turns out, can indeed connect two male bits. Likewise, a nipple connects two female bits. We parted with $5.95 and walked out with a nipple, and the knowledge the church noticeboard should technically be changed.

To something like, oh, we don’t know, ‘‘With a $5.95 adaptor, either male and male or female and female bits make a marriage’’.

Even Topics writers know that.

On our way back from the hardware store, we checked the noticeboard of St John’s Anglican Church at Cooks Hill.

The one that’s previously read ‘‘OMG’’ and ‘‘Share a Coke with a Christian’’.

It didn’t have anything about same-sex marriage.

‘‘Playgroup is back, Wednesday 10am.’’