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COFFS RALLY CALLS FOR COMPASSION ON REFUGEE ISSUE

A rally in Coffs Harbour has called on the Federal Government to show compassion to asylum seekers. It follows a recent High Court decision which could see more than 250 refugees, including children, returned from Australia to offshore detention centres ...
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CENTRAL COAST VRA RECOGNISES 200 YEARS OF SERVICE

Almost 200 years of experience saving lives has been recognised on the Central Coast this week. 8 members of the Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Association were awarded a range of medals this week, for their commitment to the community ...
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GENEROUS DONATION TO GOSFORD ART GALLERY

More than half a million dollars worth of artwork has been gifted to the Gosford regional art gallery by the Hornsby Arts council. After almost 10 years of negotiations, the deal finally came off. The donation includes 58 separate works and almost doubles the value of the ...
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$80, 000 WORTH OF SEGWAYS STOLEN AT EAST GOSFORD

A 21 year old man has been arrested and charged, accused of stealing eight segways from a trailer at East Gosford on Australia Day. The personal transporters were used as a central part of Ron Bell's tourism business and are worth around $80,000. However he ...
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WOMAN ON HUNGER STRIKE OVER SHARK NETS

A Gold Coast woman is going to extreme lengths to have shark-nets and drum-lines removed from the Queensland coast. Nicole McLachlan has gone on a hunger strike - and says she'll only drink water until the Government commits funding to non-lethal alternatives. Ms McLachlan says more than 78,000 ...
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UNIT OWNER BEATS BODY CORPORATE TO KEEP PET GALAH

After an 18 month legal battle against a high rise body corporate, the owner of a pet galah has won the case to keep her feathered friend. And the ruling could be big news for other Queensland pet owners ...
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GOLD COAST KIWIS HONOUR CULTURE AT WAITANGI DAY

You don't have to go far on the Gold Coast before you catch up with a Kiwi. So the national holiday Waitangi Day is definitely a big deal. New Zealanders in their thousands headed to Broadwater Parklands to celebrate the land of the Long White Cloud ...
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AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST SCHOOL TURNS 200

Newcastle East Primary School is commemorating a major milestone this weekend... 200 years of education - making it Australia's oldest school. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was today on hand, to help launch a new book memorialising the school's lengthy history. The book was put together with ...
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HUNTER COUNCIL’S JOIN FORCES TO FIX WINE COUNTRY ROAD

Two Hunter councils have joined forces to fix a neglected stretch of road in the region's wine country. Singleton and Cessnock Council have begun works to widen Hermitage Road, to make it safer for motorists and cyclists.   ...
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MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING KURRI KURRI ROBBERY

A 32-year-old man has been charged, following a terrifying robbery at a Hunter Valley service station. CCTV footage shows a man entering the business at Kurri Kurri in the early hours of Thursday morning. He then launches himself at a female employee, grabbing her around the neck, ...
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MAYOR SEES OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON FOR KYOGLE

Mayor Danielle Mulholland believes Kyogle could soon be hot property. She says the regions affordable housing and proximity to developing areas, will generate strong demand from home buyers ...
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EAGLES OF DEATH METAL ANNOUNCED FOR BLUESFEST

Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal, who were playing at the Bataclan concert hall during the Paris attacks last year, will be performing at Bluesfest. It'll be their debut appearance at the festival, which runs over the Easter long weekend in March. Other performers include Kendrick Lamar, ...
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STRONG SUPPORT FOR PET ADOPTION DAY IN NEWCASTLE

Several lucky pooches could be on their way to new homes across the Hunter, following an overwhelming response to National Pet Adoption Day. PetStock stores across the country, including Adamstown, took part in the initiative to encourage people to give orphaned animals a second chance. "Phone's been ...
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FINDINGS FROM PLANE CRASH INVESTIGATIONS RELEASED

Findings from an investigation into a light plane crash in Coffs Harbour in 2014 have been released. The Australian Safety Transport Bureau has recommended rules for aerobatic flying be tightened after the crash left the pilot and his passenger seriously injured.   ...
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MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE IN NEWCASTLE

It's been four weeks, and there's still no sign of the winner of a $1-million division one Lotto prize. The unregistered ticket, purchased at Marketown Newsagency in Newcastle West is yet to be claimed. New South Wales Lotteries is urging everyone to empty their wallets and check ...
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FISHERMEN RESPOND TO SENATE INQUIRY REPORT

Hunter fishermen, dealing with the fallout of the Williamtown RAAF base contamination, say a compensation package would be a step in the right direction. It was one of the recommendations made by a senate inquiry, but fishermen say it needs to happen urgently ...
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COUNTRY SLS CHAMPIONSHIPS TO GENERATE $3-MILLION FOR MACLEAY VALL

Major sports tourism events are providing a much needed boost to the economy of the Macleay Valley. This weekend's Country Surf Life Saving Championship being stage in South West Rocks is expected to generate more than $3-million for local businesses ...
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LANDMARK SALE MAKING THOUSANDS

This year's Landmark Classic Campdraft and Sale at Tamworth's AELEC hasn't disappointed. Hundreds of horses have gone under the hammer, with the top- selling mare so far bringing in nearly $70,000.   ...
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TAMWORTH MP LISTS PRIORITIES FOR 2016

State parliament returns next week and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson has set out his list of priorities for the year. One of his main focuses is to boost freight rail in the North West.   ...
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GLEN INNES FIRE STATION NOTCHES A CENTURY

Glen Innes' fire station celebrated a centenary of operation today, with old firies sharing their stories. The current brigade didn't get a day off though, after being called to a blaze on Short Street at 3:30 this morning ...
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POLICE ARREST KURRI KURRI SERVICE STATION ROBBER IN NEWCASTLE

A 32-year-old man has faced court today after being charged with a robbery in Kurri Kurri earlier this week. Around 1am on Thursday, the man allegedly entered a service station on Northcote Street, grabbed the female attendant around the neck and demanded cash. Shortly after, the man ...
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21-YEAR-OLD FACES COURT OVER THEFT OF SEGWAYS WORTH $80,000

A man has faced court this morning after being charged with the theft of eight segways on the Central Coast The segways, with a combined value of $80,000, were stolen from a trailer in East Gosford during the early hours of Australia Day. Following the theft, police ...
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GARY BAILDON JOINS COUNCIL ELECTION RACE

The upcoming Council elections just got very interesting, with former Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon announcing he's joining the race. Baildon will battle for the highly sought-after Division 7 seat of Surfers Paradise and surrounds ...
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RESIDENTS URGE QUICK ACTION ON RAAF CONTAMINATION INQUIRY

Residents swept up in the Williamtown RAAF contamination scandal say it's vital the Defence Minister acts on ALL eight recommendations handed down by a senate inquiry. They've called on Marise Payne to visit the red zone and witness the crisis for herself ...
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FRESH ARTIST IMPRESSIONS OF CONTROVERSIAL ATO BUILDING

The developers behind the controversial Australian Tax Office building in Gosford's CBD have released new images of what the site will look like. The Canberra-based DOMA group lodged a Development Application with Gosford City Council yesterday to build the office space on the former ...
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CHINESE THEME PARK CONTRACTS EXCHANGED

Wyong Shire council says it's exchanged contracts with the company behind the controversial Chinese Theme Park for the sale of 15 hectares of land at Warnervale. Council says deposits have now been paid and the two parcels of land will be sold for $10 million. The company ...
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CENTRAL COAST SPORTS CLUBS SIGN UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH STUDY

Sporting clubs across the Central Coast will take part in a landmark study on the mental health of young athletes this year. The study will look into the power team sport has in shaping their mental health and the importance of seeking help ...
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MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN NEWCASTLE HARBOUR STANDOFF

There's been a major development in an industrial relations stand off on Newcastle Harbour, with police boarding a ship to forcibly remove five protestors. The workers were refusing to leave the 'CSL Melbourne', after they and 11 others lost their jobs with the ship carrier. "I mean I ...
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WOMAN CHARGED FOLLOWING 2015 CRASH

An Iluka woman has been charged, following a collision on the Pacific Highway near Ballina last year. On August 5, the 67-year-old was driving south on the Pacific Highway at Knockrow, when the sedan she was driving collided with a van travelling in the opposite direction. The ...
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GIVE A PET A ‘FUREVER’ HOME

If you've been thinking about including a four legged friend to your family - this next story could be for you. Tomorrow marks National Pet Adoption Day - and a Newcastle rescue organisation is working to promote the benefits of giving an animal a second ...
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MAN TRAPPED FOR ALMOST AN HOUR AFTER COLLISION

A 36-year-old man was trapped for almost an hour after a truck collided with his ute on Bangalow Road, near Clunes this morning. Police say the small truck carrying a load of gas bottles, crossed onto the wrong side of the road, colliding with the ute at ...
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PRESCHOOLERS BRIGHTEN HOSPITAL CORRIDORS

When we think of hospitals, many of us picture bland and sterile wards. However Ballina Hospital is challenging that notion - while also speeding up patient recovery times - and it's all thanks to some local preschoolers ...
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DEFENCE RESPONDS TO SENATE INQUIRY REPORT

Here is the full statement from the Department of Defence, regarding the first Senate inquiry report into the Williamtown RAAF contamination issue: Defence notes that this is a report from the first part of a broad ranging inquiry into the use of legacy firefighting foams at ...
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GUNNEDAH TEEN CHARGED OVER TAMWORTH BREAK AND ENTERS

A 16- year- old boy has faced court and been refused bail following multiple break and enters in Tamworth over the past three days. Police arrested the teenager at a South Tamworth address yesterday, after reports of a number of thefts. He was charged with steal motor ...
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ARMIDALE FULLY TRANSITIONED TO NBN

History was made in Armidale today - as the first regional city in Australia to fully transition to the National Broadband Network. Council wants to take the opportunity to build on the city's profile as a digital technology hub.   ...
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UNE BOOSTS UNDERGRADUATE OFFERS FOR 2016

The University of New England has increased its undergraduate offers by 18 per cent this year. It believes its range of studying opportunities is one of the main draw cards.   ...
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BATYR TALKS MENTAL HEALTH WITH UNI LEADERS

Australian university students are five times more likely to suffer from a mental illness. Batyr, an education organisation, shined a light on different ways to deal with it in Armidale today.   ...
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SINGLETON’S GYM AND SWIM ENTERS STAGE TWO

There's plenty of activity in Singleton's recreational precinct, with work underway on stage two of council's gym and pool redevelopment. Stage one of the $6-million project included demolition works and an extension of gym facilities. "Stage two is the second stage with the hydrotherapy pool and the ...
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UPPER HUNTER PRODUCERS BUOYED AS BEEF PRICES SOAR

The beef industry can be a volatile market, but it seems the tide has finally turned in favour of Upper Hunter producers. The price of beef is soaring due to high demand and a nation-wide shortage ...
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UPDATE: POLICE OPERATION AT BOORAGUL

Police have confirmed an operation has concluded at a property on Marmong Street at Booragul, Lake Macquarie. Five Island School and Booragul Public School went into lockdown at 2:15 this afternoon as a precaution, but all students are safe. Police say the operation was unrelated to the schools. It ...
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NEW AGED CARE TRAINEES FOR THE NAMBUCCA VALLEY

15 new aged care workers started a 12 month training program in the Nambucca Valley. Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey says the training offers a raft a work and business opportunities ...
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MIXED REACTIONS AFTER AGL WITHDRAWS FROM GLOUCESTER

While many anti-CSG activists are still celebrating in Gloucester, the State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, says AGL's decision to abandon a proposed coal seam gas mine in the valley could have serious impacts on the local economy. "Confidence plays a major role in how a ...
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29-YEAR-OLD COFFS HARBOUR MAN CHARGED OVER DRUG BUST

Coffs Clarence Police have seized crystal methylamphetamine or 'ice' with a street value of more than $75,000. The drugs were found during a search of a Flinders Avenue home late yesterday. Police also seized $2,000 in cash, 1 kilogram of cannabis and other drugs. A 29-year-old man was ...
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WATER FUTURE IN QUESTION IN GLOUCESTER

Questions surround the future of water service delivery in Gloucester following plans for a forced amalgamation with Dungog Council. Two different organisations are currently responsible for the areas and service providers say they are unsure what this will mean if the merger goes ahead ...
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WOMAN CHARGED OVER KNOCKROW CRASH IN 2015

A 67-year-old woman has been charged with several driving offences, following a crash near Ballina last year. The Iluka woman was driving south along the Pacific Highway at Knockrow on August 5, when her sedan collided head-on with a van. The driver of the van required surgery ...
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TEENAGER APPROACHED AT METFORD

Police are appealing for information, after a teenager was approached at Metford, near East Maitland. The 13-year-old girl was at a bus stop on the corner of Chelmsford and Grevillea Streets yesterday morning, when a man exposed himself to her. He then ran away down a lane ...
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ROBBERY AT KURRI KURRI SERVICE STATION

Police are appealing for information following a robbery at Kurri Kurri. A man entered a service station on Northcote street, just before 1am yesterday, and grabbed a female attendant around the neck and demanded cash. The man fled with cash and cigarettes. Police would like to speak to ...
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POLICE MOVE IN TO END SHIP STAND-OFF

Police have moved in this morning to end a standoff on a ship in the Port of Newcastle. Officers marched up the gang plank of the CSL Melbourne to remove five crew members, who refused to leave the ship after being laid off earlier this week. The ...
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TEENS LAUGH AND FILM AS POLICEWOMAN ATTACKED WITH BOTTLE

New video has emerged of the moment a police officer was allegedly assaulted, trying to break up an out-of-control party. Smart phone cameras were rolling throughout the ordeal... prompting a warning for teens who watch on, and video evidence ...
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SENATE REPORT RELEASED INTO WILLIAMTOWN CONTAMINATION

A Senate report released this afternoon has labelled the Williamtown RAAF base contamination a 'slow moving disaster' - and suggests the government act now on a number of key recommendations. Tyson Cottrill reports ...
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EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSES RAAF CONTAMINATION

Recommendations made by a Senate inquiry into the Williamtown RAAF contamination, were all released on the same day an expert panel met in the region to discuss the situation.   ...
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GLOUCESTER SEEKS ANSWERS FOLLOWING FORCED AMALGAMATION

Gloucester and Dungog councils are calling on the Baird Government to provide more concrete evidence on why the two should merge. It follows concerns both councils will be worse off under a forced amalgamation. Gloucester Mayor John Rosenbaum says the numbers, so far, don't add up. "We would hope ...
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SHARK BARRIER TO BE COMPLETE BY WINTER

A shark barrier at Lennox Head is expected to be complete by winter. The location and dimensions of the structure were discussed at two meetings today, with representatives from numerous community groups ...
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TEEN CHARGED OVER NORTH COAST CRIME SPREE

A man has been charged, over a bizarre chain of events on the North Coast yesterday. Police claim the 19-year-old stole a car at Geneva, west of Kyogle, before attempting to rob a Nimbin home. He then allegedly offered a 13-year-old girl a lift to school, later ...
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