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Georgina Smyth is a web producer and reporter in Newcastle. She studied Journalism at Newcastle University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and worked in local radio for two years before joining NBN in 2013.

ICONIC STACKS TO DISAPPEAR

The Central Coast’s iconic Munmorah Power Station stacks will disappear for good this weekend, when a controlled detonation is carried out. The levelling of the two 155 metre chimney’s is the next stage in the removal of the former power plant. The structure will be completely gone by August next year, and the site will be re-purposed for community use. In its heyday, the station supplied up to 40 per cent of the state’s energy. It was retired in 2012 due to high running costs.

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LITTLE ENVIRONMENTALISTS COUNT DOWN TO EARTH HOUR

You’re never too young to learn about the environment, according to students at Lake Macquarie Educational Preschool. The centre powered off at midday to observe Earth Hour. 8.30 Saturday night will mark 10 years since Australia’s first Earth Hour event, which encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint, by switching off their lights for 60 minutes.

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WEATHER: STORMY TIMES

The days have a defined tropical feel to them at the moment and tropics are famous for big storms. This afternoon we’ve seen the skies light up across many areas of NSW and tomorrow will be similar. Expect another very warm to hot humid day with afternoon shower and storm development widespread. The northerly winds are to continue.

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SNAKES LURKING IN FLOOD WATERS

A snake has photobombed an SES volunteer as she presented a video message warning the public about the dangers of finding the poisonous animals lurking in floodwater. Video posted to the NSW SES YouTube account at the weekend shows a volunteer standing near floodwater in Bellingen talking about the dangers of encountering snakes following a storm when one happened to swim past. The SES worker stopped what she was doing and pointed to the animal as it casually swam through a flooded rural road. “We are here talking about the danger of floodwater and we were literally just talking about snakes and look who showed up to the party,” the woman said. Snakes can move almost as easily in the water as on land but can become agitated and aggressive when forced to do so.  

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POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN AFTER ROBBERIES AND STABBINGS

PHOTO: Scene of the Brookvale stabbing.  Police are searching for a man believed to be involved in two armed robberies in Newcastle and a stabbing in Sydney. The first robbery occurred last night at about 9.45 last night, when a vehicle pulled into a service station on Maitland Road Sandgate. An employee thought the behaviour of the man, who was filling up with fuel, was suspicious so she left the store and walked towards the driver. As she walked back into the store the driver followed her and threatened her and smashed the cash register. About 15 minutes later a man walked into another service station in the area and jumped the counter while demanding cash. Police attempted to pursue the black BMW however the driver managed to evade police. The man of interest is also being hunted over a …

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WOMAN WINCHED FROM SNAPPER ROCKS

PHOTO: Snapper Point.  The Westpac Rescue helicopter, last night, winched a 27-year-old woman from the water at Snapper Point in the Munmorah State Conservation Area after she was washed off rocks while fishing. The rescue crew says, her boyfriend had thrown her a life ring which probably saved her life. The woman was flown to John Hunter Hospital suffering hypothermia and scratches, but was released late last night. The couple hadn’t been wearing life jackets, prompting more calls from authorities for anglers to take safety more seriously.

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BANK OUTAGES CLOSE TO BEING RESOLVED

There’s finally relief for Hunter bank customers, with an unprecedented outage close to being resolved. The technical issues, which have been affecting most financial institutions locally, began on Monday afternoon after a third party data provider experienced technical issues. “Its important to understand that this is an event that actually impacts the entire payment and financial services industry which has certainly extended the time frame to resolution,” says Greater Bank CEO Scott Morgan. Any customers still waiting for payments to go through are advised to contact their bank.

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