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Dominique is currently a web producer for NBN Television. She has been with NBN Television since 2014.

BUSH FIRE SEASON BEGINS FOR SEVERAL AREAS IN NORTHERN NSW

August marks the start of bush fire season for several areas in northern New South Wales. There are several areas that will now require a fire permit including Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha. Maitland Rural Fire Service has said with the warmer days and dry winds, bushland can dry out quickly, potentially causing fires. The NSW Rural Fire Service has some some key things to remember coming in to bushfire season: You need a fire permit during the Bush Fire Danger Period. Getting a permit is free and easy. Contact your local Fire Control Centre. There are heavy penalties if you don’t follow restrictions or rules.

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HUNTER LANDOWNERS WELCOME TO HAVE THEIR SAY

Hunter Local Land Services are inviting landholders in the Lower Hunter region to discuss issues and concerns in an open community platform next Wednesday. General Manager, Brett Miners, said the board members and staff would be on hand to hear about the priotities of landowners and recovery from April storms. “We are currently preparing our strategic plan for the next five years, so this open community session is an invaluable opportunity to hear about what is important to people in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Dungog and Maitland”, said Mr Miners. The open community session will take place between 5:00pm and 6.30pm at Popular Hall, Millers Forest on August 12.

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CENTRAL COAST’S HALL OF FAME

The David Hall story is inspiring – after the devastating low of having both legs amputated at the age of 16 – he returned to tennis – the sport he loved – this time in a wheelchair. He played his first tournament in 1988 – turned Pro in 1993, and won every major title including Paralympic Gold in 2000. Two weeks ago he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. “To be on stage and have Billie Jean King up on stage who is just an icon of of tennis and to have all the crowd and it being live on the Tennis Channel was an experience that i’ll never forget.”  

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HOTEL OPENS AT NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

It’s not a noise you expect to hear at your average hotel. But step inside the ‘Mercure Newcastle Airport,’ and it’s easy to forget you’re right next to Williamtown RAAF base. Today, the multi million dollar development was officially opened. And bookings have already taken off – with the hotel preparing to check in its first guests tomorrow. “The obvious ones are the ones coming on the early or late flight so they will be first logical but surrounded by corporate businesses as well” With 95 rooms, a restaurant and bar, plus conference facilities, the accommodation is also assisting the airport’s bid to get international flights off the ground. Work is expected to be complete on the airport’s terminal expansion at the end of August.

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THE STORE IS BACK ON THE MARKET

Newcastle’s well-known building, The Store has been confirmed to go back on the market. Real estate agent, Colliers International has been appointed to sell the site by an investment bank in Singapore, that currently owns the building. Earlier this week Premier Mike Baird said the government was considering buying the site, and incorporating it into plans for the Wickham Transport Interchange. Expressions of interest will open on Monday.

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GAV’S WEATHER: ONE OF THE WARMEST WEEKENDS OF THE WINTER ON THE WAY.

Over the past week a large pool of very warm air has built up over central Australia and it is headed our way. We’re in a very convenient cycle at the moment where the warm air shows up on the weekend ahead of the cold fronts that push through on Monday and Tuesdays. This next front could produce snow down to sea level for Tasmania on Sunday and there is a chance snow could fall on the Barringtons once again on Monday night. It will be fantastic for boating but surf will be very small. Enjoy the warmth. Picture: Jordan Heaton captured a different perspective of Newcastle Beach.

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POLICE RELEASE IMAGE OF MAN OF INTEREST IN ROBBERY ON NORTHERN RIVERS

Police have released an image of a man who may be able to assist with information, after a woman was robbed on the Northern Rivers last month. The 76-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle at Banora Point on June 22, when a man allegedly grabbed her handbag and fled the scene with another male. The pair ran towards Banora Point shopping centre, before jumping a wooden fence near Darlington Drive.. He has been described as a thin build, about 170cm tall, aged 17-18 years old, with brown fuzzy hair and a moustache.

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